By: Sharon Foster 

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When the topic of Vampire movies comes up, most people think of big Hollywood movies like Twilight, Blade, Underworld or even Lost Boys, but what about the lesser known Vampire films? There have been many Vampire movies released since the original Dracula in 1922, some good, some bad and everything in between. Here are just a few of the lesser known or talked about Vampire movies that although great films are often overlooked in the genre.

Only Lovers Left Alive 2013

Screen shot of Tom Hiddleston from Vampire Movie Only Lovers Left Alive

Written and Directed by Jim Jarmusch, Only lovers Left Alive stars Tom Hiddleston as Adam, a depressed Vampire living in obscurity as a musician. Between contemplating suicide and writing depressing, ambient rock songs. The movie is a dark and sombre look at eternal life that draws many parallels likening Vampirism to Heroin and drug addiction. Only Lovers Left Alive is available on Netflix so check out why it got an 85% critic score from Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for the Golden Palm award at Cannes Film Festival.

Watch the trailer for Only Lovers Left Alive.

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Vampires Anonymous 2003

Still from vampires anonymous

Another Vampire movie drawing comparisons between the thirst for blood and addiction is Vampires Anonymous, a dark comedy about a vampire that after drinking the blood of his girlfriend, realizes that he is no longer in control of his life and thus enters a 12 step program to rehabilitate himself from his bloodlust. It’s strange, it’s quirky and overall not that great of a movie, but is worth a watch if you love Vampire flicks.

 

Blood And Donuts 1995

Screen Shot from Canaidian Vampire Movie Blood And Donuts

Blood and Donuts is a bizarre and quirky Canadian Vampire movie thats dark and endearing. It all revolves around a Vampire (Boya) who was asleep since 1969 and awakes 25 years later accidentally. No longer feeding off humans, Boya instead feeds on rats and other lowly animals (which in the Vampire world would perhaps make him a vegan?) Boya ends up hanging out in the only place a lonely vampire can, an all night coffee and donut shop where he ends up taking on a lover and even the mob. A tough film to track down, but definitely worth the trouble.

 

Watch the trailer for Blood and Donuts.

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What We Do In The Shadows 2014

Screenshot from Vampire movie What We Do In The Shadows

Another offbeat, comedic look into Vampires is the mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, the brain child of Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Concords and Taika Waititi. The movie is about a group of Vampires that live together in New Zealand. This is basically a Vampire version of This Is Spinal Tap and has already received positive reviews from critics down under. North Americans can now see what the hype is about in theatres in limited cities.

 

Watch the trailer for What We Do In The Shadows.

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