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Obama's Election Means a Return of Vampire Flicks

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the pet-monsters dept.

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gyrogeerloose writes "In a column in Saturday's San Diego Union Tribune, Peter Rowe makes a connection between the popularity of horror movie genres and the political party in the White House. A Republican administration presides over a period of zombie movies while a Democrat in the Oval Office brings on a cycle of vampire movies. Why? Possibly because the two genres 'are really competing parables about class warfare.' Hmmmm, maybe. On the other hand, it might just be a coincidence." Socialists are best represented by lycanthropes, and the Libertarians are most closely tied to any sort of horror from space.

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Finally (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25711985)

Finally something on idle that isn't a complete turd. I still say idle should be dropped.

Re:Finally (2, Insightful)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712281)

And the fooking "story" tag

Re:Finally (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25712431)

And all this "change" bullshit. Why isn't music as good as it was back when I was young? You damn kids today and your habit of not doing things exactly the way I did them when I was your age! I'm OLD, damnit! Stop changing things! I told my dad I'd never be an old person, but that's going to happen if everything doesn't freeze in time exactly the way I left it! Get to it! Chop chop!

Re:Finally (1)

NoobixCube (1133473) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712521)

I'm sure there's a master plan for this story tag nonsense. Maybe the story tag will be broken up to be more descriptive - some would say story, if it's a news story like finding more water on Mars, reviews of anything would be tagged review, not story, journal entries would be tagged journal. I could be wrong, but I'd say we're in a transition period. I noticed the story tag as soon as I switched from the old index to the new one, so it's a fair bet they're related. The new index (not as it is now, but as it will one day be) will probably hold the answers when it matures a little more. Right now though, I think it's a side effect of the new index being just like the firehose. If you want things that aren't stories yet, you search for -story, the new index has everything tagged as story to prevent stories washing up in the firehose, and to prevent firehose items appearing on the front page.

Re:Finally (1)

Ginger Unicorn (952287) | more than 5 years ago | (#25718781)

it's being inserted by the editors? jesus i thought it was just some stupid obnoxious meme that was going on way after it was funny, even though it never was, like that time every single story was tagged "itsatrap" for five days.

Re:Finally (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 5 years ago | (#25726585)

It's a type tag: an automatic system tag. Nobody enters it.

Re:Finally (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 5 years ago | (#25726567)

Follow the magical link [slashdot.org] .

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25712365)

If idle isn't dropped, then it needs to be an option in my profile. I stopped going to digg because of all the nsfw. I'm starting to see some borderline material on slashdot that is coming through idle.

Once it finally happens, then I am done with slashdot. I'll go make my own geek news site at that point.

Re:Finally (2, Informative)

rugatero (1292060) | more than 5 years ago | (#25713535)

If idle isn't dropped, then it needs to be an option in my profile.

It is. Help&Preferences -> Your Preferences -> Index -> Sections

Re:Finally (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25712581)

Dropping a turd... how appropriate.

Mom! MOM! Bathroom! BATHROOM! - Cartman

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25712811)

Wait, ISNT a complete turd? Did you RTFA?

Re:Finally (2, Insightful)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25713857)

Stop reading it then.

Re:Finally (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 5 years ago | (#25718465)

This is the first time I have been able to read idle comments using IE.

Re:That other giant sucking sound (0, Flamebait)

hargrand (1301911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25715783)

Actually I think this one is rather apropos. Vampires suck the lifeblood out of their victims, much like the Obama tax policy will suck the lifeblood out of the U.S. economy.

Hey buddy, can you spare a dime?

Re:That other giant sucking sound (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 5 years ago | (#25718521)

Don't worry they only feed on zombie-republicans....

Genius. (4, Funny)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712021)

Wow, actually that makes perfect sense. Democrats suck, Republicans are mindless, socialists are hairy lunatics, and the best way to get rid of a libertarian is to nuke the site from orbit...It's the only way to be sure.

