No round-up of vampire movies should ignore the 1972 blaxploitation flick "Blacula," starring William Crain. It defines bad good. In 1780, an African prince calls on Dracula to end the slave trade. Instead, Dracula turns him into a vampire and locks him and his wife in coffins. He lives, feeling centuries worth of hunger, while she dies. Fast forward to the '70s when the prince's coffin is found and he goes on a killing spree trying to quench his thirst. Until he finds a lookalike for his dead wife, and tries to make her fall in love with him. The movie didn't get critical acclaim (wonder why?), but was popular enough to warrant a sequel, "Scream Blacula Scream," a year later.
From 1966 to 1971, this cheesetastic soap opera ran on ABC. Originally, the show about the Collins family didn't do too well. Until one episode a year in, when one of the family members opened a coffin in the basement and found vampire Barnabas Collins inside. After that, anything went on the show—werewolves, witches, ghosts zombies, parallel worlds. Rumor has it that Tim Burton will soon be reimagining this show, with Johnny Depp in the lead role.
Remember when comic book movies felt fresh, new, and visually exciting? In 1998, Wesley Snipes brought the half-human, half-vampire hero Blade to the big screen, in his last role before refusing to pay his taxes and getting in big trouble. I still remember the first and second scene in this flick vividly—first, his mom was bitten by a vamp as she goes into labor and dies right after giving birth, and second, vampires party it up in a club where blood pours from the sprinkler system. And that says something, cause my memory is terrible.Click here for more from TheFrisky.com.
This show, which started airing in the U.K. last year and can now be seen on BBC America, is kind of like "The Odd Couple" for supernatural creatures. In it, a vampire, a ghost, and a werewolf are 20-something, hottie roommates. Do I really need to tell you anymore to sell you on this one?
When Buffy and Angel's romance was donezo, Joss Whedon decided that it was time to give the brooding good vampire and his leather trench coat his own series. And he brought a few other "Buffy" regulars with him, like mean girl Cordelia and vampire slayer handler, Wesley. In the show, Angel and crew set up a detective agency, where they solved other wordly crimes and lived in a haunted hotel. Things got good when the series began to focus on a demonic law firm, Wolfram & Hart, as the main foe.
"Bram Stoker's Dracula"
In 1992, Francis Ford Coppola went vampiric with his take on the classic novel, starring Gary Oldman as Count Dracula and Winona Ryder as the woman whose blood he dreams of tasting because she is the reincarnation of the wife who committed suicide in 1462 after falsely hearing of his death. Billed as a horror-romance-thriller, this flick does not disappoint.Click here for more from TheFrisky.com.