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Give me Vampires!

Postby parkaboy » Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:46 am UTC

i've seen dracula (the newer one), several parodies of dracula, nosferatu, several john carpenter vampire movies, interview with and the horrible Lestat follow-up, and a handful of others... but i want more. MOAR!!!!

so, give me vampires - the cheesy, the kitschy and campy, the magic and viral, the beautiful and ugly, the good, the bad... what vampire movies have you seen? i want them all...
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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby GhostWolfe » Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:02 am UTC

Hmmm, I do like vampire movies too. My BF is a huge fan of b-grade movies too, so I've seen a number of vampire movies mixed in there. Off the top of my head, as I am very tired, the only one I can think of at the moment that I enjoyed was Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby laranzu » Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:10 am UTC

Blade, plus sequels. Mostly action movies where the bad guys happen to be vampires rather than, say, terrorists. Strongly recommend the first due to a great performance by Stephen Dorff as the head vampire and a fantastic vampire disco scene near the beginning.

Ultraviolet - British miniseries from 1998, not to be confused with movie of the same name but different story. Modern day vampires dealing with modern science and medicine, very serious and gritty in the British crime/spy thriller style.

Near Dark, 1987 film by Katherine Bigelow. My favourite movie about what it would really be like to become a vampire. Not glamorous, not a fantasy (except for the existence of vampires themselves).

And there's always the classic Hammer movies: Dracula has Risen From the Grave, Brides of Dracula, ... often with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Enjoyable cheese.

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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby parkaboy » Fri Jan 18, 2008 11:20 am UTC

i love christopher lee. my dad was named after him. hehe.
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Postby Belial » Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:22 pm UTC

Van Helsing, despite being a kindof vapid-but-fun action movie, did Dracula *really* well.

30 days of night had really freaky-ass vampires, but a kindof lackluster story.
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Postby Zohar » Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:25 pm UTC

Is it too obvious to mention Buffy?
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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby Girl™ » Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:16 pm UTC

The Hunger. Go. Rent it. Now. It has David Bowie.
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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby Skateside » Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:29 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:Is it too obvious to mention Buffy?

Yes damnit! Mention Angel - that's fractionally more obscure :P

There's also Blood Ties. It's nothing special, but it has a hot vampire. Also 25 Season 6 episode 1 has:
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While this doesn't qualify as vampiric, it's certainly funny :twisted:
Edit: ooh - thinking about 24... have you see the Lost Boys starring Kiefer Sutherland?
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Postby livelyness » Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:49 pm UTC

There is also the original and the Spanish version. Filmed with the same set. The Spanish version looks way creepier, because they would look at what the American version had just shot earlier in the day and say "how can we make this better?" only I'd assume they'd say it in Spanish.

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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby MuseSik » Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:52 pm UTC

From Dusk Till Dawn

Although the movie is infinitely better if you don't know its a vampire movie.

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Postby Malice » Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:11 pm UTC

The Blood-Spattered Bride, a surrealist, lesbian vampire movie made in the 70s. Recommended by Quentin Tarantino. Great ending.

I second "Dracula: Dead and Loving It", if only for the wonderful staking scene.

The new Salem's Lot tv adaptation is actually quite good, and fairly faithful to the book. (Don't bother with the old one, it's terrible.)

The Addiction.

Martin, an excellent deconstruction of the vampire myth by George Romero, about a boy who might be a vampire or might just be an unhappy teenager but who drinks blood anyway. Another great ending.

Nosferatu. (And if you like that, try Herzog's remake, and then the film Shadow of the Vampire, which posits main Nosferatu actor Max Shreck actually was a vampire.)

Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter is awful, but it can be fun if you have a good audience for it.

Definitely stay away from John Badham's Dracula, it's so bad that I walked out on it.

Night Watch is pretty good, although vampires are only a minor element.

Stay away from "The Fearless Vampire Hunters", it's a "spoof" which isn't funny. Not because it's filled with bad jokes (that at least is subjective), but it's almost as if they forgot to put in jokes at all. There are a very few obvious bits of humor, and the rest seems to want to be a serious horror film (or something). Too bad it fails at being scary and/or interesting, too. A shameful entry, especially by someone as talented as Roman Polanski.

This is a pretty good list.
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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby Masuri » Sat Jan 19, 2008 5:13 am UTC

If you are willing to do TV, watch Moonlight! Vampire goodness!

My favorite vampire on that show is Josef. He's not conflicted about what he is, doesn't try to fake it, and is gleefully bloodthirsty. An eager, boyish smile while proposing murder is never amiss in a vampire. ;)

Let's see, let's see...

Underworld, of course. I agree that Van Helsing did the vampire thing pretty entertainingly.

Hmm, apparently there's a new series in development for HBO based on the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris which should be pretty good, but I am not sure when that comes out.

No list could be complete without Blacula!

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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby parkaboy » Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:11 am UTC

Girl™ wrote:The Hunger. Go. Rent it. Now. It has David Bowie.


you know a few years ago they had a theater showing of The Hunger. I went to it and won a copy of it on dvd but i had to go somewhere to claim the prize... some video store i had no idea where it was so i never went to pick it up. i'm kicking myself to this day.

i'm also starting to realize i've seen way more vampire movies than i had thought. i guess i just suck at remembering them. i've also seen all of Angel and probably half of Buffy.
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Postby Masuri » Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:21 am UTC

laranzu wrote:Ultraviolet - British miniseries from 1998, not to be confused with movie of the same name but different story. Modern day vampires dealing with modern science and medicine, very serious and gritty in the British crime/spy thriller style.


This looks great! Thanks for recommending it, I just ordered it from Amazon.

