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Kyle's Essential VAMPIRE MOVIE LIST [Oct. 4th, 2015|08:40 pm]
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Did you know that trillian_stars is playing Dr. Van Helsing in this month's production of Dracula at Hedgerow Theatre?

While they're in rehearsals, Trillian has been watching non-stop monster movies as research. I wanted to share my favorite vampire moves and ask you what ones I'm missing. Here's my list:

1994's mostly unknown story of Dracula's daughter living in New York city. Shot partly in pixelvision with music by portished. It's moody and at times funny. It stars Peter Fonda as Van Helsing, an actress named Galaxy Craze who has the best name ever, as Lucy, and the dude who played Lane in Madmen gives an awesome performance as Dracula's morose long haired son.

He's half vampire, he hunts vampires. With a sword. Duh.

Only Lover's Left Alive
2014, Tom Hiddelton and Tilda Swinton as stylish vampires with hundreds of years of history and memories who are somehow obsessed with classic guitars and motown music, but it looks beautiful and you should watch it.

The Hunger
You know this one. It's got David Bowie and Bauhaus in it. It's about as vampire as you get.

The Lost Boys
This was really the vampire movie of my formative years. It's not just about vampires, it's about being young and at the beach in the summer. This movie gave me a powerful yearning to have that summer that always really eluded me. Plus, Kiefer Sutherland and Jami Gertz, sweet barking cheese.


Possibly the best looking vampire movie, Ok, a lot of them are beautiful, but Byzantium has beautiful sets, scenery and cinematography. To women vampires making their way over hundreds of years, currently down on their luck but tired and looking for someone to trust.

Let the Right One In
You've probably seen this or the American remake. Beautiful film.

John Carpenter's Vampires
James Woods hunts vampires with a crossbow in the desert. Plus JOHN FREAKING CARPENTER.

30 Days of Night
From the graphic novel. Vampires finally figure out that they can party for a month in Barrow Alaska without the sun coming up. Great action film from Sam Rami.

Curse of the Undead
I was never a huge fan of the Hammer Dracula movies -- the sets and lighting always bothered me. Curse of the Undead I saw once on Dr. Shock probably when I was 7 or 8 at my grandparents house in New Jersey and scenes from it have stuck with me ever since. It's a western with cowboys and horses and gunfights, except one guy who gets shot all the time never goes down. And we never see him in the day. Couldn't find a trailer, but (as of right now) the whole movie is on Youtube. It's only about 65 minutes long.

What am I missing??? What are your favorites? What disappointed you?

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[User Picture]From: tsarina
2015-10-05 12:44 am (UTC)
So many of my favorites!

I saw an amazing theater production of Let The Right One In that just floored me.

Only Lovers Left Alive soothes something in my soul. It's so beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2015-10-05 01:22 am (UTC)
Well there is the Carl Dreyer silent Vampire movie. I believe it is called Nosferatu.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2015-10-05 01:58 pm (UTC)
it's called "vampyr" steve severin from siouxsie and the banshees did a soundtrack for it. it is a beautiful film. i should add that because so few people know it over nosfaratu. thanks for the recommendation.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2015-10-05 02:07 pm (UTC)
Ah think i have this wrong but i was thinking of Murnau's Nosferatu (1922) which is also very good.


It was Carl Dreyer who did Vampyr.(1932)


Edited at 2015-10-05 02:08 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kdsorceress
2015-10-05 01:47 am (UTC)
I just saw Let The Right One In (the Swedish original) a few weeks ago, and thought it was absolutely beautiful. There's so much going on! Glad to see it's already on your list.
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[User Picture]From: kipar
2015-10-05 01:59 am (UTC)
My new favorite vampire movie is What We Do In The Shadows. It was just about perfect.
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[User Picture]From: pandorasfox
2015-10-05 05:57 pm (UTC)
yes, yes it was!
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[User Picture]From: pandorasfox
2015-10-05 02:03 am (UTC)
definitely need to add Near Dark to the list. Possibly Tale of a Vampire too. I'm surprised Interview with a Vampire wasn't on here, but maybe it's too obvious.

