70 Best Vampire Movies

by Margaret_Nieter | created - 04 Nov 2010 | updated - 29 Oct 2016 | Public

A few years back Snarkerati did a list of the Top 70 Vampire Movies Of All Time , as this list left many good films out and has not been updated in three years time, I have decided to do a similar but updated list and include my own reviews in with the scoring. This list is based on a combined score of my own personal preferences, IMDB scores, Rotten Tomatoes critics' scores, and Rotten Tomatoes audience scores. I have given each film my own score from 1 to 10 based on my personal likes and dislikes, then I averaged all the scores. This list reflects those averages. (NOTE: Anywhere a film is missing a score due to not enough reviews it is indicated with N.A. for "Not Available", this has caused some film averages to be higher or lower than what they might otherwise be, but this was the best method I could determine to include these films in the list).

The list does not include TV episodes, TV Mini-series, or TV shows. (See Best Vampire TV Series for my choices of the best of vampire TV). The list also does not include films with mere vampire segments, the film must have a vampire as a main character or an overarcing vampire theme as the main focus of the story to be included in the list (i.e. Black Sabbath, Waxwork, or Kwaidan are NOT on this list). No short films have been included on the list.

One final thing, it is guaranteed you will disagree with some inclusions or omissions. There are many films that I would have liked to see on here myself that just didn't make the numbers, and there are some that are on here that I would not have chosen based on my own opinion alone, but this is how things played out. If you want to argue with my own PERSONAL choices of my favorite vampire films or how I have personally scored a film, please do so at My Favorite Vampire Movies, as that is where my personal choices are listed.


Updated: 10/21/2016

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1. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

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82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Votes: 185,996 | Gross: $2.12M

IMDB: 8.0 / Rot Critics: 8.3 / Rot Aud: 8.4 / My Score: 10.0

My opinion: This film is everything a vampire film should be. It has a creepy atmosphere, complicated relationships, a strange romance, and most importantly, it is oddly and poetically macabre. I love films that suggest things through imagery without giving everything away in the details and there are several suggestive enigmas in this film that make this a film you will reflect on long after you've finished watching it. It is no wonder it is a favorite of most critics and audiences. This is the best achievement in the genre thus far.

2. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror

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Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

Votes: 75,092

IMDB: 8.0 / Rot Critics: 9.0 / Rot Aud: 8.0 / My Score: 9.2

My opinion: F.W. Murnau's classic silent film was nearly destroyed by Bram Stoker's widow for copyright infringement when she first saw the film, but a few copies managed to survive thankfully, as this was the first film to present the story of Dracula onscreen and has endured ever since because Max Schreck's performance in this film is so incredibly creepy. A definite must for any film fan or any fan of the genre. Rated higher than I personally would have put it, it is still one of the best of vampire films.

3. Vampyr (1932)

Not Rated | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror

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A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz

Votes: 12,497

IMDB: 7.7 / Rot Critics: 8.8 / Rot Aud: 7.8 / My Score: 8.7

My opinion: This movie, much like Dracula with Bela Lugosi, is made much scarier by its near silence. The lack of music in the film, and the very little dialogue, combined with the strangeness of the imagery really make this an excellent film. The only problem I really had with it was I found the narrative a little confusing. Overall a very good film, but again, because it is a classic, has probably been rated higher than I personally would have put it.

4. Dracula (1931)

Not Rated | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror

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The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye

Votes: 37,590

IMDB: 7.6 / Rot Critics: 7.9 / Rot Aud: 7.4 / My Score: 9.5

My opinion: The first approved adaptation of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi is still arguably the best. Bela Lugosi's performance seems strange and overdone in some moments, but it is the silence of the film that adds weight to its creepiness. The director used unusual lighting on Bela Lugosi, which makes his eyes appear to glow in some scenes and the stark silence of the film, (see the version without music, please, it is the best) and the slowness of Lugosi's movements are what make this film not just a classic, but one that endures and continues to scare even today.

5. Yabu no naka no kuroneko (1968)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Horror

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Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kei Satô, Rokkô Toura

Votes: 4,436

IMDB: 7.8 / Rot Critics: 8.0 / Rot Aud: 7.8 / My Score: 7.7

My opinion: Kuroneko is a Japanese film that focuses on a story drawn from classic folklore of vampires returning as vengeful spirits who've pledged to drink the blood of those who had wronged them in life, in similar mythology to the Strigoi. Interestingly here the spirits have very feline qualities. This movie is absolutely beautiful to behold, and the attention to detail in how images are presented is really superb. I was struck by how graceful and ethereal the images of the vampires here were without being overt. The cinematography is gorgeous and the story is told in a traditional folk story manner. An excellent film, perhaps only lacking in that I never really felt particularly strongly for any of the characters. Perhaps slightly over rated in general, still a really excellent film.

6. Near Dark (1987)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned on by a beautiful drifter.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

Votes: 27,975 | Gross: $3.37M

IMDB: 7.0 / Rot Critics: 7.5 / Rot Aud: 7.0 / My Score: 9.7

My opinion: Released the same year as the Lost Boys but not nearly as popular, this is arguably a better movie. It's more of a character driven vampire movie, which is my personal preference and the characters are really interesting. An excellent film. One of my favorites.

7. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror

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76 Metascore

Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Jonny Brugh

Votes: 99,496 | Gross: $3.33M

IMDB: 7.6 / Rot Critics: 7.8 / Rot Aud: 8.2 / My Score: 7.5

My opinion: Possibly one of the funniest vampire movies ever made. By the creators of the Flight of the Concords, this is a New Zealand mockumentary story of flatmates who are vampires, a sort of spoof of The Real World. The jokes are many and are really funny. Not the first time this idea has been presented, but probably the best of this mockumentary vampire comedies. Rated a bit high, as it is such a new film, it is still a must see.

8. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)

R | 103 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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62 Metascore

When a girl is abducted by a vampire, a legendary bounty hunter is hired to bring her back.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Stars: Andrew Philpot, John Rafter Lee, Pamela Adlon, Wendee Lee

Votes: 24,935 | Gross: $0.03M

IMDB: 7.8 / Rot Critics: 6.4 / Rot Aud: 7.6 / My Score: 9.2

My opinion: I'm not a big fan of anime, but this film completely won me over with it's smart story and it's amazing visuals. This is one of the most visually beautiful vampire stories I have seen. The castle at the end of the film alone is worth watching the movie for. Fantastic.

9. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

R | 123 min | Drama, Horror

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59 Metascore

A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Kirsten Dunst

Votes: 258,627 | Gross: $105.26M

IMDB: 7.6 / Rot Critics: 5.9 / Rot Aud: 7.4 / My Score: 10.0

My opinion: This movie is my personal favorite, not because it is the best movie, but because Anne Rice's story is ground zero for making the vampire's plight and existence and perspective the complicated focus of the story. This is a very good adaptation of that story. This, to me, is the genesis of most of the vampire movies and television shows that followed it.

10. The Lost Boys (1987)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

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63 Metascore

After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 102,555 | Gross: $32.22M

IMDB: 7.2 / Rot Critics: 6.3 / Rot Aud: 7.4 / My Score: 10.0

My opinion: This is the movie that first got me interested in vampires. This movie was the ultimate cool when it first came out. It is equal parts humorous and serious, which is appropriate for the genre, and it launched most of its stars' careers. Kiefer Sutherland has never been better than this.

11. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Horror

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Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor

Votes: 26,280

IMDB: 7.6 / Rot Critics: 8.1 / Rot Aud: 7.6 / My Score: 7.5

My opinion: The greatest thing about this film is the way that it echoes the horror of the film it is mimicking, in that the scariest scenes are mostly silent. In addition to this, Klaus Kinski gives a very eery performance as the vampire. The grand picturesque way that Werner Herzog tells the story - languidly using the landscape as part of the story, a score that adds considerably to the atmosphere, and with an adept eye for detail - is what really make this a worthwhile film. On the other hand, the pacing is sometimes so slow it is painful, and the ending really disappointed me in how far it strayed from the source material. Overall a good film, but perhaps slightly overrated.

12. Fright Night (1985)

R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller

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When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 48,378 | Gross: $24.92M

IMDB: 7.1 / Rot Critics: 7.3 / Rot Aud: 6.8 / My Score: 9.5

My opinion: Another favorite from my childhood, this film is equal parts funny, scary, gruesome, and sexy. In other words, it is everything you could possibly expect from a good vampire film. Watching it again now as an adult, there were some moments that seemed too staged and false, particularly at the beginning of the film, but overall these even out with the moments that ring true. One of the best of the "vampire hunter versus vampire" type of films, it even pays teasing homage to the classic Hammer films. Overall, one of the best of the genre.

13. Thirst (2009)

R | 133 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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73 Metascore

Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hae-suk Kim, Ha-kyun Shin

Votes: 34,692 | Gross: $0.30M

IMDB: 7.1 / Rot Critics: 6.9 / Rot Aud: 7.2 / My Score: 9.5

My opinion: This is a very odd and interesting love story. It pokes around at ideas about love, loyalty, desire, and religion, and is fascinating in its quirkiness. Even a year after seeing it, I find myself strangely fascinated by this oddity.

14. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

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79 Metascore

A depressed musician reunites with his lover. Though their romance, which has already endured several centuries, is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt

Votes: 73,008 | Gross: $1.88M

IMDB: 7.3 / Rot Critics: 7.4 / Rot Aud: 7.4 / My Score: 8.5

My opinion: This film is more a character study than a typical vampire film. Focusing more on the boredom and difficulties that come from eternal life, and the problems associated with living alongside humans, it is both wry and humorous, and in a strange way endearing. With similar themes to The Addiction, but with far more humor, this is an enjoyable and memorable vampire film, although perhaps not perfect, certainly original and entertaining.

15. Valerie a týden divu (1970)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva, Jirí Prýmek

Votes: 5,841

IMDB: 7.2 / Rot Critics: 8.1 / Rot Aud: 7.8 / My Score: 7.5

My opinion: As I watched this movie I felt confused as to how seriously to take it. This was a very surreal film. It is more of a coming of age fairytale story than a vampire story in any typical sense, but it is fascinatingly nonlinear. At times the symbolism hits you over the head too blatantly, but when you remember that the film is a strange fairytale dream it somehow feels right and makes perfect sense. I found myself thinking about this film repeatedly and reflecting on it long after I finished watching it, so all in all, I'd call it brilliant. If you are not a fan of nonlinear storytelling, you probably won't like it, but if you enjoy film as a surrealist artistic endeavor, for a film that is like a dream, this is a must-see!

16. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror

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71 Metascore

The filming of Nosferatu (1922) is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible.

Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes

Votes: 36,080 | Gross: $8.28M

IMDB: 6.9 / Rot Critics: 7.0 / Rot Aud: 6.8 / My Score: 9.7

My opinion: Whether or not you have seen Murnau's Nosferatu, doesn't really matter in watching this movie. If you have seen it, you will immediately recognize that the director faithfully captures the scenes of the original movie, but what makes this movie great is its self-reference and black humor. Originality goes a long way with me, as far as vampire movies go, and it is certainly one of the most original movies in this genre. Furthermore, the ending of the film is quite unsettling. An excellent film.

17. Black Sunday (1960)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

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A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani

Votes: 10,905

IMDB: 7.3 / Rot Critics: 7.5 / Rot Aud: 7.4 / My Score: 8.2

My opinion: It is easy to see why Tim Burton considers this to be one of his favorite horror films. It has some shockingly gruesome imagery for the time it was made and has a really great storyline. The only real fault with the movie is the poor dialogue and the fact that it is dubbed, which makes the bad dialogue seem even worse. Again, this movie ended up scoring highly I think due to it being so far ahead of its time and a classic, but against some of today's films, I would not have placed this so highly. It is definitely a good film, though, and worth watching.

18. Dracula (1992)

R | 128 min | Horror

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57 Metascore

The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 159,090 | Gross: $82.52M

IMDB: 7.5 / Rot Critics: 6.5 / Rot Aud: 7.2 / My Score: 9.0

My opinion: This is currently the most popular version of Dracula, (aka Bram Stoker's Dracula) and is also the most stylized, and arguably the most accurate. I admire it for basically combining everything that was good from the films that came before it together, and adding some of the history of Vlad Tepes into the mix, and yet still having its own uniqueness through its costumes, sets, make-up, and excellent performances from its cast. Overall, a great film, and while not my personal favorite Dracula, certainly an excellent one.

