5 Ways Twilight Ruined Vampire Movies

Herner Klenthur

I don’t want to come off as harsh but the TWILIGHT movie franchise is a vampire abomination. Oh it’s based off a series of books? Ok well that is an abomination as well.  Where 30 Days Of Night was the greatest modern Vampire movie ever made Twilight is the worst piece of drivel to ever squat and crap on the vampire genre.

With that in mind I have decided to share the top reasons why Twilight Ruined Vampire movies. Worth noting many associate horror movies with males and feel that Twilight is for a younger female audience who like ‘this sort of thing’.

Admittedly I do think that Twilights appeal is to a younger female demographic which I am not but worth noting of our readership 39% are female and of that number almost 50% are under the age of 30 and 25% are under the age of 25.

So don’t blame all women for Twilight, and most certainly don’t blame female horror fans or they will come after you like Vlad the impaler. If you happen to be one of those people who like Twilight clearly this editorial is not for you. We wont judge you, but you probably should turn away now! Lets get right to my list.

Vampires Dont Sparkle

Point to one vampire movie where Vampires sparkled / glittered or threw around pixie dust. Vampires are not your buddy and they are not tinkerbell. If they go into the sunlight they don’t sparkle / twinkle or smile all sweet they explode into a fireball of bloody burned crispy bits.

Vampires Dont Have Rules / Governments.

Since when did vampires have governments that over saw their actions? Vampires follow rules? The only rule a vampire follows is they are the villain and you are the victim. Or in more simple terms they are hungry vile creatures and your dinner. They don’t follow rules of etiquette and they sure as hell don’t have tribunals over forbidden love.

Although I do wish Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter would meet up with that brat Cullen.

Vampires Dont Come out in Daylight

This one will sort of follow under sparkling. Not only do vampires not sparkle they don’t go out in sunlight. They are night stalkers. The one and only exemption to this rule is Blade who is a half-breed bad ass who will rip your throat out and stick it in your pocket.

Edward Cullen not only shouldn’t be allowed to walk in the daylight if he did encounter BLADE he would piss in his pants and run home crying to Bella.

Vampires Dont Love You

Vampires don’t sit around brooding and grooming themselves with trendy hair product while giving you knowing glances Vampires are not polite and they sure as hell are not 100-year-old virgins.

Vampires are better than you. They are Stronger then you and you are their dinner. Lusting, feeding, killing are the vampire way. Not sparkling, cuddling and brooding.

Humans don’t Seduce Vampires

Vampires don’t fall in love with humans and Vampires are not seduced by humans. A 100-year-old immortal vampire is about as likely to enter into a monogamous relationship with one woman as I am going to stop thinking Selma Hayek is the hottest vampire cabaret dancer ever.

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      1. ReneeGrey January 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm

        I second the motion of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat” where the hell did the writer think that they avoid sunlight in fears of “sparkling?” Is this why strippers stay inside night clubs? There is nothing more insulting to vampire sub culture than having the lore changed to please some girls and make them more desirable. But, maybe that was the point. Maybe she is the Queen of vampires and wrote this book so that young girls would get teary eyed and see vampires in the way Beauty sees Beast.
        This would be a clever way to lure them in unsuspectingly and mass murder them all. If only… but I know deep inside Stephenie Meyer is no Queen of The Damned. Maybe she just wants to love a vampire and let the whole “blood-thirsty killer” stigma to just not be true. I blame Brad Pitt for this book. As women swooned over him in Interview With a Vampire they secretly wished there was a way to make him more mortal than monster. Hence this abomination of story telling and the teenage “go-team” shirts I have grown to hate.

        • Marina Doshkevich October 28, 2016 at 3:15 am

          You are entitled to your opinion, but in my opinion Twilight FINALLY made vampires not complete worthless wimps. In Twilight the vampires are powerful and smart enough to not be killed by humans.

      2. Guest January 12, 2013 at 10:20 pm

        I havent seen any of the Twilight vampires because I am not really into romantic movies, especially with movies that have vampires that dont behave like vampires, they should be called something else.

