Directed by MDF Productions
Dracula, Nosferatu and now Edward are all part of cinema history and the Vampire legend, but is there any truth behind the spine-chilling fiction? At first bite, the vampire seems to be just the product of our heated imagination, a dark fairy tale. But some folklore’s do hold truths, explain some fears, and satisfy some desires. Indeed, this terrifying monster’s beginnings is a lifetime away from the 21st century vampire – those real people living amongst us who drink human blood and purposely embrace the darkness.
From ancient folk tales to the Hollywood screen, the myth of the vampire is one of the most powerful stories humans tell each other. Tales of the dead coming back to feed on the living appear in virtually every civilization, going all the way back to ancient Egypt. And in today’s hyper-scientific world, the modern version of the vampire tale is still mesmerizing millions of people, from horror fanatics to teenage girls in love with the Twilight Saga’s Edward Cullen.
The Real Vampire Files travels back in time to trace the origins of the blood-sucking monster in the folk legends of Greece and Eastern Europe. Until quite recently, vampires weren’t suave like Bela Lugosi or dreamy like Robert Pattinson; they were terrifying creatures that came at night to steal our children and feed on our lifeblood. That was the type of creature described by Bram Stoker in his 1895 novel Dracula, inspired by a 15th-century Transylvanian prince named Vlad Drakulja (AKA Vlad the Impaler). It wasn’t until Dracula hit the silver screen that his image changed. Dispensing with the monstrous features of vampires past, Lugosi brought a continental sophistication to Dracula that forever changed how we see the undead. By the turn of the 20th century, vampire glamour had firmly established itself, thanks mainly to authors such Anne Rice and Stephenie Meyer.
The documentary features interviews with best-selling author Anne Rice, Bram Stoker’s great-grand-nephew Dacre Stoker, and a host of other vampire connoisseurs. And it asks the daring question: are there any real vampires living today? The answer, it turns out, is “maybe.” The film presents “psychic vampire” Michelle Belanger, who feeds on the “vital energy” of willing donors, and features a real-life feeding by self-professed blood-sucking vampire Drake Mefestta. Vampires, says documentary, have truly achieved immortality – no longer feared, but celebrated and envied – and seeking celebrity themselves.