How many times can one movie be delayed before we call it quits? Sony is definitely hoping we’re still all in for Morbius, even after the film’s move (again) to April 1, 2022. (If it’s an April Fool’s Day joke, the fans will not be laughing.) But what do we do in the meantime when we were all geared up for what has the potential to be a badass vampire flick?
To put it succinctly, it’s time to breakout those DVDs or get on your favorite streaming networks and revisit some of the best bloodsuckers to ever grace the screen. The vampire has been a mainstay of film since its earliest days with F.W. Murnau’s silent Nosferatu back in 1922. It captured the audience’s imaginations. They were terrified by the visage of Count Orlock, and they wanted more.
The director was later sued by the estate of Bram Stoker for copyright violations, and we nearly lost it for all time. Still, he’d proven that a vampire story could and would draw in audiences, a point that’s been proven time again over the last century.
I fully admit it’s one of my favorite sub-genres. So, while we’re somewhat-not-so-patiently waiting on Jared Leto to grace the screen as Morbius, here are seven of my favorite vampire flicks (in no particular order) and where to find them.
#1 Dracula (1931)–Rent it on Amazon, Apple TV+, Vudu, and Redbox
Few depictions of the classic Count Dracula have ever captured the moodiness, gothic splendor, and subtle terror of Bram Stoker’s tale better than Tod Browning’s masterpiece starring Bela Lugosi. I recently saw it on the big screen for the first time and I was absolutely enthralled from the first frame. If you’ve never seen this vampire classic, there is no time like the present. Lugosi gives a phenomenal performance, but Dwight Frye’s Renfield often steals the show.
#2 30 Days of Night–Stream for free on PlutoTV. Rent it on Amazon, Row8, Redbox, and Vudu
When a small town in Alaska is plunged into their annual month of darkness, a clan of feral, bloodthirsty vampires descend upon them. Starring Josh Hartnett and Danny Huston, few vampire films match 30 Days of Night in its sheer brutality. David Slade reminded us that we’re supposed to fear the undead and it was a lesson well-learned.
#3 Afflicted–Stream it on Amazon Prime
Derek Lee and Clif Prowse wrote, directed, and starred in this hidden gem of a vampire film about two friends who set out on the journey of a lifetime. After only a few days, however, one of them is struck by a mysterious affliction that sees him slowly becoming something less, and so much more, than human. Presented in found footage style with an ending that will leave you on the edge of your seat, Afflicted is one of those under-the-radar films that I’m so glad I found.
#4 Thirst–Rent it on Amazon, Vudu, and Redbox
After a failed medical experiment, a devout priest finds he has become a vampire and his new thirst leads him on a road of pleasures he’d previously denied himself. This Korean film is as gorgeous as it is terrifying. Kang-ho Song (Parasite) stars in the 2009 Korean film directed by Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy).
#5 Let the Right One In–Stream it on Hulu and kanopy. Rent it on Amazon, Vudu, Redbox, and Flix Fling
Tomas Alfredson directed an exceptional adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel about a young boy, bullied by his classmates, who finds solace and friendship with a child vampire. The director did an amazing job of capturing the script which the author adapted himself, and the talented young actors who play the leads are truly exceptional. Please, please, please, watch this film and not the American remake!
#6 Fright Night–Rent it on Amazon, Vudu, and Redbox
As campy and fun as it is scary, Fright Night is one of those movies you watch when you just want to have a good time. William Ragsdale plays Charley Brewster, an anxiety-riddled teenager who believes his next-door neighbor (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire. As Charley becomes more convinced, he enlists the help of a classic late-night TV horror host (Roddy McDowell) to help him defeat the creature before he loses everyone he loves.
#7 The Lost Boys–Stream it on Netflix. Rent it on Amazon, Apple TV+, Vudu, and Redbox
Come for the vampires, stay for the sexy sax-man. Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland led an impress up-and-coming cast back in 1987 in Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys which focuses on a single mother and her two sons who move to a small California town for a fresh start. When the older teenage brother attracts the attention of a local coven of vampires, the family will have to fight for their lives to stay together. There’s just no other film like it. It’s like bloody comfort food. You just can’t get enough.
