Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Vampire Movie?

This weekend saw Johnny Depp put on the fangs for the first time in his career, and while I doubt that his Barnabas Collins will be the choice of many people, it did make me think that Vampires might make a good topic for this week’s Tossin’ It Out There.

Wikipedia lists out nearly 300 Vampire Movies on its page on the subject. IMDb has 771 movies with the keyword “Vampire”. There’s really no doubt about the fact that these creatures of myth have been well represented in films. 2012 isn’t even done releasing movies featuring Vampires, there are at least three more to come: “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter”, “Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2″ and the animated “Hotel Transylvania”.

From the classics (“Nosferatu”, “Dracula”) to the comedic (“Dracula: Dead and Loving It”), from the romantic (“Bram Stoker’s Dracula”) to the regrettable (“Priest”), Vampires have been used in a wide variety of movies, featuring a number of different styles and tones.

Perhaps you’re nostalgic for 80′s classics (“Fright Night”, “Lost Boys”). Or do you prefer your Vampires heroic (“Blade”)? Young and Creepy (“Let the Right One In”)

Whatever it is, there’s a Vampire movie to fit your tastes. So let’s hear it, who’s your favorite Vampire? Does is irritate you when they play fast and loose with the rules? (Practically all Depp needs to do in Dark Shadows is wear sun tan lotion in order to go out into the sun, LOL) What are YOUR favorite Vampire Movies?

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131 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Vampire Movie?

  1. I’ve always been partial to The Lost Boys and Fright Night, and I did enjoy Interview with a Vampire.

    There have been many memorable vampire performances throughout the years and I’d expect that we’ll see many more in the coming years.

    I’m hoping that with the disappointing box office for Dark Shadows we can finally put to rest the Burton/Depp partnership on crap films and maybe get something original in the future.

    • I hope so too. I’d love to see a return to original concepts (Although even some of his “Original efforts were very derivitave…)

      What did you think of the Fright Night remake, did you see that one?

      • True, some of his original efforts were lackluster…but compared to the drivel he’s been putting out as of late, I’ll take lackluster!

        I did see the remake, and to be honest…I’m with Tank, I really enjoyed it and thought it was a fairly decent way to modernize the film.

  2. Let the Right One In, Near Dark, Cronos and for the lulz John Carpenter’s Vampires. James Woods FTW!

    • Cronos is a Vampire movie? The del Toro one? I’ve never seen it, but its always been on my radar (you know, cause its del Toro) – I never knew what it was about though.

      Now I have to check that one out for sure!

      • I think Blaine means Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter. The movie Cronos by del Toro is supernatural but doesn’t have vampires. Also, don’t bother watching it, it’s terrible.

      • And I don’t mean “terrible” as in “LOL OH BRIK” no, I mean, it’s really awful and you shouldn’t waste your time.

      • LOL. Ohhhh Brik.

        Naw, I gotcha. But I probably will swing around to it eventually just for the sake of being a del Toro completist. He did one of my favorites all time (Pan’s L) and I saw him at Comic Con and he was a riot. He’s earned a fan for life from me.

        Thanks for clearing up.

        Meanwhile, any Vampire movies that rise above the Brik wall of disdain? :D

    • I actually am talking about the Del Toro Cronos. It is a vampire movie, just not the expected way one thinks. Del Toro himself considers it “a Catholic, chemically correct vampire movie”. And I love it.

    • LOL – Lost boys IS a little Young Adult, isn’t it. I guess I never thought of it that way…

      I’m a big fan of “Let the Right One In”, and more of a supporter of “I am Legend” than most… but I guess I think of “Legend” as more of a zombie movie, even though they’re vampires. They kind of behave like a cross between both…

      Good choices though Victor!

  3. Willem Dafoe was quite memorable in Shadow of the Vampire. Gary Oldman was superb in Bram Stoker’s and I think Tom Cruise was excellent Interview With The Vampire.

  4. There are 2 that I really love. The first is the original “Fright Night”. The second one I had to travel all the way to Buffalo to see it because Rochester didn’t have it. That would be Katherine Bigelow’s “Near Dark”.

    • Love me some “Near DarK’. Not so sold on the blood transfusion cure thing at the end, but… great flick along the way. Good stuff. Lance Henrikson!

