Jeremy Dyson gets bitten by vampires

Since it is Halloween, Jeremy Dyson has an article considering the fear factor in versions of Dracula and I’m definitely there with him on Max Schreck as the scariest of vampire of them all. For me it s the animalism of the character, that the vampire is closer to a bat than a suave, alluring soul. Perhaps that’s the power of horror: that it reduces us to our instincts and sets us truly in our place – we are after all clever monkeys with technology. Horror clears our pretensions that ultimately we matter or that we are different and shows us the dark side of the psyche (which is rather brightly lit when all is told).

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