Things that go hump in the night

We imagined that the entire cast of Dawson's Creek had become vampires and were philosophising about the nature of love and teen budgeoning romance when they started ripping the necks out of clueless local inhabitants. Have we created the next chapter in the Twilight genre? Is the reactive mixture of teen angst, lengthly soliloquies and deadly fangs the latest in teen sexual fantasies? Since when did the more gruesome characters of myth and legend become attractive?

One writer argues that the ongoing combination of sex and horror in films has lead to a hybrid situation where adrenaline for a 'flight or fight' situation mixes with hormones, where the teen virginal girl has to outrun her killer/ex boyfriend with a temper, and vampires, were-wolves and murderers are suddenly good enough to eat, Salon tells us.

'The main difference between the traditional horror monster and our current crop of attractive vampires, werewolves and ghosts can be seen as the difference between sex and love. Scary monsters can be sexy and so can psycho killers, but only brooding vampires with souls and 'The Phantom of the Opera' represent the 'ideal man': Someone that will love you unconditionally, and forever. And while that's scary in its own right, turning monsters into attractive, non-sexual (and therefore non-threatening) love interests turns horror films into teen romance flicks.'

Sex and death. Along with taxes, the two things that we can be sure we will become involved with at some point in our lives. Although, it would be best if the three things didn't happen all at once: who wants an zombie accountant as their partner?

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