Vampires: The Hive Concept
The Hive Concept applies to vampires in some cases, as far as my dedicated research into theatrical examples goes. Surely, a few of you have seen The Forsaken, circa 2001. This movie's vampire traditions were that if you killed the lead vampire, then the curse would vanish in all of his progeny. This is the Hive Concept; --kill the Queen, and eventually, all the worker bees will die. The fact is, for this vampire theory to work, the vampire curse would have to be something a little more supernaturally inclined than just a virus, contained with a combination of antibiotics, as shown in the film. To be dedicated to this theory is to be dedicated to the demonic vampire theory, --that after a vampire is created, there is no soul or personality, and the real person has already died; a demon now inhabits the body.
If vampirism was just a disease, would not the same person exist in the same body, except, now with a disease that makes them aggressively pursue blood? Like a bee, aggressively pursuing honey, and going about its daily errands. There is no way to logically combine hive vampirism with viral vampirism, because the hive concept indicates that the others are soulless, and mindless, --not diseased. Another example of hive vampirism can be found in The Lost Boys, and --eek, god, the unfortunate sequel. The protagonists are convinced that by killing the Master Vampire, the rest of them will either die, or return to normal. Well, why? Because he's spread a disease to them that will somehow be eradicated once he dies? No; because he's spread his curse, his intangible evil, into his progeny, with the giving of his blood. Traditionally, once his life force has been snuffed, his blood will become totally lifeless as well, and will be either flushed from the body, leaving the cursed people clean and healthy and alive again.
Or it will instantly kill them, considering that most vampires have to die in order to become vampires. Or because the blood of the Master Vampire itself is poison, and kills them, so that they are now the walking dead. It's all very confusing; so can't we cut right to the chase and keep hive vampirism in the same cabinet as theological vampirism? What do you think?