The All-Time Best Vampire Movies (That Don’t Star Dracula)!

Anna Swanson at Film School Rejects posted her list of the 10 Best Vampire Movies That Don’t Star Dracula.  Her list is a good one.  As I thought about my choices for the top 5 (using just her list) I realized that if you ask me again tomorrow the order might change.

As of today, here are my top five and a three others that didn’t make Swanson’s top ten but would have made mine…

30 Days of Night (2007) is an under-rated horror film.  I love the slow burn set-up. Strange things happen but no one knows what is coming.  When the vampire attacks begin, the overhead shot of the town in chaos is worth the price of admission.

Interview with the Vampire (1994) has grown on me with each new viewing.  I still haven’t read the novel but if it is as good as the movie, I shouldn’t put it off.  Oh, and has there ever been another vampire movie with the star power of Interview with a Vampire?

Near Dark (1987).  A modern western/horror/love story?  Yep and it works.

What We Do in the Shadows (2014).  A mockumentary about vampire roommates and their day to day (un)life.  Sounds terrible, but is truly funny.

Fright Night (1985) walks the line as a horror movie that is funny or a comedy that is scary.  Either way it works.


Here are three movies that didn’t make Swanson’s list but would have made mine…

Salem’s Lot (1979).  A tv movie that still works.

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).  Any time you can have a crime and horror film mash-up, count me in.

Blade II (2002).  Man, I love this film so much I would have put it in the #1 spot.   (Which is even more surprising since I didn’t care for Blade!)