//Thinks the vampire movies have been coming out for a while now, actually.

Re:Genius. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25712093)

Democrats suck

Thank you for not including an object to go with that subject and verb.
Also, why does the quote tag not work in idle?

Re:Genius. (1)

MaxwellEdison (1368785) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712135)

Pants can't use quote tags.

Re:Genius. (1)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712295)

<blockquote>When you are working hard, get up and retch every so often.
    --candycoloredclown</blockquote>

Re:Genius. (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712185)

What about the Torries, they should be all drawn and quartered.

Re:Genius. (1)

wiggles (30088) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712373)

Well, the last time we had a Tory party in the US, that type of thing happened on a fairly regular basis...

Re:Genius. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25712381)

//Thinks the vampire movies have been coming out for a while now, actually.

That's because because Bush was pretty much as big a socialist as any Democrat, despite having an R next to his name...

Re:Genius. (2, Insightful)

hobbit (5915) | more than 5 years ago | (#25714481)

Calling Bush or the Democrats socialists is pretty laughable from anywhere outside America.

Re:Genius. (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 5 years ago | (#25718549)

I think the GP is refering to what looks suspisiously like the nationialsation of the finance and insurance sectors of the US (global?) economy.

Re:Genius. (1)

hobbit (5915) | more than 5 years ago | (#25727795)

Yes, but with what alternative?

Re:Genius. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25720529)

Its a matter of perspective, isn't it? Compared to leaders of other countries, he might not be very socialist at all, but compared to the conservative ideals that Bush SHOULD be upholding, he's goddamn Karl Marx himself, or something.

Re:Genius. (2, Interesting)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712463)

Really?

I'd think that as zombies always come in hordes (Night of the Living Homeless &c), so they represent the mob of the working class. If vampires expose their skin to sunlight, they turn to dust, and likewise with the... "paperless administration work" of socialist governments.

Werewolves never use contraceptives or do abortions, but they do mate when they take a human form; just look at Oz and the red-haired sexy geeky wonderful Willow; *sigh*.

Where was I? Oh yeah, werewolves! They're clearly the republicans. And Libertarianism is so pie in the sky and alien to most Americans that we really, really have to try out plan A through plan H before jumping to Libertarianism.

A through plan H before jumping to Libertarianism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25714943)

I think you mean Plan 9...from outer space!

Re:Genius. (1)

MagusSlurpy (592575) | more than 5 years ago | (#25714681)

Vampire movies are always coming out.

Re:Genius. (3, Funny)

Atario (673917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25716749)

Republicans are in need of brains

Fixed.

Re:Genius. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25719585)

The assumption is that people will side with whoever they voted for. Republicans view the working class as "the enemy" and Democrats view the aristocrats as "the enemy".

Zombies are a metaphor for the shambling hordes of the working class. Easily avoided and mostly harmless when encountered individually, but powerful and frightening as a united group. Also painted as mindless; i.e. uneducated.

Vampires are the opposite. Dangerous as a single foe. They are almost always an individual wealthy person lurking in the shadows, scheming. They contribute nothing and suck the life blood from those they encounter. Also, no one can rise to be a vampire by choice, they must be personally chosen by a vampire to become one themselves, just like the "old boy network."

Re:Genius. (1)

TheGeniusIsOut (1282110) | more than 5 years ago | (#25721699)

If I had any mod points left I'd mark this Insightful. Good explanations, they're "dead" on. (couldn't resist)

Re:Genius. (1)

dkf (304284) | more than 5 years ago | (#25719603)

Wow, actually that makes perfect sense. Democrats suck, Republicans are mindless, socialists are hairy lunatics, and the best way to get rid of a libertarian is to nuke the site from orbit...It's the only way to be sure.

Not quite. With Libertarians, you're dealing with bizarre aliens who are not of this earth. Reminds me rather a lot of John Redwood [wikipedia.org] .

