The vampire myth may have began it’s ascent into the public eye with Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1897 though his novel is believed to be based upon an actual person, Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler (1431-1467) – for his bloodthirstiness toward his enemies. He tended to impale them on stakes – who lived in the 15th Century.
Though Vlad Tepes and “Vlad the Impaler” weren’t the only names he was known as.
He was also known as Dracula (which means: Son of Dracul after his father’s induction into The Order of the Dragon, a fraternity created to help defend Christian Europe against the Ottoman Empire).
Though others think that maybe the vampire myth started during the Middle Ages, when people suffered from ailments that in some cases were similar to what people believed of vampirism (the Black Death is estimated to have killed 100 million people before it subsided though a symptom of the disease was bleeding from the mouth).
As an aside, before anyone thinks of the Black Death was a thing of the past (though it’s worth mentioning that not all scientists believe that the Black Death and the bubonic plague are the same) last year it broke out along the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Nowadays vampirism is more often than not used for sexual modalities that exist outside the mainstream, exemplified in movies like The Hunger (1983), Interview With The Vampire (1994), Bit (2019), etc.
Now there’s Thirst (2019) which revolves around a drug addict, Hurda (Hulda Lind Kristinsdóttir) who aligns with Hjörtur (Hjörtur Sævar Steinason), a gay vampire to fight a cult (according to IMBD).
While I’m not entirely sure what homosexuality has to do with the movie thematically, it looks pretty gonzo.