The objective of this examination stems from a curiosity as to where the vampiric blood cult
originated from and how it morphed into an iconic genre that is still prevalent in modern day
cinematic narrative. It is an assessment of what type of ideology governs the vampiric
discourse and whether those principles reinforce cultural belief systems. The inquiry will
consider the vampire as a paradoxical metaphor for a variety of dominating principles as well
as taboos within society.
Furthermore, it is a specific analysis of how female characters are represented throughout the
vampire cinematic genre. An exploration to determine whether there is a correlation between
the varied portrayals of female representation within vampiric film narratives and any linear
developments within cultural attitudes and perceptions. By tracing various personas
attributed and imposed on the female gender from the advent of the vampire cinematic genre,
it is anticipated that a pattern will emerge, initially of depictions that constrain and subjugate
women, according to dominating patriarchal governing authority.
However, what should also materialise, during evolutionary periods within cinema and
culture, is a reconstruction of identities and representation regarding the female and male
gender. The necessary application of theories developed within disciplines such as feminism,
psychoanalysis and gender studies, will aid in interpreting these new symbolic cinematic
representations. What should emerge is, like the vampire, a pattern of constant shift from
disintegration and renewal amongst feminine representation within contemporary cinema
narratives aligned with cultural alterations.