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NOSFERATU (1922)

Directors:  F.W. Murnau

Writers: Henrik Galeen (screen play), Bram Stoker (based on the novel: "Dracula")

Stars:  Max Schreck, Greta Schröder, Ruth Landshoff

Story:  Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Other Films In Series: Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

DRACULA (1931)

Directors:  Tod Browning

Writers: Bram Stoker (by), Hamilton Deane (from the play adapted by), Tod Browning (screenplay)

Stars:  Bela Lugosi,  Helen Chandler,  David Manners

Story:  The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

Other Films In Series: Dracula's Daughter (1936), Son of Dracula (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945)

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Vampyr (1932)

Directors:  Carl Theodor Dreyer

Writers: Sheridan Le Fanu (based on a book by), Christen Jul (screenplay)

Stars:  Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel

Story:  A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. 

Other Films In Series: None.

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Horror of Dracula (1958)

Directors: Terence Fisher

Writers: Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Bram Stoker (novel)

Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough

Story:  Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses.

Other Films In Series: The Brides of Dracula (1960), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Scars of Dracula (1970), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973), The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

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The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Directors: Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow

Writers: William F. Leicester (screenplay), Richard Matheson (screenplay)

Stars: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli

Story:  When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.

Other Films In Series: The Omega Man (1971), I Am Legend (2007), I Am Omega (2007)

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Daughters of Darkness (1971)

Directors: Harry Kümel

Writers: Pierre Drouot (scenario), Harry Kümel (scenario)

Stars: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet

Story:  A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Dead of Night (1974)

Directors: Bob Clark

Writers: Alan Ormsby (screenplay)

Stars: John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus

Story:  A young soldier killed in Vietnam inexplicably shows up to his family home one night.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Martin (1978)

Directors: George A. Romero

Writers: George A. Romero

Stars: John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest

Story:  A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Dracula (1979)

Directors: John Badham

Writers: W.D. Richter (screenplay), Hamilton Deane (play)

Stars: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence

Story:  In 1913, the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Salem's Lot (1979)

Directors: Tobe Hooper

Writers: Stephen King (novel), Paul Monash (screenplay)

Stars: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin

Story: A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.  

Other Films In Series: A Return to Salem's Lot (1987)

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Fright Night (1985)

Directors: Tom Holland

Writers: Tom Holland

Stars: Chris Sarandon,  William Ragsdale,  Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall

Story: When a teenager learns that his next door neighbor is a vampire, no one will believe him.

Other Films In Series: Fright Night Part 2 (1988), Fright Night (2011), Fright Night 2: New Blood (2013)

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Vamp (1986)

Directors: Richard Wenk

Writers: Donald P. Borchers (story), Richard Wenk (story)

Stars: Chris Makepeace, Sandy Baron, Robert Rusler

Story: Two fraternity pledges travel to a sleazy bar in search of a stripper for their college friends, unaware it is occupied by vampires.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Lost Boys (1987)

Directors: Joel Schumacher

Writers: Jan Fischer (story), James Jeremias (story)

Stars: Jason Patric,  Corey Haim,  Dianne Wiest, Kiefer Sutherland

Story: After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

Other Films In Series: Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008), Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010)

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Near Dark (1987)

Directors: Kathryn Bigelow

Writers: Kathryn Bigelow, Eric Red

Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen

Story: A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

Directors: Ken Russell

Writers: Ken Russell (screenplay by), Bram Stoker (novel by)

Stars: Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenberg

Story: When an archeologist uncovers a strange skull in foreign land, the residents of a nearby town begin to disappear, leading to further unexplainable occurrences.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Innocent Blood (1992)

Directors: John Landis

Writers: Michael Wolk

Stars: Anne Parillaud, Anthony LaPaglia, Robert Loggia

Story: Marie is a vampire with a thirst for bad guys. When she fails to properly dispose of one of her victims, a violent mob boss, she bites off more than she can chew and faces a new, immortal danger.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Directors: Francis Ford Coppola

Writers: Bram Stoker (novel), James V. Hart (screenplay)

Stars: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins

Story: The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Cronos (1993)

Directors: Guillermo del Toro

Writers: Guillermo del Toro

Stars: Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook

Story: A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Directors: Neil Jordan

Writers: Anne Rice (screenplay), Anne Rice (novel)

Stars: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas

Story: A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

Other Films In Series: Queen of the Damned (2002)

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Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

Directors: Wes Craven

Writers: Eddie Murphy (story), Vernon Lynch (story)

Stars: Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Allen Payne

Story: Maximillian is the only survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and as a vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. He knows that a child had been born to a woman who had a vampire father, and he searches for her in Brooklyn.

Other Films In Series: None.

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From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Directors: Robert Rodriguez

Writers: Robert Kurtzman (story), Quentin Tarantino (screenplay)

Stars: Harvey Keitel,  George Clooney,  Juliette Lewis

Story: Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Other Films In Series: From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999), From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (2000)

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Blade (1998)

Directors: Stephen Norrington

Writers: David S. Goyer

Stars: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson

Story: A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Other Films In Series: Blade II (2002), Blade: Trinity (2004)

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Vampires (1998)

Directors: John Carpenter

Writers: John Steakley (novel), Don Jakoby (screenplay)

Stars: James Woods, Daniel Baldwin, Sheryl Lee

Story: Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to walk in sunlight.

Other Films In Series: None.

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30 Days of Night (2007)

Directors: David Slade

Writers: Steve Niles (screenplay), Stuart Beattie (screenplay)

Stars: Josh Hartnett,  Melissa George,  Danny Huston

Story: After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.

Other Films In Series: 30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010)

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Daybreakers (2009)

Directors: The Spierig Brothers

Writers: The Spierig Brothers

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill

Story: In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Thirst (2009)

Directors: Chan-wook Park

Writers: Émile Zola (inspired by "Thérèse Raquin"), Chan-wook Park (screenplay by)

Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hee-jin Choi

Story: Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Let Me In (2010)

Directors: Matt Reeves

Writers: Matt Reeves (screenplay), John Ajvide Lindqvist (screenplay)

Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee,  Chloë Grace Moretz,  Richard Jenkins

Story: A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.

Other Films In Series: Let the Right One In (2008)

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Stake Land (2010)

Directors: Jim Mickle

Writers: Nick Damici, Jim Mickle

Stars: Connor Paolo,  Nick Damici,  Kelly McGillis

Story: Martin was a normal teenage boy before the country collapsed in an empty pit of economic and political disaster. A vampire epidemic has swept across what is left of the nation's abandoned towns and cities, and it's up to Mister, a death dealing, rogue vampire hunter, to get Martin safely north to Canada, the continent's New Eden.

Other Films In Series: Stake Land II (2016)

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Byzantium (2012)

Directors: Neil Jordan

Writers: Moira Buffini (screenplay), Moira Buffini (play)

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley

Story: Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Stranger (2014)

Directors: Guillermo Amoedo

Writers: Guillermo Amoedo

Stars: Cristobal Tapia Montt, Lorenza Izzo, Luis Gnecco

Story: A mysterious man arrives in a small American town seeking his wife, though his presence plunges the community into a bloodbath.

Other Films In Series: None.

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From the Dark (2014)

Directors: Conor McMahon

Writers: Conor McMahon

Stars: Niamh Algar, Stephen Cromwell, Ged Murray

Story: A couple on a trip through the Irish countryside find themselves hunted by a creature who only attacks at night.

Other Films In Series: None.

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