The Hebrew scriptures speak of blood as that which gives life: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11). Atonement could not be made for the soul, according to the Law of Moses, without the shedding of blood.
The Christian New Testament presents the shed blood of Jesus Christ as the ultimate (and only) atonement for sins as it pertains to the soul’s redemption by God and man’s salvation from God’s holy wrath.
Is it any wonder that stories of vampires would strike particular fear into the hearts of mortal men? Bloodsuckers, who take the source of life from the flesh of mortals, and thus, condemning them to eternal death since there is no atonement for their souls. This is a pretty scary thought.
The first modern vampire story appeared in 1819 from a short fictional work by English physician and writer, John William Polidori (1795-1821). His short story? “The Vampyre; a Tale.” Yes, before Twilight, before Bram Stoker’s Dracula, there was “The Vampyre.”
For our first installment of “Friday Flicks” I stumbled upon this short feature called “So Pretty”. It’s an interesting take on the bloody topic. “So Pretty” may be pretty scary to some, not so scary to others. At any rate, I thought it was entertaining. Take a look…
In 1922, Nosferatu was released as an unauthorized version of Bram Stocker’s Dracula; unauthorized because the producers could not secure the rights to the original work. The film was shot in 1921 and directed by F.W. Murnau (1888-1931). German actor, Max Schreck (1879-1936), was cast in the lead role as the vampire, Count Orlock. If you haven’t seen the 1922 silent film, you can check it out in the video below…
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