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Film Genres: Vampire films

This guide highlights library resources for some of the more popular film genres.

A quick definition for vampire films inside horror films

A large and heterogeneous group of films that, via the representation of disturbing and dark subject matter, seek to elicit responses of fear, terror, disgust, shock, suspense, and, of course, horror from their viewers. Horror is a protean genre, spawning numerous subgenres and hybrid variants: gothic horror, supernatural horror, monster movies, psychological horror, splatter films, slasher films, body horror, comedy horror, and postmodern horror. ...

Horror films present unpleasant experiences, but usually do so in a way that renders them pleasurable and safe: the fact that people seem to enjoy being frightened has given rise to work on and in fandom, cognitivism, phenomenology, and haptic visuality. Horror remains a prolific genre, with commercial fare such as the Saw franchise (US, 2004–10) drawing in large numbers of (predominantly young) cinema goers. The success of Låt den rätte komma in/Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredsson, Sweden, 2008), the Twilight saga (US, 2008–[2012]), and the television series True Blood (US, 2008–[2014]), demonstrate that vampirism is an enduring preoccupation.

Kuhn, A. and Westwell, G. (2012). "Horror film." In A Dictionary of Film Studies. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 14 Apr. 2017

Getting started in the Library's collections

To find vampire films in the Library's collections, you can click on the subject headings below:

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book titles

Finding journal titles & articles

Articles and other writings about vampire movies can be found in many publications. We don't have journals that look exclusively at vampire films. However, you can use either Film & Television Literature Index to find relevant articles or use the SUMMON box below.


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A Selected list of vampire films

Find more vampire films in the collections.