List of Vampire Movies
If you like vampire movies, then you'll find something on this list of vampire movies to enjoy. We even have a couple of vampire comedy movies featured on this page.
In Marebito, Masuoka is a man obsessed with images, and he lives half in the real world and half through the viewfinder of a video camera. He constantly replays his footage of a man who killed himself in a subway station. The man's look of terror fascinates Masuoka, and he longs to experience that same emotion.
While randomly wandering and filming around Tokyo, he discovers a maze of tunnels beneath the city. The first inhabitants he finds are homeless and afraid. Then he encounter Muriko, the suicide victim from his video.
Muriko explains the dangers of the Deros--short for detrimental Robots (see Richard Shaver's 1921 scifi classic) who are blood sucking inhabitants of this underground city. Further exploration brings him to an open canyon where he discovers a beautiful girl chained in a cavern. He brings her home, only to find that although she appears human, she is actually a Dero.
Naming her "F" ,he taps his own blood supply to keep her fed but before long he needs to supplement her diet. His ex-wife comes around looking for their daughter, and she becomes the first five liter donor. He enjoys the fear of his donors/victims, and of course it all goes into his video collection.
F is grateful for the baby bottles filled with blood, and all in all it's a happy arrangement. But the plot, written and directed by Takashi Shimizu of Ju-On fame, is far more twisted and visually disturbing than you'd anticipate. The director of Tetsuo -The Iron Man, Shinya Tsukamoto plays the lead part of the nerdy and perhaps insane cameraman.
Just one more instance of sophisticated, adult scary Japanese horror films that are often copied but never duplicated. The stiffs in Hollywood do not have the balls to make stuff this good, but don't get me started. 2005. Japanese. 91 minutes.
Vamps: Deadly Dream Girls
Vamps: Deadly Dream Girls is a vampire stripper movie with an actual plot. Tasha, the head vampire stripper, wants Heather to join her vampire family ,while Seamus, a Catholic priest, falls in love with Heather. Tasha is not pleased. Alice Cooper called it the "Gone With the Wind of vampire stripper movies". Also recommended by Tom Clary, who wrote the review. He also says you should check out Blood Sisters: Vamps 2, which he helped create.
The Redneck Vampire
The Redneck Vampire is an amateur film about a trailer park bowling redneck who also happens to be a vampire.
Interview with A Vampire
You've all seen Interview with a Vampire, the adaptation of the Anne Rice novel, so we'll skip it. We had to list it, however, so all you Goths would stop recommending it and clogging up our email. The book is better because Tom Cruise is not in it! Kirsten Dunst is gorgeous. Brad Pitt's performance is lackluster. 1994. Rated R. 123 minutes.
Cold Hearts is recommended by Sara, who tells us, "Cold Hearts seems to be a tip of the hat to Lost Boys. Two groups of vampires haunt the Jersey Shore looking for a good time, while something looks for them." 1999. Canadian.
Blood and Donuts
Blood and Donuts was also recommended by Sara, "1985? I
think...a vampire is awakened from a long sleep by a golf ball, and
finds help at the local coffee and donut shop. Befriending a
waitress and a cabby."
Near Dark was also recommended by Roger, "Directed by Katherine Bigelow. Starring what later became a chunk of the James Cameron ensemble cast--Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Jenette Goldstien. A nomadic vampire pack who travel the countryside in a series of stolen vehicles with blacked-out windows encounter bored farmhand Caleb (Adrian Pasdar), who falls for their lonely, ethereal 'daughter' Mae (Jenny Wright), and a compelling conflict between the two 'families' ensues. Eerie, believable and extremely well plotted. "Full Moon Films" addicts will recognize the underrated Tim Thomerson of Trancers fame in an excellent supporting role." Thanks again, Roger.