19. Martin (1978)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror

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68 Metascore

A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Elyane Nadeau

Votes: 8,220 | Gross: $0.10M

IMDB: 7.2 / Rot Critics: 7.6 / Rot Aud: 7.2 / My Score: 8.2

My opinion: It is harder to like "Martin" than it is to admire it. In truth, George Romero's take on vampirism is more a social commentary and study in social predators than it is a vampire movie in the more supernatural sense. This movie left a strong impression on my mind and I found it fascinating, even while feeling repulsed by its main character. The story is ironic and the telling is original, and so overall, it gets my approval, if not my love.

20. Let Me In (I) (2010)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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79 Metascore

A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono

Votes: 100,544 | Gross: $12.13M

IMDB: 7.2 / Rot Critics: 7.6 / Rot Aud: 7.4 / My Score: 8.0

My opinion: There was really no reason to remake "Let the Right One In" as it was already a wonderful film, but if they were going to do it, at least they did a half-way decent job. The setting was good and the murders are handled pretty well (although I was not a fan of the "Gollum"-like quality to Abby's attacks) and all the acting is good, although not as good as the original actors. Overall a good film, but personally, I still prefer "Let the Right One In".

21. Ganja & Hess (1973)

R | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor's assistant finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood.

Director: Bill Gunn | Stars: Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, Bill Gunn, Sam L. Waymon

Votes: 879

IMDB: 6.1 / Rot Critics: 7.7 / Rot Aud: 6.6 / My Score: 9.7

My opinion: This is a film that was intended to be a blaxploitation film but is really more of a black art-house film, but either way, it is so good as a vampire character story, that it doesn't really matter. Being a fan of films that reveal story more through imagery than dialogue, I really loved this movie. The camera shots are not fantastic, but I liked watching the characters talk about things and know the subtext that was occurring through their actions far outweighed what their words did not reveal. A really great movie and by far one of the most original of the genre.

22. Moon Child (2003)

120 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

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The story of love and friendship on the harsh streets of 2014 Mallepa, a small corner in Asia.

Director: Takahisa Zeze | Stars: Hyde, Gackt, Leehom Wang, Tarô Yamamoto

Votes: 1,832

IMDB: 6.6 / Rot Critics: N/A / Rot Aud: 8.0 / My Score: 8.0

My opinion: A great Japanese gangster film about life and how tenuous it can be, that also happens to have a vampire in it. This film is at times outrageous and at other times poignant, but what is fascinating about it is that in this story, the human drama takes center stage not the vampire. A very unusual and terrific vampire film.

23. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror

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81 Metascore

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour | Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

Votes: 23,550

IMDB: 7.0 / Rot Critics: 8.0 / Rot Aud: 7.6 / My Score: 7.0

My opinion: A highly anticipated independent film, it is described as an Iranian Western Vampire movie. Filmed in beautiful black and white, it is often dreamlike in imagery and there is good use of visual symbolism, but it can occasionally feel a derivative homage to great vampire films rather than being truly original in its own right. Definitely worth seeing, but perhaps a bit too highly rated.

24. Dance of the Vampires (1967)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

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A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins

Votes: 25,118

IMDB: 7.3 / Rot Critics: 6.2 / Rot Aud: 7.4 / My Score: 8.5

My opinion: There are many vampire comedies, but this is probably the one that is the most classically funny. Relying heavily on situational humor and physical comedy the movie is timeless. Also it pokes fun at classic vampire films (in particular the Hammer Horror films) which are so easy targets to poke fun at.

25. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

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Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi

Votes: 12,091

IMDB: 7.6 / Rot Critics: 7.1 / Rot Aud: 7.6 / My Score: 7.0

My opinion: You can't help but relate to poor Wilbur while watching this movie and that is what makes it so terribly funny. These poor guys get thrown in with not one, but three classic horror monsters. This is the original blueprint for a horror comedy movie and has such classic jokes that it is still funny today. A bit higher on the list than I personally would place it, but definitely worth watching. A good choice for a family horror night with the kids.

26. The Addiction (1995)

Unrated | 82 min | Horror

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A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Annabella Sciorra, Edie Falco

Votes: 7,209 | Gross: $0.30M

IMDB: 6.4 / Rot Critics: 6.3 / Rot Aud: 7.0 / My Score: 9.5

My opinion: This film has a very gritty performance by Lily Taylor. She is fantastic as the addict vampire. Also it does a great job of delving into the philosophy of being a vampire and the manner in which the psychology of these vampires in their evil, damned aspects is frequently like that of an addict. A really great unusual movie full of heady philosophy.

27. The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.

Directors: Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow | Stars: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 14,194

IMDB: 7.0 / Rot Critics: 6.0 / Rot Aud: 7.2 / My Score: 9.0

My opinion: Of the three film adaptations of "I Am Legend", this is my favorite. Vincent Price very effectively presents the growing insanity of the last man on the planet and the problem he is faced with is chilling. Of all the films in which vampirism is presented as a plague-like disease, this is by far the best.

28. Isle of the Dead (1945)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry, one of the people, a superstitious old peasant woman, suspects ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer, Katherine Emery

Votes: 3,236

IMDB: 6.6 / Rot Critics: 6.3 / Rot Aud: 6.6 / My Score: 9.5

My opinion: This film was discovered by me at the website Taliesin meets the vampires: Taliesin's Top 100, which is a website that has the most extensive vampire film reviews I have ever seen. (Over 1000!) Taliesin has this listed as his number one vampire film. I won't go that far, but this one is definitely memorable and willl leave you pondering it long after watching it. Interestingly, the movie doesn't really have a vampire in it. The story all revolves around the superstitious fears of vampires and what they manifest. It is not without flaws, but it is a truly fantastic and original film.

