“The sun that rose on our sorrow this morning guards us in its course. Until it sets to-night, that monster must retain whatever form he now has.”
Staying with horror – what is more horrific than the archetypal vampire himself – Count Dracula. The title character of 1897 gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker appears on the screen in many interpretations of the novel: from the first screen adaptation in 1931 to Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 classic starring Gary Oldman. The recurrent theme throughout is centered on light – or lack thereof. Indeed it’s the powers of darkness that Dracula and all subsequent vampires possess: evil, superhuman abilities that mostly cease during daylight.
“You know those pictures in the National Geographic about the Aurora Borealis? This is better than that!”
Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi classic Close Encounters tells the story of how Roy Neary’s life changes after a close encounter with the bright lights of a UFO. Following a spate of peculiar occurrences – like the disappearance of people, animals and objects – a group of scientists start to investigate the UFO activity. In the film’s most iconic scene, they manage to communicate with the alien occupants of the UFOs via bright lights and sound projected from a large electrical billboard. The mothership then lands returning the abductees.