They certainly don’t make vampires like they used to. Well, the process is still the same. Walk down the wrong dark alley at night and get bitten by one, you become a vampire. The movies about these vampires have since regressed though. Teenage romance is a central plot point as is being shirtless at nightclubs. A tribute to vampires back when they were cool, these are a few films of varying genres before these demons of the night were a little too in touch with their feminine side.
Sure, there’s a bit of a John Hughes feel to it at times with members of the Brat Pack in the film, but this shouldn’t stop you from enjoying Lost Boys and the vampires in it. Led by Kiefer Sutherland, the vampires in this film ride motorcycles and make you feel uneasy on the boardwalk. On the surface they are nothing more than troublemaking college-aged students who don’t attend class. Truthfully they are blood-thirsty monsters. Plus Bill S. Preston aka Alex Winter is one of them which if I dare say is “Excellent!” followed by the air guitar.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
The ultimate vampire who has had many incarnations, there’s no beating Dracula in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Sticking specifically with Gary Oldman’s version in the film from the 1990s, he went to battle with the other half of the Wild Stallions, Theodore Logan aka Keanu Reeves. Dracula was absolutely terrifying in this movie thanks largely to Oldman’s performance. If only he had survived to see what vampires have become today he may have dove onto a stake himself.
Interview with a Vampire
By some accounts pretty boys, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt still managed to play some awesome vampires in the film Interview with a Vampire. Pitt was the more human of the two, keeping the characteristics that make us mortals with him throughout his bloodlust. Meanwhile Cruise embraced the darkness and showed little regret whenever he needed to take some blood or a life. The film was very similar to that of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in the sense that the vampires felt absolutely real yet beyond human. The movie proved a vampire can be sensitive and not come off as an absolute pansy.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
In both incarnations, the film and the television show, the vampires from Buffy the Vampire Slayer were very cool; even if they were so easily slaughtered by a high school girl from The Valley. Remember though–she was the chosen one and this was her destiny. Specifically to the show, there were so many vampires that blurred the line between absolute evil and human. Two of the more memorable ones were Angel and Spike. These two were so cool they both appeared on Angel’s spinoff. How many vampires can say they got a spinoff? Keep in mind Joey from Friends was not a vampire. If he was he would be plugging the third movie in a trilogy based on the show.