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7. Near Dark (1987)

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We need more jam.

Often relegated to that obscure cinema shelf labeled “that one time James Cameron’s wife made a vampire movie with Bill Paxton”, Near Dark is a brutal, clever foray into the vampire genre.

This is hard rock vampire, a brutal gang of leather-clad vamps roam the American West, devouring every human they find. The infamous “bar scene” alone gets this film into the annals of great vampire cinema … that and for reuniting the cast of Aliens.

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I hate these guys, they order one round of blood and stay all night.

6. From Dusk Til Dawn (1996)

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“WTF? I fell asleep on the E.R. set and just woke up …”

George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino star as brutal thieves/murderers/rapists who kidnap a priest and his children. When the hold up for the night in a strip bar that just happens to be a vampire den, they all sit down and host a knitting party.

Not quite. Though if Robert Rodriguez decided to direct that film, it would still be exciting. This flick achieves effortlessly the camp and charm this filmmaking duo attempted (with less success) in 2007’s Grindhouse.

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I’m badass, I promise.

5. Let The Right One In (2008)

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Are we 18? God, I was so drunk.

This quiet, brooding Swedish film balances realism and magic with such skill you forget you’re actually watching a vampire film disguised as a childhood drama. The plot reads like a Tim Burton Hallmark Special: a young boy befriends a vampire who helps him discover his true strength and fight back against bullies. But the haunting performances from these child actors and the clever art-house cinematography lend the gravity to raise this film to a whole new level.

The final showdown in the pool stands as one of the best vampire moments ever committed to film.

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200-years-old and I STILL suck with make-up.

4. Horror Of Dracula (1958)

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Stop TICKLING me!

After a massive legal battle with Universal, Hammer Horror finalized the rites to the Dracula franchise, adding some technicolor camp to the iconic villain. It was a financial success that spawned eight sequels, only six of which starred Christopher Lee as Dracula, four that had any plot connection whatsoever, two that jumped ahead into the future, and one with a script so bad Lee refused to speak his lines, opting to hiss like a snake instead.

The films had such a cultural impact that most people view Lee as the classic cinema Dracula, despite Bela Legosi’s original claim to the role.

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    Is it me or are there only about 15 good vampire movies? I guess not as few as there are decent werewolf movies. We horror fans are poorly served.

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    • Horrormoviefan said

      I can’t believe the Fright Night movies (and I’m not referring to the crap movie they produced last year)does not belong to the list. To me, probably one of the best horror comedy of all time!

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    • jenna brand said

      from dusk til dawn is a good movie if u dont agree u need a better taste in movies

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  • Marie said

    There are a few more vampire films not on the list that were awesome. 1. Twilight 2. Underworld 3. Underworld 2 4. Lost Boys The Tribe 5. Salems Lot new version 6. Dracula 2000 7. The Forsaken!!!!!! Those are some great vampire films!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks, Marie

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    • Jayrod09 said

      pfft twilight shouldnt even be in the list of the vampire film genre. It should be under the teen fad genre with tags like: teen angst, teen self-discovery, abnormal teens, sparkly, fairies, ect..

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    • kat said

      you just listed the worst vampire movies of all time

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    • crazedmom23 said

      No real vampire lover would dare list Twilight in the running as Top Vampire movies. They sparkle for heavens sake! Vampires do NOT sparkle!

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  • paige said

    i agree there are some movies missing and there are VERY VERY few WE NEED MORE GOOD VAMPIRE MOVIES for the sake of the WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • sarah said

    How could you miss Roman Polanski’s vampire movie? The Fearless Vampire Killers: Or, Pardon me, but your teeth are stuck in my neck. Hysterical. If you have From Dusk Till Dawn on your list then surely you must have this film also.

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  • Amy said

    Interview With the Vampire being the best (H)

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    One of the best I’ve seen is The Night Flier (1997), a small movie based on a Stephen King short story. It’s an atmospheric take on vampires and an original setting – the small airfields that private jets use to hop around the country.

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  • yeopa said

    ??? Twilight??? Are you insane???

    Ok, if you wanted to say a great chick flick or love story or w/e, I’d be ok with that. But as far as the best vampire movies… its an abomination to vampire movies. Twilight Sucked.

    Dracula and From Dusk Till Dawn definitely win.
    Lost Boys was a great vampire movie too.. and Bram Stokers Dracula, even though I was pretty young when this film came out and it was one of the very few horror films to scare the hell out of me(along side IT). The scene when he bites the dogs freaked me out when I was a little kid, I didn’t care about about the humans, but why the dogs?! lmao

    There are a few movies that should be included in this, but atleast it has several.

