The Best Vampire Movies of the 2010s
Vampires Will Rise Again
Over the past couple of decades or so, the vampire genre seemed to have lost its bite. This is due to several reasons not entirely Twilight-related (as a matter-of-fact, this series kept the genre alive). First and foremost, and this is just too apparent, that the zombies have taken over. The brain eaters have replaced the bloodsuckers as undead numero uno. Second is, honestly, is there anything new to tell? Ask your local vampire how’s it hangin’ and he’d probably say that it’s same old, same old. Vampire stories seemed to have been sucked dry. But, heed this, even if the vampire genre has gone cold, each year, one or two good vampire movies are able to sneak in.
Here, we list down the best vampire movies of the decade (2010-2017) that are worth watching.
Let Me In (2010)
Do you think there's such a thing as evil?— Owen
Directed by Matt Reeves
Lonely and bullied 12-year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) befriends a vampire girl named Abby (Chloe Grace-Moretz) and finds out that they are kindred spirits. Their relationship blossoms from friendship to love to an irrevocable sense of duty to one another. Few remakes can be this confident as to welcome comparison to the original (the Swedish Let the Right One In, 2008) which is an excellent movie. But, this remake by director Matt Reeves is as good as the original—a more extreme, well executed version that has a higher level of emotion that is maintained throughout. The relationship between the two chief characters developed really well, and closes the movie with brutal grace. The best vampire movie of the decade.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
I think we drink virgin blood because it sounds cool.— Deacon
Directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
In this funny New Zealand reality-type mockumentary, a film crew tackles the lives of four vampires who share the same flat: Viago (Taika Waititi), the strict leader; Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), the promiscuous vampire; Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), the young rebel; and Petyr (Ben Fransham), the 8,000 year old Nosferatu-like vampire. They go about their daily routines, criticize each other, talk about the perks of being immortal, and mostly, just show off for the camera. We all know there’s a lot of comic material regarding the habits of blood-suckers and it took Waititi to make a really funny movie about it. The script has a lot of wit and charm that really pay off with sublime acting making this movie an unforgettable odyssey into the genre.
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Can’t we drop the odd hint here and there? It would cause such thrilling chaos.— Eve
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
A vampire couple called Adam and Eve (Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton) spend their immortality low key, procuring blood through inconspicuous means: Adam bribes a doctor in a hospital while Eve gets hers through the famous scribe Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt), who himself is a vampire. When Adam, who is an underground musician with a cult following, gets hounded by fans and his abode put at risk, he and Eve retire to Tangier, Morocco. Its Arthouse vampire romance. A blend of vampiric lore and existentialist drama with your token sexy Brit acting. There’s allure in the loneliness of Jarmusch’s bloodsuckers which makes this a vampire movie unlike any other.
Once upon a time, I was born. It is still a fact that the day you are born is the day you are most likely to be murdered.— Eleanor
Directed by Neil Jordan
Clara and Eleanor (Gemma Arterton and Saorise Ronan) are mother and daughter vampires hunted by elite vampires called the “Brethren.” Clara, a prostitute by profession, seduces a lonely man who owns an old hotel and there she and Eleanor take refuge. Eleanor spends her time writing down her life story to which we learn of their past. Soon, the Brethren find out where they are. Not your traditional vampires since Clara and Eleanor can walk in daylight but their satiation for blood is immense. Jordan’s storytelling is sensual and there’s a haunting quality in the way that Eleanor tells her past. Byzantium is provocative and spellbinding, and of course, it’s hard to keep your eyes off the two leads.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
If there was a storm coming right now, a big storm, from behind those mountains, would it matter? Would it change anything?— Arash
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
Arash (Arash Marandi) worked hard to buy his dream car only to see it taken by Hossein, a drug dealer, as payment for money Arash's father owed him. Later, Hossein picks up a mysteriously attractive, chador wearing Girl (Shiela Vand) who turns out to be a vampire who kills him. Arash and the Girl cross paths and a mutual attraction develops between them, until Arash learns who she really is. Set in Iran, shot in black and white, a vampire who wears a cloak over her head, there’s just something wrong with this picture. And that’s exactly what makes Amirpour’s film such an attractive oddity. It combines the genre with an interesting mix of noir, comedy, drama, western, and pop music.