Directed by Richard Elfman( Danny Elfman's older brother). Starring Casper Van Dien, Rod Steiger, Craig Ferguson, Kim Cattrall, Robert Pastorelli, and Natashi Gregson Wagner. Modern Vampires is a straight to video flick that follows Dallas (Casper Van Dien) as he deals with a long list of problems due to his past. He has Van Helsing (Rod Steiger) on his tail, and he is in trouble with the Count Dracula up to his teeth. Kim Cattrall plays a cocktail-dress-wearing socialite vampire who tries to help him out. Done in a dark comedic fashion, and set in Hollywood, Modern Vampires is a break from movies about vampires who are depressed over what they are and how brutal that life is. These vampires know it's brutal, and have fun with it. There are serious scenes in this flick, and issues as well, but it's handled in a pretty good way.
Rockula is another Sara pick, "1990 comedy. A teenage vampire has to save his love before she is killed by a pirate with a rhinestone peg-leg wielding a ham bone on Halloween night...which is what has happened every 21 years for the last century to the poor guy. The music is kind of fun, even if the movie is almost too goofy."
The 1931 original, with Bela Lugosi is always going to be the best. He defines what a vampire is and everyone since then has been forced to copy his imagery. If you haven't seen this, you have no business even reading this page. If you haven't seen it in a few years, go buy a copy, it deserves an annual viewing. Directed by Tod Browning, who was kind enough to also give us Freaks, it is fairly true to Bram Stokers novel and a far cry from Nosferatu. There's nothing better than a good black and white vampire film.
Bram Stoker's Dracula
With this cast--Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman--you'd think this F.F. Coppola film would be the defining version of this story. It's not. It is however, far more erotic than most, and has all those big budget effects which never fail to impress. Rated R. 130 minutes.
Shaun Hobby, who specializes in Australian vampire films, brought this to our attention. He says, "A stylish and macabre action thriller, with a strong vein of dark humour, about three modern-day vampires who rip off the mob and find themselves pursued into a living hell by a psychotic rabble of syndicate hitmen, redneck cops and religious fanatics. Actually it's total crap, but it's Australian and banned in seven countries."
Neil Manning wrote to recommend Vampyr. He says, "Carl Theodore Dreyer's Vampyr from 1931 or '32. continues the use of expressionism from Murnau, et al. Tells a very creepy tale of vampires in an eerie, dream-like world, where nothing seems real. Rather slow, but fantastic camera work--weird angles, lots of shadows and ghostly imagery. A must for all vampire lovers!" Thanks Neil.
Director Sergio Lapel made this trashy vampire in which an artist bites her models and mixes their blood into her pigments. Her protégé, Edmund, acts as her procurer until his conscience gets the better of him. Enlisting his Jimmy-Durante-imitating father, they set out to bring her down. This is a Troma produced film with all the kitsch and pointless nudity you might expect. Contains some major rewriting of the cinematic vampire rules. Jersey fans will recognize Hackensack in this "must see" for incurable vampire wannabe's and hardcore Goths. 1999. Rated R. 90 minutes.
An old watchmaker finds a curious clockwork device that has some sinister qualities. He starts acting younger and pretty soon he gets a hankering for blood. There's an odd South American slant to this film which is in Spanish intermixed with English. A nice twist from the standard vampire fare. 1992. Color. 92 minutes. Rated R.
John Carpenter's Vampires
James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Tina Griffith and Maximillian Schell all got roped into working on this too-slick hi-tech version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I did learn a new piece of vampire lore; however, from this one. If you harpoon a vampire and winch them into the sunlight they light up like a road flare. Your time would be better spent cleaning the grout in your shower. 1998. Rated R. 94 minutes.
Blood and Roses
Mel Ferrer as a vampire? This is one of many film versions of the novel Carmilla. 1961. Italian. 90 minutes. Unrated. Thanks, Vanessa for the recommendation.
We should do a subheading of vampire films shot on the lower east side of Manhattan. Is it just a coincidence that NYU film school is in that neighborhood? This blood feast is written, directed and edited by Larry Fessenden, who also plays the lead. Sam is a lost soul whose girlfriend has just moved out. He meets his vampiress, Anna (Meredith Snander) at a Halloween party. It is a little ambiguous whether Anna is into serious unsafe sex or just your average Transylvanian/New York transplant. Unless you're a fan of this genre, wait for Larry's next movie. It's bound be a lot better. 112 minutes. Rated R. 1997.
