In honor of TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN Part 1 raking in $139 million on opening weekend, I decided to compile my top ten non-Twilight vampire movies. Let’s face it vampires are a hot commodity, and whether you love or hat TWILIGHT you have to be happy that the franchise has spawned more interest in vampires.
Here is my of the top ten non-Twilight vampire movies.
10. SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE (2000)
John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Cary Elwes and Udo Kieer star. The filming of Nosferatu is hampered by the fact that the star is taking his role far more seriously than what seems humanly possible. The movie has drama, horror and comedy rolled into one.
9. ONCE BITTEN (1985)
Jim Carrey stars in one of his early roles in this campy 80’s horror comedy. The story follows a vampire Countess needs to drink the blood of a virgin in order to keep her eternal beauty. It seems that all is hopeless, until she bumps into Mark Kendall (Carrey).
8. NIGHT WATCH (2004)
This film is written and directed by Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED). This fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle. Some will argue that this film is not a true vampire movie, but you can not overlook how unique this film is.
7. FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)
I am a fan of the 2011 version, but will always have a soft spot for this 80’s classic. The story follows a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him.
6. BLADE (1998)
Wesley Snipes stars as a half-vampire, half-mortal man who becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires. Snipes is at his prime in this bad-ass action horror film. Unfortunately, the rest of the franchise takes a nose dive faster than you can say “Always Bet on Black.”
5. THE LOST BOYS (1987)
After moving to a new town, two brothers are convinced that the area is frequented by vampires. This film not only have a nice amount of scares, classic 80’s music and hair, but it also has both Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.
4. 30 DAYS OF NIGHT (2007)
This comic book adaptation may drag on at times, but it has a solid cast and a nice amount of blood. I love the aerial shots that are made to look like the comic. Unfortunately, Josh Hartnett seems to have dropped off the map.
3. NEAR DARK (1987)
This super-cool 80’s flick is written and directed by Kathyrn Bigelow and stars Adrian Padar, Jenny Wright and Lance Henriksen. The story follows a young man reluctantly joins a travelling “family” of evil vampires, when the girl he’d tried to seduce is part of that group.
2. INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (1994)
Neil Jordan’s adaptation of Anne Rice’s novel is one of the best filmed selections among this list. It also has a fantastic cast with Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Antonio Banderas. The film tells the story of a vampire telling his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.
1. LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008)
Tomas Alfredson’s original take on this film is original and superb. The story follows Oscar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire.
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