1. Let the Right One In (2008)
Swedish film Let the Right One In is an impressive adaption of a horror novel. In this story, a young boy encounters a vampire who looks like a very young girl, but isn’t. It is the ultimate counter-point to a coming-of-age storyline as young protagonist Oskar does manage to go through the hurdles of life that he faces, but also has an entirely different direction in terms of character growth. The film’s depiction of a vampire’s quirks –especially that bit about not being able to enter houses without an invitation is portrayed amazingly in this movie.
2. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
This alternate retelling of the unfortunate world of Dracula, the Harkers, and Van Helsing brings together a ensemble cast (Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins and more). The movie is directed by Francis Ford Coppola and focuses on Dracula’s eternal goal of being reunited with his love (who is reincarnated as Mina Harker). The movie itself features many gothic themes and some rather lurid scenes that features Dracula’s ability to charm women and his brides in action.
3. Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)
This modern reboot of Nosferatu not only adds in all the names not allowed in the original film, but also keeps the story moving along at a fairly good pace. The result is an amazing film that recounts the story of Jonathan Harker’s assignment to handle Dracula’s real estate concerns. Many of the scenes are composed to not only pay homage to the original but also to match many parts frame by frame.
4. Interview with the Vampire
Based on the Vampire Chronicles, Interview stars Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Christian Slater in this horror-drama about the vampire Lestat (Cruise) and his quest to try and win over Louis (Pitt) into returning to his side. On the other hand, Louis wasn’t to find out if there is a way to stop his hunger for blood before eventually making peace with his vampirism and trying to have a new life. Of the two movies that are adapted from the series, Interview in one that manages to capture the essence of the book best.
5. Fright Night (1985)
This box office overnight wonder has completely reshaped the way studios think of horror movies and started a renewed interest in the genre during its time. In the movie, Charley Brewster learns that his next door neighbor, Jerry, is a vampire. With no one believing in him, he goes to a TV personality that specializes in horror for help –Peter Vincent. Vincent is wary of Charley at first, but soon realizes that the young man is telling the truth. Together, they form an unlikely partnership. This classic 1980’s horror film is not only fun to watch, but it also started the revival of the horror genre at that time. Directed by Tom Holland and stars William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall.
6. Blade (1998)
Wesley Snipes takes on the role of the titular Blade; as the first major successful film based on a Marvel comic property, one could say that Blade is the superhero movie that started it all. But aside from being a comic hero, the lead character is also a vampire who hunts other vampires –making this a pretty unique vampire movie. Aside from his hatred of other vampires and the natural supernatural traits of being undead, Blade is also an incredibly good fighter and has the unique immunity to sunlight. In the film, Blade chases after Deacon Frost, an ambitious vampire bent on gaining all the best powers (including Blade’s daywalking skills) and will stop at nothing to get his way.
7. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Criminals Seth and Richard are on the run from cops and are heading to the Mexican border. En route, they take a preacher and his family hostage in what is initially a gritty crime drama that focuses on the uneasy relationship between the two law breaking brothers and the hostages. But the movie is quickly turned inside out when the group stops by an isolated strip joint that also happens to be a secret vampire lair. The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez and stars George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Salma Hayek, and Juliette Lewis.
8. John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)
Also known as Vampires, this film features a small group of vampire hunters sanctioned by the Vatican. The group head on what appears to be a typical raid on a vampire nest but they are quickly overwhelmed by the appearance of a powerful Master Vampire. Two of the group manage to survive and plan to take down the powerful creature, however, they learn that they have more dangers to face as they learn that the vampires have found allies from within the church. James Woods and Daniel Baldwin take the lead roles in this John Carpenter flick.
9. Near Dark (1987)
Caleb Colton’s simple cowboy lifestyle turns upside down when he meets a beautiful girl named Mae. After spending a night with her, she bites him, revealing herself to be a vampire. When he turns, Mae’s vampire group arrives to test him for recruitment, and Caleb must now deal with his newfound vampirism and the uneasy position he has in the vampire gang. The movie stars Andrian Pasdar as Colton and Jenny Wright as Mae.
10. 30 Days of Night (2007)
A group of vampires decides to prey on the small isolated town of Barrow, Alaska during its long night –a yearly period where there is no sunlight for a month. Unburdened of their weakness to sunlight, the vampires are able to feast upon the unsuspecting folks. However, Sheriff Eben (Josh Hartnett) and several citizens realize the danger they are in and work together in order to stay alive. Thus begins a suspenseful game of cat and mouse as the vampires track down Barrow’s surviving human population. The film is based on a comic book series of the same name and is directed by David Slade.