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Creature Features: 8 Vampire Movies to Watch This Halloween
All sorts of things go bump in the night. Ghosts, ghouls, werewolves, witches — creatures that haunt our nightmares and ignite our imaginations. Then, there are vampires. These denizens of the dark hold a special place in human history; our ancestors were genuinely afraid to travel when the sun was down, lest vampires bleed them dry. Entire communities feared bats and wolves, believing them to be bloodsuckers in disguise. Vampire hunting became a legitimate profession in 18th century Europe. We really can’t overstate how much these monsters have messed with our minds over the years.
Maybe that’s why vampires have experienced so much success on the big screen. Vampires have frightened and excited audiences for decades — changing with the times and reflecting some of our darkest desires. As much as we dread these creatures of the night, there’s a small part of us that’s utterly fascinated with them.
Spooky season is in full swing this year, and many of us will participate in the festivities at home. Looking for a way to liven up the night? Here are eight iconic vampire movies to watch this Halloween.
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (or Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens in German) is a staple of the horror genre. This German Expressionist masterpiece was helmed by director F. W. Murnau and stars Max Schreck as the infamous Count Orlok.
Special effects and robust film sets weren’t exactly a thing in the early 20th century. Murnau instead relied on mind-bending camera angles, striking shadows and innovative set design to scare audiences. This film’s impact on the history of cinema can’t be exaggerated — many horror film franchises likely wouldn’t exist if Nosferatu hadn’t crept onto the scene and paved the way.
Nosferatu’s popularity spread across Europe like wildfire. It didn’t take long for American filmmakers to catch wind of F.W. Murnau’s success either. But here’s the thing: Nosferatu was essentially an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula — one that Murnau filmed without permission. Stoker’s wife successfully sued Murnau and Nosferatu was pulled from theaters. Enter Universal Pictures, which paid approximately $40,000 for the rights to adapt Dracula . Garrett Fort penned the script while Tod Browning took the director’s chair. Bela Lugosi was cast as the titular prince of darkness, and the rest is cinematic history.
Dracula is a genuinely terrifying landmark film. When many people think of Count Dracula, they think about Lugosi’s chilling performance. Universal’s adaptation takes plenty of inspiration from Nosferatu . However, Dracula is not a silent film; characters deliver their lines either with palpable dread or devilish delight. “Talkies” had only recently hit theaters in the early 1900s. Dracula helped legitimize sound films and reshape the movie industry.
Dracula/The Horror of Dracula (1958)
Similar to sound films, Technicolor movies were also relative rarities in the early 20th century. Films were primarily shot on black and white stock, and filmgoers were accustomed to greyscale pictures. The opposite was true by the 1950s, which is when The Horror of Dracula hit the scene. Hammer Films spared no expense when it adapted Bram Stoker’s timeless tale; special effects and ornate gothic sets were specifically created for this film. The Horror of Dracula is also a much more visceral visual experience due to being shot in color.
We’d be remiss not to praise Christopher Lee’s performance as Count Dracula; he aimed to play the character as a “heroic, erotic and romantic” figure — one that was just as mystifying as he was terrifying. Lee’s good friend Peter Cushing starred as Doctor Van Helsing, further elevating the film. And The Horror of Dracula revealed something truly harrowing about vampires: they were dark reflections of human nature.
The United States’ counterculture movement gathered momentum in the 1960s and persisted well into the 1970s. People vocalized dissatisfaction with the government, civil rights initiatives swept the nation and artists used their platforms to critique the powers that be. The Blaxploitation films of the 1970s echoed these sentiments, challenging decades-old stereotypes that were (and still are) imposed on the Black community. Blacula is precisely what its name implies; an adaptation of Stoker’s tale made primarily for Black people by Black people.
