10 Best Vampire Movies
The 10 best vampire movies have a wide variety of different tones and focuses. Some are pure horror films with deeply scary moments. Others are character studies, and some focus on the romantic side of vampire lore. All of them are brilliant examples of why the vampire is such a popular movie monster.
“Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens”, which is better known as “Nosferatu” to most English speaking audiences, is number one among the best vampire movies. It’s a silent film adaption of the novel “Dracula”, and its depiction of the famous vampire is twisted beyond belief. He looks like some kind or rat-like beast, and the film is truly horrifying.
“Horror of Dracula”, which is directed by Terrence Fisher is one of the best vampire movies made by Hammer studios in England. It was the first of several vampire movies starring Christopher Lee as the count, and it is one of the best versions of that classic story.
“Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” is one of the best vampire movies with a more gothic style. This movie, which is based on a book by novelist Anne Rice, is more of a character study than anything else.
“Fright Night” is one of the best vampire movies that’s also a comedy. It was made in the 1980's and it’s almost like a vampire-based twist on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”. There are plenty of scares after a teenage boy discovers that his neighbor is not what he seems to be.
“Martin” is one of the most unusual vampire movies on this list. It was directed by George Romero, who is better known for his zombie film series, including the classic “Night of the Living Dead”. “Martin” deals with vampires in a much more realistic way, and it almost feels like you’re watching a drama rather than a horror film.
“Black Sunday”, which is directed by the great Mario Bava, is a wonderful visual feast among the best vampire movies. It’s about a witch who was executed in the middle ages, and she comes back as a vampire, thirsting for blood. The film’s sumptuous black and white photography and amazing scare moments helped launch the Italian horror boom.
The version of “Salem's Lot” made in 1979 and directed by Tobe Hooper is one of the scariest films among the best vampire movies. It depicts the vampire as a pure monster and focuses on the undead aspects of vampirism as a small town is graduall taken over by the monsters.
The version of “Dracula” made by universal studios in the 1930's is probably the most iconic film on this list of vampire movies. It contains the classic depiction of the title character by Bela Lugosi, which made him one of the first monster-movie icons.
“Dracula Prince of Darkness” is another film by Hammer studios with the famous vampire count. This one is also directed by Terrence Fisher, and as usual, he made it with a lot of elegance. “Dracula Prince of Darkness” is slightly darker than “Horror of Dracula”, and it’s played more as a pure horror film.
“30 Days of Night” has vampires that aren’t much more than pure animals. They descend on an Alaskan town during the time of year when there’s no sunlight and then they terrorize everybody for days and days. It’s truly terrifying, and a lot of fun to watch.