Episode 11: 500 Shades of Grey

“It’s equal parts grotesque and kind of hilarious.”

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It’s iconic, to blame for a number of major vampire tropes, and widely considered one of the greatest horror movies ever made. And yet if a copy had not escaped destruction after a suit by Bram Stoker’s estate, what would vampire fiction be like today?

In this episode of Bloodsucking Feminists, we tackle the original Nosferatu, its 1979 remake and the 2000 metafiction film Shadow of the Vampire about the making of the original film… with one major difference.

So join us for some German expressionism, discussion of plagues, the agency of women, and the relationship between vampires and animals. Including what would Dracula call his pet armadillo.

Episode Details

Title: 500 Shades of Grey
Subject: Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens by F. W. Murnau, Nosferatu the Vampyre by Werner Herzog and Shadow of the Vampire
Release Date: 31/03/2016
Length: 01:09:31
Title Reference: Unlike E.L. James, changing the names and a few details was not enough for F. W. Murnau to get away with it. (Also, the film is in black and white. :P)

Trigger/Other Warnings

Mentions/Discussions Of:

  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Vampire-typical violence
  • Antisemitism

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