Best known for being horror movies, these 5 best French vampire movies prove that the French can do horror. If you like bloodsuckers, these movies will excite and terrify you. No one does suspense like the Europeans, who take it just a little farther than film-makers in Hollywood do.

  1. Nosferatu the Vampyre. Produced in 1979, this vampire film casts the age-old character of Count Dracula. The Count, looking for a house in the Black Sea port town of Virna, becomes infatuated with his real-estate agent’s wife. He moves to Virna and releases his terror on the town. Interestingly, this film depicts Dracula as feeling burdened by his curse of immortality.

  2. The Rape of the Vampire. Director Jean Rollin made this vampire flick in 1968. A low budget production, the film feels slightly surreal and carries erotic overtones. As therapist tries to convince four sisters that they are not in fact ancient vampires, the disembodied voice that controls the sisters’ actions is proven to exist. Medical researched struggles to create a cure for vampirism and, ultimately, the Queen of Vampires shows up to state her case.

  3. The Nude Vampire. Another Jean Rollin film, this one came out two years later in 1970. A young French man named Pierre meets a strange young woman who, he later finds out, his own father has kidnapped. A vampire, Pierre’s father is determined to figure out the secret of immortality. In Rollin’s classic style, the film is dreamy and slightly surreal, and the women are gorgeous.

  4. Lips of Blood. If you like sexual tension mixed in with your vampirism, this is the movie for you. Released in 1975, this movie follows a young man as he uncovers his past. His journey leads him to his family who has been hiding the fact that he is a vampire.

  5. Fascination. This 1979 French vampire flick is set in 1916. With the customary sexual overtones, this film tells the story of a criminal who stumbles upon at castle, seeking refuge. The pair of women who own the castle, sexy and seductive as expected, turn out to be part of a blood sucking cult.