No glitter skin on this list.

OK I admit, I haven’t seen every vampire movie. I haven’t even seen Nosferatu or Only Lovers Left Alive. So you should probably take this list with a grain of salt – or maybe I should just call it “The 5 Greatest Vampire Movies Sam Johns Has Seen”. That doesn’t have as much of a ring to it, though. Anyway, I think I’ve seen enough that I can at least make a decent list (spoiler alert: Twilight isn’t on it).

5. The Hunger

the hunger
Stylish, sexy, and violent, this is everything you could want from a vampire movie. It’s almost perfect up until the end, which is kind of out of left field. Even still, it’s an interesting take on vampires.

Also, David Bowie was put on this Earth to play a vampire. Maybe he actually is one? It’s hard to say. Catherine Deneuve is pretty good, too.

The trailer is terrible, but I’ll include it here anyway:


4. The Lost Boys

the lost boys
Vampirism has pretty much always been a metaphor for something. Here, it’s applied to something new: 80s-style punks / hooligans. That’s such a brilliant twist. It’s hard to believe Joel Schumacher, the same guy who made Batman & Robin, directed this.


3. Fright Night (2011)

This movie is criminally underrated. Colin Farrell, playing the first vampire I was afraid of in a long time, is great, and so is the always-amazing David Tennant. But the real strength is in the script, which is goddamn brilliant. That makes sense, considering it was written by Marti Noxon, a former head writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

And yes, I’m aware that this is a remake. I’ve tried watching the original, but I couldn’t get through it. This version is much better.


2. Let The Right One In

let the right one in
This movie gets a lot of hype, and it deserves it. The setting is totally unique and eerie. (Plus, it makes sense that vampires would thrive in a cold climate, with minimal sunshine during the winter.)

This movie puts its art first, and genre second. That’s a radical move. Even if you hate the slow pacing and limited action, you have to respect that.


1. Bram Stoker’s Dracula


There have been so many adaptations of Dracula, but thank god Francis Ford Coppola decided to do one, and do it right. This is a movie that simply needed to exist. Can you imagine a world without it? I can’t.

Do you agree or disagree? Is there any movie you think I missed, or that I should watch? Let me know in the comments.