Vampire films have been a staple since the era of silent films, so much so that the depiction of vampires in popular culture is strongly based upon their depiction in films throughout the years. The most popular cinematic adaptation of vampire fiction has been from Bram Stoker's Dracula, with over 170 versions to date. Running a distant second are adaptations of Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. The legend of Elizabeth Báthory, the "Blood Countess" has also been an influence. By 2005, Dracula had been the subject of more films than any other fictional character.
As folklore vampires are defined in their need to feed on blood and on their manipulative nature; a theme held common through the many adaptations. Although vampires are generally associated with the horror and sometimes splatter genre, vampire films may also fall into the drama, action, science fiction, romance, comedy or fantasy genres, among others.
- 1 History
- 2 See also
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Early cinematic vampires in other such films as The Vampire (1913), directed by Robert G. Vignola, were not undead bloodsucking fiends but 'vamps'. Such femme fatales were inspired by a poem by Rudyard Kipling called "The Vampire", composed in 1897. This poem was written as kind of commentary on a painting of a female vampire by Philip Burne-Jones exhibited in the same year. Lyrics from Kipling's poem: A fool there was . . . , describing a seduced man, were used as the title of the film A Fool There Was (1915) starring Theda Bara as the 'vamp' in question and the poem was used in the publicity for the film.
An authentic supernatural vampire features in the landmark Nosferatu (1922 Germany, directed by F. W. Murnau) starring Max Schreck as the hideous Count Orlok. This was an unlicensed version of Bram Stoker's Dracula, based so closely on the novel that the estate sued and won, with all copies ordered to be destroyed. It would be painstakingly restored in 1994 by a team of European scholars from the five surviving prints that had escaped destruction. The destruction of the vampire, in the closing sequence of the film, by sunlight rather than the traditional stake through the heart proved very influential on later films and became an accepted part of vampire lore.
The next classic treatment of the vampire legend was, an adaptation of the stage play based on Stoker's novel Dracula, Universal's Dracula (1931) starring Béla Lugosi as Count Dracula. Lugosi's performance was so popular that his Hungarian accent and sweeping gestures became characteristics now commonly associated with Dracula. Five years after the release of the film, Universal released Dracula's Daughter (1936), a direct sequel that starts immediately after the end of the first film. A second sequel, Son of Dracula, starring Lon Chaney, Jr. followed in 1943. Despite his apparent death in the 1931 film, the Count returned to life in three more Universal films of the mid-1940s: House of Frankenstein (1944) and House of Dracula (1945)—both starring John Carradine—and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). While Lugosi had played a vampire in two other films during the 1930s and 1940s, it was only in this final film that he played Count Dracula on-screen for the second (and last) time.
Dracula was reincarnated for a new generation in Hammer Films series, starring Christopher Lee as the Count. In the first of these films Dracula (1958) the spectacular death of the title character through being exposed to the sun, reinforced this part vampire lore, first established in Nosferatu, and made it virtually axiomatic in succeeding films. Lee returned as Dracula in all but two of the seven sequels. A more faithful adaptation of Stoker's novel appeared as Dracula (1992) directed by Francis Ford Coppola though also identifying Count Dracula with the notorious medieval Balkan ruler Vlad the Impaler.
A distinct sub-genre of vampire films, ultimately inspired by Le Fanu's Carmilla explored the topic of the lesbian vampire. Although implied in Dracula's Daughter, the first openly lesbian vampire was in Blood and Roses (1960) by Roger Vadim. More explicit lesbian content was provided in Hammer's Karnstein Trilogy. The first of these, The Vampire Lovers, (1970), starring Ingrid Pitt and Madeline Smith, was a relatively straightforward re-telling of LeFanu's novella, but with more overt violence and sexuality. Later films in this sub-genre such as Vampyres (1974) became even more explicit in their depiction of sex, nudity and violence.
Another development in some vampire films has been a change from supernatural horror to science fictional explanations of vampirism. The Last Man on Earth (1964, directed by Ubaldo Ragona), The Omega Man (1971 US, directed by Boris Sagal) and two other films were all based on Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend. They explain the condition as having a natural cause. Vampirism is explained as a kind of virus in David Cronenberg's Rabid (1976) and Red-Blooded American Girl (1990) directed by David Blyth, as well as in the Blade trilogy to a limited extent.
