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Basic Trope: A vampire breaks into a bedroom to attack his victims.

  • Straight: Vorlak enters Lucy's room, uses mind-control to let him into her bed, and then feasts on her blood.
  • Exaggerated: A small flock of vampires in a feeding frenzy raid a large sorority house in the middle of a slumber party.
  • Downplayed: Vorlak uses mind-control to lure Lucy out of her home so he can feed on her.
  • Justified: He can't afford to attack his victims in public and/or lure them into secluded places to feed, which would attract unwanted attention towards his lair if they were to go missing. Feeding on them in their own place (especially when they live alone) is less likely to draw attention.
  • Inverted:
    • Lucy enters Vorlak's crypt, looking to seduce him so he can feed on her.
    • Vorlak got trapped in an empty bedroom; he has to break out before he can feed.
  • Subverted: Vorlak enters Lucy's bedroom only to watch her sleep.
  • Double Subverted: He was waiting for her to wake up so he could attack.
  • Parodied: Vorlak is about to ambush Lucy on her way to the bathroom, but she scolds, "Now see here! If you're gonna drink my blood, we're gonna do this properly. You wait until I'm back in bed!" Vorlak twiddles his thumbs and taps his foot impatiently as he waits for Lucy to finish up in the bathroom and get back to bed.
  • Zig Zagged: Vorlak enters Lucy's room, but instead of biting her, he takes her in his arms to fly away and brings her to his lair. There he lays her on his own coffin for a little while and returns later to feed on her.
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  • Averted: Lucy gets attacked by a vampire outside her home.
  • Enforced: "This vampire movie needs Fanservice, have the lead bite one of the female characters in her bed."
  • Lampshaded: "Such a ravishing beauty, so vulnerable and living by herself? Too easy a prey."
  • Invoked: Lucy leaves her bedroom windows open and places welcome mats around her house.
  • Exploited: Lucy is The Bait. Bob, Charlie and Daniel, armed with wooden stakes, hide in and around Lucy's bedroom for The Stakeout. The guys want to see for themselves just how much of a threat Vorlak is. If they think that Vorlak is not a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire, they'll try to destroy him.
  • Defied:
    • Vorlak decides not to enter Lucy's place at all when realizing she doesn't live alone.
    • Lucy locks her windows and doors, surrounds her bed with lots and lots of garlic, and gets rid of her welcome mats.
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    • Vampires in this universe (including Vorlak) have a code that specifically states that vampires are not to enter a human's home unless they are invited in.
  • Discussed: "Have you ever noticed that Lucy's boyfriend leaves her with love bites, and never seems to use the front door?" "Now that you mention it, that is a bit odd..."
  • Conversed: "Remember how creepy vampires invaded ladies' private rooms just for a bite to eat?"
  • Implied:
  • Deconstructed: Humans exploit Holy Burns Evil and other Supernatural Repellent tropes to fortify their bedrooms. Vampires exploit Cross-Melting Aura and other Our Vampires Are Different tropes to circumvent the fortifications. A supernatural Lensman Arms Race ensues.
  • Reconstructed: Humans get sick and tired of building ridiculously over-fortified bedrooms. Vampires get sick and tired of every meal being the equivalent of Mission: Impossible. A peace treaty is made based on informed consent, and vampires only break into the bedrooms of registered human volunteers.
  • Played for Drama: The vampire attack is treated as a rape metaphor and the story focuses on Lucy coping with the aftermath.
  • Played For Laughs: Vorlak turns into a bat and tries to enter Lucy's room through the open window, but she closes it just in time for him to smash into it.

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