      3. DirtyGirl January 12, 2013 at 11:44 pm

        My biggest problem with Twilight is that they are a family of “Vegetarian” Vampires… Wait! WTF is a vegetarian vampire? Vampires are supposed to be viscous killers with no emotions at all. Somehow I doubt they would make a conscious effort not to eat Humans! I prefer my Vampires non-sparkly and blood-sucking thank you! Oh they can wear a satin cape and have a sexy accent, that’s fine. But at the end of day there had better be some blood shed and some screaming going on!

        • HorrorMovies January 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm

          i did not know and had I it would have been #6. To late for me to edit?

      4. Shane O'Neill January 13, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        I agree wholeheartedly. I’ll be asking the question on my blog later this month, Whatever Happened To The Traditional Vampire? But if, like myself, this is what you’re looking for then you should check out The Dracula Chronicles: Bound By Blood. Great post.

      5. Jonathan Balog January 14, 2013 at 7:18 pm

        Now hold the stake just a minute there–vampires don’t have rules? The Anne Rice vampires had a clearly defined set of no-no’s, the big one being that you can’t kill your own kind. Granted she made her anti-hero’s prerogative to break every rule in the book, but nonetheless, there WAS a hierarchy who enforced the laws and dished out punishments.

        • HorrorMovies January 14, 2013 at 11:21 pm

          damnit you have completely ruined my attempts to belittle Twillight. Would you please stop it. :)

        • Sandrine Scialdone January 15, 2013 at 4:03 am

          Yep, they broke ALL the rules. My point. There may have been consequences for violating the norms of their culture, but they could basically do as they please, and take the consequences IF caught.

        • anonymous July 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm

          1. at Jonathan Blog:

          If you ask me, I hate Anne Rice for making vampires invulnerable to sacred tings. If I really could, I’d sue her for that. And if I’m a judge, I’d sentence her to death for breaking that rule.

          2. at HorrorMovies:

          If Jonathan insults Twilight, then why don’t you join him in doing that?

          3. at Sandrine Scialdone:

          I’m not sure which they you were referring to but I’m against them for breaking rules as I’m a stickler for those things. If I could, I’d take away their free will.

      6. Dawn Napier January 15, 2013 at 3:12 am

        I know that this article focuses more on the movies, but it’s worth mentioning that the books are TERRIBLE. Awful. Painful to read. They’re not even bad like John Grisham or Dan Brown. They’re bad like your favorite cousin asked you to critique her first attempt at a novel and you’re curled up in a corner crying because you can’t think of anything nice to say. Painful, clunky adverbs in twisting, meandering sentences of dialogue attribution. Modifiers that make no sense. (What’s a “tight grin” and how do you do it while snarling?) Misuse of the word “literally.” Head-hopping. The characters routinely know more than they’ve been told. The rules that MEYER MADE UP keep changing for the convenience of the plotline. A creative writing instructor could use Twilight as a What Not To Do textbook.
        I have nothing to add to Twilight’s unfortunate influence on the vampire mythos, but I know what it’s done to my sanity.

        • HorrorMovies January 20, 2013 at 2:06 am

          rofl you sir seriously had me pissing my underpants laughing. GREAT comment.

      7. Sandrine Scialdone January 15, 2013 at 4:00 am

        I acknowledge that there is much wrong with Twilight, and I am appalled at how it has, I believe, temporarily infected the vampire genre. I disagree with many of the comments expressed however. But I do loathe the idea that vampires are run/ruled by some ridiculous tribunal/head vampire/hierarchy. Yes, that’s Dracula you hear laughing in the background. But this seems to be what readers want. Many books out lately subscribe to that idea. I neither agree that there should be a very narrow view of vampires: always avoid the sun; always evil; always ugly; always unsympathetic characters. Nor the more expansive view: lovelorn creatures seeking their (human) mates; legions of vampires dominating the planet; viral ridden things that must be hunted and destroyed; vampires with covens/families; holding jobs, serving up fries at the local bar. Either extreme holds them up to ridicule and that is truly unforgivable.