Though always a representation of passion and desire, since the time of Béla Lugosi's Dracula (1931) the vampire, male or female, has usually been portrayed as an alluring sex symbol. Christopher Lee, Delphine Seyrig, Frank Langella, and Lauren Hutton are just a few examples of actors who brought great sex-appeal into their portrayal of the vampire. Latterly the implicit sexual themes of vampire film have become much more overt, culminating in such films as Gayracula (1983) and The Vampire of Budapest, (1995), two pornographic all-male vampire films, and Lust for Dracula (2005), a softcore pornography all-lesbian adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic.
There is, however, a very small sub-genre, pioneered in Murnau's seminal Nosferatu (1922) in which the portrayal of the vampire is similar to the hideous creature of European folklore. Max Schrek's disturbing portrayal of this role in Murnau's film was copied by Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog's remake Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979). In Shadow of the Vampire (2000). directed by E. Elias Merhige, Willem Dafoe plays Max Schrek, himself, though portrayed here as an actual vampire. Dafoe's character is the ugly, disgusting creature of the original Nosferatu. Stephen King's Salem's Lot (1979), notably depicts vampires as terrifying, simple-minded creatures, without erotism, and with the only desire to feed on the blood of others. This type of vampire is also featured in the film 30 Days of Night.
A major character in most vampire films is the vampire hunter, of which Stoker's Abraham Van Helsing is a prototype. However, killing vampires has changed. Where Van Helsing relied on a stake through the heart, in Vampires 1998, directed by John Carpenter, Jack Crow (James Woods) has a heavily armed squad of vampire hunters, and in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992, directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui), writer Joss Whedon (who created TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and spin-off Angel) attached The Slayer, Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson in the film, Sarah Michelle Gellar in the TV series), to a network of Watchers and mystically endowed her with superhuman powers.
Dracula in films and his legacy
By far, the most well-known and popular vampire in the films is Count Dracula. An amazing number of films have been filmed over the years depicting the evil count, some of which are ranked among the greatest depictions of vampires on film. Dracula has over 170 film representations to date making him the most frequently portrayed character in horror films; also he has highest number of film appearances overall followed by Sherlock Holmes.
- Dracula's Death (1921) – Unlicensed Hungarian adaptation. First known film appearance of Dracula. This film has been lost since its release.
- Nosferatu (1922) – unlicensed German adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel; featuring "Count Orlok", a thinly veiled allusion to Dracula; starring Max Schreck.
Dracula (1931) – the first Universal Studios Dracula film, starring Bela Lugosi.
- Dracula's Daughter (1936) – follow up to the 1931 film, starring Gloria Holden.
- Son of Dracula (1943) – further sequel to the 1931 film starring Lon Chaney, Jr..
- House of Frankenstein (1944) – John Carradine plays Dracula as part of an ensemble cast in this Universal Studios film.
- House of Dracula (1945) – the final serious Universal Studios Dracula film, starring Carradine.
- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – Lugosi played Dracula in this comedy-horror hybrid that concluded the Universal Studios series.
- Dracula (Spanish Version) (1931) – Spanish-language version starring Carlos Villarías, made simultaneously with the 1931 Bela Lugosi film, using the same sets on a timeshare basis.
- Drakula Istanbul'da (Dracula in Istanbul) (1953) – a rarely seen Turkish film on the subject.
Dracula (1958) – a.k.a. Horror of Dracula; the first Hammer Dracula film, starring Christopher Lee as the Count. Followed by the sequels:
- The Brides of Dracula (1960) – the first in the sequence which doesn't feature Lee in the lead role.
- Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) – in which Lee returns from the dead.
- Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
- Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969)
- Scars of Dracula (1970)
- Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
- The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)
- The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) – Lee refused to return as the Count, so John Forbes-Robertson took his place for the opening in Transylvania.
- Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966) – Billy the Kid must stop Dracula (John Carradine) from taking his fiance, and making her his vampire bride. The name Dracula is not used in the film, but only in the title.
- Count Dracula (1970) – was the Jesus Franco-directed adaptation, starring Christopher Lee..
- Countess Dracula (1971)
Blacula (1972) – a blaxploitation cult film in which an African prince is turned into a vampire by Dracula. The film is also notable for featuring the first two gay male vampires in film history: both victims of Blacula.
- Scream Blacula Scream (1973)
- Leptirica (1973) (The She-Butterfly) – based on the story Posle devedeset godina written by Milovan Glišic.
