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Roger
03-25-2009, 09:47 AM
with all the buzz about "let the right one in" being the greatest vampire film ever. i tend to disagree with that. it's good, don't get me wrong. but it's far from the greatest vampire film ever.

it got me thinking, what is the greatest vampire film ever?

i have to put "interview with the vampire" up towards the top.....but what is #1????

Dark Sasha
03-25-2009, 09:47 AM
Werner Herzog or Murnau's Nosferatu

Ashwin Pande
03-25-2009, 09:48 AM
To hell with Anne Rice's nancy ass prissy vampires.

TIP
03-25-2009, 09:48 AM
http://www.filmwad.com/fw_images/2008/06/23/vampire-in-brooklyn.jpg

Ryan Elliott
03-25-2009, 09:49 AM
Bela Lugosi's Dracula, Nosferatu, Interview with a Vampire. No particular order.

Gavin
03-25-2009, 09:49 AM
Nosferatu. Original version.

NeverWanderer
03-25-2009, 09:50 AM
I dunno about the "greatest" but I think my favorite was The Lost Boys.

It's Goonies meets After Dark! :rock:

schizorabbit
03-25-2009, 09:50 AM
To hell with Anne Rice's nancy ass prissy vampires.

Waaah, waaah, even though I'm immortal, I can't even see a real sunset. Waaaah, waaaah...I don't wanna feed on people, but rats just suuuuuuck...

Caley Tibbittz
03-25-2009, 09:50 AM
http://www.filmwad.com/fw_images/2008/06/23/vampire-in-brooklyn.jpg
That is a damn cool poster, but I fell asleep during the actual movie.

Whip
03-25-2009, 09:51 AM
The Vampire Lovers. :D It's so funny and grindhousey.

Adam Beranek
03-25-2009, 09:51 AM
Vampyros Lesbos

Dark Sasha
03-25-2009, 09:51 AM
Waaah, waaah, even though I'm immortal, I can't even see a real sunset. Waaaah, waaaah...I don't wanna feed on people, but rats just suuuuuuck...

Waahh wahh I'm in a metaphorical homosexual marriage with Tom Cruise blah blah blah.

Roger
03-25-2009, 09:51 AM
Vampyros Lesbos

i expect nothing less from you...lol

PeterSparker
03-25-2009, 09:52 AM
Nosferatu. Original version.
Yup.


All hail Murnau!

Ashwin Pande
03-25-2009, 09:53 AM
Every cheesy ass lesbian vampire movie Hammer Films made.

schizorabbit
03-25-2009, 09:53 AM
As a fan of stuff like Near Dark, both Nosferatu's, and being a horror fan who grew up watching anything blood-drinking related (George Romero's Martin, Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers, etc.) who even managed to sit through the first two Underworld films, I gotta say that Let the Right One In was the first vampire movie to get me here *indicated heart* right where it counts. Like a stake. :)

Roger
03-25-2009, 09:53 AM
no love for "martin"???

i also highly recamend seeing that one. if you can find it, i think it may be out of print

Doug
03-25-2009, 09:53 AM
I can't say greatest, but these are some of my favorites

Near Dark
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093605/

Dracula
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021814/

Bram Stoker's Dracula (I might be the only one though)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103874/

Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040068/

Shadow of the Vampire
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0189998/

Martin
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077914/

Nosferatu
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0013442/

schizorabbit
03-25-2009, 09:53 AM
no love for "martin"???

i also highly recamend seeing that one. if you can find it, i think it may be out of print

See my simultaneously posted post? I saw it on VHS.

jamestolliver
03-25-2009, 09:53 AM
Night Watch and Day Watch are two really cool Russian movies that involve vampires. They even do some really cool things with the English subtitles. I think some people here would really dig them.

Ashwin Pande
03-25-2009, 09:54 AM
I actually like Shadow of the Vampire more than Nosferatu.

Nosferatu is great but I think Shadow of the Vampire created an extra dimension to the idea behind Nosferatu and made it work really well.

Ethan Van Sciver
03-25-2009, 09:54 AM
I don't think there's been one yet. The original Bela Lugosi DRACULA is amazing, but it doesn't define what a vampire is. I really like TRUE BLOOD right now, though it isn't a movie. I'm waiting for the defining vampire flick, still.

Roger
03-25-2009, 09:55 AM
See my simultaneously posted post? I saw it on VHS.

good looking out.
very underrated film

i expect to see a remake any day now....lol

Corey A.
03-25-2009, 09:55 AM
Twilight

:runs:

ManOfMiracles
03-25-2009, 09:56 AM
The Lost Boys.

Doug
03-25-2009, 09:56 AM
I don't think there's been one yet. The original Bela Lugosi DRACULA is amazing, but it doesn't define what a vampire is. I really like TRUE BLOOD right now, though it isn't a movie. I'm waiting for the defining vampire flick, still.

After watching True Blood do you find yourself walking around saying "Sookie" like Bill does? I do. Its fun.

Dark Sasha
03-25-2009, 09:56 AM
Night Watch and Day Watch are two really cool Russian movies that involve vampires. They even do some really cool things with the English subtitles. I think some people here would really dig them.

