Hollywood’s Top Ten Vampire Movies — I

 

Have you seen these beings, which are essentially pale and scary-looking? They often dress in black and drain the life-force out of anyone who crosses their path. No, no, I am not talking about tax inspectors or lawyers. I am just verbalizing about these blood-sucking ‘Vampires’, whom we are seeing on-screen for the past nine decades. From “Nosferatu” (1922) to “Twilight” series, many of us love to see them. Of course, there are reasons for that: They can be sexy (Queen of the Damned, From Dusk Till Dawn), funny (Lost Boys, Fearless Vampire Killers), scary (Dracula, Near Dark) and, sometimes plainly ridiculous (like Twilight series). However, only a select few have had such impactful story lines that were celebrated as cult classics by horror fans around the world. So, now, let’s forget the recent campy teenage fantasies “Twilight” and see what are the Hollywood’s real and best vampire movies.

 

10. Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

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Roman Polanski – the master of fear and paranoia – has directed this vampire themed spoof movie. A comic duo go after a family of Transylvanian vampires, and they amiably run through all the standbys associated with vampire movies, which puts a personal and goofy spin on most of them. This isn’t a classic horror/comedy, like Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein.” Truth to be told, this work from a younger Polanski pretty much fails at creating an effective comedy so much as he succeeds at creating a light-hearted horror film.Not the best vampire genre movie around but its unique style of film-making still makes this a one of kind movie.

 

9. Fright Night (1985)

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Tom Holland’s minor vampire classic will make you laugh as well as scream. Teenager Charley, one day, spies a attractive girl, getting undressed in the upstairs window one night—and his next-door neighbor Jerry leans over her shoulder with a mouth suddenly sprouting fangs.  He also sees a corpse being dragged out of the house, but unfortunately no one takes him seriously. Sure it looks dated, but you should still give it a try, since this is the amusing redefinition of the vampire mythology.

 

8. The Lost Boys (1987)

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Joel Schumacher’s “The Lost Boys” is a cultural touchstone of the 1980s American cinema, which combines a mild dose of sexuality, a medium dash of violence, and a major splash of humor to a basic horror tale. It takes place at a time when the influence of MTV was already infiltrating popular culture to the saturation point. You don’t have to have grown up in the eighties to enjoy it. Is it campy? Absolutely, but it is also a good mixture of well used horror tactics and a well rounded cast. 

 

7. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

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Let me warn you that this is a B-movie, albeit a big budget B-movie, and with an undeniable B-movie spirit. In spite of its odd change of narrative gears, it’s fun the way something like EVIL DEAD is fun. The Gecko brothers (Clooney and Tarantino) pull up a bank robbery to settle in New Mexico. They arrive at a rowdy strip bar called “The Titty Twister” to meet a contact, but things take an abrupt turn, when everyone around them start turning into vampires. The witty and obscene dialogues are purely Tarantino’s, while the rigorously edited action sequences, wide angle shots of dusty highways belongs to director Rodriguez.

 

6. Interview with the Vampire (1994)

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Based upon Anne Rice’s novel, Neil Jordan’s “Interview with the Vampire” draws you in and enfolds you in a thick fog of menace. It makes few modifications to the common vampire mythology. The charismatic Louis’ tells a long flashback about the initiation into the Vampires’ world, which takes place in New Orleans of the late eighteenth century. After losing his wife and child in a disaster, he meets an alluring Vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise), who offers Louis a simple option: to die or live like him, as a force of evil. There are few pacing problems but the makeup and gothic settings are superlative.

 

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