10 Vampire Movies From The 80's That Are Better Than Twilight

If you find yourself climbing the walls and going insane at just the sight of Twilight year in, year our, I provide you all with a list of movies I find to be far more superior to the trash being forced down our necks.

I know that practically every film you could think of is better than Twilight but that's besides the point, lets enjoy ourselves as we delve into my personal favourites from the 1980's. This list is not in order of superiority, simply a collection of films worthy of some attention
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1.
My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Young student finds himself being transformed to a vampire after a night with a quite attractive female vampire... (89 mins.)
Director: Jimmy Huston
“ Let me start off with a rather tame yet exiting take on a vampire story. A kid named Jeremy has the hots for the geek of his class, Darla but what he doesn't know is that head cheerleader Candy is fond of him too.

Typical high school movie cliche antics right? Well things take a slight detour as Jeremy also finds himself seduced by an older woman called Nora, who invites him over to her place.

Whilst he's hesitant about accepting the invite, his friend (and comic relief) Ralph insists he go for it and have his first sexual encounter with a more experienced woman.

The encounter doesn't go down very well as not only does the lovely Nora bite poor Jeremy on the neck, two strangers burst through the door attempting to kill the both of them.

An encounter with the vampire Modoc later has Jeremy convinced he's a vampire, although not like one we've ever seen before. Whilst he has an aversion to garlic, sunlight and a thirst for blood, He will still age but only 1 year for every 10.

Unlike many other vampire movies we know of, Vampires in this film are portrayed as humane, friendly types who see themselves only as a persecuted minority. One of the funnier moments is when Jeremy's parents think he may be gay.

Its full of those classic 80's high school characters and scenarios but what's not to love. You have some great acting from the likes of David Warner, Rene Auberjonois and Robert Sean Leonard in the lead role as Jeremy. ” - evilreincarnated
 
2.
The Monster Squad (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters. (82 mins.)
Director: Fred Dekker
“ Written by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Long Kiss Goodnight) and Directed by cult director Frank Dekker (the fantastic Night of the Creeps and the no-so-fantastic RoboCop 3), this movie is a real childhood treasure.

The film isn't so heavy on the vampires, it is more of a homage to the classic Universal Monsters of Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula, Wolfman, Mummy and Creature From The Black Lagoon and sees a group of young kids battle alongside an elderly Van Helsing to stop The Count's plans of world domination.

I urge anyone who has never seen this movie to do so ASAP, you're missing out on a treat and why not invite the whole family round to see it too. ” - evilreincarnated
 
3.
Vamp (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Two fraternity pledges travel to a sleazy bar in search of a stripper for their college friends, unaware it is occupied by vampires. (93 mins.)
Director: Richard Wenk
“ Now this is where we leave the family friendly movies behind in the list and squarely focus on the more mature viewings on offer.

It's only been 2 or 3 years since I first saw this movie and it was when I remembered seeing the trailer as a kid that made me want to see it.

The story goes as follows, two college friends want to hire a stripper and so head out to an infamous nightclub on the edge of town where even cops fear to tread. Little do they know it's a den of bloodsuckers lead by none other than the crazy Grace Jones of all people. The vamps are not the only problem though, albino thugs also roam the streets.

It's a nice little cult movie and worth the watch! ” - evilreincarnated
 
4.
The Hunger (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist. (97 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ An absolute gem of movie from the Late Tony Scott. It follows the story of Miriam, a beautiful yet dangerous vampire who has made a life of seducing mortals with the promise of immortality but as they do live forever, they don't remain youthful, something Miriam neglected to mention to them. Her most recent lover, John (played by David Bowie), is suffering from the effects of rapid ageing and in desperation seeks the help of a doctor to no avail.

He eventually returns to Miriam and is sealed away in his coffin for eternity, alongside her other lovers she keeps as a morbid collection of conquests. The Doctor, Sarah (Susan Sarandon) comes looking for John but ends up in the clutches of Miriam.

A definite worthy addition to your DVD collection. ” - evilreincarnated
 
5.
Fright Night (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom Holland
“ I've not seen the remake but the trailer was enough for me to see it would never match the quality of the original.

The story goes as such, Charlie Brewster is a horror movie buff and likes nothing more than to stay up to watch his favourite TV Show hosted by Peter Vincent, an actor famous for his roles in a variety of Hammer Horror-esque movies over the years.

One night, Charlie notices someone moving into the house next door in the middle of the night. Curiosity gets the better of him and he keeps tabs on his new neighbour and discovers he is a vampire. Desperate to to explain what he has witnessed, he tries to convince his mother and later Peter Vincent himself of his neighbour's vampiric nature but when the vamp pays a visit to warn him of his meddling, he soon finds himself in mortal danger.

Directed by Tom Holland (Child's Play and Uncle of The Offspring's Dexter Holland), a classic 80's horror movie. ” - evilreincarnated
 
6.
Fright Night Part 2 (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Charley Brewster and Peter Vincent must face more vampires which are out for revenge. (104 mins.)
“ I couldn't include Fright Night without it's sequel. Although not as great as the first, it is still a very enjoyable movie and continues the adventures of Charlie Brewster and Peter Vincent.