29. Salem's Lot (1979 TV Movie)

PG | 187 min | Horror

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A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia

Votes: 16,757

IMDB: 6.8 / Rot Critics: 6.7 / Rot Aud: 6.4 / My Score: 9.0

My opinion: I originally saw this back in the 90s when it was released on video for the first time. At that time, the only version that was available was the 112 minute version, and I was not that impressed. When I rewatched this to make this list, I watched the full 180 minute version, and I finally understood what all the fuss was about! I definitely recommend watching the full version. As Hitchcock so eloquently proved, suspense and suspicion are key ingredients in horror and film, and this movie has that in spades. Definitely among the creepiest of the genre.

30. Stake Land (2010)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

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66 Metascore

In a world of vampires, an expert vampire hunter and his young protégé travel toward sanctuary.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Kelly McGillis, Gregory Jones

Votes: 37,251 | Gross: $0.02M

IMDB: 6.5 / Rot Critics: 6.5 / Rot Aud: 6.8 / My Score: 9.0

My opinion: The very low budget gritty quality of this film is what adds to its appeal in many ways. Unlike many blockbuster films, Stake Land relies most heavily on the performances of its actors to tell a serious vampire apocalypse story in what we must assume is a fairly early stage of the overall deterioration of things. It is also in many ways a coming of age story. Original and well done.

31. Dracula (1979)

R | 109 min | Horror, Romance

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In 1913, the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence, Kate Nelligan

Votes: 7,579 | Gross: $20.16M

IMDB: 6.4 / Rot Critics: 6.0 / Rot Aud: 6.2 / My Score: 10.0

My opinion: This was the first version of Dracula I ever saw, and I still have a love of it. I consider this the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" of Dracula movies. It may not be the most faithful adaptation of Dracula, but it is certainly action packed. This was the first time Dracula was presented in a romantic manner, and Frank Langella plays him with an intensity that makes him sexy, smart, and dangerous. Exactly what a vampire should be.

32. The Hunger (1983)

R | 97 min | Horror

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A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Cliff De Young

Votes: 19,363 | Gross: $5.98M

IMDB: 6.6 / Rot Critics: 5.5 / Rot Aud: 6.8 / My Score: 9.7

My opinion: This film is oozing with style and the story is largely revealed through flashes of imagery more than dialogue. Again, one of my favorites, and a largely under appreciated film. It has the best opening sequence of any vampire film I have ever seen. For that reason alone, it is worth watching.

33. Horror of Dracula (1958)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

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Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling

Votes: 17,149

IMDB: 7.4 / Rot Critics: 7.8 / Rot Aud: 7.4 / My Score: 6.0

My opinion: This being one of the original and best of the Hammer Horror films, many people hold it very dear in their hearts, and, for the time it was made, it actually is a pretty good adaptation of Dracula. It is more sinister and horrific than Bela Lugosi's Dracula in its more graphic depictions of blood and violence (most eery being that of the lady in white), but the problem with the movie is the stage productions are so obvious, the sets so obviously sets, and the blood so obviously fake, that it makes the whole thing laughable, not only that but the first few scenes are overly dramatic and poorly written. What once might have been frightening, just seems mostly campy today, and to me, that makes it less than great. Highly overrated film, but still worth a watch for vampire film fans.

34. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Horror

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48 Metascore

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Quentin Tarantino

Votes: 241,389 | Gross: $25.75M

IMDB: 7.3 / Rot Critics: 6.0 / Rot Aud: 7.0 / My Score: 8.2

My opinion: This movie - like most of Quentin Tarantino's films - is good, violent fun. His dialogue has to quickly keep pace with the horror violence of this vampire flick, but overall it is fun, funny, and highly entertaining, if completely absurd. There are some moments of rambling by some of the characters which seems a bit much, but George Clooney is great at subtly reminding us how ridiculous the movie is even while being cool.

35. Blood and Roses (1960)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

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A lonely and bitter young heiress - jealous of her cousin's engagement to another woman - becomes dangerously obsessed with legends surrounding a vampire ancestor, who supposedly murdered the young brides of the man she loved.

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli, Annette Stroyberg, Alberto Bonucci

Votes: 908

IMDB: 6.7 / Rot Critics: N/A / Rot Aud: 6.4 / My Score: 8.2

My opinion: This is a beautiful film and really original for the time in which it was made. The dream sequence is very odd and disturbing and the ambiguity of whether Carmilla is crazy was quite good as well. More of a classically gothic story than anything else, it was very beautiful, if a bit talkative at moments. A good movie.

36. Geung si sin sang (1985)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

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The planned reburial of a village elder goes awry as the corpse resurrects into a hopping, bloodthirsty vampire, threatening mankind. Therefore, a Taoist Priest and his two disciples attempt to stop the terror.

Director: Ricky Lau | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Siu-Ho Chin, Ricky Hui, Moon Lee

Votes: 2,777

IMDB: 7.6 / Rot Critics: N.A. / Rot Aud: 7.6 / My Score: 6.0

My opinion: An unexpected comedy with lots of physical humor, this turned out to be a very good movie that actually made me laugh out loud occasionally. The action sequences are very entertaining and the overall plot while being pretty crazy, was still really original.

37. 30 Days of Night (2007)

R | 113 min | Horror, Thriller

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53 Metascore

After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.

Director: David Slade | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster

Votes: 148,740 | Gross: $39.57M

IMDB: 6.6 / Rot Critics: 5.5 / Rot Aud: 6.4 / My Score: 9.5

My opinion: For shear adrenalin rush terror, this movie is the one to beat in this genre. The actors all contribute subtly to the story through downplayed performances, and we get hints to a back story that is quite dynamic through this, but that all takes a back seat to the intense survival of the smartest storyline that unfolds. The movie revolves around one simple idea: What if your town was attacked by not one, but a group of vampires (who are fast, fierce, smart, and powerful) and virtually their only vulnerability (daylight) was eliminated? What would that look like? It would look like this movie.

38. Strigoi (2009)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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When the villagers killed Constantin Tirescu, they thought it was justice. Vlad Cozma thinks it was murder. Now Constantin thinks pickles might go nice with blood.