Elisa Lowensohn plays the twin child of Dracula in this black and white pixellated horror show new wave vampire thriller. Her brother helps Peter Fonda track her down and drive a stake through her heart. Highly stylized to the point of being incomprehensible.
The Reflecting Skin
The Reflecting Skin is recommended by Jenny, who wrote, "The Reflecting Skin is a really bizarre film about a young farm lad immersed in the middle of several wavering plotlines that don't go anywhere. And this one has it all. Exploding frogs. Long psychotic monologues. A man setting himself on fire. A fetus in a box under a young boy's bed. Basically there's our hero, who has nothing better to do, so he hangs about with this pale old ghosty type who all his playmates are dead-set is a vampire. Then all his playmates start to die. Then his brother enters the mix. And then..." Perfect for a rainy afternoon. Thanks, Jenny.
Nosferatu the Vampyre
Klaus Kinski plays an excellent Count Dracula in this Werner Herzog remake of the Murnau silent film. You may have to import this one as nobody's seen it on the shelf in North America. It's available in German and English, but I don't know which one is the original. Ola Lundin informs me the German version is 9 minutes longer and preferred by many. Even if Herzog films try your patience, this one should redeem his good name. 100 minutes. 1979.
The original and by far still the spookiest vampire (Max Schreck) on film. If you have only seen short clips form this grandmother of this genre, get a copy out of the library. Orson Wells stole wholesale from FW Murnau's scary shadow scenes. 1922. 84 minutes. Silent.
The Lost Boys
West coast punks are actually a pack of new wave vampires. Keiffer Sutherland is one of the many young actors who got a boost from this popular stylish thriller. 1987. 99 minutes. Rated R. Thanks to MadlineK for the recommendation.
David Bowie is great in yet another movie that flopped at the box office. Catherine DeNeuve plays opposite Bowie as his loyal vampire companion. Susan Sarandon gets naked, which some people might enjoy and all in all it fits into the vampiroerotica category. Directed by Tony Scott, and recommended by Madeline K. 1983. 97 minutes. Rated R.
Addicted to Murder
Addicted to Murder fits in the vampire category as well as serial killers and perhaps losers too. Poor Joel is a serial killer and a vampire simultaneously, creating a major self image problem. Written, produced, and directed by Kevin Lindenmuth. You may have to look in the horror section to find a copy. There is also a sequel by the same suspects oddly titled Addicted to Murder II. 1995. Not rated. 90 minutes. Brimstone Productions.
What the heck is this movie about? Directed by Abel Ferrara, The Addiction could have been an NYU film school project. This pretentious vampiress can't help but quote Kierkegard while seducing her latest victims. Anyway, her drug of choice is hemoglobin. You can sort it out. Christopher Walken is in this one, too, but then, whose counting? 1995. B&W. 82 minutes.
Fearless Vampire Killers
Recommended by an expert vampire movie aficionado, Maddie, who tells us, "It's one of Roman Polanski's first ever movies, and it even stars the young Sharon Tate. It's a great little movie: a combo of goofy, violent, bizarre, campy and ridiculous." It sound worth hunting for. Thanks Maddie.
From Dusk til Dawn
Recommended by Thomas Whiting who says, "From Dusk til Dawn is a killer with Cheech Marin in multiple roles."
Fright Night was also brought to our attention by Thomas Whiting, who says, "Fright Night is a play on the old matinee movies hosted by Vincent Price."
A Nicholas Cage vampire comedy recommended by Steven Nelson and lots of others.
The Night Stalker
Another vampire favorite of T. Whiting. This one really belongs in a "vampire movies and tv shows" category, since it was the beginning of one of the greatest horror television series ever. (I keep a Night Stalker mural up in my home movie theater, in fact.)
Vampire Movies 2010
Here's a list of vampire movies that either came out in 2010 or are going to come out in 2010. (I write these words in October 2010, so there's still time.)
If I missed any 2010 vampire movies, please do contact me so that I can add them to the list.
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