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"You think the humans will  ever accept a half-breed like you? They can't. They're afraid of you. And they should be. You're an animal, you're a fuckin' maniac! Look at 'em. They're cattle; pieces of meat. What difference does it make how their world ends? Plague... war... famine. Morality doesn't even enter into it. We're just a function of natural selection, man. The new race." – Deacon Frost (Norrington)[1]

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As evidenced throughout history, the vampire figure is commonly used as a means to depict conflicts within the larger society, often used as a vehicle to critique the socioeconomic environment and its role in establishing group dynamics, scapegoats and outsiders. This can be exemplified through Stephen Norrington’s Blade[1](1998), which provides an interestingly bloody examination of the decade’s socio-political culture.

In the film, vampire’s “appear as a purposeful reflection of the decade's conspiracy-phobia, and under-the-surface fear of an unseen, rich cabal pulling the strings in America [2](Muir).” This is perfectly exemplified through the films antagonist, Deacon Frost, a half blood rebel vampire who essentially functions as the epitome of “othering” and the ongoing power struggle between “us vs. them.” Because of his “impure” origin (he was “turned” not a “pure blood”), Frost is looked down upon and seen as an outsider in the eyes of the other secret club of noble vampiric birth “pure blood” vampires [2](Muir.)

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BLADE (1998) - Truce

Frost maintained that the world rightfully belonged to vampires, human race was merely “food”. His objective was to resurrect La Mangra, the ancient vampire blood god, and essentially turn everyone into a vampire. In effort to fight the “man”, or corporate big bosses, Frost functions as the ultimate outsider villain. After being rejected by the Vampire society and essentially society as a whole, Frost retaliates to take back what is rightfully his, fulfilling the animalistic fantasies of essentially anyone who failed to fit in with mainstream society.

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REFERENES

Blade. Dir. Stephen Norrington. Perf. Wesley Snipes. 1998.

https://youtu.be/RgSqZiL5AIM

Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. “Monster Culture (Seven Theses).” Monster Theory: Reading Culture. Ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota Press, 1996. 3-25.

'"CULT MOVIE REVIEW: Blade (1998)." John Kenneth Muir's Reflections on Cult Movies and Classic TV. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 May 2017. http://reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com/2010/05/cult-movie-review-blade-1998.html

  1. 1.0 1.1 Blade. Dir. Stephen Norrington. Perf. Wesley Snipes. 1998.
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com/2010/05/cult-movie-review-blade-1998.html

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