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The 80 Essential Vampire Movies To Watch Right Now

Werewolves, mummies, and cobbled-together lab freaks have been around since the earliest decades of film, but no monster was perhaps more camera-ready than the vampire. Those counts and lords who love to mug and menace for the camera, mesmerize with their fancy capes, and whose pale skin glows in the luminous flicker of old film cameras. So no surprise that some of the best vampire movies back then are some of the best vampires now, like Dracula, Nosferatu, and Vampyr, even as they approach their centennial anniversaries. That’s the bar that’s been set for our guide to the essential and best vampire movies, and still we found plenty worthy to follow in their fang-steps.

Take, for example, Christopher Lee in 1958’s Horror of Dracula, who was the first to really own the role after Bela Lugosi and Max Schreck. Lee’s other Hammer productions on this list include Prince of Darkness and Risen from the Grave, which ran into the ’70s. That decade was a compelling one overall for vampy flicks across all strata of filmmaking: arthouse (Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu), independent (Ganja & Hess, Martin), blaxploitation (Blacula), sexploitation (Vampyros Lesbos), and another straight-up Universal Monsters Dracula, starring Frank Langella.

Across legend, we know vampires for their allure and seductive properties. (Or at least, just their property — who wouldn’t be charmed by a 600-bedroom castle?) The sex appeal of the vampires has especially been played up in movies since the ’80s: As the sexy suburban neighbor (Fright Night), the upper-strata socialites (The Hunger), and a smoulderer’s row of hot guys (Interview with the Vampire) and leather jacket rebels (The Lost Boys).

That burning, pasty-chic look has carried well into the new millennium: One would only have to point to the frenzied mania that was Twilight at its peak for proof. Introducing vampires back under the harsh, bright glare of pop culture, Twilight helped create a landscape for more filmmakers to stake their claim on the vampire myth: think Let the Right One In, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Only Lovers Left Alive, Thirst, and What We Do In The Shadows.

Or if you just want some action, see From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, Daybreakers, Underworld, and 30 Days of Night.

We took all these styles of movies and ordered them for this list of the vampires you need to watch now if you’re at all a sucker for bloodsuckers, including those Rotten ones that critics didn’t necessarily love but which offer something for you to sink your teeth into. One note: Richard Matheson wrote a famous vampire novel called I Am Legend. We’re listing the first movie adaptation, The Last Man on Earth with Vincent Price because it actually keeps the vampires, but not the other two: Charlton Heston’s The Omega Man, which features just nocturnal albinos, and Will Smith’s I Am Legend, which regresses them to mutants. Across all mediums, it is the vampire’s cold, eerie human side that’s essential in separating them from mere monsterism, and describes their enduring appeal.

So, looking for something to watch on your next open-coffin-and-chill night? Then go to bat with our 80 Essential Vampire Movies!

#80
#80
Adjusted Score: 20.31%
Critics Consensus: A muddled and campy MTV-styled vampire movie with lots of eye candy and bad accents.
Synopsis: The second and third novels in author Anne Rice's popular book series The Vampire Chronicles provide the inspiration for this... [More]

#79

Van Helsing (2004)
24%

#79
Adjusted Score: 30.291%
Critics Consensus: A hollow creature feature that suffers from CGI overload.
Synopsis: The greatest monster hunter of them all has his work cut out for him as he tracks down three deadly... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Sommers

#78

Dracula (1973)
60%

#78
Adjusted Score: 35.891%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This TV-movie adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel of the "undead" was adapted by Richard Matheson and photographed by Oswald Morris.... [More]
Directed By: Dan Curtis

#77
Adjusted Score: 40.65%
Critics Consensus: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has visual style to spare, but its overly serious tone doesn't jibe with its decidedly silly central premise, leaving filmgoers with an unfulfilling blend of clashing ingredients.
Synopsis: Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov reinvent the time-honored genre and present the terrifying creatures of the night as... [More]
Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov

#76

Vamps (2012)
56%

#76
Adjusted Score: 40.801%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Goody (Silverstone) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter) are addicted to the night life, clubbing, hooking up and always looking for the... [More]
Directed By: Amy Heckerling

#75

Day Watch (2007)
63%

#75
Adjusted Score: 65.601%
Critics Consensus: Day Watch is frequently cheesy but it offers enough twists, surprises, and inventive action sequences to maintain viewer interest.
Synopsis: The apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Day Watch (aka Dvevnoy Dozor, 2006) constitutes the second installment in a planned supernatural trilogy by... [More]
Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov

