I had successfully avoided the Vampire Fantasy Romance movies until last night. I was drafted to sit in the movie theater with Ellen and her friend and forced to watch (and I hope the last of these movies) Breaking Dawn - Part 2. Unfortunately the movie (and I presume the book) ended with a chance of another sequel - ugh!!!
While I can't be a perfect critic (since I didn't read any of the best selling books or see the first four movies), it seems to me that this fantasy series has permanently ruined the whole image of Vampires. Who wants to see a "Friends" type format with Vampires celebrating Christmas in a cozy cottage around a family gift exchange!
Even the remake of Dark Shadows (which I didn't see) is described as a fantasy comedy. How could Johnny Depp even be considered a serious candidate for a Vampire anyway. Where has the rightful frightful place of the Vampire King?
I remember as a kid watching Vampire and Frankenstein movies at midnight and being scared to death. The dynamic dual for frightful supremacy between Boris Karloff and Bella Lagusi helped keep plenty of nightmares fresh and kids wanting to sleep with their parents for safety.
I hope this Vampire "milk toast thing" is not some subliminal Hollywood theme promoting tolerance.
One thing I'm certain of in my fantasy land - I will always be prejudiced against Vampires.