Five Absolutely Intriguing Vampire Films

By Marcy Papandrea,

These days it seems vampire films have been over done, and we see the same thing over and over again.

Nothing seems to add anything new, nothing is intriguing anymore. However there are those hidden gems out there, ones that really add something special to the genre, and transcend it. 

I decided to list my Top 5 vampire films that are absolutely intriguing, and ones that might go under the radar.

The genre really is full of interesting things, if you know where to look of course.

I hope in providing this list, it may allow you the reader to think outside the box in terms of vampire films and it may provide you with some gems you may not have yet come across.

5.) Thirst
It took me a couple of years to finally sit down and watch Chan-wook Park’s take on the vampire story, and it was well worth waiting for.

Thirst is a great film, a stunning voyage of the loss of identity and finding love in the most unlikely of places.

The film has an interesting take on the mythos; something that just seems to fit a Chan-wook Park film. The main character is a Priest, and through his turning he loses himself and becomes everything he stands against.

The visuals are absolutely stunning; each scene is just crafted with such beauty, even for the more macabre elements.

With vampire films being something of a clutter these days (in thanks to the Twilight Saga), Thirst is something so different and refreshing.

This is definitely not your run of the mill stuff, it isn’t a traditional genre film and this really works in its favour.

4.) Shadow Of The Vampire

I was stunned the first time I sat down to watch Shadow Of The Vampire, the film sucks the viewer in from the start and it does not let you go.

This is a very strange film; it is part fact and part fiction, based upon a strange urban legend. For those not in the know, this tells the story of the making of Nosferatu, and the legend was that the actor Max Schreck was really a vampire.

The film takes a look at this as if it were real, and the results are terrifying yet some how very beautiful.

This is a classic horror film; it has the feel of those from the early days but with a modern touch. The performances are captivating, especially Willem Dafoe who is unrecognizable as Max Schreck.

This really is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and if you are a fan of the original Nosferatu you must see this intriguing and fascinating film.

3.) Blood Spattered Bride

I must thank Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth for putting this film on my radar. I had never heard of it, but thanks to interviews and videos of those guys I found out about it and I knew I had to see it, with a title like that how could I not?

What I got was a stunning Spanish art film, a haunting piece from the early 70’s loosely based on the story of Carmilla.

The film has this genuinely scary atmosphere, horrific and beautiful imagery, eroticism and nightmarish elements that just all seem to come together.

It is a film filled with metaphors; in fact it does require several viewings to really discover its essence.

This is a masterpiece of 70’s European horror, and one of the most unique vampire films you are likely to come across.

2.) Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

Werner Herzog’s remake of the original Nosferatu is simply amazing; this film from its first frame, till the very last, mesmerized me. The man took a beloved film of the silent era and transformed it into his own artistic masterpiece.

It hasn’t quite been a year since I first watched this one and I still think about it from time to time, some scenes have really stuck with me and probably will remain with me for a long time.

Klaus Kinski plays Count Dracula; his version is very different than Max Schreck’s however the visual look of him hasn’t changed. It is quite frightening and Kinski’s performance is hypnotic, I was drawn to him throughout the film.

I would compare this film to a poem, visual poetry, it is a film created to be experienced on that level.

This is one of the most interesting vampire films I have ever seen, and I honestly can’t recommend this enough.

1.) Martin

George Romero is known for his zombie films, and people often forget about his other films.

Martin is one I also discovered around a year ago, and it might just be my favourite vampire film as well as the film I would say is Romero’s best (along with Dawn Of The Dead).

Martin is very unconventional, automatically for me that is intriguing, and the man made it work extremely well.

Martin is a man who believes he is a vampire, but we see no sign of his vampirism, instead we the audience are lead to believe he may be something else, a sick individual with a fetish for blood and dead women.

I love how the film plays with what Martin actually is, and makes him an extremely sympathetic character.

The film is about a lot of different things, Romero is a man of satire and metaphors and they can certainly be found here.

There is just something amazing about this film, I can’t stop thinking about it, it is a unique piece of cinema that seems to have almost been forgotten.

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