#74
#74
Adjusted Score: 48.829%
Critics Consensus: Hotel Transylvania's buoyant, giddy tone may please children, but it might be a little too loud and thinly-scripted for older audiences.
Synopsis: Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up,... [More]
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky

#73
#73
Adjusted Score: 56.768%
Critics Consensus: The Little Vampire can't seem to find the right pitch, with its muddled, jumpy script and badly executed mix of cuteness and fright.
Synopsis: It is not easy being a 9 year old in a new country. Tony has just moved with his parents,... [More]
Directed By: Uli Edel, Ulrich Edel

#72

Vampire Circus (1972)
80%

#72
Adjusted Score: 58.425%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An interesting premise as a nineteenth century circus of vampires returns to exact revenge from a small town whose inhabitants... [More]
Directed By: Robert Young

#71
#71
Adjusted Score: 58.921%
Critics Consensus: Dracula's Daughter extends the Universal horror myth in an interesting direction, but the talky script and mild atmosphere undermine its ambition.
Synopsis: A hypnotic woman steals the body of Count Dracula, and bloodless corpses start appearing in London again.... [More]
Directed By: Lambert Hillyer

#70
#70
Adjusted Score: 59.429%
Critics Consensus: Hotel Transylvania 2 is marginally better than the original, which may or may not be enough of a recommendation to watch 89 minutes of corny, colorfully animated gags from Adam Sandler and company.
Synopsis: The hit CG-animated family comedy Hotel Transylvania gets a follow-up with this Sony Pictures Animation production.... [More]
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky

#69
#69
Adjusted Score: 60.469%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Beautiful vampire Djuna (Josephine de La Baume) tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia),... [More]
Directed By: Alexandra Cassavetes

#68

Night Watch (2006)
60%

#68
Adjusted Score: 64.046%
Critics Consensus: This Russian horror/fantasy film pits darkness and light against each other using snazzy CGI visuals to create an extraordinary atmosphere of a dank, gloomy city wrestling with dread.
Synopsis: In modern day Moscow, supernatural armies of Good and Evil, Light and Darkness, gear up to do battle. Set on... [More]
Directed By: Timur Bekmambetov

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 62.472%
Critics Consensus: Bloodsucking Bastards gets a few gallons of B-movie fun out of its sanguine humor and solid cast, even if it isn't quite as wild as its title might suggest.
Synopsis: When an office worker at a soul-crushing company loses his coveted promotion to his longtime nemesis, he begins to fear... [More]
Directed By: Brian James O'Connell

#66

Son of Dracula (1943)
60%

#66
Adjusted Score: 62.827%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Son of Dracula represents a felicitious creative collaboration between director Robert Siodmak and his screenwriter-brother Curt. The story is set... [More]
Directed By: Robert Siodmak

#65
#65
Adjusted Score: 61.713%
Critics Consensus: Yakuza Apocalypse lives up to the oddball promise of its title with a cinematic whirlwind that represents director Takashi Miike at his most delightfully unhinged.
Synopsis: In this film, fearsome Yakuza boss Kamiura is also a bloodsucking vampire. One day, men arrive from a competing clan... [More]
Directed By: Takashi Miike

#64

Dracula (1979)
63%

#64
Adjusted Score: 63.687%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the late '70s, Frank Langella starred in the hit Broadway play Dracula, written by Hamilton Deane and John L.... [More]
Directed By: John Badham

#63
#63
Adjusted Score: 64.619%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This sexy horror story from Britain's Hammer Films finds Ingrid Pitt playing three roles, the most notable being a lesbian... [More]
Directed By: Roy Ward Baker

#62
Adjusted Score: 66.393%
Critics Consensus: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation delivers exactly what fans will expect - which means another 97 agreeably lightweight minutes of fast-paced gags and colorful animation.
Synopsis: In Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favorite monster family as they embark on a vacation... [More]
Directed By: Genndy Tartakovsky

#61
#61
Adjusted Score: 69.32%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: George Hamilton confounded his detractors by turning in a first-rate comic performance in Love at First Bite. Hamilton plays Count... [More]
Directed By: Stan Dragoti

#60

Habit (1997)
72%

#60
Adjusted Score: 72.306%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It's autumn in New York. Sam has broken up with his girlfriend, and his father has recently died. World-weary and... [More]
Directed By: Larry Fessenden

