Vampires in mass culture: from books to cinema, from comics to video games

There was a time in history where vampires started to have a great importance in popular culture again. Starting with movies, passing through television series, cartoons and continuing with books and video games, it was almost impossible not to hear about these strange mythological beings who love to suck blood from the necks of their targets.

We are talking about the second half of the 2000s when the cornerstone of this world was obviously the Saga of Twilightwhich saw the production of five films between 2008 and 2012 in which the protagonist is Bella Swan (born Kristen Stewart), a young seventeen-year-old girl who falls in love with Edward Cullen (born Robert Pattinson), the youngest and charming of a family of vampires.

Among the older films, however, is the award-winning one Interview with the Vampire released in 1994 and directed by Neil Jordan, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer of 1992, edited by Franz Rubel Kuzui, from which a seven-season television series was then made and produced between 1997 and 2003. The oldest, and perhaps also the best known of all, is the silent film Nosferatu which this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of its creation.

Speaking instead of animated films, among the most recent one cannot fail to mention the three films by Hotel Transylvaniareleased in 2012, 2015 and 2018 and produced by Sony and Columbia Pictures.

Looking at the small screen, there are several series produced in this area. In addition to the one already mentioned above, there are some of the closest to the present day True Blood of 2008, with 80 episodes produced and divided into seven seasons, e The Vampire Diaries the following year, boasting 171 episodes in eight seasons.

As far as the gaming world is concerned, there are two fronts: that of online games and that of console video games. Starting from the first, there are several slot machines that see these mythological characters as protagonists, and they can also be played on

One such title is Immortal Romance, a supernatural love story in the form of a 5-reel, 243-payline slot. Contains bonuses that take the win multiplier up to 50x. Another game is Night Vampire, a 5-reel, 15-line slot featuring vampires, horses, brides and bats. There are free spins and multipliers up to 1000x.

Of those we are telling you about today there is also Bloodsuckers, a game whose objective is to kill the vampires present in the reels. The latter are 5 and accompany 25 paylines, with the possibility of multiplying the amount bet up to 1,000x.

Vampire-based video games are also numerous. Some of these range from the more dated Castlevania, which counts almost forty springs, to the most recent The Elder Scrolls IV And v (Oblivion and Skyrim). They don’t even lack in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Then there are books and comics that tell of events related to this supernatural world. Of these there are some titles made entirely in Italy, such as Dampyrcreated in 2000 by Mauro Boselli and Maurizio Colombo, and the even more famous one Dylan Dogwhich featured a vampire in several issues.

From a literary point of view, examples are not absent, but the most famous of all is that of Dracula by Bram Stoker, dating back to the 19th century. The novel takes up the exploits of Vlad III, prince of Wallachia and is set between Transylvania and England.

With regard to vampires, therefore, there is freedom of choice in case you want to relive mythological and terrifying adventures, mostly set in the gloomy castles of Eastern Europe.

Vampires in mass culture: from books to cinema, from comics to video games