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The end we thought would never come has finally arrived! This weekend marks the premiere of Breaking Dawn Part 2, the final installment of the polarizing Twilight Saga. Many will cry as they say goodbye to their beloved characters, while many more will breath a great sigh of relief.
Even if you do like the Twilight movies, you cannot argue that they are a great portrayal of vampires. In mythology, vampires are arguably the most fascinating, bloodthirsty creatures yet Edward and his Cullen family simply look angry a lot and dress well. In honor of all the vampire movies that get overlooked time and time again, I am here to give you all the best, most bloody vampires to ever grace the silver screen!
Here we go:
Even with all its over the top antics, Fright Night can still be taken more seriously than the Twilight movies. Chris Sarandon plays this sadistic vampire that begins to terrorize his teenage neighbor once the boy begins to suspect that Dandrige is a vampire. This 1985 cult classic shows how to really do a horror comedy. We get plenty of good laughs, but there is a definite eeriness to this movie that keeps us on edge. Colin Ferrel reprised the role in the 2011 remake, but even with his great talent he doesn’t bring quite the same energy to the role as Sarandon.
Who said little kids can’t be scary? Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise were the big stars leading this vampire flick, but it was young Kirsten Dunst that stole the show for her portrayal of the ill-fated Claudia. She becomes a child of sorts to Louis (Pitt) and Lestat (Cruise) and they quickly pick up on her strong instinct to kill. This young girl may be a pretty face but she is no damsel in distress! Take that Bella Swan! Dunst’s performance was praised by many and she even went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination for it.
Who better to bring one of the most celebrated literary figures to life than screen legend Gary Oldman? After seeing Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 film any small amount of doubt to that question quickly faded. Still to this day I ponder how Oldman never got a Oscar nomination for fiendishly superb performance. Oh, and if you need any back story on Dracula then I demand that you crawl out of your cave and read a book!
In case you need any convincing of the greatness, check this clip out but please ignore Keanu Reeves:
Here we have our second young woman of the group! Lina Leanderssonn plays Eli, a young vampire who forms an interesting bond with her neighbor, Oskar. Whether or not their relationship is romantic in any way remains unclear, yet it is clear that Eli will stop at nothing to make sure Oskar is safe. Let the Right One In has become one of the most praised films of the past decade and proves that creative films are alive and well, particularly at the international markets.
Little side note: Notice that both scary female vampires mentioned are children while nearly all the other female vampires are not portrayed as scary but rather used as sex appeal. It’s very peculiar.
An unofficial adaptation of the Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This 1922 film came about during the German Expressionist movement which creates this surreal eeriness to it. Max Schreck plays the title role and he pulled it off so well that many suspected that he, himself, was a vampire. The claims are not so farfetched as Schreck appeared quite similar in real life as he did in the film. While you may not think a horror movie from 1922 is scary, think again! This is one of the greatest horror films ever made and still gives me goosebumps in 2012.
There you have it! Each of these vampires and films are better than the atrocities depicted in the unintentionally hilarious Twilight Saga. If you disagree, please let me know in the comments below. Happy movie going!