Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Interview with the Vampire was released in 1994 and was based off the Anne Rice novel of the same name. Big-time stars Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Christian Slater, Antonio Banderas, and Kirstin Dunst all feature in the film.
The acting is unquestionably extraordinary. The sets, costumes, and atmosphere are spot-on. The dialogue is superb and excellently delivered. You'd be hard-pressed not to enjoy this movie.
Although Tom Cruise's performance is usually applauded, I must say that the dynamic between Brad Pitt and child-star Kirstin Dunst is exemplary. Brad Pitt's embodiment of the pain and loathing that he feels for himself and his maker is utterly convincing. Kirstin Dunst's portrayal of an immortal child-vampire is so well-done it is hard to conceive how an eleven-year-old girl could tackle topics so beyond her age.
The movie begins with the vampire Louis (Brad Pitt) recounting his birth and life as a vampire to writer David Molloy (Christian Slater). Through Louis' tales we are brought back to the Louisiana of the 18th century, a time of elaborate dresses and magnificently built plantations.
This story is full of excitement, sorrow, and dark beauty. Even Anne Rice, who was not keen on Tom Cruise playing the vampire Lestat, went on to say it was a superb film that did her novel justice.
The Forsaken (2001)
The Forsaken was made in 2001. It was filmed in Arizona and stars Kerr Smith (Dawson's Creek) and Brendan Fehr (Roswell).
Although this movie is not lavishly made and doesn't pack a star-studded cast there is still appeal to it.
For starters, the movie oozes with grittiness and sexuality. Although a bit over the top, the hot desert backdrop and predatory nature of the film's fanged villains lend the movie the same atmospheric feel of The Lost Boys and Near Dark.
I'll be the first to admit that this is not a five-star film. It has some flaws and the acting leaves much to be desired, but it's a pretty well-made B-movie with an interesting premise.
The atmosphere that the lonely desert roads generate, and the history of how vampires came to be, create an eerie vibe. If you like car chases, and a bit of gore and action mixed in with your vampire movies, then this flick will be right-up your alley.
The movie begins with Sean (Kerr Smith) driving across country to attend his sisters wedding. He picks up hitchhiker/vampire-hunter Nick (Brendan Fehr) along the way. It doesn't take long for Sean to become entangled in Nick's troubles with the vamps which leads the duo on an action-packed race across the desert.
The Lost Boys (1987)
The Lost Boys has become a classic of the vampire movie genre. Set at a bustling seaside town during the summertime, we watch as two brothers become entangled with vampires, something that isn't hard to do as the small seaside town they live in is a haven for the bloodsuckers.
Kiefer Sutherlands role as head-vampire David still remains as one of the best vampire roles to this day, nearly thirty years after the films release. This is a must-watch film for any true vampire fan.
Underworld was released in 2003. It stars Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman.
Selene (Kate Beckinsale), is a vampire that hunts lycans (werewolves), because she believes that they slaughtered her family. She discovers that the lycans are trying to get their hands on a human named Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) and investigates as to why. The deeper that Selene digs the more she comes to realize that things between vampires and lycans are not as they first seemed.
The movie has a gothy comic-book feel to it. Vampires and lycans have access to technological weapons and medicine. There is no shortage of leather or velvet in this urban movie either.
There is so much action in this flick that it inhibits the director from really being able to build-up the characters which makes it a bit hard for the viewer to form a connection with them. The characters have rich histories which are made known, but most of their screen time is spent running, fighting, bleeding, and scowling. That being said, the movie is still very interesting and suspenseful, making it well-worth the watch. The most noteworthy performance is that of Michael Sheen who plays the lycan leader Lucian. There is something in Sheen's performance that resonates. Whereas Beckinsale's acting can feel forced and detached at times, Sheen is fluid and engrossed in his character throughout the film.
The Belgian movie Vampires, which was released in 2011 by IFC, is unlike any of the other movies on this list.
Filmed as a mockumentary, we get to follow a family of vampires as they try to raise their two 'children'. It is meant to be a comedy, and although it is not particularly funny, it does illicit a laugh or two.
It's a very interesting movie in that it introduces original ideas pertaining to how vampire society and dynamics would be handled in modern times. It is for this uniqueness that Vampires made the list. I have not seen another movie like it.
If you can tolerate the subtitles, and approach the movie as a comedy, then I think you'll be quite pleased with this selection. This is more an independent film lovers cup of tea. Think Portlandia.
Bitten was released in 2008. It stars Jason Mewes of Jay and Silent Bob fame and is altogether a solid B-movie. Mewes and co-star Richard Fitzpatrick deliver some very funny lines in this black comedy.
Mewes stars as Jack, a graveyard shift paramedic that is having difficulties finding love, until he happens upon a beautiful woman near his apartment building that needs his help. Badly beat-up but refusing to see a doctor, Mewes takes the woman into his apartment and nurses her back to health. Unfortunately, the woman has a thirst that can only be quenched by gallons of blood, and nothing else.
The plot is strong and dialogue well paced. Fitzpatrick's performance as the older 'I don't give a f**k' type is very well done also. In fact, Fitzpatrick's performance is so excellent that it overshadows Mewes, perhaps making an otherwise good performance seem lackluster in comparison.