#59
Adjusted Score: 73.685%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this spooky low-budget horror outing from Mario Bava, a team of rescuers head for Mars to find missing astronauts... [More]
Directed By: Mario Bava

#58

Stake Land (2011)
74%

#58
Adjusted Score: 75.245%
Critics Consensus: Though the genre is well worn at this point, director Jim Mickle focuses on strong characterization and eerie atmosphere to craft an effective apocalyptic vampire chiller that also manages to pack a mean punch.
Synopsis: America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral... [More]
Directed By: Jim Mickle

#57
Adjusted Score: 81.144%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a young girl is found hanging in the local church with fang marks in her neck, the townsfolk immediately... [More]
Directed By: Freddie Francis

#56

Midnight Son (2009)
95%

#56
Adjusted Score: 75.272%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A man suffering from a rare skin disorder that makes him sensitive to sunlight falls for a pretty bartender while... [More]
Directed By: Scott Leberecht

#55
Adjusted Score: 81.88%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hammer's second outing for the notorious vampire after their hugely successful Dracula (1958), with Christopher Lee returning as the demonic... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#54

The Addiction (1995)
75%

#54
Adjusted Score: 76.178%
Critics Consensus: Abel Ferrara's 1995 horror/suspense experiment blends urban vampire adventure with philosophical analysis to create a smart, idiosyncratic, and undeniably odd take on the genre.
Synopsis: Director Abel Ferrara applies his eccentric vision to the vampire genre with this cerebral "Art" film about graduate philosophy student... [More]
Directed By: Abel Ferrara

#53
#53
Adjusted Score: 76.341%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hammer Films and director Terence Fisher followed the excellent Horror of Dracula with this well-made, richly-colored sequel which suffers only... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#52

Afflicted (2014)
83%

#52
Adjusted Score: 83.287%
Critics Consensus: It isn't without its share of clichés, but Afflicted proves there's still life in the found-footage horror genre.
Synopsis: This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world.... [More]
Directed By: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 42.243%
Critics Consensus: Nothing but one showdown after another.
Synopsis: After destroying a vampire nest in rural New Mexico, Team Crow is savagely ambushed during the victory celebration by the... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

#50

Underworld (2003)
31%

#50
Adjusted Score: 35.368%
Critics Consensus: Though stylish to look at, Underworld is tedious and derivative.
Synopsis: A young man who has pledged his life to helping others finds himself in a pitched battle between two gangs... [More]
Directed By: Len Wiseman

#49
Adjusted Score: 55.168%
Critics Consensus: Stuffed with characters and overly reliant on uninspired dialogue, Eclipse won't win The Twilight Saga many new converts, despite an improved blend of romance and action fantasy.
Synopsis: The third film in the Twilight series explores a love triangle between Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson), and Jacob... [More]
Directed By: David Slade

#48

Byzantium (2013)
66%

#48
Adjusted Score: 69.954%
Critics Consensus: Director Neil Jordan remains as expert as ever when it comes to setting a chilling mood, but Byzantium struggles to match its creepily alluring atmosphere with a suitably compelling story.
Synopsis: BYZANTIUM is director Neil Jordan's (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) sexy and stylish fantasy thriller about mother and... [More]
Directed By: Neil Jordan

#47
#47
Adjusted Score: 67.919%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Director Paul Morrissey's companion piece to "Andy Warhol's Frankenstein." Udo Kier. Mario: Joe Dallesandro. Marquis: Vittorio De Sica. Marquise: Maxime... [More]

#46

Nadja (1995)
60%

#46
Adjusted Score: 60.945%
Critics Consensus: Nadja approaches the Dracula legend from an idiosyncratic angle - and with just enough visual style to overcome uneven storytelling.
Synopsis: A beautiful vampire is stalking the streets of downtown New York in this combination horror film and black comedy. Nadja... [More]
Directed By: Michael Almereyda

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 68.332%
Critics Consensus: A fun '80s adventure with a slightly scary twist, The Monster Squad offers tween-friendly horror with just enough of a kick.
Synopsis: A quintet of classic movie monsters invades a small town looking for a lost amulet that will help them rule... [More]
Directed By: Fred Dekker

#44
Adjusted Score: 72.227%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Long a favorite with Japanimation aficionados, Vampire Hunter D is based on the third of Hideyuki Kikuchi's novels about a... [More]
Directed By: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

#43

Blacula (1972)
48%

#43
Adjusted Score: 50.652%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Advertised as the 100th production of American International studios, Blacula stars actor/singer William Marshall in the title role. An 18th... [More]