#8 Jakob’s Wife–Stream it on Shudder and Spectrum TV. Rent it on Amazon, Vudu, Redbox, and Apple TV+
Barbara Crampton and Bonnie Aarons made a bloody splash in this tale of a bored minister’s wife who wakes up with an unquenchable thirst after a run-in with a vampire. Bloody and hilarious, the film deserves all the accolades that has been laid at its feet. If you haven’t seen it, what in the hell are you waiting for?!
#9 Interview with the Vampire–Stream it on Netflix. Rent it on Amazon, Apple TV+, Vudu, and Redbox
Call me sentimental, and maybe I am, but this film has a genuine place in my heart that has been aching since Anne Rice passed away last month. The tale of Louis, Lestat, Claudia, and Armand is a sweeping tale told beautifully by director Neil Jordan, and was a real testament to Rice’s books. It’s one of those films I can watch over and over again. Give me a moody, morally ambiguous vampire any day of the week, and I’m there.
#10 Bram Stoker’s Dracula–Stream it on Netflix. Rent it on Amazon, Vudu, and Redbox
Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Stoker’s classic is a gorgeous, decadent, blood-drenched tale with a cast that only heightens the story. Gary Oldman turns in a brilliant performance as the titular vampire alongside Anthony Hopkins and Winona Ryder. This is one of those you turn the lights down and snuggle up to your SO to watch late at night.
Bonus: Near Dark
I’m including this on the list because I think it’s one of the greatest vampire flicks ever made. Sadly, I just couldn’t find it streaming anywhere! Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, and Adrian Pasdar, Near Dark has become a cult hit of the highest degree for very good reasons. It was something unlike anything we’d ever seen when it was first released back in 1987, and it remains a unique entry in the vampire genre to this day.
Watch Deleted Predator Tree Chase Scene From ‘Prey’
To celebrate the 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ and DVD release of last year’s movie Prey, 20th Century Studios has made available a deleted animated storyboard scene. In this clip, we see our heroine Naru in a foot chase with the Predator through the tree tops of the forest canopy.
The movie is already loaded with beautiful chase scenes and suspenseful set-ups but it is a shame we never got to see this one incorporated into the movie.
Prey came out on Hulu in 2022. It was a critical hit and fans seemed to love the unique stand-alone storyline. People did fall in love with Naru’s canine companion Sarii, whose real name is Coco. She had no previous film experience and was trained specifically for the movie.
The first video is the scene without commentary. The second one includes commentary from director Dan Trachtenberg.
Halloween 3D: The Sequel to the Rob Zombie Remakes That Almost Happened
One of the most popular horror movie franchises of all time is none other than Halloween. The horror slasher Michael Myers is an icon among horror fans and pop culture. While the franchise has a large fan base and has produced many films, this also means that there is controversy among certain films. The Rob Zombie remakes are among some of the most controversial in the franchise. While both films did well at the box office, fans are split on whether they like it or not. It’s mainly due to the extreme violence and gore, giving Michael Myers a background on his childhood, and the grungy Rob Zombie filming style. What many fans don’t know is that a 3rd film was planned and almost happened. We will dive into what the film would have been about and why it never happened.
Rob Zombie’s first Halloween remake was released back in 2007. There was excitement among both fans and critics for a fresh start to the Halloween franchise after endless sequels. It was a box office hit making $80.4M on a $15M Budget. It did poorly with critics and was split among fans. Then in 2009, Rob Zombie released Halloween II. The film didn’t do as well at the box office as the first film but still made $39.4M on a $15M Budget. This film is even more controversial among both critics and fans alike.
While the second film wasn’t received as well, it still made over twice the film’s budget, so Dimension Films greenlit a 3rd film to the series. Rob Zombie stated he would not return to direct the 3rd film due to the horrific time he had with the company while making the second film. This would lead the company to approach a new writer and director while the second film was still in production due to them assuming Rob Zombie wasn’t coming back for a third film.
The 3rd film in the Zombie-Verse was going to be titled Halloween 3D. It would take the same approach of being filmed in 3D as many other franchises have done with its 3rd entry. 2 different scripts were written for this film at the time. Unfortunately, neither script was pursued and only one made it into 10 days of production before ultimately being scrapped. Miramax then lost the rights as the contract deal expired in 2015.