- Bram Stoker's Dracula (1973) – was directed by Dan Curtis and starred Jack Palance in the title role, introducing a reincarnation romance with a lost love and Vlad Tepes as who Dracula used to be.
- Blood for Dracula (1974) – also released as Andy Warhol's Dracula (X-rated).
- Zoltan, Hound of Dracula (1978) – a.k.a. Dracula's Dog; a low-budget film in which the descendant of Dracula takes second billing to a vampiric Doberman.
- Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) – was Werner Herzog's remake of Murnau's silent classic.
- Dracula (1979) – a film in the gothic romantic tradition starring Frank Langella and remake of the 1931 film with Bela Lugosi.
- Nocturna: Granddaughter of Dracula (1979) – a strange comedy.
- George Hamilton.
- The Monster Squad (1987)
- Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1990) – a comedy western about a ghost town populated by vampires.
- Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) – Inspired by Dark Shadows and Dan Curtis' Dracula, the 1992 film also merges a reincarnation romance with the medieval story of Vlad III; starring Gary Oldman as Dracula. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
- Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) – a parody of Dracula films by Mel Brooks; Leslie Nielsen as Dracula.
- Shadow of the Vampire (2000) – Oscar-nominated film about the 1922 filming of Nosferatu.
- Dracula 2000 (2000) – a modern reworking of the story.
Buffy vs. Dracula (2000) – episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Hellsing Ultimate (2006) – Remake of Hellsing following the original manga series more closely.
- Dracula, Pages From a Virgin's Diary (2002) – a silent interpretation of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's take of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) – Mina Harker, vampiric thanks to her encounter with Dracula, is a member of the League.
- Van Helsing (2004) – action film only loosely connected to the original Dracula; Richard Roxburgh is Dracula. Van Helsing's appearance is heavily based on the look of Vampire Hunter D, a vampire hunter who is the implied son of Dracula.
- Blade: Trinity (2004) – Drake the vampire is supposed to have had many forms throughout the centuries, Stoker's Dracula being one of them.
- Dracula 3000 (2004)
- Bram Stoker's Dracula's Curse (2006) – a direct to video release from The Asylum and director Leigh Scott with special effects by Almost Human Inc., the company who did creature effects for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Hotel Transylvania (2012)
- Dracula 3D (2012) – Italian Horror film directed by Dario Argento. The film is not a direct adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, but features elements from the novel.
- Saint Dracula 3D (2012) – United Arab Emirates Indie Horror Film by Rupesh Paul.
- Dracula 2012 (2013)
- Dracula Untold (2014)
Other vampires in films
- Vampire of the Coast (1909) (the first silent Vampire film)
- The Vampire's Trail (1910)
- In the Grip of the Vampire (1913)
- The Vampire (1913) – directed and co-written by Robert G. Vignola
- Vampires of the Night (1914)
- The Vampire's Trail (1914)
- The Vampire's Tower (1914)
- Saved From the Vampire (1914)
- The Devil's Daughter (1915)
- The Vampire's Clutch (1915)
- Was She A Vampire? (1915)
- Kiss of the Vampire (1915)
- Mr. Vampire (1916)
- A Night of Horror (1916)
- A Vampire Out of Work (1916)
- A Village Vampire (1916)
- The Beloved Vampire (1917)
- The Vampire (1920)
- Dracula or Drakula (Original title: Дракула)(1920) – a lost silent Russian film.
- Drakula holalu (1921)
- The Blond Vampire (1922)
- Vampires of Warsaw (1925)
- London After Midnight (1927) – a lost silent film.
- The Vampire (1928)
- Vampyr (1932)
- The Vampire Bat (1933)
- Mark of the Vampire (1935) – a remake of London After Midnight, this time as a talkie. At the conclusion of the film the vampires are revealed to be fraudulent.
- The Return of Doctor X (1939) – In an atypical role, Humphrey Bogart plays a scientist executed for starving an infant to death, who is re-animated with a need to consume blood.
- The Return of the Vampire (1944)
- El Vampiro (1957) – a Mexican cult classic, possibly the first film to actually show a vampire with elongated canines.
- Not of This Earth (1957)
- Curse of the Undead (1959)
- Blood and Roses (1960) by Roger Vadim – the first of the lesbian vampire genre, based on Le Fanu's Carmilla.