        • HorrorMovies January 20, 2013 at 2:07 am

          Great comment Sandrine.

      8. Vee January 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm

        It just seems to me that vampires were more or less an vain attempt at appeal for Twilight. They could have been some kind of other monsters, but the author had to make them vampires because of the increasing view of vampires as “sexy” immortals. If you go back to “Nosferatu” and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” you see that vampires were ugly, aged men who fed off of the pure blood of virgins, not emotionally insecure teenagers who look like bad Giorgio Armani models. I hated Twilight from the book’s inception because it turned vampires from evil manipulating killers into fragile eco-freaks who refused to acknowledge their own nature as not being human.

        • HorrorMovies January 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm

          great comment Vee you clearly know the vampire mythology in film well

      9. Emancipator January 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm

        Inanna thanks for sharing excellent comments.

      10. Alexandra Belzon January 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm

        I’m surprised how butthurt people can get over the representation of a fictuous creature.
        You guys should never watch How to Tame a Dragon, because if that.. thing.. is a dragon, and I should react in the same manner that all vampire-lovers do towards Twilight, then I might as well kill myself now.

        I have in fact, not watched above movie yet and I will probably get a little annoyed by the dragon. But I do not nag to everyone about how that movie sucks because of it’s strange representation of a dragon.

        In other news I like Twilight. I watch it for what it is in itself, not because of the vampires. I like Skyrim, even though I have to kill dragons and I absofuckinglutely love dragons.

        • Herner Klenthur January 27, 2013 at 11:20 pm

          Hah in other news thanks for sharing your comments. Yes I took a pot shot at Twilight but regardless your comments are welcome and hopefully you realize my distaste for Twilight is mainly because of my generation ( and sex )

      11. Joey Medina January 29, 2013 at 5:37 pm

        I hate too be a traitor, because I am all about, everything (except Twilight) vampire. But, some vampire lore, does allow them to go in sunlight. However they are not the powerful creatures they are at night. As the sun weakens them. That being said…Give me evil, viscous, cunning, bloody vampires. Not this 90210 bull$#*^ they try and pass off as vampires!!!

        • Herner Klenthur January 29, 2013 at 10:31 pm

          Joey thanks for the comments you are 100% correct on vampires and I stand corrected. :)

      12. Winny Winkler January 29, 2013 at 10:24 pm

        True, Edward Cullen is no vampire. But not because he is strolling around during the day (Bram Stokers Dracula was walking around in daylight hours in London too), but because his mother was Tinkerbell. The poor dude is clearly a hybrid. Humans are meaner than fairies (everybody except True Blood viewers knows that), and that’s why Blade is a mean hybrid and Edward only a sparkly one who drinks rabbits.

      13. SEVEREN January 30, 2013 at 6:31 am

        You forgot to mention one of the BIGGEST flaws…VAMPIRES CANNOY PROCREATE!
        Also I must mention the absolutely ridiculous way the Werewolves shapeshift
        Werewolves don’t turn from human to wolf form in the blink of an eye. Its a bloody,painful,
        slow transformation

        • beanieboo78 January 31, 2013 at 12:34 pm

          This would be because the werewolves are not actually werewolves but are in fact shape shifters. They are not bound by the cycle of the moon and are able to shift as and when they want, once they have control of their abilities, until then they are controlled by their emotions.

        • irrevenant March 15, 2015 at 5:45 am

          Do a search for ‘dhampir’. There’s a long history in folklore of half-vampire babies.

      14. Mike S (@TerrorCorner) January 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm

        I haven’t read the books… or seen the movies, but from what I have been able to ascertain from my nieces (who have gone through the torture of both), “Twilight” sucks- and not in a nicely gorey, vampiric way either.

        And here’s another reason to hate “Twlight”: The author has a new series (and movies) coming out called, “The Host”. Instead of vampires though, it uses aliens.

        I really don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

        • beanieboo78 January 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm

          The Host has been out for a while and is a stand alone book not a series.

          It sounds like your problem here isn’t the Twilight vampires, but the author herself.

