We all pretty much loved Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive. With all these young, reckless vamps on screen lately, it's nice to see hip adult vampires going about their eternal lives.
We polled our staff and here are some other cool vampire flicks that we recommend:
Let the Right One In (2008) A Swedish pre-teen befriends a young vampire. Cold, stark, creepy. If you hate reading, there's an, ah-hem, American remake, Let Me In.
The Hunger (1983) A post-punk vampire flick featuring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon from director Tony Scott. It's pretty cool. Pairs well with Lovers.
Interview with the Vampire (1994) Pretty much all I remember about this movie is that Tom Cruise turned into some sort of alligator vampire...and Brad Pitt may or may not enjoy gazing upon crucifixes.
Thirst (2009) From Oldboy director Park Chan-wook. A priest is turned fangy and struggles with the results. Highly recommended.
Shadow of the Vampire (2000) A film that imagines the making of Murnau's 1922 classic, Nosferatu, featuring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.
Byzantium (2012) Another vampire film from Neil Jordan (Interview). Two lady vampires are on the run from the brotherhood of vamps in coastal Ireland. Some interesting ideas are added to the vampire mythology here. You might recognize the younger vampire: Saoirse Ronan from The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Bring on the blood, action & camp:
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Things get splattery in this romp from Robert Rodriquez and Quentin Tarantino.
Night Watch (2004) A stylized Russian vampire action flick. They went to extra lengths to make the subtitles cool.
The Lost Boys (1987) Kiefer Sutherland, now there's a scary vampire.
Underworld (2003) There will always be a place in our hearts for black-clad vampire warrior Kate Beckinsale. And Bill Nighy.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) Before Joss Whedon made his hit TV series he penned this campy number. Kristy Swanson's no Sarah Michelle Gellar, but she holds her own. Pretty goofy, but a lot of fun.
"Take that, fang face!"