- Black Sunday (1960)
- Black Sabbath (1963) – a portmanteau Italian horror film, introduced by Boris Karloff, in three segments, the last of which is based on Alexei Tolstoy's vampire story The Family of the Vourdalak (1839) about a father (played by Karloff) who returns to the family home as a vampire.
- Crypt of the Vampire (1964) – an Italian film, starring Christopher Lee, very loosely based on the Carmilla story by Sheridan Le Fanu
- The Last Man on Earth (1964) – based on the novel I Am Legend
- The Kiss of the Vampire – a Hammer film (1963).
- Blood Bath (1966)
- The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) – a semi-spoof of the genre directed by Roman Polanski.
- Le Viol du Vampire (1968) – vampire erotica by cult French director Jean Rollin. Followed by several more films of much the same sort, by Rollin, each usually featuring several attractive naked Frenchwomen in vampiric roles such as La Vampire Nue.
- House of Dark Shadows (1970)
- Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)
- The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
- The Vampire Lovers (1970), based on the story Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu and featuring Ingrid Pitt as a lesbian vampire. This was the first of Hammer's Karnstein Trilogy and set a trend for lesbian erotica in the genre.
- Vampyros Lesbos (1971) a West German entry in the "lesbian erotic vampire" sub-genre.
- Daughters of Darkness (1971)
- The Omega Man (1971) – also based on the novel I Am Legend.
- Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
- Grave of the Vampire (1972) starring William Pataki, as professor Lockwood, formerly Caleb Croft. He was a rapist and murderer resurrected as a vampire.
- Ganja and Hess (1972) – Blaxploitation.
- Lemora (1973)
- Vampire Circus (1973) – a Hammer film.
- Leptirica (a.k.a. The Butterfly) (1973) – a Yugoslavian classic horror film directed by Djordje Kadijevic.
- Vampyres (1974) – an erotic film which features two lesbian vampires who inhabit a Gothic mansion in England: includes much in the way of bloody violence.
- Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974) – a Hammer film.
- Rabid (1977)
- Thirst (1979)
- The Monster Club (1980) – this British film features horror legend Vincent Price as a vampire for the first and only time in his career.
- The Dark Crystal (1982)
- The Hunger (1983)
- The Keep (film) (1983)
- Fright Night (1985)
- Once Bitten (1985)
- Lifeforce (1985)
Vampire Hunter D (1985)
- Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2001)
- Vamp (1986)
- A Return to Salem's Lot (1987)
- The Lost Boys (1987)
- Near Dark (1987)
- My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1988)
- Vampire Princess Miyu (1988)
- Vampire in Venice (1988)
- The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
- Vampire's Kiss (1989)
- Red-Blooded American Girl (1990)
- Rockula (1990)
- Blood Ties (1991)
- Subspecies (1991)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
- Sleepwalkers (1992)
- Innocent Blood (1992)
- Samurai Vampire Bikers From Hell (1992)
- Love Bites (1993)
- Darkness (a.k.a. Leif Jonker's Darkness) (1993)
- Cronos (1993) – by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, features a vampiric parasite encased inside a clockwork beetle, cunningly devised by a medieval alchemist to pierce the skin of those who handle it, turning them into blood-thirsty vampires. Vampirism in the film is also used as a metaphor for the predatory financial exploitation of Mexico by the US.
- Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) – Based on the novel by Anne Rice.
- Jugular Wine: A Vampire Odyssey (1994)
Embrace of the Vampire (1995)
- Embrace of the Vampire (2013) Direct to video remake
- Nadja (1994)
- The Addiction (1995) A philosophical variant on the vampire film, that uses vampirism as a metaphor for AIDS and ends with a notorious and highly sexually charged orgy of blood-sucking.
- Blood & Donuts (1995)
- Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
- The Vampire of Budapest (1995) – a gay pornographic film from director Kristen Bjorn.
- From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
- Bordello of Blood (1996)
- Habit (1997)
- Razor Blade Smile (1998) – a very low budget independent British film which pays homage to the Hammer lesbian vampire films of the 1970s.
- Blade (1998)
- The Wisdom of Crocodiles (1998)
- Vampires (1998)
- Modern Vampires (1998)
- Hot Vampire Nights (1999) – X-rated.
- The Little Vampire (2000)
- Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Blood: The Last Vampire (2000) – An anime film about a vampire girl named Saya fighting chiropterans for a secret organization.
- Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) – A live-action adaptation.
- Coming Out (2000) – South Korean short film.
- The Forsaken (2001)
- The Breed (2001)
- Trouble Every Day (2001) – Artistic, erotic take on the vampire myth by Claire Denis.
- The Era of Vampires (English Title) (2002) – Hong Kong film by Tsui Hark. Original Title: Vampire Hunters.
- Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire (2002)
- Strange Things Happen at Sundown (2003)
- The Twins Effect (2003) – A Chinese martial arts vampire film, with a special guest appearance by Jackie Chan. a.k.a. The Vampire Effect
- Moon Child (2003)
- Underworld (2003) – battle between vampires and werewolves
- Vampire Blvd. (2004)
- Dark Town (2004)
- Out for Blood (2004)
Night Watch (2004) – Russian fantasy film partially involving vampires.
- Day Watch (2006)
- Twilight Watch (2009)
- Vampires: The Turning (2005)
- BloodRayne (2006)
- Ultraviolet (2006)
- Frostbiten (2006) – Sweden's first vampire film.
- Perfect Creature (2006) – New Zealand's first vampire film.
- The Hamiltons (2006)
- Slayer (2006)
- Vampire Cop Ricky (2006)
- The Thirst (2006)
- The Insatiable (2007)
30 Days of Night (2007) – Based on the comic of the same name.
- 30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010)
- I Am Legend (2007) – Based on the novel of the same name.
- Vampire Noir (2007)
- Rise: Blood Hunter (2007)
- Let the Right One In (2008) – An acclaimed Swedish romantic horror film based on the novel of the same name.
- Vampyrer (2008) – Another Swedish drama film about two vampire sisters.
- I Sell the Dead (2008) – Victorian grave robbers awake the undead.
- Twilight (2008) – Based on the novel of the same name.
- The Vampires of Bloody Island (2008)
- Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009) – A spoof of the lesbian vampire genre.
- Thirst (2009)
- Against the Dark (2009)
- Morse (2009)
- Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) – Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, John C. Reilly, Michael Ceveris – based on the popular series of books by Darren Shan called Cirque Du Freak.
- Wannabe (2009) – an Independent American Horror film
- Feast of the Vampires (2009)
- Transylmania (2009)
- Vampiro (2009)
- Daybreakers (2009)
- Vampires Suck (2010) – Parody of Twilight and New Moon.
- Suck (2010)
- Let Me In (2010) – An American remake of the 2008 acclaimed Swedish film.
- Wir sind die Nacht (2010) – A German modern-day film about a clique of young, rich and pretty female vampires. Directed by acclaimed director Dennis Gansel.
- Stake Land (2010) – An American post-apocalyptic vampire road-trip film.
- Priest (2011) – Based on the Korean comic of the same name.
- Sun Shadows: Faithful Kiss (2011) – A Swedish vampire film about a young man from a vampirehunter family falling in love with a vampiress. This leads to a war between vampires and vampirehunters.
- Midnight Son (2011)
- The Moth Diaries (2011) – directed by Mary Harron and based on the 2002 novel by Rachel Klein
- Dark Shadows (2012) – an American supernatural drama comedy film based on the 1966–1971 gothic soap opera
- Vampires: Rise Of The Fallen (2012)
- The Caretaker (2012)
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
- Byzantium (2012)
- Vamps (2012)
- Kali the Little Vampire (2012)
- Kiss of the Damned (2012)
- Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
- Dracula Untold (2014)
- Vampire Academy (2014) – Based on the novels of the same name by Richelle Mead
- New Blood Rising (2014)
Dracula and other vampires in television
- Dracula (1968) – was a made-for-television version starring Denholm Elliott.
- The Night Stalker (1972)
- Count Dracula (1977) – the first BBC production, starring Louis Jourdan.
- Mom's Got a Date With a Vampire (2000) – A Disney Channel Original Movie
- Dracula (2006) – the second BBC version, starring Marc Warren as the title character and reworking the plot.
- My Babysitter's a Vampire (2010) – A Disney Channel Original Movie
The Munsters (1964–1966)
- The Munsters Today (1988–1991)
Dark Shadows (1966–1971)
- Dark Shadows (1991)
- Draculas ring (1978)
Salem's Lot (1979) – Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King.
