MY TOP 10 FAVORITE VAMPIRE FILMS
I know Halloween has come and gone but I’m not ready to say goodbye yet. So, I thought we’d put one more Horror post out there. Vampires are one of the greatest monsters ever created in fiction… 2nd only to Zombies in my book! I tend not to care as much for old Dracula style vampire films and while I enjoy the new Twinkly kind they aren’t my first choice either. I typically prefer a meaner modern-day vampire. Below, I’ve listed my Top 10 “go-to” Vampire films (in order)… enjoy:
SIDENOTE: I’m not saying these are the best Vampire films ever made. These are my favorites to watch. So, please save your diatribes in the comments section about why Nosferatu should be on this list!
The newest entry on the list falls only at number 10 for that reason. It hasn’t been around long enough to fully resonate with me yet. Still, the concept for this one is so cool, in a genre that’s been beaten to death, that I have to say I loved it. The fact that it was a great watch helps a lot too even if it fell a bit short of its potential on execution.
9. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
If there’s ever a chance to feature something from the mind of Joss Whedon on one of my lists, I’m going to do it. Buffy is a super fun film that inspired years of what I hear is even better television. What still amazes me is that it managed to do so with a cast that featured the likes of Luke Perry and Pee Wee himself. Kristi Swanson hotness sure can compensate for a lot of things!
8. FRIGHT NIGHT.
I’ll admit that it’s been years since I’ve seen this film but it was one of those movies that scared the hell out of me as a young lad growing up in the swiss Alps singing Do-Re-Mi with my brothers and sisters! For that reason it will always be a favorite. I still think Fright Night has some of the scariest looking Vampires ever caught on film. If you haven’t seen it, please do so before the remake bastardizes everything that made the original great.
7. THE MONSTER SQUAD.
Okay, so the Monster Squad features all the old Universal Monsters (Wolfman, Frankenstein, etc.) but Dracula is the leader of the bad boys so I’m saying this counts as a Vampire film! Why the Monster Squad was never as big as films like Goonies I will never know. What I do know is Wolfman’s got nards!!!
6. JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES.
Vampires is not a great film. Still, it somehow manages to be an entertaining watch every time I throw it in. Probably has something to do with John Carpenter having his paws all over it. Also, it’s the first film I remember dealing with the idea of Vampires trying to become daywalkers which is an interesting concept for the genre.
5. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.
This film isn’t for everyone mainly due to the slow pace in which the story unravels. Being so ADD myself, I’m surprised how much it connected with me. Do yourself a favor and make sure to see this film before seeing the remake. There’s just a haunting nature to it that is very beautiful to watch and the pace at which it unfolds allows for some of the more shocking imagery to hit you even harder!
4. INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE.
Nothing wrong with this film. I’ve talked it to death recently so I’ll just say that this is just a damn good film.
3. THE LOST BOYS.
People are strange… when you’re a stranger… in a town full of Vampires. The only thing cooler than Vampires are Vampires with mullets. It’s the “Dalton/ Road House” theory! I maintain that Keifer Sutherland might be the scariest looking Vampire ever caught on film. Couple that with an interesting story and a chilling soundtrack, this film manages to be so good the Coreys and Joel Schumacher couldn’t even screw it up!
The opening scene of this film is one of the greatest in film history. I’ve never actually felt scared for a character in a Vampire movie prior to seeing that Rave scene. Then, Blade comes in and shows us just exactly how much ass a Vampire can kick. Blade is the film that truly kicked off the comic movie craze and showed that even small uninteresting characters from the comic book world can deliver one hell of a movie!
1. FROM DUSK TILL DAWN.
This movie makes my #1 strictly for its rewatchability. I must’ve seen this film at least 30 times and there’s never a time when I’m not in the mood. The fact that it’s from the mind of Tarantino doesn’t hurt either. Not to mention, it was the first time someone was willing to take a chance on Clooney being something more than a TV actor… How did that work out?
So, what about you guys… what are your “go-to” Vampire films?