Director: Faye Jackson | Stars: Catalin Paraschiv, Rudy Rosenfeld, Constantin Barbulescu, Roxana Guttman

Votes: 1,022

IMDB: 5.7 / Rot Critics: N/A / Rot Aud: 6.0 / My Score: 9.2

My opinion: This film is one of the most original comedies of the genre I have ever seen. It was unusual and full of double meaning and random startling moments. It was confusing and fantastic and the unique vision of the director really makes the story shine. It focuses on the Strigoi, a particular folk myth in eastern Europe about witchcraft and vampirism. The movie is a mystery, a puzzle and an intriguing look into the region post-communism. A very perplexing and fascinating film.

39. I Am Legend (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

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65 Metascore

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Votes: 591,221 | Gross: $256.39M

IMDB: 7.2 / Rot Critics: 6.4 / Rot Aud: 7.2 / My Score: 7.0

My opinion: Will Smith does a great job in this third big screen adaptation of "I Am Legend". ("Last Man on Earth" and "Omega Man" being the first two versions.) And while I prefer Vincent Price's performance and the smaller scope of "The Last Man on Earth", this is a good adaptation of this story, too. The only thing I didn't particularly care for was the look and mannerisms of the "Vambies" (That is my word for vampire zombies - deal with it). Otherwise, a good film overall.

40. Trouble Every Day (2001)

Not Rated | 101 min | Horror, Thriller, Drama

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40 Metascore

Two American newlyweds in Paris experience a love so strong, it almost devours them.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle, Alex Descas

Votes: 5,862 | Gross: $0.01M

IMDB: 6.1 / Rot Critics: 5.8 / Rot Aud: 6.8 / My Score: 9.0

My opinion: First off, I will caution that this film has a few harsh scenes of realistic graphic sex and violence. I was not really expecting much from this bilingual film, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It took me off guard at how it combined the intense need for blood in a very sexual way for these characters. For me, this film exemplified the human dichotomy between love and desire really well. It does not have a very elaborate plot and the pacing might be a little slow for some people, but the gritty realism of the film and the superb acting were just note perfect for me. Absolutely one of the best of the genre.

41. Dnevnoy dozor (2006)

R | 132 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

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59 Metascore

A man who serves in the war between the forces of Light and Dark comes into possession of a device that can restore life to Moscow, which was nearly destroyed by an apocalyptic event.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Mariya Poroshina, Vladimir Menshov, Galina Tyunina

Votes: 31,156 | Gross: $0.45M

IMDB: 6.5 / Rot Critics: 5.9 / Rot Aud: 7.0 / My Score: 8.2

My opinion: The perfect compliment to Night Watch, this film keeps the style and tone of the first film and brings the whole story to a good ending. I felt the final battle of the film seemed to drag on a bit long, but overall it was a great movie. The two movies really complete each other. Here it is best to watch them back to back as one story.

42. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002)

Not Rated | 73 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

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84 Metascore

A ballet rendition of Bram Stoker's "Dracula", stylized as an Expressionistic silent film.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Wei-Qiang Zhang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni, CindyMarie Small

Votes: 1,682 | Gross: $0.04M

IMDB: 7.0 / Rot Critics: 7.4 / Rot Aud: 7.0 / My Score: 6.2

My opinion: This is a very well done film and it is interesting since it is done largely in ballet in black and white with specific splashes of color for emphasis. I enjoyed it, but again, I feel perhaps it has been a bit overrated. After all, it is a silent BALLET of Dracula.

43. Fright Night (2011)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Horror

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64 Metascore

After a new neighbor moved into the house next door, Charley discovers that he is an ancient vampire and goes in search for the help of Peter Vincent, a famous "vampire killer" to save his neighborhood from the creature.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette

Votes: 90,448 | Gross: $18.30M

IMDB: 6.4 / Rot Critics: 6.3 / Rot Aud: 6.8 / My Score: 8.0

My opinion: Remakes are a hard thing to judge fairly, particularly when an original film is so greatly beloved as the original Fright Night is by many people, myself included. The greatest judge of the success of a remake is if the filmmakers are able to pay a bit of homage to the original and the spirit of it, and yet make the film something uniquely their own. This retelling of Fright Night does this wonderfully. It loses some points in my book for the pure fact that it is a remake and not an original story, but for its fantastic performances, particularly from David Tennant and Colin Farrell (Farrell makes this character his own here, completely) and its alternately scary and humorous tone, this film is a great success. A remake worth watching, even for fans of the original.

44. Cronos (1993)

R | 94 min | Horror

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70 Metascore

A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook, Margarita Isabel

Votes: 22,287 | Gross: $0.62M

IMDB: 6.7 / Rot Critics: 7.3 / Rot Aud: 7.0 / My Score: 6.5

My opinion: Cronos is one of the few successful sci-fi vampire stories, I've seen. Guillermo Del Toro and Ron Perlman teamed up together for the first time on this film, long before reteaming for "Blade II" and made a pretty decent vampire film together. What's great about this film is the characters, settings, and back story are well developed, interesting, and unusual, which makes it enjoyable to watch. The problem I had with the movie is that it spends too much time focusing on how the main character is physically changing into a vampire and too much time showing other characters attempting to kill him for the device. Overall, though, it was still a very good movie.

45. Blade II (2002)

R | 117 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

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52 Metascore

Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, Leonor Varela

Votes: 174,184 | Gross: $82.35M

IMDB: 6.7 / Rot Critics: 5.9 / Rot Aud: 6.8 / My Score: 8.0

My opinion: As many critics have already said, this movie is much better than the original Blade. In Guilllermo del Toro's skilled hands, Blade is not only a fantastic comic book action movie, but has a very good storyline, smart characters, good acting, and really good dialogue, which was what was lacking in the original film. A really good action vampire film.

46. Byzantium (2012)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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66 Metascore

Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Caleb Landry Jones

Votes: 35,468 | Gross: $0.08M

IMDB: 6.5 / Rot Critics: 6.4 / Rot Aud: 6.4 / My Score: 8.0

My opinion: Directed by Neil Jordan, it is very much in keeping with his style of films. Excellent imagery and a good feel for historical scenes as usual provide an interesting backdrop to a more natural seeming love story and a mother/daughter love story. In fact, the film is so full of story that it makes it hard to just appreciate the characters themselves a little or the dilemma of the vampirism, but overall, the cast gives a terrific performance and the film is terrific. One of the best of the recent crop of vampire films.

