There are so many vampire movies out there, and it is difficult to pick which ones I think are the best, which is why I have compiled a list of vampires films that I currently like. I have avoided adding movies that include werewolves and other supernatural creatures, simply because I may do another list based on that sub-genre. This list is short, but it includes some new favourites and an old favourite. I believe that all of these should be on every bodies list of must see movies, even if you are not a fan of vampires.
- Only Lovers Left Alive Directed & Written by Jim Jaramusch. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, John Hurt. Vampire couple Adam and Eve reunite after a century apart when Eve learns about her husbands depression with the modern world. Once together again in the seemingly desolate city of Detroit, their centuries old romance is disrupted when Eve’s uncontrollable and wild sister Ava discovers their hideout. This movie is a beautiful art house film, full of philosophical indulgence. The story is slow going, but the slow pace of it fits in so well with the immortal characters that you don’t even really notice the slow progression. The romance between the couple seems like a fairy tale, and you can’t help but feel like you get lost in it. This film if great if you want a believable plot, romance, and something supernatural.
- Blade Directed by Stephen Norrington, Written by David S. Goyer. Starring Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright. Released in 1998, is an action horror that stars Wesley Snipes as Blade, the human-vampire hybrid who hunts vampires. After discovering a plot to raise the blood god La Magra, Blade must race against time to stop the vampires from discovering the key to raising the god who will turn the human race into cattle. The film is a fun comic-book adaptation, with interesting backstories and a mythology that had rarely been seen before. The villain is a power hungry creep, Blade is a samurai sword wielding ass kicker, and his mentor Whistler adds a sense of both gravity and comedy to an action filled plot. What I find most interesting is the hierarchy and history of the vampires. It just makes everything seem more dire and possible.
3. Byzantium Directed by Neil Jordan, Written by Moira Buffini. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Reiley, John Lee Miller. The film follows a vampire mother and daughter who move into run down hotel Byzantium whilst hiding from another group of vampires. The mother Clara, works as a prostitute to provide for them, whilst her daughter Eleanor writes about their history, and falls in love with a young man, Frank. The film has a chilling atmosphere, but focuses more on family than vampirism. The jumps between past and present is sometimes confusing, but it weaves an illustrative tapestry on dealing with the struggle of an ever changing world. The film is often melancholic and dramatic, yet these factors make the vampire story seem refreshing and earnest. The story is a great cross between thriller, mystery and romance, which gives the overall impression of a great Gothic film.