So, I just watched LET ME IN last night and I have to say that I honestly would rank it as my top favorite vampire movie of all time. That’s pretty amazing really because the vampire aspect of this film isn’t a big part of it. Rather, the biggest impact is the friendship or love that is formed between the lead character and his new found vampire friend. It got me thinking though, if I liked this so much, what would I rate as my other top favorite vampire movies? So I compiled a short top 5 list of my favorite vampire movies… [hr style=”striped”]
Number 1: Let Me In
(picture for this one was the one above) Honestly I didn’t think that I would like this movie as much as I did. It started off by throwing you into a situation without explaining anything. You have to have patience while watching this movie and let it capture you. The main character of this movie is a little boy that you can’t help but really feel a compassion for. He is obviously not popular, constantly harrassed by a bully, has no friends, and is somewhat odd in his own right. Then we have the little girl who is the vampire (that doesn’t ruin anything – it’s obvious) and her acting is so top notch the entire film. I don’t want to ruin any of these movies for you but if you haven’t seen Let Me In … you really need to. It’s probably going to be listed as a horror movie because of people dying and it involving vampires but it really has no “horror” in it what so ever. It’s a clever thriller with very few “jump” parts to it. It’s a very good study of character and the bond that can form between two individuals without knowing much at all. SEE IT.[hr style=”dotted”]
Number 2: Interview with a Vampire
I’m sure plenty of people have seen this movie by now. It’s been played on TV many times over and it’s a fairly popular movie all together. It stars Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, a very young Kirsten Dunst and even Antonio Banderas. The film is based off a very popular series of stories by Anne Rice … a lady who loves writing about vampires. Anyways, Brad Pitt’s character is turned into a vampire and then struggles to come to grips with what it means to be a vampire and what that kind of life is like. Tom Cruise is the charming LeStat who tries to co-exist with Brad’s character and tries to push him to accept his new found life. There is a lot going on in this movie and it goes deep into depth of the lives that vampires lead. It’s told from Brad Pitt’s character’s point of view the entire time, almost as if it is a narration of sorts. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes vampire stuff.[hr style=”dotted”]
Number 3: Underworld
Underworld is a movie that surprised a lot of people I think, myself included. I went to the theater with less than high hopes for this movie and came out very impressed and surprised and wanting more! It had everything…a hot lead actress who not only was pretty but could actually pull off an action role, it had vampires and werewolves facing off against each other but in a very savvy way, it was dark and original and just plain fun. It was a very interesting twist that was put on the lore of vampires. While staying true to the same rules that typically apply, it was able to create something original as far as the age old story of the vampires and werewolves go. It was also a very impressive action movie with CG and special effects that were not too over the top but rather perfect for what the film was.
Number4: Bram Stoker’s Dracula
I’m sure that there are plenty of you out there that haven’t actually seen this movie. Hell you might not have seen hardly any of the films I’ve mentioned thus far. This movie however is adapted from Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel … a story that is an account of the ever so popular vampire of all time, Dracula himself.Â A young lawyer is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror trying to eventually get to the lawyer’s wife. It seems simple enough and pretty straight forward – and it is. If you are looking for a classic vampire movie without it being super old and in black and white then rent this one.
Number 5: Blade 2
You must first understand that Blade is a marvel comic character. So naturally this is not going to be a typical vampire movie. Though it does have everything you would expect from one, action, suspense, ass-kicking, special effects, and yes lots of vampires. This particular movie is the 2nd film of a trilogy. Blade 2 was directed by one of my favorite directors Guillermo del Toro and it’s obvious that because of him it was the most popular of the three. The story is better, the action is better, and the special effects are better. Granted the third movie introduced Dracula, Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel, but the story and overall movie wasn’t near as good as the 2nd one. I would say it’s one of my more guilty pleasure movies of the list, but honestly it’s a lot of fun. I would dare to say it’s probably Weslely Snipes’ best movie to date.[hr style=”dotted”]
So that’s my list. I would love to see some of your comments on these movies as well as other vampire movies that you enjoy…and no, I don’t want to hear how Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse are some of the best vampire movies out there – because they aren’t. No, I would really like to see some suggestions on some other vampire movies out there that I might not have seen yet. I’ve seen quite a few, vampire movies just seem to be a popular genre for me.