The 20 Best Modern Vampire Films

The 20 Best Modern Vampire Films

The requirements to make this list:
Includes a type of vampire.
Made after 1990.
Let the Right One In (2008)
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
“ This film is not in English. It is still better to watch this version with the voice over than to watch the English remake. This film shows us that even the best vampires are still parasites. Let the Right One In reveals at its core without the fluff, what the human experience feels like. I rate this film as the best vampire film of the modern era, without a doubt. ” - JustJonAllen
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger. (123 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ All about the cast? Not exactly but it certainly doesn't hurt. ”- JustJonAllen
30 Days of Night (2007)
After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. (113 mins.)
Director: David Slade
“ 30 Days of Night saves the vampiric horror film. At a time when love stories and coming of age adventures have taken over the genre, this film reminds us that we may not want to see what is going bump in the night. ” - JustJonAllen
Thirst (2009)
Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways. (133 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Great take on a vampire film. Thirst is not the only vampire movie to offer us a priest as a vampire, but it certainly does it best. ” - JustJonAllen
Dracula (1992)
The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor's fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land. (128 mins.)
“ Even though it isn't my style of vampire at all, I have to respect the classic poly-morphing vampire. ” - JustJonAllen
I Am Legend (2007)
Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure. (101 mins.)
Director: Francis Lawrence
“ Look, I know I know..... Going to allow this in on a few technicalities.
First off they can't go in the light. That is a major tell if your perplexed on what the monster is. Also they are much smarter than traditional zombies. Lastly its in the blood. These days vampires are all about the blood. ” - JustJonAllen
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
The filming of Nosferatu is hampered by the fact that the star is taking his role far more seriously than what seems humanly possible. (92 mins.)
Director: E. Elias Merhige
“ There are going to be a few homage picks to the classic Nosferatu style of vampire films. This certainly is one of the tops. In my book it edges out a couple of the others mainly because of its cast, but also because this is a list of modern vampire films. The others go to far to stay classic. ” - JustJonAllen
Underworld (2003)
Selene, a beautiful vampire warrior, is entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a werewolf who longs for the war to end. (121 mins.)
Director: Len Wiseman
“ I will admit, I always liked blondes until 2003. The blue eyed dark hair Selene played by Kate Beckensale changed my tune. While similar in style, this beats out Blade in action and plot. The cast is incredible going on to create an entire movie franchise that even had a movie survive with just the supporting cast. This is not the best vampire film of all time but it was revolutionary. This did for vampire/werewolves movies what 28 Days Later did for zombie films. ” - JustJonAllen
Byzantium (2012)
Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort. (118 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ We are starting to see a trend of films like this. This one just barely finds a way to put itself a cut above the others of this particular style. ” - JustJonAllen
Cronos (1993)
A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path. (94 mins.)
Director: Guillermo del Toro
“ This also pushes the limits on the traditional vampire. I like it however. ” - JustJonAllen
Let Me In (2010)
A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. (116 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
“ They picked the right actress. It was going to be tough to live up to the original but it does well enough to find a spot on this list. ” - JustJonAllen
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance - which has already endured several centuries - is disrupted by the arrival of uncontrollable younger sister. (123 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
“ Much to like about this film. It does something so classic that even the Nosferatu buffs have got to respect. It makes living forever seem like such a drag. The cast is incredible, its literally a list of whose who in the supporting cast world. Mia Wasikowska needs her own vampire film asap! ” - JustJonAllen
Blade (1998)
A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires. (120 mins.)
Director: Stephen Norrington
“ I am all for hybrid vampires. This makes the list purely for entertainment purposes. ” - JustJonAllen
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
Director: Robert Rodriguez
“ Corny but classic. Western vamp films actually have a place in my heart. ” - JustJonAllen
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
An origins story centered on the centuries-old feud between the race of aristocratic vampires and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. (92 mins.)
Director: Patrick Tatopoulos
“ Not many films have vampires as social creatures. I like it. ” - JustJonAllen
Midnight Son (2011)
The story of a young man called Jacob who is confined to a life of isolation, due to a very rare skin disorder... (88 mins.)
Director: Scott Leberecht
“ A few things I like. A vampire with a real job! It does some things very well and others not so well. With genre movies you learn to love the good stuff and forget the bad. That is probably how this makes the cut. ” - JustJonAllen
Stake Land (2010)
Martin was a normal teenage boy before the country collapsed in an empty pit of economic and political disaster... (98 mins.)
Director: Jim Mickle
“ It obviously looks and feels zombie. Vampires aren't usually an apocalypse type deal but gotta clap your hands at this one. It isn't I Am Legend but for the money it gives a go at this style. ” - JustJonAllen
Daybreakers (2009)
In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind. (98 mins.)
“ Interesting take. Top of the line distopian vampire film. ” - JustJonAllen
Twilight (2008)
A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. (122 mins.)
“ Ok I will be shunned for saying it, but this movie reminds us that it might be fun to be a vampire? Get the girl, save the day, sparkle???? ” - JustJonAllen
Blade II (2002)
Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reaper vampires who feed on vampires. (117 mins.)
Director: Guillermo del Toro
“ Better than the original in many of the ways that matter for fans of a movie like this. In the ways that matter to me it however... One was enough. ” - JustJonAllen


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