5 Vampire Movies For Halloween

Le Vampire,engraving by R. de Moraine

Le Vampire,engraving by R. de Moraine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As with my werewolf movies, I applied my standard criteria for these picks.  Thus, while Taste the Blood of Dracula could be one of the best Hammer Horror Dracula movies, I have not seen it, so I can’t recommend it.

I also excluded Underworld since I had included it on my werewolf list.


1) Nosferatu (1922)

A screenshot of the 1922 film, Nosferatu. Thou...

One of the best vampire movies made, Nosferatu was almost lost to all of us .  The silent film follows Bram Stoker’s Dracula story so closely that most prints of the movie were destroyed as part of a settlement with Stoker’s widow..  Nosferatu is stylish, eerie, and Count Graf Orlock is just downright sinister.  Even if you don’t care for silent movies,  This classic is a definite must for a vampire film night.

2) Dracula (1931)

Cover of "Dracula (Universal Studios Clas...

Another classic Universal Monster movie.  Bela Lugosi sets the standard for future Draculas in this adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel.  Lugosi would eventually take a turn playing one of Universal’s other famous monsters, Frankenstein’s monster.

3) Fright Night (1985)

Cover of "Fright Night"

Though recently remade, I do still prefer the original.  William Ragsdale is perfectly believable as kid next store to a vampire Charlie Brewster.  And Roddy McDowall is perfect as Peter Vincent, the typecast horror actor relegated to hosting his own horror movies on local TV.

4) John Carpenter’s Vampires (1998)

Cover of "Vampires"

Based on the John Steakley novel, Vampires follows the adventures of a church sanctioned group of vampire hunters.  Things take a turn when the group is nearly slaughtered by their own prey in the first move of a potential shift in vampire power.

5) 30 Days of Night (2007)

30 Days of Night (film)

Based on a comic series by the same name, 30 Days of Night shows us what happened when a brutal group of vampires comes to Barrow, Alaska just as night falls on the town for the next 30 days.  Gone from these vampires are the nobility of Lugosi’s Dracula, or the romanticism of television vampires like Angel.  These vampires are true monsters, preying on the town without remorse.

About chyrondave

Avid comic reader, amateur writer, music fan, and someone with opinions, lots of opinions.

Posted on October 24, 2012, in Lists, Media, Movies, Personal, The Fives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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