Looking for some vampire classics to watch on your next coffin-and-chill night? We got you covered. Here are 15 Must See Vampire Movies From The 80s!
1980s vampire horror movies are defined by camp, gory practical effects, and comedic undertones, but no monster was more camera-ready than the vampire. It’s no surprise that some of the best vampire movies back then are still some of the best vampire movies now.
Two fraternity pledges go to a sleazy bar looking for strippers to entertain their college friends. They have problems with transportation, Biker gangs, and worst of all, the staff of the bar, all of whom seem to be vampires, with Grace Jones playing the head vampire.
The film debut of Jim Carrey, Once Bitten is often forgotten but is typically loved by those looking for some cheesy vampire action. A vampire Countess needs to drink the blood of a virgin in order to keep her eternal beauty. It seems that all is hopeless, until she bumps into Mark Kendall.
An engineer (Jim Metzler) comes to a Western town with his wife to fix a vampire’s artificial-plasma plant.
John (David Bowie) is the lover of the gorgeous immortal vampire Miriam (Catherine Deneuve), and he’s been led to believe that he’ll live forever, too. Unfortunately, he quickly deteriorates into a horrible living death, and Miriam seeks a new companion.
A space crew stumbles upon a massive ship while investigating Halley’s Comet. The crew returns to Earth with a bat-like creature and three comatose humanoids from the ship, who all turn out to be members of a vicious species of intergalactic bloodsuckers. The vamps are set loose in London, where they turn people into zombies.
A prime example of ’80s horror-comedy, Waxwork follows a group of high school students who find themselves in a mysterious wax museum. Inside the museum, the stock wax figurines from classic horror stories come to life.
Nicolas Cage stars in this bizarre black comedy about a literary agent who becomes afflicted about being seduced and bitten by a female vampire.
Led by Count Dracula, the supernatural crew return to Earth, where a group of monster-hunting kids pledges to keep them from destroying the planet.
Ken Russell’s surreal horror film is based on the novel of the same name by Bram Stoker, published in 1911. Set in a remote part of England, The Lair of the White Worm takes the vampire legend into new, occult territory.
An anthology film, The Monster Club’s narrator is none other than Vincent Price. Price plays a vampire named Erasmus who attacks a fictionalized version of British horror author R. Chetwynd-Hayes, played by John Carradine. After sucking on the author’s blood, Erasmus invites him to a special club for supernatural creatures.
Joel Schumacher’s teen vampire drama turned out to be one of the more popular mainstream horror movies of the ’80s. With its attractive cast, angsty supernatural battles, and illicit romance, The Lost Boys spawned a franchise.
Vampire Hunter D is a seminal animated feature film from Japanese director Toyoo Ashida. Based on the light novel series of the same name, the film tells the story of a girl bitten by a vampire, who requests the help of a vampire hunter to help her kill the source of her infection.
A comedic Kung-Fu movie that just so happens to have vampires. It never takes itself seriously, and that’s what makes it work so spectacularly.
Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Jenny Wright play a trio of nomadic vampires at the center of the film’s action. Wright’s character Mae meets a young man, Caleb, and bites him at the end of their night together, turning him into a vampire. Caleb is forced to join the bloodsucking gang, embarking on a journey full of bloodshed, carnage, and endless hunger.
17-year-old Charley Brewster is a horror-obsessed teen who believes his attractive new neighbor is a vampire. Chris Sarandon plays the neighbor, Jerry Dandrige, who is exactly what Charley believes he is. Dandrige goes after Charley when the vampire realizes the young man hopes to kill him.
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