Ever since the original vampire 'Nosferatu' graced our screens many years ago, actors, producers and studios have teamed up annually, to give us plenty of vampy action! From horrifying, action-filled, original, and more classics. So if you're into this particular kind of fiends, check out the list below.
1) '30 Days Of Night'. One of my personal favourites, starring Melissa George and Josh Hartnett, both of which are sensationally talented actors. In a small Alaskan town, a natural phenomenon occurs where there is actually 30 days of night. Most head to visit family friends during this time, or stay inside. Because roaming around in the dark can be dangerous. Especially when it's dark all day for thirty days. Oh and then there is the faction of blood-thirsty vampires! These vampires, in my opinion, are the scariest I have come across. The prosthetics, foreign language, and super strength. A great vamp flick, undeniably.
2) 'Dracula 2000'. Moving on, we go back a few years to one of my first vampire movies. I can still watch this today and get the chills from the vampires. They are slimy, creepy and very strange. Gerard Butler plays the role of Dracula in this, and does a mighty job. In this movie, Abraham Van Helsing, who has a history with Count Dracula, discovers a group of antique thieves have broken into his storage and stolen a coffin in hopes that it holds great wealth. It is his responsibility to go and seek out his daughter as she is the first person Dracula will seek out if he becomes whole again. But will he make it in time?
3) 'Underworld'. An action-packed vampire movie revolving around a feud with werewolves. Kate Beckinsale stars, hacking, slashing and defending her kind. Less scary and more adrenaline-packed with epic fight scenes, and family-based storyline as two different breeds of monsters go head-to-head!
4) 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'. Some may argue that this is a cheesy, horrid movie. But it is one of my guilty pleasures. I love this movie. Kristy Swanson plays a young teenage girl who deals with boys and school during the day, and vampires by night. She comes from a long line of women who are endowed with supernatural strength to battle all forms of evil. It is a little campy and more funny than creepy, but that doesn't distract from it being a good watch. Then we can't forget, if it wasn't for this movie we wouldn't have been blessed with the incredible TV show starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. So we owe a lot to this movie!
5) 'Interview with a vampire'. Most will know this one, starring Brad Pitt & Tom Cruise. A vampire tells his epic life story. His loves, losses, betrayals, solidary existance that comes with being a creature of the night, and the relentless hunger that he cannot control. A great vampire flick and an instant classic in my eyes.
6)'The Lost Boys'. Come on, who hasn't seen this? Horror/vampire fan or not, it's an all-around great movie. Two young boys are relocated with their mother to a strange town. But it's about to get a hell of a lot stranger when the older boy becomes enthralled with a girl who happens to be in involved with a group of even stranger people. They can morph into bats, fly, and seem to be oddly strong. Oh, and they have fangs and drink blood. Another classic with a great soundtrack!
7) 'Blade'. Another action/horror movie starring Wesley Snipes. He obliterates hoards of bloodsuckers, while being one himself. Whopping stunts, comedy, and interesting storyline. This did well and went on for two more movies, even luring in Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel into the third one.
8) 'Fright Night'. Classic or remake, you can't go wrong. A guy tries to expose the existence of a vampire who has moved in next door. I love the original for the melodramatic effects and truly eerie vampires, along with that awesome soundtrack. Yet the remake, with Colin Farrell, has a different vibe. Farrell does an enviable job of playing the vampire next door. I'd personally watch both if you somehow haven't seen either.
9) 'Van Helsing'. Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale team up in this terrific vampire film. With the addition of werewolves and other creations. This is more action orientated, yet the vampires are still creepy. Dracula has a plan to take over the world in a rather impressive way. It is Van Helsing's responsibility to stop this plan, with his team of course.
10) 'Daybreakers'. It's 2019, a deadly plague has transformed almost everyone into vampires. With blood supplies low, and desperation increasing, the vampires need to find a way to yield more of that juicy plasma. Meanwhile, a researcher is in league with a group of 'good' vamps, in an attempt to save humankind. An intriguing concept for the future, pushing out the zombie infection as the plague that is apparently going to happen according to hundreds of movies. This explores what would happen if we fell victim to a disease that mutates us into bloodsuckers. Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining.
I know, I know, I am late to the party. 'True Blood' is an epic supernatural series that ran from 2008 - 2014, produced by HBO, that I recently binge-watched. And boy am I glad I did! This show is brilliant for so many reasons.
This show is set in a time where vampires don't just live in our nightmares but in our world. They are a part of society. They have officially come out....of the coffin.
Some are humane and just want to be treated with dignity and respect, which is known as 'mainstreaming', complete with drinking a blood-substitute drunk called Tru-Blood. While others are vicious creatures that want to take control and destroy humans.
We explore new rules, both in society and vampire abilities as well as weaknesses. Both are intriguing and unsettling. Vampires are fighting for equal rights, facing oppositions from a cult of vampire-haters known as the Church of the Sun. They are you typical bigoted, small-minded, hateful, dumb cult determined to exterminate all vampires.
And vampires themselves, have their own laws and regulations, doled out by sheriffs of counties and states. Killing humans and other legions of the undead have consequences.
But vampires aren't the only creatures that make appearances. We see werewolves, shifters, gods, and more! Each season brings a terrifying and superb new threat to a small town in Louisana. In the end, despite their initial resistance, they realize vampires are the least of their concerns, especially when all hell breaks loose.
In this brave new world, we follow Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress with a rather peculiar ability. We grow attached to this blonde lady as she falls in love with a vampire and repeatedly throws herself in harm's way to protect him and the townspeople. She is loving, kind, open-minded, spiritual, and unbelievably brave.
Let's not forget passion! If nudity and sex scenes offend you, I'd give this a miss. Jason Stackhouse, Sookie's brother, is a player, flashing flesh while sexing women more often than showering. But he's not the only man who regularly exposes himself, or woman for that matter, love, romance, and naughtiness are this town's bread and butter. Sweating, panting, and bed-banging are the background music to the show. But it's not just sex for the sake of it, these scenes of lust are suited to each character and their relationship/s.
While I have never personally visited Louisana, I feel this show perfectly depicts the type of people that would inhabit a small southern town in the United States. You'd have the bigots, religious folk, genuinely kind people, crazy people, gossipers, normal citizens, hard workers, and on and on. This cast of quirky characters are extremely entertaining to watch and partly drive the show, they bring a sense of normality to break from the supernatural craziness.
But wait, this is a horror show, right? There'd better be gore! Well, you're in luck, there is. From pints of blood, cannibalism, graphic scenes of violence, and moments so gross you can't practically smell the stench of rot and decay, aided by remarkable acting.
There isn't a weak link in the entire cast. From do-gooder Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), man-whore Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten), passionate vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), hilarious chef Lafayette (Nelson Ellis), anger-fuelled Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), honourable bar owner Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), complex good / bad vamp Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and others, they bring commitment to each role, spellbinding us in their performances as their characters develop and darken.
Breath-taking. Shocking. Scary. Tense. Addictive. Rule-breaking. Unique. Genre-barrier-exploding.
For those who love gore, death, monsters, unconventional romances, hilarious yet annoying townsfolk, unbelievable twists, and turns, I'd heed you to get started on this amazing show. A Little tip, it's on Amazon Prime! Or you can purchase the DVDs or Blu-rays.
Whatever the case, get on it!
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