The late William Marshall portrays Prince Mamuwalde, a Nigerian man who asked the original Count Dracula (Charles Macaulay) to intervene during the transatlantic slave trade. For his trouble, Prince Mamuwalde was transformed into Blacula, sealed in a coffin and transported to America. Indeed, Count Blacula is a tragic anti-villain; he was stripped of his identity, taken from his homeland and left to fend for himself in a hostile environment. Allegorical, innovative and genuinely frightening, Blacula is worth a watch — and post-screening analysis.
The Lost Boys (1987)
Drugs, sex, rock n’ roll and excess are hallmarks of the 1980s — hallmarks that naturally found their way into ’80s cinema. The Lost Boys epitomizes this trend; “It’s fun to be a vampire” is the film’s tagline, and that sentiment is more than reinforced throughout its runtime. Vampires are ageless, powerful, beautiful beings who live by their own rules and party like rockstars in The Lost Boys. That’s the scariest part about this film — how enticing vampirism can seem on the surface.
The Lost Boys can also be viewed as a metacommentary of the 1980s. Vampirism is an analogy for the excess and hedonism of the decade. Just like it seemed “fun to be a vampire,” it also seemed fun to be a hard-partying rockstar. Spellbinding performances by a committed cast, strong directing by Joel Schumacher and a compelling script helped The Lost Boys break new ground. Vampires weren’t just creepy anymore. They were also undeniably cool.
You can’t talk about cool vampire movies without giving Blade its due. The 1990s were an incredibly experimental time for the film industry; spec scripts were being produced by the dozens and comic book adaptations were becoming much more prevalent. Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan created Blade in 1973 for Marvel Comics. At last, in 1998, Wesley Snipes would bring the Daywalker to life on the big screen. Directed by Stephen Norrington and written by David S. Goyer, Blade redefined what superhero movies and vampire films could be. Action, horror, pathos and even a bit of comedy are seamlessly woven into this film.
Though Blade was initially overlooked when it premiered, the film has since been recognized for setting several precedents. It’s one of the first Black superhero movies to achieve widespread critical and commercial success, grossing $131.2 million off of a $45 million budget. Blade also paved the way for many of the superhero films that have become commonplace today; it’s not a stretch to suggest that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, the Underworld franchise and even the Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn’t exist if Blade hadn’t resonated with audiences. Lastly, this film proved that vampires could transcend genres; Blade is more of an action film than a horror flick, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Hate it or love it, Twilight’s impact on cinema is undeniable. This adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s 2005 novel was an international phenomenon in its heyday. It focused solely on the romantic aspects of vampirism — living forever, being young forever and loving forever. If reading that sentence was painful for you, imagine how excruciating it was to write.
Personal feelings aside, Twilight is an iconic film in its own right. It spawned four sequels, launched numerous careers and kept vampires at the forefront of our collective imagination from 2008 to 2012. Even Burger King got in on the Team Edward vs. Team Jacob debacle. Twilight ultimately proved that there was still a thriving, thirsting market for vampire films in the 21st century.
Blood Red Sky (2021)
We end with Blood Red Sky, a British-German Netflix film that’s equal parts graphic, terrifying and heart-wrenching. The film follows Nadja and her son Elias as they try to survive aboard a hijacked airplane. Discussing this film in detail without spoiling it is virtually impossible, but we can say this: Blood Red Sky focuses on the toll that vampirism would exact on a person’s family, community and mental state. Scenes unfold at an intentionally deliberate pace. Minor characters and extras are treated with a degree of respect that we don’t often see.
In many ways, Blood Red Sky is the culmination of the vampire films that precede it; there are genuine scares here, alongside meta-commentary, dazzling action scenes and genuine pathos. Blood Red Sky proves that vampire films can make viewers cry — not out of fear, but out of true remorse.
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The evening begins with a stroll through the dark closes and wynds of Old Town Edinburgh, before descending into the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults. Finally, we’ll retire to a candlelit cellar for a dram of Scotch whisky and an intimate evening of ghostly storytelling.
The air filled with cries and taunts, and a crowd of thousands baying for the blood of two men. Take your place as a member of the “Edinburgh mob”, which once surged in riot past the Mercat Cross (our meeting point for the evening).