I didn't understand what the fuck was going on.

Patch
03-25-2009, 09:56 AM
If only Coppola had not cast Reeves and Ryder....

AndrewG
03-25-2009, 09:56 AM
Fright Night.

Evan the Shaggy
03-25-2009, 09:56 AM
I don't think there's been one yet. The original Bela Lugosi DRACULA is amazing, but it doesn't define what a vampire is. I really like TRUE BLOOD right now, though it isn't a movie. I'm waiting for the defining vampire flick, still.

Have you seen Let the Right One In, Ethan?

Doug
03-25-2009, 09:57 AM
If only Coppola had not cast Reeves and Ryder....

Hopkins was great as Van Helsing though.

schizorabbit
03-25-2009, 09:57 AM
There's that one coming out with Ethan Hawke about a future where vampires have taken over and they're paranoid about the dwindling supply of humans or something.

jamestolliver
03-25-2009, 09:57 AM
I didn't understand what the fuck was going on.

really? I didn't think they were that difficult to understand. Sure crazy stuff happened but the narrative was pretty straightforward.

schizorabbit
03-25-2009, 09:58 AM
If only Coppola had not cast Reeves and Ryder....

Seriously.

Ashwin Pande
03-25-2009, 09:58 AM
Oooh Fright Night was great!

Patch
03-25-2009, 10:00 AM
Hopkins was great as Van Helsing though.

Yeah, and Oldman's fine. Even Grant's Seward and Tom Wait's Renfield are well enough.
And the movie looks fantastic.


But Reeves and Ryder are made out of wood.

cPol
03-25-2009, 10:00 AM
Salem's Lot. My preference is for the remake with Rob Lowe, but I do like them both.

ManOfMiracles
03-25-2009, 10:00 AM
Dracula: Dead & Loving It!

Roger
03-25-2009, 10:01 AM
There's that one coming out with Ethan Hawke about a future where vampires have taken over and they're paranoid about the dwindling supply of humans or something.

ooo that sounds neat

A.Huerta
03-25-2009, 10:02 AM
Twilight

Devil's Karma
03-25-2009, 10:02 AM
That's tough. Each one works well within it's specific framework. I don't think there is one film because there are so many "types" of vampires.

It's unfair to pick one.

Nosferatu put them on the map. Depending on your age, I'm sure Lost Boys will get a lot of votes. I'm partial to "Near Dark" and "Carmilla" or "Vampyros Lesbos". and the loose version but interesting is "Cronos"

If I had to I'll wimp out of picking a film and go with Buffy the TV series as the best fun with vampires. I mean really, they all come back knowing some form of martial arts.

Roger
03-25-2009, 10:06 AM
i know some people here are tryign to be silly with the "twilight" but i really enjoyed that movie.

i might even get the books now.

A.Huerta
03-25-2009, 10:07 AM
The one with Jim Carry.

cPol
03-25-2009, 10:10 AM
The one with Jim Carry.

Once Bitten.

Rosemary's Baby
03-25-2009, 10:10 AM
Let the Right One In.

ZombieSpeedball
03-25-2009, 10:10 AM
The one with Jim Carry.

Once Bitten? I love that movie.

Doug
03-25-2009, 10:11 AM
Nic Cage was good in Vampire's Kiss:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098577/

yeamon
03-25-2009, 10:11 AM
Murnau's Nosferatu, definitely.

However, the most underrated (probably because it was made for TV and starred Hutch) was "Salem's Lot". I used to have nightmares about that damned undead kid knocking on the window.

Doug
03-25-2009, 10:11 AM
Oooh Fright Night was great!

Yeah, I'll echo this one too.

Patch
03-25-2009, 10:12 AM
Let the Right One In.

It's actually hard to argue against that.

NickT
03-25-2009, 10:13 AM
From Dusk Til Dawn.

Rosemary's Baby
03-25-2009, 10:13 AM
It's actually hard to argue against that.

That's what I'm sayin'.

It has everything a great film has, with the characters as a standout.

Doug
03-25-2009, 10:14 AM
From Dusk Til Dawn.

Hell yeah. I'm sorry I forgot about that one. So much fun.

schizorabbit
03-25-2009, 10:14 AM
ooo that sounds neat

Ahhh, it's called Daybreakers:

http://i467.photobucket.com/albums/rr34/schizorabbit01/daybreakers02.jpg

http://i467.photobucket.com/albums/rr34/schizorabbit01/daybreakers.jpg

http://i467.photobucket.com/albums/rr34/schizorabbit01/daybreakers-first-04.jpg

http://i467.photobucket.com/albums/rr34/schizorabbit01/daybreakerspicb.jpg

Adam Beranek
03-25-2009, 10:15 AM
i expect nothing less from you...lol

:)

And I saw Fright Night at the Nuart this year and the cast was there fielding questions...it was so awesome.

artimoff
03-25-2009, 10:16 AM
Love at First Bite.

artimoff
03-25-2009, 10:16 AM
I like the Hunger with Bowie.

