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. Hmmm, tough one Fogs, I don’t know if I have a *favorite* per se, but I quite enjoyed Fright Night and The Lost Boys in high school (yes I’m dating myself big time, ahah) and Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker’s Dracula is just tremendous. I guess if I have to pick one I wouldn’t mind watching again it’d be Interview With The Vampire. For guilty pleasure variety, I have to include Dracula 2000 as Gerry Butler sure makes for one heck of a sexy and seductive prince of darkness :D

    • Well, “dating yourself” would probably be worse if I wasnt in high school for those movies, too. LOL

      Oldman IS great, definitely in contention if I were choosing mine. You know though? I never even realized that that was Gerald Butler in Dracula 2000. Guess I saw it before I knew who he was, and then never connected back to it.

      I just remember wanting to see more Jeri Ryan. LOL :D

      • Gerry is far more versatile and chameleon-like than people give him credit for. I mean he did 300 and PS I Love You in the same year!! Not many actor can do a musical [doing his own singing no less] one year and a bad-ass action flick the next, both very convincingly. I just hope he chooses his next roles wisely.

  2. It’s so simple……Lesbian Vampires rule and it doesn’t get any better then the bloodsucking vamps in “The Hunger.” Plus Susan Sarandon was kind of sexy in the 80’s even though she’s got bug eyes.

  3. I went through a phase in my teens where I read Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and then, fortunately, had an epiphany that they were overwrought crap after completing them. I kind of rejected the sub-genre quite visciously thereafter. As a result I would cite vampire films that didn’t take themselves too seriously as my favourites; The Lost Boys and Blade being go-to choices. However, now that I’m older and calmer, I’ve immensely enjoyed Let the Right One In, for example, and really need to see Near Dark.

    • Yeah, Near Dark is a good one Dave. There’s some wrinkles here and there that you have to overlook, but its enjoyable. Definitely. I wasn’t disappointed, and I only checked back in on it due to its rep, so…

      And hell yeah, Let the Right One In. Nice to see it getting so much love here today!

    • Technically isnt he alternately scary and hilarious? LOL. Just busting balls man, I know what you mean, of course. :D

      Blade’s cool enough, but Snipes has slid so bad in my memory that I think I’m downgrading Blade because of it. I need to rewatch in order to refresh my memory about what I loved about those.

  4. My wife is a big fan of vampires and we’ve seen lots of them. Lots of bad ones and some good ones too. A couple more obscure ones that I’ve enjoyed are Rise, with Lucy Liu and Michael Chiklis, and a couple great anime movies Vampire Hunter D and Blood.

  5. I’m going to have to go with the 80s, and say The Lost Boys — and for a close runner up, the original vampire movie, Nosferatu. Orlok would have eaten at least half of today’s “vampires” himself.

      • Actually, most Whedonites I know dismiss that one as a product of studio meddling and crapping on Joss. I know Joss has said that he was not happy with it, and that was why he put so much effort into bringing the TV show to production. I know the TV show is the much preferred version over the movie, but there’s no denying the movie was Joss’ first big break.

        I really liked the Pee Wee Herman vampire though, especially his death scene.

  6. Yet to see the original, so Chloe Moretz’s vampire in Let Me In is my choice. There’s a bit of gothic romance to her, and a whole heap of innocence. Plus, she was kinda hardcore!

    Lost Boys get a mention too. How can they not?

    I was going to mention Brad Pitt’s Lestat from Interview with a Vampire, but then I remembered I got really very annoyed with his whole simpering nonsense. Great film though.

    • LOL @ you ragging on Brad Pitt “simpering” that’s funny.

      Chloe Moretz was cool in that role, but those first two kids were just creepy as shit. You should definitely cross that off your list one day J

  7. As a woman, I’d go for “True Blood”‘s Eric Northman. Such a sexy badass.
    Also, Leslie Nielsen in “Dracula: Dead and Lovin’ it” (hilarious!) and, I do agree with Jaina, Chole Moretz in “Let Me In”: so disturbing, yet so lovely.