Hear grisly tales of witchcraft, torture and restless spirits as you venture down medieval closes and descend into the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults of Edinburgh on this ghost tour. Your cloaked Storyteller will lead you through the dimly lit caverns, recounting stories that you would swear are too horrific to be true – and yet, they all are.
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As night thickens, we’ll gather together in Megget’s cellar for a whisky – or a glass of locally-made lager or soft drink if you’re not fond of a dram. In the warmth of candlelight, your Storyteller will conjure more tales of Edinburgh’s ghoulish past, and the tortured souls that stalk the city’s streets.
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When night falls in the city and mist settles in the streets, London becomes a very different place.
Londoners of old rise from their slumber and the spirits of the past return to haunt the living, but its not just the dead that you need to fear. For every patriotic hero, there must be villain and London has certainly had its fair share of those.
Join us as we explore the darker side of this city, encountering the serial killers, gangsters and monsters, both malevolent and murderous who have risen from the shadows to find infamy on these streets.
Or if you fancy something even more sinister, then why not check out our Jack the Ripper Tour ?
Tour Highlights include:
The Thames Torso Murders
The London Monster
Haunted Underground Stations
Charles I's Execution
Charles II's Revenge
Amelia Dyer - London's most diabolical killer
The Ghost of St James Palace
Tales of scorned lovers, theatre loving phantoms, villainous Dukes and much more...
Meeting Point - Cleopatra's Needle
We begin next to Cleopatra's Needle , just around the corner from Embankment underground station. The station is on the Northern, Bakerloo, Circle and District line, and around a 10 minute walk from Waterloo Station and Temple Station.
We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes before the tour starts, it gives you plenty of time to meet the guide and grab a coffee or ice cream!
- How do I find the Guide? Head to Tower Hill Underground Station, next to the Tram Coffee stop, and look for the guide holding up a bright red umbrella.
- Where does the tour start and end? The tour starts outside M&M World in Leicester Square and the guide should be nearby holding a red umbrella. The tour will finish near Whitehall and Trafalgar Square, in Westminster. The exact location will vary depending on the guide and the day, but the guide will always let you know at the beginning of the tour.
- How long is the tour? The tour is roughly 6 long, but will vary on the guide. There's a lunch break in the middle, lasting approximately an hour.
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Ghost, Ghouls and Gallows Walking Tour
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This evening walking tour will take you around the ghostly attractions of London. As you discover the haunted houses and Royal Parks, you’ll get the opportunity to hear spooky stories and mysterious legends from your guide.
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Ghosts, Ghouls & Gallows Walking Tour with Boat Ride
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Highlights 👻 Explore the dark side of London in a unique tour of the city's secrets 🏚️ See London's most haunted house and discover creepy parks full of mysterious tales 🛥️ Cruise the Thames and take in the views aboard a luxury boat with a bar
General Info 📅 Date: Monday - Sunday (select during purchase) 🕒 Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. ⏳ Duration: 2 hours 📍 Location: Statue of Goddess Diana 👤 Age requirement: all ages welcome
Description Discover London's darkest, secret history during a tour which will take you through royal parks, past haunted houses, and into the unknown! Soak in the beauty of London at night by foot and from the exquisite view from your boat cruise on the Thames. On this 2-hour adventure, you'll cruise in luxury on a boat with a bar, see London's most haunted house, and creep through the city's darkest parks—rich in horrific history. Do you think you can stomach it? Get your tickets now for Ghosts, Ghouls & Gallows Walking Tour with Boat Ride in London!
- Velizara D. Apr 2023 Wonderful experience with so much to learn! Absolutely recommend
- Shukran A. Mar 2023 Excellent tour with excellent guide 😊
- Vafa H. Feb 2023 It was excellent and the guide Tom was fantastic!