Rosemary's Baby
03-25-2009, 10:16 AM
Wow, Schizo, that looks fuckin' awful.

It's the crossbow.

yeamon
03-25-2009, 10:17 AM
From Dusk Til Dawn.

To be fair, that's only about half a vampire movie.

Cactusakic
03-25-2009, 10:18 AM
Apologies for not reading the whole thread before posting, but I'm gonna assume that at least one person has already said Near Dark.

If not, I'd be sorely disappointed.

For me, it's the best.
Let The Right One In comes a close second though, with honorable mentions to the original Nosferatu, From Dusk Till Dawn, Interview With The Vampire and Shadow Of The Vampire.

PeterSparker
03-25-2009, 10:19 AM
If only Coppola had not cast Reeves and Ryder....
Amen!


A couple of wooden 2 by 4's could've brought about as much as they did to that film.

PeterSparker
03-25-2009, 10:21 AM
Murnau's Nosferatu, definitely.

However, the most underrated (probably because it was made for TV and starred Hutch) was "Salem's Lot". I used to have nightmares about that damned undead kid knocking on the window.

I'm old enough to have seen that as a kid, and yeah, ditto on the nightmares from the tapping/scraping on the window.

Patch
03-25-2009, 10:24 AM
I like the Hunger with Bowie.

This gets maligned for being 'rock video'-ish but it's actually a fairly original take on a vampire story. Bowie and Deneuve are well-cast because they are ancient, icy vampires.

Besides, I like the Bauhuas song at the start.

And you get to watch Sarandon and Deneuve make out. :)

dasNdanger
03-25-2009, 10:24 AM
i know some people here are tryign to be silly with the "twilight" but i really enjoyed that movie.

i might even get the books now.


Yesterday we picked up two movies that we haven't seen yet - I grabbed the new Bond flick, and hubby grabbed Twilight. He is SO eager to watch this movie - lol! He loves angsty teen romance stuff, which probably explains his thing for Smallville, too. :roll:


das

schizorabbit
03-25-2009, 10:28 AM
Wow, Schizo, that looks fuckin' awful.

It's the crossbow.

:lol:

EDIT:

B-b-but it has Willem Dafoe in his second vampire-related movie. AND he's got a goatee!!!! 'Cuz it's tough!!!

Peter McLeod
03-25-2009, 10:37 AM
Damn, I hated me some Twilight....

and lord, don't read the books, it gets so SO much worse, it's not funny.


Movies wise, I liked interview and Lost boys (if only for the grandfather's final line, the rest I could do without). There was a low grade one called "Forsaken" a few years back with one of the kids from Dawsons. It was actually a lot more decent that the pitch seems.

If we're talking TV series, then Kindred the Embraced :)
(damn I loved that show!)

c. page
03-25-2009, 10:37 AM
I don't think there's been one yet. The original Bela Lugosi DRACULA is amazing, but it doesn't define what a vampire is. I really like TRUE BLOOD right now, though it isn't a movie. I'm waiting for the defining vampire flick, still.

i'd probably go with buffy or angel for the tv shows involving vampires. i think both hold up reasonably well, except for one off season in each.

movies, i dunno. that's tougher.

Kody
03-25-2009, 10:53 AM
I'm gonna go with BLACKULA (1972)

Jim T.
03-25-2009, 11:11 AM
i know some people here are tryign to be silly with the "twilight" but i really enjoyed that movie.

i might even get the books now.

I was forced by my demented obsessed wife to read teh book (and see the movie). I found both to be pretty mediocre. The book was better only in that there was more backstory on the mythology of those vampires, and I like that kidn of thing. And there was lots and lots of yearning. Oy with yearning...

A.Huerta
03-25-2009, 11:15 AM
Yesterday we picked up two movies that we haven't seen yet - I grabbed the new Bond flick, and hubby grabbed Twilight. He is SO eager to watch this movie - lol! He loves angsty teen romance stuff, which probably explains his thing for Smallville, too. :roll:


das

Clark would kill Edwardo or whatever his name is.:)

Zeppe
03-25-2009, 11:16 AM
From Dusk Til Dawn.

I'm kind of suprised it took page 6 before this came up.

chazbot
03-25-2009, 11:18 AM
My Best Friend Is a Vampire

"This blood's for you."

schizorabbit
03-25-2009, 11:20 AM
I'm kind of suprised it took page 6 before this came up.

Because aside from the cool, guys-on-the-run-with-hostage-family first half, the movie then took a random left turn into Stupidville. I kind of wish they went with the original less-corny-make-up-and-man-in-suit route and made the vampires look more...human. Maybe I would've loved it. I went in, expecting this great, Tarantino-Rodriguez combo, and got a horror movie that had waaaaay too much lighting and waaaay too many ruber suits.

I should give it a second try, though. Literally haven't seen it since I caught it in the theater.

Alexander Hamilton
03-25-2009, 11:21 AM
Didn't read all of the posts but Martin by Romero is pretty damned good.

cmoney
03-25-2009, 11:23 AM
Before Let the Right One In, it was Near Dark. Now, the line is blurred.

schizorabbit
03-25-2009, 11:26 AM
Before Let the Right One In, it was Near Dark. Now, the line is blurred.

