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"And the lion's roar, the lion's roar."

For no particular reason, I think I'll post a list of what I consider the twenty-nine very best vampire films (in no particular order):

01. The Hunger (1983)
02. The Lost Boys (1987)
03. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
04. Vampire's Kiss (1989)
05. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
06. Byzantium (2012)
07. Låt den rätte komma in (2008)
08. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
09. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
10. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
11. Drácula (1931, "Spanish Dracula")
12. The Brides of Dracula (1963)
13. Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)
14. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
15. Stake Land (2010)
16. Vampyr (1932)
17. Fright Night (1985)
18. Vamp (1986)
19. 30 Days of Night (2007)
20. Innocent Blood (1992)
21. Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)
22. Priest (2011)
23. Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1975)
24. The Reflecting Skin (1990)
25. The Addiction (1995)
26. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002)
27. Nadja (1994)
28. Near Dark (1987)
29. From the Dark (2014)

I know, of course, that I left out your personal favorite. That was inevitable. Interestingly, there are no great vampire films from the 1940s and 1950s.*

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No writing yesterday. I read through what there is of "Dead Letter Officer" with Kathryn, and we talked about the problems I'm having with the piece. Not what I'd call a productive day.

“A conglomerate heap of trash, that's what I am. But it burns with a high flame.” ~ Ray Bradbury

Later,
Aunt Beast

* Some would protest that the first Hammer Dracula (1958) should be on this list; I disagree.

Comments

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sovay
Jul. 2nd, 2015 05:30 pm (UTC)
I know, of course, that I left out your personal favorite.

I think you got the ones I really care about.

Interestingly, there are no great vampire films from the 1940s and 1950s.

Are there any? Or was the vampire archetype in eclipse at the time?
greygirlbeast
Jul. 2nd, 2015 06:00 pm (UTC)

Are there any? Or was the vampire archetype in eclipse at the time?

There are a few, including the first Hammer Dracula, which, of course, some would say is great.
sovay
Jul. 2nd, 2015 06:03 pm (UTC)
including the first Hammer Dracula, which, of course, some would say is great.

I should have remembered that: I have seen and enjoyed it, primarily for Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The Brides of Dracula is the one from that series that I love.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 2nd, 2015 06:32 pm (UTC)

Same here. The thing with the windmill at the end, brilliant.
sovay
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:02 pm (UTC)
The thing with the windmill at the end, brilliant.

Yes.

Edited at 2015-07-02 07:02 pm (UTC)
setsuled
Jul. 2nd, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)
Drácula (1931, "Spanish Dracula")

Wow, I would have thought you'd have preferred the Bela Lugosi version. It was my understanding the two films were nearly identical except for the cast and language so I've never sought out the Spanish version. Is it really so superior?

Most of this list I heartily agree with, especially Vampyr and both Nosferatus. I'm surprised anyone likes Pages from a Virgin's Diary though you always did seem to enjoy post modernism more than me. Anyway, I would've included The Vampire Lovers so I'm in no place to judge.

There are a few on the list I've never seen, I look forward to seeing them now.

Did you avoid including films like Lifeforce or Rabid because you were aiming for films about vampires in their purest form?
greygirlbeast
Jul. 2nd, 2015 05:58 pm (UTC)

Wow, I would have thought you'd have preferred the Bela Lugosi version. It was my understanding the two films were nearly identical except for the cast and language so I've never sought out the Spanish version. Is it really so superior?

It really is superior. I have it on VHS. I've always found the Lugosi version too unintentionally silly to enjoy.

Did you avoid including films like Lifeforce or Rabid because you were aiming for films about vampires in their purest form?

No. I thought about both, and I almost chose Rabid.
Mitchell Henson
Jul. 2nd, 2015 06:17 pm (UTC)
I absolutely adore Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In) and the American remake Let Me In. Both films are favorites, though I generally abhor reboots and, especially remakes.
_MissC
Jul. 2nd, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night...
Since this list has given me a whole bunch of vampire movies to see, I thought I'd offer one in return, in case you haven't seen it yet: "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night." (If you have and it didn't make the list, I require no explanations or justifications, though of course you're free to make them and I'd be interested in reading them). It's one that lodged itself in my heart not unlike a stake as soon as I saw it.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night...

"A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night."

I haven't seen it yet.
mamaroximagines
Jul. 2nd, 2015 06:51 pm (UTC)
Excellent list; you hit all of my favorites.

I have a soft spot for "Dracula Has Risen From the Grave" because they showed it at one of my middle school assemblies (around 1974ish), something they would never, ever do these days. Great? No. Fun? Yes.
rushthatspeaks
Jul. 2nd, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
But Hour of the Wolf!

... I suppose technically that's only a vampire movie via interpretation, but.

Apart from that, that list covers all the vampire movies I even vaguely care about.
Marc D. Goldfinger
Jul. 2nd, 2015 09:21 pm (UTC)
The Addiction
I really enjoyed The Addiction, Near Dark, The Lost Boys and both versions of Let The Right One In, which is the LindQvist version, and Let Me In, the american version.

I love The Addiction, unfortunately, I only have it in VHS, and my VHS player blew out so I hardly have any tapes left. I couldn't part with that one but I would send it to a home that has a VHS player.

Ms. Bigelow, who did Near Dark, also did the tense war movie called The Hurt Locker which has nothing to do with vampires except that we, as humans, spread blood throughout the world.
setsuled
Jul. 2nd, 2015 09:53 pm (UTC)
Interestingly, there are no great vampire films from the 1940s and 1950s.

I might advocate Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein which I think is much more about Dracula than it is about Frankenstein's monster. Though maybe you're not including comedies. Did you like The Fearless Vampire Killers or Blood for Dracula?

I'd love to see your list of Frankenstein movies, though I guess there aren't nearly as may of those. Maybe movies that are essentially Frankenstein.



Edited at 2015-07-02 09:54 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Jul. 3rd, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)
I did include a few comedies: The Lost Boys, Innocent Blood, and Vampire's Kiss, namely.

Edited at 2015-07-03 12:48 am (UTC)
setsuled
Jul. 3rd, 2015 01:07 am (UTC)
Ah, okay. I guess I saw Lost Boys as more of an adventure film than a comedy, I haven't seen the other two.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 3rd, 2015 02:55 am (UTC)

I always thought it was a pretty funny film. But, then, I rarely like straight-up comedies.
setsuled
Jul. 3rd, 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
I thought it was pretty funny, too. Making the vampirism a symbol of adolescence and sibling envy was both funny and added to the drama. Corey Feldman's comic shop gang were pretty good too. I do like films that manage to be funny while respecting their own fictional worlds enough to make it seem genuinely threatening to the characters.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 3rd, 2015 06:38 am (UTC)

Ah, the Frog Brothers.
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