      15. beanieboo78 January 31, 2013 at 12:56 pm

        I have read loads of posts like these, the majority of the issues I have noticed with people is they don’t like the fact that Meyer has changed how the vampire is seen. But it didn’t start with Meyer so why is she taking all the flack?

        Brad Pitt portrayed a moper, who didn’t want to feed from people. Someone who spent decades? feeding from rats, Meyer took it one step further and had them feeding from mountain lions, bears and deer.

        Gary Oldman’s Dracula searched the world looking for the human reincarnation of his long dead wife. Again Meyer took it a step further and had Edward fall in love with a human, who would then become a vampire.

        Then we have Angel (and later Spike ‘the Big Bad’) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.. Angel who fell in love with Buffy (the one who was supposed to kill him), Angel who fed only on blood from the butcher or bags from the hospital, Angel who killed other demons to protect Buffy.

        Meyer’s new breed of vampires were not the first and they will not be the last. If you don’t change aspects of the story then you end up with one vampire story forever. Because there is no point writing another, unless you are simply interested in the death scenes, in which case you should probably just go watch one of the million and one slasher flicks they have on the market. For vampire stories to continue then the stories themselves need to adapt. Which is why we have Ann Rice’s vampire series, why we have films like Blade. People new to the genre don’t want to sit and watch Nosferatu. They want something different, and once they embrace what’s different they will start to look at what has come before.

        My personal view: Twilight vampires are sparkly, yeah it might be girly but their skin is like granite so they cant be staked, to kill them you need to behead them and burn them. And the only things capable of doing that are other vampires, werewolves and the shape-shifters who turn into wolves. In my book that makes them ‘harder’ than the “we can be killed in our sleep by anybody who happens upon our coffin with a stake in one hand and holy water in their other. Oh and we cant go out in the day time because we will burst into flames and die a horrible death”. When you look at it like that… yeah i’ll take the sparkly vampire thanks.

        • Herner Klenthur January 31, 2013 at 10:59 pm

          Great comments thanks for sharing your perspective. I may not agree on all points but a well thought out comment it is :)

      16. BlondeRobynGirl March 1, 2013 at 2:37 am

        I have only seen the first Twilight film, and I only watched it because it happened to be on tv and nothing else was on (haha). After watching the film, I was not happy at all with how vampires are portrayed. After growing up watching Buffy, which is the greatest vampire tv show EVER, to have Twilight being made? There’s absolutely no comparison. Vampires do not sparkle, they don’t come out in daylight because they can’t and they are meant to be scary!! The twilight fans are fine for people who have no knowledge of the horror genre, as it is not a horror film, but for those of us who know and love horror, this film is just pathetic. It should be centered around some other creature, not vampires. So in other words, Buffy= AMAZING, Twilight= Sparkly, twinky vampires= AWFUL.

        • irrevenant March 15, 2015 at 8:35 am

          There seem to be a lot of people arguing “that’s not how vampires work!”. Vampires are a myth. Every fictional vampire story decides for itself what (fictional) truth lies behind the myth. There are almost as many versions of ‘what vampires really are’ as there are vampire stories. And almost every one adds something new to the mythos. Nosferatu invented the thing about Vampires being killed by sunlight (Dracula walked around in the daytime just fine). Buffy added a number of elements to the mythology (not least of which is that there are a succession of super-powered young women who the creatures of the night fear!). Somewhere along the line the idea of vampirism as viral contagion showed up. Ann Rice (amongst others) popularised the idea of seductive vampires tormented by their status as monsters (Buffy’s Angel is obviously of that archetype).

          What Meyer did is come up with her own version of the ‘truth’ behind the vampire myth. Vampires are superhumanly tough and strong because they have bodies made of rocky crystal rather than flesh. Vampires prefer to remain nocturnal because those same crystalline bodies make them too easily spotted during the day. Twilight describes a type of creature that could definitely be the basis for legends about vampires.

