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The 15 Best Vampire Movies of All Time
Movie Crunch ^ | Nov 17,2008

Posted on 11/30/2008 8:25:07 AM PST by SeekAndFind

In honor of the highly anticipated release of Twilight, Movie Crunch has compiled a list of the 15 best vampire movies of all time. Whether you like scary or campy, romantic or kick-ass, these vampire flicks offer up a little bit of something for everyone. How would you rank them? Did we forget any of your favorites?

15. Underworld (2003)

Underworld Kate Beckinsale

What? This movie was about vampires? With Kate Beckinsale looking amazingly hot in leather, it’s hard to notice much else. She could have been eating a ham sandwich dressed in leather and it still would have been entertaining. Oh yeah, and there are some werewolves too.

14. Near Dark (1987)

Adrian Pasdar is a cowboy who gets the hot girl… only she’s a vampire who sinks her teeth in and turns him into a bloodsucker who must learn to kill to survive. What can we say? Love really sucks sometimes.

13. Fright Night (1985)

Fright Night

Is pre-Herman’s Head William Ragsdale’s handsome next door neighbor a vampire? Chris Sarandon plays the charming bloodsucker neighbor, while Roddy McDowall gives a fun turn as a veteran horror movie star.

12. Blade I (1998)/Blade II (2002)

Wesley Snipes kicked a lot of vampire ass in the Blade series as one crazy ripped comic book half human/half vampire superhero. Blade II brought the cool factor a la director Guillermo del Toro. And c’mon - Kris Kristofferson? Nuff said.

11. The Lost Boys (1987)

It’s campy. It’s got the two Coreys when they were still considered teen hunks and at their peak of semi-coolness. Plus Keifer, Jason Patrick and a kick ass soundtrack. Lost Boys offered up a little bit of fun and creepiness in a great little package. A true 80s vampire staple.

10. Salem’s Lot (1979)

Suspenseful. Chilling. These are just a couple of words to describe the uber-creepy Salem’s Lot, a miniseries movie based on a novel by the horror king – Stephen King. Vampires take over a small town and even though the special effects are a little cheesy, those vampires are frakkin scary!

9. Vampires (1998)

John Carpenter's Vampires

The name says it all, but it comes from John Carpenter, who knows a thing or two about the horror genre (Halloween still gives us nightmares). James Woods leads a team of vampire hunters – aiming to wipe out the bloodsuckers like the ones who did his parents in when he was a kid. Revenge is so sweet – and bloody.

8. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was Francis Ford Coppola’s vision of the classic vampire tale, bringing us stars of the day Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves. And while they certainly aren’t the best actors on the block, the drama and costumes were something of a masterpiece. Gary Oldman puts in the premiere Count Dracula performance, while Sir Anthony Hopkins plays vampire hunter Van Helsing.

7. 30 Days of Night (2007)

Good grief, were these vampires ever thirsty. Like – really, really thirsty. A month of permanent darkness in Alaska, a group of hungry bloodsuckers – and the residents are trapped. Even the trusty sled dogs have been done in by vampires! Pure horror and fun for gore lovers.

6. Interview With the Vampire (1994)

When Brad Pitt was up-and-coming and Tom Cruise was not yet a certifiable Scientology whack job, Interview with the Vampire offered up a cinematic take on Anne Rice’s epic novel, featuring a very young Kirsten Dunst with a taste for blood. While many pointed out the homoerotic themes of Interview, it had a new take on vampires, including Louis’ inner struggle and aversion to killing to satisfy his need for blood.

5. Shadow of the Vampire (2008)

Willem Dafoe channels Nosferatu in Shadow of the Vampire, which manages to weave wit and horror in a scary dramatic mix. Dafoe and Malcovich give performances that draw you in - once you get “sucked” in, there’s no returning from the shadow of this vampire.

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Yeah, this is pure camp. But it’s funny as hell and besides, what of value has Kristy Swanson done since? (Shut your mouth if you said Skating with Celebrities) Paul Reubens shakes off his Pee Wee Herman persona and a whiny Luke Perry rounds out the cast in this vampire cult classic that was responsible for bringing Buffy to the small screen.

3. Dracula (1931)

Bela Lugosi is synonymous with Dracula – his Hungarian accent made Dracula the image we all think of today: “I vant to suck your blood.” You can’t have a list of great vampire movies without including this 1931 Lugosi classic.

2. Nosferatu (1922)

Nosferatu may just very well be the creepiest movie of all time. Yeah, it’s from 1922, but good god how sickeningly creepy is Count Orlok with his long fingernails? He’s a cutie, huh? Count Orlok definitely wins the award for most desperately in need of a manicure on our list.

1. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Who can forget the pure sex appeal of Salma Hayek as a vampire queen doing a snake dance? Directed by Robert Rodriguez and co-written by Quentin Tarantino, From Dusk Till Dawn starred George Clooney and Tarantino (acting is definitely not his strong point) as bank robbing bros on the run. Features one of the greatest mid movie plot shifts of all time. Gory, campy and fun, From Dusk Till Dawn definitely is the best vampire movie of all time.

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To: curling

“Worse Vampire flick (IMO)

Jack Palance (made for TV movie) (1973)”

Laughs, and nods in agreement, but Palance as Jekyll and Hyde, was amazing. His Dr. Jekyll was a total Harvey Milquetoast, while his Mr. Hyde, was absolute evil, just barely cloaking itself with charm. Incredible performance.

Returning to the Dracula/TV vein ; P ,heehee, Louis Jourdan had an interesting take on it, although the scene I remember VERY clearly, was when he was crawling down a tower wall...eeeeeeee : |


41 posted on 11/30/2008 9:25:08 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: PLMerite

That’s a good pick. Kolchak rules.