47. Nochnoy dozor (2004)

R | 114 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

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58 Metascore

A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov | Stars: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Vladimir Menshov, Mariya Poroshina, Valeriy Zolotukhin

Votes: 49,171 | Gross: $1.49M

IMDB: 6.5 / Rot Critics: 5.9 / Rot Aud: 6.6 / My Score: 8.2

My opinion: Night Watch has such a great premise and is so well filmed and directed that it needed to be included on this list, even though it is not exclusively about vampires and doesn't deal with vampirism in any typical sense. This is more a story about all supernatural beings and their struggle to be good or evil. This is a really great action movie though, and it is worth watching. It's unusual and a great addition to this genre.

48. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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47 Metascore

Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter.

Director: Genndy Tartakovsky | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez

Votes: 184,695 | Gross: $148.31M

IMDB: 7.1 / Rot Critics: 5.3 / Rot Aud: 7.8 / My Score: 7.0

My opinion: I have to admit my expectations were pretty low for this animated film. There have been a barrage of overly silly animated films over the last several years, and while this film was not always perfect and perhaps tried a little too hard to have a message for the kids. I have to admit I was really fond of many of the characters and the jokes really did make me laugh consistently. The standout performance in the film is Andy Samberg's clueless human character, which I found hilarious from his first scene. Maybe not perfectly brilliant, but definitely one of the more enjoyable kid friendly monster films.

49. Immortality (1998)

R | 98 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

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58 Metascore

Vampire in London is searching for the ideal woman to redeem him.

Director: Po-Chih Leong | Stars: Jude Law, Elina Löwensohn, Timothy Spall, Jack Davenport

Votes: 5,224 | Gross: $0.02M

IMDB: 6.3 / Rot Critics: 5.3 / Rot Aud: 6.4 / My Score: 9.0

My opinion:The first time I saw this film, I found the pacing a bit slow, but upon watching it again, I've come to realize that this is really a fantastic film. There are layers to the performances here. Here the vampire must not just feed on blood, but must feed on love. This is more vampire as sociopath, but somehow you can't help but feel some empathy for him too. A very interesting film.

50. Vampire Circus (1972)

PG | 84 min | Horror

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As the plague sweeps the countryside, a quarantined village is visited by a mysterious traveling circus. Soon, young children begin to disappear, and the locals suspect the circus troupe might be hiding a horrifying secret.

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Anthony Higgins, John Moulder-Brown

Votes: 2,840

IMDB: 6.5 / Rot Critics: 6.3 / Rot Aud: 7.0 / My Score: 7.2

My opinion: The plot of this film is ok, the acting decent, the costumes, sets, and makeup, not bad for Hammer, and the effects are pretty good too. This is not a brilliant film, but there is really only one reason to watch it and that is an awesome reason - two words - VAMPIRE CIRCUS

51. Blade (1998)

R | 120 min | Action, Horror

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45 Metascore

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Director: Stephen Norrington | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 210,255 | Gross: $70.09M

IMDB: 7.1 / Rot Critics: 5.7 / Rot Aud: 7.2 / My Score: 7.0

My opinion: Blade is a great concept and has a good story, nice action sequences and decent acting. It has the second best opening sequence of any vampire movie I've seen, (that club and the following battle were just superb) but the writing is just bad. Like the even worse third film, "Blade: Trinity", this film suffers from faulty logic in its storyline. The pure bloods being so weak didn't make sense and don't even get me started on the whole sunscreen bit. Even more than this though, the characters tend to monologue too much - particularly Deacon Frost. Despite this, the film is still a pretty kicking action comic book movie and worth watching.

52. Vampire Effect (2003)

R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

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It's a high-kicking battle on the dark side when an ace vampire slayer and his beautiful sidekicks wage the ultimate martial-arts showdown with one of the most dangerous of the undead.

Director: Dante Lam | Stars: Gillian Chung, Charlene Choi, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Ekin Cheng

Votes: 4,266

IMDB: 5.6 / Rot Critics: N.A. / Rot Aud: 6.6 / My Score: 8.0

My opinion: This film took me by surprise not just because of the strangeness of the two congruent love stories, one with vampire hunters and one with a vampire, but because it was so funny and random in its storytelling. The fight scenes are great fun and the unexpected addition of Jackie Chan in the story really added to the silliness. Not a brilliant movie, but definitely an original one and a fun martial arts action film too. Definitely worth watching.

53. Frostbitten (2006)

98 min | Horror, Comedy

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Vampires terrorize a city in Norrbotten.

Director: Anders Banke | Stars: Petra Nielsen, Carl-Åke Eriksson, Grete Havnesköld, Emma Åberg

Votes: 3,665

IMDB: 5.5 / Rot Critics: N.A. / Rot Aud: 6.4 / My Score: 8.2

My opinion: Sweden has contributed three truly excellent things to vampire cinema: Firstly, "Let the Right One", second Alexander Skarsgard, and finally, this little film, which gets its inspiration from the same source material as "30 Days of Night", although with a very different storyline. "Frostbitten" is very hard not to like. It has some very suspenseful and scary moments, but it has some utterly absurd moments of humor as well. It's this humor mixed with outrageous horror that makes this movie so fun to watch. A very good film.

54. Twins of Evil (1971)

R | 87 min | Horror

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A religious sect led by Gustav Weil hunts all women suspected of witchcraft, killing a number of innocent victims. Young Katy, Gustav's niece, will involve herself in a devilish cult, and become an instrument of Justice in the region.

Director: John Hough | Stars: Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, Mary Collinson, Madeleine Collinson

Votes: 3,556

IMDB: 6.6 / Rot Critics: 6.2 / Rot Aud: 6.8 / My Score: 7.2

My opinion: Of the many Hammer Horror vampire films, this is definitely one of the best. I really enjoyed Peter Cushing's performance of a much more ambiguous character in this film than his typical Van Helsing performance in many of his other films. Here the issue of what is Godly has become a lot more complex and it is great fun watching a vampire movie with twins. We are even treated to some of the Karnstein mythology in this film as well. Overall a really good film that I have a hard time finding much fault with.