      17. Martine July 16, 2013 at 8:43 am

        Vampires have rules in “Interview with a Vampire” . In fact Vampires have rules and a hirearchy in Blade. What is a really good question is why do you hate Twilight, really? Obviously, it has nothing to do with what you wrote here. Not to mention that vampires in Twilight are about ten times tougher, stronger, and more likely to survive then any of the vampires in movies that you do like ,where they are so easy to kill you wonder how they even survived a decade. I don’t mind you watching your little gore tests. So why does it bother you that other people might enjoy a story where the vampires are treated in a more realistic way? Where they understand the need to hide from humans, they are all bloodthirsty. All of the vampires in Twilight kill and drink human blood. One clan, the Cullens have tried to stop. Not because they love humans, but because they re tired of a nomadic lifestyle, and humans are better then ever at tracking suspicious deaths. But in Twilight they are treated as individual creatures, neither good, nor bad. We are just one species among many. Which is a healthy attitude.
        Why do you like vampires depicted as so wimpy that they can easily be killed by the dozens?

        • dethbug December 29, 2013 at 1:13 am

          Traditional vampires have many weaknesses, that’s true, which is why they have to hide from humans. Humans that become aware of traditional vampires can drive them off or, if found in the daytime, kill them. Vampires live and hunt by stealth, hence their position as a “horror” species. The older vampires would have so much experience at killing and not being found (man lost in mountains, suspected hiking accident, no body found) that they could stay in one place, the younger ones would no doubt kill and move on.

          The vampires in Twilight have none of these weaknesses, there is no reason for them to hide as a single one is fast/strong enough to wipe out whole armies. A small group of them could easily destroy the chain of command of a nation. In the Twilight films there is no reason that they have not enslaved all of mankind and kept them as nothing more than cattle/potential new vampires.

          Also, I have watched the Twilight movies several times (Rifftrax ftw), and the Cullens are still nomadic (hey, that guy isn’t aging, what’s with that?). They also believe in souls, and that they are damned after being turned, so there would be no reason that they could ever accept for turning someone if they had that person’s best interests at heart.

          Based on this the vampires of Twilight are far less realistic than the traditional vampires.

      18. Curtis Slade January 25, 2014 at 10:39 pm

        A lot of people hate Twilight. What you have to realize is that at that time vampires were saturating the market like zombies are now. And like them or not, Twilight offered something different to the table. Yes, this is a PRO Twilight comment. Twilight went lame with the sparkling in sunlight bit, yes. But there is a lot of great stuff in there too. Like the getting up and personal in the minds of vampires and each developing their own powers..and learning how to use those powers. Some being really kewl, like seeing future events, causing someone physical pain, super strength (even compared to other vampires), speed, controlling the earth, reading peoples minds, controlling other peoples/vamps minds. Human nature to pick out and focus on the BAD of Twilight, but it actually brought some kewl elements to it too. I love vampires in all forms, and Twlight is no exception. From 30 days of night, 1922 noferatu, true blood, twilight… it’s all good. Just as humans are vegetarians, vegans, paleo, etc. Why can’t vampires also be once turned. They still drank blood, they just made a conscious effort, with some great pains, to drink animal blood instead. Kind of like Louis in Interview with a Vampire. So the No 2 vampire film that everybody loves, also inspired parts of the one everyone seems to Hate. Also Interview also had the big clan of vampires that were like a big government who saught to punish Louis for his child vampire/love, also which parallels Twilight and Bella’s baby. Twilight also makes some nice insight into the inside pack mind of werewolves. People should get over the sparkling aspect and the mushy love story if that’s not your thing and realize the good vampire elements that Twlight actually did bring to the table. Like the intensity of being a newly created vampire and how everything is very intensified, strength, emotions, love, sex, hunger..etc. Other comments were daywalkers.. Blade did it… not only that but Deacon Frost also simply put on sunblock to get around the sun issue. Vampire Diaries (yes also younger audience targeted) but they simply wear enchanted witch rings to get around the sun issue. Meyer isn’t breaking ground everywhere, she’s only telling her own story. And well most people didn’t like the sun sparkling, get over it and enjoy the other good parts instead. It was one small part of 4 books/films. So really Interview with a Vampire breaks most of the main objections above, that or Blade in combination cuz Blade had a head table of vampires; hell so did underworld really, they had 4 head elders that ruled each century.

