In recent years, tried and true supernatural creatures like vampires and zombies experienced resurgence in the media and pop culture. Television series’ like True Blood and The Walking Dead have gathered devout fans worldwide. This love-affair with deathly beings has bred multi-billion dollar franchises, which is fed by fans shelling out tons of money in support of their favorite bloodcurdling team.
Satisfying your cravings for the undead can cost you more than you realize, but which is causing the greatest dent to your savings account–an obsession with vampires or a fascination with zombies?
Let’s take a look at how these two sinister icons duke it out for your cash.
Home Invasion: True Blood and The Walking Dead TV Series
The top vampire and zombie contenders in households over the last year were HBO’s True Blood and AMC’s The Walking Dead television series. Viewers have tuned in to four seasons of True Blood to witness the love triangle (or trapezoid, if we factor in werewolves) between Sookie Stackhouse, Eric Northman and Bill Compton ensue.
However, HBO and its True Blood enterprise are considered premium television, which equates to premium cable bills each month. Cable provider, Direct TV, offers an HBO HD package at $15.99 per month in addition to the required base cable service ($29.99/month), and HD access fee ($10.00/month).
These figures amount to about $2,700 in expenses for vampire fans over the course of True Blood’s four seasons.
In the other corner, The Walking Dead has quickly gained a strong following in just two seasons on air.
Purists may contest that contagion-type beings like those in The Walking Dead and 28 Days Later are frauds as they are not traditional rise-from-the crypt-zombies, rather infected by disease. Regardless of this technicality, modern-day zombies can still eat away at your budget.
Luckily, The Walking Dead is the brainchild of basic cable TV network, AMC. In terms of cost, this results in only $29.99 of Basic Direct TV charges per month, and $720 over the course of the series thus far.
Vampires and Zombies Adapted to the Silver Screen
There is no question that the most successful vampire franchise that has gone global in the last few years is Twilight. This vampire film saga developed from the 4-part Twilight book series, and made its debut on the big screen in 2008.
The first three films in the series–Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse–amounted to $1,800,935,434 in box office revenue combined. The growing popularity of the IMAX and 3D experience has further heightened the expense for followers of this love-triangle series (vampire drama is rampant).
So, what does that mean for Twi-hard fans? Watching these films in theaters could cost vampire aficionados up to $20 per ticket. That’s $100 (for all five films), not to mention the books ($12.99 each) and DVDs ($20 each) that most fans grab, resulting in up to $250 in out-of-pocket expense for the three categories alone.
Zombies, on the other hand, grappled the box office with yet another infectious franchise: Resident Evil.
In 2002, the first Resident Evil film was adapted from the long-standing line of Resident Evil video games. As a 4-part film series, devotees contributed to the $674,764,589 worldwide box office sales, not including the revenue that zombie-loving gamers generated with the current five main resident evil video game installments at $30 per game.
The total expense for a Resident evil zombie fix is about $250. However, add in video game expansion packs and additional straight to DVD full-feature CGI films, and it’s clear that zombies steal the show when it comes to individual cost for fans in the movie and gaming arena.
Which Is the Greater Menace to Your Savings: Vampires or Zombies?
Vampire supporters tally up to about $2,950 for their blood-sucking addiction, while zombie allies expect to spend around $970+ depending on their level of dedication to spin-off Resident Evil games.
Whether you’re in league with True Blood or team up with The Walking Dead, your sinister loyalties cost you an arm and a leg.