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A Rant

Years ago at a social gathering a woman asked me, "Dr. Pecos, is it hard for you to watch vampire and zombie movies?" Obviously, the questioner was implying that my real world experience with the undead might make it difficult if not impossible for me to enjoy vampire- and zombie-based entertainment.

The truth is quite the opposite. I've always enjoyed vampire and zombie movies, even if many of them have left me, pardon the pun, cold. Take HBO's new series, True Blood. For those of you who don't know, the show is a drama about humans and vampires coexisting in a backwoods Louisiana town. HBO has been home to some good shows over the years and True Blood's creator, Alan Ball, is an award-winning writer. So I was excited to see what they would do.

And then I saw this picture.

The guy on the right is supposed to be a vampire. How do we know this? He has fangs. He's a handsome young man with fangs. Which makes him similar to just about every other cinematic vampire of the recent past. If you don't believe me, then look at these pictures of movie vampires from the last two decades, including one featured in the upcoming movie Twilight.

(left to right: Gerard Butler in Dracula 2000, Billy Wirth in The Lost Boys, Thomas Ian Griffith in John Carpenter's Vampires,
Stuart Townsend in Queen of the Damned, Brad Pitt in Interview With a Vampire, Robert Pattinson in Twilight

Notice any similarities?

Don't get me wrong, I understand the concept of poetic license. For instance, real mobsters are rarely if ever as charismatic as the movie ones. But can't we, once in awhile, get a dose of reality in our vampire movies? Vampires are feral, gaunt and generally terrifying to behold. How about we see some of that?

Meh. I won't be holding my breath.

I do promise you this. I will do my utmost to ensure that vampire representations in any FVZA movies are accurate.

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