You know what? Come to think of it, same here. Regarding Near Dark, I just fell in love with the Tangerine Dream soundtrack, even owned a copy on tape, which I played repeatedly in my walkman as a kid, read up all the stuff I could find on it, even checked out a creepy website dedicated to the actress, Jenny Wright, with a song playing on it dedicated to her (man, what a creepy site), and defended the cop-out happy ending.

MAZEhimself
03-25-2009, 11:27 AM
I personally like Dracula (1979) with Frank Langella. I think he delivers a solid performance in that flick.

NickT
03-25-2009, 11:30 AM
Because aside from the cool, guys-on-the-run-with-hostage-family first half, the movie then took a random left turn into Stupidville.
I often find that Stupidville is the most fun place to be. The town is twinned with Awesomtropolis too,.

schizorabbit
03-25-2009, 11:32 AM
I often find that Stupidville is the most fun place to be. The town is twinned with Awesomtropolis too,.

:lol:

Yeah, I should give it another chance. Now knowing what to expect, and now being more acquainted with Robert Rodriguez's zany-cartoon style (I still remember Tom Savini with some...sort...of cock gun?), I'll probably enjoy it a lot more. It was just that the totally serious, Mice and Men approach to the first half got me thinking, wow, George Clooney is a scarily serious character with a fucked-up brother, and expecting some vicious, dark movie.

cmoney
03-25-2009, 11:36 AM
no love for "martin"???

i also highly recamend seeing that one. if you can find it, i think it may be out of print

Netflix has it. I rented it a few months ago.

Craig C
03-25-2009, 11:39 AM
Near Dark, and the Addiction for me

costello
03-25-2009, 11:41 AM
Bela Lugosi's Dracula, Nosferatu, Interview with a Vampire. No particular order.

I LOVE Bela Lugosi, but I have to admit the Spanish version of Dracula made with the same sets and released the same year is superior.

dasNdanger
03-25-2009, 11:42 AM
Clark would kill Edwardo or whatever his name is.:)


Clark's a sissy! :D

das

Foolish Mortal
03-25-2009, 11:47 AM
The thing is, vampires have been treated in too many different ways to single out one movie. Some treat them as tragic, romantic figures, some as campy villains, and some as serious monsters.

My favorite two...

Fright Night had the best touch of humor and suspense. Yes, better than Lost Boys or Buffy (The movie)

Near Dark was no-nonsense and made vampires the dark, nasty monsters they really are.

PatrickA
03-25-2009, 12:58 PM
Salem's Lot. My preference is for the remake with Rob Lowe, but I do like them both.

Yeah, the original Salem's Lot was really great.


I personally like Dracula (1979) with Frank Langella. I think he delivers a solid performance in that flick.

This is what I was going to say. I saw it a few years after it came out and it scared the crap out of me. I wonder if it has held up.

dasNdanger
03-25-2009, 01:01 PM
I just think it's funny that the more we talk about vampires, the more Twilight ads pop up, considering how much it's loathed here. :)


The thing is, vampires have been treated in too many different ways to single out one movie. Some treat them as tragic, romantic figures, some as campy villains, and some as serious monsters.

My favorite two...

Fright Night had the best touch of humor and suspense. Yes, better than Lost Boys or Buffy (The movie)

Near Dark was no-nonsense and made vampires the dark, nasty monsters they really are.

This is true - but who's to say how, exactly, a vampire is supposed to be portrayed? I'm not a big vampire fan - can take them in very small doses (except Lugosi, loved him) - but I've tried to do a little research in the origin of the mythology, and how folklore represented them, and there is just as much variation in legend as there is in books and movies. Is there really one 'right' sort of vampire?


das

Ryan Elliott
03-25-2009, 01:16 PM
I LOVE Bela Lugosi, but I have to admit the Spanish version of Dracula made with the same sets and released the same year is superior.

my favorite parts from lugosi's Dracula aren't even when he's being "vampireish." like when he's talking to mina, Lucy, and johnathan at the theater. Or when he visits them after mina gets her first bite and van helsing discovers the mirror thing.

Awesome, awesome acting.

Armored Dildo
03-25-2009, 01:23 PM
You guys have great taste. Unless someone seriously suggested Twilight and I missed it. That person doesn't.

I think this thread reveals that vampire films rarely go wrong. It's a fairly solid trope to rely on.

Thommy Melanson
03-25-2009, 01:25 PM
Shadow Of The Vampire - Dafoe vs. Malkovich in a battle royale for scenery-chewing supremacy!

The Addiction - The only thing creepier than the languid black and white cinematography is, of course, Walken.

The Hunger - A brief, yet heart-breaking performance from David Bowie elevates this flick above the mere lesbian vampire erotica it oftens gets labeled as.

From Dusk 'til Dawn - Over-the-top and awesome, but you all know this already.