#42
Adjusted Score: 66.321%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Taken from Bram Stoker's last novel, Ken Russell adds his artistic flair to this campy horror comedy. While staying at... [More]
Directed By: Ken Russell

#41
Adjusted Score: 72.086%
Critics Consensus: This uneven but amiable 1967 vampire picture is part horror spoof, part central European epic, and 100 percent Roman Polanski, whose signature sensibility colors every frame.
Synopsis: A pair of bumbling vampire-hunters attempts to destroy an undead nobleman and his cronies and rescue a buxom maiden in... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#40
Adjusted Score: 57.03%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this arty horror film, American Lucy Westinghouse works in a Turkish legal firm. Lucy is thrilled by a series... [More]
Directed By: Jesús Franco

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 38.563%
Critics Consensus: Buffy the Vampire Slayer's supernatural coming of age tale is let down by poor directing and even poorer plotting -- though Kristy Swanson and Paul Reubens' game performances still manage to slay.
Synopsis: In this hip horror comedy, a perky Valley Girl's life becomes like totally messed when she finds out that she... [More]
Directed By: Fran Rubel Kuzui

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 76.065%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this TV thriller, newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak is assigned to the Las Vegas police beat. Kolchak is covering a... [More]

#37

Fright Night (2011)
72%

#37
Adjusted Score: 77.114%
Critics Consensus: It may not have been necessary to remake the 1985 cult classic, but the new Fright Night benefits from terrific performances by Colin Farrell and David Tennant -- and it's smart, funny, and stylishly gory to boot.
Synopsis: Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all-he's running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in... [More]
Directed By: Craig Gillespie

#36

Vampire's Kiss (1989)
61%

#36
Adjusted Score: 62.085%
Critics Consensus: He's a vampire! He's a vampire! He's a vampire!
Synopsis: Peter Loew, a sleazy NYC literary agent, prowls the bars in the evening looking for some action. One night he... [More]
Directed By: Robert Bierman

#35

Isle of the Dead (1945)
87%

#35
Adjusted Score: 88.714%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Inspired by Swiss artist Arnold Böcklin's famous painting, this seminal horror film marked the first of three collaborations between RKO... [More]
Directed By: Mark Robson

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 86.787%
Critics Consensus: Shadow of the Vampire is frightening, compelling, and funny, and features an excellent performance by Willem Dafoe.
Synopsis: F W Murnau is making Nosferatu on location in Eastern Europe. The director is determined to make this the most... [More]
Directed By: E. Elias Merhige

#33

Salem's Lot (1979)
89%

#33
Adjusted Score: 89.898%
Critics Consensus: Director Tobe Hooper and a devilishly charismatic James Mason elevate this television adaptation of the Stephen King novel, injecting the vampiric tradition with fresh blood and lingering scares.
Synopsis: When Ben (David Soul) returns to his hometown to work on his novel, he discovers a series of strange events... [More]
Directed By: Tobe Hooper

#32
Adjusted Score: 97.696%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The grisly doings of Bram Stoker's vampire count are featured here as he ventures from his native Transylvania to England... [More]
Directed By: George Melford

#31

Daybreakers (2010)
68%

#31
Adjusted Score: 72.076%
Critics Consensus: Though it arrives during an unfortunate glut of vampire movies, Daybreakers offers enough dark sci-fi thrills -- and enough of a unique twist on the genre -- to satisfy filmgoers.
Synopsis: Fresh off the success of their inventive take on the zombie genre, Undead masterminds Michael and Peter Spierig direct Ethan... [More]

#30

30 Days of Night (2007)
51%

#30
Adjusted Score: 55.927%
Critics Consensus: While 30 Days of Night offers a few thrills, it ultimately succumbs to erratic execution.
Synopsis: In Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town in the United States, the winter sun sets and does not rise for 30... [More]
Directed By: David Slade

#29

Let Me In (2010)
88%

#29
Adjusted Score: 94.832%
Critics Consensus: Similar to the original in all the right ways -- but with enough changes to stand on its own -- Let Me In is the rare Hollywood remake that doesn't add insult to inspiration.
Synopsis: Twelve-year old Owen is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his... [More]
Directed By: Matt Reeves

#28

Vampire Hunter D (1985)
75%

#28
Adjusted Score: 54.702%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a young lady is bitten by an evil vampire in mideval Romania, a mysterious stranger known only as "D"... [More]
Directed By: Toyoo Ashida, Carl Macek

