Vampires, Why do we love them?? Is it the allure of their flawless features and animal sexuality mixed with their craving for blood. The idea of one becoming Immortal is very seductive, it’s what draws us to these creatures of the night. Since 1897 when Bram Stoker published Dracula, we have been swept up by these dark creatures. The celluloid era brought us Vampires in silent form like London After Midnight, Dracula and Interview with the vampire would soon follow. Every decade had vampire movies that stood out and still stand the test of time of Good Horror Movies. Some should have a stake driven through their hearts. Entire Clubs of people make vampirism their lifestyle mainly because of what they see in movies. We have the list of the best and worst Vampire movies. Notice there are know Dracula films listed below, since he has over 30 films to his name I thought we could make a list for him in another article.
5. 30 Days of Night–Based on the comic of the same name by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, this was a sleeper hit in 2003. 4 years later it was made into what was never seen before in a Vampire movie. Gore, blood, and non stop suspense. The movie may not scare the crap out of you but you have to admit, the snowy white back drop in a small town in Burrow Alaska soaked in blood is enuf to get any ones blood to chill. There is a sequel that just finished shooting and will be out next year titles Dark Days. Numbers 5, 4, and 2 (in the best of section) are based on books and 2 is a comic book film.
4. Interview with the Vampire–Based on the best-selling Novel by Anne Rice, Its and interview being conducted by a reporter (Christian Slater) of a 200-year-old Vampire named Louie ( Brad Pitt). The story would be the first of the Lestat (Tom Cruise) book in Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. the cast is rounded out by great performances by Kristen Dunst and Antonio Banderas. sad but strange fact about the film is River Phoenix brother of Joaquin Phoenix was to play Lestat but died, due to drug overdose. He has a in remembrance credit at the end of the film.
3.Blade–Wesley Snipes did something for Vampires that had been washed away with teen pop shows like Buffy, He made them bad ass. Blade (Wesley Snipes) was the tale of a half vampire half human hunter. He was bad ass with a sword and shard with his wit. The best part of the movie is in the beginning during the Blood Shower at the club, when the vamps are done with their blood orgy Blade whoops some ass. This was the movie before X-Men that started getting Hollywood into Comic Book movies, but most people who saw it had no idea he lived in the same universe as Spider-Man and the X-Men.
2.Vampire Hunter D–Another story of a half human half Vampire hunter, this is one of the best Anime movies out there. Weird setting as it takes place in 14,000 ad so a good 12,000 years into a war-torn future. D is hired by a couple of young farmers to stop the local Count from turning her into a Vampire. We get the impression that D is of major nobility and is not the hunter to mess with. The art style in this movie may look crude by todays standards of animation. There is no denying however how many Vampire genre fans can say how they got hooked on Anime because of this masterpiece of a film. There are actually 17 Vampire Hunter D novels. all recently translated in to English. Book 3 is the sequel movie.
1.The Lost Boys– If there was one Vampire movie fans would say this is hat hooked them. It’s about a mother and her two sons who move in with their Grandpa. The place he lives in happen to be the murder capital of the world. this was a break out film for Keifer Sutherland as the lead Vampire David. The Two Corey’s ( Feldman and Haim) made this the first of many films they would star in together. Its awesome 80’s soundtrack and settings in California make it a great summer movie. Theres humor drama and suspense. The best part of the whole film is Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander as the dimwitted Vampire Hunters. They really have no idea what they are doing but they try anyway. It’s funny Joel Shumacher the director made one of the Greatest Vampire movies of all time. He also made the worst Superhero movie of all time Batman and Robin.
Now the 5 worst Vampire films.
5.–Vampires Los Muentos–the term sequel should mean next chapter int he story arc not lets repeat the same movie direct to video. Why they made this who knows??? Jon Bon Jovi does nothing to make us think he’s a better slayer than Jack Cross played with such kickassness as James Woods. John Carpenter had to be pretty had up for money to put his name on this garbage. The vampire chick is much hotter than the male villain form the fist film but that’s the only reason to watch and that pretty bad.
4.Queen of the Damned–What do you get when you recast everybody in your hit movie from 8 years ago. The biggest most poorly written piece of garbage of all time. I am not sure what happened during production of this movie. Maybe it was the tragic death of Pop Star Aleyah, no this movie was doomed to fail in the beginning. For some reason they combine two stories in one. Un like with the Harry Potter and Twilight films they take it one step at a time. You would expect something better from the woman who wrote the books in the first place. Sadly Ann Rice is not as good a screen writer as she is a novelist.
3.Dracula 3000– Really the title says everything. It’s not a sequel to the film staring Gerard Butler so don’t think of it that way. It’s like Dracula in Space. This si the only Dracula title I put on here. Do Not Watch This Movie.
2.The Lost Boys: The Tribe: For years they kept saying there would be a Lost Boys. First it was the Lost Girls, ( which would have been dumb but hot surfer Vamp Babes) Then a film based solely on the Frog brothers. Alas we got this piece of dribble. We have a sequel that almost has nothing to do with the first one other than Edgar Frog coming back played by Corey Feldman. Angus Sutherland Keifer’s younger brother plays the head Vampire in this movie, but they make no connection to the fact he might be David’s brother. Why ??? The two siblings in the movie are also cousins of Sam and Mike the two brother from the first film. Again not explained at all. Worst line in the film is by Feldman ” Did somebody order some steak”
1. The Twilight saga– Yup sorry I am throwing this under a Church Choir bus and hope it ignites into flames. Not since Dracula The tv series has Vampires been destroyed by such dribble. First big reason this is the worst films about Vampires, Vampires don’t SPARKLE. What is up with that??? This whole lubby dubby crap in these films is just too much to handle. The acting is so wooden and awkward it just blows my mind as too how these tweens can sit through this. I understand Buffy and Angel was a bit campy 10 years ago,. Lots of monsters do that. Lets make them look good with fangs. If you really have to sit through these films download the Rifftrax commentary it make them into the best comedies ever made. Weird fact about these films is Martin Sheen plays the leader of the Vampires in these films. In the Underworld films he plays the leader of the Werewolves.