The SubSpecies series - Staples of '90s late-night cable, the gothy relationship woes of Radu and his terrible complexion were cheesy but fun nonetheless. Also, Budapest is a beautiful place to look at, even in the cursed, eternal, immortal night!

gaspar
03-25-2009, 01:31 PM
Let the Right One In.

I know that the whole point of this thread is that that's the wrong answer...but it's not. Let the Right One In is pretty much the greatest so far.

schizorabbit
03-25-2009, 01:32 PM
I know that the whole point of this thread is that that's the wrong answer...but it's not. Let the Right One In is pretty much the greatest so far.

Ditto again.

I've already seen it twice on blu-ray, and I'm already jonesing for the release with the corrected/better subtitles, so I can watch it again.

What a great pair of young actors too.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/schizorabbit/alg_let_right_one.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/schizorabbit/let-the-right-one-in.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/schizorabbit/let_the_right_one_in14.jpg

Thommy Melanson
03-25-2009, 01:35 PM
I don't think there's been one yet. The original Bela Lugosi DRACULA is amazing, but it doesn't define what a vampire is...

Did you watch the Spanish version on the 75th Anniversary Dracula DVD that came out a couple years back?

Same sets but with Spanish actors that came in after the American production was wrapped for the day.

It's a little less "stagey" than the famous American version.

Check it out if you haven't already.

Dark Sasha
03-25-2009, 01:45 PM
Love, Actually.

Patch
03-25-2009, 01:47 PM
Ditto again.

I've already seen it twice on blu-ray, and I'm already jonesing for the release with the corrected/better subtitles, so I can watch it again.

What a great pair of young actors too.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/schizorabbit/alg_let_right_one.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/schizorabbit/let-the-right-one-in.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk200/schizorabbit/let_the_right_one_in14.jpg

I love this movie. Artfully made horror films are so rare, they're a treasure to discover.
Check out Repulsion, Les Diaboliques, The Virgin Spring, and Kwaidan for other foreign thrillers (thrillers, not really horror) with the moody, dream-like pace and memorable images of a movie like Let The Right One In.

Rosemary's Baby
03-25-2009, 01:55 PM
I love this movie. Artfully made horror films are so rare, they're a treasure to discover.
Check out Repulsion, Les Diaboliques, The Virgin Spring, and Kwaidan for other foreign thrillers (thrillers, not really horror) with the moody, dream-like pace and memorable images of a movie like Let The Right One In.

Word.

Repulsion and Kwaidan are fantastic.

MAZEhimself
03-25-2009, 02:06 PM
This is what I was going to say. I saw it a few years after it came out and it scared the crap out of me. I wonder if it has held up.

I just watched it the other night and I think it still holds up. It's still kinda' creepy to say the least.

schizorabbit
03-25-2009, 03:00 PM
I love this movie. Artfully made horror films are so rare, they're a treasure to discover.
Check out Repulsion, Les Diaboliques, The Virgin Spring, and Kwaidan for other foreign thrillers (thrillers, not really horror) with the moody, dream-like pace and memorable images of a movie like Let The Right One In.

As an ex manager of a video store with a huge foreign section and a French best friend into whose pants I was trying to get into for over a year, I've seen 'em all. :) Repulsion actually disturbed me long afterwards--that last shot. *shivers*

Foolish Mortal
03-25-2009, 03:13 PM
This is true - but who's to say how, exactly, a vampire is supposed to be portrayed? I'm not a big vampire fan - can take them in very small doses (except Lugosi, loved him) - but I've tried to do a little research in the origin of the mythology, and how folklore represented them, and there is just as much variation in legend as there is in books and movies. Is there really one 'right' sort of vampire?


das
I don't think anyone can say what a vampire movie should be. What I was saying was I cannot narrow down to one movie to say this movie perfectly encapsulates vampires.


I know that the whole point of this thread is that that's the wrong answer...but it's not. Let the Right One In is pretty much the greatest so far.
Let the Right One in is legitimately creepy, and pulls no punches when it comes to the gruesome nature of what vampires are and what they do.

It does have a few odd juxtapositions from where it goes from serious, to dark comedy that keeps it from being a truly great film in my opinion, but it is a very, very good film.

Dark Sasha
03-25-2009, 03:19 PM
Now I have to see this movie.

Rivka
03-25-2009, 04:13 PM
I haven't seen LET THE RIGHT ONE IN but that may be about the only vampire film I haven't seen.

Some excellent suggestions already for the "greatest."

Nosferatu (Murnau) may still be the greatest, in terms of artistic merit, impact at the time, and influence.

But as several others said, vampire films are varied. There are different stories and different standards.

I also vote for:

NEAR DARK

THE ADDICTION -- (I had forgotten about this film, thanks to those who mentioned it already. Lili Taylor is amazing in this film.)

I also very much like many of the Hammer Films vampire pics, which seem to have largely disappeared. I wish they would get a complete collection of the Hammer horror films on DVD for region 1 as soon as possible.

Anyway, DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS directed by Terence Fisher is the best of the Chris Lee Draculas, in my humble opinion.

