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With Halloween quickly approaching and the costumes beginning to come together for the big night, we at Binge Out thought it necessary to point out some top quality films and television shows of the toothy variety worth the respective marathons and binges over the next couple of weeks. So here you go vamp vogues, your source for the best movies and television shows about the Vampire to binge, while you wait on the trick or treaters.

Movies

5) 30 Days of Night

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Based on the comic series of the same name, 30 Days of Night takes place in a frozen, sleepy town in Alaska, just days before the sun drops below the horizon for a month of darkness. With most of the town’s population leaving for sunnier skies, those who stay behind are in for a terrifying experience when a group of monstrous, bloodthirsty vampires begin wreaking havoc, hoping to take full advantage of the isolated townspeople and the perpetual darkness surrounding them.

Starring Josh Hartnett as the town’s sheriff and Danny Huston as the lead vampire, 30 Days of Night is a dark, gory, vampire flick with a surprisingly touching ending. You’ll want to put the young ones to bed for this hard R-rated horror film.

Available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu

Time Commitment: 1hr. 53min.

4) The Lost Boys

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When a single mother and her two boys move to a seaside California town, they find there is something very unusual about the place. This R-rated, 1987 horror-thriller from Joel Schumacher became an instant cult-classic and a Halloween must-watch upon its release. The oldest of the two brothers falls for a beautiful girl who keeps company with a rowdy biker gang, and is sucked into their vacuum of a seductive lifestyle. Meanwhile, the younger brother meets a boy claiming to be a vampire hunter aware of what is truly going on in the town.

With frightful scenes, a retro Joie de vivre, and fresh-faced talents of the time such as Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, and Kiefer Sutherland, The Lost Boys is an absolute must for October movie marathons.

Available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu

Time Commitment: 1hr. 38min.

3) Byzantium

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A unique, slow-burning, considered tale of vampires, Byzantium tells the story of Clara and her daughter Eleanor, both vampires on the run from the vampire Brethren. After their covers are blown, Clara and Eleanor seek refuge in the seaside resort, Byzantium. Eleanor is resentful of her “life” as the undead, writing her story down and tossing the pages into the wind, where they are found and read by some. Told intermittently through flashbacks revealing the past lives of Clara and Eleanor, Byzantium’s story is reflective and contemplative, making for a much more personal vampire film, which may not be for everyone, however is a vampire flick that should be seen nonetheless.

This foreign film turns the legend of vampirism on its head in a genuinely intriguing way. Starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton, Byzantium is the type of chilling movie you’ll just have to see for yourself to form your own opinion.

Available on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and YouTube

Time Commitment: 1hr. 58min.

2) Nosferatu

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The most iconic of all vampire films – being the first ever made – this creepy, unauthorized silent film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula does the legend of vampires justice all on its own horror-ific merit, despite many name and location changes (perhaps for the betterment of its own unique identity).

Real estate agent, Hutter, is tasked with traveling a long journey to a very old castle of one Count Orlok, a reclusive old man said to live alone in the castle and to be attributed with dark and mysterious circumstances, driving fear into the townsfolk who live nearby. When Hutter arrives at the castle, at the absolute discouragement of the townsfolk he encounters along the way, the increasingly anxious man discovers to his horror, that the warnings and rumors may have been true all along. A 1922 iconic piece of cinema, Rotten Tomatoes holds Nosferatu at #2 of best horror films of all time.

Available on Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu

Time Commitment: 1hr. 34min.

1) Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

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Drink From Me And Live Forever – so reads this 1994 horror film’s tagline. 1791 plantation owner, Louis (Brad Pitt) loses his wife and daughter to childbirth. Losing the will to live, Louis abandons all hope, wandering the streets in his devastated stupor. This is where Louis meets Lestat (Tom Cruise), a charismatic immortal who promises Louis he can deliver him from the ills of mortal men and give him a life beyond that of which he now holds no value over. Draining Louis of his mortal blood and replacing it with his own, Lestat creates a vampire.

What makes Interview With The Vampire so unique is its effective way of showing the thrills and detriments of having eternal life. Spanning centuries, the story boasts elements of a modern epic, the characters going on long, globe-trotting journeys, Louis retelling his long life to modern-day San Francisco reporter, Malloy (Christian Slater). Also starring a young Kristen Dunst as child vampire, Claudia, Interview With The Vampire is perhaps one of the most compelling bloodsucking films to date.

Available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu

Time Commitment: 2hr. 3min.