- Katharine S. Oct 2020 Very enjoyable despite the rain! Our 11 year old really enjoyed it too. A great start to half term.
- Åsa B. Oct 2020 The guide was very knowledgeable and nice!
- Richard H. Oct 2017 It was fun
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Ghosts, Ghouls & Gallows by Boat!
Boat & Walk
Prepare to be spooked by tales of ghosts, ghouls & gallows , with a boat ride included.
Prepare and strap yourself in for one spooktacular ride as our ghost expert tour guide takes you on a delightfully horrible adventure across London. By foot and by water! Cruise down the thames on a luxury catamaran, and learn about the ghouls of the deep. With great trepidation you’ll visit key London locations to learn of some seriously sinister tales and paranormal events. From the legendary cursed pig tree and phantom fiddler of Green Park to the satanic cults and vampires, our ghost tour of London isn’t for the faint hearted. Throw into the equation a stop at London’s most haunted house and even the bravest of souls will be feeling jittery and tense!
Well, what can I say? I had this trip as a Christmas present and really enjoyed myself.
Had a bit of trouble finding the Statue to meet, but that was a third party’s fault for poor information given. I’d racked up some steps and was happy to rack up some more! Tom was engaging, He had the right amount of enthusiasm, and he was good to listen to. Whilst walking between area, he kept a good eye on people, counting often (I’m a people watcher!) and also was nice that Tom was willing to chat to us whilst walking to the next destination.
The boat taxi was pleasant and the chat around the tower great. It was a fab night and for the cost, no one should complain.
I advise flat shoes (someone was wearing heels which by the end of the walk, had done her feet in). It was the right length of time, humour, information. Well done Tom for keeping the mood up on a pretty chilly night.
I heard about the cheese tour…. why have I not heard about this before?!! Cheeeseeee….. this I hope to be my next trip. Thanks Team
As your tour guide recounts the horrific executions that occurred at the Tower of London, feel the chills run down your spine as if you were really a spectator yourself. You better keep on guard too because who knows what ghosts or ghouls will grace us with their presence? To top it all off, you’ll partake in some devilishly dark quizzes and watch footage of a real ghost sighting. Dare you take part in our ghost tour of London? If you don’t have the guts to brave it by yourself, why not get a group of friends together for a frighteningly fun experience?
What’s included in our ghost tour:
- A knowledgeable, live guide taking you on a tour
- See some of London’s eeriest locations including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London
- Fun & interactive quiz with a prize for the winner
- Guaranteed screams, squeals, and thrills
Other key facts & info:
Price: £25.00 Duration: 120 minutes Time : Our ghost tour runs daily at 7pm. Alternatively, if you’d like to book a private party for a time that suits you, simply get in contact. Location: Outside Green Park station – at the Statue of Goddess Diana. Minimum age: 12 is recommended, accompanied by parent or guardian.
Group sizes: Our ghost tour can run with a minimum of one participant . However, the maximum group size is according to current governmental guidelines.
Cancellations : If for any reason you want to cancel your ticket, please do so up to 24 hours beforehand for a full refund.
What to bring : Simply show up in comfortable shoes, with weather appropriate clothing.
Once you’re booked in, you’ll receive an email with an order confirmation, with your meeting point and information. Of course, there’s no pressure to, but we love it when you guys get creative! Whether you don some fangs or wear a bed sheet, why not get in on the act with a costume? If you have any questions about our ghost tour of London, feel free to drop us a line at any time via email or Facebook , or give us a ring.
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Gilded Age Ghosts & Ghouls
The Jekyll Island Club’s past comes alive on this after-dark experience with ghoulish and ghostly stories! Begin your experience at Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum, where you’ll learn about the Gilded Age traditions of All Hallow’s Eve and pick up some treats. As you make your way by trolley to one of the island’s historic homes, hear the real paranormal experiences of current staff members working in the Historic District. Conclude the experience with a visit back in time to the Club era, where dearly departed former Club members will introduce you to some of the island’s ghastlier tales.
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