#27

The Hunger (1983)
52%

#27
Adjusted Score: 54.339%
Critics Consensus: Stylish yet hollow, The Hunger is a well-cast vampire thriller that mistakes erotic moments for a satisfying story.
Synopsis: The exquisitely beautiful Catherine Deneuve plays Miriam, a centuries-old vampire capable of bestowing the gift of immortality on her lovers... [More]
Directed By: Tony Scott

#26
#26
Adjusted Score: 93.987%
Critics Consensus: Trading gore for grandeur, Horror of Dracula marks an impressive turn for inveterate Christopher Lee as the titular vampire, and a typical Hammer mood that makes aristocracy quite sexy.
Synopsis: This Hammer Studios classic is far closer to the letter (and spirit) of the Bram Stoker novel than the Bela... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#25
Adjusted Score: 88.067%
Critics Consensus: Guy Maddin's film is a richly sensuous and dreamy interpretation of Dracula that reinvigorates the genre.
Synopsis: A cinematic transposition of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Interpretation of Bram Stoker's classic vampire yarn from stage to screen.... [More]
Directed By: Guy Maddin

#24

Blade (1998)
54%

#24
Adjusted Score: 59.55%
Critics Consensus: Though some may find the plot a bit lacking, Blade's action is fierce, plentiful, and appropriately stylish for a comic book adaptation.
Synopsis: British director Stephen Norrington helmed this David S. Goyer adaptation of the Marvel Comics character created in 1973 by scripter... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Norrington

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 73.022%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In a post-epidemic nightmare world, scientist Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) is the only man immune to the plague which has... [More]

#22

Black Sunday (1960)
86%

#22
Adjusted Score: 88.073%
Critics Consensus: Mario Bava's official narrative debut is a witchy nightmare steeped in gothic splendor, shot in chiaroscuro black and white and punctuated with startling gore.
Synopsis: Generally considered to be the foremost example of Italian Gothic horror, this darkly atmospheric black-and-white chiller put director Mario Bava... [More]
Directed By: Mario Bava

#21

Fright Night (1985)
91%

#21
Adjusted Score: 93.191%
Critics Consensus: Fright Night deftly combines thrills and humor in this ghostly tale about a man living next to a vampire.
Synopsis: Classic Vampire film about a teenager who learns that his next door neighbor is a vampire, and no one will... [More]
Directed By: Tom Holland

#20

Twilight (2008)
49%

#20
Adjusted Score: 57.089%
Critics Consensus: Having lost much of its bite transitioning to the big screen, Twilight will please its devoted fans, but do little for the uninitiated.
Synopsis: When Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) reluctantly moved to the perpetually overcast town of Forks, WA, and set out to carve... [More]
Directed By: Catherine Hardwicke

#19

Blade II (2002)
57%

#19
Adjusted Score: 61.006%
Critics Consensus: Though Blade II offers more of what worked in the original, its plot and character development appear to have been left on the cutting room floor.
Synopsis: Four years after scoring a box-office touchdown with Blade (1998), actor Wesley Snipes returns to portray the Marvel Comics character... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#18
Adjusted Score: 65.01%
Critics Consensus: Despite lacking some of the book's subtler shadings, and suffering from some clumsy casting, Interview with a Vampire benefits from Neil Jordan's atmospheric direction and a surfeit of gothic thrills.
Synopsis: Anne Rice's best-selling romantic horror tale about the origins of a centuries-old vampire inspired this popular, atmospheric chiller. One of... [More]
Directed By: Neil Jordan

#17

Martin (1977)
90%

#17
Adjusted Score: 92.449%
Critics Consensus: George A. Romero's contribution to vampire lore contains the expected gore and social satire -- but it's also surprisingly thoughtful, and boasts a whopper of a final act.
Synopsis: One of horror filmmaker George Romero's many "small" 1970s films, Martin was fortunate enough to foster a cult following that... [More]
Directed By: George A. Romero

#16

The Lost Boys (1987)
74%

#16
Adjusted Score: 79.024%
Critics Consensus: Flawed but eminently watchable, Joel Schumacher's teen vampire thriller blends horror, humor, and plenty of visual style with standout performances from a cast full of young 1980s stars.
Synopsis: In this hit '80s hybrid of the horror movie and the teen flick, a single mom and her two sons... [More]
Directed By: Joel Schumacher

#15

Ganja & Hess (1973)
86%

#15
Adjusted Score: 72.022%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: What could have been a mere blaxploitation picture is elevated above the norm by two factors. The first is the... [More]
Directed By: Bill Gunn

