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Best Vampire Movies



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Vampirism has often served as an easy metaphor for issues as diverse as desire, identity, isolation, and excess. The classic vampiric qualities of immortality, power, and sex are appealingly escapist during this post-millennial era of deep recession, amoral business and political practices, and skyrocketing health care costs. Below, we take a look at some of the best-reviewed vampire movies of the past years.

10. "The Lost Boys" (1987)

This is a favorite among many vampire movie fans, and will almost always pop up on a top ten list of vampire films. This Joel Schumacher film is also pop culture famous because it featured the two Coreys at the height of their teenage heart throb popularity in the late eighties. Don't let this scare you away, this is good for a vampire movie, and it is a very traditional story in a modern setting, mixing the two well without bastardizing either. A single mother and her two sons move to a small coastal California town. There are some mysterious deaths, as well as a pesky motorcycle gang. The younger brother makes friends with imaginative boys who claim to be vampire hunters. The older brother falls for a beautiful girl and then begins acting stranger and stranger while exhibiting all the classic signs of vampirism. Wanting to save his brother, the younger one joins his friends the vampire hunters to search for the head vampire and to destroy it in order to return his brother to normal. An excellent modern vampire tale that is a delight to vampire movie fans.

9. "From Dusk till Dawn" (1996)

At once a traditional kidnap crime caper and a conventionally derivative vampire film, Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn” gets its inventiveness by combining two genres like two disparate pieces of jigsaw, wrongly forced together. Rodriguez makes no attempt at premising his film’s change of direction at the halfway point. It works so well because he’s introduced us to a group of characters that by now we’ve come to know. We are with them in a realistic world that quickly changes to a gothic underworld. How they deal with this new threat is what makes the latter half of the film so enjoyable.

8. "I Am Legend" (2007)

This loose adaptation of Richard Matheson's post-apocalyptic novella stars Will Smith as a solitary scientist who spends his days zooming around an empty NYC with his dog, trying to discover a cure for a virus that has turned most of humanity into seemingly mindless, UV-intolerant ghouls who resemble zombies more than traditional vamps. With its uneasy mix of action, effects, and character study, the film falls apart towards the end, though the original ending (available on DVD) restores some of the momentum. Dog lovers should beware!

7. "Blade" (1998)

Come on, Wesley Snipes — as the classic comic-book vampire hunter Blade — simply kicks ass, with his silver swords, black leather and other vampire-killing toys. Though predictable, it is interesting vampire movie you should watch.

6. "Fright Night" (1985)

A teenage horror film addict is shocked to discover that his new next-door neighbor is a vampire in this delightful mix of horror and comedy. The problems only grow for young Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) when he expresses his thoughts about fanged new neighbor Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon). His girlfriend, Amy (Amanda Bearse), thinks Charley is avoiding their relationship issues, his single mom thinks Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) could be a potential boyfriend, and his buddy "Evil" (Stephen Geoffreys) just thinks Charley's losing it. Worst of all, Dandridge and his nasty assistant, Billy Cole (Jonathan Stark), are on to Charley's wild notions -- and have plans to pay him a late-night visit to silence him. With no one to help him, Charley turns to the one man he knows has faced the wrath of the undead and lived, the fearless vampire killer Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall). A washed-up actor who has just been fired from his job as the host of a late-night horror show, Vincent is not about to believe in the rantings of an impressionable teen. However, lured by Amy's cash offer, he agrees to help her convince Charley that Dandridge isn't a vampire. There is just one problem: Dandridge is a vampire and when Amy falls under his evil spell, its up Charley and Peter to drive a stake through their potential romance.

5. "Twilight" (2008)

To make things clear about this - this may not be the 5th best vampire movie ever, but it earned 213 million dollars, so there must be something people like about it. Bella Swan has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother re-marries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn't expect much of anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen, a boy unlike any she's ever met. Edward is a vampire, but he doesn't have fangs and his family is unique in that they choose not to drink human blood. Intelligent and witty, Edward sees straight into Bella's soul. Soon, they are swept up in a passionate, thrilling and unorthodox romance. To Edward, Bella is what he has waited 90 years for - a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will Edward & Bella do when a clan of new vampires comes to town and threaten to disrupt their way of life?

4. "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992)

Based on Bram Stoker's classic 1897 novel, this film from Francis Ford Coppola and screenwriter James Victor Hart offers a full-blooded portrait of the immortal Transylvanian vampire. The major departure from Stoker is one of motivation as Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) is motivated more by romance than by bloodlust. He punctures the necks as a means of avenging the death of his wife in the 15th century, and when he comes to London, it is specifically to meet heroine Mina Harker (Winona Ryder), the living image of his late wife (Ryder plays a dual role, as do several of her costars). Anthony Hopkins is obsessed vampire hunter Van Helsing, while Keanu Reeves takes on the role of Jonathan Harker, and Tom Waits plays bug-eating Renfield. Bram Stoker's Dracula was the winner of three Academy Awards.

3. "The Interview with the Vampire" (1994)

One of the vampire movies out there because you follow the accounts of Louis de Pointe du Lac a mortal that was seeking death after his wife pasted away in childbirth, he seemed cursed as no one would take upon the task of ending his life, none but a vampire accepted his call. Lestat is the sire of Louis, Lestat tries to teach him the basics of "The dark gift" but Lestat has no compassion nor remorse for taking human lives, they are Cattle and as such must be slaughtered for the strong to survive. While the movie develops you see Louis struggling to maintain his humanity drinking the blood of rats instead of humans, for he does not wishes to take innocent lives. After a few centuries Louis leaves Lestat (More likely tries to kill Lestat) and travels the world seeking other kindred, and then he finds Armand, a very old and influential vampire that wishes to teach Louis the ways of the kindred.

2. "Van Helsing" (2004)

Into this world, brought to life and played out on massive sets and sweeping locations, Sommers brings Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman), the legendary monster hunter born in the pages of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In his ongoing battle to rid the world of its fiendish creatures, Van Helsing, on the order of a secret society, travels to Transylvania to bring down the lethally seductive, enigmatically powerful Count Dracula (Richard Roxbough) and joins forces with the fearless Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale), out to rid her family of a generations-old curse by defeating the vampire. Also populating Sommers’ dense canvas are: Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley as Dr. Frankenstein’s misunderstood monster; former Matthew Bourne company leading dancer Will Kemp as Velkan, Anna’s stalwart brother who transforms under the full moon into the Wolf Man; Kevin J. O’Connor as Dr. Frankenstein’s loyal yet treacherous assistant, Igor; David Wenham as Carl, a friar entrusted with ensuring Van Helsing’s safe return; and Elena Anaya, Silvia Colloca and Josie Maran as Dracula’s three bloodthirsty brides who will stop at nothing to help their master in his plan to subvert human civilization and rule over a world of havoc, fear and darkness.

1. "Twilight Saga - New moon" (2009)

The same case as the fifth one, only this movie earned 309 millions! The second installment of Stephenie Meyer's phenomenally successful Twilight series, the romance between mortal and vampire soars to a new level as Bella Swan delves deeper into the mysteries of the supernatural world she yearns to become part of—only to find herself in greater peril than ever before.

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