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5) The Vampire Diaries

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Brothers in bloodlust, vampires Stefan and Damon Salvatore return to their Virginian hometown of fictional Mystic Falls, after a lifetime on the move, in avoidance of exposing their true unnatural nature. The brothers have been quarreling for decades, Damon angry with his younger brother for transforming him against his will. When Stefan falls for high school student, Elena – who resembles a past love – Stefan and Damon both vie for Elena’s heart, as old enemies and allies also begin to make their haunting appearances known in the town of Mystic Falls.

Based on the book series of the same name, and airing on the CW, The Vampire Diaries is the perfect show for those craving the episodic stories of ****, youth, the supernatural, and teen drama.

Available on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, Xbox, and Fandango Now

Time Commitment: 8 Seasons

4) Angel

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After his tumultuous relationship with Buffy Summers from the 1990s popular TV series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, vampire, Angel, moves to Los Angeles, seeking redemption for the horrific crimes he has committed in the past, and to heal the human soul he has been given. Angel is a supernatural redemption story, as the creature looks to aid others dealing with supernatural threats in the appropriately named, City of Angels.

If you enjoyed Buffy The Vampire Slayer, odds are, you’ll enjoy Angel just as well, the show having grown into its own dark entity of vampire thrills.

Available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, and Xbox

Time Commitment: 5 Seasons

3) The Strain

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From the minds of Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, The Strain is an FX network horror series based on the book trilogy by Del Toro and Hogan. The Strain takes a more biologically virulent approach to vampirism, the curse acting as more of a virus than a supernatural occurrence. When a plane full of ill people lands in New York City, a brooding Center for Disease Control director must step to the forefront of what begins to appear to be a fight for humankind itself.

Praised for its gripping, thriller approach to the narrative, The Strain offers some nice nods to the supernatural genre and lore of vampirism in general, while holding an edge over other supernatural network shows by implementing brutal, B-movie gore. If you’re looking for something mature, dark, and edgy, The Strain is the horror-centric vampire show you’ll want to binge.

Available on Hulu, FXNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, Xbox, and Fandango Now

Time Commitment: 3 Seasons

2) Penny Dreadful

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While a psychic takes the place of main protagonist instead of a vampire in this dramatic and enthralling Showtime series, Penny Dreadful has plenty of fangs to go around. Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) is a Victorian woman living in London, England during the late 1800s with her embittered family friend, Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), an aging explorer who has a penchant for wild game hunting in Africa, among other secretive interests. When Vanessa comes across a novelty Wild West show in town, she spots dead-eyed, American marksman Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) as the main attraction. Vanessa gives Mr. Chandler a business proposition, for which unsavory characters of the blood sucking type are the job, among other things that go bump in the night.

Most notable in Penny Dreadful, is star, Eva Green’s performance as Vanessa, as the lead character goes through a tumultuously emotional journey over the series’ 3 seasons. This sharp, horror-drama series is all-inclusive, in addition to the vampires present within the show, we also come face to face with Frankenstein’s monster, werewolves, and witches.

Available on Netflix, On Demand, Showtime Anytime, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu

Time Commitment: 3 Seasons

1) True Blood

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More of a fantasy series rather than a horror series, True Blood nevertheless is plenty gory, plenty mature, and plenty…vampire-y? Yeah, its plenty vampire-y. Based on the notion that vampires have just recently revealed themselves to exist to the rest of the world in the premiere episode, a Japanese-created solution to their bloodlust, Tru Blood, has been created. The synthetic blood beverage is intended to give vampires an option to co-exist peacefully with humans, instead of treating them like dinner. The problem is, not all vampires want to give up a good, pulsing aorta. When Bon Temps, Louisiana diner waitress and telepath, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) meets mysterious stranger and vampire, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a bloody good time awaits down the road for the supernatural pair.

An HBO original series, True Blood was created by American Beauty Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Six Feet Under creator, Alan Ball. Examining themes of equal rights, discrimination, drug addiction, faith and religion, self-actualization, family values, and media coverage and its control over popular opinion, what may appear as a sexually-driven, violent fantasy series, holds enough weight in its narrative foundation to challenge viewers, as well as captivate them.

Available on Amazon Prime, On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, and Xbox

Time Commitment: 7 Seasons

While these are only a handful of movies and tv shows about vampires, a little digging on your favorite streaming service will most assuredly turn up others.

– Josh Price
Follow me on Twitter @JoshPriceWrites



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  • 12stepCornelius

    Love Interview with the Vampire.

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