ModernistGames t1_iujoi6s wrote

While an interesting thought, I think that is a stretch. AIDs was not even identified until 1981. Vampire movies have always been around, they go in waves and are very flexible. I think the burst of great 70s vampire flicks was more just a product of the New Hollywood movement, in fact I think they worked brilliantly bringing a new, violent, sexy edge to the classic Hollywood story. That is one of the halmarks of the movement.