Top 5 Scariest Vampire Movies Of All Time – Part 2

Top 5 Scariest Vampire Movies Of All Time – Part 2

October 4, 2019 100 By William Hollis


Well, it seems that the old saying is true. Vampires are addictive. Or – wait. Is it humans that are addictive? I forget. But either way – the truth remains that the
legendary blood-sucking enigmas of mythology and folklore have well and truly found a fondness
in our cultural hearts – much like their fear of stakes, of the wooden variety. In part one of this particular cinematic list,
we managed to delve through some of the most beautifully shot horror movies of recent times
– as it seems that a thirst for drinking blood and looking good whilst doing so often goes
hand in hand. But – as we all know, there’s many more
where that came from. So. Let’s take a look, shall we? Hello horror fans – what’s going on, and
once again welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube – Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch – as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Scariest Vampire Movies Of All
Time – Part 2. Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you, that clip was,
of course – from 2008’s Let The Right One In – which took the number one spot on our
part one of this list – and rightfully so, because it’s a fantastic horror movie – nevermind
a vampire movie – and I’ll use any excuse I can to get some footage in for this list. And it leads us to an interesting point – because
many of the comments on our previous video pointed out how – fervent – the fandom of
Vampirism is amongst you horror fans. And you weren’t exactly overjoyed that we’d
missed a few entries out, to say the least. But hey – you know what they say about vampires,
right? It’s all about taste. Kicking off at Number 5 – Afflicted, 2013 And you know what? This film is actually awesome – and you’ll
be pleasantly surprised that it’s perhaps the best found footage vampire horror movie
ever made – I mean, not like there are a lot of them anyway, maybe like – 3? But – nevertheless, Afflicted manages to take
the otherwise worn-out found footage genre, as well as the long-standing, done to death
Vampire genre – and somehow still manages to create a wholeheartedly original and exhilarating
horror experience. And, on top of all that – it’s Canadian! Written and directed by Derek Lee and Clif
Prowse in their directorial feature film debut – Afflicted also stars the two filmmakers
in their respective namesakes, as two best friends travelling the world, filming a web
series of their travels. It’s quickly revealed that the trip is actually
a bucket list, as Derek has a tragic genetic brain condition that could cause his death
at any moment – and the trip is his last wish, to spend time exploring the planet with his
best friend. Of course though, as is the best laid plans
of vampires and men – things often go awry – and Derek contracts a mysterious disease,
which of course – turns out to be vampirism. Afflicted doesn’t exactly take any precautions
going into this horror onslaught – and although oftentimes the *action* can water down the
genuinely fear-inducing moments – the one thing that carries through in this movie is
its unstoppable energy. Start to finish, it’s literally as if the
life-and-undeath of vampirism is the very lifeblood on this film – coursing through
its veins – seeking the next helpless horror fan to feast on. It’s a strange mix of both new and old – but
even stranger still, it actually works incredibly well. Next up at Number 4 – Only Lovers Left Alive,
2013 Now – many of you called for this film to
appear on our next list, and rightfully so – because just like with Afflicted – it seems
that 2013 was the year for surprisingly creative vampire horror that seemingly reignited the
genre in a strange new way. It’s important to note that Only Lovers
Left Alive isn’t a horror film in the conventional sense, or even in the traditional sense – because
it relies on an entirely new perspective to fill the spaces of its horror – and yeah,
who would have thought it, vampire nihilism. Vampirlism? Maybe it’ll catch on. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch – the
film stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as Adam and Eve – two immortal vampires that
have lived countless lives across the ages, as musicians, poets, scientists – and purveyors
of all the mysteries of existence. In the 21st century, though – things are a
little different, and Adam and Eve both live in an overwhelmingly different age – where
the blood of the human population has been grossly contaminated by the modern environment. This film covers many, many themes – and it
effortlessly says a lot about the human condition without saying much at all – whilst also capturing
that ageless enigma of blood-thirsty vampires and the strange, alluring beauty that they
permeate. Again, at first glance, the traditional horror
of this film isn’t easy to pick out – but instead, it manages to give a much needed
breath of life into the genre – while offering insight into the terrifying existential implications
of living forever, and the price that comes with it. Also, it’s reminiscent of 1983’s The Hunger
starring David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon – which would’ve made this
list, but yeah – I don’t think YouTube would like it. Coming in at Number 3 – Thirst, 2009 And again – you may be sensing a bit of a
pattern here, because much like with our previous two entries – 2009’s Korean horror flick,
Thirst – isn’t at all a conventional vampire horror – but instead a frightfully original
portrayal of vampirism, that uses the immortal affliction to allude to a much more human
addiction. Saying that though – that’s not to say that
this film doesn’t have it’s fair share of gut-wrenching gore and all the bright bursts
of blood that you’d expect a vampire horror to carry – because it does, and it delivers
it in spades in the typical Korean horror cinema fashion. Written and directed by Park Chan-wook, the
