PUBLIC OPINION > 'Interview With the Vampire' Is the Best Vampire Movie
Film 2012/06/25 23:00:00
The "Twilight" franchise has kind of turned vampires on their heads with the sparkly heartthrob aesthetic, but this week "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is going to try and turn it around. Writer and producer Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," wanted to release a summer blockbuster that's "not a sequel, a prequel, a reboot, a remake, based on a toy, a video game, or a board game." But it's still got to overcome the vampire hurdle. In honor of the movie, we asked the public to vote on some great vampire flicks.
"Interview With the Vampire"
Anne Rice's "Interview With the Vampire" novel series put a completely new spin on vampires. She kept the Gothic tone of traditional lore, and injected it with unprecedented character depth -- desire, romance, revenge, nostalgia. Fortunately, the movie was true to the series, and somehow managed to turn Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise into believable vampires. It also earned Kirsten Dunst an Oscar nomination at the age of 12.
Sadly, this one wasn't included in the options. However, based on comments, it probably would have taken first or second. Though it doesn't resonate extremely well with younger audiences, it's still a classic that partially formed the way we envision vampires. Bela Lugosi at his finest. "Nosferatu" held a similar status, but it wasn't quite as in-demand.
When it comes to contemporary vampire movies, you can't do much better than "Underworld." This trilogy was unique for combining the oft-compared vampire and werewolf mythologies into a single fantasy universe. And for every horrific, gruesome scene you sit through, you're rewarded with Kate Beckinsale. It's like fire and ice.
Of course, there are tons more where that came from. Some other popular vampire movies include: "Nosferatu," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "The Lost Boys," "Van Helsing," "Let Me In," "Fright Night," "Let the Right One In," "Blade," "Daybreakers," "Salem's Lot," "House of Dark Shadows," "Love at First Bite," "30 Days of Night," "Near Dark."
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