Help me find some GOOD Vampire movies

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  1. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    And I don't necessarily mean "scary" or "creepy" so much as good in whatever way that can be defined. I'm looking for well acted, well conceptualized, interestingly photographed, something that is character driven or puts a twist on the vampire genre... Something that is notable for whatever reason (and please post your reasons)...

    Of course big budget epic-scale pieces like "Interview With A Vampire" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" would probably make the list-- and I don't think any list would be complete without "THE LOST BOYS"--

    But I'm hoping to find some of the more obscure movies with vampire related content that are character driven and not the campy and cheesy saturday matinee pieces.

    So you guys tell me- what are the classics and the import pieces in the topic of vampire movies, starting with - I would assume- Nosferatu.

    -Vince
     
  2. David Forbes

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    Near Dark if you can find a copy anywhere. Not sure if this has ever been released on DVD.
     
  3. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    This Near Dark?

    Any specific thing that makes it good? I'd love to get your thoughts...

    I was thinking about picking up "Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter" based upon the DVD review in the software section (and the promise of finding it in the $5.88 bin at walmart)-- would anyone rank this in the higher end of vampire movies? I'm also tempted because the commentary has a specialist in the Vampire Genre- I'm wondering if this would turn me on to some new titles.

    -Vince
     
  4. Michael Reuben

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    Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce. Make sure you get the unedited version, which I believe is the only version available on DVD. Despite some cheesy effects in the latter half of the film, its first half is genuinely creepy. And the film has the distinction of melding science fiction (of a sort) with the traditional horror genre (in this version, vampires are predators from space).

    Bram Stoker's Dracula, directed by Coppola, is a fun, if overly long, recreation of the classic vampire myth. Everything about it is over-the-top, from the costumes to the set design to the acting. Wonderful effects, many of them done "in camera", and an atmospheric score.

    M.
     
  5. MartinTeller

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    Definitely check out Nosferatu... both the Murnau original and the Herzog remake. Also Martin and The Hunger are very unique. I'll throw in my vote for Near Dark too.
     
  6. Larry Talbot

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    Don't you mean "Bram Stoker's Draaah-coo-la," Michael? I seem to remember Gary Oldman pronouncing his name in the movie that way...No disrespect intended, but I have to disagree with this recommendation. Oldman with his silly accent and purple tinted sunglasses seemed far more foppish than frightening to me. I think Stoker would be turning over in his grave to see what "his" Dracula looked like on the big screen. You're right about the "over-the-top" aspects, I think they were just a little TOO over-the-top for me.
    I'll second Lifeforce though, in part for the cool special effects and the stunningly beautiful lead vampire and her frequent fullbody nude scenes...
    My picks would be Martin, directed by George Romero, and Habit, directed by Larry Fessenden. You said you wanted charachter driven movies, Vince, well that's exactly what you'll get from these two. Martin is about a 16-year-old may-be-a-Vampire (it's kind of up in the air on whether he is or isn't) living in Pittsburgh. Habit is a little harder to describe, except to say it compares the vampire mythos to obsessive relationships, but that doesn't really do it justice...Director Fessenden is a real oddity: an independent, intelligent, "artsy" filmaker who works almost exclusively in the horror genre. Very unusual. Both of these films feature unique stories based primarily on character development rather than action or special effects, though Martin in particular does have its share of gore.

    Damn, Martin, you beat me to it! Just saw your post after I posted this...
     
  7. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    A couple of classics besides Nosferatu are:

    ·Vampyr, a silent film directed by Carl Dreyer. This is not a particularly easy film to watch as the POV shifts quite a bit, something unexpected for the time—overall not a straight narrative story. A work by a master director.
    ·Drácula, the 1931 Spanish version. Made at the same time, using the same sets and mostly the same screenplay as the more well known English language version with Bela Lugosi. This version stars Carols Villarías as the Count (Conde) and Lupita Tovar as Eva. I actually find this more satisfying, as the ending is far superior to the other version.
     
  8. Brook K

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    I 2nd Vampyr, Martin, and Habit. I know I rate it much higher than most, but I think Habit is one of the best horror films of the last 10 years.

    Another I recommend is Blood For Dracula.

    And if you can hold out until January, there's Blacula and Scream, Blacula, Scream [​IMG]
     
  9. Kevin Leonard

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    I'll third Martin. Definitely one of George Romero's best blends of horror, satire and psychological study.

