Ever since Dracula and Nosferatu first terrified audiences nearly a century ago, the vampire has arguably been the most prominent of all movie monsters. There have been too many incarnations of the bloodsucking menaces to count (Dracula himself has been brought to cinematic life at least 170 times himself, with more surely to come), and so picking only 30 of them to represent the sub-genre as a whole was no easy task.
The vampire movies that we tend to love the most are the exciting ones, the darker ones. The ones that put a welcomed twist on an overly-familiar story, or the ones that just play it straight and give us exactly what we expect from a vampire story. Depends on our mood. Luckily for us, there are more than enough vampire movies to fit any mood, at any given time.
We love vampire flicks. I mean, one of the coolest vampires of all-time is our mascot, so that pretty much goes without saying, but we really do love them. What other movie monster can be so suave and yet so terrifyingly deadly at the same time? *Hannibal Lecter doesn't count.
- We know that to many people, certain vampire classics of the 1920's, 30's, 60's and 70's take precedent over some of the later efforts included here, but as kids of the 80's, movies like Salem's Lot, Fright Night, and The Lost Boys were our vampire classics. In that way, this list will be more subjective than most, at least for us.
- We purposely left many of the Hammer Vampire films (and their 60's/70's ilk) off of this list, for the sake of variety. Had we not, many of the newer and more obscure movies included here would have been discarded, and that would have been bad; for us, variety counts nearly as much as quality itself does, especially when that variety is of high quality in its own right.
- This list, and especially the Top 6 and the Honorable Mentions, could easily be rearranged, more so than any other list we've done so far. So take those "rankings" with a grain of salt, as many of the movies here could easily be moved up and down in position.