Cult Movies with Bite – My Top 10 Favourite Vampire Films

If you’ve read Relative Strangers, the first of the Sophie Morgan vampire books, you might have noticed one or two pop culture references – from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the endless repetition of shark documentaries on the Discovery channel. For the seasoned horror connoisseur you might also pick up the occasional nod to some cult classics.  I was raised on horror movies and this has no doubt influenced my writing.

But what if you prefer a movie to a book? Then try out my top 10 cult vampire movies. These classics will give you a taste for blood and you’ll be reading horror before you know it.

1.Nosferaturu (1922)

Creepy, disturbing, Shrecktastic

2.Dracula (1958)

Christopher Lee and Hammer finally show the sexual undercurrent

3.Daughters of Darkness (1971)

Vampires, Belgium… done! (see.. it’s not such a daft setting for my book!)

4.Countess Dracula (1971)

The delectable Ingrid Pitt at her finest

5.The Nightstalker (1972)
Kolchak, pork pie hat, Las Vegas at its supernatural seediest

6.Dracula (1979)
Frank Langella and a clever reworking of the characters, adapted from the play

7.The Hunger (1983)

Deneuve, Bowie and Sarandon – a trio of sensuality and subtlety

8.Near Dark (1987)

Taught me that vampires can be a little bit country

9.Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)

Wrong in many ways, but a great tongue in cheek ride and precursor to the show we all love

10. Thirty Days of Night (2007)

Good, old fashioned, throat ripping vampires.


Relative Strangers: A Modern Vampire Story by Helen Treharne is available for kindle and in paperback at Amazon: All other formats are catered to at Smashwords: and iBookstore


Helen Treharne

I’m Helen Treharne, fiction author an creator of The Sophie Morgan Vampire Series. I live in South Wales with my husband, young son and rescue cat.
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  1. November 26, 2014 / 12:24 am

    I would add The Addiction to the list. Christopher Walken, Lili Taylor, and Annabella Sciorra. Such an interesting take on the genre.

    • November 26, 2014 / 7:24 am

      How have I never seen that? Lili Taylor is an incredibly talented actor. Thats one to add to the ” hunt down and watch” list. Thanks Jennifer !

  2. November 26, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    It can be hard to find this one, but IFC sometimes plays it. It’s totally worth the trouble, though.

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