We Ranked Our Fav Vampire Films Least to Absolute Favorite Of All Time For Halloween

You know when you have a favorite film or genre of film and you will sit and watch pretty much every film in that genre or that features that thing you like ’till you’re pretty well-versed in what’s out there?

That’s how I feel about vampire films.

As a writer of vampire fiction, I love consuming vampires in media through television, movies, books, games; just inject all of the vampire goodness into my veins!

That’s why, as promised, I’ll deliver to you my list of my top ten favorite vampire films with some honorable mentions at the end.

Let’s begin…

Night Teeth (2021) | 42

10. Night Teeth

A flick I recently watched on Netflix through a pre-release, screening, Night Teeth makes the list at 10, due to its fairly light-hearted story compared to the others in this list. The vamps were bloody and ruthless, but didn’t seem to possess any extraordinary sense of smell or what have you. And because it’s new, but notable, it’ll hold this spot.

About Night Teeth:

Benny’s entire world is turned upside down after picking up two mysterious girls who expose him to a secret world he never knew existed.

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Daybreakers
Daybreakers (2009) | Lionsgate

9. Daybreakers

I watched this many years ago, immediately enraptured because it featured vampires and it featured the vampires using humans as blood banks. I loved this because I hadn’t see any other vampire movie really tackle this. As I remember it, it featured a whole city or world of vampires using the remaining humans as blood banks and the humans’ numbers were dwindling. I love what they did with the premise. Definitely one to watch.

About Daybreakers:

The year is 2019, and an unknown plague has transformed the world’s population into blood-thirsty vampires. As humans and their blood become more scarce, vampires must search for new ways to satisfy their craving.

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30 Days of Night (2007) | Columbia Pictures

8. 30 Days of Night

Love, love, love this take on vampires. Love the monstrous nature of these vamps and it’s the perfect setting, really. 30 days of complete reign to get you some blood? What vamp wouldn’t jump on that? Their multi-fangs, completely black eyes, and own language was an amazing touch too! Damn, now I wanna rewatch!

About 30 Days of Night:

Cross over to the dark side in this bone-chilling adaptation of the cult-hit graphic novel. In a small Alaskan town, a growing band of bloodthirsty vampires thrust the living into a deadly game of cat and mouse and screams.

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Underworld (2003) | Screen Gems

7. Underworld

The movie I first refused to watch because I was too busy writing my own vampire-led world, Underworld is number 7 because it’s just a fun action movie with vampires. There’s a weaving lore there that, as a vampire writer, I’m a sucker for, but my main love in this series is the prequel: Rise of the Lycans (I have the DVD). Though it’s not mainly about the vampires, it gets a pass as, they in there and one of them is the other lead in the story. We love it.

About Underworld:

In the Underworld, Vampires are a secret clan of modern aristocratic sophisticates whose mortal enemies are the Lycans (werewolves), a shrewd gang of street thugs who prowl the city’s underbelly. No one knows the origin of their bitter blood feud, but the balance of power between them turns even bloodier when a beautiful young Vampire warrior and a newly-turned Lycan with a mysterious past fall in love. Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman star in this modern-day, action-packed tale of ruthless intrigue and forbidden passion ­ all set against the dazzling backdrop of a timeless, Gothic metropolis.

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Blade
Blade (1998) | Marvel

6. Blade

Some motherfuckers always trying ice skate uphill.

Blade

Iconic for so many reasons, I’m pretty sure Blade was the first Black vampire I’d seen on the big screen. A muscular black dude who could fight and had swords and guns? And he was part vamp, part human? I was hooked. He’s an icon for a reason.

About Blade:

In a world where vampires walk the earth, Blade has a goal. His goal is to rid the world of all vampire evil.

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Queen of the Damned (2002) | Village Roadshow Pictures

5. Queen of the Damned

I watched a brunt of these movies as a child, and even though as an adult, I know they’re not the best cinematic vampire movies, they still hold a special place in my heart. Queen of the Damned is one such movie, blending my love (at the time) of 90s rock music and Aaliyah.

About Queen of the Damned:

Queen of the Damned is a 2002 gothic horror film directed by Michael Rymer, loosely based on the third novel of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles series, The Queen of the Damned (1988), although the film contains many plot elements from the novel’s predecessor The Vampire Lestat.

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A Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) | Eddie Murphy Productions

4. A Vampire in Brooklyn

This one seriously needs no introduction. Eddie Murphy playing the suave Caribbean royalty of Prince Maximillian? *Chefs Kiss* (We even named our cat after him.) This movie had a lot of great moments and followed the typical urban fantasy literature tropes. We did a whole video on it. That’s how much I loved it.

