In horror, vampires and werewolves just don’t get along. It does not matter if you are discussing the “Underworld” series, the “Twilight” series, or one of the older Universal Studios Monsters movies. There are reasons why the two types of creatures would not get along and attempt to destroy the other.
Vampires are all about control. They attempt to keep themselves reserved in certain situations to avoid being detected by potential vampire hunters. At the same time, they attempt to control their prey.
Traditionally, we believe that vampires live in ancient castles, which are symbolic of ancient types of feudal control. In even the earliest vampire movies, such as “Dracula,” the easiest way to enrage the prince of darkness is to challenge his control and self-appointed authority. They are also sensual creatures who live off of contact and are sexual by nature.
Lycans symbolize the most animalistic aspects of uncontrollable rage. A person who has turned into a werewolf is unable to control himself or herself once the change has begun. All of the frustration of everyday life comes out in a burst of bloody revenge on anyone who happens to stumble along. This rage is blind to everything but the strongest love, which might keep the werewolf at bay. Instead of having sexuality at their core, the core of a werewolf is simply to kill.
Vampires and werewolves, while both creatures of the night in horror, mix as well as oil and water. The symbolisms they portray make them polar opposites. Instead of killing to stay alive like the vampire, lycans kill simply to release rage. Instead of being sexual and sensual, werewolves are simply out to destroy. We could even go so far to say that many of the aspects of vampires put them on par with the ancient sacred feminine while the werewolves are the ancient sacred masculine.
In the upcoming “Underworld Awakening,” we will meet a child who is a hybrid of the two types of creatures. Horror fans have debated for years about what might happen if the twain did meet with their two favorite types of horror creatures. The role-playing games “Vampire: The Masquerade” and “Werewolf: The Apocalypse” put it best when they described a cross of the breeds as an abomination.
When you cross a vampire and a werewolf, you are often left with a character that will have the most negative aspects of both lines. When mixing the sexuality and sensuality of the vampire and the blind rage of the lycans, you might be left with a character unable to control its violent sexual urges. The abomination of the two types creates a creature who symbolizes rapists.
Vampires and werewolves are in a constant battle in horror for many reasons. First, they are polar opposites when it comes to symbolism. Second, they are opposites when it comes to the way they are portrayed on the silver screen. Finally, they war due to the fact that the crossing of the two could create a darker evil than before.
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