Everyone loves a good, juicy vampire flick, and coming this Friday is the latest vamp flick to gets its teeth into you – The Transfiguration.
An atmospheric, intricate study of a troubled young mind, The Transfiguration follows orphaned teen Milo (Eric Ruffin) as he immerses himself in vampire lore to escape his troubled life. But the movie is only the latest in a long line of vampire classics. Here are eight of our favourites...
From Dusk Till Dawn
This Quentin Tarantino-scripted B-flick has a mid-movie twist so game-changing that it virtually floored audiences in 1996. For its first half, From Dusk Till Dawn looks like your standard, gun-totin' crime thriller, with bank robber brothers Seth and Richie Gecko on the run from the Feds, but halfway through the film, it suddenly becomes a full-on gore-drenched vampire flick. The movie’s proved so influential, it's spawned two sequels and a TV series, which premiered in 2014.
Interview with the Vampire
Tom Cruise proved a controversial pick as Anne Rice’s blond-locked vampire, Lestat de Lioncourt, in this big-screen version of her 1976 bestseller, with the author herself lambasting the casting. But actually, he’s quite brilliant in it, so much so that even Rice herself was forced to admit that she’d be wrong. Look out too for an impressive big-screen debut from a 12-year-old Kirsten Dunst as the vampiric sire of Lestat and his blood-buddy Louis (Brad Pitt).
The film that kickstarted the trend for Young Adult blockbusters (there’d be no Hunger Games or Divergent without it), Twilight was the movie that made vampires sexy again. The story of a teenage girl, Bella Swan’s, relationship with a swoonsome vampire, Edward Cullen, it gave teen audiences a gothic alternative to the sickly-sweet teen love stories normally churned out by tinseltown.
The Lost Boys
Although it’s a little dated in places, Joel Schumacher’s stylish and funny horror is still a damn fine watch. Kiefer Sutherland is brilliantly vicious as the mullet-haired blood-sucker David, but it’s Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander who steal the show as the teenage vampire hunters, the Frog brothers.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Before Sarah Michelle Gellar brought Buffy to the TV, there was this 1992 horror-comedy starring Kirsty Swanson as the titular high school student-cum-vampire killer. Though not as polished as the series, the movie - written by Avengers Assemble’s Joss Whedon - is still worth seeking out. Despite not being directed by him, there’s some cracking, Whedon-esque dialogue, and Swanson is appealingly kickass as the high school vamp-botherer.
What We Do In The Shadows
Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s hilarious vampire mockumentary is a true original. Following a bunch of house-sharing vampires around the New Zealand city of Wellington, this Christopher Guest-influenced comedy flick manages to be both scary AND hysterically funny. The fact that Waititi is directing this October's Thor: Ragnarok is making us VERY excited!
Dracula AD 1972
Of all Christopher Lee’s Dracula films for Hammer, this one is by far the most kooky. Bringing Lee’s Dracula and Peter Cushing’s Van Helsing into the then-modern day, it’s a bloody camp-fest that tries so hard to hip and with-it in the groovy 70s that it’s unintentionally funny at times.
Let The Right One In
A clear influence on The Transfiguration, this masterful Swedish chiller beautifully fuses gory horror with coming of age story as a persecuted, lonely pre-teen learns all about life's difficulties from the girl vampire who's moved in next door. Exquisitely blanketed in a snowy atmosphere, which has the effect of accentuating the crimson explosions when they occur, it's one of the greatest vampire films ever made.
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The Transfiguration opens at Cineworld today!