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Old 05-06-2010, 07:02 PM
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Vampire Appreciation Thread #6

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Vampires are mythological or folkloric revenants, who subsist by feeding on the blood of the living. In folkloric tales, the undead vampires often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighbourhoods they inhabited when they were alive. They wore shrouds and were often described as bloated and of ruddy or dark countenance, markedly different from today's gaunt, pale vampire which dates from the early Nineteenth Century. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in most cultures, the term vampire was not popularised until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe,[1] although local variants were also known by different names, such as vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to what can only be called mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism.

In modern times, however, the vampire is generally held to be a fictitious entity, although belief in similar vampiric creatures such as the chupacabra still persists in some cultures. Early folkloric belief in vampires has been ascribed to the ignorance of the body's process of decomposition after death and how people in pre-industrial societies tried to rationalise this, creating the figure of the vampire to explain the mysteries of death. Porphyria was also linked with legends of vampirism in 1985 and received much media exposure, but has since been largely discredited.

The charismatic and sophisticated vampire of modern fiction was born in 1819 with the publication of The Vampyre by John Polidori; the story was highly successful and arguably the most influential vampire work of the early 19th century.[2] However, it is Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula which is remembered as the quintessential vampire novel and provided the basis of the modern vampire legend. The success of this book spawned a distinctive vampire genre, still popular in the 21st century, with books, films, and television shows. The vampire has since become a dominant figure in the horror genre.




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Worse things? Like what?
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Old 05-08-2010, 06:51 PM
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Stargate, Vampire Diaries (from what I've heard), Xena, Interview With the Vampire movie, to list a few.
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Old 05-10-2010, 07:13 AM
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Stargate, really?
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Stargate is without a shred of depth of feeling or atmosphere. It's 100% plastic and boring as hell. Very dumb too. Claudia and Ben's presence improved it a bit, but it was still hard to watch. Most of the long-term stars are dead boring -correction all of the four stars the show started with bore me to death, even if I don't dislike the scientist guy (he's the only one I don't dislike). Twilight at least has atmosphere and there's real feeling in the portrayal of the friendly vampire family, even if the romance stuff is vacuous crap.

The worst character in Twilight is probably Edward. You know he's just there to be ogled and he has no personality and he even tries to commit suicide over lost love, which makes me want to puke (he should date Padme). Bella is made relatable by Kristen Stewart. She has humanity. The werewolf character is overly boyish and doesn't come off very smart and exists mainly to go around bare-chested, but he's not as much of a nothing as Eddie. The vampire family includes some intriguing characters that we don't see enough of. There's also three evil vampires who appear in both films (well, one is only in one film, because he's killed off) and they're well done. One of them is played by this very sexy actress who got knocked out of the third film and replaced by Ron Howard's bland-acting daughter. Bella's father is good. Bella also has some human friends who aren't very impressive. One of them is played by Joan of Arcadia's younger (onscreen) brother and another is played by Anna Kendrick, good actress in a bad role. The second film also brings in a clan of stuck up powerful vampires led by the guy who played Lucian the werewolf leader in Underworld.
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A couple months ago my provider let everyone have a free weekend of Showtime so I recorded Twilight. Still have not watched it.

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Old 05-12-2010, 06:44 AM
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I still haven't either....and I don't play on it.

Sum, did you see that Ben is going to be on a noir web series for sciFi?
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Saw this tiny tidbit at scifiwire.com: The CW will air reruns of Moonlight on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning June 3, following encore episodes of the first season of The Vampire Diaries.
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Are they hoping that it does better this time?
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You know, I used to think From Dusk Til Dawn was good, but I rewatched it recently and it was mostly crap. Harvey Keitel was the main good thing in it. I also saw the two crappy sequels. #2 had Robert Patrick, which was its main good point. #3 had Ara Celi, the Inca mummy girl in Buffy, being annoying just like she was on Buffy. No way can she pass as being the same character as Salma Hayek.

And wtf was Joss Whedon doing casting Ara Celi as an Inca anyway? Way too white to be an Inca.
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Well, there are variations to the inca culture. The southern tribes, especially what we would refer to as the "sky people" had a much lighter complexion that those that warred with Spain the Maya.
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Well, there are variations to the inca culture. The southern tribes, especially what we would refer to as the "sky people" had a much lighter complexion that those that warred with Spain the Maya.
They still wouldn't look white European. I wasn't talking about her skin color when I said she looked too white. Anyway, why make excuses for Joss and co? I think it's obvious what happened with the casting. People so often don't seem to bother to cast non-white characters properly. Like Lost getting an Indian-background guy to play an Iraqi.
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But they're both dark complected?
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I'm sure you're saying that as a joke. But it gives me the opportunity for lecturing. That sort of casting seems to run by the attitude that everybody not pale-skinned is the same. Like they're just "all those darkies".
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Well obviously there are varying shades of dark.

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Well obviously there are varying shades of dark.
More particularly, there are different peoples who have darker skin and they're not all the same. They have individual idenitities.
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