Vampire movies have been around for almost 90 years and they still thrill me to no end. Most of them (pardon the pun) suck! They are cheesy, terrible, and a lot of fun. There are so many to choose from, but there is bound to be an argument about why I left “this movie” off the list, while “that movie” made it! I challenge you to come up with five of your own! Here are mine…
Interview With A Vampire (1994)
Anne Rice is the Queen of modern horror in this first book in her vampire series. It details the (un)lives of Louis, Lestat, and Claudia and their adventures through the centuries. Always a favorite of mine, I was disappointed when I first heard that Tom Cruise would be playing the role of Lestat, but was pleased with the result. Possibly one of the best vampire movies ever made. Also stars Brad Pitt (Louis) and a very young Kristin Dunst as the manipulative Claudia.
Lost Boys (1987)
This movie is a cheesy movie made in the 80’s with many of the young stars of the day. Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, the Coreys and Jami Gertz, this film has a lot of great one-liners (“Try the Holy Water, Death Breath!” and “Don’t kill me Mike! I’m basically a good kid!”). It is about a family who moves out to California and comes in contact with a group of vampires and the people who hunt them. Great cult classic!
Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, Dracula is the classic tale starring Bela Legosi as the count. It was based on the Broadway play by the same name that was a huge success at the time. Originally, the Universal directors wanted Lon Chaney to play the part, but Chaney was under contract with MGM. They ended up with Legosi because he was the star of the Broadway play. Legosi, a Hungarian, did not speak fluent English at the time. This is where the Dracula accent comes from. A common urban legend states he could not speak the language at all, but this isn’t true.
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Graunes (1922)
The movie that started it all, Nosferatu was a silent film that was made in Germany by the famous director, F.W. Murnau and portrayed by Max Schreck in the title role. The German subtitle means the “Symphony of Horror”. It was an unauthorized edition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The names were changed only because Stoker’s wife would not give the film company the rights to make it into a motion picture. She sued the film company and they went bankrupt. It was also ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed, but it had already made its way into worldwide distribution. Considered one of the best vampire films of all time.
What can make a vampire movie even more cool? Hot vampire chicks and werewolves. In this case, they call the wolves Lycans, but who cares? This movie is filled with action, terrible acting, and fun. Kate Beckinsale offers the role of the hot vampire chick. She’s dressed from neck to toe in stretchy latex and can really kick some serious Lycan butt! The movie is visually a treat to watch, too, and it goes into detail about why vampires hate those furry werewolves so much.