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megimoo
07-07-2009, 10:46 AM
Why do we love vampire movies so much?

Vampires are essentially pale, scary-looking monsters who dress in black and drain the life-force out of anyone who crosses their path. Maybe Hollywood should make a movie about emo lawyers or tax inspectors. Should go down a scream at the box office.

Anyway, the point is we love vampires. Can’t get enough of them.

They can be sexy (Queen of the Damned, Twilight, From Dusk Till Dawn), funny (Lost Boys, Fearless Vampire Killers), scary (Nosferatu) and, of course, plain ridiculous (that’ll be Twilight again, Blacula, Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter).

But which vampire film has the most bite? Well, taking into account that Twilight 2 has got teenage girls all around the world frothing at the mouth, we have decided to come up with some real vampire movies worth seeing.
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26:The Night Stalker (1972 original)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2H3xuhkZuY&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ehecklerspray%2Ecom%2Ftop%2 D26%2Dvampire%2Dmovies%2F200936614%2Ephp&feature=player_embedded
http://www.hecklerspray.com/top-26-vampire-movies/200936614.php
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25. Blood for Dracula (1974)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjqD3aLnPrY&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ehecklerspray%2Ecom%2Ftop%2 D26%2Dvampire%2Dmovies%2F200936614%2Ephp&feature=player_embedded
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24:The Hunger (1983)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJJ_6EozfmI&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ehecklerspray%2Ecom%2Ftop%2 D26%2Dvampire%2Dmovies%2F200936614%2Ephp&feature=player_embedded
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23. Dracula (1931)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nfmh178L98&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ehecklerspray%2Ecom%2Ftop%2 D26%2Dvampire%2Dmovies%2F200936614%2Ephp&feature=player_embedded
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http://www.hecklerspray.com/top-26-vampire-movies/200936614.php

patriot45
07-07-2009, 11:33 AM
My favorites were Queen of the damned, the soundtrack was killer! Lost Boys, had the 2 coreys in it!
And I like Salems Lot.

djones520
07-07-2009, 11:35 AM
Queen of the Damned was horrible. I might have enjoyed it if I had never read the book.

I'd say one of my favorites was Blade (the first, not the follow ons).

linda22003
07-07-2009, 11:35 AM
The original "Nosferatu" still has the most monstrous vampire, and some very creepy effects in the camera work. I watch it every Halloween!
http://www.movieforum.com/features/festivals/tiff01/images/nosferatu/nosferatu.jpg

Rebel Yell
07-07-2009, 11:40 AM
The original "Nosferatu" still has the most monstrous vampire, and some very creepy effects in the camera work. I watch it every Halloween!
http://www.movieforum.com/features/festivals/tiff01/images/nosferatu/nosferatu.jpg

How did I know you'd name one from your childhood?:D:eek:

linda22003
07-07-2009, 11:46 AM
That one is even on the early side for my father's childhood! :) Really, it's a shame that silent films are ignored these days. The acting styles are totally different than in sound films, much closer to stage work. We saw Douglas Fairbanks in "The Black Pirate" the other night, and that's a real swashbuckler (and Doug did all of his own stunt work!).

patriot45
07-07-2009, 11:46 AM
Queen of the Damned was horrible. I might have enjoyed it if I had never read the book.

I'd say one of my favorites was Blade (the first, not the follow ons).

I forgot about Blade, the first one was the best of the three.
I never read Queen of the damned and thought it was good, the sound track was the highlight, written by Jon Davis of Korn.

djones520
07-07-2009, 11:48 AM
I forgot about Blade, the first one was the best of the three.
I never read Queen of the damned and thought it was good, the sound track was the highlight, written by Jon Davis of Korn.

If you want to keep liking it, don't read the book (or books, cause the movie was a bastardized offspring of The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned).

