5 Out-Of-The-Way Vampire Movies You Probably Didn't Even Hear About
These are the ultimate hidden gems of the vampire movie genre.
Many (maybe too many) movies are dedicated to vampires, and their image in cinema has developed in almost one direction. But sometimes original stories appear that deviate from the classic form.
These five movies will show you vampires as you've never seen them before.
1. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Yes, it's an Iranian movie about vampires. The main character is a nameless vampire woman. Every night she wanders the streets of a bad city and feeds on the blood of bad people. But one night she meets a kind man named Arash. An intimate connection develops between them, but it cannot save the woman from her bloodthirsty desire to kill.
The movie offers a fresh take on vampires, presenting the main character as a deeply hurt, broken person on a quest for justice. The black and white colors and numerous references to classic horror films will be a real treat for all fans of the genre.
2. Ganja & Hess
Ganja & Hess is an experimental horror film directed by Bill Gunn. The main character, anthropology professor Hess Green, becomes a vampire against his will. As events unfold, Hess falls in love with Ganja, who discovers his dark secret.
The film used the topic of vampirism as a metaphor for addiction, but producers at the time did not appreciate such an innovative approach. As a result, the movie underwent harsh editing, which significantly changed the tone of the story. A few years later, Spike Lee released Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, a remake of Gunn's horror film that went on to become a horror cult classic.
3. Tale of a Vampire
Tale of a Vampire by Shimako Sato focuses on a young librarian, Anne, who becomes the target of two vampires at once. The first, the melancholic Alex, sees her as his first and only love. The second, the psychopathic Edgar, sees in Anne a chance for revenge against an old rival.
Who would have thought that in the early 90s, underground horror director Shimako Sato would make an indie version of Twilight with shocking scenes of violence, in which the languid gaze of a vampire in love never ends well.
4. The Hunger
The Hunger by Tony Scott is one of the films that have been completely and unjustly forgotten. The story revolves around a pair of vampires, Miriam and John, who face a crisis in their relationship after John meets a scientist named Sarah.
In addition to the brilliant cast of David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve, and Susan Sarandon (just imagine those three together on screen), the movie has an atmosphere of sensuality, because The Hunger is first and foremost a movie about love.
5. Once Bitten
In one of his first major roles, Jim Carrey played Mark, a high school student who can't seem to lose his virginity. One night, he meets an attractive woman who wants to taste his blood.
At its core, Once Bitten is the essence of everything we love about 80s comedies. There is the nostalgic atmosphere of a time long gone, the humor without a hint of censorship, and a group of teenagers willing to do anything to finally taste all the joys of full-fledged adulthood.