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Fright Night 2: New Blood
Available on Blu-ray and DVD October 1
Enjoy this Vampire Tour of Romania, courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and then enter to win your very own copy of Fright Night 2 on Blu-fay!
Vampire films are not a new phenomenon and in fact the presence of vampires can be seen in folklore throughout history. During their time in Romania, Charley and Evil Ed find themselves getting a little too close to vampire history for comfort. Continue reading below to delve into the common myths that surround vampires, and learn about their Romanian origins.
By day Gerri Dandridge is a sexy professor, but by night she transforms into a real-life vampire with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. So when a group of high school students travel abroad to study in Romania, they find themselves ensnared in Gerri’s chilling web of lust and terror. Charley and “Evil” Ed must stop Gerri from drinking and bathing in the blood of a “new moon virgin,” which just so happens to be Charley’s ex-girlfriend, Amy. They enlist help from Peter Vincent, the vampire hunting host of a reality show called “Fright Night,” to drive a stake through Gerri’s plan and save Amy from a fate far worse than death.
Vampires in Romania
There are two different types of vampires who are prominent in Romanian folklore: the strigoi and moroi. These vampires are typically depicted as souls who have risen from the dead and have come back to drink the blood of their victims. Romania is prominent in vampire folklore. In fact, one of the most famous vampires, Count Dracula, is said to be based off of a Transylvanian prince, Vlad the Impaler. Today, tourists can participate in vampire tours throughout Romania just like the ones Evil Ed and Charley went on.
Vampires Aversion to Daylight
Professor Dandridge, like many other vampires, is unable to walk in the daylight and only teaches her classes at night, once the sun has set. Many people believe that origins of vampire folklore can be traced back to the 1800’s when a disease called porphyria became more prominent. Porphyria causes skin sensitivity and therefore people with the disease can have severe photosensitivity. The strong odor of garlic can cause them to have a reaction on their skin that causes itching and rashes. There were many unusual and inexplicable symptoms that were caused by porphyria and people began to be afraid of those with the disease. Today, many similarities can be seen between the conditions of the disease and folklore surrounding vampires.
A Stake Through the Heart
Although Charley’s attempt to use a stake to protect him self was quickly overthrown, a wooden stake is considered one of the best defense mechanisms against vampires. In folklore, vampires are often bloated and puffy because they are the undead. A wooden stake through the heart ensures that a bloated corpse will be deflated and killed before they are able to attack
Vampires vs. The Holy Cross
In Fright Night 2, Charley is shocked to see that Professor Dandridge is able to hold onto the Bible, until he realizes that a cross has been burned into the palm of her hand. Many Biblical symbols can be used to deter a vampire, including the cross, the Holy Bible, churches, and holy water. These defense mechanisms come from religious origins. In early Christianity, vampires were seen as those who had been impacted by the devil. Since vampires were viewed as one of the most evil forms of beings, they could not bare to be near anything associated with religion. Christians believed that the Lord would protect them from vampires through his symbols.
The idea of vampires having fangs can also be traced back to the painful disease porphyria. In addition to sensitive skin, those suffering from porphyria were faced with receding gum tissue. This often led to the teeth standing out and looking longer, and perhaps sharper, than those with a normal smile.
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