I have somewhat of a soft spot for retro sci-fi films.
Recently I watched the 1973 cult-classic "Soylent Green". A slow, depressing story about an over-populated, dying earth in 2022 where the only food available to the masses are wafers made by the Soylent Corperation. The ever-so-predictable twist was that the future's elderly were euthanaised and turned into corn chips.
What is extremely disturbing is that movie's premise is perhaps closer to being science fact, than science fiction.
There has been a modern revival of vampirism in recent years. Although AIDS has put a dampener on sucking your girlfriend's blood, no one can deny there is a growing subculture which embracing everything vampish, and its popularity has spilled over into mainstream pop-culture.
What is modern-day vampirism? Simply, the celebration and romanticising of everything macabre and sensual.
What did vampirism originate? To cut a long story short, the early Slavs and Britons had a strong belief in vampires (living corpses empowered by evil, craving blood as sustenance) up until the early 1800s. Some occultists today believe supernatural vampirism to be a fact (another post perhaps?).
If I was to ask who is the most popular vampire in history - an overwhelming majority would say Dracula. Have you ever wondered how the superstar of horror was inspired?
It is no secret that Satanists, death-metallers and other such lovely people deliberately adorn themselves with jewelery that most Christians find offensive. For example: The horned goat, and pentagram, and if you really want to freak us Jesus Freaks out... the upside down cross.
Ah Yes, the classic inverted cross - the most recognizable symbol of defiance against Christianity. Where did this symbol-abomination originate? When did this most unholy sign come into being? Obviously from the depths of hell itself, surely. Actually no. Not even remotely close.