A film by the masters of the genre, George Romero, although not very well known, and prior to his consecration with The dawn of the Dead. Here the director, as usual, appeals to his vision of lateral thinking: it is about a young man who thinks he is a vampire and behaves like that, but he does not have fangs nor is he affected by sunlight, nor does he suffer from blood withdrawal. In any case, he intends to feed on the vital fluid and is willing to cut all the necks that are necessary, not only to get blood but above all to be considered a vampire. Romero takes advantage of fantasy to reflect that uncertain and dark social moment of the late 1970s, which he never ceases to disturb. A gloomy atmosphere, very classic vampiresque, but with a new perspective that, according to some critics, implies a new direction in the genre, which will explode in the 80s.
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The film that made a good part of humanity believe that Joel Schumacher was a great film director (and not because he isn’t, just that his thing is rather intermittent, although it’s something). Sam and his older brother Michael are typical young Americans with the usual interests for kids their age. But as soon as they settle in the quiet town of Santa Carla, California, everything begins to mysteriously change. Michael’s personality changes, and everything gets very bizarre, which his mother doesn’t like at all. A true mix of vampire horror and teen comedy, starring Kiefer Sutherland and two of the most famous faces in pop culture at the time, Corey Feldman and Jami Gertz. There is also the innovation of homoeroticism and aesthetic refinement. Leather, gangs and rock n’ roll.
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only lovers survive
The most romantic on the list, which could hardly have come from anyone other than Jim Jarmusch. Sickly and suffering vampires, perhaps more akin to another era -the 80s or the beginning of the 21st century than 2013, the year of its production-, saddened by their loneliness and boredom. In fact, the film recovers the decadent and post-punk aesthetics of the last century, in a story in which Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is an underground musician (as they used to say in those days), depressed and disappointed with his life. That situation will be altered when the younger sister of his partner Eve (Tolda Swinton) arrives, who will try to end her relationship.
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A total twist on vampire movies by Julia Ducournau, the director of the recent Titan. In what was her feature debut, this film tells the story of Justine (played by Garance Marillier), a 16-year-old girl who lives in a family of veterinarians and vegetarians. She is a bright and promising student, entering the veterinary school, she already in the first week, obsessed with fitting in with her classmates, she decides to eat raw meat. What will come is among the best of gore films in recent years, with a background of sexual awakening, self-discovery and a questioning of everything learned so far.
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A good B-class to end this list of slightly strange vampire movies. This film also has the particularity of dealing with vampires, who feed only on the blood of women. High-voltage erotic scenes, as they used to say in the syntheses, the German film directed by Jesús Franco is part of the enormous revision that cinema made of social customs in the 60s and 70s, in the heat of the cultural changes of the time. Here the actress Soledad Miranda is a vampire capable of exposing herself to the sun and her exploits are not accompanied by music from the organs of gloomy churches, but by friendly jazz chords. A more than interesting rarity for lovers of cult productions.
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