    And while it may not be a straight-out vampire film, I also highly recommend Guillermo Del Toro's Cronos, which I believe has just hit store shelves.
     
  10. Michael Reuben

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  11. Larry Talbot

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    "The Coppola film has Monica Belucci topless, if that's your standard."

    Er, not my "standard," exactly, but definitely a highlight of "Lifeforce." Its sci-fi take on the vampire genre is also nice.

    I would have suggested practically any of the Lee/Hammer Dracula flicks, Vince, but assume you already know all about them...
     
  12. Malcolm R

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    I'd urge you to think twice about Near Dark. I purchased it blind when the DVD came out last year based on the reviews and hype I'd read over the years and was supremely disappointed. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Damn. Well I better mark these guilty pleasures off the list[​IMG]:
    Blackula
    Bordello of Blood
    Fright Night
    From Dusk Till Dawn
    Love at First Bite
    My Best Friend is a Vampire
    Once Bitten
    John Carpenter's Vampires
     
  14. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    I’ll second Brook’s mention of Blood for Dracula. It is very stylized (as I suppose all good Vampire films should be) and filled with social commentary that some appreciate and is off-putting to others.
     
  15. Larry Talbot

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    I'll have to track Blood for Dracula down. Never heard of it!

    As long as we're mentioning classics like Blacula, shouldn't we add Count Yorga: Vampire (as opposed to Count Yorga: Pastry Chef) to the mix?

    "I'd urge you to think twice about Near Dark. I purchased it blind when the DVD came out last year based on the reviews and hype I'd read over the years and was supremely disappointed."

    I'd have to see this one again. I think I remember enjoying it in the theater years ago but now I'm suspicious of anything by the director of Point Break or whatever that surfing/crime movie was called. I've learned to avoid anything by Bigelow (SP?) these days. (Blue Steel was terrible too.) I do remember the kid vampire wears a William Burroughs T-shirt though, which I thought was kinda cool.
     
  16. Vince Maskeeper

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    Ok, great so far guys- please feel free to keep your opinions coming (even if just to second what has been said here). Looks like I have the following so far:

    Near Dark
    7.0 IMDB Rating / 100% on rotten Tomatoes.
    Kathryn Bigelow directed (Point Break, Strange Days, k-19).
    Kathryn Bigelow / Eric Red written.
    2 disc SE DVD Availble: $17.98 on deepdiscountdvd.

    Martin
    6.8 IMDB Rating / 100% on rotten Tomatoes.
    George A. Romero directed (NOTLD, Creepshow, Dawn of the Dead).
    George A. Romero written (NOTLD, Dawn of the Dead).
    $8.00 on amazon used/3rd party area - can't find it from a real retailer?

    Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter
    6.3 IMDB Rating / NA on rotten Tomatoes.
    Brian Clemens directed (Only ever directed this).
    Brian Clemens written (Watcher in the Woods, Highlander2).
    $5.89 on deepdiscountdvd.

    Habit
    6.0 IMDB Rating / 75% on rotten Tomatoes.
    Larry Fessenden directed (Lot of indie stuff, shorts).
    Larry Fessenden written (Lot of indie stuff, shorts).
    $8.99 on deepdiscountdvd.

    Lifeforce
    5.5 IMDB Rating / 50% on rotten Tomatoes.
    Tobe Hooper directed (Poltergeist, Taken).
    Colin Wilson / Dan O'Bannon written (Max Headroom/Alien, Total Recall).
    $9.36 on deepdiscountdvd.

    Blood For Dracula
    5.3 IMDB Rating / NA on rotten Tomatoes.
    Paul Morrissey directed (Hound of the Baskervilles).
    Paul Morrissey written (Hound of the Baskervilles).
    Criterion SE Available: $28.76 on deepdiscountdvd.

    The Hunger, not on DVD.
    Drácula (1931 spanish version), not on DVD.
     
  17. Nick Sievers

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    What about Shadow of the Vampire - Willem Dafoe was nominated for an Oscar in his role. Granted he is the best thing about the film, but I still think it is a solid entry into the vampire genre. It also has some original ideas going, the film asks what if Max Schrek (who played the original Nosferatu) was actually a real vampire.
     
  18. Lew Crippen

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    Might I suggest you give Vampire's Kiss with Nicolas Cage. It was quite the moody and unique take on vampirism, although it is far from your typical vampire movie.
     
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