Who doesn’t love vampire films, am I right? Vampires are creepy, brooding, alluring, and hopefully, scary, unless you’re watching Twilight, then they’re just stalkers 😛 I’m only kidding, kind of, but really, though; who doesn’t love vampire films? Whether you love the super scary, gory ones or the ones that are just a good time, there’s something for everyone! I love a good vampire movie, especially the action-packed ones, and I’ve included a list of my top 10 vampire film favorites so I hope you enjoy!
10 BLOODY GOOD VAMPIRE FILMS
This is probably my favorite vampire film series EVER. I love Kate Beckinsale in this role and Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy make an appearance as brilliant vampires as well. It’s amazing. I love this film so much I did a fashion finds inspired by Underworld post 😛 Anyway, sorry for the rant! This film is about Seline, a vampire who hunts werewolves, AKA the Lycans, is in the middle of a centuries-long war in New Orleans.
Van Helsing (2004)
You can probably guess what this is about just from the title, but if not, Van Helsing is a famous vampire hunter who is hunting vampires. This film gives it a modern twist (kinda) and stars Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale so basically; it’s awesome!
Fright Night (2011)
Charley is a high school senior who has it all, but when a strange guy moves into town, he suspects there’s something off about him. Nobody else seems to share his sentiments, but when his classmates begin to go missing, he realizes that his neighbor is, in fact, a vampire. This stars Colin Farrell and Anton Yelchin. It’s not really serious at all, in my opinion. They approach it seriously, but obviously the movie is just a fun vampire time. It’s great to watch if you want something fun, but not necessarily scary or sexy like typical vampire films.
Queen of the Damned (2002)
Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah star in this creepy, sexy vampire flick that’s loosely based on the Anne Rice novel of the same name. Townsend plays vampire Lestat, a vampire who wants the world to know of their existence while Aaliyah plays a vicious, thousand year old vampire queen who has no care for human life. It’s got great music, very industrial goth, and while the story is a bit cheesy, Aaliyah is great in it and makes me wish she could’ve done more films. It’s sad she died so young.
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Based on the NYT best-selling Anne Rice novel of the same title, Interview with the Vampire stars some really famous faces before they were that famous. Tom Cruise plays a hilarious and vicious vampire Lestat while Brad Pitt plays Louis, a young vampire, who hates being what he is. The story focuses on Louis’ life as a vampire with Lestat in the mid-1700’s.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Francis Ford Coppola directed this classic retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It sticks very closely to the classic novel and although it’s never really outright scary, it’s terrifying and super creepy at times. The brilliant Gary Oldman stars as Dracula and costars with other famous actors like Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, and Anthony Hopkins!
Let the Right One In (2008)
A young boy who deals with bullying at school is thrilled when a young girl around his age moves into the apartments where he lives. Soon, he realizes she’s hiding a dark secret. Obviously, she’s a vampire people, but you get the idea! This is a less-typical vampire film because it’s more about the characters than about vampires; definitely a must-watch! Oh, and it’s in Swedish so you’ll want subtitles on unless you know Swedish which, if you do, please teach me!
Wesley Snipes plays a half-mortal, half-immortal man who aims to rid the world of vampires. It’s a total 90’s vampire classic and has tons of fun action. This is reminiscent of a time when vampires were scary and badass rather than lovesick, depressed teenagers 😛 (though I love me some TVD!). Also, be on the lookout if you watch the entire series; Ryan Reynolds makes an appearance!
Dracula 2000 (2000)
In this retelling of Dracula, a biblical twist is given to this famous vampire who’s haunting one woman’s dreams! It stars Gerard Butler as Dracula WAY before he was known and many other well-known actors from the 90’s-early 2000’s.
This is, hands down, one of the creepiest vampire films I’ve ever seen. It’s entirely silent, with only music played to the subtitles that explain what’s going on in the film, but somehow it still evokes a quiet, creeping terror. The makeup is phenomenal, even by today’s standards, though it’s not scary in a blood and gore kind of way. It’s definitely worth watching if you’ve never seen it and you can do so on Netflix!
Vampire TV Shows: Dracula, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals (all of these are available via Netflix or Hulu)
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