Most beautiful vampire films (2016) - Top Netflix & Cinema



Most people nowadays would associate vampire movies with whiny teenage drama, thanks to the ‘Twilight’ series. However, we’ve recently seen quite a lot interesting and daring vampire movies.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best vampire movies of 2016 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Robbie Pickering, Jemaine Clement & Mauricio Chernovetzky our new vampire genre directors?

Not all of these films were mind-blowing, especially script wise some of them had their shortcomings. But if a great vampire film needs anything, it’s aesthetics. Sensuous and seductive bloodsuckers with skins pale as a full moon. Shot like they’re in a fragrance commercial. Well, judge for yourself. In this article we look forward to the best new vampire films up to 2017 and, give a short overview of the 2010’s vampire cinema highlights so far. From typically American horror films, to foreign vampire films, because there was more than just the Swedish Let the Right one in.


vampire genre statistics

vampire2016
Genre popularity
77%
Genre ranking#19 (List of most popular genres)
Familiar facesJemaine Clement, Taika Waititi & Cori Gonzalez-Macuer
Trending moviesWhat We Do In The Shadows , A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night & Only Lovers Left Alive
Amount of genre films per year from 2010 to 2017

8 vampire movies scheduled for release this year.

Is the vampire movie hype over? It appears to be so. After a peak in 2012 with 36 movies it went down, and in 2016 only 16 vampire themed productions were released.

List of highest grossers of the decade & budget

TitleBox officeBudget
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)$300M$68M
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)$292M$120M
Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)$169M$80M
(Read: Who needs big budgets? 25 low budget success stories!)


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Best vampire movies on Netflix or DVD in 2016

2010's best rated vampire movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. The Transfiguration (14-05-2016, 97 minutes)
  2. Michael O'Shea's debut film 'The Transfiguration' is quite something. A quiet, ominous film about a teenager that gets bullied at school, but turns into a blood-thirsty creature at night. As in similar films like Let The Right One in, the vampire motif serves merely as a vehicle to tell a story about loneliness and trauma. A very promising debut and one to satisfy both art house and horror lovers!

