Hello again, my beautiful readers. If you know me (which you, of course, don't — sad for you), you know I love Dracula movies...and, by extension, vampire movies in general. I swear, I can give a vamp movie rec to anyone, no matter what your tastes are. If you're here looking for something vampy to watch, I've got you covered with 13 favorite flicks — in no particular order. 1. For cool and gorgeous people (I'm totally not biased): Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) dir. Francis Ford Coppola
This is the definitive
Dracula, for me. It's a pretty direct adaptation of the original novel, and Coppola wanted it to be dark, gothic, and reminiscent of the time period. It's very dream-like, very vampy, and perfect for Halloween! It's probably my favorite on this list. Where to watch it: Stream it for free on Pluto TV, or rent it from $3.59 on Amazon, YouTube, or Google Play. Warner Bros. 2. For the A24 folks (this isn't an A24 movie, I'm just talking vibes): A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) dir. Ana Lily Amirpour
This movie is
so inventive, so atmospheric, and good for if you want a more serious, sober vampire movie. It's also fun — there's a reason it ends up on the top of a lot of people's vampire movie rankings. The plot centers on a hijabi vampire who skateboards around her city at night, preying on bad men. I love her.
Ana Lily Amirpour, the director, has spoken about how she sees vampires as an allegory for people with addiction, and IMO, that's one of the best ways of exploring vampire stories. If you want an indie, artsy vamp movie, this is the one for you!
Where to watch it: Stream it on Prime with a premium subscription. Kino Lorber / Everett Collection 3. For people who like atmospheric, lonely, pretty European indie movies: Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) dir. Werner Herzog
This movie is a remake of the 1922
Nosferatu directed by F.W. Murnau. If you don't think you know what that is, I promise that you actually do! I'll include a picture down below, and if you don't recognize him, I'll give you five bucks. This Nosferatu is great; it's basically an homage to 1920s-era German silent film, and the way it's filmed is beautiful. Following a visit from his solicitor, Jonathan, Dracula travels to the German city of Wismar to hunt down and seduce Lucy, Jonathan's wife. For most of the film, the city is desolate and barren, having been decimated by the plague and rats that Dracula has borne on his ship. It's very artsy and European, so if that's your thing, I highly recommend this movie! Where to watch it: Watch it for free on Tubi or Peacock! Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, 20th Century Studios OK, here's the '20s Nosferatu:
See? I knew you'd recognize him.
Film Arts Guild / Courtesy Everett Collection 4. For those who want an amazing comedy: What We Do in the Shadows (2014) dir. Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement
This is one of the movies you can tell was influenced by Coppola's
Dracula, in a very good way. If you want a vampire comedy I didn't stop laughing the entire time. It gets the gothic, shabby old vibe of vampires totally right, and makes fun of the genre while also evidently coming from a place of love. The best kind of comedy! , this is the movie for you! Where to watch it: Rent it from Prime, YouTube, or Google Play from $2.69. The Orchard / Courtesy Everett Collection 5. For those who want a classic: Dracula (1958) dir. Terence Fisher
Ahhh, the Hammer films. If you're unfamiliar, Hammer Film Productions is a British film production company that made a
ton of classic horror movies, and modernized them for the times. I think they made, like, nine Dracula movies with Christopher Lee, but the 1958 one is the first. Watch this one.
For a lot of people, this, even more than the Bela Lugosi (1931) or the Coppola (1992) version, is
the definitive Dracula movie. And, I mean, are they wrong??? Christopher Lee is iconic in the role of Dracula, as is Peter Cushing as Van Helsing. Honestly, Christopher Lee is who I think of when I think of Dracula, and as I've said, I've literally seen about a hundred Dracula movies. So that's saying something. Where to watch it: Stream it on Max. Universal Pictures / Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection 6. For those who want aughties nostalgia fuel: Twilight (2008) dir. Catherine Hardwicke
DON'T YELL AT ME! Pause. Be quiet.
Think. AM I WRONG? Don't answer that yet. Think some more. This movie, in all its green-toned, indie, Pacific Northwest realness, absolutely changed what vampires were in pop culture, and you cannot deny it. Now, I'm not unreasonable. I know that the plot is not, um, good. But the vibes this movie served up? The memes? The cultural references we still make to this day?
I will not make either you or myself say that
Twilight is good. What we will settle on is that it is camp. And you and I might even publicly be haters, but you know that if somebody puts this movie on, you are going to stand behind the couch like a dad for the entire two-hour runtime pretending like you don't enjoy it, but everyone knows you're watching. It's okay. It's just us here. We can admit it. Twilight is stupid and fun. Where to watch it: Stream it for free on YouTube or Tubi, or watch it on Prime with a subscription. Summit Entertainment 7. For people who love messy family drama and also the un-inimitable gorgeous look of '90s movies: (1994) dir. Neil Jordan Interview with the Vampire
A certified Julia all-time favorite, this little masterpiece (well — a masterpiece in my own biased opinion) tells the story of Louis, a man who was turned into a vampire in 18th-century New Orleans by the vampire Lestat. The sweet and gentle Louis, who does not at all like being a vampire, despairs and tries to get away from Lestat — who then basically baby traps him with Claudia, a 12-year-old he "saves" by turning into a vampire as well. Over the next 200 years, their twisted family relationship goes through, um, a
lot of ups and downs.
