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Sunday Scaries: Where Are the Truly Terrifying Vampire Movies?

The Sunday Scaries are upon us once again! Yes, as the weekend concludes, most of us feel an oncoming sense of anticipatory dread about the week ahead. Anxiety about work manifests itself into a feeling that’s known as the Sunday Scaries. However, we at Awards Radar are here to combat that, by taking back the name. Now, we want you think about a horror-centric piece on the site when you hear the term. So, let us continue on with another installment of the Awards Radar Sunday Scaries! Today, a recent release has us pondering why we don’t get good vampire movies anymore? Read on for more…

Once upon a time, vampire films were among the mainstays of the horror genre. Classics like Dracula were not only well-regarded, but popular. Slowly but surely, however, that’s been whittled away. The iconic Universal monster and his blood sucking brethren are hardly what they used to be. As someone who has long been fascinated by vampires and find them to be some of the most compelling monsters out there, this has been a bummer for me.

Morbius being so…not good, is just another reminder of how much the idea of a vampire has been wasted of late, especially cinematically. Is this really what we’re meant to expect and accept? Or, can there be something better? One hopes for the latter, whether it’s the upcoming Marvel Studios take on Blade, or more likely, something a bit more creative and edgy.


What are some of the good ones we’ve had recently? Well, super recently, there hasn’t been much. That being said, look at that image above from this very piece and you’ll see some various options from the past twenty years or so. Just to name a few from the picture, there’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Interview with the Vampire, Let the Right One In, Thirst, and What We Do in the Shadows. Throw in other options like Let Me In, Only Lovers Left Alive, and Shadow of the Vampire, for example, and you see what’s possible. It just shouldn’t be quite as rare as it now is.

If Robert Eggers ever makes his version of Nosferatu, that might be our best chance at a great vampire movie. Interestingly, even when we get a good vampire project, it’s rarely scary. To me, that’s mind-boggling. Who knows what Eggers has up his sleeve, but the fact that filmmakers aren’t seeing the horror in them is puzzling.

Now, it’s clear that few seem interested in doing a straight remake, or another basic version of Dracula, but there doesn’t seem to be much of an appetite for vampire fare in general. Did things like True Blood and Twilight just drain us (no pun intended) of the desire? I hope not, but who knows, maybe that’s actually the cast?

Essentially, I just think we’ve been wasting the potential for some truly frightening vampire flicks. I’m curious to know what you all think. Am I on to something here? Could I be missing some good ones? Maybe I’m out of my mind. No matter what you have to say, I’m eager to find out…

Stay tuned for another Sunday Scaries installment next week!


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Richard Green
Richard Green
5 months ago

I thought Danny Huston as Marlow was genuinely terrifying in 30 Days of Night and Let Me In is an underrated scary gem but otherwise I agree with you Joey, a real lack of frightening vampire movies for many years now.

Robert Hamer
5 months ago

Man, we really had a nice little golden age of vampire movies from 2008-2014, didn’t we?

I almost wonder if it was What We Do in the Shadows that effectively killed that hot streak, in the same way Airplane! murdered popular interest in disaster films…



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