For some people Halloween is all about the gore, ghosts and ghouls, but not for me. Like myself there are a lot of vampire fanatics (Fang-natics) out there, who love nothing more than a great vampire movie. So fellow vamp lovers, I bring you the Ultimate Vampire Fang-natics’ Halloween Movie Guide.
Grab your Popcorn and turn out the lights this Halloween and watch a movie which has a bit of bite to it… get it..? Bite haha.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992:
The amazing adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel. Gary Oldman plays Dracula whose lonely soul is determined to reunite with his lost love, Mina (Winona Ryder). This is a movie which has stood the test of time and is always worth a watch.
The Lost Boys 1987:
Brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) move with their mother (Dianne Wiest) to a small town in California. Sam meets a pair of vampire obsessed geeky comic-book nerds Edward (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander). Michael falls for a girl by the name of Star (Jami Gertz), who turns out to be in a gang of vampires alongside David (Kiefer Sutherland), their leader. This movie started my love of vampires and I could watch it a million times over and never get bored.
Fright Night 1985 & Fright Night Part 2 1988:
Teenage boy Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) is a horror movie junkie, so it’s no surprise that, when a new neighbor named Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) moves next-door, Brewster becomes convinced he is a blood sucking vampire.
In part 2 Charley once again fights vampires with his TV horror-show host friend (Roddy McDowall).
Dracular: Dead and Loving it 1995:
It’s not all about the blood lust with a vampire lover, we all enjoy a good laugh too. What better movie to do that with than a Leslie Nielsen vampire spoof movie. Dapper Count Dracula (Leslie Nielsen) moves from his Transylvanian castle to Victorian London in search of new blood. He finds it in a pair of beautiful young women, Mina (Amy Yasbeck) and her best friend, Lucy (Lysette Anthony). When Mina’s fiancé, Jonathan (Steven Weber), notices Mina’s odd behavior, he calls vampire hunter Van Helsing (Mel Brooks), to save the day.
Interview With the Vampire 1994:
Lord Louis (Brad Pitt) is a vampire telling his story to an eager biographer (Christian Slater). Suicidal after the death of his family, Louis meets Lestat (Tom Cruise), a vampire who persuades him to choose immortality over death and become his companion for eternity. Brad Pitt looks extra tasty as a creature of the night… You’re welcome ladies.
Queen of the Damned 2000:
Legendary vampire Lestat (Stuart Townsend) has reinvented himself as a rock star in the contemporary American music scene. His music wakes Akasha (Aaliyah), the queen of all vampires, and inspires her to make Lestat her king. It’s all about the soundtrack with this movie and especially the fact that Jonathan Davis is the singing voice of Lestat.
Near Dark 1987:
Caleb Colton (Adrian Pasdar) meets Mae (Jenny Wright) at a bar, and the two have an immediate attraction. But when Mae turns out to be a vampire and bites Caleb on the neck, their relationship gets complicated. Caleb begins getting cravings for human blood, so is forced to leave his family and ride with Mae and her gang of vampires. Another amazing vampire movie I have seen a million times.
Let the Right One in 2008:
When Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a bullied 12-year-old boy, meets his new neighbor, the mysterious and moody Eli (Lina Leandersson), they soon become friends. Oskar and Eli slowly form a close bond, but it soon becomes apparent that she is no ordinary young girl. I enjoyed this movie but for me, unlike the others, I couldn’t watch it over and over again.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2012:
While still a boy, Abraham Lincoln loses his mother to a vampire’s bite. He vows that he will get revenge, but fails in the attempt, narrowly escaping with his life. He is rescued by Henry (Dominic Cooper), a vampire hunter who instructs Abe in the art of killing bloodsuckers. My husband loved this movie, where as I thought it was ok.
The movie was loosely based on the Marvel comic character by the same name and stared Wesley Snipes as the main star. A half-mortal, half-immortal is out to avenge his mother’s death and rid the world of vampires. The modern-day vampires he is going after are in search of his special blood type needed to summon an evil god who plays a key role in their plan to execute the human race. Who could forget the amazing club scene where the blood rained down on them from the sprinklers. I must have seen this movie 30 times or more.
That wraps up my favourite Halloween vampire movies. Which one will you be watching this Halloween?