Vampire Varieties

By Sharon Weinberg

When you're yearning for a good vampire movie but you've seen every version of Dracula half a dozen times, try these off-the-beaten path selections.

  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    2014 by Jim Jarmusch

    For hundreds of years, vampire super couple Adam and Eve have been living among humans and influencing the arts. But lately Adam has been despondent and he needs Eve more than ever to get him back on track. There is ambiance, excellent acting (thank you Hiddleston and Swinton), and an awesome soundtrack. Full of Jarmusch's minimalist cool amidst the dual backdrops of Detroit and Marrakesh--two cities experiencing the long, slow decay of time (just like our protagonists). And it turns out that playwright Christopher Marlowe is really a vampire!

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  • Therapy for a Vampire

    2016 by David Ruehm

    Set in Vienna 1932, Count Geza von Közsnöm tells Sigmund Freud that he hates his wife, and that they've been married for centuries. No matter. When the Count sees a portrait in Freud's office that looks just like his love from years past, he sets out to woo the model who inspired the painting. Problem solved. You think?

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  • Let the Right One In

    2009 by Tomas Alfredson

    Taking place just outside of Stockholm, 12 year old Oskar is bullied at school and lonely at home. A mysterious, isolated girl moves next door and the two strike up an unlikely friendship. Beautifully filmed, plus superb performances from the young leads, this is chilling and tender in one. There is also an American-British remake called Let Me In.

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  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    2014 by Ana Amirpour

    Think spaghetti western with a feminist twist. It's an Iranian vampire story that unfolds in a dead end ghost town called Bad City. Filmed in glorious black and white, this movie oozes with retro cool.

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  • What We Do In the Shadows

    2015 by Jemaine Clement

    Vampire roommates who argue about dirty dishes; an encounter with polite werewolves who don't want to be "swearwolves"... Have fun with this clever mockumentary about a group of New Zealand vampires trying to adjust to 21st century life.

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  • Cronos

    2003 by Guillermo Del Toro

    From the monster-loving director of Pan's Labyrinth, this Mexican horror film was his debut. The featured scarab-shaped mechanism is scary awesome, while the viewer is drawn into an intriguing Gothic vampire tale that explores the desire for eternal youth.

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