With the success of the 'Twilight' series, I wondered what your favorite...

@thorgrym (677)
United States
February 27, 2011 9:48pm CST
...movie about vampires? I never saw 'Twilight' and never intend to. Personally, I do like movies that involve vampires, but that one just doesn't appeal to me at all. I have a couple favorites in my DVD collection - The Lost Boys, Interview with the Vampire, Bram Stoker's Dracula to name a few. I don't truly understand the attraction to vampires. Does it have to do with the thoughts of immortality? What sucks us in (no pun intended) to the stories of vampires? So, what is your favorite vampire movie?
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• United States
28 Feb 11
Before I get into the discussion of my favorite vampire movie/movies, I have to say that Twilight is an abomination to vampire movies. I am glad you feel the same way. My favorites are similar to yours, I also loved Lost Boys, Interview with the Vampire, and Bram Stoker's Dracula. I also enjoyed Fright Night and really loved the Blade series. Daywalkers was a pretty enjoyable vampire movie with a twist that I've never seen in a vampire movie before. You should definitely see that one.
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
28 Feb 11
I really want to see Daywalkers. I keep forgetting about it when I am looking for movies, though! That one and 30 Days of Night (which I remember to look for but can never find). Thanks for the reminder and reply!
• United States
28 Feb 11
Unfortunately I cannot recommend 30 days of night. I absolutely loved the comic books and have read them all, but the movie adaptation was a pain to watch. I think the reason why is that the way they adopted the comic book was extremely boring with no real 'umph' factor. The action was minimal and the characters were very one dimensional. The story based on the comic is an excellent one, it was just translated wrong on the big screen. Give it a shot, you might enjoy it. A fair amount of people did since they even made a sequel to it that went straight to dvd.
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
2 Mar 11
I watched Daybreakers the other night. Really good. Thanks for the reminder!
@johnnykay (1057)
• Hungary
28 Feb 11
I only watched Twilight to be able to honestly say it's a bullsh!t! My favourite movie is "Interview with the vampire" with Pitt and Cruise, I also like "Blade" with W. Snipes, but this Twilight thing is a completely mess! They aren't even real vampires, I mean they don't melt/rot on sunlight, they eat meals containing garlic, etc. So it IS actually a bullsh!t according to legendary vampire stories (Vlad Tepes aka. Dracula, etc.)! Have a nice day!
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
28 Feb 11
Funny. I have a lot of time on my hands, but I just couldn't bring myself to watch Twilight. I really should go back and watch the first Blade movie. The third one is the only one that I saw and I wasn't too impressed. It wasn't horrible, just not great. After seeing it, I wasn't too inclined to watch the first one. It is funny how a lot of movies challenge the 'belief' that garlic is harmful to vampires. In The Lost Boys, for instance, garlic had no affect on the head vampire (trying to avoid a spoiler by not mentioning his name) because he had been invited in to the home. Thanks for responding!
@johnnykay (1057)
• Hungary
28 Feb 11
Yeah, in Twilight, there's a scene !SPOILER! in which Bella goes for a dinner to the Cullen family and the woman members of the vampire family are cooking some meat and they are peeling some garlic, right when the young boy (Edward or what the F his name) and Bella the girl arrives in the house... !SPOILER! So in the movie is a quite funny way to introduce that the garlic has no effect on the vampire family! Oh, and I forgot an other thing to say! The vampires actually HAVE reflections in the mirror in the Twilight movie... No comment. Have a nice day mate!
@Galena (9123)
1 Mar 11
interestingly, the idea that vampires are harmed by sunlight is a relatively modern addition to the mythos. if you go back and read Dracula, he lacked supernatural powers in daylight, but wasn't destroyed by it. at the end of the book, they were racing to reach him before sunset so that he would lack a supernatural advantage over them, rather than to expose him to the sun. it only really came about in the film age, when they needed a cheap way to finish filming nosferatu.
@soliton (18)
28 Feb 11
Well, I watched "Bram Stroker's Dracula", i think it's quite good movie. I watched movie just for entertainment and fun, and perhaps I could get some lessons from what the movie tells. Therefore there are quite a lot of movie genres I watched.
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
28 Feb 11
I don't know that there were any lessons to learn from Bram Stoker's Dracula, but I think you meant movies in general as some do have very good lessons. I think that they did an excellent job with Dracula. The casting was well done, though I think that Keanu Reeves was a bit flat in his role. Gary Oldman was absolutely amazing (as he usually is).
