My Top 10 Vampire Movies of All-Time
Welcome to my list of my top 10 Vampire movies so far, as things might change as more and more are released. This was a tough list, as like any list of this sort is to make. There are many other Vampire films that I enjoy quite a bit which I would have loved to add to this list, but I had to dwindle it down to my personal top 10. Here we go.
10. Underworld (2003)
Underworld follows female vampire warrior Selene as she is caught in the middle of the Vampire-Lycan war. She is known as a Death-dealer, whose job is hunt down and kill any living Lycans. He meets and falls in love with Michael, a Lycan, and must now choose which side she is really on. The movie features some really cool visuals and action scenes between the Vampires and Lycans. The love story is a little cheesy but its easily way better than anything Twilight offers. Definitely worth a look if you're a fan of Vampire or Werewolf movies.
Directed by Len Wiseman.
Starring Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen and Shane Brolly.
9. Fright Night (1985)
Although the Fright Night remake wasn't a total disaster, the original remains much better, and is still considered a classic by many. The movie follows Charley as he uncovers that the two men that moved in next door to him are an ancient Vampire and his guardian. Charlie turns to actor Peter Vincent, whom Charley believes can help him hunt down and kill his next door neighbor. Fright Night has a great mix of comedy and horror, making it a very entertaining Vampire flick. Check this one out before you see the remake, you won't regret it.
Directed by Tom Holland
Starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, and Roddy McDowall.
8. Near Dark (1987)
Near Dark was directed by future Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow, and is about a young man who joins up with a group of Vampires when he meets, and is bitten by, a girl who is a part of their clan. He now travels with the group as one of them, but refuses to kill, and when he runs into his father and sister he must choose between them or the girl. The movie features some really good performances, lots of blood, and a great amount of thrills. It's a shame the movie is not as well known as other, lesser Vampire flicks.
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Starring Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, and Bill Paxton,
7. Daybreakers (2009)
Daybreakers takes place in the near future where 95% of the world population are Vampires. As the human population continues to dwindle, so does the Vampire's source of blood. The movie follows Dr. Edward Dalton as he tries to develop artificial blood, to both help the remaining humans and stop the shortage of blood forever. He discovers a way that may be able to turn himself back into a human which changes everything. Daybreakers is a very ambitious and original take on Vampires in a genre that has its share of unoriginal, generic ideas. The movie goes into great detail to show us how the other side lives, and how a society like this would function. If you want an original, thought-provoking Vampire film look no further.
Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig
Starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Claudia Karvan, and Michael Dorman.
6. The Lost Boys (1987)
The Lost Boys follows two brothers who move to a small town and encounter two Vampire hunters and a biker gang of Vampires. While the younger brother makes friends with the hunters, the older brother, enticed by a young woman, joins the biker gang. The younger brother looks to the Vampire hunters to help save his brother before he makes his first kill, becoming a full-fledged Vampire. The movie features solid acting and effects and firmly plants itself as one of my favorite, as well as one of the best vampire films of all-time.
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Jamison Newlander and Keifer Sutherland
5. Blade (1998)
Blade was the movie that introduced me to Wesley Snipes, and made killing Vampires look so damn awesome. Blade is a half-human half-vampire who hunts down and kills other Vampires, trying to rid them from the world. He encounters a woman who's been bitten, saves her and takes her back to his hideout to try to heal her before she turns. With her help, Blade uncovers a malicious plot by Vampire Deacon Frost, that could mean the destruction of the human population. Blade is full of great scenes of stylish martial arts fighting, plenty of Vampire killing, and great special effects. Blade 2 and Blade Trinity are also great films, with the second one sometimes considered superior to the first.
Directed by Stephen Norrington
Starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright, and Donal Logue
4. Bram Stokers Dracula (1992)
Based off of the novel by Bram Stoker, the movie sees Dracula avenging the death of his late wife by taking the blood of young women. When he encounters a woman, Mina, that reminds of his late wife, he becomes obsessed with her. After he sucks the life out of her closest friend lucy, Van Helsing, Mina's husband and others attempt to rid Britain of Dracula's presence. This version of Dracula remains to be one of the best put into film. No movie has since been able to portray Dracula as perfectly as Gary Oldman.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Cary Elwes, and Richard E. Grant
3. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
After robbing a bank, two brothers escape across the border to Mexico in the RV of the family they've taken hostage. They take refuge in a local strip bar until morning when they will be able to get away as free men. What they don't realize is that where they plan to spent the night is also home to large grouping of Vampires. Both brothers, and their hostages, now must fight to survive until morning against these blood-thirsty creatures. The movie features some outstanding gory violence, tons of laughs, and is one of the most entertaining Vampire flicks you'll see.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Starring George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, and Danny Trejo
2. 30 Days of Night (2007)
This movie features the most vicious, ferocious, and evil breed of Vampires you'll see on film. These are not the soft, romantic, or sexualized Vampires seen in movies and television today. They are blood-thirsty killing machines. The film, set in a town in Alaska where they will experience 1 month of total darkness, sees the town come under attack by a large gang of Vampires. The residents, lead by the towns Sheriff, must now try to survive 30 days of night against these evil creatures. The movies features plenty of scares, buckets of blood, and the best portrayal of Vampires you've seen so far. Definitely not for those who scare easily or dislike excessive amounts of blood, but highly recommended for anyone looking for a highly entertaining horror flick.
Directed by David Slade
Starring Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, and Ben Foster
1. Let Me In (2010)
Now, fans of Let the Right One in may be wondering why did I put the remake at number one instead of the original. Although I absolutely love the original, I feel that the remake actually improves the story and is a slightly superior film. The movie follows 12 year old Owen, who is constantly bullied at school and dreams of one day getting his revenge. He befriends a seemingly young girl, Abby, who has just recently moved into his building. She only comes out at night, and the windows of her apartment are completely covered. What he does not realize right away is that she is an ancient Vampire, but after he does find out he is both scared and in love with the girl at the same time. At the same time Abby's "father" is a wanted serial killer who kills people and drains their blood in order to feed Abby. The movie is one part horror film, and one part romance. The original and the remake are very similar but the remake features much better pacing, and the Chloe Grace Moretz does a surprisingly superior job as Abby than Lea Leandersson. It's easily my favorite vampire film as well as one my favorite films of all-time. I could not recommend this movie anymore. It's a must see.
Directed by Matt Reeves
Starring Kodi Smitt-McPhee, Chloe Grace Mortez, Richard Jenkins, Elias Koteas, and Cara Buono.
Honorable Mentions: I Am Legend, Dracula 2000, Queen of the Damned, and Night Watch