The movie Blade is unique due to its unusual depiction of vampires for the time of its release. Blade, which was released in 1998, depicts vampirism as something that is evil and that needs to be feared . That is not to say, however, that this is a previously unheard of depiction, rather this was a very common depiction of vampires for many centuries. Vampires in fact started out as simple monsters in folklore with the sole purpose of warning children and others of the dangers that strangers and being out alone at night can hold, such as in the 1922 silent film Nosferatu . However, recently and especially within the last couple decades, vampires have been shown in an increasingly emphatic light, thus making this a seemingly out of place depiction for its time.
For example, the movie Twilight , which was originally based off of the book series by Stephanie Meyer, not only makes vampires sympathetic creatures but makes one the love interest and eventually turns the main character into one due to the stories romanticized depiction of the creatures. Additionally the 1992 version of Bram Stokers Dracula , which was released before Blade, Dacula is, again, a sympathetic character who is the main love interest of our story. This was and has been a common theme over the past several decades which is what sets Blade apart from the rest of the modern vampire tales.
Blade is himself half vampire and half mortal, so we do get a sense of some sort of sympathy for the vampiric kind, here. However that sense of sympathy is misplaced because the sympathy directed towards this character is for the human part of him. He goes so far as to take painful serums consistently in order to repress his vampire instincts. Throughout the movie, vampirism is compared to a disease or virus, something that is dangerous and fatal to humans. In this way, Blade is offering a different angle on vampirism. This movie is arguing that our romanticized ideas of vampires is just as silly as a romanticized idea of cancer of AIDS. This movie is arguing that vampires are not creatures to be sympathized with because, to put it as bluntly as possible, they are not humans, they do not have souls, they are a virus.
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