Underworld: Awakening (2012)
My heart's not cold, it's broken.— Selene
Directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein
12 years after humans discover the existence of vampires and Lycans and proceed with the “cleanse,” Selene (Kate Beckinsale) awakes and escapes from cryogenic suspension, and discovers that she and Michael have a daughter, Eve, a hybrid, who she must protect from her enemies. It would be a disservice not to include one from this long-running vampire series, and there are two to choose from this decade. The other one, Blood Wars (2016) is better-looking in terms of art direction, but a messy story even compared to this one. Critics have been split on Awakening on whether it’s a good movie or not, but, it is only bad if you start comparing it to the others in the series. Awakening holds its own in terms of action and pace, for which it is even more thrilling than others. And look, it’s got a Super-Lycan.
We Are the Night (2010)
The more evil the man is, the sweeter his blood.— Louise
Directed by Dennis Gansel
Three female vampires led by Louise (Nina Hoss) operate in underground Berlin. When Louise meets Lena (Karoline Herfurth), a petty thief, she sees something special in her and turns her into a vampire. In denial at first, Lena soon adjusts to her newfound life of luxury and immortality, but still struggles to accept her fate because of an attachment to a police officer who has feelings for her. We Are the Night is your demonic sisterhood thriller that switches between dark ambience to club music. Vampires just love to party. It also has its shares of action, kill fest and token dramatic deaths. All in all makes this more than your average vampire movie.
Stake Land (2010)
In desperate times, false gods abound. People put their faith in the loudest preacher and hope they’re right.— Martin
Directed by Jim Mickle
In a post-apocalyptic world where a pandemic has turned humans into vampires, a hunter who is referred only as “Mister” (Nick Damici) and his young partner Martin (Connor Paulo), travel across America heading North, to a place called New Haven, where it is said to be safe. They kill several vampires and pick up a couple of travelers along the way. Barring cliched characters (like a cult preacher named Jebedia), Stake Land is able to create a convincing landscape of anarchic chaos. The vampires are zombie-like and disorganized while humans were abandoned by their governments to survive on their own. The movie has a nightmarish quality and provides plenty of action.
Staying young is getting old.— Goody
Directed by Amy Heckerling
In this comedy, two easy going vampires, Stacy (Kristen Ritter) and Goody (Alicia Silverstone) live in a nice little NY apartment and feed on rat blood instead of humans. They spend their nights socializing in bars and attending night classes. All is well, until the vampire queen Cicerrus’ (Sigourney Weaver) killing habits put the vampire community in danger. Clueless meets The Vampire Diaries, director Heckerling seems to have been stuck in 90s comedies. Not your sophisticated, structured story but it imbues so much energy that it maintains your attention throughout. Heckerling must’ve hypnotized her actors to give such inspired performances that its really all about F.U.N. Also starring Dan Stevens, Richard Lewis, Wallace Shawn and Malcom McDowell.
Bloodsucking Bastards (2015)
Bam, snap!— Tim
Directed by Brian O’Connell
Things are not going well for Evan (Fran Kranz). His girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) has dumped him and the sales manager position he has been gunning for is suddenly given to his former college buddy, Max (Pedro Pascal). To make it worse, Max could be a vampire who is turning his co-workers into bloodsuckers. With the help of his best friend Tim (Joey Kern), they try to neutralize them. It’s From Dusk Till Dawn set in Office Space, sort of. Starts slow but snappily picks up. There are hilarious moments that are a kick, especially if you’ve experienced office life. Bloodsucking Bastards is something fresh if you’re looking for something different.
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