Pluto (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25712169)

Libertarian elements in space, pretty good except the angry icy cold republican chick butt fucked on election night was social conservative. She'd definitely be at home on Pluto though.

Re:Pluto (0, Flamebait)

KGIII (973947) | more than 5 years ago | (#25713711)

Well, if you ever happen to meet her (assuming you speak of Palin) you could tell her, "No you dumb bimbo, Pluto is not big enough to be a planet. However, the good news is Uranus is big enough to be several planets." I'm sure she'll appreciate that.

Libertarians (2, Insightful)

bskin (35954) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712177)

Aren't libertarians tied to freedom lovers on the moon?

Re:Libertarians (5, Funny)

TrekkieTechie (1265532) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712405)

We prefer Lunatarian, you insensitive clod!

Re:Libertarians (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25741333)

Loonys, for short.

Return of Blackula? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25712241)

Sorry, just couldn't resist.

Re:Return of Blackula? (1)

Theoboley (1226542) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712559)

You write it, i'll produce it. It'll be the worst 'B' Movie ever.

And when did blackula first enter the office... how is it a return? :P

Re:Return of Blackula? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25713159)

It's a Venture Brothers reference, from the Order of the Triad guys.

For those not in the know, the Blade character spoof only hunts black vampires - blackulas.

Re:Return of Blackula? (2, Informative)

penguinchris (1020961) | more than 5 years ago | (#25713961)

It's not a Venture Brothers reference; Blacula is a real film from 1972: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068284/ [imdb.com] . There's a sequel, too.

It's hard to tell with a show like that, but you can be safe in saying that just about everything in there is a reference to something. They wouldn't have a character that hunts blaculas if the blacula precedent hadn't been set previously.

This makes more sense than I expected (2, Insightful)

Rayeth (1335201) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712243)

Which maybe isn't saying much, but this makes more sense than expected. However I doubt that zombies will suddenly drop off the map (Evil Dead 4 where are you!?) just because Obama took over the reigns. Also the line about competing tales of class warfare is total nonsense. Vampires = scary liberal democrats while zombies = brain dead republicans? I think some writer was just trying to be funny while letting his political bias show.

Assuming this was right, why wouldn't democrats out of power want to portray republicans as vampires too? And ditto with republicans showing democrats as zombies. The door swings both ways on this, clearly the argument was made without thinking it through.

And now I have officially spent as much time on this post as the writer did on the column

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (5, Insightful)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712363)

Which maybe isn't saying much, but this makes more sense than expected. However I doubt that zombies will suddenly drop off the map (Evil Dead 4 where are you!?) just because Obama took over the reigns. Also the line about competing tales of class warfare is total nonsense. Vampires = scary liberal democrats while zombies = brain dead republicans? I think some writer was just trying to be funny while letting his political bias show.

No, Vampire movies are about the danger of a centralised danger preying on the masses, and slowly bleeding them dry. That is, big government and overtaxation. You never have a sole hero in a Vampire movie - it's always a sole villain. It's about the people needing to keep an evil elite in check.

Zombie movies, however, are all about the individual struggling to overcome the masses. You always have fewer heroes than zombies in this type of picture, which strikes a chord with the Republican rhetoric of rugged individualism and self reliance. It's about an elite needing to keep the evil masses in check.

I love BSing.

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (4, Interesting)

Spasemunki (63473) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712977)

I would say that the villain in each movie reflects the type of character most likely to be demonized by the administration. Vampires are ancient, aristocratic white people who suck the life from the young and vivacious- in other words, the dessicated plutocrats that liberals blame for worldly ills. Zombies are poorly dressed unintelligent masses that want to eat the brains of the small number of intelligent protagonists who had the 'good sense' not to become zombies- in other words, the masses of the urban poor who are leeching off of a small number of productive citizens. Zombies are, to a conservative, just brain welfare queens.

Look at the financial crisis: was it the fault of a few Wall Street fat cats getting greedy (Dem view), or financially unfit masses dragging down the economy by not paying their bills (Republican view)?

