There are hundreds of vampire movies that have been produced over the years and the debate will still continue as to which of them the best was and should be on the list of all-time greats. We however have chosen to take a different perspective to this and will list down what we feel are our top 3 vampire movies of all time.
No 1. Nosferatu produced in 1922
If you began your appreciation for horror movies early on then then you have definitely watched Nosferatu which was a silent film produced way back in 1922 and one of the very first movies to depict vampires. The most notable part about this movie was that the use of the vampire was symbolic and only a few people got it at the end. We deliberately chose not to issue any spoilers. Go watch the movie.
No 2. Dracula produced in 1931
Whereas there have been many variations of Dracula, the original 1931 production which by the way was a black and white film still stands out for those who appreciate quality filmmaking. The vampire depicted in this movie though supernatural was not too much of an exaggeration if you understand what we mean but was a very believable creature.
No. 3 Near Dark produced in 1987
The Near Dark film sought to create a whole new identity for vampires and gave rise to the notion that vampires could exist among humans doing ordinary human things. It’s from this movie’s idea of the vampire that many other ideas were born that inspire other vampire movies.
We consider this our top three pick of all time vampire movies because they were produced at a time when fancy graphics and fancy make up had not been discovered but the movies still went on to attract huge audiences.
The first vampire film was produced way back in 1896 and since then, numerous other vampire movies have gone on to be produced with each growing to different levels of success. It’s not clear whether vampires actually exist but fanatics of these movies believe that vampire stories are too many to be ignored and since they have been captured throughout history, there must be some truth to them.
In this article, we are going to look at a couple of reasons why vampire movies are so popular.
1 They give audiences a source of escape
The reality about life is that it can at times be so full of boredom and what people therefore desire is an escape from this boredom. Vampire movies have proven to be a good source of escape because they mostly offer an alternate reality for most viewers.
2 They have a Halloween connection
Halloween is so big in the West and is an occasion that is driven by the belief in the evil supernatural coming to torment the earth. This is not that much different from what vampires are depicted to be responsible for therefore it adds some credence to the existence of vampires hence the popularity of vampire movies.
3 Many people enjoy horror stories
There are people who are wired to enjoy horror stories riddled with scenes of bloodletting, carnage and other gnarly scenarios. This is the reason why doomsday, horror, and vampire movies among other movies of this nature are usually quite popular.
4 Many people believe in the supernatural
It’s no secret that many people want to understand more about the origin of life and how it came to be and because their questions have remained unanswered by science and religion, they are open to believing in the existence of the supernatural, with vampire movies being a perfect depiction of this belief.
It’s worth mentioning however that there’s another group of people who simply enjoy vampire movies because of a good storyline and really amazing graphics. All in all, vampire movies are popular and this popularity doesn’t seem like it will wane any time soon.
Whereas the debate is still on as to whether vampires actually exist or existed at some point in time, many props should be directed to costume designers, makeup artists and graphic designers on movie sets for the amazing work they do of bringing vampires to life. They surely keep us on the edges of our seats by taking these horror movies to a whole different level.
We are going to look at some of these special effects that help make vampire movies super scary.
The use of lighting
In a movie set, lighting usually makes a whole lot of difference as it helps set the tone of the movie. Just as with color psychology, the different lighting will bring out different emotions from the viewer and it’s this that the production team will focus on to bring out the desired effect during a specific movie scene. The lighting effects can be darkness or light as well as different color lights to set the tone.
The use of sound
A movie would not be a movie without the right sound effects. From the squeaking of wooden panels, to the sound of wind blowing by, to the screams and the sound of teeth sinking into someone’s neck, all these are what enable the movie audience to get a full experience of the movie. Not to mention the soundtracks that help build tension and create anticipation.
The use of makeup
Thanks to makeup artistes, vampires come to life in the movies. It’s this amazing group of people that enable us to get an image of what scary vampires would look like, experience how they would feed on their victims and much more. Without makeup artistes, we would not really have much of a functional impression of what vampires actually look like.
When these three special effects are brought together very well, we end up with a production that will leave a lasting impression in our memories. Hence, this is why we love vampire movies.