What you need to know: This movie slays super hard. There's (almost) nothing like it. If you want some '90s drama, a little raunchiness, secret French vampire covens, and despair in the face of bleak immortality,
this movie is definitely for you. Where to watch it: Stream it on Hulu or rent it on Amazon, YouTube, or Google Play starting at $3.79. Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection 8. For the Stephen King fans: Salem's Lot (1979) dir. Tobe Hooper
This movie was originally a two-part made-for-TV miniseries, so it's super long, just a warning. But it's still totally worth the watch. Ben Mears, a writer, travels back to his hometown to get some writing inspiration. The small town is suspicious of him, and those suspicions grow when people start getting sick and disappearing. But Ben discovers what's really plaguing the town: the arrival of the evil Kurt Barlow, an ancient vampire.
This is a very bowl-of-popcorn, snuggled in on the couch kind of movie, IMO. It has some of the creepiest vampires in any movie I've seen. And the window scene?! If you know you know. This movie is considered a classic for a reason, so if you want something cozy and a little thrilling that'll up your vampire-fan cred, watch this movie!
Where to watch it: Rent it on Google Play, Apple TV, or YouTube for $2.99. Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection 9. For people who want something ridiculous, fun, a bit grungy, and a little raunchy: Queen of the Damned (2002) dir. Michael Rymer
This movie rocks — literally. Like
Interview with the Vampire, this movie is also about Anne Rice's famed literary character Lestat, but don't worry, it is completely unrelated to the other film.
Bored of immortality, Lestat decides to embrace his vampire identity and leverage it to become a vampire rock star. A young human woman suspects his identity, and falls in love with him. Unknowingly, Lestat's rockin' tunes reawaken the Egyptian vampire Akasha, queen of the vampires, who seeks to rule over (and kill many of) the world's vampires and make Lestat her king at all costs.
This movie is ridiculous and amazing. If you want to just sit down and have a lot of fun watching early '00s grunge rock ridiculousness, this movie is totally for you. I loved it.
Where to watch it: Stream it on Hulu, or rent it from YouTube, Vudu, of Google Play Movies for $2.99. Warner Brothers / Courtesy Everett Collection 10. For people who want true, New York '90s indie grunge: Habit (1997) dir. Larry Fessenden
Okay, I'm serious about the description; this movie is, like, actually grungy (none of the fun pop-grunge like in
Queen of the Damned). In grimy 1990s New York, a grieving drunk despairs after a breakup. Soon after, he meets Anna, a beautiful, mysterious vampire who lures him away from any stability in his life. Larry Fessenden and Meredith Snaider give great performances in main roles, and I recommend it to all my artsy friends. Like A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, this movie also deals with vampirism as a mechanism for talking about addiction. Glass Eye Pix 11. For people who want to watch a fun, campy (bad) movie: Blood for Dracula (1974) dir. Paul Morrissey
I don't even remember why exactly I turned this on the first time; probably because half the time it's listed as
Andy Warhol's Dracula, and I wanted to know what the hell that would look like. Now I know.
Basically, Dracula travels from Romania to Italy because he needs virgin blood and there are no more virgins left where he's from. He assumes that Italy will have a lot of virgins because it is very Catholic. He is wrong. When he tells an aristocratic family he intends to marry one of their many daughters, he preys on each one in turn; each tells him they are a virgin, each is lying, and each causes him to get really, really sick. If you want to hear Dracula with a funny accent scream "ZHE BLUD OF ZEEZ WHORES EES KILLING ME," this might be right for you!
PS: I know there are many, many
Blood for Dracula defenders out here, and listen, I had so much fun watching this, but please, we don't have to pretend that it was good. Is it campy? Yes. Was it ridiculous? Yes. Was it... good? Um... Where to watch it: Watch it for free on Vudu or Plex. Euro International Film 12. And for those who want to watch the one that set the standard for them all: Dracula (1931) dir. Tod Browning and Karl Freund
Everybody knows that Bela Lugosi
invented the image of Dracula we know today (sorry, Bram Stoker — love you), but how many of you have actually sat down and watched the 1930s original? Now is the time to change that! This movie has: cool floating bats. Bela Lugosi slaying. The original Universal Monster. Plus, you get to see the origins of " I vant to suck your blood!" What more could you ask for?
(I would say to watch this only if you actually find enjoyment in old movies, which of course, I do because I am cool and fun.)
Where to watch it: Stream it on Prime! Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection 13. Special mention: The Lost Boys (1987) dir. Joel Schumacher
I haven't seen it, I just know you guys are gonna be mad at me if I don't put it on the list.
A synopsis for you: When two teenage boys move with their mother to a coastal California town, they soon discover that it is crawling with biker gangs and vampires. The younger brother, Sam, must save his older brother, Michael, from the coven.
This movie, from what I've seen, is full-on '80s ridiculousness, and I
need to watch it. Its tagline does it way more justice than I could: "Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire." If you like '80s partying, campy vampires, and a gothic California coast, this movie is for you! Where to watch it: Stream it on Max. Warner Bros / Â©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection That's it! I've included something for everyone, I hope. If I missed your favorite, let me know in the comments below — I'm always looking for more to watch. 😈