Socialists I would think would be associated with 1980's teen films and episodes of Scooby Doo. The real villain is always a real estate developer interested in making a public good (teen center) into private property.

Libertarians would be bondage torture movies like Saw or Hostel. The enemy wants to tie you down and dismember you, just like the state wants to restrict your freedom and steal your property.

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (1)

Duckie01 (10586) | more than 5 years ago | (#25717133)

It was the fault of the masses not paying their bills, and the fault of the Wall Street greeds to sell insecure mortgages as "secure" loans.  The combination of the two proved to be really bad.

Perhaps someone should make a movie about a mass of zombies attacking a real meanass vampire.

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (2, Interesting)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712981)

Actually, vampire movies are about the fear and/or admiration of elites, whereas zombie movies are about the resentment of conformity.

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25714711)

No, Vampire movies are about the danger of a centralised danger preying on the masses, and slowly bleeding them dry. That is, big government and overtaxation. You never have a sole hero in a Vampire movie - it's always a sole villain.

Somebody hasn't seen Blade 1, 2 or 3

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (1)

Tjebbe (36955) | more than 5 years ago | (#25719047)

or any of the original/classic zombie films, where there quite often were very few (or even just one) zombies.

Bush/Cheney were Chaotic Evil (2, Informative)

billstewart (78916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25715065)

In D&D terminology, Bush/Cheney were clearly Chaotic Evil. Some of their advisers and henchpersons like John Yoo may have been Lawful Evil or Neutral Evil, and their main enemies were probably Lawful Evil, as well as the Neutral and Good folks who were collateral damage. Seems to be a good environment for Zombies.

Vampire movies sometimes have vamps who are protagonists, certainly since The Vampire Lestat novels. And then you get the occasional Vampires vs. Werewolves sort of movie, which was obviously a literary reference to the Cold War...

Re:Bush/Cheney were Chaotic Evil (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25741355)

In D&D terminology, Bush/Cheney were clearly Chaotic Evil.

sigh, another person who has no idea what the alignments mean.

Bush is clearly Lawful good..becasue only a paladin would do such stupid stuff in the name of 'good' i.e. his belief.

Cheney is lawfull evil...everything he does is technically within the law... and evil.

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (1)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712459)

It's an incredibly stupid story, and I'm not surprised it comes from university professors. Demand for movies comes from the public, and they're not applying political parables to these things. I think it's just a bunch of movie buffs finding some dumb way to celebrate a Democrat presidential victory.

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 5 years ago | (#25721815)

Demand for movies comes from the public, and they're not applying political parables to these things.

Untrue. Demand for movies comes from studio promotion. It is rare that a movie entirely flops, even when its braineating bad.

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (5, Interesting)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712481)

During the 90's, there was a lot of what I call "gnostic cinema" - films like The Matrix, Truman Show, Dark City, eXistenZ, and such were all about radical Cartesian doubt ("is the world all lies? Can I trust my senses? etc.") I really do connect them with the Clinton era, and also with the apparent unchallenged dominance of what was called the Washington doctrine. Although Clinton was a Democrat, the idea that unfettered markets worked best and that we were on the road to permanent prosperity was very much the consensus, far more than under Bush. After all, the Cold War was over. With that consensus came gnawing doubt - expressed in those films - that perhaps things underneath the gleaming, shiny surface weren't so good after all. When the dot.com crash came, and then 9/11, such Gnostic doubt was no longer necessary: that optimism disappeared.

As far as why Democrats are vampires and Republicans are zombies, remember that culture trumps economics in representation. The Democrats are still considered the party of the cultural elite. The Republicans are the populists, at least at the base (so much of the last election was a demonstration of the contradictions between the Republican base and the Republican elite.) Democrats may tax you more, but they also, ironically, believe in a heirarchy of cultural values: that a salad at Chez Panisse is superior to a cheeseburger at McDonalds. Republicans like uneven economics, but flat cultures (which make, after all, simpler and bigger mass markets, which creates economic elites like Sam Walton.)

