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My Top Vampire Films

  • Aug 12, 2009
These are the films that I go back to time and again. And they are in some sort of approximate order, but I wouldn't take the order too seriously.
Near Dark (1987)
Undoubtedly the best of the modern day vampire flix. Its portrayal of the nomadic life of a vicious band of gypsy vamps led by Lance Henriksen (giving the performance of his life) is so strong that I can forgive the tacked on happy ending.
Guillermo Del Toro can't do anything wrong. This is a dazzlingly original vampire movie that every genre fan should make it a point to see. Stay away from the dubbed version.
Capain Kronos - Vampire Hunter
In my none too humble opinion not only the best VAMPIRE film Hammer ever made but one of their best films period. See my review " And Suddenly the Toad Shall Live" for details.
See the full review, ""And suddenly the toad shall live"".
The Last Man On Earth
What can I say except that the original is still the best version of Matheson's book "I Am Legend". If you haven't seen it you should, if only to see where the Will Smith film went so horribly wrong.
See the full review, "IT MAY BE OLD BUT ITS STILL GOT BITE".
Movie poster
George Romero took a stab at the vampire film and produced a classic.
Fright Night (1985 film)
Creative little film about what happens when a vampire moves in next door. Great performance from Roddy McDowall as Peter Vincent, horror actor turned monster movie host.
Blood and Donuts
It's Canadian, it's clever, it was even nominated for their equivalent of the Oscar for it's screenplay.
See the full review, "One of the Best Things Out of Canada----EVER!".
Theatrical exhibition poster
What's not to like about this comic book adaptation?
This one was a big surprise. It got my attention from the start and held it the entire time AND it had that rarest of qualities; a new approach to the tired subgenre! I knew these guys had talent when I saw their first flick (UNDEAD, which was a run of the mill zombie flick that suddenly pulled a 180 and turned into a whole 'nother thingie), but to produce something like this as their second effort was a complete blapper for me!
The Brides of Dracula
The other Hammer film in question. No Christoper Lee and no Dracula for that matter, but Peter Cushing is there holding down the fort in this solid film about a mother's love for her son.
Shadow of the Vampire
An exceedingly clever film about the making of Nosferatu that implies actor Max Shreck was actually a vampire himself.
Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat
Any movie that has Bruce Campbell in a supporting role as a descendent of famous vampire slayer Professor Van Helsing is finest kind by me.
See the full review, "SUNDOWN Is a Real Treat!".
Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu -- Eine Symphonie des Grauens)
I was tempted to use the illustration from the Klaus Kinski/Werner Herzog version just because it's such a gorgeous image, but I don't want anyone to think I'm chosing the remake over the silent version. The granddaddy of 'em all!
Let The Right One In
Finally saw it and I have to agree with the general concensus.
Those crazy Swedes really know how to make vampires movies!
A vampire movie
It's good fun in spite of itself.
This 1979 flick starring David Hemmings was one of the first films I recall seeing that offered a truly new take on vampires.
DVD front
I couldn't do it! I just couldn't make this list and leave Lee off it. After all I named my daughter for him. I think the first film is undoubtedly the strongest in the Hammer series with Lee, so it was the logical choice.
Yes, I prefer this remake to the Lugosi original. Too bad we could get Dwight Frye into a time machine to play Renfield though.
Mr. Vampire
Who doesn't love the hopping vampires of Hong Kong?
A Polish Vampire in Burbank
I love me some silly, EXTREMELY low budget flix and Mark Pirro was the king of 'em all. In this one the titular vampire was a virgin, meaning he hadn't made his first kill yet and was constantly mooching blood off other members off his family.

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March 22, 2010
Queen B - love your list. I would add two of my favorite vamp flicks - The Lost Boys and From Dusk to Dawn with honorable mention to Brahm Stoker's Dracula and House of Dark Shadows.
March 23, 2010
I'm one of the few people who hasn't seen LOST BOYS, and I didn't care for that remake of DRACULA--it looked good, but it just didn't do it for me. FROM DUSK 'TIL DAWN was saved only by Tom Savini's appearance as Sex Machine. But hey, it's just personal preference.
October 22, 2009
Just fulfilled one review from this list...
August 22, 2009
Last Man on Earth is awesome! I have a feeling you'll be adding Park Chan Wook's "Thirst" once you see it... great work!
August 22, 2009
That may well be, although I might just pull MR. VAMPIRE off this one and start making a foreign horror list instead.
August 20, 2009
Could I add House of Dark Shadows?
August 21, 2009
To yout own list, but not to mine. =)
August 18, 2009
You know, I may need to bite you for putting "Nosferatu" in as #8. ):-= Murnau and I aren't laughing...
August 18, 2009
You've confirmed my belief that no one ever reads the lead-in where I state that these lists ARE IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER except the order in which the pop into my head.
August 18, 2009
LOL! I did miss that. I read the bit about Christopher Lee not appearing on this list, though he does, and I somehow overlooked the first sentence. My bad. (Blushes) If they were in order, just to put you on the spot now, where would "Nosferatu" stand numerically?
August 18, 2009
AAARRRGGGHHH! I just can't do stuff like that. Silent B&W films and color talkies are apples and oranges. I can't compare them. That's why on ammie I've broken my list into eras.
March 16, 2010
Hey Queenie, be sure to add this to the vampire community, along with any vampire related reviews.
March 16, 2010
Yeah. I was just thinking of that.
March 16, 2010
March 16, 2010
I moved the reviews over but something odd has been happening and they don't really APPEAR in the various communities.
March 16, 2010
Let me check...
March 16, 2010
Nope, they're all there I think. It probably just didn't show up under the most recent ones because you haven't reviewed a vampire film in a while. They're ordered based on when they were originally posted, not when they were brought over to the community.
March 16, 2010
In the other communities I went through all the films listed and didn't find them. But I did find them on your's.
March 16, 2010

(in the authoritative voice of Charlton Heston as God)
That's because I have magical powers.
March 16, 2010
Heston would never use the contraction. Actually the others showed up today too. Maybe there was just something hinky going on day before yesterday.
March 16, 2010
Good point, on the Heston thing I mean.
March 16, 2010
He and God never use contractions.
March 16, 2010
You mean they aren't one and the same?!
March 16, 2010
You've heard of the Trinity no doubt?
March 16, 2010
So, we're equating God and Jesus with Charlton Heston, a former spokesman of the NRA? Sounds about right. LOL!
March 17, 2010
Well as they used to say in the NRA back in Heston's glory days: God, guns, and guts, save us from the commie nuts!
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created a list. August 13, 2009
These films are my favorite vampire films. In no particular order. I like both eastern and western vampires. Hopping ghosts and ghouls they're both entertaining. …
Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu - Eine Symphonie des Grauens) Horror of Dracula The Last Man On Earth The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula) Mr. Vampire
created a list. March 26, 2010
Near Dark (1987) Fright Night (1985 film) Blade The Lost Boys House of Dark Shadows
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