      You and Chris are both big Fright Night fans, huh? Did you bring him or something? I think he’s the biggest fan Ive ever met of that flick! LOL

  5. I’m old school…Bela Lugosi in “Dracula” is the ultimate movie vampire for me. Lugosi is probably one of the most under appreciated actors in movie history. Many people know he played Dracula and know about the end of his life…the movies with Ed Wood…but that’s it. He was an amazing actor!

    His performance in “Dracula” is so iconic. But while we’re on the subject of Lugosi, I’ve got to throw out there some of his other great performances….my favorite is his wonderfully creepy turn as Ygor in “Son of Frankenstein.” His short but memorable role in “Island of Lost Souls” is also great!

    http://www.forgottenfilmcast.wordpress.com

    • I HAVE seen Dracula, but actually I dont think I’ve seen the other two at all… they’re good though, eh Squonk?

      And yeah, for good or bad, Landau’s turn as him in Ed Wood is going to shape perceptions. For sure.

      Enjoyable stuff though. Love that movie and that role!

      • I love Landau’s performance in “Ed Wood.” I even love Lugosi in Wood’s films…there’s nothing like a good bad movie. But unfortunately, it doesn’t show the full picture when it comes to this great actor.

  6. This is a hard question. I love Herzog’s ‘Nosferatu’. But I also love the Lugosi Dracula and Fright Night. And of course the Hammer Vampire movies are awesome, I mean Christopher Lee was amazing. It’s hard to pick just one

    • Oh boy. I knew this would wind up being my “Confession” during this week’s “Confession Time”

      I’ve never seen any of those Hammer films. I’ve never seen Christopher Lee play Dracula.

      There. I said it. LOL

  7. For me unquestionably Bram Stokers Dracula. Gary Oldman played the Charisma angle in that so well that it was equal part camp and equal part creepy. But ultimately it was a fact that it was a love and loss human story underneath. It gave it soul.

      • The bram stoker novel was one of the scariest things ive ever read and the movie was so faithful and gave such amazing vision to the voice…definitely my number one. But i would be remiss if i didnt mention dusk til dawn….for its silliness. And bloodiness. And silly bloodiness.

      • Love everything about that flick. Love the bipolar nature of it, love the cast. Its great. I totally enjoy that one.

        And I do like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, too… it’s got its moments. Gotta love Gary Oldman. And Hopkins is pretty cool now and then in that too. :D

  8. Hard to choose, actually…
    I have a soft spot for the 1931 Dracula…But also the 1992 Dracula.
    Nosferatu (1922) by FW Murnau was amazing…but so was Herzog’s version in 1979..

    If I had to pick just one I think I’d go for the Bela Lugosi 1931 Dracula, though.

    • Lots of classics love there. I have not seen Herzog’s Nosferatu… should have confessed that in with the “Confession Time” above, but it was trumped by the Christopher Lee element. LOL

      Those classic Vampire flicks are even more creepy due to the old film aspect of it somehow. Arent they? LOL

  9. Like everyone else – the original Fright Night and Lost Boys. Also Vampire ‘s Kiss with Nicholas Cage but not sure that counts since he really wasn’t a vampire.

      • It’s a dark comedy – my favorite type. At one point in the movie he dons a pair of plastic vampire teeth to attack his victims. Miss the old, quirky Nic Cage!
        Love the different discussions – lots of movies I need to watch based on everyone’s recommendations.

  10. “The Fearless Vampire Killers or Pardon me but your Teeth are in my Neck”. Critics panned it but fans created a camp following. A dark moody spoof, not laugh out loud but no one does mise-en-scene better than Polanski! The second reason to see it, the heavenly Sharon Tate(R.I.P).

    • It is a fun flick. And beloved, too, I guess !

      I dont know what I had in my mind as a front runner for this subject, but Damnnnnn… Lost Boys is killing everything else!!

  11. I absolutely hate vampires. Never understood the appeal of them, and I can’t think of a single vampire movie I enjoyed.

    I keep hearing good things about Let the Right One In, though, so I’ll probably check that out at some point. Nothing else really interests me.

  12. I really enjoyed John Carpenter’s Vampires and From Dusk til Dawn.

    However one of the most intriguing and compelling vampire movies that I’ve seen was 1995′s Habit.