The majority of her novels are pretty good, but some of them are a little over the top. The one about Armand had a bit to much man boy love for my tastes.

noonwitch
07-07-2009, 11:58 AM
Queen Of The Damned had a lot of problems due to the death of Aliyah before production was completed. She was perfectly cast, though, looks-wise. Depsite changing certain things from the book, I liked the way Marius was portrayed in the movie.

I liked Interview With The Vampire because I expected Tom Cruise to be really bad in the role of Lestat, and was pleasantly surprised by his pretty good performance.

I really liked Bram Stroker's Dracula with Gary Oldman as the Count and Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing. The rest of the roles didn't really matter, those two were terrific. The movie was beautifully filmed, too-the sets and costumes were perfect.

djones520
07-07-2009, 12:01 PM
Queen Of The Damned had a lot of problems due to the death of Aliyah before production was completed. She was perfectly cast, though, looks-wise. Depsite changing certain things from the book, I liked the way Marius was portrayed in the movie.

I liked Interview With The Vampire because I expected Tom Cruise to be really bad in the role of Lestat, and was pleasantly surprised by his pretty good performance.

I really liked Bram Stroker's Dracula with Gary Oldman as the Count and Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing. The rest of the roles didn't really matter, those two were terrific. The movie was beautifully filmed, too-the sets and costumes were perfect.

Marius wasn't that perfect of a match. He had long blond hair, but in the movie he had short brown hair. Demeanor wise, he was alright I guess, but I'm a huge stickler about making sure you at least get physical aspects right when your making a movie of a book.

Gingersnap
07-07-2009, 12:30 PM
The original "Nosferatu" still has the most monstrous vampire, and some very creepy effects in the camera work. I watch it every Halloween!

The sets and lighting effects are amazing in that film. What I also like about it is the fact that the vampire is much closer to traditional depictions of vampire throughout Europe. The creature is truly monstrous and evil; there's none of this sexy-danger ambivalence that we are so familiar with today.

linda22003
07-07-2009, 12:33 PM
The sets and lighting effects are amazing in that film. What I also like about it is the fact that the vampire is much closer to traditional depictions of vampire throughout Europe. The creature is truly monstrous and evil; there's none of this sexy-danger ambivalence that we are so familiar with today.

Exactly. Think of the ghostly way the carriage moves, picking up Jonathan Harker at the crossroads. To me the single creepiest moment is the way he jacknifes out of his coffin aboard the ship carrying him to England.

And no, he was not a dapper gentleman; more of a large, horrible rat.

http://www.buzzbishop.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/nosferatu.jpg

Texas Terrier
07-07-2009, 01:06 PM
Dracula was a classic...about one of the only good movies Bela Lugosi was in (unless you like cheesy Ed Wood Movies).

I'm not a Brad Pitt fan, but Interview With the Vampire was better then The Lost Boys if you ask me.

Someone gave me a collection of old horror movies as a joke. You know it's bad when they are movies Mystery Science Theater 3000 used for their shows.

Link to the collection of old horror movies (http://www.amazon.com/Horror-Classics-Movie-Pack-Collection/dp/B0001HAGTM)

noonwitch
07-07-2009, 01:14 PM
Marius wasn't that perfect of a match. He had long blond hair, but in the movie he had short brown hair. Demeanor wise, he was alright I guess, but I'm a huge stickler about making sure you at least get physical aspects right when your making a movie of a book.


I can't remember if she was thinking of Marius or Lestat, but AR always wanted Rutger Hower in one of those roles. Unfortunately, by the time the movies got made, he was too old to play either part. Cruise was pushing it.

djones520
07-07-2009, 01:29 PM
I can't remember if she was thinking of Marius or Lestat, but AR always wanted Rutger Hower in one of those roles. Unfortunately, by the time the movies got made, he was too old to play either part. Cruise was pushing it.

He woulda been better for Marius, but to old for the role. Yeah, Marius was 40 when he was turned, but it would required some serious make up to get all them wrinkles taken care of.

patriot45
07-07-2009, 01:53 PM
Exactly. Think of the ghostly way the carriage moves, picking up Jonathan Harker at the crossroads. To me the single creepiest moment is the way he jacknifes out of his coffin aboard the ship carrying him to England.

