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The Best Vampire Movies

Capture2 Like so many, I can’t get enough of Vampire / Werewolf / Zombie movies. I’ve already ranked the werewolf movies I’ve seen. Now it’s time to do so with vampire flicks! There are countless movies and TV shows I have missed. As always, you’re more than welcome to leave your suggestions in the comments.

The Best Ones

  • Nosferatu – one of the most frightening vampires I’ve ever seen on the screen. And all done without modern special effects.
  • Bram Stoker’s Drakula (1992) – This movie was brilliantly done. Gary Oldman played the part of Dracula perfectly. I still watch this film at least once a year to the chagrin of my girlfriend.
  • From Dusk Till Dawn – I never thought I would see George Clooney and Harvey Keitel in a vampire movie – but with Quentin Tarantino as the director you never know what to expect.
  • Let the Right One In – Another unique and fresh vampire movie.
  • The Lost Boys – Kiefer Sutherland plays a fantastic lead vampire in this 80s classic. And you get the two Corey’s on top of that!
  • The Night Flier – This is a rare Stephen King movie that few have seen. But it’s unique and a lot of fun.
  • Interview with a Vampire – Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt star in this adoption of an Anne Rice novel.
  • Daybreakers – Fantastic movie with a unique premise – “What happens when everyone on Earth is a vampire and they begin to run out of blood?”

The Good Ones

  • 30 Days of Night – Based on a comic book this movie delivers well done vampires in a unique setting – a remote Alaskan Town.
  • Fright Night – as a child of the eighty’s, I can’t help but enjoy horror films with a touch of 80s cheese. I love seeing Prince Humperdink (ala The Princess Bride) as the vampire.
  • Once Bitten – Kind of a silly eighties High School comedy starring Jim Carrey before he was Jim Carrey.
  • Twilight – I know you purists will be outraged I’m including this movie, but what the heck; I like vampires and I like teenage high school angst movies.
  • Underworld (I, II, & III) – A solid vampire vs. werewolf series.
  • Vamp (1986) – A fun vampire flick with more 80s cheese.
  • Vampires – A fun movie with James Woods as a vampire hunter.
  • Dark Shadows (TV Series) – I have only seen the 1991 remake of this classic series. It’s easy to get hooked on the DVD set – unfortunately there are only 12 episodes.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Again, any child of the 80s enjoyed this movie while growing up. Every fan of 90210 watched just to see Luke Perry. And what ever happened to Kristy Swanson? Oh, Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) plays the main vampire henchmen. How can you beat that?

The Okay Ones

  • Fright Night 2 – The sequel to the original Fright Night, if this movie wasn’t quite as good as the first but I still enjoyed it.
  • From Dusk Till Dawn 3 – I debated whether to put this under the good or the okay – in the end it landed here. Still an enjoyable movie though.
  • The Lost Boys II
  • Embrace of the Vampire – I debated whether or not to put this one in the bad category but in the end I rounded up. This film stars Alyssa Milano. I liked her in “Who’s the Boss”, so I’ll give the movie at least a few points.
  • Mr. Vampire – Vampire enthusiasts are going to disagree with me on this one. I’ve seen the first part of this movie but just couldn’t get into it. Perhaps the fact that there were no English subtitles has something to do with it. If I could find a version with subtitles, pop some popcorn and open a can of coke, I might try and sit back and enjoy this fan favorite.
  • Vampires: The Turning – This movie is fine/okay/all right. The acting was so-so – but who cares, it’s a vampire flick. Oh, apparently the vampires in Thailand know Kung fu.
  • Blade – I know a lot of guys who enjoyed this flick. I’ve just never been into the whole Chuck Norris / Steven Segal / Jean-Claude Van Damme cheesy Kung fu material.

The Bad Ones

  • Bloodrayne – Ugh. Never played the game either.
  • Vampire’s Kiss – This stars Nicolas Cage and that’s all I could figure out about it
  • Queen of the Damned – Meh, it was so-so. All I remember about it was meh.

Movies Still In My Queue

  • From Dusk Till Dawn 2
  • Vampires – Los Muertos
  • Dracula 2000

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The Best Werewolf Movies

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The Best Ones

  • American Werewolf in London – A unanimous choice among horror movie buffs. The transformation scene stands on it’s own.
  • Dog Soldiers – Think Predator with werewolves mixed in.  Fantastic!
  • Ginger Snaps 1 – This movie was also ranked among the top horror movies of the 2000s
  • The Howling 1 – Another classic with a transformation scene as remarkable as American Werewolf in London’s
  • Silver Bullet  – A Stephen King story staring the late Corey Haim (RIP) and Gary Busey.  A fun summer break werewolf story told from a childs point of view.

