If you look like my esteemed colleague Joshua Rivera, the news of Sony’s postponement Morbius to april got you depressed. The long-awaited Spider-Man spin-off starring Jared Leto as the anemic scientist-turned-vampiric vigilante has been in production for some time, with news of this latest delay marking the sixth time it’s been pushed back since its start date. initial release hostel July 2020.
If you fancy getting your vampire fix in the meantime, we’ve put together a list of some of the best vampire horror movies available to stream on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Shudder and beyond. The purpose of this list was to unearth deeper cuts from the sepulcher of the vampire horror canon, as well as some contemporary favorites. That means no Blade, because come on, if you can’t wait to watch Morbius, there is a good chance that you have already seen Blade.
Here are 11 of the best vampire horror movies to stream while you wait Morbius.
30 days of night
Based on the comic book series by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, 30 days of night follows the residents of an Alaskan town as they are hunted by a pack of ravenous vampires, who bask in a place shrouded in darkness every winter for over a month. With the city’s power cut and no access to the outside world, the survivors must find a way to fend off their would-be predators until daylight returns. Danny Huston shines as Marlow, the royal and relentless leader of the vampires, as does Josh Hartnett in his starring role as Sheriff Eben Oleson. —Toussaint Egan
30 days of night is available to stream on Pluto TV.
by Abel Ferrara Addiction easily ranks among the weirdest inclusions on this list, and considering some of the titles featured, that’s quite an accomplishment. The film centers on Kathleen (Lili Taylor), a PhD student in philosophy who finds herself transformed into a blood-hungry temptress after being attacked by a woman on her way home at night. Grappling with the reality of her strange new condition, Kathleen fatalistically ponders the words of George Santayana, Jean-Paul Sartre, and more as she stalks and lures new victims to munch on.
As one could probably guess from the title, Addiction works as an allegory about the nature of addiction and the fallibility of human nature while giving some nods to the fear and phobia surrounding the AIDS epidemic. It’s an eerie, cutting-edge take on vampire horror, not least for its eclectic soundtrack featuring Cypress Hill and Schoolly D and a standout performance from Christopher Walken as an elderly vampire who has found a way to control her thirst. Come for the bloodsucker, stay for The Sopranos cameos. -AT
Addiction is available to stream on quiver.
A girl walks home alone at night
A girl walks home alone at night is a spaghetti western vampire story set in Iran and featuring a strong arthouse vibe. The eponymous girl (Sheila Vand) is a skater vampire wearing the chador, at times very modern, at others a throwback to the old school Nosferatus-style creeps. Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s genre-blending style can be seen in every choice, from costume to direction to music. Lush despite being black and white, each frame is carefully staged to suck you in and keep you engaged, despite long periods without dialogue. There is no other horror movie like this movie. —Jenna Stoeber
A girl walks home alone at night is available to stream on Shudder and Kanopy with a library card.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s seminal gothic horror novel stars Gary Oldman as Count Vlad Dracula, a former conqueror turned immortal creature of darkness. When lawyer Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves) is summoned to Dracula’s castle on the pretense of securing a new property in London, he soon realizes that the Earl has much more elaborate and sinister plans for his fiancée Mina Harker ( Winona Ryder), whom Dracula believes is the reincarnation of his long-dead wife Elisabeta. Filled with stunning hands-on sets, elaborate costumes courtesy of the late Eiko Ishioka, and stunning atmospheric visuals, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a memorable and chilling incarnation of an iconic horror character. -AT
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is available to stream on netflix.
Guillermo del Toro’s directorial debut in 1993 Chronos set the tone for the type of macabre, fantasy films that would become his signature, and remains a compelling horror fable in its own right. When old antiques dealer Jesús Gris (Federico Luppi) is injured while digging up a golden scarab-like device forged by a mysterious alchemist, he finds himself inexplicably endowed with both newfound youth and a terrifying new thirst. . As Gris’ addiction to the device’s rejuvenating properties turns into an addiction, he finds himself stalked by a dying wealthy businessman (Claudio Brook) and his rogue nephew (Ron Perlman) who covet his powers for themselves- same. An inventive twist on the classic vampire formula with a melancholic finish, Chronos is a must watch for any avid fan of del Toro or vampire horror. -AT
Chronos is available to stream on HBO Max and Criterion channel.
