Vampire films have been popular these past few decades, thanks in part to Interview with a Vampire and Twilight, among others. Stories about the undead held certain a certain fascination: their power, their beauty, and their mystery are all things that we would strive for, if only we can.
Still, despite the numerous vampire stories that we’ve been exposed to, we can safely say that you haven’t seen all of them simply because there are too many to begin with.
Here are a few cult vampire movies for fans of the undead, watch them if you dare.
Blood of Dracula, 1957
Low-budget studio American International Pictures cranked out what was probably the Vampire Academy of their time when they set out a teeny bopper story about vampires. Nancy, a whiny teenager was sent to boarding school and ends up being hypnotized by a science teacher. She then morphs into a murderous fanged creature.
However, Nancy was not a sexy kind of vampire, she was grotesque, kind of like Nosferatu. Then there are also several unusual murder sequences in a cemetery, a funky music and dance number—all that you ever needed and wanted from a 1950s low-budget film.
Planet of the Vampires, 1965
There has got to be a vampire story every decade. In 1965, Planet of the Vampires made its way to the screens as the Italian production from gothic horror cinema director Mario Bava did his own take of the undead.
What’s interesting about this film is that it is also science fiction. Two ships crash-land on an unknown planet and found aliens that possess the bodies of the dead crew while stalking the living. These mystical aliens inhabit other people’s bodies, which does not make them traditional as far as vampire stories go, but it is still considered part of the same genre.
There is also enough gore to shock audiences, although that is balanced out by its atmospheric aura, using darkness, fog, and bright colors to create the scenes.
The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman, 1971
Moving on to the 70s, this Spanish production is about a pair of girls who go searching for the tomb of Countess Wandessa, a long-dead vampire. They run into a man and his castle, and he helps them in their quest—but for reasons that may not be best for the women.
One of the women gets cut from removing a cross from the corpse, and her blood brings the countess to life, but she unfortunately becomes hypnotized. It was revealed that the man they met, Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy), was actually a werewolf, and he is the one who can stop such evil.
This isn’t Naschy’s first film as a werewolf nor his first as a man named Daninsky. The Werewolf vs. the Vampire Woman is actually the fifth of twelve loosely related films that starred the actor in the same character, and it was said that this actually started the Spanish horror boom in the 1970s.
Blood for Dracula aka Andy Warhol’s Dracula, 1974
This Italian-French film was co-produced by artist Andy Warhol, which was why it was billed as his American version of the creature. This comedy film is a fresh new take on the overused tale.
In this version of Dracula, he is sick and dying creature who is starving because he can only drink virgin blood, which there seems to be a lack of. To help him survive, he and his man servant travel from Romania to Italy to find victims, and there they found an aristocratic family with four daughters.
Unfortunately for Drac, the family’s gardener is going around banging all the daughters, so he needs to get some virgin blood before the gardener makes his way through the entire line.
Satirical, campy, and exploitative in its storytelling, this is the movie to watch if you’re tired of the same, old Dracula tale.
There were a lot of vampire films in the 70s, so by the time the 80s came around, filmmakers need new gimmick.
Enter Vamp. The story of a group of college kids seeking out a stripper for a fraternity party took a different turn when the strip club they found was actually inhabited by a large group of vampires.
This kind of horror comedy was way before the Scream movies became our kind of guilty pleasures, but even today’s franchises can’t hold a candle to this one. This highly underrated film blends college humor with horror, with some decent creature effects and quite a lot of gore.
And burlesque dancing. Who could ever say no to burlesque dances?