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The 10 Greatest Vampire Movies Ranked

From Bram Stoker to Anne Rice, from Nosferatu to Buffy, it’s safe to say our cultural fascination with the blood-sucking undead isn’t going away anytime soon.

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The 10 Greatest Vampire Movies Ranked

From Bram Stoker to Anne Rice, from Nosferatu to Buffy, it’s safe to say our cultural fascination with the blood-sucking undead isn’t going away anytime soon. Not unlike zombies, those other revivified metaphors that feast on the living, the template afforded by these folkloric beings allows for no shortage of insights into the human condition, with the topics of sexuality, addiction, and mortality chief among them. By far the most famous of these, Dracula, is often cited as the most popular fictional character in all of cinema, with nearly 200 separate film appearances according to IMDb. Of course, the legend of these creatures extends far beyond just this particular icon, and those who are quick to mock the Twilight franchise for allowing its fanged characters to appear in full sunlight, unperturbed, are clearly unaware of the elasticity they’ve exhibited throughout both print and film history. Here, a fairly strict definition of the corporeal undead has been employed (apologies to Louis Feuillade and Claire Denis). These 10 films highlight not just great vampire films, but great films, period, and for each that made the cut, there was at least one more vying for inclusion.


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10. Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)

The narrative and thematic similarities between this phantasmagorical work by Hajime Sato and the same year’s Night of the Living Dead are such that its continued obscurity is doubly baffling. Social niceties collapse among the survivors of a freak plane crash on a remote island, and that’s well before the appearance of a blob-like alien that splits open the foreheads of its victims, oozing inside to pilot their bodies, rendering them monsters of the bloodthirsty sort. The neon-hued B-side to Romero’s chiaroscuro classic, Goke is as hypnotically ravishing as it is relentless in its depiction of social—and ultimately global—collapse.


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9. The Addiction (1995)

One can love New York City while still acknowledging its ugly underbelly, and the same can be said for humanity at large. Abel Ferrara’s nightmarish vision understands that better than almost any other film. An allegory on everything from sexual violence and AIDS to the dual necessity and danger of political agency, The Addiction’s dreamy black-and-white cinematography suggests an extension of its philosophically brooding night-bound creatures, culminating in a crimson-soaked purging worthy of Travis Bickle.


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8. Thirst (2009)

Following his Vengeance trilogy with an even more prickly morality play, Park Chan-wook’s take on the creatures of the night feels like at least a half-dozen films rolled into one, intertwining domestic drama, social satire, doomed romance, a sexual thriller, a comedy of errors, and horror into a mesmerizingly seamless whole. Adapted in part from Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin, Thirst is a brilliantly self-reflexive exercise in genre thrills, as concerned with the relationships between its vampires and their would-be victims as it is with itself and the audience.


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7. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders= (1970)

A girl’s first steps into adulthood prove a catalyst for the supernatural in this little-seen gem from Czechoslovakia. Fusing gothic imagery and storybook fantasy with the dread of the unknown (such as menstruation), the film sees Valerie (Jaroslava Schallerová)—not unlike Lewis Carroll’s Alice—lost in a wonderland of ethereal splendor and repulsive monsters, namely the vampiric Weasel (Jirí Prýmek), whose garish appearance befits his predatory tendencies. Criterion has owned the rights to this lighter-than-air wonder for the past two years, and a proper restoration can’t come soon enough.


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6. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

An orgiastic celebration of Bram Stoker’s novel with enough oversized imagery to fuel a dozen lesser adaptations, Francis Ford Coppola’s divisive take on the text is worthy of its silent-film predecessors, reveling in artifice and employing a lifetime’s worth of filmmaking trickery in its tale of a love that transcends time. The result is an impressionistic, sometimes haphazard work that doesn’t merely overcome its stretch marks, but thrives on them, and has since proved an indication of even greater things to come in the still-underappreciated late career of one of cinema’s greatest artists.

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Let Your Sanity Go on Vacation with a Trip to the Moons of Madness

If you dare, ascend into the horrors of the Martian mind and check out the trailer for yourself.

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The announcement trailer for Moons of Madness opens with an empty shot of the Invictus, a research installation that’s been established on Mars. The camera lingers over well-lit but equally abandoned corridors, drifting over a picture of a family left millions of kilometers behind on Earth before finally settling on the first-person perspective of Shane Newehart, an engineer working for the Orochi Group. Fans of a different Funcom series, The Secret World, will instantly know that something’s wrong. And sure enough, in what may be the understatement of the year, Newehart is soon talking about how he “seems to have a situation here”—you know, what with all the antiquated Gothic hallways, glitching cameras, and tentacled creatures that start appearing before him.

As with Dead Space, it’s not long before the station is running on emergency power, with eerie whispers echoing through the station and bloody, cryptic symbols being scrawled on the walls. Did we mention tentacles? Though the gameplay hasn’t officially been revealed, this brief teaser suggests that players will have to find ways both to survive the physical pressures of this lifeless planet and all sorts of sanity-challenging supernatural occurrences, with at least a soupçon of H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmicism thrown in for good measure.

If you dare, ascend into the horrors of the Martian mind and check out the trailer for yourself.

Rock Pocket Games will release Moons of Madness later this year.

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Watch: Two Episode Trailers for Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone Reboot

Ahead of next week’s premiere of the series, CBS All Access has released trailers for the first two episodes.

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Jordan Peele is sitting on top of the world—or, at least, at the top of the box office, with his sophomore film, Us, having delivered (and then some) on the promise of his Get Out. Next up for the filmmaker is the much-anticipated reboot of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, which the filmmaker executive produced and hosts. Ahead of next week’s premiere of the series, CBS All Access has released trailers for the first two episodes, “The Comedian” and “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet.” In the former, Kumail Nanjiani stars as the eponymous comedian, who agonizingly wrestles with how far he will go for a laugh. And in the other, a spin on the classic “Nightmare at 20,0000 Feet” episode of the original series starring William Shatner, Adam Scott plays a man locked in a battle with his paranoid psyche. Watch both trailers below:

The Twilight Zone premieres on April 1.

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Scott Walker Dead at 76

Walker’s solo work moved away from the pop leanings of the Walker Brothers and increasingly toward the avant-garde.

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American-born British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer Scott Walker, who began his career as a 1950s-style chanteur in an old-fashioned vocal trio, has died at 76. In a statement from his label 4AD, the musician, born Noel Scott Engel, is celebrated for having “enriched the lives of thousands, first as one third of the Walker Brothers, and later as a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality.”

Walker was born in Hamilton, Ohio on January 9, 1943 and earned his reputation very early on for his distinctive baritone. He changed his name after joining the Walker Brothers in the early 1960s, during which time the pop group enjoyed much success with such number one chart hits as “Make It Easy on Yourself” and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore).”

The reclusive Walker’s solo work moved away from the pop leanings of the Walker Brothers and increasingly toward the avant-garde. Walker, who was making music until his death, received much critical acclaim with 2006’s Drift and 2012’s Bish Bosch, as well as with 2014’s Soused, his collaboration with Sunn O))). He also produced the soundtrack to Leos Carax’s 1999 romantic drama Pola X and composed the scores for Brady Corbet’s first two films as a director, 2016’s The Childhood of a Leader and last year’s Vox Lux.

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