55. Dracula's Daughter (1936)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, hoping to free herself of a mysterious evil influence.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill, Edward Van Sloan

Votes: 4,448

IMDB: 6.4 / Rot Critics: 5.6 / Rot Aud: 6.2 / My Score: 8.5

My opinion: This is a very beautiful and tragic vampire film. Of the several sequels to Universal's version of Dracula, this was by far the best one. It picks up right where Dracula leaves off with Van Helsing forced to justify his actions, but what makes this movie really compelling is the performance of Gloria Holden, who is desperate to free herself from the curse of her father and start life fresh - and the impossibility of her doing that. This was the first good example of the tragedy of the vampire's plight. A really good film.

56. Tale of a Vampire (1992)

R | 93 min | Horror, Drama, Romance

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Condemned to life without end, and to an undying passion for a lost love he can never find, a vampire stalks a beautiful young woman.

Director: Shimako Sato | Stars: Julian Sands, Suzanna Hamilton, Kenneth Cranham, Marian Diamond

Votes: 601

IMDB: 5.4 / Rot Critics: N.A. / Rot Aud: 6.6 / My Score: 8.0

My opinion: When I first saw this movie several years ago, I really liked it a lot, and on subsequent viewing found myself liking it even more. There is something about Julian Sands that just sort of naturally screams "Vampire!" at me anyhow, so it was sort of a non-brainer to have him star in this film. The movie is a slow, character study of a vampire and an offbeat love story, but it has a surprisingly well developed back story to it. The only thing bad about it I can really say is that I was disappointed with the ending. I would have liked more resolution to the story, but in general, it was a very good vampire film, if a bit hard to find.

57. Marebito (2004)

R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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50 Metascore

A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman (Shinya Tsukamoto) investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Tomomi Miyashita, Kazuhiro Nakahara, Miho Ninagawa

Votes: 4,242 | Gross: $0.01M

IMDB: 6.1 / Rot Critics: 5.0 / Rot Aud: 5.8 / My Score: 9.7

My opinion: Marebito is one of the most fascinating films I have ever seen, pure and simple. By the end of the film, I was not really sure which parts were meant to be real and which were from the perspective of the main character, but what was clear was that I had just seen one of the creepiest, visually rich, and original vampire movies ever. Some people won't like its dreamlike qualities and the impossible to fully understand plot, but I loved it.

58. Underworld (2003)

R | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

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42 Metascore

Selene, a vampire warrior, is entrenched in a conflict between vampires and werewolves, while falling in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.

Director: Len Wiseman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly, Michael Sheen

Votes: 228,218 | Gross: $51.97M

IMDB: 7.0 / Rot Critics: 4.7 / Rot Aud: 7.2 / My Score: 7.7

My opinion: Many people have criticized Underworld and written it off as a Matrix wannabe, but having just rewatched this, and having since seen the two sequels, while I admit it has a comic book storyline and borrows heavily on style from The Matrix, it actually has a really great and intricate plot, good acting, and a fully developed story. Of all the comic-book-style, action-film type of movies in this genre, this is one of the best.

59. Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror, Western

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Reclusive vampires lounge in a lonely American town. They wear sun cream to protect themselves. A descendant of Van Helsing arrives with hilarious consequences.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: David Carradine, Morgan Brittany, Bruce Campbell, Jim Metzler

Votes: 1,794

IMDB: 6.3 / Rot Critics: N.A. / Rot Aud: 6.6 / My Score: 7.0

My opinion: This movie really threw me for a loop when I saw it. First of all, it is a modern day vampire WESTERN starring David Carradine and Bruce Campbell of all people, and it revolves around a town of vampires. If that idea isn't intriguing enough to make you want to watch it, then this is not a movie for you. I found this to be both silly and original, and an all around fun movie. This is definitely one you could watch with the kids, and it introduces original plot ideas that have since popped up in "True Blood". A really good film.

60. Perfect Creature (2006)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

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The vampire myth is given a stylish 1960s treatment, where a human cop partners with a vampire cop to stop a vamp bent on creating a war between the two "separate but equal" races.

Director: Glenn Standring | Stars: Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows, Leo Gregory, Scott Wills

Votes: 4,896

IMDB: 5.5 / Rot Critics: N.A. / Rot Aud: 5.8 / My Score: 8.5

My opinion: This film was another pleasant surprise. I never heard anything about this before watching it, so I was surprised to find it had really excellent sets and costuming (almost steam punk), a good strong storyline and good acting. As it turns out, this little import from New Zealand had the fourth largest budget in their history, so it makes good sense. On top of all this, Perfect Creature is an interesting sci-fi story and has a unique view of vampirism. The ending seemed a bit too abrupt to me, but overall, a really impressive addition to the genre and the best sci-fi vampire movie I have seen.

61. Der Vampir auf der Couch (2014)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Horror

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50 Metascore

Sigmund Freud's newest patient is a vampire fed up with his undying relationship with his wife.

Director: David Rühm | Stars: Anatole Taubman, Tobias Moretti, Dominic Oley, Cornelia Ivancan

Votes: 551 | Gross: $0.03M

IMDB: 6.4 / Rot Critics: 6.2 / Rot Aud: 6.8 / My Score: 7.0

My opinion: Vampire comedies can be hit or miss. They have been done so often in the past that they tend to rely on common tropes of the genre for their humor, but sometimes what is old can be new again, and that is the case with this film that has a lot of humor. It plays on the old classic Dracula tropes without being character specific, but then it presents some new and truly entertaining characters along with the "Count". A fun film, perhaps rated a bit highly but still worth watching.

62. The Vampire Lovers (1970)

R | 91 min | Horror

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Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Ingrid Pitt, Pippa Steel, Madeline Smith, Peter Cushing

Votes: 4,308

IMDB: 6.6 / Rot Critics: 5.2 / Rot Aud: 6.6 / My Score: 8.0

My opinion: This film really surprised me. Of all the Hammer Horror films, this one had the best direction and tone and writing. This is a pretty faithful adaptation of "Carmilla". I really got drawn into the performance of the vampire in this, and the moments of subtle suggestion from the mystery man. He is an enigma that kept me fascinated after finishing it. This film is classic horror done really well. Not for everyone, but if you like classic Hammer style horror, then this is the one to watch. It is well worth it.

