The vampire myth has pervaded nearly every culture throughout history, from Sri Lanka to ancient Greece. The legend emerged to explain the unexplained deaths caused by diseases, but it blamed the deaths on a terrifying creature of the night.
Vampire movies have fallen out of favor as of this writing. But that doesn’t rule out a comeback in the near future. Allow them to serve as motivation for you to pursue the grim, gruesome horror project you’ve been mulling over in your head.
Buffy, The Vampire Slayer
The 1992 film Buffy, The Vampire Slayer isn’t quite up to par with the eventual TV series, but it’s still a lot of fun. It follows the same plot lines as the film, with Buffy merely wishing to finish high school and not waste her spare time battling vampires. While the second half of the film falls apart, Joss Whedon’s script elevates it to campy, self-aware entertainment.
Byzantium is a one-of-a-kind vampire tale about a mother and daughter fleeing to a small Irish town for safety. It’s undoubtedly one of the more fashionable vampire films. It’s just a shame the script doesn’t match the visuals. Still, it’s bloody stunning to look at if you don’t mind a few pointless sequences.
30 days of night
The film 30 Days of Night gets bonus points for being set in a small Alaskan town where the sun won’t shine for another month. It’s only natural for vampires to appear. The vampires are nothing more than bloodsucking monsters with no real meaning or symbolism, and the human characters suffer from the same issue. There’s a lot of promise here, but the way you want it to, it never quite works out
Before Spider-Man or the X-Men, Marvel made a big splash on the big screen with Sword. Blade isn’t watched for the plot. You wait and see Wesley Snipes deliver badass one-liners as the zombies spill copious quantities of gore. It’s an enjoyable horror/action hybrid with a simple target in mind that it achieves.
Blacula is probably the first film that comes to mind when you think of the blaxploitation period in the 1970s, if only because of the title. Even though the film has flaws, it still manages to be more than it deserves to be. It tells the story of an African prince who fell victim to Dracula’s bite and was transported to modern-day Los Angeles over the ages. Although there are serious moral issues at its heart, you shouldn’t watch it with overly PC people.