The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature
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Vampires have been a popular subject for writers since their inception in 19th century Gothic literature and, later, became popular with filmmakers. Now the classical vampire is extinct, and in its place are new vampires who embrace the hi-tech worlds of science fiction.
This book is the first to examine the history of vampires in science fiction. The first part considers the role of science and pseudo-science, from late Victorian to modern times, in the creation of the vampire, as well as the "sensation fiction" of J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells. The second part focuses on the history of the science fiction vampire in the cinema, from the silent era to the present. More than sixty films are discussed, including films from such acclaimed directors as Roger Corman, David Cronenberg, Guillermo del Toro and Steven Spielberg, among others.
Producer: Robert E. Kent. Screenplay: Jerome Bixby. Cast: Marshall Thompson, Shawn Smith, Kim Spalding, Ann Doran, Ray “Crash” Corrigan. USA (United Artists). DVD: MGM Home Entertainment. The Last Man on Earth (1964) Director: Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow (U.S. Version). Producer: Robert L. Lippert. Screenplay: Logan Swanson, William P. Leicester, from the novel by Richard Matheson. Cast: Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Francoia Bettoia. Italy (American-International). B&W. 86m. DVD: MGM
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depredations of monstrous vampiric mutants intent on draining their blood. The vampires are gaunt and bald-headed, possess superhuman strength and agility but have only rudimentary reasoning powers. Ultraviolet energy in sunlight will destroy them, so during the day they are confined to communal “hives” located in dark, secret places. When Neville accidentally discovers one of the hives, he manages to capture one of the creatures, using a vial of his own blood as bait. He brings the vampire to
that the Durward family is related to the Karnsteins, a bloodline of nobility who were reputed to be vampires. After leaving the Durward manor, Marcus is attacked by the robed, hooded figure and is turned into a vampire. Seeking to be rid of the vampire’s curse, Marcus implores Kronos and Grost to kill him, but this proves to be a difficult task. After staking and hanging fail to work, Marcus in finally dispatched when Kronos accidentally impales him on a cross made of iron. Knowing that the
for DayStar to Caulder, who has cooked up a batch of the virus. The serum has been loaded into a projectile that Abby fastens onto the tips of several of her arrows. (Left to right) Abigail Whistler (Jessica Biel), Blade (Wesley Snipes) and Hannibal King (Ryan Reynolds) prepare to clean house on a nest of vamps in Blade: Trinity (2004). Using a signal from a locator implanted inside King’s body, Blade and Abby invade the vampires’ lair and pump silver-nitrate gas through the building’s