Tired of your vampires being of the “Twilight” or Anne Rice variety? Want some that are truly scary? Here’s a list of the Top Five vampire flicks that can be truly counted as horror flicks and will make you freak out in the way horror is supposed to.
(Please note you won’t find any version of “Dracula” on this list, because, well, that’s just painfully obvious.)
5) “Near Dark” (1987): Young Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) falls in with a roaming group of vampires but has trouble adapting to his new life and also has to protect his family. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the movie features great performances by Lance Henriksen as the vampires’ leader Jesse and Bill Paxton as the sociopathic Severen, despite a somewhat “cop-out” ending.
4) “Let the Right One In” (2008): In this Swedish film based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, 12-year-old outcast Oskar befriends Eli, a mysterious girl who moves into his apartment building and has a dark secret. While partly being a romance, it isn’t as bad as “Twilight” and has some truly scary moments… not to mention one of the most clever titles for a vampire movie ever.
3) “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996): Robert Rodriguez directs a tale about a pair of fugitives who take a family hostage and hole up in a bar that turns out to be full of vampires, and must work together to survive until the sun comes up. Aside from the cast that includes George Clooney, Harvey Keitel and a very sexy Selma Hayek, we get some really freaky looking vamps that reminds us that they are monsters.
2) “The Lost Boys” (1987): Teenage vampires are done right in this film directed by Joel Schumacher, where a pair of brothers fight a gang of vampires who are trying to lure the older brother to their side. Kiefer Sutherland is great as vampire leader David, and we also get the first pairing of Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.
1) “30 Days of Night” (2007): Based on the graphic novel by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, a group of vampires attack a small Alaskan town during a month-long polar night. Not only do we get some truly scary vampires, but probably one of the most original plots for both a vampire AND a horror flick.