In the years that have followed on from the events of the first film, Charlie has undergone therapy and now firmly believes vampire Jerry Dandridge was nothing more than a serial killer.

He soon begins to believe again though when he meets the mysterious Regine, a sexy vampire planning to turn Charlie into a bloodsucker and punish him for eternity for killing her brother in the first movie.

Soon Peter Vincent is called upon again by a desperate Charlie and is coaxed out of retirement once more to do battle with vampires.

You can't really watch Fright Night without popping Part 2 into the DVD player afterward. ” - evilreincarnated
 
7.
The Lost Boys (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. (97 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ What kind of person would I be if I didn't include this movie in this list?! If you don't know the story I suppose I could impart a short premise.

Michael and his younger brother Sam move with their mother to Santa Carla, a beach community in California. Whilst their mother manages to get a job a local video store, Michael and Sam are on the Board walk where Michael becomes fascinated with a young woman called Star, who hangs out with a local gang lead by the mysterious David.

Whilst this is going on, Sam is in a comic book store where he meets self proclaimed vampire hunters The Frog Brothers, who warn Sam of the Vampire threat in the town.

Eventually Michael gets more involved in activities of David's gang, all in an attempt to get closer to Star. Eventually he is "Initiated" into the gang and slowly comes to the realisation he is becoming a vampire. Eventually it's up to Michael, Sam and The Frog Brothers to stop David, his Gang and finally locate and kill the head vampire before Michael and Star are lost to Vampirism forever.

I cannot stress enough how great this movie really is but given it's such a popular movie, I guess you all know that anyway. ” - evilreincarnated
 
8.
Lifeforce (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A race of space vampires arrive in London and infect the populace. (116 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
“ An underrated Sci-Fi romp courtesy of Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre). This is a vampire movie with a twist, the vampires are actually aliens!

We follow the antics of a group of astronauts who has just hours ago encountered alien vampires thought dead but when the female "corpse" of one of the vampires awakens, it unleashes a chain of events that results in a zombie plague attacking London.

One of the surviving astronauts has a psychic link with the head vamp and uses it to bring an end to her plans before humanity is wiped out.

Don't tell everyone but it's on YouTube so I suggest you get your arses over there pronto. ” - evilreincarnated
 
9.
The Keep (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison. (96 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ A controversial choice I know, but I felt there are strong elements of the Vampire mythos, it had to be included.

The Keep is set during WW2 and a small group of Nazi's are sent to occupy a Keep in the heart of the Romanian mountains. Inside they find the walls lined with crosses and unusual architecture (the larger stones of the Keep are on the inside as opposed to the outer wall defences).

During the first night, two of the soldiers come across one of the crosses in the centre of the Keep is made from silver so endeavour to prise it from the wall and steal it but instead unleash an evil force locked away centuries ago by a mysterious man, who now himself has been awakened and hurries toward the Keep to stop the evil from absorbing enough life-force and become a physical and indestructible foe once again.

Although the creature is by no means a vampire in a traditional sense, the location, the crosses and the way the creature feeds are all closely linked to Vampires.

You also have a stellar cast with Jurgen Prochnow, Sir Ian McKellen, Scott Glen and Gabriel Byrne. Oh and an early appearance from cult movie bad guy Bruce Payne, blink and you'll miss him. ” - evilreincarnated
 
10.
Near Dark (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter. (94 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ Whilst I did state this was in no way a top ten list, rather a collection of some good flicks, Near Dark is my all time favourite number one and have left this masterpiece to the end.

This movie is so identical to Twilight, I can't help but think the author must have seen this movie.

We follow young farmer's boy Caleb who, whilst on a night out with the boys, is pushed into asking out an attractive young woman they see down the street helping herself to ice cream.

Caleb eventually offers her a ride home in the hopes of maybe stealing a kiss, but she seems desperate to get home before dawn breaks. He ignores her pleas and end up getting a nip on the neck before she darts out of the car into the night.

He eventually begins to feel sick and tries to head for home but is captured by a group of vampires in a camper van lined in tin foil and so begins an adventure with elements of Horror, Noir, Western and Romance.

I cannot stress enough how this film has everything Twilight has and more, for instance, no twinkly angsty moany vampires and equally annoying love interests.

This film also is one of the only vampire films that never ever mentions the word vampire at all, there are no visible fangs, religious iconography and their only weakness only seems to be Sunlight.

Also all the characters portrayed never divulge any of their personal history only briefly mentioning topics like the Great Chicago Fire and The American Civil War, hinting that they are very old indeed, well each of them from different periods of history at least.

These vampires are also not ones to spout Byron and Shelly and try to get in your knickers, they are filthy, foul and inhumane with possibly the exception being Caleb and Mae.

Spoilers Ahoy Ladles and Jelly-spoons! One of the main if not the main diversion from traditional vampire lore is that there is a means of reversing the effects of vampirism. It's never really explained much like everything else in the film but that's not what is important in the film, it's the relationship between Caleb and Mae that is the only real focus of the movie, the vampires are just an interesting twist in an otherwise fantastic movie.

Oh did I mention it was directed by Katheryn Bigelow too, she of course went on to make Point Break and The Hurt Locker to name a few. ” - evilreincarnated