VAMPIRE CIRCUS is simply awesome. It's probably my favorite vampire film, tied with a couple of others. I don't know if you could say this is the "best" or "greatest" but it is unique and scary.

But then again, Terence Fisher's DRACULA with Lee as the count and Peter Cushing as Van Helsing, is kind of a classic, for me.

The best vampire film of all time? Also my favorite? Despite it's flaws, LOST BOYS might be the one. It has everything. Imagination, humor, real scary moments, great actors, and a comic book store run by the Frog brothers and their hippie parents. I watched it at first with my son when he was little, but over the years I've watched it again and again, and I still enjoy it. It is a cult film now, I think, with fans like me repeating dialog along with the actors, waiting for that ultimate moment and perhaps best moment of the movie, "One thing about living in Santa Clara I never could stomach...."

FRIGHT NIGHT is good, and I enjoy it, but not as good as LOST BOYS.

THIRTY DAYS OF NIGHT -- my son says this is now his favorite vampire film. I was watching all these mini-30-Days-of-Night movies On Demand; it's an interesting concept. I don't know if it's the best vampire film though.

THE HUNGER annoyed me. It had too many historical inaccuracies. Bowie was great though.

INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE -- well, don't get me started. I was fighting people about Anne Rice vampires (and how anyone can even read through that gnarly, baroque writing style) before some of you on this board were even born. The movie is actually okay. Little Kirsten Dunst is a joy to watch as that child-women killer vampire Claudia. But the books just got worse and worse. (No seriously, I mean I lost friends back in the 1970s over the novel "Interview With a Vampire." I could not believe how they thought this was such great horror writing at the time. Vampire soap opera; sorry, "Dark Shadows," did it first and better.)

TWINS OF EVIL -- bleh

DAUGHTER OF DRACULA -- interesting, but kind of boring.

By the time of BUFFY and FOREVER KNIGHT, I got "vampired out." (To use a phrase coined by some editor of a horror anthology in the distant mists of the 1980s who finally wrote to LOCUS in frustration, "Do not submit any more vampire stories! I'm all vampired out.")

I AM LEGEND is kind of a vampire film, but there hasn't been a great version of the original book yet.

dasNdanger
03-25-2009, 05:54 PM
I don't think anyone can say what a vampire movie should be. What I was saying was I cannot narrow down to one movie to say this movie perfectly encapsulates vampires.

Basically that was what I was getting at, but...obviously...not very well. lol. There are just too many different versions, too many legends, too many visions.

Now, take something different - like pirates. There isn't a whole lot you can do with pirates - either you have a realistic portrayal of pirates - past or present - or you have Hollywood swashbuckling pirates. MAYBE...if you really stretch things...you can come up with half a dozen different ways to portray pirates. But vampires? It seems that you can make them anything you want, depending on your personal vision. Total flexibility. So, within the vampire genre are dozens of other genres - horror vampire, romantic 'chick flick' vampire, crime drama vampire, historical vampire, and so on and so forth. As you said, you can't say there is one movie that perfectly encapsulates vampires.


das

Patch
03-25-2009, 06:02 PM
As an ex manager of a video store with a huge foreign section and a French best friend into whose pants I was trying to get into for over a year, I've seen 'em all. :) Repulsion actually disturbed me long afterwards--that last shot. *shivers*

So, you were watching them for all the right reasons. :)

Ethan Van Sciver
03-25-2009, 06:10 PM
Have you seen Let the Right One In, Ethan?

Yeah, it was neat, but I don't ever want to see it again.

Ethan Van Sciver
03-25-2009, 06:13 PM
Did you watch the Spanish version on the 75th Anniversary Dracula DVD that came out a couple years back?

Same sets but with Spanish actors that came in after the American production was wrapped for the day.

It's a little less "stagey" than the famous American version.

Check it out if you haven't already.

Oh yeah, of course. It was quite good, but lacked Lugosi's charisma.

Shawn_Kehoe
03-25-2009, 06:17 PM
My copy of Let The Right One in is arriving soon ... although I just read about the new translation. Icky.

Nosferatu is a classic, as others have said.

I really enjoy the final battle in Horror of Dracula. It's got that old Star Trek vibe to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKYCjbBDcmY

Blade is probably the best action film with vampires. And the opening sequence before Snipes appears is straight-out horror.

Neither Salem's Lot nor I Am Legend have received truly worthy adaptations ... which is a true pity, since IMO they are the best vampire stories since Dracula itself.

Andy Kuhn
03-25-2009, 06:36 PM
Neither Salem's Lot nor I Am Legend have received truly worthy adaptations ... which is a true pity, since IMO they are the best vampire stories since Dracula itself.

i bought the book SALEMS LOT when it first came out in paperback and it scared the shit out of me. the great thing for me about reading that book at that time was, i didn't realize it was a vampire story till about 120 pages in. nowadays everyone knows what it's about already. when i bought it i just thought the cover looked cool. you are correct. this is a book that i wish someone would make into a great film. it hasn't happened yet.