Script Idea #1
The first script was conjured up by filmmakers Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier. It would follow the theatrical ending of Halloween 2 as the director’s cut had not yet been released. The story would follow the idea that Laurie killed Dr. Loomis and was hallucinating when she thought it was Michael Myers. Michael would disappear only to reappear and take off with Laurie by his side as a murder pair. The two would leave to find their mother’s corpse and dig her out of the ground. A group of teenagers stumble upon them and all are killed except for one who is named Amy. A standoff ensues with Sheriff Brackett being killed by Laurie and Michael Myers being hurdled in a burning Ambulance into a dam. Michael Myers is presumed dead.
Then jumping ahead in the story, Laurie is housed with Amy in the same psychiatric hospital. Michael returns for Laurie and a blood bath ensues inside the J. Burton Psychiatric Hospital. This would ultimately lead to a final standoff at a giant festival where Michael plants a bomb in his stomach from his mother’s urn and it explodes. It wounds Laurie and she tells Michael she is not like him leading to him stabbing her in a final attempt before death. She dies and then Michael dies as well while Amy watches in horror.
Script Idea #2
The second script was written by Stef Hutchinson shortly after the first script fell through and follows the theatrical ending of Halloween II. It opens at the Nichols home in Langdon, Illinois a few days before Halloween. The son is plagued by terrifying nightmares about the boogeyman and is attacked by him in his bedroom. The mother wakes up to the screams to find her husband dead beside her and she runs into Michael, and he kills her. The story then jumps ahead to Halloween day where we see a retired Brackett laying flowers at Laurie’s grave. It has been 3 years since that dreadful night when both Loomis and Laurie died. Michael Myers’s body was never recovered. The new sheriff Hall checks on Brackett only to find his house littered with cases related to Michael Myers. Brackett’s niece Alice walks in to find the two talking.
Jumping ahead in the story we find that Michael Myers crashes the homecoming game where both his niece Alice and her best friend Cassie are. They are chased back to the school where Brackett runs to after Alice tips him off as to what is going on. A showdown occurs where Brackett must choose between saving Cassie or killing Michael. He chooses to save her, and Michael disappears into the night. A confused Brackett wondering why Michael didn’t kill him goes back home only to find a severed head on the Nichols porch which is right across the street from his house. He then enters the home to see the name Alice written in blood on the wall. Alice was Michael Myers’s true obsession and only made it seem like he was after Brackett’s niece. He then tries to phone Alice’s home to no answer. The movie then pans to her slaughtered parents and Alice burning at the stake. Michael Myers watches with his head titled as she burns.
These are both unique script ideas and something that would have been interesting to see play out on the big screen. Which one would you have liked to see come to life on the big screen? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out the trailers for the 2 Rob Zombie remakes down below.
Watch The New ‘Wizard of Oz’ Horror Film ‘Gale’ on New Streaming App
There is a new horror movie streaming app available on your digital devices. It’s called Chilling and it’s currently streaming Gale Stay Away From Oz. This movie got some buzz last year when a full-length trailer was released, since then, it hasn’t really been promoted. But recently it has become available to watch. Well, sort of.
The movie streaming on Chilling is actually a short. The studio says it’s a precursor for an upcoming full-length movie.
Here’s what they had to say on YouTube:
“The short film is now live [on Chilling app], and serves as the setup for the feature film that will be going in to production soon.
Long gone are the days of emerald cities and yellow brick roads, the enchanting tale of the Wizard of Oz takes a haunting turn. Dorothy Gale (Karen Swan), now in her twilight years, bears the scars of a lifetime entangled with the paranormal forces of a mystical realm. These otherworldly encounters have left her shattered, and the echoes of her experiences now reverberate through her sole living relative, Emily (Chloë Culligan Crump). As Emily is beckoned to confront the unresolved matters of this bone-chilling Oz, a terrifying journey awaits her.”
One of the most incredible things we took away from the teaser other than how moody and creepy it is, was how much lead actress Chloë Culligan Crump resembles Judy Garland, the original Dorothy from the 1939 original.
It’s about time someone continued this story. There are definitely elements of horror in Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book series. There have been attempts to reboot it, but nothing has ever quite captured its eerie but jovial qualities.
In 2013 we got the Sam Raimi directed Oz the Great and Powerful but it didn’t do much. And then there was the series Tin Man that actually got some good reviews. Of course, there is our favorite, 1985’s Return to Oz starring a young Fairuza Balk who would later become a teen witch in the hit 1996 movie The Craft.
If you want to watch Gale just go to the Chiller website and sign up (we are not affiliated or sponsored by them). It is as low as $3.99 a month, but they are offering a free seven-day trial.