Legends of vampires date back thousands of years, even back to the Roman times of blood sucking spirits. There have been loads of vampire movie releases, with the earliest German production dating way back to 1922. In older times, vampires were perceived as somewhat horrible looking creatures – pale and ghostly with skinny long fingers. Over the years, however, Hollywood has turned them into something else altogether – with some known for their socialite/late-night lifestyle, today’s vampires are immaculately dressed, good looking and charming – capable of attracting the most hottest babes!
10. From Dusk Till Dawn
Two brothers, Seth and Richie (George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino) are on the run for robbing a bank. With all borders closed, they’re forced to kidnap a family of three who are driving an RV across the Mexican border. Ending up at a strip club in the desert, the boys find themselves fighting for their lives against vampires once the sun goes down.
Release date: 1996
Starring: George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek, fred Williamson and Tom Savini
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Grossed at the box office: $26 million
9. Van Helsing
Ranking number 9 for best vampire movies is Van Helsing, played by Hugh Jackman, works for the Vatican destroying monsters. He’s sent to Transylvania to kill Count Dracula in order to stop him from eliminating an ancient Romanian bloodline that had been tortured and murdered by Dracula for over 300 years. Velkan and Anna are the last living descendants of the ancient Romanians and are equally determined in their conquest to defeat the Count so that their ancestors may enter heaven. However, when Van Helsing gets to Transylvania, he discovers he may have already had some ancient encounters with him before…..
Release date 2004
Starring Hugh jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh, Will Kemp and Kevin J. O’Connor
Directed by: Stephen Sommers
Grossed at the box office: $300 million
Ranking at number nine is Daybreakers. It’s a slightly different (and terrifying) take on vampires in that they’re not just living amongst us silently…they’re ruling the world and, what with a shortage of human blood to survive on, they’ve got a huge problem on their hands. Bring in vampire scientist, Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke). He believes that he can make a substitute blood, however, on his journey to discovery, stumbles across another solution…a complete cure for the vampire virus. The vampire leaders, however, have other ideas…
Release date: 2009
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Claudia Karvan, Sam Neill and Vince Colosimo
Directed by: Spierig Brothers
Grossed at the box office: $51 million
7. Interview With A Vampire
Release date: 1994
Starring: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Chris Slater, Stephen Rea and Kirsten Dunst
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Grossed at the box office: $224 million
Based on the 1976 novel by Anne Rice, reporter Daniel Molloy (Christian Slater) interviews Louis de Point du Lac (Brad Pitt) who claims to be a vampire. Louis describes his human life as a young and wealthy plantation owner in 1791 when he is attacked by the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise). Lestat offers to turn him in to a vampire which Louis agrees to , however, quickly regrets it when he realises he cannot kill humans, choosing to survive on the blood of animals instead. When Louis can resist his hunger no more, he feeds on a girl, Claudia, who lost her mother in the plague. He does not kill her, however, Lestat turns her in to a vampire in an effort to encourage Louis to stay with him. Louis develops a deep love for Claudia whilst Lestat treats her as a student. Louise and Claudia plot to kill Lestat by feeding him ‘dead blood’, slitting his throat and burning him. However, Lestat is powerful and has support from fellow vampires in very high places.
Blade (played by Wesley Snipes) has made it his mission to eliminate all vampires. Blade’s mother was bitten by a vampire just before his birth, giving him the strength of a vampire but with non of their weakness, meaning he has he ability to walk in the daylight and not be affected. Frost, the vampire baddie, desires ultimate power but requires the Blood of blade (who was born a vampire but not by bite) in order to carry out La Magra – a ritual to give him ultimate power over all vampires.
Released date: 1998
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Dorff, N’Bushe Wright and Donal Logue
Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Grossing at the box office: $131 million
5. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Back in 1818, when Abraham was a young boy, he was witness to his mother being bitten by a man and shortly after she lost her life. As time goes on, Abraham’s father makes his son promise not to do anything irrational or risky. However, as Abraham starts to grow up and his father passes away, he seeks revenge when he is no longer bound by the promise made to his father. When Abraham hunts down the man who killed his mother, he quickly realises there’s something more about the man that meets the eye. A stranger informs him that the man is a vampire and then gives him the training he needs to defeat him. Abraham then goes on to be president of the United States.
Release date: 2012
Starring: Benjamin Walker Dominic Cooper Anthony Mackie Mary Elizabeth Winstead Rufus Sewell Martin Csokas
Directed by : Timur Bekmambetov
Grossed at the box office: $116 million
4. 30 Days of Night
Ranking in a number eight for top 10 best vampire movies is 30 Days of Night. Based in a small town of Alaska, many of the town’s population leaves during the winter months to avoid the thirty days of night time. Only a few people stay behind and soon come to realise they’re not alone in this vampire’s paradise of constant darkness. Sheriff Burrows (Josh Hartnett) starts to see strange things happening and horrifying looking vampire monsters. With no way of leaving and no help from the outside world, he’ll need to lead his people through the most terrifying experience of their lives.
Release date: 2007
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston, Ben Foster and Mark Boone Junior
Directed by: David Slade
Grossed at the box office: $75 million
3. Dracula Untold
Vladimir the Impaler got his name by serving the Sultan of Ottoman, who gave him some land in exchange for his service. He soon became Prince Wallachia of Transylvania. Sadly, his peaceful life was cut short when Ottoman demanded 1000 boys from his domain, including his very own son. Vladimir refuses, knowing full well that Ottoman’s army would be soon on their way. He seeks advice from a monk who directs him to a vampire, cursed to live in a cave for the rest of his days. Vladimir comes to a deal with the vampire in that he’ll inherit the strength of a vampire in order to beat Ottoman’s army.
Ranking no 10
Release date: 2014
Starring: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon and Art Parkinson
Directed By : Gary Shore
Grossed at the box office: $217 million
2. The Lost Boys
Two brothers, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) have recently moved to Santa Carla with their mother after their parents divorce. Michael and Sam soon discover that Santa Carlo is the capital of murder in the USA. Michael, the oldest of the two, finds himself involved in a motorbike gang which aren’t what they first appear to be. After drinking blood, disguised as wine, Michael starts to evolves in to a vampire. Sam, the younger of the brothers, is a comic fanatic and becomes friends with vampire slayers in his local comic store. Sam must figure out a way to kill the head vampire in order to save is brother.
Release date: 1987
Starring: Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sunderland, Barnard Hughes Diane Wiest and Jami Gertz
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Grossed at the box office: $32 million
Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a vampire that has been in a secret war for 600 hundred years since her family was killed by Lycan Werewolves. Recruited by Victor, Selene and her fellow vampires wage war on the Lycans. All vampires were under the impression that the Lycans were near extinct, only to later find the Lycan leader still very much alive and looking for a corvinus bloodline to create a hybrid creature (both vampire and werewolf). It’s up to Selene and the order of the vampires to stop him before it’s too late.
Release date: 2003
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Scott speedman, Michael Sheen, Shane brolly and Bill nighy
Directed by: Len Wiseman
Grossed at the box office: $96 million