The Good Ones

  • American Werewolf in Paris – Not surprisingly it’s very similar to AWiL.  While many horror movie buffs will rate it harshly, I feel it stands on it’s own as an enjoyable movie.
  • Cursed – Had a great time watching this movie.  While helping a motorist late one night, a brother and sister are attacked by a large animal. Guess what?  It wasn’t a rabid dog.
  • Underworld Series – Fun Vampire vs. Werewolf series. If you haven’t heard of them you probably shouldn’t be reading this post.
  • Ginger Snaps 2,3 – Not as good as the first one, but what sequels are? Still enjoyed them.
  • Van Helsing – I did enjoy this movie has there are plenty of monsters to go around. I was a little turned off by the CGI however, but nobody’s perfect.
  • Skinwalkers  – An enjoyable story about a family of “good” werewolves –vs- bad werewolves.  Doesn’t hurt that it stars Sarah Carter.
  • The Howling 5
  • Teen Wolf – Isn’t your typical werewolf movie but it is filled with fun 80’s cheesiness – and I can’t say no to that.
  • The Beast of Bray Road – Loved this movie.  Didn’t get great ratings, but hey, it’s based on a “true event”.
  • Never Cry Werewolf – I will definitely take some heat for this from the hardcore werewolf lovers, but I did enjoy this film. Sure it’s more of a PG-13 flick and meant for teens, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it.
  • Bad Moon – This is a short, often overlooked werewolf film. While low budget, the mechanical werewolf has plenty of character. But the unique twist to this movie is the protagonist – It’s a German shepherd named Thor.

The Okay Ones

  • The Howling (2,3,4,& 6)
  • Teen Wolf Too
  • The Company of Wolves
  • Wolf
  • The Curse of the Werewolf
  • The Wolf Man
  • Brotherhood of the Wolf – The movie is a lot different than one would thing, doesn’t have much to do with the modern notion of a “werewolf” at all.
  • Blood and Chocolate

The Bad Ones

  • Wolfen – Sure I’ve heard great things about this film, but I could hardly keep myself awake!
  • Dark Wolf – Ugh, don’t get me started.  How do movies like this get funding?

Other Movies With Werewolves

  • The Monster Squad
  • Waxworks (Has a fantastic werewolf scene)
  • Ladyhawke
  • Fright Night II (Has a werewolf in it)

TV

  • Werewolf

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A Little Humor…

album_cover_emo_phillips-300x299 Courtesy of Emo Phillips. “You often see the Moon during the daytime but you never see the Sun at night. Do you know why? Because the sun is professional.”

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Vacation Time!

Myvacation I will be on vacation for a week and half so don’t expect too many new posts over that time. I’ll be back in a few weeks to post more interesting observations and Huskies football material for my faithful readers!

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Sig Stealer?

hancocksignaturelg I’ve noticed more and more people stealing my email signature this past year. I’ve put a lot of work into the look of my sig and sometimes I can get a little chagrined when I see another signature similar to it. If this were a Seinfeld episode, such behavior would warrant a label. I think the phrase “Sig Stealer” is appropriate here. I can see the banter between Jerry and Elaine now:

Elaine: Get this, at work today I got an email from a coworker that contained the signature almost identical to mine!

Jerry: Identical? The font? The text?

Elaine: Even the color is the same!

Jerry: (smugly) But he did change the name I assume…

Elaine: Of course!

Jerry: So he stole you John Hancock…Well then, that makes him a sig stealer.

Elaine: A sig stealer? Yeah, he’s a real sig stealer!

Oh well, I guess imitation is the highest form of flattery.

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Vuvuzela – The Worlds Most Annoying Horn

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Arguably my biggest complaint concerning world soccer is these darn horns. Soccer fans around the globe seem to think it’s cool two below these tools incessantly throughout their favorite teams match. Whatever happened to simply cheering your team on with your own vocal cords? Artificial noisemakers are an unfair advantage IMHO. The traditional home field advantage should simply be a reflection of the hometown crowd’s enthusiasm for their team. I admire American sports for keeping cheering fans true. Although there have been rumors that certain teams “pipe in noise” to their stadium, the majority of sports stadiums have remained vocal cord powered (hereafter VCP).

This certainly hasn’t stopped VCP stadiums from becoming deafening home field advantages. Husky Stadium has seen noise as high as 135 decibels. And Oregon’s Autzen Stadium has been recorded at 127 decibels.

That’s all do the world a favor and ban the vuvuzela!

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