A documentary following the history and present day following of vamipirism. Includes Elizabeth Bathory, Vlad the Impaler, the chupacabra, and present day vampire enthusiasts.

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A documentary following the history and present day following of vamipirism. Includes Elizabeth Bathory, Vlad the Impaler, the chupacabra, and present day vampire enthusiasts.

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senationalist more than educational
27 November 2010 | by (toronto, ontario) – See all my reviews

it leads straight into the sexual aspect of social vampirism and goes into detail on the different types and aspects of "games", which was irritating. i would have preferred a more logical approach: origins of the vampire myth, possible bases in reality (such as porphyria, a disease that produces symptoms that pretty much cover all the vampire symptoms), and so on.

instead, we get the usual mix of the sensationalist and the de rigueur: vampire sex, bram stoker, vlad dracul, countess bathory, biblical references to vampires, vampire trials, how "rising from the dead" used to happen (basically, he wasn't necessarily dead when he was buried), human sacrifice, animal "vampires", and today's traditions surrounding or involving vampires (ie, pumpkins - supposedly a food source for vampires - and various death celebrations around the world).

one of the "experts" cited states that she has been assured by doctors that humans cannot digest blood - a statement that is patently false (there are many cultures whose survival depended on blood, including the famous Mongol Horde that conquered most of the known world of the time). i found it annoying at the least, reprehensible at the worst, that the documentary allowed such statements to stand unchallenged and uncorrected. it makes me question the validity of the rest of the show.

disappointing, really - long on titillation, shock value, and regurgitating the well-known, short on veracity and anything new.


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