Those vampire films just keep coming and if 2012/13 is anything to go by then they won’t be slowing down anytime soon. So to embrace the trend, let’s relive the cream of the crop of nearly a centuries worth of vampire flicks…
13. Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Slighty soppy? Yes, but entertaining? Certainly. Interview was a nice balance between the vampires being beautiful and charismatic (lest we forget that Dracula was not a hideous fiend) and deadly. It has a great gothic atmosphere and is well acted all round, a worthy addition to the list I say.
12. The Lost Boys (1987)
Slap together a cast of budding 80s actors, some amazingly bad hairstyles and a little gang violence and you have the recipe for the perfect teen vampire flick. Very evocative of the era, it continues to speak to its fans years later. Not bad for something that outwardly, sounds like fluff.
11. Blade Trilogy (1998-2004)
Was a little to action-y for my tastes at first but once you get into the flow of the trilogy it’s interesting, exciting and at times really packs a punch. Plus how could you not love the unconventional, half-vamp hero, Blade, played to perfection by Wesley Snipes.
10. Martin (1978)
Another kind of terror. George A. Romero left his magnum opus aside for a foray into the world of vampires and the results were pleasing to say the least. He takes the worn out genre and instills something special in it; and of course it has his trademark social commentary.
9. From Dusk Till Dawn (1998)
If you want something thoughtful and intelligent you wont find it here, but if you want a bloody good time then this is the film for you. It’s hard to fault this movie as everything about it works so well. A clear vision has ended in a film that knew exactly where it wanted to go and that delivers all that it promises.
8. Dracula (1931)
There have been many incarnations of this movie but as a general rule you can look to the first for the best, this is certainly the case here. Bela Lugosi’s timeless portrayal really shaped how we see vampires today and will be remembered for his defining performance a long time.
7. Thirst (2009)
The only Asian film on the list, but man, is it a good one. Chan-wook Park does it again after having blown us away with Oldboy. He manages to mix terror, comedy, parody and madness into one big melting pot of brilliance.
6. Fright Night (1985)
Vampires in suburbia. A classic comedy horror that you can tell was made with a real love of the genre. It still feels fresh even after all these years, despite what the unneccessary 2011 remake might lead to believe.
5. Near Dark (1987)
“Western” and “vampire” are not words you’d expect to hear together. Even less likely is that the scenario would work. Near Dark manages to pull it off with the help of a brilliant cast and lots of blood. 80s gold.
4. Nosferatu (1922)
Not only is this film where it all started, but it also managed to be engaging and terrifying without a single word being spoken. The many iconic images from this movie still continue to scare us over 90 years later. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s quite an impressive feat. Long live Count Orlock.
3. Stakeland (2010)
Just when you thought there was nothing more to be squeezed out of the genre along comes Stakeland. It takes the idea of a vampire apocalypse and shows us a glimpse of the fight the remaining humans have to survive. The interactions between the people are often more entertaining than the vampires themselves, but don’t get me wrong, the vamps in this are vicious snarling beasts, no talking, no luring just out-and-out feral.
2. We Are The Night (2010)
Having watched this film very recently, I was massively impressed. The female vampires rule the roost and live a life of lascivity and excess. Each of the characters are wonderfully conceived and brilliantly acted. It’s hearbreaking to watch how, despite the facade they put up, each of them struggules with their immortality and the life they left behind. It really shines a light on what it really means to be a vampire.
1. Twilight (2008)
Such an amazing film! The story is compelling, the characterization stands up there with the likes of Dracula. In fact it makes all other vampire movies look like sh…Syke! I couldn’t resist the chance for trickery, I apologise. Now that’s over let’s get to the real number 1.
1. Let The Right One In (2008)
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad word said against this film and rightfully so. The story is tender, yet brutal and endears you to all the characters. Watching this is like watching a vampire film for the first time, it takes something that has been done a million times over and makes it something completely fresh and new.