For a while now I've been kind of paying attention to vampire variations in popular culture. Most vamps these days have pretty much gone oatmeal. I mean, they're all just about the same and there's really nothing new (except for the sparkling).
Today I watched a movie from 1945 called The Vampire's Ghost. It had some interesting quirks that you don't usually see nowadays. It didn't have anyone who I had ever heard of starring in it. However, I do want to show you a picture of the guy who played the vampire. By the way, I don't know where "the vampire's ghost" came from. He was just a normal vampire. Anyway, here he is:
John Abbott. He does look kinda like he could be a vampire, doesn't he? Especially when he does his mind-control stuff and his eyes bulge out. Freaky.
- No reflection (can use mind power to shatter mirrors)
- No fangs
- Enjoys cigars
- Can go outside in daylight but has to wear sunglasses
- Was created by a curse (NOT by being bitten)
- Lead bullets go right through him as if he isn't there
- Severely injured by a spear point that had been dipped in molten silver*
- Can mind-control people into not squealing on him
- Appeared to fear the cross
- Extended lifespan (400 years)
- To create new vampire, had to use a special ritual involving an ancient forbidden temple, a symbol traced on his victim's forehead with earth from his original grave, and biting victim
- Was healed by lying with his head on a small box containing earth from his original grave and being exposed to moonlight (not clear if both moonlight and box are essential, but it appeared so)
- Killed by burning; also a large stone statue fell on him while he was burning
Not a bad movie, but at 55 minutes it seemed a little short and I think it could actually have used a little more thriller-related padding.
I liked it. 3 stars.* Don't ask me how the African natives got a pot of molten silver to dip their spear points in. I never figured that one out.