The vampire is the most charismatic monster in present times. His power of attraction and repulsion is so strong that the myth itself is constantly broaden and transformed through the countless movies and books that are dedicated to him.
Few folkloric creations have survived for so long in such diverse cultural and geographic situations, and therefore, there must be something common to human nature to create such universality and endurance.
Being a creature of dreams and lore, the vampire cannot be explained without analysing its relationships with death, creation, sex and the meaning of life.
Most psychological interpretations of the vampire legend are Freudian, and see the legend in terms of incest, homosexuality, sadism and masochism. These interpretations miss a core meaning of the vampire. The vampire has been cursed, denied eternal rest because of some unredeemed sin against collective mores or religious taboos.