42 posted on 11/30/2008 9:26:13 AM PST by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed Says Keep the Faith!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think Fright Night is the best vampire movie ever. What is really interesting to note is the striking resemblance between the gaping mawed Hillary Clinton and the gaping mawed female vampire in this film. Both have such large teeth that they cannot seem to close their mandibles :D

As far as werewolf movies go, American Werewolf in London is hands down the best.

43 posted on 11/30/2008 9:32:26 AM PST by chris37
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To: Cecily

Too bad for Hollywood that Vlad Dracula and vampires had nothing in common. Too bad Hollywood glorified this man for untrue reasons instead of providing the truth: Ottoman a$$ kicker.

44 posted on 11/30/2008 9:33:29 AM PST by FORTRUTHONLY (Easy as 3.14159265358979323846...)
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To: SeekAndFind
Would THIS count as a Vampire Film? Amanda Donahue was the SEXIEST vamp ever!:

Hard to believe this one is more than 20 years old.

45 posted on 11/30/2008 9:35:04 AM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: BibChr

Salem’s Lot, Misery, and Needful Things (with a great Max Von Sydow) are my fave movies based on Stephen King novels.

46 posted on 11/30/2008 9:38:11 AM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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Vlad the Impaler also had a creative way to deal with the homeless/pauper problem in Transylvania. I prefer the way he used his methods on the Ottomans, however.

47 posted on 11/30/2008 9:39:11 AM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: dennisw
I will not be replying to the mini me vampires who take offense at my post

The original Dracula is a literary classic. But what do I know about literature as I am apparently a retard. Who has the "Tard" ping list...?

48 posted on 11/30/2008 9:44:31 AM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

My thoughts exactly...nothing better than those bosomy Brit Vamp flicks when I was 14 years old. ;~)

This list is seriously flawed by their omission.

49 posted on 11/30/2008 9:48:31 AM PST by major_gaff (University of Parris Island, Class of '84)
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To: Oratam

50 posted on 11/30/2008 9:53:29 AM PST by jas3
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To: Clemenza

Not Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption? They’d be on my list.

51 posted on 11/30/2008 10:04:08 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

You took the words out of my mouth. A piece of dreck like “From Dusk Till Dawn” as the best of all time? What an idiot! The list is more notable for what’s excluded - no “Black Sunday,” no “Vampire Circus,” no “Fearless Vampire Killers.” Heck, even “Love At First Bite” is better than most of the list. Yeesh!

52 posted on 11/30/2008 10:13:29 AM PST by TrueKnightGalahad (When you're's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I think that to make a good vampire movie, you have to stay true to the legend of the vampire. They are Undead, creatures bereft of a soul. So while they can move about and act like humans, they lack the one ingredient that makes humans something other than beasts: a touch of the Divine.

Lacking that, they cannot tolerate anything that is good and holy. They cannot even sustain themselves without feeding on the essence of others.

There is nothing sympathetic about them, and I don't ever want to see another movie from the vampire's point of view. They are purely evil. Anne Rice's whiny Lestat forsakes the essence of vampirism. No true Undead would ever bemoan the loneliness of his existence or feel betrayed by his would-be victims. Regret and sadness are for beings with feelings, and feelings arise from the soul. Vampires have none.

53 posted on 11/30/2008 10:18:24 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: chris37

American Werewolf in London, check.

American Werewolf in Paris.... probably one of the worst movies DH and I have ever paid to watch, lol.

54 posted on 11/30/2008 10:18:47 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: thesearethetimes...

Heh, I have never seen American Werewolf in Paris. I saw previews of it, and the suspect CGI turned me off right away. The werewolf transformations in London were so magnificent! I hate how computer animation is now so prominent in movies. I generally avoid all horror films done after the year 2000 due to this. It seems that the art of make-up effects demonstrated so brilliantly in such films as American Werewolf in London and The Thing is a lost art along with most other movie making in general.

55 posted on 11/30/2008 10:33:40 AM PST by chris37
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56 posted on 11/30/2008 11:06:21 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: IronJack
They are purely evil. Anne Rice's whiny Lestat forsakes the essence of vampirism.

I take it from your comment then that the latest Vampire hit movie -- TWILIGHT is one WHINY movie. Imagine a teenage Vampire as your neighbor who does NOT want to feed on human blood ( the equivalent of vegetarians ). Imagine a teen vampire whose main interest is seducing other teen age humans.

As for that HBO series TRUE BLOOD. They have essentially made Vampires an American minority like gays who demand civil rights like the rest of Americans. You even have politicians in that series FIGHTING for Vampire rights. Heck we even have organizations like the FELLOWSHIP OF THE SUN who are like modern day KKK's fighting against Vampire rights ( with signs in front of churches that say -- GOD HATES FANGS ).

That's essentially what this genre has morphed to in 2008.
57 posted on 11/30/2008 11:16:12 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: meowmeow

Dracula perhaps
Go to a movie theater and look around and see the morons at the vampire movie. This world is dark enough without such drek
You think Anne Rice is a happy person? Just look at her!

58 posted on 11/30/2008 11:25:35 AM PST by dennisw (Never bet on Islam! ::::: Never bet on a false prophet!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bram Stoker’s Dracula by Coppola should be number 1.

59 posted on 11/30/2008 11:26:44 AM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: SeekAndFind

Innocent Blood, a black comedy horror movie about gangsters turned vampires is a great movie, Don Rickles and Robert Loggia are in it.

60 posted on 11/30/2008 11:30:53 AM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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