And no, he was not a dapper gentleman; more of a large, horrible rat.

http://www.buzzbishop.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/nosferatu.jpg

The one in Salems Lot wasn't too pretty either!

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i230/patriot45270/vampyre.jpg

Gingersnap
07-07-2009, 01:53 PM
I can't remember if she was thinking of Marius or Lestat, but AR always wanted Rutger Hower in one of those roles. Unfortunately, by the time the movies got made, he was too old to play either part. Cruise was pushing it.

She wanted Hauer for Lestat and he would have been perfect if she could have written faster.

linda22003
07-07-2009, 01:59 PM
Patriot45, as you can see the Salem's Lot one was a direct derivation of the "Nosferatu" one. I have fond memories of Salem's Lot.
In 1979, Klaus Kinski and Isabelle Adjani were in a faithful remake of "Nosferatu"; Kinski didn't need much makeup. ;)

http://www.artic.edu/webspaces/siskelfilmcenter/2007/february/i/2/nosferatu_02.jpg

megimoo
07-07-2009, 02:00 PM
I can't remember if she was thinking of Marius or Lestat, but AR always wanted Rutger Hower in one of those roles. Unfortunately, by the time the movies got made, he was too old to play either part. Cruise was pushing it.
Before DRACULA came CARMILLA A Strange Agony The exquisite and deadly vampire Carmilla haunts J. Sheridan LeFanu?s influential novel. A Gothic tale of blood and terror, Carmilla inspired later classics by Bram Stoker and Robert Louis Stevenson, ever shadowed by a love that dare not say its name.

"The Best Ghost Stories of J. S. LeFanu."

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~pardos/ArchiveLeFanu.html

Every Halloween I like to re-read the first 4 chapters of "Dracula." Those 4 chapters create the greatest vampire story ever written. However after the first 4 chapters Bram Stoker's epistilary style bogs down, becomes tiring and very out of date. Thirty years ago I discovered LeFanu's novelette, "Carmilla" and found the best vampire story that can be read.

Carmilla was written over 130 years ago but still bears the marks of a stylish and well crafted story. LeFanu, an Irish writer, created a cursed family whose vamire descendant preys on two modern (for the 19th century) families.

The story is rich in atmosphere and is filled with the vampire trappings that Bram Stoker later wove into Dracula. But the best feature of Carmilla is similar to the best feature of Dracula---they both create really evil vampire figures. But there is a complexity to Carmilla that has been argued by readers for 130 years. Is there a lesbian touch to Carmilla or is it a straight (no pun) forward vampire story? LeFanu teases the reader with a story that must have thrilled the Victorian world that first read Carmilla.

I must say that if I were going out to buy Carmilla I would turn to the Dover publication of, "The Best Ghost Stories of J. S. LeFanu." The Dover edition has several other ghost stories by LeFanu and Carmilla has some of the original illustrations that appeared in British periodicals.

If your taste is for vampire stories Carmilla, like the first 4 chapters of Dracula, is a great horror reading. Both show us powerful vampire villians. Both build to wonderful horror climaxes. Both show us that you have to be Irish to create a great vampire story. Halloween is always coming.

megimoo
07-07-2009, 02:44 PM
CARMILLA by J. Sheridan LeFanu
(1872)

PROLOGUE
Upon a paper attached to the Narrative which follows, Doctor Hesselius has written a rather elaborate note, which he accompanies with a reference to his Essay on the strange subject which the MS. illuminates.

This mysterious subject he treats, in that Essay, with his usual learning and acumen, and with remarkable directness and condensation. It will form but one volume of the series of that extraordinary man’s collected papers.

As I publish the case, in this volume, simply to interest the “laity,” I shall forestall the intelligent lady, who relates it, in nothing; and after due consideration, I have determined, therefore, to abstain from presenting any precis of the learned Doctor’s reasoning, or extract from his statement on a subject which he describes as “involving, not improbably, some of the profoundest arcana of our dual existence, and its intermediates.”