Patch
03-25-2009, 06:44 PM
Neither Salem's Lot nor I Am Legend have received truly worthy adaptations ... which is a true pity, since IMO they are the best vampire stories since Dracula itself.


i bought the book SALEMS LOT when it first came out in paperback and it scared the shit out of me. the great thing for me about reading that book at that time was, i didn't realize it was a vampire story till about 120 pages in. nowadays everyone knows what it's about already. when i bought it i just thought the cover looked cool. you are correct. this is a book that i wish someone would make into a great film. it hasn't happened yet.

Read it for the first time about two years ago, and Salem's Lot is still a lot of fun. I just ate it up.
Would love to see a good remake.
That not knowing at the beginning-- in film, that's got to translate into establishing a kind of small town normalcy at the beginning. The strength of the story line is this town getting turned on its ear by the horror.

Shawn_Kehoe
03-25-2009, 07:19 PM
Read it for the first time about two years ago, and Salem's Lot is still a lot of fun. I just ate it up.
Would love to see a good remake.
That not knowing at the beginning-- in film, that's got to translate into establishing a kind of small town normalcy at the beginning. The strength of the story line is this town getting turned on its ear by the horror.

I wonder how well it would work in a modern setting. Small town decay is certainly no less a problem than 30 years ago, but cell phones and the Internet eat away at the feeling of isolation the novel engenders.

I think the best sequences in the book were the ones in Matt Burke's house. Chilling stuff.

Blandy vs Terrorism
03-25-2009, 07:20 PM
Let The Right One In

Just saw it a few days ago, and while not an action-y vampire movie, it mops the floor with everything else.

Blandy vs Terrorism
03-25-2009, 07:22 PM
To hell with Anne Rice's nancy ass prissy vampires.

Yep. The best part of Interview was when the credits started rolling.

Blandy vs Terrorism
03-25-2009, 07:27 PM
Before Let the Right One In, it was Near Dark. Now, the line is blurred.

Saw Near Dark not too long ago. God, I hated that movie.

Armored Dildo
03-25-2009, 07:34 PM
Saw Near Dark not too long ago. God, I hated that movie.

The cast of Aliens + Nathan Petrelli playing vampires, directed by James Cameron's then-wife? What's not to love?

Blandy vs Terrorism
03-25-2009, 07:37 PM
The cast of Aliens + Nathan Petrelli playing vampires, directed by James Cameron's then-wife? What's not to love?

Bill Paxton, horrible acting in general (goes without saying for Paxton), nothing really new or interesting about the movie, even then.

Armored Dildo
03-25-2009, 07:39 PM
Bill Paxton, horrible acting in general (goes without saying for Paxton), nothing really new or interesting about the movie, even then.

Oh motherfuck me!

You DID NOT just call Bill Paxton a bad actor. Them's fighting words.

Grrrrrrr.

Blandy vs Terrorism
03-25-2009, 07:40 PM
Oh motherfuck me!

You DID NOT just call Bill Paxton a bad actor. Them's fighting words.

Grrrrrrr.

I didn't. I called him a horrible actor. Because he is, whether you're just trolling again or not.

Armored Dildo
03-25-2009, 07:41 PM
I didn't. I called him a horrible actor. Because he is, whether you're just trolling again or not.

Wow. OK. You know what: Forget it. I seriously disagree with your opinion about him, but this is childish. Go cry to momma.

Blandy vs Terrorism
03-25-2009, 07:42 PM
Wow. OK. You know what: Forget it. I seriously disagree with your opinion about him, but this is childish. Go cry to momma.

:lol: That's awesome, coming from you.

Besides, you've openly admitted to arguing for the sake of trolling before.

Armored Dildo
03-25-2009, 07:44 PM
:lol: That's awesome, coming from you.

Besides, you've openly admitted to arguing for the sake of trolling before.

Then quote me on it. Please be adult enough to prove your accusations.

Patch
03-25-2009, 07:45 PM
Bill Paxton, horrible acting in general (goes without saying for Paxton), nothing really new or interesting about the movie, even then.


Oh motherfuck me!

You DID NOT just call Bill Paxton a bad actor. Them's fighting words.

Grrrrrrr.

Near Dark holds together better than a lot of horror movies-- but still feels like a good 'B' movie (which, in itself, is a fun thing).
As far as Paxton, sometimes he plays a lout, but he can surpass that-- Paxton did this little movie called One False Move and was very good.

Armored Dildo
03-25-2009, 07:47 PM
Near Dark holds together better than a lot of horror movies-- but still feels like a good 'B' movie (which, in itself, is a fun thing).
As far as Paxton, sometimes he plays a lout, but he can surpass that-- he did this little movie called One False Move and was very good.

He's also excellent in a TV series called Big Love.

He also happened to direct a spectacular film called Frailty.

Dark Sasha
03-25-2009, 07:48 PM
I really like Werner Herzog's Nosferatu. Just the dream like quality of it is just so fantastic.

Armored Dildo
03-25-2009, 07:50 PM
I really like Werner Herzog's Nosferatu. Just the dream like quality of it is just so fantastic.

And all those rats!

I also like the vague Nazi allegory at the end...

