A vampire is a creature from the myth that lives by feeding on the blood of the living. Vampires, considered as the undead creatures, often visited loved ones and caused catastrophe or deaths in the neighborhoods they dwelled while they were alive. According to the myths, they usually wore shrouds and were bloated, and had dark aspect unlikely of today’s emaciated, pale vampire which dates from the early 19th century.
Vampires have been an important element in the movies since the era of silent films. The most popular cinematic adaptation of vampire fiction has been from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with over 170 versions to date.
Vampires are depicted as creatures who are thirsty for blood with their manipulative nature in movies. Although vampires are usually associated with the horror, vampire films may also fall into the drama, action, science fiction, romance, comedy or fantasy genres, amongst others.
If you want to watch Vampire movies of a strong impression, then this list consists of the best vampire movies you should definitely watch.
Blade is a 1998 superhero film, written by David S. Goyer based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and directed by Stephen Norrington. It stars Wesley Snipes Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson and N’Bushe Wright in supporting roles.
The film revolves around the Blade, a Dhampir, a human with vampire strengths but not their weaknesses, who is a Vampire Hunter. He takes up the job to kill all the Vampires in revenge of his mother’s death along with his friend Whistler and a new ally, Dr. Karen Jenson.
Thirst is a 2009 Vampire-horror film, loosely based on the novel Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola, written and directed by Park Chan-wook.
The film centers a Catholic priest, Sang-Hyun who selflessly volunteers for a secret vaccine development project to eradicate a deadly virus. But the experiments fail, and he is infected with a fatal disease which seems to get recovered through an accidental blood transfusion. While he recovers, he soon discovers the aftermath of the blood transfusion which has turned him into a vampire. He finds himself caught in between the bloodthirst and a love triangle which quickly escalates to dark events.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a 1992 grotesque horror film, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola. The film stars Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves.
The story revolves around Vlad Dracula, a member of the Order of the Dragon, who returns from a victory against the Turks to just to find his wife Elisabeta committed suicide after his enemies falsely reported his death. To take revenge for her death, Dracula arises as a vampire. Meanwhile, young barrister Jonathan Harker is assigned to a village in eastern Europe. Jonathan is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, as he sees the picture of Mina Murray, Jonathan’s fiance. Dracula travels to London, and begins a reign of violation and terror, draining the life from Mina’s closest friend, Lucy Westenra.
Byzantium is a 2012 vampire film directed by Neil Jordan and starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, and Jonny Lee Miller.
The story is about a mother-daughter duo, Clara and Eleanor who are vampires running away from the head who have been chasing them for a while. They flee to a coastal town where Clara meets the lonely Noel grieving for his mother. He gives them a place to stay in his abandoned hotel, Byzantium. Eleanor befriends Frank, a waiter in the hotel. They fall in love with each other, and Eleanor tells him his secret, meanwhile, two strangers are tracking Clara and Elleanor to kill them.
Underworld is a 2003 vampire/werewolf horror film written by Danny McBride, based on a story by McBride, Kevin Grevioux, and Wiseman and directed by Len Wiseman.
The story follows a conflict between Lycans/Werewolf and Vampires for centuries, which is unknown to the human race. Lucian, a Lycan discovers about a human, Michael, who can bond with a vampire and Lycan’s blood. Meanwhile, Selene, a vampire death dealer, learns why the Lycans were following Micheal and amidst that falls in love with him. But she is stuck in between killing him or going against her clans.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
A Girl Who Walks Home At Night is a 2014 vampire horror film, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour.
The story revolves around Arash, a hardworking lad who lives with his drug addict father in a ‘Bad City’. Arash buys a car from his hard-earned money for years but is taken away by Saeed, the drug dealer that sells drugs to his father, Hossein. On the way to his home, Saeed brings in a girl who turns out to be a vampire who kills him. The next day, Arash steals a pair of diamond earring from a rich young woman he works for and goes to Saeed’s house, to get back his car, but finds him dead. Astounded with the view, Arash takes his car and money along with drugs and runs away. He decides to sell those drugs to the users in a club where two women drug him. Having lost his consciousness, he walks on the streets where the vampire finds him and take him to her apartment. The next day, Arash infuriated by his drug addict father, gives him the drugs and some money and asks him to leave his house along with the stray cat. Later, Hossein forces Atti, the prostitute who worked for Saeed to take drugs with him and is found by the vampire who attacks him, leaving him dead. As Arash finds the body of his deceased father, he runs to the woman in her apartment and asks to go with him when the cat emerges in the room. Burying his doubt about her connection to his father’s death, he still leaves with her.
30 Days of Night
30 Days of Night is a 2007 vampire horror film, based on the comic book series of the same name. The film stars Josh Hartnett and Melissa George.
The story concentrates on an Alaskan town attacked by vampires as it enters into a thirty-day long polar night. As the last rays of light fade, a bloodthirsty pack of vampires attacks the town bent on a constant indulgence of destruction. Only the small town’s husband-and-wife Sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction.
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
Interview with the Vampire is a 1994 dark-vampire-romantic horror film based on Anne Rice’s 1976 novel of the same name, directed by Neil Jordan. The movie stars Tom Cruise as Lestat and Brad Pitt as Louis with Christian Slater as Daniel Molloy, Antonio Banderas as Armand, and Stephen Rea as Santiago
The film centers on Lestat and Louis, beginning with Louis’s transformation into a vampire by Lestat in 1791 and their time together, turning of ten-year-old Claudia into a vampire. Louis and Lestat raise them as their daughter with Louis growing his pure love for her and Lestat strong determination of making her a ruthless killer. The narrative framed by a present-day interview, Louis tells his story to a San Francisco reporter, Daniel Molloy.
Fright Night is a 2011 vampire horror film, a remake of Tom Holland’s Fright Night. Marti Noxon adapted the film screenplay, and Craig Gillespie directed it, and Michael De Luca and Alison Rosenzweig produced it.
The story follows a teenage boy, Charley Brewster who resides in the desert suburb on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Charley’s friend, Ed tells him that Jerry is a vampire by a short investigation, but Charley doesn’t believe him until Ed disappears just like others in the area. He then breaks into Jerry’s house, where he sees what he had never imagined and ends up with Jerry on his back. Charley ends up getting his family and friends involved, but eventually, are working with him to get rid of Jerry. He later takes help of Peter Vincent, a self-proclaimed vampire killer to save him and his friends from eternal damnation as vampires from being turned by Jerry.
What We Do in the Shadows
What We Do in the Shadows is a 2014 vampire horror comedy film co-written, co-directed Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi with both of them starring in the movie.
The story is about four vampire flatmates Viago, Vladislav, Deacon, and Petyr in the Wellington suburb of Te Aro summon a documentary crew to make a movie on their day-to-day struggles as blood-sucking creatures. All of the vampires are at least a century old and hold supernatural powers such as levitation and transformation into animals. They have a hard time adjusting in 21st century life and trade insults from their ancient rivals, werewolves. Their life turns upside down when they turn a human named Nick into a vampire which leads to the death of one of their friends.