- 'Salem's Lot (2004)
- The Curse of Dracula (1979)
- Mr. & Mrs. Dracula (1980)
The Little Vampire (1985) – Canadian-German TV series
- Der kleine Vampir – Neue Abenteuer (1993) – German sequel TV series
- Dracula: The Series (1990–1991)
- Vamp (1991–1992)
- The Vampyr: A Soap Opera (1991–1992)
Forever Knight (1992–1996)
- Nick Knight (1989) – Pilot episode.
- Kindred the Embraced (1996)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
- Angel (1999–2004)
- My Date with a Vampire (1998–1999)
- Ultraviolet (1998)
- Vampire High (2001)
- Port Charles – daytime serial on ABC that utilized vampires in story arcs from 2001 to 2003.
- O Beijo do Vampiro (2002–2003)
- Dracula (2002) – an Italian miniseries directed by Roger Young, starring Patrick Bergin, Giancarlo Giannini, Hardy Krüger Jr., Stefania Rocca, Muriel Baumeister, which updated the story to modern day.
- Vampire Host (2004)
- Mad Mad House (2004)
- Freeze (2006)
- Blade: The Series (2006)
- Hello Franceska (2005–2006)
- Young Dracula (2006–2008–2011–2014) – CBBC Television Series.
- Blood Ties (2007)
- Moonlight (2007)
- The Lair (2007–2009)
- RH Plus (2008), Japanese live action series based on the manga.
- Gabriel, amor inmortal (2008)
- True Blood (2008–2014)
- Being Human, BBC Three series (2008–2013)
- Demons (2009) – The character of Mina Harker is revealed to be a vampire in the episode "Suckers". Her son, Quincey, is also a vampire.
- Koishite Akuma – Vampire Boy (2009)
The Vampire Diaries (2009–present)
- The Originals (2013–present)
Split (2009–2012) – An Israeli supernatural drama series.
- Split (2011–present) – A Ukrainian remake of the Israeli series.
- I Heart Vampires (2009–2010)
- Lua Vermelha (2010)
- Destino Imortal (2010)
- The Gates (2010)
- Imortal (2010) – Sequel to the 2008 fantasy series, Lobo.
- Ponti Anak Remaja Lit: Ponti The Teenage Vampire, Malaysian miniseries about a vampire who wants to fit in the human world (2010)
- Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani (A story of love, 2010–2011)
- Vampire Idol (2011–2012)
- My Babysitter's a Vampire (2011–present)
- Vampire Prosecutor (2011), A Korean drama live-action drama
- "Hemlock Grove" (2013–present) Roman and Olivia Godfrey
- Dracula (2013)
- Higanjima (2013)
- Still Have Time to Love You (2013)
- The Strain (2014)
- Penny Dreadful (2014)
- From Dusk till Dawn: The Series (2014)
- Count Duckula (1989–1993) – Animated series, parody of Dracula.
- Little Dracula (1991)
- Monster Force (1994) – an animated television series featuring Dracula as the mastermind of Evil, the Prince of Darkness and the main antagonist of the series.
- Vampire Princess Miyu (1997–1998)
- Mona The Vampire (1999–2003) – A Canadian television show based on the short stories.
- Rosario + Vampire (2004) – A Japanese anime/comedy series, starring the vampire Moka Akashiya, who later transforms the other main character, Tsukune Aono into a vampire as well.
- Blood+ (Blood Plus) (2005–2006) – A Japanese television series involving an alternate reality of Blood: The Last Vampire still centering around Saya.
- Karin (2005–2006)
- Trinity Blood (2005) – A Japanese anime featuring a story of a war between humans and vampires.
Vampire Knight (2008) – A Japanese romance/anime about a school for vampires and humans.
- Vampire Knight Guilty (2008) – Sequel series to Vampire Knight anime series.
- Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective – A Japanese anime based on Shido, a vampire detective who hunts the 'Nightbreed' while trying to stay a step ahead of his creator, Cain.
