With the issuing of the third movie in the Twilight series I have to speak out
about our culture's twisted fascination with vampires. I don't hesitate to tell
people that I am totally disgusted with the new fad sweeping over our youth
culture these days. It is not just kids that are taken up with the wiles of the
dark world either: many moms of teens are swooning for them too. I think that
these seductive creatures are simply the spawn of the Harry Potter culture that
has for over a decade now been indoctrinating kids to think that the occult world
is normal and that all this evil messaging is harmless when dressed up as
entertainment. That's vampire logic - and just what the devil wants us to think.
Gone are the days of Bella Lugosi's Dracula (1931) where
good was good and evil was evil. A crucifix would drive Dracula away and then
he had to go into his infernal coffin when the first streaks of dawn appeared.
He was in every way presented as a creature of evil, dark of heart and dread to
encounter. He drank human blood too, a feature that was supposed to strike
terror in every person who valued his life's essence. The image of a
blood-sucking creature who lives in slime and darkness and will pounce on you
to drain out your very essence should terrorize every decent person. This is
because vampires used to be images of
demons. That's what demons are all about: the vanquishing of all human decency
and life. They represent the spiritual vortexes of the demon world that drag
down to the depths of hell all who fall prey to their wiles.
But, my, how
vampires have come up in the world these days.
Nowadays vampires are divided into good and bad - no longer
intrinsically evil. The good ones rescuevulnerable women instead of biting them and, allegedly, drink only animal blood
(well, we haven't seen the last Twilight movie yet...). And crucifixes? Don't
think you'll see any of those driving away bad guys in these movies. The heroes
are the "good" vampires, not the Church or religious faith in Christ.
These super-star vampires also walk around in sunlight and,
as a matter of fact, their skin just happens to glisten like diamonds when
exposed to direct sunlight. Isn't that wonderful? The glam vamps are gentlemen,
chaste and well-intentioned, yet they are always hovering around the edge of
"falling" and in seductive situations which cause young people to think that
they are capable, like their hero vampire, Edward Cullen, of going just so far
and pulling back, out of self-control. That's teaching them to play with fire,
not a real chastity message for kids.
The worst part of this fascination with vampires from a
faith point of view, however, is its blasphemy of the Eucharist. "Unless you
eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you," said our Blessed Lord
in Chapter 6 of John's Gospel. He is the One who offers His flesh and blood for the life of the world. The vampires eat
(bite) the flesh and drink the blood of victims rather than give their own to
redeem others. Their bites corrupt and transform their victims into vampires
like themselves. They have no life in them. They are the "living dead" by their
How sad that this generation has been so taken in by those
who represent the very antithesis of the core reality of our Faith - the
Eucharist. Vampire logic is anti-Eucharistic logic, and it's very dangerous for
our kids. In their obsessive fascination with such darkness, kids (and adults)
turn their backs on the One who actually died for them.
To those who say, "Oh, Father, it's only harmless
entertainment," I say simply: You've been warned.
Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer
President, Human Life International
New books by Fr. Euteneuer... Learn the real spiritual force behind the modern abortion industry in Demonic Abortion, and learn more about the Church's battle against the evil one, and about how pop-occult fads are increasingly and negatively influencing the young in Exorcism and the Church Militant. Visit www.exorcismbook.com.