I’m shocked I haven’t done this! I thought I did but I guess I didn’t and now my list was overwhelmed! This is someone what inspired and reminded by thinking of the new AMC show based off of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire (which I will check out) and I was wondering, have I ever talked about vampires in a list?
The answer was no.
I’ve done zombies, witches, inter-dimensional, slashers, final girls, but NO VAMPIRES. They rank second to me when it comes to supernatural beings I love seeing in film, the first being demons so let’s talk about my top chosen 5 and the many, many, many honorable mentions.
Vampires, these creatures of darkness, we’re talking about my favorites.
Now these aren’t in any particular order, just named in alphabetical order and these are MY personal opinions, if you disagree that’s fine or you’d add or take one away, that’s also fine too. We’re film fans, we’re horror movie fans, there’s enough room for us all.
30 Days of Night (2007) – A breath of fresh air after Twilight. These are real vampires in my eyes. I like the vampires having a bit of an uncanny valley in their faces, how they look pulled up and it makes them look off.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – Possibly the most accurate to the novel? Beautiful costumes, too, everything about this film is all around beautiful.
Let the Right One In (2008) – An unexpected watch many years ago and I fell in love with the story of these two kid strangers encountering each other except one is a vampire.
Salem’s Lot (1979) – Directed by Tobe Hooper, I prefer this one over the remake. I’ve also read the novel in high school, it’s very thick! I also love the small town feel of (Jeru)Salem’s Lot, the glowy eyes of the undead and our main blue vampire. I think he’s creepier than Rutger Hauer’s version.
The Lost Boys (1987) – The epitome of 80s horror in my opinion. I know some would consider it overrated, I don’t think that, I just think it’s a fun vampire film. Also, David and Michael? Was there a thing there with them?
Why did I pick these? These films provide a mixture of interests. 30 Days of Night is unique because it seems realistic and takes inspiration from what really happens in Alaska and having no sun. Dracula (along with Interview with the Vampire) transport us back in time in a very high gothic atmosphere. Let the Right One In is about feeling like an outsider, finding a friend, it’s more heartwarming. Salem’s Lot has small town vibes, Stephen King style, a bit of haunted house atmosphere and a thriller and the Lost Boys are the flashy vampires, troublemakers, leather jackets and motorcycles.
The list of honorable mentions are WIDE because I think these that I’ve seen are worth checking out for sure.
Dracula (Universal Monsters, 1931) – Classic
Nosferatu (1922) – Original adaptation to Dracula
Fright Night (1985) – Cool special effects
Interview with the Vampire (1994) – Gothic, beautiful setting of New Orleans
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) – Iranian horror, please check it out
From Dusk til Dawn (1996) – I think Vamp was a HUGE inspiration for this
Blade (1998) – This was Marvel before Marvel MCU
Vamp (1986) – The original vampires in a strip club movie
Let Me In (2010) – Suitable remake to Let the Right One In
Near Dark (1987) – It’s a vampire Western
John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998) – Another western vampire film but with Carpenter-isms
Blacula (1972) – Blaxploitation at its finest!
Ganja & Hess (1973) – A non blaxploitation look at black characters as vampires
What vampire films would you add in? Or what’s your favorite? Leave a comment below.