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    • chelsey said

      haha lookin at it now twilight saga shouldve beeen there as number one becuase its awesome! and if it sucks like you say why even comment about it then? now here from 2011 its pretty much the best movie there pretty much is! there movies are always number ones on any website movie list. Just becuase you have problems dosent mean you have to take it out on them… sheesh

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    • Melissa. said

      Just because you think twilight was the best, does not mean everyone else does.
      I enjoyed the books, but the movies do suck. They picked horrible main actors.
      Robert pattison needs to stick with wizards and dragons and sh*t.
      &the girl who played bella is horrible at acting, she sucks in any of her movies.
      &taylor lautner made a better shark boy (y)

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  • KIRBY said

    Let The Right One In was really good. I enjoyed it. You can compare it to Twilight ’cause it’s a different kind of story. And the scene at the end with the swimming pool is awesome.

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  • Jason said

    Near Dark. Amazing. I just can’t believe someone else has seen this movi..er…film, yes film. Also Nosferatu is one of the freakiest movies I have EVER seen. Thanks again Dalmatian.

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  • Gargoyle Girl said

    twilight. must. die! i hate hate hate that movie. it wasnt even a good chic flick. it had a dumb plot and horrible special effects. vegitarian vampires? you have to be kidding me. a pure insult to true vampires! me and my friends made fun of it so much my uncle cried. then some other kids screamed this movie is rape! my uncle was laughing so hard he spit out his popcorn. Bram stoker’s dracula was the first horror movie i ever saw. It scarred me for life, truely a great movie.

    (Dracula could totally kick Edwards a**)

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    • agree said

      agreeee!!!!!!!:)

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    • iahhel said

      twilight is a love story stupid! the list is about scary…

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    • chelsey said

      maybe becuase loosers like you dont really get anything. the plot was terrific and when they said they were “vegeterians” im pretty sure edward said it was a joke so maybe you should read the book befor you judge it! twilight is awesome and besides people like you theres million of other people that love twilight and half of that are the haters like you…. have common sense please!

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      • Lavie said

        Twilight is a good book yes. The movie sucked. AND it’s not good enough to make this list imo. It’s a controversial topic. I’ve read it BEFORE the whole bandwagon crap happened and when the movie came out…disappointed. Oh, and common sense isn’t so common anymore.

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  • shai said

    why is “Twilight” not on the list???

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    • bams said

      the twilight series is not on this list because it is the crappiest movie ever and if some one actually loves’ the movies i think they are the stupidest people ever.twilight has the worst acting and the ending of each movie sucks more and more.the only good thing about the series is that Taylor plays in it .
      plus Robert Patterson is an OK actor but why work in a movie like that.

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  • DalmatianJaws said
    DalmatianJaws

    I’m saving Twilight for the “Top Ten Vampire Moves that Suck So Bad They Rape your Eternal Soul Until There’s Nothing Left But a Shell of Your Formal Self” list.

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  • Jordon said

    Pretty good list. Lost Boys is cheesy, but it is fun. One I thought should have been on that list was Fright Night (1985). Remember that one? It was about the vampire moving next door and of course no one believes the main character. Roddy McDowall gets involved to help the main character kill creatures of the night.
    It’s a really fun movie. Good list Dal-J! (is it cool if I call you that?) Thanks for not including Twilight.

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  • Lauren said

    I definitely think Queen of the Damned should be on any list of the best vampire movies or at least an honorable mention. Overall a pretty good collection, I couldn’t agree more with your number one.

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    • Kaye said

      I liked interview with a vampire, Queen of the Damned, and (God help me) The Twilight Saga. BUT do I think they were the best vampire movies? No. Interview With a Vampire was probably the movie that ruined the Vampire genre with romantic Vampires. Don’t get me wrong, there were romantic Vampires before IW/V but they were still creepy. (I’m talking Weird Uncle creepy). Though, I have to disagree with another list (9 movies that ruined the vampire genre), Dracula, in my opinion, did a very poor job of trying to make you feel bad for Dracula (maybe this was intentional… God I hope so… I had to take a shower after this movie, it made me feel so dirty) and the closest movie that made me feel bad for the vampire lead before IW/V Was Vampire in Brooklyn. I almost felt bad, but not quite. The reason women are so into the romantic vampire is not because they’re angsty, it’s because they’re sensitive (almost borderline homosexual, but not quite) and guys, I’m giving you gold here, Women LOVE sensitivity just not too sensitive (Bedazzled, Anyone?) So as far as I’m concerned, this list is pretty accurate. wtg!

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  • amzey said

    umm there is one extremely good vampire movie u missed . . . 30 days of night!!
    the forsaken is good aswell
    nd if u even think of includin twilight ill get so pissed off tht stephenie meyer just wrote a romance novel nd used a vampire to make it different

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    • dalmatianjaws said
      dalmatianjaws

      This list was written before that movie was released. It does, however, include the original “Let the Right One In.”

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