V is for Vampire. I love all things vampire except for the sparkly ones. Sorry guys. Not a fan. But this post is not about what aspects of vampire novels I like or dislike. I am dedicating this to my top 5 vampire movies. This was easy to do because there are a lot of bad vampire movies out there. Blade for instance is just gross. I like it when there is a storyline and not just destruction, killing and lots of blood. If I did not choose the one you liked please post it in the comments below. I hope you enjoy. Oh and my list is not in any particular order either.
What vampire movies do you like? And if not vampires, what other paranormal creatures or beings do you like?
1. The Lost Boys 1987- staring Keifer Sutherland, Jason Patric and Edward Hermann. R Rating for violence and gore and profanity. Description: A mother and her two sons move to a small coast town in California. The town is plagued by bikers and some mysterious deaths. The younger boy makes friends with two other boys who claim to be vampire hunters while the older boy is drawn into the gang of bikers by a beautiful girl. The older boy starts sleeping days and staying out all night while the younger boy starts getting into trouble because of his friends’ obsession with vampires. Link to trailer.
I give this movie 4 stars and the soundtrack is amazing. Loved the Frog brothers and the grandpa.
2. The Hunger 1983- staring David Bowie and Susan Surandon. R Rating for sex and nudity, violence and gore and profanity. Description: The Egyptian vampire lady Miriam subsists upon the blood of her lovers. In return the guys or girls don’t age… until Miriam has enough of them. Unfortunately that’s currently the case with John, so his life expectancy is below 24 hours. Desperately he seeks help from the famous Dr. Sarah Roberts. She doesn’t really belive his story, but becomes curious and contacts Miriam … and gets caught in her ban, too.
I give this movie 3.5 stars. This movie is based on the book by Whitley Streiber. Very unusual take on the vampire myth and another excellent soundtrack. Peter Murphy of Bauhaus performs “Bela Legosi is Dead” at a club scene in the movie.
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1992- staring Kristy Swanson, Luke Perry and Donald Sutherland. PG-13 Rating for mild violence and profanity. Description: Buffy Summers has the lifestyle any young woman could want. Cheerleading, dating the captain of the basketball team, and copious amounts of time spent shopping with friends. She had no idea of her true calling until a mysterious man named Merrick approached her and told her that she is the Slayer; one woman called to defend the world from vampires. Reluctant to concede to the fact, Buffy soon learns that Merrick speaks the truth and so begins to take her new life seriously while trying to maintain the sense of normality her life had once been. With her best friends slowly abandoning her, Buffy finds solace in the town outcast, Pike, who knows very well the terrors that have arisen. Together, they combat the forces of the old and powerful vampire, Lothos, who has his eyes set on Buffy.
I give this movie 4.5 stars. I need to pay homage to the genius of Joss Whedon. So many great one-liners. This movie is a classic and while I like it on it’s own I really like the T.V. series better with Sarah Michelle Gellar as the star.
4. Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992- staring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins. R Rating for sexuality and horror violence. Description: This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer (Jonathan Harker) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker’s betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina’s closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy’s friends gather together to try to drive Dracula away.
This was a wonderful movie. The only change I would make is to totally not have Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker. Gary Oldman was amazing as Vlad. Awesome flick. 5 stars. Annie Lennox sang the ending credits song and it was beautiful.
5. Salem’s Lot 1979- staring David Soul and Lance Kerwin. PG Rating for mild profanity and violence and gore. Description: Young novelist returning home to Salem’s Lot after many years is disturbed by the strange behaviour of its people. He begins to believe that the source of the trouble may be the eerie old Marsten House that overlooks the town.
This movie scared me so much as a teen. I give it 4 stars. It is also based on a novel by Stephen King.
Honorable Mentions: Fright Night (original version), Underworld, Interview With a Vampire, From Dusk Til Dawn, Queen of the Damned, and Nosferatu.