Ever since twilight vampires have gotten a bad rep, being seen as just another bothersome trend. As someone who loves the everything supernatural,including vampires, i felt someone should come to there defense(And as someone who made 2 vampire related speeches in my public speaking class, i figured i would be most qualified for that). Yes, the vampire genre as a whole has run into a creative rut, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still potential for interesting vampire movies/tv shows.
What is currently bringing down the vampire genre is the simplistic take on vampire morality that many recent vampire movies and show seem to favor. Most vampires in cinema today are either angsty veggie vamps or bad boy/girl vamps, with few in between. Basically they either have everything even slightly scary sucked out of them or they are complete monsters. Technically this is nothing new, as Interview with a Vampire and one of my favorite shows of all time Buffy did have these cliches to a certain extent. But feel it has gotten tiring and overdone at this point. This is the main reason why i almost stopped watching the Vampire Diaries even though i am a huge vampire fan, and even something aimed at adults like the True Blood tv show sometimes falls victim to this.
For me, i tend to find middle ground vampires more interesting. As in ones that aren’t complete monsters but still have a element of danger to them. And i personally think they allow for more interesting characterization than either extreme of the vampire morality scale. Unfortunately these types of vampires rarely get to be leads. I also think the supernatural genre, and vampires specifically are often seen as something that doesn’t deserve serious consideration. And i believe this is why so many of them end up filled with cliches. Most filmmakers seem content to just use it as an excuse for romantic fluff and nothing more.
I think what the vampire genre needs is someone to do a fresh take on it, and show that the genre can be used for far more than pure romantic fluff. There are some who have who has gotten closer to this idea than others(Let the Right One In being a good example), and there are a few upcoming vampire movies that seem like they have potential, but i think what the vampire genre needs is its own batman. Nolan showed that one can do a more serious take on the superhero genre, and i see no reason why a filmmaker today can’t do that today.
As for me, most of my film and tv shows idea involve the supernatural genre, and i refuse to give up on them because the supernatural genre isn’t seen as something to be taken seriously. I think the supernatural genre has a lot of potential, and like sci-fi can be used as a creative and entertaining way to deal with serious themes and issues. At the very least, i think it has more to offer than just love triangles. And that is why i also will continue to be a fan of vampires and the supernatural genre in general even if it has become a tired genre in peoples eyes.