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Worldwide Vampires: Everlasting Appeal

Worldwide Vampires: Everlasting Appeal

Whether you call them verdilak or blodsugare, vampire films have been with us since the days of silent films. While traditional Dracula films often focus on the power and temptation of their title character, the films we’ll watch examine the bitter loneliness, the will to survive, and destiny of the vampires themselves.

In this class, we’ll explore four modern vampire films from four different countries.  We’ll examine how each film contributes to cinematic vampire lore, analyze why the filmmakers chose to use vampires to explore their themes, look at the cinematic techniques used to depict the vampire, and celebrate the enduring appeal of the vampire in cinema.

5/8: Byzantium (Ireland, 2012, 118 min)
5/15: Let the Right One In (Sweden, 2008, 114 min)
5/22: Thirst (Korea, 2009, 134 min)
5/29: Night Watch (Russia, 2004, 114 min)

This class will be taught by MMU Instructor De Thieman, a former studio production archives manager whose past classes include MMU’s What Is Costume?

Films will be screened at the Movie Madness Miniplex, followed by an instructor-led discussion. Classes will begin on Wednesday evening, May 8th, and be held each Wednesday through the 29th, at 6:30pm.

Class size will be limited to 18.

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In general, the Hollywood Theatre does not provide content advisories about the subject matter shown in our theatre. Films exhibited don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Hollywood Theatre. Information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense Media and