Andy Kuhn
03-25-2009, 07:51 PM
Near Dark holds together better than a lot of horror movies-- but still feels like a good 'B' movie (which, in itself, is a fun thing).
As far as Paxton, sometimes he plays a lout, but he can surpass that-- Paxton did this little movie called One False Move and was very good.

one false move is great, as is paxton!

silverboy
03-25-2009, 07:51 PM
Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter

Dark Sasha
03-25-2009, 07:53 PM
And all those rats!

I also like the vague Nazi allegory at the end...

That town square scene is one of the beautiful scenes I've ever seen.

Blandy vs Terrorism
03-25-2009, 07:54 PM
Then quote me on it. Please be adult enough to prove your accusations.

Sorry, the board's search engine was being slow.

In which the dildo gives a description of himself that very much fits the typical "internet troll":

http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showpost.php?p=5732075&postcount=1814

Armored Dildo
03-25-2009, 08:00 PM
Sorry, the board's search engine was being slow.

In which the dildo gives a description of himself that very much fits the typical "internet troll":

http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showpost.php?p=5732075&postcount=1814

Ah, I see, so I never actually called myself a troll and it's actually matter of interpretation. Gotcha.

Well, hope your bias against me (I'll never know why) keeps you entertained. Have fun!

Blandy vs Terrorism
03-25-2009, 08:00 PM
I'll give some of the thread's suggestions a try when I get a chance, but if they fall somewhere in between what I have seen so far (Interview/Near Dark/Blade/Stoker's Dracula/Buffy), then my answer still stands.

Blandy vs Terrorism
03-25-2009, 08:01 PM
Ah, I see, so I never actually called myself a troll and it's actually matter of interpretation. Gotcha.

Well, hope your bias against me (I'll never know why) keeps you entertained. Have fun!

You described yourself as enjoying doing exactly what internet trolls do. (besides the usual racist slurs, so I'll give you credit for that, at least)

Armored Dildo
03-25-2009, 08:01 PM
That town square scene is one of the beautiful scenes I've ever seen.

The last part of that film reminds me a lot of Polanski's Macbeth, which also had lots of hand-held camera action.

Armored Dildo
03-25-2009, 08:03 PM
You described yourself as enjoying doing exactly what internet trolls do. (besides the usual racist slurs, so I'll give you credit for that, at least)

And so... have I actually trolled? Since when is stating that I'll never back down from an argument "trolling"?

You know, maybe. Your. Biased. Interpretation. Has. No. Basis. In. Evidence.

Just a thought.

Now, please, leave me alone. Go dream of running over cyclists or something.

Blandy vs Terrorism
03-25-2009, 08:06 PM
And so... have I actually trolled? Since when is stating that I'll never back down from an argument "trolling"?

You know, maybe. Your. Biased. Interpretation. Has. No. Basis. In. Evidence.

Just a thought.

Now, please, leave me alone. Go dream of running over cyclists or something.

That thread could be used as an example, among others. And if me calling you a troll is my own personal bias, then it's more than a few others' as well. ;)

Armored Dildo
03-25-2009, 08:14 PM
That thread could be used as an example, among others. And if me calling you a troll is my own personal bias, then it's more than a few others' as well. ;)

oh noes! Other people think I'm a troll, too?! They can speak for themselves. Don't use them as some kind of shield or "evidence". That's weak.

Also, explain to me how have I trolled you on this thread. I am sincerely at a loss.

RocketRaccoon-DestroysYou
03-25-2009, 08:19 PM
fright night 1- 2
near dark

tdaniel
03-25-2009, 08:36 PM
The Hunger...I dare you.

CapnChaos
03-25-2009, 08:52 PM
Monster Squad.

OK, Dracula.

The Human Target
03-25-2009, 09:14 PM
Sweet, a board fight about Bill Paxton and a thread about vampire movies.

I still haven't seen Let the Right One In, but from all accounts I will enjoy it.

Shadow of the Vampire is probably my favorite vampire movie.

Near Dark and John Carpenter's Vampires (for shame all of you) are my two favorite B movie vamps films.

The Lost Boys is okay for 80s camp, Coppola's Dracula is horribly written and acted but pretty, Interview is made much better than it has a right to be by Brad Pitt, and I've still never seen the first half of Nosferatu.

Foolish Mortal
03-26-2009, 06:10 AM
Bill Paxton, horrible acting in general (goes without saying for Paxton), nothing really new or interesting about the movie, even then.


Oh motherfuck me!

You DID NOT just call Bill Paxton a bad actor. Them's fighting words.

Grrrrrrr.


I didn't. I called him a horrible actor. Because he is, whether you're just trolling again or not.
Maybe you could make an argument about Dildo trolling in other threads, but that response he gave above was not trolling at all. In fact if he hadn't done it already, I would have given a similar reply to you about Bill Paxton. :)

Mattman
03-26-2009, 03:27 PM
George Romero's 'Martin' is one of the most original vampire movies I've ever seen. Such a simple story that takes a basic logical approach to the idea of vampires. You're never sure if the title character is a true vampire or a victim of his fucked up family's twisted ideas.