Vampires have been portrayed in various ways throughout their history in both literature and films. There is no question that when you look at the way vampires look and acted, there are some very apparent differences. However, certain aspects have managed to keep reoccurring throughout the many changes of what a vampire is portrayed as. For example, in the 1922 silent film, Nosferatu, the vampire is portrayed as almost a monster. He has pale, white skin and many ghoulish features. He is scary to look at and there is no way he could ever be charming and appealing to others. In today’s film, the appearance of a vampire has shifted into a dreamy, mysterious man that all of the females around him are attracted to. This is seen in the 2008 film, Twilight, where the main vampire is seen as one of the most attractive boys at the school. He has sharp facial features, and does not possess the long fingers and hunched back that his Nosferatu predecessor had. The vampire, Edward, can even go out in the sun, and this is a very different change in the nature of what a vampire is. This type of change in appearance can also be seen in Season 5, Episode 1 “Buffy vs. Dracula”, in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Dracula shows up as a tall and handsome man, that is extremely charming and is even attractive to some of the characters. Although some of these changes to the appearance and portrayal of vampires present something new, many of the same characteristics have endured. These are things such as: the need to drink blood, only going out at night, hurt by sunlight, sleep in a coffin, and that just names a few (Stott, n.d.). These characteristics can be seen in movies like Daybreakers and Let the Right One In, to name a few (Let the Right One In, 2008). The idea of a vampire has had many shifts over the hundreds of years they have been found in our society, and will continue to evolve and change with each new generation.

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Let the Right One In. Dir. Thomas Alfredson. Sandrew Metronome Distribution. 2008. Film.

Stott, McConnel Andrew. The Public Domain Review, The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire. (n.d.) Retrieved from

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