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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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Investigators from The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) join experienced Irish investigator Barry Fitzgerald as they travel around the world, using their principles of scientific techniques, to sniff out famous haunted spots in this entry in the "Ghost Hunters" reality-TV franchise. Among the global locations the "Ghost Hunters International" team visits are Chillingham Castle in England, the forgotten underground city of Mary King's Close in Scotland, Peru, Singapore, Sweden and the Philippines.
- Starring: Barry FitzGerald, Joe Chin, Susan Slaughter, Paul Bradford, Scott Tepperman
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In the chilling premiere episode, the team heads to England to unlock the mysteries behind the grisly 800-year history of Chillingham Castle, widely regarded as the most haunted castle in England. At one time, its dungeons were used as brutal torture chambers that took the lives of countless victims, giving way to a myriad of paranormal claims over the years. The Ghost Hunters International team will sort through these many paranormal accounts and determine what tortured souls still linger at the infamous fortress. From there, the team embarks on a terrifying investigation into the abandoned depths of Mary King's Close in Scotland. This underground phenomenon, a warren of vaults and tunnels, was once teeming with destitute inhabitants at the turn of the 19th century. Now, Mary King's Close is considered one of Scotland's most haunted locales.
In this episode, the team descends into the macabre depths of the Abbey at Lucedio, near Turin, Italy, to unlock the secrets behind the dark legends that make up the Abbey's lurid 1400-year history. Then, a trip to Wales takes them to the legendary Nanteos Mansion, which lore dictates to be the one-time resting place of the Holy Grail. Now, the property is home to numerous paranormal claims, including mysterious music heard in the woods around the house and a phantom horse and carriage that travels about the grounds.
The Ghost Hunters International team heads to an idyllic community in central England to investigate claims at the notorious Belgrave Hall. The nearly 300-year-old house is home to numerous apparitions, including a woman in Victorian clothing whose image was once caught on camera. The Ghost Hunters International team will conduct their own investigation as well as scrutinize the original video recording of this extraordinary event to determine its authenticity. Then, the group travels to Scotland and sets out to uncover the secrets behind claims of restless young spirits at the notoriously haunted Ragged School of Edinburgh, a former residence for impoverished children.
In this episode, the team visits the Elvey Farm Hotel in Pluckley Village, England. Surrounded by 75 acres of countryside, the seemingly quaint locale was home to brutal murders that took place both inside the hotel and in the surrounding woods and its guests and employees alike are now plagued by a slew of inexplicable occurrences, including moving objects and strange sounds and smells.
The team treks high into the mountains of Romania to pay a visit to the Citadel Rasnov, a 13th century fortress that was built to provide protection and defense to the neighboring village below. The castle has been the subject of local legends for years, the most notorious of which tells the tale of two captured soldiers who died in a well on the castle grounds in which they had spent years living as captives. The myriad of paranormal claims made over the years include dark moving figures and unexplainable shadows lurking around the courtyard. The recent discoveries of human bones in both the infamous well and in the castle's basement have given way to yet more sinister tales, making the Citadel Rasnov one of the world's most haunted hotspots.
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Scouring the creepiest and darkest haunts for proof of the paranormal, Ghost Hunters is back for a spectre-cular 16th season. Check out our guide for all the ways to watch Ghost Hunters in 2023.
What is Ghost Hunters about?
The show that launched paranormal TV is back for its 16th season. From the safety of your own couch, join the Ghost Hunters as they traverse the U.S. to investigate paranormal activity in eerie locations like the abandoned 125-year-old Californian prison, The Bastille and even the Hoover Dam. Will this season bring definitive proof of ghostly apparitions, or will there only be more unexplained noises? Season 16 promises frightening phenomena, restless spirits, and a dark energy threatening to upend a marriage.
When does Ghost Hunters Season 16 premiere?
Thursday is your new fright night! Ghost Hunters premieres on April 6, 2023 , at 9 p.m. ET Eight one-hour-long episodes will air weekly on the Travel Channel and Discovery+ .
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Follow Ghost Hunters online as it airs weekly on the streaming service Discovery+ . Past seasons of the show are also available on Prime Video .
Watch Ghost Hunters online on Discovery+
Fans of the paranormal can catch every episode of Ghost Hunters on Discovery+ the same day it airs on the Travel Channel. The streamer also has seasons 14 and 15 ready to binge. Seasons 12 and 13 of the show are also available on Discovery+ under the name Ghost Hunters Classic.
Discovery+ offers a seven-day free trial and is currently available in the U.S. , the UK , Denmark , Finland , India , Ireland , Italy , Japan , the Netherlands , Norway , Poland , Sweden , and Spain .
Watch Ghost Hunters on Max
Max is the name of the freshly merged HBO Max and Discovery Plus streaming service. While HBO Max was home to prestige TV, Max brings reality content from Discovery channels into the fold, including Ghost Hunters . New episodes stream the same day they air on The Travel Channel.
Watch Ghost Hunters on YouTube TV
YouTube TV has many entertainment channels, including the Travel Channel. It has seasons 14 and 15 of Ghost Hunters on demand and is another way to catch season 16 when it airs. YouTube TV offers a seven-day free trial for new users. You may need to supply a valid U.S. ZIP code (e.g., 30301 or 11222).
Watch Ghost Hunters on-demand on Sling TV
Another popular cable TV alternative is Sling TV , which also carries the Travel Channel. However, Sling does not offer a free trial. You may need to supply a valid U.S. ZIP code (e.g., 30301 or 11222) when signing up.
Catch up on older seasons of Ghost Hunters on Prime Video
Seasons 1 to 13 of Ghost Hunters are available on Prime Video under the name Ghost Hunters Classic . However, you will need a Discovery+ on Amazon subscription to stream the show. A seven-day free trial is available.
Stream the Ghost Hunters International on Peacock
Can’t get enough of Ghost Hunters ? The spin-off show Ghost Hunters International will be right up your alley. Traveling the globe to investigate haunted locations, the three-season-long show is streaming on Peacock . A seven-day free trial is available for new users.
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When given a choice between a 9-to-5 office job or staking out haunted houses dead in the night, most of us would pick the former. But not the Ghost Hunters foursome:
Ghost Hunters Season 16 will also feature special guest actor Chandler Riggs of The Walking Dead fame, and guest investigators Satori Hawes and Cody DesBiens .
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Ghost Hunters isn’t available to stream on Hulu, but you can watch it on Hulu + Live TV via The Travel Channel.
Where can I watch older seasons of Ghost Hunters?
Stream older seasons of Ghost Hunters on Prime Video. Seasons 1 to 13 are dubbed Ghost Hunters Classic , and you will need a Discovery+ on Amazon subscription to stream.
Where can I watch Ghost Hunters Classic?
All 13 seasons of Ghost Hunters Classic are available on Prime Video with a Discovery+ on Amazon subscription. Seasons 12 and 13 of Ghost Hunters Classic are also available on Discovery+.
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All three seasons of Ghost Hunters International are available to stream on Peacock .
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