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (1)

afxgrin (208686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25713357)

Democrat Vampires, Republican Zombies - so the Shadowrunners get to take down both of them?

Fucking cool!!!

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (0, Offtopic)

Prien715 (251944) | more than 5 years ago | (#25715237)

Wouldn't that be agnostic cinema since gnosis is Greek for knowledge, whereas lack of knowledge is represented in its negation (agnostic)?

The Gnostics [wikipedia.org] were a group of early Christians who believed the god of the old testament was evil (especially for imprisoning spirits in bodies), but the good god periodically sent messengers to free us from him, like the serpent in the Garden of Eden or Jesus. Unfortunately, after the mainstream Christians were done being persecuted, they decided they rather liked the other side of the racket and persecuted the Gnostics nearly to extinction...stuff like the dead sea scrolls survived though.

Some say though, that the Gnostics spirits are still restless and inhabit the bodies of the undead....

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (2, Insightful)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | more than 5 years ago | (#25716297)

Absolutely not: the idea that the world of the senses was an illusion, and that the true lay behind a veil of lies is central to gnosticism. Gnosticism is more a religious version of neo-Platonism (after all, Cartesian doubt has its origins in Plato's cave.) There were Christian and non-Christian versions of Gnosticism as well: Gnosticism developed independently of Christianity in other parts of the Roman Empire and its vicinity, though it was soon blended with various Christian practices and beliefs.

I think the political situation in which Gnosticism flourished in some ways echoed that of Gnostic Cinema at the end of the 20th century: a hegemonic force looked like it was "the end of history," Rome was unrivaled in its power and an uneasy sense of totality dominated the cultural scene, as if the Empire seemed to envelop reality - like the Matrix.

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (2, Funny)

torchdragon (816357) | more than 5 years ago | (#25728771)

Suddenly the conversation I had in the car last week about neo-platonic duality doesn't make feel like a total outcast. Thank you.

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (1)

h3llfish (663057) | more than 5 years ago | (#25713123)

I think you're the one who didn't think it through. Or, it would seem, rtfa.

The republicans, according to this analogy, are not zombies. The zombies are (if we are to take this analogy seriously) like homeless people because they are dirty, clad in rags, and mumble to themselves They want to harm the innocent, hardworking living folks.

Also, the Democrats are not vampires. In the Dem version of the analogy, it's the aristocracy (as in the prototype, Count Dracula), who feed off the blood (hard work) of the poor peasants. That's what the Dems would have you believe.

So, you had it backwards. Got is straight now? Good.

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25713753)

Personally, I think it a much more compelling notion that they appeal to the dominant fears of the majority of the voting nation, and as such to the party in power.

Republicans are typically the 'haves', as well as more socially conservative. As such, among their greatest fears is socialism, or communism. The seizure and destruction of life and property by mindless, short sighted hordes. ( zombies )

Democrats are more socially liberal. The bulk of their social fears are centered around the unjustly powerful exercising power and authority over the weak in an irresponsible, or evil manner ( vampire ).

I dont think we ever have to worry about the majority of the nation being libertarian. If that somehow happened, and I had to guess, I would say we'd see a huge spike in movies about orwellian states, government witch hunts and religious crusades run amok.

Re:This makes more sense than I expected (1)

AEton (654737) | more than 5 years ago | (#25716985)

I know you're skeptical that the kinds of movies we like reflect the kind of culture we live in year-to-year, but consider John Carpenter's masterpiece They Live [imdb.com] . Of course it was about politics in the Ronald Reagan era!

True Blood (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25712391)

Not a movie, a series. HBO. Pretty good if you can sit through the first two or three episodes.

The obvious question (4, Informative)

DanTheManMS (1039636) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712477)

I think I speak for everyone when I say: "...what?"