    Lee
    A Faraway View

    • Yes! First to bring up “Dusk til Dawn”! Major points right there. Love that flick. Love the abrupt change in style as the baton gets passed from Tarantino to Rodriguez. Love the batshit crazy finale. Big fan of that one, definitely.

      I recall being pretty indifferent to “Vampires”… not stirring my recollections much, even though I’ve seen it.

      I have NOT seen “Habit” though. Let me guess. Vampires as blood junkies? :)

      • I think I would say that in Habit the victim was more like the junkie. He becomes “addicted” to a mysterious female vampire without knowing that is what she is. It’s a very low-key film with a dark brooding character. It mostly takes place in New York City. I became addicted to it a few years back when they cycled it on the Independent Film Channel. I started watching it every time it would come on. One of the more believable vampire stories I’ve seen.

        Lee
        Tossing It Out

  13. Once again I’ll chime in with the average person view :) I love Selene, mainly because she looks so hot in black latex, but I like the franchise that was built. Some parts of the stories weren’t that great but the original was good. I’ve still yet to see Awakenings. I love the fact they mixed in the lycans and their history with the vampyres. Not the gay Twilight kind of thing.

    The next would be Blade, the original one. I like Wesley Snipe’s kicking ass on vampyres.

    From Dusk to Dawn has to be included as well. This is one Tarantino film I really like. Typical, filled with blood and gore. Selma Hayek was hot too.

    And John Carpenter’s Vampires needs to be added.

    Other than those, I find the vampire stories to be weak. I do like when they make cheesy ones too, like Love At First Bite and Van Helsing (This one was helped along by Kate Beckinsale and David Wendham, they brought the sexy and funny into the movie)

    • Wait wait wait wait.

      What do you mean, “This is one Tarantino film I really like”?

      ONE?

      Aside from that, I’d like to see Selene fight Blade, but I’m not the hugest fan of the Underworld series. I think you and I have discussed before.

      I can’t abide the Van Helsing thing. I deleted that from my memory banks the moment it finished… Meh.

      • Van Helsing has to be watched for the humor and nothing more. But I like cheesy Sci-Fi/Fantasy too, Fifth Element is one of my favs.

        There are probably more Tarantino films I would like. I just don’t get to watch as many movies as you, wish I could. You’ve definiately piqued my interest on a few. Too busy with kids, kids sports, kids events, fixing my house, and on downtime, playing video games or watching Kung Fu Panda series on Nickelodeon and Star Wars on Cartoon Network.

  14. Well the number one all time classic is of course Bela Lugosi’s “Dracula”. Whatever “It” is, Lugosi had IT. If I had to list my top 10 though… hmmm

    1. Bela Lugosi Dracula (1931)
    2. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola – 1992) (Exception made for the weird hair)
    3. Horror of Dracula (Christopher Lee – 1958) (…and add in all the Hammer films for good measure.)
    4. Shadow of the Vampire (Willem Dafoe – 2000)
    5. Let the Right one In (2008)
    6. Lost Boys (1987)
    7. Nosferatu (1922)
    8. Salem’s Lot (1979)
    9. Fright Night (1985 AND 2011)
    10. From Dusk Til Dawn (1996) (C’mon! Selma Hayek!)

    • Sneaky, trying to sneak in that 2011 Fright Night. I wish there was some way the judges could disallow it, but my objections were overruled. LOL

      Points for being the first to namedrop Salem’s Lot

      I will once again go to the penalty box and feel shame for not having seen any of the Christopher Lee Dracula films. DAMMIT! Who picks these topics??

  15. I think there’s nothing better than a good vampire film. Let The Right One In is probably my favourite, being creepy without becoming a generic vampire flick. I also like the different take of Interview With The Vampire.

    I also have to champion Cronos, a great premise and has good performances, particularly Ron Perlman, and i think it deserves more credit than it has received.

    • Now I definitely have to get on that… its been in my instant queue for ever (Not sure if its still on instant right now or not) I just never got around to it.

      I love “Let the Right One In” that is a sick, sick, sick movie. That scene at the end at the swimming pool? LOL… niiiiice. :D That’s a great shot they get, I’m sure you know what I mean TCT I dont want to spoil it for anyone.

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