Lesson plan & documents Vampires over time instructions : answers
Watch the videos and answer the questions:
- Which vampire scene do you find the scariest? Why? ( Comment using camera angles, actor’s performance, music, setting …)
- Which vampire do you find the most charming? Why?
- What is your favourite scene? Why?
- Can you name 2 key elements of the setting that are used in most vampire scenes. What vampire feature do they reinforce? ( Power, animal side, human side, sex appeal…?)
Nosferatu by Murnau (1921)
Dracula (1931) – the first Universal Studios Dracula film, starring Bela Lugosi.
Dracula (1958) – aka Horror of Dracula; the first Hammer Dracula film, starring Christopher Lee as the Count.
The Hunger by Tony Scott, 1983
Vampire lovers Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie stalk New York’s downtown club scene in search of fresh blood (watch out for Willem Dafoe).
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) – was Werner Herzog’s remake of Murnau’s silent classic.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Inspired by Dark Shadows and Dan Curtis’ Dracula, the 1992 film also merges a reincarnation romance with the medieval story of Vlad III; starring Gary Oldman as Dracula. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
Interview with a Vampire by Neil Jordan, 1994.
Born as an 18th-century lord, Louis (Brad Pitt) is now a bicentennial vampire, telling his story to an eager biographer (Christian Slater).
The Wisdom of the crocodiles by Po-Chih Leong (1998)
Twilight Saga, by Catherine Hardwicke, 2009.
- How have vampires changed physically over time? (Focus on physical descriptions)
Bryan > look like beasts / with fangs / drinking blood. Over time they get supernatural power and human features until become very sexy and supernatural.
- How have vampires changed morally over time? (Focus on mental descriptions)
Léa > In the past > only wanted to drink blood to survive > animal instinct of survival / prey was human > scary monster
Over time > writers have given feelings to vampires > have become more human / become heroes of stories? / seductive hero
- How have the setting of vampire stories changed over time ? (Focus on the background, room, details)
Raphaël – Overtime the setting (décor) have become more modern > In the past there were Gothic castles / haunted rooms/ in the countryside but today in happens in high schools and vampires can drive cars in cities.
- How are the victims of vampires changed over time ? (Focus on the other characters, what do we know about them? How do they feel about the vampire?)
Sonia – As time goes by victims don’t get killed but fall in love / they are no longer passive subjects but active women / more female narrators.
- Have vampire stories style and narrative techniques changed over time ?
Tess – All-seeing narrators / external POV in the past whereas today internal / diaries (journaux intimes)
- Why do people still like reading about vampires today? (Focus on the style and narrative techniques and their evolution.)
Enzo – mysterious and dangerous today / dangerous side of vampires have become exciting instead of scary.