Re:The obvious question (1)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 5 years ago | (#25713621)

>I think I speak for everyone when I say: "...what?"

Just vote Zombie Reagan 2008^W2012 [strk3.com] .

Re:The obvious question (1)

Eli Gottlieb (917758) | more than 5 years ago | (#25714969)

I think I speak for all of us, when I say I understand /
Why you folks might hesitate /
To submit to our demand.

But here's an FYI /
You're all gonna die screaming!

ALL WE WANNA DO IS EAT YOUR BRAINS!!!
We're not unreasonable /
I mean noone's gonna eat your eyes.

What if Mccain won? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25712599)

Would living dead films be considered horror films or documentaries?

That Depends... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25713445)

> Would living dead films be considered horror films or documentaries?

Depend on who they voted for.

Though I guess that McCain *would* vote for himself, so...

Reading Between the Lines FAIL (-1)

SmellyCarney (160389) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712785)

The new Slashdot crowd is not-so-much with the critical thinking. It's not "Democrats are blood-sucking vampires, Republicans are mindless zombies."

Vampire movie ==> Singular evil sucking the lifeblood out of the masses
Zombie movie ==> Mindless masses sucking the lifeblood (brains) out of a few individuals

Go take an English Lit class and learn to read a little bit further into the subtext.

Call him Barry (1, Informative)

RichMan (8097) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712851)

http://www.investorvillage.com/smbd.asp?mb=1911&mn=75270&pt=msg&mid=6077056
--
What amazes me is that most people don't know that Senator Barack Obama was affectionately known to his friends as "Barry" during high school. My CEO's wife knew him immediately when he started his campaign, and was quoted as saying "Why is Barry on TV?" when she saw him announce his candidacy. That's not the message that peple got through the mass-media moron-tube though.
--

Apparently he was known as Barry before he become famous.

Not so much a hook as Barack Hussien Obama as some would like us to know him as.

So to the US's new head guy, Barry. /salute

Re:Call him Barry (1)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 5 years ago | (#25716119)

That's not the message that peple got through the mass-media moron-tube though.

Apparently he was known as Barry before he become famous.

Actually, I knew that. He changed his name when he went off to college. You know how I learned it? CNN played it for a week straight.

Sorry to burst your "I never get news outside of Fox News/Talk Radio but still know what they say" bubble.

Re:Call him Barry (1)

Onan (25162) | more than 5 years ago | (#25716395)

Wait, why?

A lot of people go by different nicknames in highschool than in adult life. In fact, thank god that most of the ways we define ourselves in highschool don't end up as permanent choices.

What's so amazing about people not knowing the deep dark secret that at the age when everyone wants to fit in, Obama went by a more common nickname? Why would the "mass-media moron-tube", as your article so delicately puts it, consider that to be news? Or how is it relevant to what one should call him now?

Re:Call him Barry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25723569)

I imagine Dubya was called a lot of interesting names back in his booze'n'coke days, and he actually likes being called Dubya.

For some reason I find it less jarring that Obama used to be called Barry than that Laurence Fishburne was credited as Larry up into his early 30s. Maybe it's just because there wasn't a Stooge named Barry.

Vampires? Zombies? (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25712909)

I've seen sexy vamps in the movies but never sexy zombies. Who'd want to have sex with zombies? Well, maybe some might like these. [youtube.com]

If Dems are vamps and Republicans are zombies, I'll stick with the vamps.

Re:Vampires? Zombies? (1)

kandela (835710) | more than 5 years ago | (#25713243)

Necrophilia is a crime in many places, so clearly enough people want to have sex with the dead for it to be illegal. Or maybe they just do it because it is illegal - those rebels! Hmm...

Vampire Lestat et al. books were Reagan-era (1)

billstewart (78916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25714645)

Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat were written during the Reagan years, though she's been cranking out sequels through Bush and Clinton years and for all I know more recently. The movies got made a few years after the book, but it was Reagan-era vampirism.