The Sweet Blood of Jesus
A remake of Bill Gunn Ganja & Hess, that of Spike Lee The Sweet Blood of Jesus stars Zaraah Abrahams as Hess Green, an anthropologist and art collector who is transformed after being fatally injured by a mysterious ancient Ashanti artifact. Overwhelmed by a newfound bloodlust and invulnerability, Hess begins to pursue a relationship with his former colleague’s ex-wife (Zaraah Abrahams), while searching for a way to understand and acclimate to his new vampiric existence. . Less an outright horror film and more a surreal mood piece pondering the nature of addiction and the intersection of faith and love at the The addiction, The Sweet Blood of Jesus is a controversial yet compelling take on vampire horror that centers black characters in a genre where they’re often overlooked. -AT
The Sweet Blood of Jesus is available to stream on Show time and canopy with a library card.
Interview with the Vampire
Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise star in 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 Elder Vampire who fathered him. Connecting the story of his life as a journalist with his own personal agenda, Louis recounts the long decades of love, betrayal and death that plagued his existence, from the adoption and birth of a young vampire named Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) to Lestat and Louis. ‘ dramatic (and deadly) fall. Dark, erotic and entertaining, Anne Rice’s original novel and film rejuvenated the subgenre of vampire horror fiction and spawned a generation of countless imitations in her image. -AT
Interview with the Vampire is available to stream on netflix.
the lost boys
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 recently divorced mother to Santa Carla, California to live with their eccentric grandfather. Dubbed the so-called “murder capital of the world”, Michael and Sam find themselves drawn to the dark truth behind the moniker when they separately cross paths with a gang of vampires preying on the townspeople, led by the villainous David ( Keifer Sutherland). Essentially The Goonies with vampires instead of a treasure hunt, the lost boys is a schlocky, sleek horror-comedy worth watching if it’s solely for the odd delivery of Corey Feldman’s Rambo-esque line. -AT
the lost boys is available to stream on netflix.
No Vampire Horror Movie List Is Complete Without FW Murnau Nosferatus, who will be 100 years old in 2022. An unofficial adaptation by Bram Stoker Dracula, the 1922 silent horror films follow Count Orlok, a terrifying and fearsome vampire who sets his sights on an estate agent’s wife who visits his Transylvania home on business. Max Schreck’s performance as Orlok is iconic; a gaunt, impending specter of supernatural malice whose face has been replicated and parodied in everything from buffy the vampire slayer, Dan Curtis’ dark shadows, and 2014 What we do in the shadows. Widely recognized as the first vampire feature film, Nosferatus is an essential touchstone for any budding horror lover. -AT
Nosferatus is available to stream on quiver and canopy with a library card.
Leave the one on the right in
Adapted from John Ajvide Lindqvist’s 2004 novel of the same name and later re-adapted into Matt Reeves’ 2010 film Let me enter, Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 romantic horror drama Leave the one on the right in follows Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a lonely 12-year-old boy in Stockholm who befriends his neighbor Eli (Lina Leandersson), only to discover that they are in fact a vampire. Dark, macabre and beautifully shot; leave the goodThe reputation as a modern horror classic has only endured in the years since its first release. -AT
Leave the one on the right in is available to stream on Hulu.
Carl Theodor Dreyer Vampire is heavier on atmospheric visual effects than the popular tropes, 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 obsessive student of the occult who ventures to the isolated village of Courtempierre only to discover that the town is under attack. malevolent grip of a vampire’s curse. . Vampire doesn’t have much spoken dialogue, instead relying on inventive chiaroscuro lighting tricks and an eerie score by Wolfgang Zeller. If you’re looking for a vampire movie that combines the gruesome, the fantastical, and the tragic into an evocative and memorable experience, Vampire ranks among the best of its kind. -AT
Vampire is available to stream on HBO Max and Criterion channel.