Bizarre magazine, located down a few flights of stairs and a quick turn to the right from the hovel in which Den Of Geek’s nerve centre is located, has put together for its latest issue a bit of a vampire versus werewolf special. Thus, after bribing them with fizzy pop and sugar-filled bright-blue sweets, they thoughtfully agreed, mid-sugar rush, to pull together the views of their staff, reviewers and readers to nominate their favourite five vampire films of all time.
And here’s what made the cut…
Tod Browning’s 1930 Dracula featured the role-defining Bela Lugosi in the title role. It may have been campy and schlocky but it pretty much laid down the ground rules for horror on celluloid.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Yes, Keanu Reeves is atrocious as Jonathan Harker. But Francis Ford Coppola recognised the importance of romance as well as gore: Gary Oldman’s Dracula and Winona Ryder’s Mina had proper chemistry.
Dracula AD 1972
One of Hammer Film’s last gasps, AD 1972 stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and a cast of groovy London hippies. What’s better than a vampire film? A vampire film with hotpants!
Let The Right One In
Touching coming-of-age Scandinavian drama that’s all winsome looks out of windows, sweet friendships, and decapitations. The climactic swimming pool scene and slow-burning twist will lurk in your brain for months.
Shadow Of The Vampire
A clever, creepy film set around the making of 1922 German horror classic, Nosferatu. Willem Dafoe plays Max Schreck, the actor who took the role of Nosferatu, and whose performance was so terrifyingly authentic that many were convinced that director FW Murnau (John Malkovich) had hired a real vampire for the role.
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