Re:Vampires? Zombies? (1)

DinDaddy (1168147) | more than 5 years ago | (#25721771)

Johnny Depp's character seemed to be on the fence in The Corpse Bride.

So Obama's a werewolf (5, Funny)

lordnabob (1397169) | more than 5 years ago | (#25713219)

And Bush presided over the resurgence of Torture Porn [wikipedia.org]

I guess I'll go with the fuzzy fella.

Re:So Obama's a werewolf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25714101)

hot

Re:So Obama's a werewolf (1)

Leolo (568145) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724491)

What an awsome legacy, eh.

Another interesting observation (1)

jcdick1 (254644) | more than 5 years ago | (#25713985)

Along the same lines as this, I have seemed to notice that when a more "liberal" administration is in office, the dominant auto commercial music tends toward "country" and when a "conservative" administration is in office, the car commercials seems to trend more toward "rock" genre music.

They have it backwards (2, Interesting)

jgoemat (565882) | more than 5 years ago | (#25714081)

It is not the democrat in the white house that causes the resurgence in vampire media, but vampire media that causes a democrat to be elected. Tru Blood on HBO and the Twilight movie are two examples that have become popular recently, prior to the election. At least the twilight movie was in production and scheduled for release before the election. Maybe the increased visibility of vampires reminds people of the negative qualities of the republican party?

The politics of Vampires, Zombies and Werewolfs (1)

physburn (1095481) | more than 5 years ago | (#25714311)

Vampires [feeddistiller.com] always traditionally been aristocrats, politically living of the blood of the working man toil (perhaps, sounds a bit to much like Marxist theory to me).

I can't see Zombies representing much politically except the a mass of unthinking people, unconcerned with whats going on around them. If a zombie votes, someone's made them do it (surely?). I wouldn't myself give a Zombie movie a political leaning. If you see a Zombie movie like George Remiro's "Days of the Dead", with supermarkets full of Zombie Shoppers, then you might consider the emptiness of the consumer economy, maybe, but did you also consider that next time you go shopping you're less likely to think about other Shoppers a people with lives, and more like to shoot them a "get out of my way, idiot" insult.

If Vampires are aristocrats, then I guess the working class would be werewolf's, certainly true of say "Underworld" (on TV tonight in the UK, with Kate Berkensale looking good in a leather catsuit). Of course need group really has much control over there Dark Appetites, but somehow the Vampires style, makes then Cool, while a werewolf is just a big angry dog, that was once human.

The Black Factor (1)

rtobyr (846578) | more than 5 years ago | (#25714755)

But no studies have been done--or could have been done to show what movies prevail under a black President. I betcha Blade is about to make a comeback.

Re: Space Creatures (1)

atomic-penguin (100835) | more than 5 years ago | (#25715375)

Socialists are best represented by lycanthropes, and the Libertarians are most closely tied to any sort of horror from space.

No, that is way off base. Many of the classic space invasion movies were about the communist threat associated with the Red Scare [wikipedia.org] or were about the Cold War [wikipedia.org] . For example, the The Day the Earth Stood Still is a classic example of metaphorical critique of the Cold War and the threat of nations nuking the hell out of each other during that period.

Libertarians do not have a large enough influence, in percentage of voters, to get either direct or metaphorical criticism from Hollywood. Libertarians are like Pauly Shore movies, or really bad documentaries. Sure people watch them, but nobody cares about them, or takes them seriously.

I am a registered Libertarian, and I am in the 1-2% that do take them seriously. However, I can't say the same for Pauly Shore, so perhaps that was a really bad example.

Klaatu, Barada, Nikto!

put a stake in it (2, Funny)

dmhorus (968775) | more than 5 years ago | (#25715859)

I say we get torches and chase idle out of our humble /.

Airmchair psychology... (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#25715943)

... of the worst sort.

