Vampirism is a none-too-subtle metaphor for sex. The penetration of skin by sharp canine teeth easily evokes both violence and eroticism. Fear and desire become entangled. Not surprisingly, filmmakers from Jean Rollin to Jess Franco have capitalized on this allure/revulsion by fashioning vampire movies with an enhanced sex quota (and critically-respected directors such as Francis Ford Coppola have followed their lead).
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