    • He WAS a sexy badass. This last season he was a putz under Sookie’s spell. Ughck. That better be behind us in this season coming up. I dont want to go through that again. LOL

    • I hate to say this, but True Blood has kind of gone to shit. Too many bad plotlines and not enough focus on the good ones. Its become kind of a incoherent mess. I’ve thought about making a True Blood rant post, but none of my followers watch it

      • Dont feel bad saying it. When I first started out, I was doing a weekly recap and it was essentially just a weekly mocking.

        Not that the show was ever a bastion of quality drama anyways… but it’s devolved into flat out camp territory for me now. LOL

  8. Hey Fogs, looks like I am a day late on this but I still wanted to add my two cents.

    I actually did not think that Depp was that terrible as a vampire in Dark Shadows. Not that I liked the film that much.

    However, I think my current favorite vampire in a film is Jesus Gris as portrayed by Federico Luppi in Guillermo del Toro’s, Cronos. That is actually one of the better spins on the vampire mythos as well, and worth a watch if people have not seen it.

    • DAMMMMMMMN…. ANOTHER vote for Cronos. Now I’m DEFINITELY kicking myself.

      Alright… that’s moved off of my “Have to see list” and on to my “to do list” You know? Definitely got to see it now.

      • I saw it streaming on Hulu, If you get the chance check out the short doc Welcome to Bleak House it shows a behind the scenes look at del Toros’ lair

      • Yeah… but I checked the other day, they had pulled it off of streaming, at least for the moment. These titles come and go off and on. I’ll be on the lookout, a lot of people brought it up on this one…

  9. As with all your special categories, these responses brought to mind movies I’d forgotten about. Thanks for the memories.

  10. I remember liking the original Blade. Not sure about the rest. Been a while.

    The original Nosferatu is great.

    I wan’t to include I Am Legend since in Matheson’s novel their sort of supposed to be vampires. The Last Man on Earth and The Omega Man were more vampirey.

      • They’re supposed to be vampires. Stylistically, even in the novel, the overal stories are more zombie-ish. The movie didn’t really do much to make them zombie-like other than the night part.

  11. How did i forget Eli from Let the Right One In? Not like I just reviewed that or anything lol

  12. Enjoy Blade as nontraditional vamp flick;
    Oldman owns Dracula for me;
    Have to check out Near Dark based on Tank Sr reco.

  13. I’m really not a big vampire fan (since there’ve been confessions going around & all ;) )…however, after reading your post & the comments, I realized that I do like Vampires; just not ones in the 21st century (glittery ones, with feeling…bleh!). Well, that and there’s just too damn many of them. That being said, my top 3 favorite vampire movies are: From Dusk Til Dawn (HUGE Tarantino fan!), Interview With The Vampire (huge Tom Cruise fan & I think, all thinks considered, it’s a pretty decent movie) & Lost Boys (cheesy fun & at the time, had a slightly scary element; for a 17 yr old anyway & c’mon, Dianne Wiest is one of my favorite actresses)!

    • Glad to know you’re a HUGE Tarantino fan, Kim, yet another reason you’re alright in my book.

      Vampires have certainly been defanged if you will. So many movies that deal with them as characters and not monsters… after a while, that’s bound to lessen the brand, you know?

  14. Man, this is a tough question. Reading through the comments here I’m surprised to only see a few mentions of Let the Right One In.

    Granted, I prefer Let Me In myself a little bit more. But I’m not sure that I’m willing to crown it my all-time favorite vampire movie.

    …as a matter of fact, I’m not sure WHAT I can give that title to.

    But I do like Underworld and From Dusk til Dawn. Believe it or not, I’ve never seen Interview with a Vampire.

    • You know? I havent seen “Thirst” before. But I have heard good things. Thanks for reinforcing that… maybe I’ll check it out if it pops up on cable or something. :)

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