I was anxious on discovering this paper, to reopen the correspondence commenced by Doctor Hesselius, so many years before, with a person so clever and careful as his informant seems to have been. Much to my regret, however, I found that she had died in the interval.

She, probably, could have added little to the Narrative which she communicates in the following pages, with, so far as I can pronounce, such conscientious particularity.

Chapter One An Early Fright
Chapter Two A Guest
Chapter Three We Compare Notes
Chapter Four Her Habits -- A Saunter
Chapter Five A Wonderful Likeness
Chapter Six A Very Strange Agony
Chapter Seven Descending
Chapter Eight Search
Chapter Nine The Doctor
Chapter Ten Bereaved
Chapter Eleven The Story
Chapter Twelve A Petition
Chapter Thirteen The Woodman
Chapter Fourteen The Meeting
Chapter Fifteen Ordeal and Execution
Chapter Sixteen Conclusion



http://www.sff.net/people/Doylemacdonald/l_carmil.htm

jediab
07-07-2009, 02:48 PM
I can't believe that Fright Night and Fright Night 2 aren't in that list. It was Fright Night that got me into vampire movies. It was awesome!

Shannon
07-07-2009, 06:53 PM
And I like Salems Lot.

Are you talking about the 70's one? That was TERRIBLE! The book scared me half to death. I rented the movie and barely got through it.

The Lost Boys was great because it had my future husband in it.:D But it was just a "fun" vampire movie.

Bubba Dawg
07-07-2009, 08:43 PM
Okay, try again....dang red X

Best vampire movie ever...

From Dusk Til Dawn....


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_1KkfWiQuAAY/SADgIQChmvI/AAAAAAAAAMY/7NUcgZJwh9E/s400/From_Dusk_till_dawn_shot.jpg

Shannon
07-07-2009, 08:45 PM
Best Vampire Movie Ever....

http://www.impawards.com/1996/posters/from_dusk_till_dawn_ver1.jpg

Ahh, yes. The Red X. It is so unappreciated.

Bubba Dawg
07-07-2009, 08:49 PM
And the best dance by a vampire with an albino snake....

http://wpcontent.answers.com/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/66/FromDuskTilDawnDance.jpg/230px-FromDuskTilDawnDance.jpg

Bubba Dawg
07-07-2009, 08:57 PM
Ahh, yes. The Red X. It is so unappreciated.

You are a fiend....:eek:

megimoo
07-07-2009, 09:16 PM
Black Sunday (1960)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n2At1J0tko
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Interview With The Italian Vampire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZv7eMlzqPY&feature=related
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Love at First Bite
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6esXgd_e1c
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Dracula in Harlem
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26YzOGOPu_8&feature=related
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Brides of Dracula
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i52_E1N15g&feature=related

Gingersnap
07-08-2009, 10:03 AM
"Near Dark" was a good one. I loved the idea of American vampires kicking around the back roads and relying on duct tape and foil to preserve their unnatural lives. :D

megimoo
07-08-2009, 10:12 AM
"Near Dark" was a good one. I loved the idea of American vampires kicking around the back roads and relying on duct tape and foil to preserve their unnatural lives. :D

Near dark
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JDxlZAn9AQ
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Near dark part1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nImxQaQ5Inw&feature=related
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Near dark part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOLQcAqP6T4&feature=related
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Near dark part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44Gjr34drrY&feature=related
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Rebel Yell
07-08-2009, 10:16 AM
30 Days of Night was a good one, too.

Gingersnap
07-08-2009, 10:41 AM
30 Days of Night was a good one, too.

I liked the vampires in that one but the plot was too unrealistic for me. Unrealistic within the vampire genre, I mean.

Rebel Yell
07-08-2009, 11:45 AM
I liked the vampires in that one but the plot was too unrealistic for me. Unrealistic within the vampire genre, I mean.

Still entertaining. The ending was silly, though.