No. Twilight is *not* on this list. Vampires don’t glitter in sunlight, people! There’s a lot more to them than their beautiful exteriors… Ya see, vampires don’t just suck… THEY KICK ASS. And if you’re a vampire-lover like me, you understand what it means to fall so in love with a vampire that you forget he/she is a fictional character. They’re deep. Beautiful. Mesmerizing.So many epic characters… From the legendary whimsical Lestat, to the Prince of Darkness, himself: these brilliant characters have been imprinted into the roots of our deepest and darkest desires.
Sadly, today’s vampires have been degraded to the likes of Edward Cullen and the Salvatore brothers. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love those guys. They’re fun and different and they don’t take themselves too seriously (well, at least not all the time…) However, they don’t know how to capture the essence of these mesmerizing mythological creatures that have been the center of demonology for centuries. Fortunately, these ten films do:
#10 – 30 Days of Night (2007)
Definitely not the greatest, but entertaining nonetheless. Fortunately, the plot was fun to watch unfold as a group of randoms were forced to stick it through a month of darkness in a town plagued with a vampire gang. And as you’ll notice as a recurring theme in this article, kids and vampires aren’t a good mix.
#9 – Underworld (2003)
With the next installment coming out this year (“Underworld: Blood Wars”), this franchise is epic. As a vicious war rages between vampires and lycans, one vampire has to face all of the deadliest challenges to her kind while trying to maintain a life. Oh, and Kate Beckinsale is BOSS.
#8 – Blade (1998)
Based on the Marvel comics, the “Blade” trilogy is highly entertaining and terrifying at the same time! As Blade continues to fight the battle against his own kind, he’s forced to realize that even he needs help sometimes. And who could forget the infamous nightclub blood bath scene from the original? CLASSIC.
#7 – John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)
John Carpenter, one of the makers of Halloween, decided to give us his take on vampires… And oh boy, did he deliver. Flawed, surely, but beautiful and terrifying, just the same. Carpenter didn’t want to give us the run-of-the-mill goth-chic vamps, but showed us the primal instincts that truly make up a vampire.
#6 – Let The Right One In (2008)
Immortality comes in many forms, but when it comes in the form of a child… It’s heartbreaking (e.g. Claudia in “Interview With The Vampire.”) This one’s a tragic tale revolving around an unlikely friendship between a mortal human child and an immortal child vampire. Definitely a must watch for any vampire fanatic.
#5 – From Dusk ‘Til Dawn (1996)
From the brilliant minds of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino comes a western-style blockbuster that swept us all off our feet. Was it the beauty and allure of the vampires, or the brilliantly witty script alongside George Clooney? Both. Films that know how to create, execute, and balance the two definitely go down in vampire film history.
#4 – Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Oh, Lestat… How we love you so! You are our go-to vampire because we know how in touch you are with your humanity…. Oh, don’t blush. The books that the film is based on, by Anne Rice, deliver us a wonderfully twisted world in which vampires represent the inner demons that reside in all of us. Watch this now. Or go read the books. Seriously.
#3 – Fright Night (1985)
What could be worse than having a vampire as a neighbor? (Trump?) This film is a cult classic, and for good reason: It scared the s**t out of us, while having us LOLing our asses off! (The 80’s were actually really good at that…) Unfortunately, the recent remake did no justice to the original. Don’t watch that.
#2 – Lost Boys (1987)
Probably the best vamp cult classic, “Lost Boys” revolves around a group of teenage boys that fall prey to the immortal gift. Similarly to Fright Night, this film gives us shriek-worthy horror while giving us the giggles. (I always wondered how I’d feel if my sister turned out to be a vampire after watching this movie…)
#1 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
What did you expect? It’s the Prince of Frickin’ Darkness, of course he’s #1! What a beautiful love story! The most horrific of all demons falling in love with, then stalking a mere mortal… What could be more romantic? The most tragic of all vampire tales, Dracula will always hold a special place in any and every vampire lover’s heart.
Most of you have probably already seen all the films on this list, but if you haven’t, you must watch them all as soon as possible. Us vampire-lovers need to stick together and keep ourselves well-informed and educated in cinema vamp mythology, and these flicks pretty much cover all the bases. And remember: We all have inner demons… Only it’sup to us whether or not we embrace it.
Seen ’em all? Then, tell me: What do you think? What did I miss? What did I not miss?Pretty much: Yay, or nay?
“What’s the point? They’re all the same: Some stupid killer stalking some big-breasted girl who can’t act…” – Sidney Prescott