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Postby Alisto » Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:38 am UTC

Blade 1 & 3. (2 was very eh)
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Blood: The Last Vampire
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the series = phenomenal)
Monster Squad
The Lost Boys
Interview with the Vampire

And a book recommendation, Fledgling by Octavia Butler.
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Postby Matthias » Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:45 am UTC

On an off-note, my family and I were going to be extras in Interview with the Vampire, but my dad called it off because he had an appointment or something. My brother still brings it up every now and then.
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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby niende » Sun Jan 20, 2008 12:36 pm UTC

heh, That's like the father of a friend of mine who decided not to go to Woodstock because the weather report said it might rain.
Which it did.
Which doesn't save it fron being one of the biggest 'failed' ever...

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Postby harryfielder » Sun Jan 20, 2008 1:20 pm UTC

I once had to dress up like this for a photo job..... :lol:

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Postby alkatmsu » Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:45 pm UTC

MuseSik wrote:From Dusk Till Dawn

Although the movie is infinitely better if you don't know its a vampire movie.


Quoted for truth. I was even warned it was a vampire movie, and was STILL surprised when it happened.

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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby Axman » Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:39 am UTC

Not the first one to say it, but it's my first choice:

Near Dark

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Postby Izawwlgood » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:06 am UTC

Vampire Hunter D and its sequel Bloodlust are both great. The first is genre defining and CLASSIC, if a little dated, the second is gorgeously animated and slick (very cool 'boss' fight).

Um, Blade (but not its sequels).

Helsing is mediocre.
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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby Karrion » Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:25 am UTC

Cronos is a somewhat unusual vampire film...

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Postby Miles Invictus » Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:32 am UTC

laranzu wrote:Ultraviolet - British miniseries from 1998, not to be confused with movie of the same name but different story. Modern day vampires dealing with modern science and medicine, very serious and gritty in the British crime/spy thriller style.


I've seen parts of that. It was pretty good.

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Postby laranzu » Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:46 am UTC

Miles Invictus wrote:
laranzu wrote:Ultraviolet - British miniseries from 1998, not to be confused with movie of the same name but different story. Modern day vampires dealing with modern science and medicine, very serious and gritty in the British crime/spy thriller style.


I've seen parts of that. It was pretty good.


I prefer vampire stories with shades of gray, exploring the attraction of being a vampire and the moral cost. For me, Near Dark and Ultraviolet are both spot on. 30 Days of Night is a good horror movie, but the vampires could have been replaced by werewolves or aliens and you'd still have the same story. At the opposite extreme, in the Laurel Hamilton "Anita Blake" stories there are so many positives to being a vampire that it's hard to believe anyone stays human.

Any recommendations for other vampire movies in the same vein (sorry, couldn't resist) as Near Dark?

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Postby Belial » Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:01 pm UTC

30 Days of Night is a good horror movie, but the vampires could have been replaced by werewolves or aliens and you'd still have the same story.


Yeah, that's fair, and I mostly agree with you. The only reason for the choice of vampires was the aesthetic really.

I think there's room for both uses of vampires, though.
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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby Axman » Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:26 pm UTC

Oh, how could I forget! Blood & Donuts!

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Postby cephalopod9 » Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:01 am UTC

Izawwlgood wrote:Vampire Hunter D and its sequel Bloodlust are both great. The first is genre defining and CLASSIC, if a little dated, the second is gorgeously animated and slick.

I haven't seen the first, how hard is it to find?
Bloodlust is sexy awesome tho'. (the books too)
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Postby Torvaun » Sun Jan 27, 2008 3:29 am UTC

Izawwlgood wrote:Helsing is mediocre.

Van Helsing is mediocre. Hellsing is excellent. Also, it is one of the best dubbed anime I've ever seen.
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Postby Mad Cow Bomber » Thu Jan 31, 2008 6:22 am UTC

Yeah, I gotta third the Buffy nomination. Everything else is irrelevant. Note: Season 8 of comics is awesome - they just completed a really good Faith arc.

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Postby SecondTalon » Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:11 pm UTC

If you ever happen to come across it.... skip Vampires vs. Zombies.

Skip it completely.

The SomethingAwful review of it makes it look far more entertaining than it is.
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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby Bakemaster » Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:49 pm UTC

Not a movie, but Forever Knight will keep you busy for a good while if you can find it.
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Postby Morphing Ball » Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:06 am UTC

Torvaun wrote:
Izawwlgood wrote:Helsing is mediocre.

Van Helsing is mediocre. Hellsing is excellent. Also, it is one of the best dubbed anime I've ever seen.

Well, the Hellsing TV series was OK, but I think Ultimate (the new OVAs) is much better as an adaptation of the manga. The TV series needed an ending, but since the manga hadn't ended (and still hasn't) they didn't have one and didn't even try to make a good one. The soundtrack was mostly excellent, but I wasn't actually too into the dub. Except for Crispin Freeman. He is the bomb. But yeah, I'd recommend Ultimate over the TV series. It has better animation and art, and actually follows the story. Its only shortcoming is that has no OP to match the totally awesome "Logos Naki World".

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Postby Torvaun » Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:02 am UTC

I actually haven't seen Ultimate yet. None of the stores or video rental places near here has it. I have heard wonderful things about it, though.
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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby parkaboy » Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:38 am UTC

hmmm... i wonder if Blockbuster Online has the original Dark Shadows series... my mom loved that show. I'm pretty sure she said it was vampires... *wikis*

*edit* HOLY CRAP! this series has EVERYTHING! Time travel, vampires, Lovecraftian creations, other monsters, a phoenix... wowzas!
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Re: Give me Vampires!

Postby parkaboy » Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:07 pm UTC

Semi-Necro (lol, necro... vampires... whatever)

http://imdb.com/title/tt0095684/

http://www.x-entertainment.com/articles/0831/

WOW. i think i have to see this. seriously.
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