63. Wir sind die Nacht (2010)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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In Berlin, a cop closes in on an all-female vampire trio who just took in a new member, Lena.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich, Anna Fischer

Votes: 6,889

IMDB: 6.3 / Rot Critics: 5.7 / Rot Aud: 6.4 / My Score: 8.0

My opinion: This is the most stylistic vampire movie I have seen in a long time, and has a classic coolness to it, reminiscent of the Lost Boys in its day. Indeed the story in many ways was also reminiscent of the classic vampire film Near Dark in story arc, if it were set in Berlin in the modern age, with a techno soundtrack and style that pays homage to Run Lola Run, and all the vamps were powerful women. All in all a very cool film that I found highly enjoyable, if a bit derivative and not offering too much that was all that new.

64. Thirst (1979)

R | 93 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

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The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them.

Director: Rod Hardy | Stars: Chantal Contouri, Shirley Cameron, Max Phipps, Henry Silva

Votes: 968

IMDB: 5.8 / Rot Critics: 6.9 / Rot Aud: 6.4 / My Score: 7.2

My opinion: This little film from Australia really surprised me with it's advanced themes. The horror here is not traditional vampire horror. The focus is instead on the systematic psychological programming of the main character and is in many ways more overwhelming and more terrifying. A really good film overall with some interesting effects.

65. Styria (2014)

Not Rated | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

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Depicts the intense and fractured relationship between a lonely teenager and a beautiful stranger.

Directors: Mauricio Chernovetzky, Mark Devendorf | Stars: Eleanor Tomlinson, Stephen Rea, Erika Marozsán, Jules Willcox

Votes: 3,549

IMDB: 6.8 / Rot Critics: N/A / Rot Aud: 4.4 / My Score: 8.5

My opinion: This film was a kickstarter project that I backed over a year ago. The film has now been released to its supporters after its recent entry at some festivals, and a theatrical release is likely to follow in the near future, hopefully. It's ranked a bit high on the list therefore, since it currently has limited reviews, and almost none on rotten tomatoes as of yet. That being said, this is actually a very faithful modern adaptation of Carmilla. The camera work, writing, and acting were all exceptional and the pacing was quite good as well. A few unanswered questions, and there were not too many real surprises here for those familiar with the Carmilla story, but overall this film really worked and was one of the better vampire films of recent years. Definitely worth watching for fans of the genre.

66. Blood & Donuts (1995)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

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A vampire falls for a woman working at a donut shop.

Director: Holly Dale | Stars: Gordon Currie, Louis Ferreira, Helene Clarkson, Fiona Reid

Votes: 989

IMDB: 6.1 / Rot Critics: N.A. / Rot Aud: 6.4 / My Score: 7.2

My opinion: This is another somewhat difficult to find vampire film, perhaps because it is a smaller Canadian film, but it is worth it if you can get a copy. What I particularly liked about this movie is that the vampire in the story is so idiosyncratic. I found him fascinating to watch and that made him more appealing. This is a very cute and sweet movie in general, (if you can call a vampire movie that) and I definitely recommend it. Its only real flaw is having some utterly absurd moments (particularly at the end) and not a lot really happens in the film, but in this case, it didn't really bother me much.

67. Daybreakers (2009)

R | 98 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

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57 Metascore

In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Harriet Minto-Day

Votes: 111,662 | Gross: $30.10M

IMDB: 6.5 / Rot Critics: 6.1 / Rot Aud: 6.4 / My Score: 7.0

My opinion: This movie's premise is really interesting. Most of the population are vampires and are assimilated, but what would they do with a shortage of blood? This is a more sci-fi type of vampire movie again, but it really asks some interesting questions on choice in becoming a vampire. Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, and Ethan Hawke all have strong performances in this, and it is another unusual and interesting film.

68. The Countess (2009)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

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A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.

Director: Julie Delpy | Stars: Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl, William Hurt, Anamaria Marinca

Votes: 6,793

IMDB: 6.3 / Rot Critics: N.A. / Rot Aud: 6.2 / My Score: 7.0

My opinion: The Countess is a retelling of the story of Countess Erzebeth Bathory. Those who are familiar with one of the so-called historical "vampires" of history will see that much of the historical account of the Countess rings true. This is not a story of a vampire myth, but an account of a historical person who had a certain desire for blood with the belief that it made her younger. It is an excellent story and well-told in this film, but overall the film left me feeling mentally engaged but cold. Perhaps it was the way Julie Delpy portrayed the countess, but I never really cared about the plight of the character in this. An interesting historical film all the same, and well told.

69. Innocent Blood (1992)

R | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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Marie is a vampire with a thirst for bad guys. When she fails to properly dispose of one of her victims, a violent mob boss, she bites off more than she can chew and faces a new, immortal danger.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Anthony LaPaglia, Robert Loggia, David Proval

Votes: 8,013 | Gross: $4.97M

IMDB: 6.2 / Rot Critics: 4.5 / Rot Aud: 6.0 / My Score: 9.2

My opinion: As a fan of gangster movies and films that mix genres, I really fell for this movie. The vampire is cute and funny and the story is really funny too. It's well written and smart and one of the few vampire gangster movies in existence. A must see for vampire movie fans.

70. Kiss of the Damned (2012)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

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48 Metascore

The vampire Djuna resists the advances of Paolo, but soon gives in to their passion. When her trouble-making sister unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.

Director: Xan Cassavetes | Stars: Joséphine de La Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Milo Ventimiglia, Caitlin Keats

Votes: 4,077 | Gross: $0.01M

IMDB: 5.6 / Rot Critics: 5.7 / Rot Aud: 5.8 / My Score: 8.7

My opinion: If style counts for anything, this film should earn top marks. Borrowing heavily from 1970s euro-horror, this film is directed with a look and feel and lushness to its cinematography that I've not seen since The Hunger. While the dialogue early on is a bit weak, (this improves in the second half), the pacing, music, and excellent shots propel the story forward in an interesting and intriguing way. More of an atmospheric character study, there is not a lot of plot to speak of, but even so, I found this to be a stark and enjoyable ride.