Digital Spy presents a list of five alternate vampire movies that don't feature Edward Cullen sparkling in the sunlight.
Bram Stoker's Count has provided filmmakers with plenty of inspiration over the years. Bela Lugosi starred as the eponymous vampire in a 1931 classic, but we've plumped for the later Hammer Films production that made a star out of Christopher Lee. Peter Cushing and Michael Gough are among the stellar supporting cast for this atmospheric British horror.
Know for his big-screen work with zombies, George A Romero brilliantly tackled the vampire myth with this mid-'70s horror. John Amplas is fantastic in the title role, methodically sedating his women victims before drinking their blood. Martin also wrestles with ideas of faith through the lead character's strictly religious uncle Tada Cuda (Lincoln Maazel). Romero views this as his best movie, so consider it essential viewing.
The Lost Boys (1987)
This leather-clad '80s classic features prominent Brat-packers Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland and Coreys Haim and Feldman among its all-star cast. Brothers Michael (Patric) and Sam (Haim) move to a new town with their mother (Dianne Wiest) and begin to suspect that its inhabited by vampires. Shocking and funny, Lost Boys is almost good enough to make you forgive director Joel Schumacher for making Batman & Robin!
Near Dark (1987)
Released the same year as Lost Boys, this Kathryn Bigelow-directed horror film shared many similarities with its more profitable counterpart. Adrian Pasdar plays Caleb, a young man who hits the road with a group of vampires after hooking up with Mae (Jenny Wright). Lance Henriksen and Bill Paxton deliver cracking supporting turns in Near Dark, which is a far dirtier, sexier vampire romance than Twilight. You'll remember it for the bar scene alone...
Let the Right One In (2009)
A dreamlike blend of drama, coming-of-age romance and revenge fantasy rolled into an unforgettable whole, this Swedish film's realistic take on the vampire myth is anchored by brilliant turns from young stars Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson. Hollywood came calling and remade it as Let Me In in 2010, but it's the superior original that goes down as an essential vampire movie.
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