man responsible for the incredible 2003 thriller, Oldboy – Thirst has all the trials and trappings
that we’ve come to expect with modern vampire cinema – and yet still manages to execute
them in a frightfully original manner. It tells the tale of Sang-hyun – a Catholic
priest, renowned as a good, noble man in his small-town parish. Despite his unwavering faith though, he is
afflicted by a deep, insatiable sadness and a loneliness that he cannot fill – and so
volunteers to participate in a medical experiment to find a vaccine for the deadly Emmanuel
Virus. Of course – we know how that usually goes,
and Sang-hyun quickly morphs into a virulent, vigorous viral vampire – but, the thirst doesn’t
end there – and for those of you going into this movie with zero expectations, you’ll
discover more charm than expected, as well as genuine, fear inducing moments of complete
and utter shock and awe. It’s strange, because in places, this film
is endearing – and warm and fuzzy – and in others, it’s bat-shit crazy and full of
gut-wrenching horror. It walks a fine line, strikes a fine balance
– and still manages to be an incredibly original depiction of vampires. Great movie. Swinging in at Number 2 – Near Dark, 1987 And now – listen. Guys. I get it. The vast majority of you absolutely love 1987’s
Near Dark – and often ranked it as number one on your list of Scariest Vampire Movies
Of All Time. And yeah, I agree with you – because Near
Dark is an incredibly entertaining horror experience, and in my eyes – it’s a more
horror palatable version of The Lost Boys – although Near Dark is often forgotten in
the shadow of The Lost Boys success. Not to take anything away from The Lost Boys
– because it is awesome. The thing is though – both of these films
are very much a product of their time – and when it comes to late-eighties nostalgia,
the horror experience was often mired in fragments of genre. A little action thriller here – a little dark-comedy
there – and as is the case of Near Dark, a little bit of neo-western horror gore. Which sounds strange – but hey, it works. Nevertheless, I hear you – and consider this
Number 2 spot a worthy fan placement that all you horror fanatics have made happen. Good job guys. Near Dark, directed by Kathryn Bigelow and
also written by herself and Eric Red, tells the tale of a group of Nomadic American vampires
– roaming the small, rural towns of Midwestern America. Despite having a relatively unknown cast at
the time, more importantly – Near Dark has Bill Paxton in one of his most well delivered
roles in horror history, as he plays Severen – an immortal vampire with a gutter mouth
and a thirst for bar-brawling. It also stars Lance Henriksen, as the wisened,
grizzled leader of their merry band of vampires – and shows the lengths that immortal, bloodthirsty
murderers will go to – to stay alive on the open road. It’s Road House meets The Lost Boys – and
because of that, it’s awesome. And finally – coming in at our Number 1 spot
– ‘Salem’s Lot, 1979 Okay guys – I’m gonna level with you. The only reason that this entry didn’t make
Part One of this list, is because – as I explained, it’s technically a TV mini series – and
much like 1990’s IT – it doesn’t hit the parameters of the term *movie*. But you know what? What the hell – throw me out the window like
little Ralphie Glick – forget I ever said anything, and give Tobe Hooper’s legendary
1979 mini-series the credit it deserves, and stick it at our Number 1 spot for the Scariest
Vampire Movies Ever Made. Because it is exactly that – we’ll just
forget the fact that it was released in two parts. Hey, whatever – that’s fine by me. I remember the first time I accidently caught
a glimpse of that bedroom window scene as a kid – and I was so incredibly terrified
that it took me many years after that to even realise it was a story about vampires. I just thought it was about horrifying children
in pyjamas floating through the air – and I wasn’t about to watch a feature length
re-run of that. But obviously, as I got older – and finally
had the courage to read the original Stephen King novel of the same name – it was evident
that ‘Salem’s Lot was perhaps the greatest fictional depiction of vampires in anything,
really. Because – here’s the thing. It manages to strike an incredibly delicate
balance – and it’s a balance Stephen King intended, that Tobe Hooper also managed to
capture in the T.V miniseries. It gives all the credit to the horror forefathers
that predate it – the classic image of Barlow being shipped in a sealed crate by his familiar,
Straker – teeth, pale skin – blood sucking – Dracula, the whole nine yards. But somehow, it manages to maintain itself
as an entirely original creation of horror. There’s nothing quite like the vampires
of Salem’s Lot. They’re familiar, but they’re also strange
and remote – an entirely different creation. We don’t need to talk about how good Tobe
Hooper’s 1979 version of ‘Salem’s Lot is – just watch it, it’s horror mastery,
and I hate to sound like a blaggard – but they don’t make them like that anymore. Well – there we have it horror fans – our
Part 2 for the Top 5 Scariest Vampire Movies Of All Time. Phew. That was a tough list – and I hope I’ve
managed to sate your vampire thirst for quite some time. We’ll see how it goes, I’m sure. But on that note – why don’t you let us
know your thoughts – as well as any choice, remaining picks, down in the comment section
below. Before we depart from today’s video though
– let’s take a quick look at some of your more entertaining edifications from Part One
of this particular list. First up – Koltira Memeweaver says — I love vampires! I also love garlic tho — Ehh. Well, that’s a risky game your playing. That’s also a pretty tough choice. Immortality, or garlic. Eh, I think I’d stick with garlic. Anyway – on that note, cheers for sticking
around all the way until the end. If you were a fan of this video, make sure
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you in the next one. As per usual, I’ve been your horror host
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