Fact and Fiction Collide in ‘Lost Tapes: Vampire’
Thanks to the awesomeness that is Netflix I finally caught the vampire episode of Animal Planet’s Lost Tapes. The show is an odd combination of both fact and fiction, it’s both a mockumentary and documentary that explores the world of cryptozoology. Lost Tapes features episodes about beasties like the Chupacabra, Bigfoot, werewolves, aliens and much more, including vampires.
In the vampire episode (Season 2, Episode 1), a family renovating their new house discovers they are not alone. Initially, they attribute the creepy noises and midnight scampering to raccoons. But what they discover instead is a secret room in the house, a hidden lair inhabited by nocturnal beasts that feed on the blood of the living — and have now been disturbed by their hosts!
Filmed by the family’s cameras, we follow their realistic looking journey of survival when they discover they are not alone in their new home. According to the text shown before this little mockumentary, "This story was inspired by the possibility that hidden creatures exist." It’s a horror-filled and interesting look at what would really happen if your home was taken over by vampiric monsters. It makes it clear that have monstrous vampires in your home would be zero fun… obviously.
My favorite part though was in between scenes. The show went back and forth from the fake family to real experts on vampires. Like I said above, it is a mockumentary and documentary at the same time. The experts briefly discussed vampires throughout history, and while it was interesting, they barely touched on the vast world of vampire history. But that was to be expected, the show is only a half hour after all. While vague, it was still fascinating, so points to them for that.
Overall, I enjoyed the episode, it was a great combination of entertaining and educational. I really like Lost Tapes’ idea of mixing fact and fiction together like that, it gives the show more credibility. If it has been nothing more than a mockumentary this would have been a failure for me. If you love horror and history I definitely suggest giving the show a watch.
Have any of you seen Lost Tapes’ Vampire episode? What did you think?