- Dance in the Vampire Bund (2010)
- Shiki (2010)
- Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku (2010)
- Nyanpire: The Animation (2011)
- Blood Lad (2013)
- Diabolik Lovers (2013)
- Tokyo Ghoul (2014)
Night Gallery (1969–1973)
- A Matter of Semantics (1971)
- How to Cure the Common Vampire (1973)
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974–1975)
- The Vampire (1974)
- Doctor Who
The Hitchhiker (TV series) (1983–1991)
- Nightshift (1985)
Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
- Strange Love (1986)
- The Circus (1986)
- My Ghostwriter – The Vampire (1987)
The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985–1989)
- Night Creatures (1989)
The Twilight Zone (1985 TV series)
- Monsters! (1986)
- Red Snow (1986)
The Real Ghostbusters
- Transylvanian Homesick Blues (1987)
- Who Is Fortuneteller Baba? (1987)
- We Are the Five Warriors (1987)
Monsters (TV series) (1988–1990)
- The Waiting Game (1990)
Tales from the Crypt (TV series) (1989–1996)
- The Reluctant Vampire (1991)
- Werewolf Concerto (1992)
- Comes the Dawn (1995)
- Cold War (1996)
- Baywatch and Baywatch Nights shares same story with Mitch tracking down a real vampire.
- Sliders – Stoker episode (Season 3, Episode 24) (1997)
The Hunger (1997–2000)
- A Matter Of Style (1997)
- Hidebound (1997)
- Fly-By-Night (1997)
- The X-Files (1993–2002)
- Vampirology (2000)
Relic Hunter (1999–2002)
- Possessed (2000)
- Bite Me (2002)
- Vampire Ambush/The Vampire Legend (2002)
- Hellsing Ultimate (2006) – New series that sticks closer to the original manga.
- Thirst (2005)
Masters of Horror
- The V Word (2006)
Makai Senki Disgaea
- Etna's Embarrassing Secret (2006)
The Dresden Files
- Bad Blood (2007)
- Storm Front (2007)
Wizards of Waverly Place
- Wizards vs. Vampires Saga (2009)
- Lost Tapes – Vampires (Season 2, Episode 1) (2009)
Lost Girl (2010–present)
- Vexed (2010)
- Psych, The episode This Episode Sucks revolves around the possibilities of vampires. Humans are found with blood loss and two puncture holes.
Supernatural: The Animation, A Japanese anime based on the first two seasons of the live-action series of the same name.
- Savage Blood
Vampire films and vampire series on the web
- The Hunted (web series) (2001–)
- 30 Days of Night: Blood Trails (2007)
- 30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust (2008)
- Valemont (2009)
- I Heart Vampires (2009–2010)
- "vampire n." The Concise Oxford English Dictionary, Twelfth edition . Ed. Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson. Oxford University Press, 2008. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. York University. 23 October 2011
- Per the Oxford English Dictionary, vamp is originally English, used first by G. K. Chesterton, but popularized in the American silent film The Vamp, starring Enid Bennett
- Nina Auerbach (1997) "Vampires in the Light" in the Norton Critical edition of Dracula: 389-404
- Butler, Erik. Metamorphoses of the Vampire in Literature and Film : Cultural Transformations in Europe, 1732–1933. Rochester: Boydell & Brewer, 2010. Electronic.
- Wayne Bartlett and Flavia Idriceanu (2005) Legends of Blood: The Vampire in History and Myth: 42
- "Vamp Tale Wannabe Now Available on DVD".
- "Feast of the Vampires Available for Pre-OrderFeast of the Vampires Available for Pre-Order".
- Alain Silver and James Ursini (2010) The Vampire Film (4th edition) ISBN 0-87910-380-9
- Christopher Frayling (1992) Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula (1992) ISBN 0-571-16792-6
- Freeland, Cynthia A. (2000) The Naked and the Undead: Evil and the Appeal of Horror. Westview Press.
- Holte, James Craig. (1997) Dracula in the Dark: The Dracula Film Adaptations. Greenwood Press.
- Leatherdale, C. (1993) Dracula: The Novel and the Legend. Desert Island Books.
- Melton, J. Gordon. (1999) The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead. Visible Ink Press.
Library resources about
- Vampire Film Festival – New Orleans
- Reviews of vampire films at The Film Walrus
- List of unusual vampire films at Oddfilms.com.
- List of vampire myths in fiction at Eclipse.net.
Lists of the best vampire films:
- 25 Best Reviewed Vampire Movies at Rotten Tomatoes
- The Best and Worst Vampire Movies at Cinematical blog
- Top 10 Vampire Films (excluding films with Dracula) at About.com
- Top Vampire Films from Cult TV
- Top 70 vampire films top 70 list of vampire films of all time
- Taliesin's Top 100 the top 100 on the Taliesin Meets the Vampires blog
- Horror Music