Whether you celebrate Halloween like it's a religious day, use it as an excuse to eat a bucket's worth of the sweet stuff, or perhaps just fancy dressing up, we can all agree Halloween is a day that touches our lives. Though popular culture usually influences the year’s top costume choices, the traditional vampire, witch or zombie will always be among our favorite. In honor of All Hallows' Eve, here are three vampire films to sink your teeth into. (And don’t worry, there's no sparkling vampires here).
3. Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Starting off with a classic, this '90s treasure gave its three stars Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Kirsten Dunst perhaps their most memorable roles to date.
Based off the novel of the same name by Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire follows Louis (Pitt) as he recalls his fascinating life in an interview with a biographer, played by Christian Slater. Set prominently in the 19th century, Interview oozes charm and the vigor of traditional gothic vampirism that is usually overshadowed in 21st century vampire fiction.
With drama, action, romance, fantasy and horror, Interview with the Vampire will no doubt continue to stand as a '90s classic for years to come, especially in the vampire genre.
2. Byzantium (2012)
Directed by Neil Jordan (the same man behind Interview with the Vampire), Byzantium stands on its own two feet as a gritty, gore-filled, vulnerable film about two female vampires (Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan) on the run, who seek refuge in a small English seaside town.
Although the two female leads are mother-daughter vampires, Byzantium chooses to focus on their rocky history and strained relationship over a classic blood-driven storyline. Byzantium is a restrained yet compelling film to watch over Halloween.
1. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Did you know Tom Hiddleston played a vampire lover alongside Tilda Swinton in the film Only Lovers Left Alive? Shying away from his famed portrayal of Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hiddleston plays Adam, a musician who reunites with his forever lover Eve. The couple are soon torn asunder when Eve’s sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) comes into the picture.
Only Lovers Left Alive steers clear of the typical chaos and horror found in the vampire genre, instead focusing on the quieter, more human moments shared between its characters. Through lingering shots and simplistic cinematography, this approach imparts a fresh indie vibe to the typical fast, frenetic pacing expected of vampire fiction.
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While Halloween isn’t celebrated in my household, I will always love a good vampire flick to get me in the spooky spirit. Whether it's a classic like Interview with the Vampire or an indie like Only Lovers Left Alive, I'm curious to see where the genre will take us in years to come.
What's your favorite vampire film? Let us know in the comments!