11 best vampire horror movies to watch on Netflix and more


If you’re anything like my esteemed colleague Joshua Rivera, the news that Sony is delaying Morbius to April has got you down. The long-awaited Spider-Man spinoff starring Jared Leto as the anemic scientist who became a vampire vigilante has been in production for a while, with the announcement of this latest delay marking the sixth time it has been pushed back since the first release date. kro July 2020.

If you are longing to saturate your vampire fix in the meantime, we have put together a list of some of the best vampire horror movies that can be streamed on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Shudder and more. The goal of this list was to dig some deeper cuts from the tomb of the vampire horror cannon along with a few contemporary favorites. That means no Blade, because come now – if you’re excited to see Morbius, the chances are you’ve already seen Blade.

Here are 11 of the best vampire horror movies to watch while you wait Morbius.


30 days a night

Danny Huston as the vampire Marlow in 30 Days of Night.

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Based on the cartoon by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, 30 days a night follows the inhabitants of a city in Alaska as they are chased by a voracious herd of vampires who, every winter for over a month, enjoy themselves in a place thrown into the dark. With the city’s power outage and no access to the outside world, survivors must find a way to ward off their future predators until daylight returns. Danny Huston shines as Marlow, the royal and relentless leader of the vampires, just as Josh Hartnett does in his lead role as Sheriff Eben Oleson. – Toussaint Egan

30 days a night is available to stream on Pluto TV.

The addiction

Christopher Walken in The Addiction (1995)

Image: Arrow Video

Abel Ferrara The addiction ranks easily as one of the foreign inclusions on this list, and considering some of the titles mentioned, it’s quite an achievement. The film centers on Kathleen (Lili Taylor), a doctoral student in philosophy who finds herself transformed into a bloodthirsty temptress after being attacked by a woman while walking home at night. Kathleen struggles with reality about her strange new condition and fatalistically ponders the words of George Santayana, Jean-Paul Sartre and others as she pursues and lures new victims to her.

As one might guess from the title, The addiction acts as an allegory on the nature of addiction and the fallibility of human nature, while at the same time fitting with a few nods to the fears and phobias surrounding the AIDS epidemic. It’s a strange, rude avant-garde image of vampire horror, not least for its eclectic soundtrack featuring the likes of Cypress Hill and Schoolly D and a prominent performance of Christopher Walken as an older vampire who has found a way to control his thirst. Come for bloodshed, stay for The sopranos cameos. -ON

The addiction is available to stream on Shake.

A girl goes home alone at night

Sheila Water as the girl baring her fangs in A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.

Photo: Kino Lorber

A girl goes home alone at night is a spaghetti western vampire story set in Iran and features a strong arthouse vibe. The eponymous girl (Sheila Vand) is a chador-wearing skateboard vampire, in some moments very modern, others a return to old school Nosferatu-style creep. Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s distinctive genre-mixing style is visible in every choice, from costume to staging to music. Lush despite being in black and white, each frame is carefully staged to soak you in and keep you engaged, despite long stretches without dialogue. There is no other horror movie like this movie. – Jenna Stoeber

A girl goes home alone at night is available to stream on Shudder and Kanopy with a library card.

Bram Stokers Dracula

Bram Stoker's Dracula: Dracula (gary oldman) holds a lantern

Image: Sony Pictures

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s landmark gothic horror novel stars Gary Oldman as Count Vlad Dracula, a former conqueror who became the immortal creature of darkness. When lawyer Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) is summoned to Dracula’s castle under the pretext of securing new property in London, he quickly realizes that the count has far more complicated and sinister designs aimed at his fiancée Mina Harker (Winona Ryder), as Dracula mean. is the reincarnation of his long-dead wife Elizabeth. Filled with beautiful practical scenographies, artful costumes from the late Eiko Ishioka and breathtaking atmospheric images, Bram Stokers Dracula is a memorable and shocking incarnation of an iconic horror character. -ON

Bram Stokers Dracula is available to stream on Netflix.

Cronos

Cronos

Image: Criteria collection

Guillermo del Toro’s directorial debut from 1993 Cronos set the tone for the type of macabre and amazing film that would become his signature and remain a fascinating horror fable in its own right. When the older antiques dealer Jesús Gris (Federico Luppi) is injured while uncovering a golden scarab-like device forged by a mysterious alchemist, he finds himself inexplicably endowed with both new-found youth and a frightening new thirst. As Gris’ addiction to the rejuvenating qualities of the unit turns into an addiction, he is chased by a wealthy dying businessman (Claudio Brook) and his tough nephew (Ron Perlman) who crave its powers for himself. An inventive twist on the classic vampire formula with a melancholy finale, Cronos is a must-watch for any avid fan of del Toro or vampire thriller. -ON

Cronos is available to stream on HBO Max and Criterion channel.