1 Mar 11
Yes, I meant movies in general. As for the Bram Stoker's Dracula, it's just fun :)
@Liliac26 (558)
• Romania
28 Feb 11
Unfortunately for me, I've wasted two hours of my life watching the first Twilight movie. Of course, I don't intend to watch the others. My favorite vampire film right now would be Let The Right One In (the Swedish version, as I haven't watched the American). It's creepy in a way that few movies are and I also found it strangely beautiful. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1139797/
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
28 Feb 11
I had not heard of Let The Right One In. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the tip! Even the commercials for Twilight turned my stomach. I really don't think that I could make it through the movie. Thanks for the reply!
@sunnycool (12736)
• India
1 Mar 11
Let The Right One In wasn't bad at all
• India
28 Feb 11
My personal favourite is the Eragon Series,The inheritance cycle,by Cristopher Paolini.its not directly vampires but you do come across vampire like creatures called the Shade.Its all about a dragon and its dragon rider.amazing story.A movie was made but did not do justice to the original novel.Hope we will get a remake soon.
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
28 Feb 11
That's true, I hadn't really thought of the Shade as a vampire, but I suppose it fits. The movie did fairly well in the box office, so I doubt it will see a remake any time soon...if at all.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
28 Feb 11
When i first think of vampire movies, Dracula always comes to mind. I always got a kick out of Love at first Bite with George Hamilton. he put a new spin on being Dracula. I wasn't that impressed with Twilight when it first came out. there was so much hype about it. then it seemed to grow on me. My teenaged daughter is all about twilight. One vampire film i enjoy watching above the rest is one from John Carpenter. It is called Vampires: Los Muertos. Maybe i just like it for Jon Bon Jovi!
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
28 Feb 11
Dracula is the king of all vampires! Thank you, Bram Stoker, for your classic novel. I got a kick out of Love at First Bite, as well. Funny movie! Thanks for the reply!
@lizzyt2007 (1312)
• Craig, Alaska
28 Feb 11
I don't like vampire movies like I used to years ago. Now the only one I like is the "Twilight Series" In my opinion the reason most people don't want to see it, is cause its not really about vampires much. Its mostly a love story movie. Yes their are vampires and then in the other movies in the series their are werewolves. I've read all the books and their truly amazing. I own all the twilight movies except part 1 and 2 of the Next Twilight series movie called "Eclipse". I can't wait. They make part 1 later this year and part 2 next year. I don't like the movie based on actors and actresses, I like the movies based on the story line.
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
28 Feb 11
Like you, my fascination for vampire movies has waned a bit. If you like the romance aspect of the Twilight series and like vampire movies at all, you might want to try to track down a copy of 'Dance of the Damned.' It wasn't a very big release and was likely straight to video. It came out in the late 80's.
@Galena (9123)
28 Feb 11
I love vampire films. even bad ones. the twilight films are very cheesy, but quite fun. I'll always struggle to choose a favourite. I suppose it has to be the Lost Boys. I used to watch it over and over again when I was little, and it always cheers me up. and Interview with the Vampire is quite beautiful. based on one of my all time favourite books. the Queen of the Damned, I enjoyed, but more as a film than as an adaptation of the book, where it failed quite dramatically. have you seen Let the Right one in? it's a really lovely film, and a very different take on the vampire mythos. and I'll always have a soft spot for The Hunger, with the wonderful David Bowie, and even Blood for Dracula, which is absolutely hilariously bad but good. and then there's the likes of Christopher Lee and Bela Lugosi. their contributions for the genre can't be underestimated. as you can tell, I absolutely love vampire films.
@thorgrym (677)
• United States
28 Feb 11
I do like a good vampire film, but I can't force myself to watch bad ones. Choosing a favorite is always a chore for me, as well. I tend to have a top 10 list and number one on the list is only there because I mentioned it first. The Lost Boys is definitely up there, though - probably top 3. I loved the mix of horror and comedy - and the soundtrack was phenomenal! I never saw Queen of the Damned. I never got around to reading the book, either. The Vampire Lestat took me five copies of the book to finally finish reading. Each time I got a copy to read, it either got stolen or lost before I could finish it! I should probably go back and read Queen, though - if only just to complete the series. You are the 2nd to mention Let the Right One In. I am definitely going to have to check it out. Thanks for the response!