"Vampire" - a glamorous and terrifying creature of the night that has simultaneously frightened and fascinated us for centuries. From the very beginnings of film history the Vampire has held its own as a presence of darkness, sexuality, and difference. Neither dead nor alive the figure of the vampire never fails to lure us in with the thrill of its rebelliousness, its threat of infection, and its deviant sexuality. From the cult classic Nosferatu with its silent and predatory Count Orlok, to the many Draculas that have populated the big screen, to the larger than life peroxided-punk hottie Spike, the vampire in all it's 'otherness' repels as it attracts.
On this site you'll find information about our Wollongong based Film Studies Group - "Vampire Studies", as well as articles and other vampire related information.
Founded in 2009, Vampire Studies is a Wollongong based Vampire Film Studies group. All the members of our group are avid fans of vampire fiction, film and any vampire television series we can get our hands on, as well as all things vampire in popular culture.
Our group is relatively new so our objectives are fairly simple at present: to explore the variable nature of vampire myth in film. We aim to investigate how the vampire films we study conform to - or digress from - the dominant myths of the vampire genre. In doing so we also aim to explore these issues according to socio-cultural, religious, gender, and sexual issues that abound in the time of the films production. Additionally, we are interested in the conventions of Film Noir and of horror film in relation to vampire myth and representation.
Our plan is to begin our studies with the cult classic Nosferatu (1922) directed by German Expressionist film maker F. W. Murnau. Our selection of films for study is fairly subjective and is roughly chronological.