We went through all of the popular vampire movies from generations past and the list is practically endless for me. There were many many more I wanted to add but that would take forever, so now in this list we will discuss Vampire movies that are from recent generations to now. There was a time in about the 1980’s or perhaps a little earlier where vampires took a turn from being frightening and hunted and eliminated, to becoming the object of lust, love and affection. Many renditions of the newest versions involved love stories of some kind, vampires went from terrifying to loved by so many and adored by even more.
Bram Stokers Dracula– Francis Ford Coppola
This movie is my ultimate favorite for me because it is the very first vampire film I saw that made me not only love vampires but also Gary Oldman.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola it is a romanticized version of the original book and film of the same title. The first time I saw this film I remember it clearly, I was heartbroken in the end and even to this day I find it incredibly sad. A reincarnated love that is impossible, the inability to control bloodlust, and the mournful decision than to rather than turn the love of your life you recognize the impossibility of immortality together. To me, that is sad and I do cry every single time I watch it. It is a great film and I highly recommend it.
Interview With the Vampire– Neil Jordan
For many people who were fans of the books this movie was a hit and a miss. Written originally by Anne Rice the movie was based on the books of the same name. Some loved it, some didn’t. I however did, even after reading every single book in the chronicles. The story begins with a man named Louis who is beautifully portrayed by Brad Pitt, he follows a reporter into his hotel room. Instead of choosing to drink his blood he decides to tell his life story to the reporter. So after a scuffle in a bar he’s attacked and bit by the vampire Lestat played by Tom Cruise, although im not a huge fan of Tom Cruise his rendition of the brat prince and his egotistical manner was quite on point. Although not so much a love story it does involve alot of manipulative lust and a confusing yet heartbreaking scene of the helplessness and struggle of a child vampire. The movie is decent and its enjoyable and after reading many books with movies that are based them, it is one of the better ones.
From Dusk Till Dawn– Robert Rodriguez
These vampires aren’t so much a love story as they are ravenous manipulating bloodsuckers. Starring Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Juliet Lewis and yes the beautiful Salma Hayek. There are so many more honorable mentions in this film that played side parts that honestly its hard to mention them all but I think my favorite was Tom Savini as Sex Machine. The badass biker with a gun for his manhood. Although not so scary as it is amusing,full of some dark humor and hooters and Salma Hayek looking gorgeous as ever, you honestly can’t not enjoy this movie.
One of the most popular vampire movies to date that everyone knows and loves especially me is Lost Boys. This film had an amazing cast including Keifer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, and Jami Gertz. Once again its quite a different take on vampires and how they thrive and live. The storyline is about two brothers who move too California with their mother and unexpectedly become involved with a band of nomadic vampires.
The youngest brother portrayed by Corey Haim befriends two young teens also known as the Frog Brothers who claim they are vampire hunters. Although at first he doesn’t believe them he eventually does when his brother ends up being changed into one of the vampires. What follows is a show down that to this day still amuses me and the best part is that it is one of those vampire films that doesn’t take itself to seriously while at the same time delivers on a serious note and actually pulls it off. It is one of those films that I find myself comparing other films too quite often and as I am sure many of you reading have probably seen.
With that being said, my love for vampire films continues to this day. From old to new they are one of those amazing horror creations that can be reshaped and molded for many years to come for the generations of the future to fear love and enjoy. What are your favorite vampire films? Are there any I missed? Do you enjoy the love stories or do you prefer the scary terrifying vampires?