And actually, the Sci-Fi Channel has been airing an astonishing number of vampire-related movies in recent years... more than I have ever seen and far more than I want to see.

It has also been showing more zombie movies than I ever recall seeing in past years... but the vampire movies have outnumbered them by perhaps three to one.

(When I say "showing more", I include repeat showings of the same movie.)

For the most part, I could do without either one of them, for a very long time. And for that matter, I could do without Republicans or Democrats, too, for a very long time. They ALL disgust me.

Remake (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25716213)

Will this mean there'll be a remake of Blackula [imdb.com] ?

Horrors from Space (1)

internic (453511) | more than 5 years ago | (#25716219)

Libertarians are most closely tied to any sort of horror from space

Ah yes, like the dreaded Ronulans.

Once you drink the Ronulan ale, you'll be under their power.

So, what, is "Scream Blacula, SCREAM" gomma make (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#25716513)

A bloody comeblack on the black and white tellie? I wonder how long for "24" an Jack Bauer get a makeover for the real world...

I interpreted it quite the opposite... (2, Insightful)

longobord (627823) | more than 5 years ago | (#25716593)

The way I interpret the popularity of one type of horror movie over another has more to do with what people fear. People who tend to vote for republicans fear the throngs of poor huddled teaming masses coming to eat their brains (and their hard-earned cash). People who tend to vote for democrats find it more fear-inspiring to think about some powerful unseen force swooping in and draining them from above. So zombies would represent fears of tax and spend while vampires would represent corporate greed.

Ha ha! Wonderful! (1)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | more than 5 years ago | (#25716765)

The Zombie/Unthinking follower (ie, everybody who blithely marched after Bush into the Iraq war and all his other self-made disasters), makes sense. --It is quite natural for Thinking People to fear this kind of monster threat. McCain supporters certainly seemed utterly mindless and vile, and there were altogether too many of them. I felt at times like holing up in my house with a golf club. --Or that any time I shot one down in debate, (easy enough to do), it JUST WOULDN'T DIE because it was too stupid to realize it was dead. --Or it would simply be replaced by another slavering ghoul.

Vampires exist in healthier environments, where people are aware enough to create strong, milk & honey societies, which by contrast, are fed upon by the leeches of society.

It all boils down to psychopathy and evil people either feeding on the masses, or convincing people to follow self-destructive courses of action. I have no trouble believing that the Vampie/Zombie thing is a subconscious manifestation in fiction of these forces.

I must say that I definitely feel the threat of destruction by mindless zombies has lifted for the time being. I didn't realize just how heavy it had gotten until it was gone!

So. . . bring on the Vampires! I got my stakes ready!

-FL

I can't believe no one has mentioned Barackula (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25717789)

Barackula The Musical - Barack Obama democrat vs vampire, u can watch it online!

http://www.barackula.com/

No, the monsters aren't the party in power (1)

Stephen20x6 (1317895) | more than 5 years ago | (#25719159)

No no, the monsters are not the party. The monsters are the party's adversary. The aristocratic vampire leeches off the hapless working folks. The mindless horde of cannibals destroys a productive society.

Buffy (the movie) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25719169)

"They had fangs. They were biting people. They had this look in their eyes â" totally cold. Animal. I think they were Young Republicans."

Joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25720763)

You know why bankrupt america elected Obama..?

He was the only one to spare some change..

Stephane

Makes sense (1)

Heather D (1279828) | more than 5 years ago | (#25727769)

The popular conception of Democrat politics is that they are fighting against a small cadre of unnaturally advantaged inhuman elites who only see the public as cattle and want to drain the vitality from of the world.

The popular conception of Republican politics is that they are fighting against a larger bulk of subhuman, mindless things that are only a threat because there are too many of them to kill.

The Libertarians, at least in the public eye, are a bunch of inhuman elites who are only concerned with their own ambitions

The Socialists, to the public, are are mindless creatures who value only rote instinct and do not give a damn about civilization.

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