They want to suck your blood. Isn’t that cool?
Vampire movies are one of the most beloved horror genres. It helps that vampires are one of the most universal monsters in folklore. Practically every region on Earth has their own version of the myth, spawning legends and spook stories and films that reflect every aspect of our shared cultural revulsion – and fascination – with the undead. There are scary vampire movies, funny vampire movies, erotic vampire movies and action-packed vampire movies. And then there’s everything in between.
But what are the best vampire movies? That, dear readers, is what we are here to discover.
Crave has set our four film critics – William Bibbiani, Witney Seibold, Fred Topel and Brian Formo – about the task of selecting The 50 Greatest Vampire Movies Ever Made. Each critic was invited to vote for up to 50 vampire movies, ranked from 1-50. Their votes were then tallied and the top 50 films are what you see before you (with 30 runners-up, for good measure).
With the vampire movie genre so wide and varied, it only makes sense that our list of The 50 Best Vampire Movies should reflect that variety. Our critics have different specialties and tastes (that’s why we hired them), and between them they nominated established classics, cult favorites, art house oddities and quirky comedies alike. Some films may surprise you and others may seem like no-brainers, but that doesn’t make them any less great.
Our critics’ selections range all the way from the 1910s to this very year (the 1970s and 1990s were victorious, with 11 films per decade in the Top 50), and very few filmmakers and actors appear on the list more than once. The only sweeping observation we can make with certainty is that Dracula is still the king of the vampires: the character appears in, or is directly related to 14 movies in the Top 50. Even more if you include our runners-up.
So without further ado, here they are. How many of The 50 Best Vampire Movies Ever Made have you seen?