The vampire genre has seen its beginnings creak out of the coffin with a Gothic, shadowy aesthetic, to one draped in homoerotic undertones to the now oversexed neck suckers we see on TV and in cinema. But it’s truly the movies that has given and shaped our view of this ghoulish creature built upon the legend of Vlad the Impaler, who would crunch the heads of his victims on wooden pikes for all to see back in the 1400’s.
There’s been so many vampire films that it would almost be impossible to see them all, and then there are some that are not worth seeing (ahem—The Twilight series).
But this is not about those films.
This is about the best of the best. The vampire films that deviated, innovated and horrified viewers into almost believing that perhaps there are those out there that feast on the blood of humans for survival (and certainly the impact of these films have led to a subculture whose tenants live a Gothic lifestyle, very much fashioned on what they have seen on the big screen). So without gushing anymore, here are the 10 best vampire films of all time.
10.The Lost Boys
It’s such a simple story. A Romeo and Juliet-esque love story that substitutes warring families with differentiating lifestyles, pulling apart a pair of kids until their bond thins out like a string of blood stretched between a pair of lips. But, it really is cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema’s (The Fighter) show as he uses glass, color and light brilliantly to execute one of the most daring, exciting and beautiful vampire stories of all time. I picked this adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel over Let Me In simply because of the visual beauty and attention to detail that Hoytema displays here; a really marvelous film that everyone should see. And, there’s a particularly brief scene here that lets you into Eli’s background that the American version wouldn’t dare to touch.