      19. Robert January 25, 2014 at 11:12 pm

        Honestly, this trend started with Buffy & Angel. But those shows made vampires sexy & cool AND still badass and menacing. Vamps got more pretty & less badass as Underworld and then Twilight came out. Twilight also warped werewolves and now with “Warm Bodies” it’s spreading into zombies.

      20. Mick January 25, 2014 at 11:50 pm

        I dont agree with “Vampires Dont Come out in Daylight”.
        While I like the idea of vampires getting baked in sunlight, even Bram Stoker had Dracula walk around during daytime (it’s also shown in Coppola’s Dracula).

      21. Karen Evans January 26, 2014 at 4:14 am

        I can sortof let them maybe come out on sunless days…and that’s a big maybe…BUT omg..I have 2 teenage grand daughters and they each have a set of that movies!! Vampires (they made me watch the first one…I kept dozing off)You don’t have time to be “coy” and “fluttering your eyelashes” as some pasty face guy (or gal).. You run and hope you get away. So next time my pretty blonde grand daughters come to grandma’s house….I will have a big surprize (not no Bela). Either Near Dark, 30 Days of Night or “John Carpenters” Vampires. I am such a cool, grandma :)

      22. Vlad The Ballerina June 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm

        why do i hate Twilight? plain and simple, it’s so fucking lame.

      23. charleen langley July 7, 2016 at 8:52 am

        I dislike Twilight because the first ever time I read a vampire novel, it was Dracula for Gothic Horror in year eight at school, and that’s a hard book to beat. I read Twilight not so long after and initially I liked it – I was 12-13! – and then the plot and whole “woe is me!” Attitude got boring. Like, come on, Meyer! Surely she should have realised that even 12-13 year olds have already read a vamp book in which the vamps were merciless killers? That maybe, just maybe, some people might find it tiresome?

        I watched all the movies and read all the books but the second one – I read them sort of like a puzzle since I had the first two movies, but not the third, fourth and fifth one – and in the hopes that they got better, but they didn’t. I then lost faith in vampires and stopped reading for a while. At 14, I picked up a book called Bite Club by Rachel Caine and WOW. It was the tenth in the Morganville Vampires series, but it was amazing. For one, at least ONE vampire – crazy old alchemist Myrnin – was into science, and second, even the nice vampires would get all fangs and roar when pissed off – and not in the annoying hissing way. Also, these vamps didn’t take over a town – they freaking BUILT one for themselves and Myrnin managed to use his freaky blood-drinking-brain-in-a-jar-powered-computer to put up a barrier that made people forget the town as a whole existed, let alone the vamps in it. If ANY modern vampire franchise deserved to be as famous as Twilight, it should have been the Morganvilles.

        Unlike with Twilight, the vampiress that rules Morganville is THE Queen Bee – everyone goes to her will – and the people are made to make blood donations. Amelie’s iron – or icy, as a fellow Morganviller will know – grip over the town loosens a little and the vampires make progress to being a bit less fangy, but it takes FOURTEEN books, or, in the fictional world, a good few years – and then only because the vampires would be forced out or killed by either the humans, an even eviller vampire known as Bishop, or the draugh (no idea if I spelled that right. Very nasty water vampires that feed from ordinary vampires).

      24. The_JoJo_Reference June 2, 2017 at 7:03 am

        Completely and utterly true. And the problem is, that the same thing happened in Anime. Now you might not watch it, but I do, and every fucking vampire anime ever is a Twilight version made for young girls.

        There are like 2 shows who got them right

      25. tiltingplanetatheistspirituality April 2, 2018 at 10:08 am

        I don’t see how Twilight ruined anything. Those traditional vampires you love so much are still there, unchanged. Nothing has been damaged. Incidentally, Twilight falls under the Vampire Romance genre, which isn’t really horror, it’s paranormal love stories.

        It’s not for everyone. I love it. But I rooted for Dracula. He and Mina belonged together.