Beautiful vampires 'encourage the occult': Professor
The proliferation of "beautiful young vampires" in TV series and Hollywood films including True Blood and the Twilight movies is encouraging young people to dabble with occult forces, a leading authority on demonic possession has warned a Vatican-backed exorcism course.
"There are those who try to turn people into vampires and make them drink other people's blood, or encourage them to have special sexual relations to obtain special powers," Professor Giuseppe Ferrari said at the meeting in Rome, which heard that the number of such possessions is rising globally.
"These groups are attracted by the so-called beautiful young vampires that we've seen so much of in recent years."
In 2012 the diocese of Milan installed an exorcism hotline to cope with demand.