About A Vampire in Brooklyn:

In the wake of her mother’s death in a mental institution, detective Rita Veder (Angela Bassett) is assigned to a baffling serial murder case. After examining the crime scene — a corpse-filled ship found adrift at sea — Rita meets Maximilian (Eddie Murphy), a smooth-talking Caribbean playboy determined to romance her. When Rita begins suffering from crippling hallucinations, she calls upon Dr. Zeko (Zakes Mokae), an occultist who suspects a vampire is on the loose.

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Let The Right One In (2008) | Sandrew Metronome

3. Let The Right One In

This one I saw one night while a teenager. I just remember feeling…immeasurably touched by the story. It’s a simple story: A loner child gets bullied and has an unlikely friendship with the new girl next door…but she’s a vampire. It’s gorgeously filmed, the dialogue is beautiful. But most importantly, the vampire is vicious and relentless and she never ‘tones it down’ for her new friend, Oskar. Must watch.

About Let The Right One In:

When Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a sensitive, bullied 12-year-old boy living with his mother in suburban Sweden, meets his new neighbor, the mysterious and moody Eli (Lina Leandersson), they strike up a friendship. Initially reserved with each other, Oskar and Eli slowly form a close bond, but it soon becomes apparent that she is no ordinary young girl. Eventually, Eli shares her dark, macabre secret with Oskar, revealing her connection to a string of bloody local murders.

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) | Columbia Pictures

2. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Y’all knew this was coming. I have it on DVD, I watch it once in a blue moon, and can recite the movie word for word at this point. It’s a love story which, we all know, the original source material was not. But I like that. I love the longing he has for a human and the ruthlessness with which he pursues her. The kissing scene between Mina and Lucy in no way influences this ranking.

About Bram Stoker’s Dracula:

Count Dracula, a 15th-century prince, is condemned to live off the blood of the living for eternity. Young lawyer Jonathan Harker is sent to Dracula’s castle to finalize a land deal, but when the Count sees a photo of Harker’s fiancée, Mina, the spitting image of his dead wife, he imprisons him and sets off for London to track her down.

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Interview with the Vampire (1994) | Warner Brothers Pictures

Interview with the Vampire

The pinnacle (to me) of vampire media, Interview with the Vampire had everything my teenage heart could want when I first saw it. Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, and Tom Cruise all in the same movie? And as vampires?! My mind was blown. The story, one of pining, of loss, of wanting to belong in a world one does not feel part of, all spoke to my super depressed teenage-self. I thought it was beautifully shot, every moment of vampire power shown on screen was exactly what I wanted to see (and I had already begun writing The Dark World when I first saw it). As you can tell, I love romantic vampires with an edge, still (they’re monsters after all), and Interview gave me all of this and more. It will always hold the top spot (though Dracula is a very close second), in my vampire-loving heart.

About Interview With the Vampire:

Born as an 18th-century lord, Louis is now a bicentennial vampire, telling his story to an eager biographer. Suicidal after the death of his family, he meets Lestat, a vampire who persuades him to choose immortality over death and become his companion. Eventually, gentle Louis resolves to leave his violent maker, but Lestat guilts him into staying by turning a young girl — whose addition to the “family” breeds even more conflict.

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Honorable Mentions:

The Monster Project (2017)

Iconic, amazing, legendry. It’s only not in the list officially because I didn’t know where to put it. It ranks as one of my top favorite vampire found footage films. It just has it all, a vampire, a skinwalker, and a demon. And they’re all real? I’ve watched this twice and it never gets old. It’s just perfect.

About The Monster Project:

Aspiring filmmakers find three cast members who claim to be real monsters. Filming in an abandoned mansion, the production soon becomes a nightmare as they reveal their true forms: a skinwalker, a demon and a vampire.

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Black Water Vampire (2014)

I’m only including this because it was absolutely hilarious and the ending was…an ending.

Please go watch it if you want a good (unintentional) laugh.

About Black Water Vampire:

A documentary film crew investigates a series of killings where women were mutilated and left in the woods with their bodies drained of blood. They journey into the forest and come face to face with a form of evil they never could have imagined.

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And before you go, check out an essay I wrote on why I love vampires:

[Essay] Why I Love Vampires, A Monster Thoughts Introspective

I’ve discussed this in plenty of interviews in the past, and the answers, the quick ones at least, are that they’re enrapturing, sexy, scary, and they can be stand-ins for one’s depression, grief, otherness, addiction…etc. The list goes on.

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