I’ve always been of the opinion that there aren’t nearly enough great vampire films out there, but when I actually had to make a poll of the best bloodsuckers, I could barely keep the list of movies at 15 nominees. (Although, to be fair, I haven’t seen every movie on this list, and I don’t like some of the ones that I have seen—namely, 30 Days of Night and the original Dracula. Still, you can’t exactly make this list without Bela freaking Lugosi, can you? No, you can’t.)
So I asked everyone to pick their very favorite vampire film, and the majority of you all picked . . .
Interview with the Vampire!
Personally, I love Interview with the Vampire. Tom Cruise might have seemed like the weirdest choice on this side of the universe to play Lestat, but I actually ended up really enjoying his performance. He’s a bit cartoonish, sure, but he’s also a lot of fun, and I really love whenever he laughs at anything. (Also: “You’ve been a very, very naughty little girl.”) Brad Pitt’s perfectly serviceable as Louis—he’s got a few moments that I really enjoy, especially one that comes near the end with Christian Slater—and I adore Kirsten Dunst as Claudia. Honestly, when she sits up on the bed and says, “I want some more” . . . creepiest part in the whole movie. Claudia ROCKS.
Hell, the only thing I don’t like about Interview with the Vampire is Antonio Banderas as Armand. Never mind the fact that Armand in the books is a redheaded teenager. I can get past that. But Banderas is just so irritating here, and it doesn’t help that I never really buy the relationship they’re selling between him and Louis. It comes too fast, makes later developments seem unrealistic to me.
Otherwise, great film. I approve, voters. I approve.
The silver medal in Best Vampire Film goes to Let the Right One, which, honestly, I suspect might have won had more people seen it. Bronze goes to The Lost Boys, and fourth place is shared by five different films, all of which got two votes each. The poor films that got no love? Underworld, Near Dark, Blade, The Hunger, and Thirst. Although, it should be said that three different people commented on loving or seriously considering Near Dark for their favorite. I still have to watch that one, myself.
Oooh, but here’s an unofficial poll that I just thought of. In a fight between child vampires, who would win?
Eli from Let the Right One In or Claudia from Interview with a Vampire.
Cause, honestly? I love both. They’re like my little miniature bloodsucking heroes.