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Vampire Movies That Don’t Suck

By: Movie Critic-guest contributor

Dracula1931posterWith Twilight: Eclipse soon to hit theatres, it is time to compile a list of vampire movies that don’t suck.

Nosferatu (1922)  Vampire movies have been around for almost as long as the motion picture, and Nosferatu is still one of the creepiest.  Because the studio could not obtain the rights to Dracula, they changed the names and locations and essentially made the movie they wanted to make anyway.  The maker’s were eventually sued and were supposed to destroy all copies of the movie, but thankfully that never came to pass or a lot of people would have missed out on it.
Dracula (1931) Universal obtained the rights to Dracula a few years after Nosferatu was made.  Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi was chosen to star, and he gave Dracula the iconic look that is still associated with the character today.  Although it is dated, this movie is a classic.
Fright Night (1985) Vampire movies became somewhat of a joke for a long time, and Fright Night furthered the cause.  The difference being though, the humour in this movie was intentional.  What a lot of people weren’t expecting were the truly scary scenes.
The Lost Boys (1987) The Lost Boys was a horror movie made for teenagers.  Girls fell in love with the two Corey’s, and boys just liked the coolness of it all.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1993) By the time this movie had come out Dracula had been remade many, many times.  What Francis Ford Coppola did however was add more of a romantic theme to the movie, and add a back story that connects the history of Vlad the Impaler to the Dracula Bram Stoker had written about.
Interview With the Vampire (1994) Tom Cruise as a vampire?  Not just a vampire, but Anne Rice’s iconic vampire Lestat.  There was a huge outcry over this casting choice, including from Rice herself, but after the movie was released everyone was convinced that Tom Cruise could convincingly play the role.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) This movie is not for the faint of heart.  Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino teamed up to make this action horror movie about two bad men on the run who encounter a bar full of vampires.  The first half is a typical Tarantino flick, full of conversation and bad guys with guns, and the second half is a gory schlock fest.
Blade (1998) Before X-Men, before The Dark Knight, even before Iron Man, a comic book hero was brought to the big screen by Wesley Snipes.  Many people had never heard of Blade the Vampire Hunter before.  This movie is surprisingly good, and very action packed.  It spawned two sequels, and each one got progressively worse.
Shadow of the Vampire (2000) This movie is a fake documentary about the making of Nosferatu.  They claim that the actor who played Nosferatu was a real vampire who slowly killed off the production staff and the actors.With Twilight: Eclipse soon to hit theatre, it is time to compile a list of vampire movies that don’t suck.

Nosferatu (1922) Vampire movies have been around for almost as long as the motion picture, and Nosferatu is still one of the creepiest.  Because the studio could not obtain the rights to Dracula, they changed the names and locations and essentially made the movie they wanted to make anyway.  The maker’s were eventually sued and were supposed to destroy all copies of the movie, but thankfully that never came to pass or a lot of people would have missed out on it.

Dracula (1931) Universal obtained the rights to Dracula a few years after Nosferatu was made.  Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi was chosen to star, and he gave Dracula the iconic look that is still associated with the character today.  Although it is dated, this movie is a classic.

Fright Night (1985) Vampire movies became somewhat of a joke for a long time, and Fright Night furthered the cause.  The difference being though, the humour in this movie was intentional.  What a lot of people weren’t expecting were the truly scary scenes.

The Lost Boys (1987) The Lost Boys was a horror movie made for teenagers.  Girls fell in love with the two Corey’s, and boys just liked the coolness of it all.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1993) By the time this movie had come out Dracula had been remade many, many times.  What Francis Ford Coppola did however was add more of a romantic theme to the movie, and add a back story that connects the history of Vlad the Impaler to the Dracula Bram Stoker had written about.

Interview With the Vampire (1994) Tom Cruise as a vampire?  Not just a vampire, but Anne Rice’s iconic vampire Lestat.  There was a huge outcry over this casting choice, including from Rice herself, but after the movie was released everyone was convinced that Tom Cruise could convincingly play the role.

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) This movie is not for the faint of heart.  Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino teamed up to make this action horror movie about two bad men on the run who encounter a bar full of vampires.  The first half is a typical Tarantino flick, full of conversation and bad guys with guns, and the second half is a gory schlock fest.

Blade (1998) Before X-Men, before The Dark Knight, even before Iron Man, a comic book hero was brought to the big screen by Wesley Snipes.  Many people had never heard of Blade the Vampire Hunter before.  This movie is surprisingly good, and very action packed.  It spawned two sequels, and each one got progressively worse.

Shadow of the Vampire (2000) This movie is a fake documentary about the making of Nosferatu.  They claim that the actor who played Nosferatu was a real vampire who slowly killed off the production staff and the actors.



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