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I think my best friend is a vampire!

07 January 2014, 13:10

I love going to the movies whenever I can. It is the favourite pastime for many living in the cities all over the world. I mean what is nicer than watching a movie with a box of popcorn and the drink of your choice? (and maybe a little something sweet for afterwards)

These snacks are just extremely overpriced, have you noticed? A box of popcorn must be worth between R5-R10 at most. Same for the cold drinks- 500ml should be around R10… The cups are filled with ice so not only is your drink diluted but you don’t get the quantity that you’re paying for! Prices are probably more than double the actual value. Not too many are complaining so we will have to live with it.

The magic of the movies is of course the big screen and the high quality audio. It makes the whole experience so much more real. You are almost literally part of whatever is unfolding there on the big screen. Entertainment is big and lucrative business- always has, always will be. Why? Because all of us like to get away from it all, even if it’s just for 2 hours or so. TVs are now 3D in the ongoing quest to take the viewer closer and closer to the action. And I just love it. If it’s cricket I’m watching, then I literally want to catch the ball in the slips if it’s coming my way…

But finding a good movie has become increasingly difficult. A ‘good’ movie? Yeah. You know, a good storyline and with a bit of feel good at the end. Sure it differs from person to person. Some people (probably guys) like action movies, others romantic comedies (you know who) or sci-fi/fantasy and so on. 

Those of us who care to look at things a bit more holistically would have noticed that vampires have remained an enduring theme for some time now, for a long time actually. I went to see the ‘Long walk to freedom’ movie the other day and lo and behold, there was the trailer of ‘Vampire Academy’. I mean, come on man. I nearly shouted ‘can we skip this please!’ What happened to Police Academy?!

The concept of doing someone a favour has taken on a whole new meaning: at one point during the 3 min or so clip the one lady helped her (vampire) friend by let her drink a little bit of her blood. Bite, sip and show the red evidence on the fangs. That’s what friends are for? But what are these creatures, these vampires? Without going into too much detail ‘vampires are mythological or folkloric revenants, who subsist by feeding on the blood of the living. 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 area where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe. In modern times, however the vampire is generally held to be a fictitious entity, although belief in similar vampiric creatures persists.’ (Wikipedia)

The most famous vampire is probably Count Dracula. He is described as ‘the title character and primary antagonist of Bram Stoker’s 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula. He is considered thus to be both the prototypical and archetypical vampire in subsequent works of fiction. The character has subsequently appeared in popular culture from films to animated media to breakfast cereals.’ (Wiki again) (snap, crackle, sip?)

In recent times The Twilight Saga has captured the imagination of millions around the world. It would seem that there is an unquenchable thirst for these movies. ‘The series has grossed over $3.3 billion in worldwide receipts and consists, to date, of five motion pictures.’ People just cannot enough of it. Doing a basic Wikipedia search I counted no less than 250 Vampires movies (excl TV) to date…

Have movie theatres become what can almost be described as training centres to educate society about what is acceptable or not? It would seem that more and more we are expected (or being conditioned) to give the thumbs up to strangest things. Drinking blood is distinctly occultic and satanic but since the hero in the movie does it or needs it, we become sympathetic to the need. The boundaries are gradually but consistently being shifted in one direction.

And so we pay 50 bucks or more to see this! And they are relentless, that’s right – they roll them out one after the other! Making a movie is no small business, but spending $120 million is seemingly no problem because the subsequent profits are just ‘out of this world.’

One has to wonder: what are the objectives here? Is it to trigger the curiosity for a dark and secret world? Has blood become a cocktail, almost like a margarita? Could these types of movies have been the inspiration behind some of the satanic murders we hear and read about in the newspapers?   

With the seamless integration of vampires into our society, are we moving to a situation where a child may come home and say: Mom/Dad, I think my best (or boy or girl) friend is a vampire…

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