Okay Guys, here;s another one from Dane Coolidge.
Long overdue is a Top 5 Dane Coolidge version of the best Vampire movies.
To tell all truth, there isn¡¯t much of a list to chose from, as say compared to Ninja films, War epics, or Western movies. However, the vampire obsession is a long lived world wide phenomena, so a good crop has been made. We all have been curious about the underworld for many moons now. So now here is an amateur list for all you experts on the best vampire movies. I must mention that the list is of modern movies and doesn¡¯t include the old black and white classics. Those movies would show up on my Top 5 Classic movies list.
First, I have to give some special shout outs to some honorable mentions that would round out the top 10 if I had enough energy to do such list. Honorable mentions are:
Underworld Chronicles, Dusk Til Dawn, Fright Night Chronicles, Vampires, 30 days of Night.
5. The Lost Boys: The first vampire movie I ever
watched. To speak truth again, it was the first vampire movie my parents would let me watch!! Starring Keifer Sutherland, Jamie Gertz, and Jason Patric, it was a teen movie sensation and the start of this list. The two Cories (aka the two losers) are also in this film and do their best to ruin it. But the blood lingered and thrills scared us all in this cult classic.
4. Ann Rice Chronicles: Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned together make the list at numero tres. Each singularly were kind of weak, even though mega stars were in the films. Especially Interview with the Vampire, starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Antonio Banderas, the three hottest dudes in Hollywood at the time. However, it seriously lacked in the action and dramatization of the novel department. The stars and the acting made up for it. Same with Queen of the Damned, weak plot line with excellent actors by less know actors such as Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend. Take the best parts
from both movies to make one good number three!
3. Blade Chronicles: Wesley Snipes is an insane vampire hunter with an attitude. Luckily, he stars in both of the films, which made for perfect continuity and plot development. Wesley has got all the cool weapons and cool fighting skills to combat the zillions of Earth-walking vampires in this action film. Canadian star Ryan Reynolds and Stephen Dorff, and Jessica Beil help out in making these chronicles exciting and entertaining.
2. Bram Stoker¡¯s Dracula: Never have I ever seen such a perfect depiction of Dracula. This movie should be a documentary shown in classrooms everywhere! Hollywood veteran Gary Oldman plays Dracula and TOTALLY steals the show. He steals every other show he is in, but I would say this is by far his best work. It isn¡¯t even that scary of a movie. So if you are a wimp like me that can¡¯t handle blood and gore, then you can handle this one. Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder round out the
starring roles in this classic classic.
all of us!!!!
1. Near Dark: Still to this day, I have never seen a better vampire movie than Near Dark. It is a relatively old one by today¡¯s standards (1987), but still haunts my mind when I think of vampires. Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenny Wright, and Adrian Pasdar star in this wicked tale of what happens to people when they are becoming a vampire. Watch it is all I can say to you, if you don¡¯t agree with my pick. Not big stars, but the story and acting will make you a believer.
Hope you like my list and the effort I took to compile it. Complaints department is closed this week, but you can definitely send your ¡®should¡¯ve been included¡¯ picks if you have the time between watching movies!
Watch out next column when Jeff Winston ( who has finally gotten all of his internet troubles and can begin writing again) will tackle movies of South Korea.
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