Vampires are all the rage in the media these days, from the HBO series “True Blood” to the television series “Vampire Diaries” and the popularity of the teen angst movie series “Twilight.”
As the Halloween weekend is upon us, however, no true vampire fan really can admire the above vampire movies or series as classics. No, there are many great vampire movies that have been produced over the years.
From the eclectic to the horrific to the vulgar, vampire movies have been a part of the entertainment industry since the early 1920s and 1930s.
If you are a vampire fan, I have a few movies I can recommend for you this weekend. I’m not a big fan of movies that rely on a lot of gore, so most of my picks won’t fall into the totally horrific category. Yet, there is violence in every one of them, so beware before you watch these flicks with the kiddos.
• No. 5: “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996). Staring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, this movie follows the Gecko brothers, Richard and Seth, who are headed south of the border after a gruesome killing spree. They kidnap a preacher and his two teens. Once over the border, they come across a trucker bar which they realize very quickly, is not your run-of-the-mill bar.
• No. 4: “30 Days of Night” (2007) Starring Josh Hartnett, this movie is set in the northernmost part of Alaska, the town of Barrow, which experiences a complete lack of sunshine for an entire month once a year. While extended periods of darkness are something the locals have become accustomed to, this year, something sinister is about to emerge as a maniacal horde of vampires assumes control of the city streets and begins to freely feast upon the terrified citizens.
• No. 3: “Vampire’s Kiss” (1989) Nicholas Cage gives one of the performances of his life in this comedy-horror movie that follows Cage as a yuppie literary agent. Cage meets a woman (Jennifer Beals) at a nightclub and takes her home. It is never really clear whether the encounter with the girl is real or a figment of Cage’s character’s mind, but afterward, he believes he is turning into a vampire.
• No. 2: “The Lost Boys” (1987) This movie became known for launching the careers of the 80s hip duo of Corey Heim and Corey Feldman. This horror teen flick is one of the best. A single mom and her two sons move to an offbeat Northern California town where they find a pack of teenage vampires. This film also made Kiefer Sutherland a star.
• No. 1: “Interview with the Vampire” (1994) My favorite of vampire movies, author Anne Rice penned the screenplay for this movie, which chronicles the immortal life of 18th-century nobleman Louis, played by Brad Pitt. Tom Cruise is his cruel mentor and maker Lestat. I like this movie for its sheer storytelling and nod to history. This movie also helped launch the careers of Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas.
Sidenote: My most anticipated vampire movie to come is “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” which is set to come out in June 2012. Based on a book by the same name, the movie is about the secret life of our 16th president.