Vampires have been in our nightmares for over a hundred years. The blood-sucking monsters convert their victims into creatures of the night, and you could be their next one. With that in mind, we’re looking at the greatest on-screen vampire stories ever told, and these are the best vampire films ever.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
When Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, he created one of the scariest monsters known to the world at the time. The gothic book was set in Victorian times, and the movie followed it pretty closely. Dracula is considered one of the best horror novels of all time and the film stars Gary Oldman as the count. This movie is perfect if you want to have a nostalgic hit of gothic horror with some Anthony Hopkins and Keanu Reeves thrown in.
If vampires are superior to humans in pretty much every way, except for the fact they can’t go out in daylight, then we’re powerless to stop them. The only person who can is Blade, a vampire who can also stomach a bit of sunshine.
He makes it his mission to hunt out covens to keep the human race safe. Of course, to make things even better, Blade is played by Wesley Snipes and welds an impressive sword. If you like your vampire movies with plenty of action, then Blade has to be top of your list.
From Dusk till Dawn
This Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino crossover doesn’t seem like a vampire movie when it begins. It’s more of a kidnapping film with all of the dialogue you’d expect from a Tarantino screenplay. As the movie progresses the main cast get holed up in a bar and all chaos breaks loose.
The characters must all stick together after accidentally stumbling upon a hive of vampires out to make dinner of the bar’s customers. Tarantino even stars in the film alongside George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Harvey Keitel, and Salma Hayek. It’s a must-watch!
The Lost Boys
What could be a better combination than the 1980s and vampires? Pretty much nothing, and if you’ve ever seen The Lost Boys you’ll know how good it is. There is plenty of brooding from the film’s star, Jason Patric, while there are also plenty of laughs too.
Kiefer Sutherland is in the role of a lifetime as the head vampire who loves messing with Patric’s character before eventually convincing him to join his coven. It’s up to Patric’s younger brother, Corey Haim, to save the day, along with the legendary Frog brothers.
What We Do in the Shadows
Vampires are scary, right? Not if you ever watch What We Do in the Shadows! This shows us that vampires are people too and they have just the same problems and anxieties that humans have. We learn about daily vampire life and how they deal with their messy eating habits plus their turf wars with the werewolves.
These movies are the greatest vampire flicks ever created. Thankfully, if you love films about the creatures of the night, there are hundreds of vampire movies to watch, but start with these ones.