    StarringEric Ruffin, Chloe Levine & Jelly Bean
    DirectorMichael O'Shea (MIlo)
    Similar moviesLet The Right One In & Near Dark
    Themesbullying, nihilism, youth, drama, horror,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsdark, engrossing,
    Rating
    80%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (20-04-2015, 101 minutes)
  4. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was probably one of the most hyped indie films of 2014, if not the. This stylish and impressionist vampire flick, shot in black and white, takes place in a deserted and rotten Iranian town where a lonesome vampire rooms the streets, leaving a path of death and destruction. A Girl works well as hybrid between a Western and Gothic tale and reminds of Jim Jarmusch’ best work (Only Lovers Left Alive).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YGmTdo3vuY
    StarringSheila Vand, Arash Marandi & Marshall Manesh
    DirectorAna Lily Amirpour (The Bad Batch & A Little Suicide)
    Similar moviesOnly Lovers Left Alive & Dead Man
    Themesdating, death, horror,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsspooky, surreal,
    Rating
    79%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. Only Lovers Left Alive (25-12-2013, 123 minutes)
  6. Last year Jim Jarmusch’ much anticipated 2014 vampire film Ony Lovers Left Alive finally saw its release. And it sure wasn’t a disappointment, making it one of the few actually good vampire films within the genre. In his characteristic poetic and deadpan comical style Jarmusch explored the everlasting love of vampires Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton (mesmerizing as always), ironically named Adam and Eve. The film proved beautifully why ‘vampire flicks’ and ‘quality cinema’ do not necessarily exclude one another.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycOKvWrwYFo
    StarringTilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston & Mia Wasikowska
    DirectorJim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, Dead Man & Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai)
    Similar moviesStoker & Under the Skin
    Themesdeath, love, drama, horror, romance,
    CountryGermany
    Keywordsbreath-taking, dreamlike,
    Rating
    84%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Styria (21-08-2014, 99 minutes)
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piFJbSHzJUY
    StarringEleanor Tomlinson, Stephen Rea & Erika Marozsán
    DirectorMauricio Chernovetzky & Mark Devendorf (Cassandra, Apart in the World & Zofia/Roza)
    Similar moviesOnly Lovers Left Alive & Let the Right One In
    Themesgrowing up, love, fantasy, horror, mystery,
    CountryMexico
    Keywordsmystical, romantic,
    Rating
    70%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Byzantium (31-05-2013, 118 minutes)
  10. Neil Jordan isn’t exactly new to directing vampire films. Earlier he directed the classic Interview with a Vampire (1994), which revitalized the genre. With Byzantium he’s going back to the well. It tells the gripping story of Eleanor and Clara, a mother and daughter struggling to live a life as ordinary as possible. When the two settle in a picturesque English coastal town, both encounter their own problems. Clara falls in love with a terminally ill boy, what makes her once again question the advantages of immortality, while Eleanor is being haunted by her tragic past. A must-see stylish British vampire film which emphasizes the sadness of immortality, rather than being a traditional horror movie.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEAGYNhAlSQ
    StarringSaoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton & Sam Riley
    DirectorNeil Jordan (Breakfast on Pluto, Michael Collins & The Crying Game)
    Similar moviesInterview with a Vampire & Near Dark
    Themeschildhood, death, drama, fantasy, horror,
    CountryIreland {Republic} United Kingdom United States
    Keywordshistorical, intriguing,
    Rating
    83%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. Kiss of the Damned (28-03-2013, 97 minutes)
  12. Breathtakingly handsome actors delivering their lines like they’re reading it from an autocue; this one is all about aesthetics. The plot (screenwriter falls in love with a beautiful vamp, gets bitten, after which they seem to live happily forever after until her jealous, malicious sister turns up) is poor, but still the movie somehow works. It clearly pays homage to 1970’s B horror films and the acting seems to be part of that too. There are stylish shots, sex scenes that come close to exploitation and a thrilling soundtrack. A highly entertaining piece of pastiche directed by Xan Cassavetes, daughter of America’s independent film pioneer John Cassavetes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5koqxkYQTpw
    StarringJoséphine de La Baume, Milo Ventimiglia & Roxane Mesquida
    DirectorXan Cassavetes (New York, I Love You (segment) & Dust)
    Similar moviesBerberian Sound Studio & Il Futuro
    Themesbetrayal, death, drama, horror, romance,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsgoofy, retro,
    Rating
    65%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  13. Midnight Son (07-10-2011, 88 minutes)
  14. A fresh, exceptional piece of work, Midnight Son proves a vampire film can still be original. This plot-driven film doesn’t follow the typical genre characteristics. Antagonist Jakob suffers from a rare skin disorder which forces him to stay indoors during the day. Things start to change rapidly when he falls in love with Mary, a young cocaine addict. As she’s struggling with her addiction, Jakob’s situation worsens, and becomes obsessed by blood. Merely a film about addiction (blood/cocaine) than about vampirism in the traditional sense of the word, Midnight Son offers something new on the horizon.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeYNZAAWdF0
    StarringZak Kilberg, Maya Parish & Jo D. Jonz
    DirectorScott Leberecht (Underdog & Natural Selection)
    Similar moviesTwilight & A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
    Themescollege, grieving, horror,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordschilling, subtle,
    Rating
    64%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  15. Wir Sind Die Nacht (28-10-2010, 99 minutes)
  16. German director Dennis Gansel made a daring choice by directing this teenage vampire flick after receiving much critical acclaim for Die Welle (2008), a film about a well-known psychological experiment concerning peer pressure and its relation to fascism. Wir Sind die Nacht was box-office failure in Germany, but was received pretty well by critics internationally. The story isn’t too much new; a young vampire girl falls in a love with a police officer who investigates a murder case she is involved with. What will she choose, everlasting life or love? Stylistically however, there’s lots to enjoy. It’s beautifully shot and driven by a nice soundtrack. Not as emotionally challenging as Die Welle, but definitely worth a shot.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh7AFPoXvA8
    StarringKaroline Herfurth, Nina Hoss & Jennifer Ulrich
    DirectorDennis Gansel (The Fourth State, The Wave & Before The Fall)
    Similar moviesDie Welle & Twilight
    Themescity, justice, drama, fantasy, horror,
    CountryGermany
    Keywordsamusing, solid,
    Rating
    62%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

New vampire movies out now

Best recent & upcoming vampire movies with release dates.

The Kitchen Sink by Robbie Pickering

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36ee-6zWXPs
Release date30-10-2015
CountryUnited States
StarringMackenzie Davis, Ed Westwick & Joan Cusack
Previous releasesNatural Selection, Prom Night & The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea
Associated with comedy, horror,

What We Do In The Shadows (13-02-2015, 86 minutes))

It’s not very often a New Zealandic film reaches the continent, let alone a New Zealandic vampire film. What We Do in the Shadows is a genuinely funny parody of the vampire film about three immortal dudes trying to cope with the modern society of normal people. Keeping their bloodthirsty urges at bay however, is the hardest part. Directors Clement and Waititi (also the lead actors) show some real comical talent here in their debut film, which raises the expectations for their next effort.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uBc1Dk0hwI
DirectorJemaine Clement & Taika Waititi (Boy & Eagle vs. Shark)
Starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi & Cori Gonzalez-Macuer
Similar moviesShaun of the Dead & Fearless Vampire Killers
Themesdeath, friendship, comedy, horror,
CountryUnited States
Keywordshilarious, matchless,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix
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