Then the sweet blood of Jesus


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A remake of Bill Gunns Ganja & Hess, Spike Lees Then the sweet blood of Jesus Zaraah Abrahams in the lead role as Hess Green, an anthropologist and art collector who is transformed after being mortally wounded by a mysterious ancient Ashanti artifact. Overwhelmed by a newfound thirst for blood and invulnerability, Hess begins to pursue a relationship with his former colleague’s ex-wife (Zaraah Abrahams), all the while searching for a means to understand and get used to his new vampire life. Less an out-and-out horror film than a surreal mood piece that meditates on the nature of addiction and the crossroads between faith and love à la Addicitone, Then the sweet blood of Jesus is a divisive but nonetheless fascinating take on vampire horror that centers black characters in a genre where they are otherwise often overlooked. -ON

Then the sweet blood of Jesus is available to stream on Showtime and Canopy with a library card.

Interview with the vampire

Tom Cruise as Lestat in Interview With the Vampire, with long curly blonde hair and blood dripping from his mouth

Photo: Warner Bros.

Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise star Interview with the vampire like Louis de Pointe du Lac, an 18th-century vampire tired of his immortal life of loneliness and hunger, and Lestat de Lioncourt, the older vampire who is the father of him. By relating his life story to a reporter with his own personal agenda, Louis tells of the long decades of love, betrayal and death that have plagued his existence, from the adoption and father of a young vampire named Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) to Lestat and Louis’ dramatic (and deadly) falls out. Dark, erotic and entertaining, both Anne Rice’s original novel and the film rejuvenated the subgenre of vampire horror fiction and spawned a generation of countless imitations in its likeness. -ON

Interview with the vampire is available to stream on Netflix.

The lost boys


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Joel Schumacher’s campy cult classic vampire comedy The lost boys centers on Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim), two brothers who move with their newly divorced mother to Santa Carla, California to live with their eccentric grandfather. Called the “murder capital” of the world, both Michael and Sam find themselves drawn to the dark truth behind the nickname, as they each cross their paths with gang vampires preying on the city’s inhabitants, led by the villain David (Keifer Sutherland). Essentially The Goonies with vampires instead of a treasure hunt, The lost boys is a sloppy and stylish horror comedy worth watching if only for Corey Feldman’s strange Rambo-like line delivery. -ON

The lost boys is available to stream on Netflix.

Nosferatu

Max Schreck as Nosferatu in Nosferatu (1922)

Photo: Kino Video

No list of vampire horror movies is complete without FW Murnaus Nosferatu, who turns 100 in 2022. An unofficial adaptation of Bram Stokers Dracula, follows dumb horror film from 1922 Count Orlok, a fearsome and formidable vampire whose gaze is directed at a real estate agent’s wife visiting his home in Transylvania on a business trip. Max Schreck’s performance as Orlok is iconic; a skinny and menacing ghost of supernatural evil whose face has been replicated and parodied in everything from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dan Curtis’ Dark shadowsand the 2014s What we do in the shadows. Widely recognized as the first vampire feature, Nosferatu is an important touchstone for any horror enthusiast. -ON

Nosferatu is available to stream on Shake and Canopy with a library card.

Let the right one in

Lina Leandersson, a dark-haired little girl with big eyes, sits covered in blood in Let the Right One In.

Photo: Magnet Releasing

Adapted from John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel from 2004 of the same name and later re-adapted in Matt Reeves’ film from 2010 let me in, Tomas Alfredson’s romantic horror drama from 2008 Let the right one in follows Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a lonely 12-year-old boy in Stockholm who becomes friends with his neighbor, Eli (Lina Leandersson), only to discover that they are in fact a vampire. Gloomy, gruesome, and beautifully shot; Let it straighten‘s reputation as a modern horror classic has only persisted in the years since it was first released. -ON

Let the right one in is available to stream on Hulu.

Vampire

Rena Mandel unconscious on a sofa with the shadow of laughter looming over her head in Vampire (1932)

Image: Criterion Channel

Carl Theodor Dreyers Vampire is heavier on atmospheric visual effects than the popular tropics, violence or sensuality one would otherwise expect from a vampire movie. The 1932 film centers on Allan Gray (Nicolas de Gunzburg, under the stage name “Julian West”), an obsessed student of the occult who ventures into the secluded village of Courtempierre only to discover that the city is under the vicious curse of a vampire influence. . Vampire has not much in the way of spoken dialogue, instead relying on inventive chiaroscuro light tricks and an eerie score by Wolfgang Zeller. If you’re looking for a vampire movie that combines the awful, the amazing and the tragic into an evocative and memorable experience, Vampire ranks among the best in the genre. -ON

Vampire is available to stream on HBO Max and Criterion channel.

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