ok, one more.....my friend Blair made this and never expected anyone to see it. It's super artsy for a vamp flick, but has great moments. I think you guys will enjoy the crazy cameos.
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From: tamidon
2015-10-05 02:06 am (UTC)
Near Dark was great, a Vampire Western, but it got overshadowed by Lost Boys
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[User Picture]From: pandorasfox
2015-10-05 05:57 pm (UTC)
and the Tangerine Dream soundtrack!!!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2015-10-05 01:59 pm (UTC)
Interview with a Vampire is one of my favorite books. when the movie came out it was like watching someone burn down your childhood home while your teddy bear stared out the window at you.
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[User Picture]From: pandorasfox
2015-10-05 05:58 pm (UTC)
I too loved it as a book and was dreading the film, but I thought they did a pretty decent job. I do not hate it.
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[User Picture]From: buboniclou
2015-10-05 02:48 am (UTC)
Lifeforce. It has everything! If everything means space vampires, Patrick Stewart, and full-frontal female nudity!
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[User Picture]From: mousetrout
2015-10-05 02:53 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ann_no_e
2015-10-05 09:28 pm (UTC)
I second this. Visually arresting at the very least.
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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2015-10-06 03:27 pm (UTC)
Yay! I've been meaning to watch it. Now I have even more of a reason!
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[User Picture]From: moon_chylde
2015-10-05 02:59 am (UTC)
So love that photo!
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[User Picture]From: kazoogrrl
2015-10-05 03:09 am (UTC)
Ah OLLA, that movie speaks to my heart.
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[User Picture]From: wyyknot
2015-10-05 07:52 am (UTC)
Can't comment on vampire movies because I watch very few movies, but I am currently enjoying a second reading of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Despite the title, it is just as much about vampires as it is about witches. Great trilogy.

I do have two other favorite vampire books, though. Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin. It's a historical novel, set in the days of paddles boats on the Mississippi River, but the main character is a vampire. My other favorite is also, as far as I'm concerned, the scariest book ever. It is Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons and is about mind vampires. Read them both someday. I think you'll like them.
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[User Picture]From: catbear
2015-10-05 02:27 pm (UTC)
Creepshow is worth a watch.
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[User Picture]From: Edward Pettit
2015-10-05 03:07 pm (UTC)
My favorite vampire movies are Near Dark (which I am really surprised is not on your list) and George Romero's Martin (which very few people like, but I LOVE it).
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[User Picture]From: siobhan1
2015-10-06 11:15 am (UTC)
I love Let the Right One In. Also, last year, there was an excellent adaptation of the film for the stage - one of the few instances where both film and stage adaptation are brilliant and fantastic in their own way. If you get a chance to check it out - not sure if they ever videoed it - but yeah, if you get a chance, do :)
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[User Picture]From: das_hydra
2015-10-06 01:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for including Nadja! Almost know one knows that film (at least when I bring it up, no one does) and it's weirdly perfect for a vampire film.

Also, I had no idea you loved The Lost Boys.
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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2015-10-06 03:29 pm (UTC)
I definitely suggest Sundown. It has David Carradine, Bruce Campbell, and the guy who played Rex Manning on Empire Records in it. It's a vampire Western about vampires creating fake blood to eat so they don't have to drink from people any more, versus the evil vampires who very much love hunting people. It was pretty great.
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[User Picture]From: shuttergal
2015-10-07 01:57 pm (UTC)
Check out the British 6 part mini-series Ultraviolet.
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[User Picture]From: the_hatstand
2015-10-07 08:44 pm (UTC)
Definitely seconding Ultraviolet. And Near Dark.
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[User Picture]From: sheilagh
2015-10-09 11:05 pm (UTC)
Vampire Princess Miyu. Anime, she's a demon hunter. Complex and very Japanese, also, lovely. Seek the OVA version rather than the TV series.
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