Vampire movies by itself are already terrifying.

Who would not be scared out of their wits of the idea of a cold-blooded creature sucking the blood out of your life? Just the thought of their pale-white skin and blood-shot eyes would give you chills. Whilst vampire movies in general are scary, there are some who stood out amongst the rest. These are the vampire movies that will give you days of sleepless nights.

Below are some of the most terrifying vampire movies of all time. Be warned though, these movies are not for the faint-hearted.

  1. Let the Right One In (2008)

This 2008 Swedish masterpiece is deeply emotional, intensely gruesome and psychologically terrifying.

The story is about Oskar, an anxious and fragile 12-year-old who is often bullied by his classmates. He was a lonely boy who was always longing for friendship. His wish came true when he met their new neighbor Eli. This serious young girl embodies an air of mystery; her pale complexion is a result of her only coming out at night. Upon Eli’s arrival in the neighborhood, there seem to be a series of murders and inexplicable disappearances. Blood and violence are the common denominator of the film. A subtle romance has developed between Eli and Oskar and she taught him how to fight back against his aggressors.

It may be one of the best horror films, but the romance factor of this film is simply brilliant. It’s a great alternative to Twilight and it introduces many people to the concept of love from another point of view. Amidst the violence and gore in this movie, you’d appreciate the kind of relationship that developed between the two main characters. Nevertheless, the romance can’t hide the fact that you’d still be haunted by the many creepy images this film has shown.

  1. Byzantium

    (2012)

Director Neil Jordan returns to the vampire genre almost 20 years after he made the classic Interview with the Vampire. This interesting spin on the vampire tale revolves around Clara (Gemma Arterton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan), a mother and daughter on the run after leaving behind a string of dead bodies. They end up in an unnamed coastal town where Clara managed to seduce Noel (Daniel Mays), a drip who has recently inherited his deceased mother’s boarding house The Byzantium. Things began to look up for the two; with Clara setting up a brothel while Eleanor starting with college. But there past found its way of catching up to them and this resulted to a bloody climax.

This film offers a fresh perspective to the vampire lore. Here, the characters are not bothered by direct exposure to sunlight. Instead of fangs, they have a pointed thumbnail for piercing through the skin. There is plenty of bloody violence on this film that will satisfy your quench for horror but will keep you on the seat of your edge for the entire film.

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  1. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Set in an Iranian ghost-town Bad City, the townspeople are not aware that their place that reeks of loneliness and death is being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

If you’re looking for a vampire film that is astonishingly eerie and creepy, then this movie is perfect for you. The film is stunningly shot with some absolutely gorgeous cinematography with some scenes looking like they came straight out of a painting. The use of black and white in this film intensifies the scary element of the movie. Every time the vampire is on screen, people are on the edge never really knowing what is going to happen.

  1. The Hunger (1983)

This erotic horror film contains a powerhous

e of actors –

Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon.

Vampire lovers John (David Bowie) and Miriam Blaylock (Catherine Deneuve) survive through time under the Egyptian symbol of Ankh. But when John started an accelerated aging process, they seek the help of specialist Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon). Sadly, John did not survive and Miriam moved on to Sarah to be her next lover.

This stylish vampire flick is filled with some wonderful visuals. The performances of the actors are simply excellent. If you’re into Goth music and horror films, this cult flick is a must-see. There are plenty of vampire lesbian sex and blood that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Plus, the opening scene with Bauhaus playing “Bela Lugosi is Dead” is remarkable.

This is probably the first vampire movie that explores the join and pain of being a vampire and, most importantly, what it means to be immortal. The movie uses a lot of visual effects and sounds to create a spooky, vampiry atmosphere. It’s not your usual vampire film; this movie is philosophical and beautiful.

  1. Interview with the Vampire (1994)

The story revolves around Louis (Brad Pitt), a bicentennial vampire who was born as an 18th-century lord and now eager to tell his story to a wide-eyed biographer (Christian Slater). He was suffering from depression and suicidal tendencies after the demise of his father. Then he met Lestat (Tom Cruise), a vampire who persuaded him to choose immortality over death and become his companion. Louis resolved to leave his violent maker, but Lestat turned a young girl (Kirsten Dunst) in an effort to guilt him into staying.

The film gave justice to the novel written by Anne Rice. This may cast two of the most good-looking actors in Hollywood, but the movie is filled with violent and bloody scenes. The main themes of the film revolve around death and violence which are depicted with a great deal of graphic violence and gore in nearly every scene. In addition to the human killing and attempted vampire killing via such manners as decapitation, throat-slitting and sunshine, there are also gory scenes when a vampire in desperate need of blood but does not want to kill humans  turns to poodles and rats instead.

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