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 65.306%
Critics Consensus: A pulpy crime drama/vampire film hybrid, From Dusk Till Dawn is an uneven but often deliriously enjoyable B-movie.
Synopsis: In this action-horror flick from director Robert Rodriguez and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, Tarantino stars with George Clooney as a pair... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#13
Adjusted Score: 73.39%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: International screen icon Delphine Seyrig (of LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD fame) stars as Elizabeth Bathory, an ageless Countess with a... [More]
Directed By: Harry Kümel

#12
Adjusted Score: 100.578%
Critics Consensus: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night blends conventional elements into something brilliantly original -- and serves as a striking calling card for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour.
Synopsis: The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful... [More]
Directed By: Ana Lily Amirpour

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 92.453%
Critics Consensus: Worth watching for Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton's performances alone, Only Lovers Left Alive finds writer-director Jim Jarmusch adding a typically offbeat entry to the vampire genre.
Synopsis: Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities,... [More]
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 76.826%
Critics Consensus: Overblown in the best sense of the word, Francis Ford Coppola's vision of Bram Stoker's Dracula rescues the character from decades of campy interpretations -- and features some terrific performances to boot.
Synopsis: Based on Bram Stoker's classic 1897 novel, this film from Francis Ford Coppola and screenwriter James Victor Hart offers a... [More]
Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola

#9

Cronos (1994)
90%

#9
Adjusted Score: 93.01%
Critics Consensus: Guillermo del Toro's unique feature debut is not only gory and stylish, but also charming and intelligent.
Synopsis: This surreal variant on the classic vampire tale is the directorial debut of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who garnered... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#8

Near Dark (1987)
88%

#8
Adjusted Score: 91.761%
Critics Consensus: Near Dark is at once a creepy vampire film, a thrilling western, and a poignant family tale, with humor and scares in abundance.
Synopsis: A roving band of contemporary vampires travel across the American West in search of the human blood they crave in... [More]
Directed By: Kathryn Bigelow

#7

Bakjwi (Thirst) (2009)
81%

#7
Adjusted Score: 84.106%
Critics Consensus: The stylish Thirst packs plenty of bloody thrills to satisfy fans of both vampire films and director Chan Wook Park.
Synopsis: Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, and Kim Ok-bin star in Oldboy director Park Chan-wook's frightener concerning a priest whose life takes... [More]
Directed By: Chan-wook Park

#6
Adjusted Score: 100.115%
Critics Consensus: Stunning visuals from Werner Herzog and an intense portrayal of the famed bloodsucker from Klaus Kinski make this remake of Nosferatu a horror classic in its own right.
Synopsis: For Werner Herzog's 1979 remake of F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 silent horror-fest Nosferatu, star Klaus Kinski adopts the same makeup... [More]
Directed By: Werner Herzog

#5
Adjusted Score: 102.396%
Critics Consensus: Smarter, fresher, and funnier than a modern vampire movie has any right to be, What We Do in the Shadows is bloody good fun.
Synopsis: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern... [More]

#4
Adjusted Score: 105.198%
Critics Consensus: Full of disorienting visual effects, Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr is as theoretically unsettling as it is conceptually disturbing.
Synopsis: Vampyr ranks in many circles as one of the greatest horror films of all time. Inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu's... [More]
Directed By: Carl Theodor Dreyer

#3

Dracula (1931)
91%

#3
Adjusted Score: 97.49%
Critics Consensus: Bela Lugosi's timeless portrayal of Dracula in this creepy and atmospheric 1931 film has set the standard for major vampiric roles since.
Synopsis: "I am....Drac-u-la. I bid you velcome." Thus does Bela Lugosi declare his presence in the 1931 screen version of Bram... [More]
Directed By: Tod Browning

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 104.88%
Critics Consensus: Let the Right One In reinvigorates the seemingly tired vampire genre by effectively mixing scares with intelligent storytelling.
Synopsis: A 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young girl whose appearance in town suspiciously coincides with a horrifying series of murders... [More]
Directed By: Tomas Alfredson

#1
Adjusted Score: 108.739%
Critics Consensus: One of the silent era's most influential masterpieces, Nosferatu's eerie, gothic feel -- and a chilling performance from Max Schreck as the vampire -- set the template for the horror films that followed.
Synopsis: F. W. Murnau's landmark vampire film begins in the Carpathian mountains, where real estate agent Hutter has arrived to close... [More]
Directed By: F.W. Murnau

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