Dracula's Daughters: The Female Vampire on Film by Douglas Brode,Leah Deyneka

By Douglas Brode,Leah Deyneka

Almost so long as cinema has existed, vampires have seemed on display. Symbolizing an unholy union among intercourse and loss of life, the vampire—male or female—has represented the libido, a “repressed strength” that fed on its sufferers. Early iconic representations of male vampires have been visible in Nosferatu (1922) and Dracula (1931), yet now not till Dracula’s Daughter in 1936 did a feminine “sex vampire” think the lead. different woman vampires undefined, possibly such a lot provocatively within the Hammer motion pictures of the Fifties, ’60s, and ’70s. Later incarnations, in such motion pictures as Near Dark (1987) and From nightfall until eventually Dawn (1996), provided smooth takes in this now iconic figure.

In Dracula’s Daughters: the feminine Vampire on Film, Douglas Brode and Leah Deyneka have assembled a diversified number of essays that discover this cinematic sort that at the same time frightens and seduces audience. those essays deal with a few matters raised by way of the feminine vampire movie, resembling violence perpetrated on and by way of ladies; reactions to the style from feminists, antifeminists, and postfeminists; the results of lady vampire motion pictures for audiences either homosexual and directly; and the way movies mirrored the interval within which they have been created. different issues contain lady vampire movies in dating to vampire fiction, fairly via ladies reminiscent of Anne Rice; the connection of the vampire fable to sexually transmitted illnesses like AIDS; problems with race and misogyny; and the original phenomenon of youngster vampires in younger grownup books and movies corresponding to Twilight.

Featuring greater than thirty images spanning a number of a long time, this assortment deals a compelling review of an archetypal figure—an enduring illustration of darkish desires—that keeps to captivate audiences. This publication will charm not just to students and scholars but additionally to any lover of transgressive cinema.

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