Eternal rivals: 20 films about vampires and werewolves

The theme of magical evil does not lose popularity in the cinema. Only now, directors are increasingly surprising with fresh stories, where creatures with fangs and tails get along side by side with people, fall in love, fight among themselves and even laugh. Here is a selection of the best films about werewolves and vampires, shot in various genres – from classic gothic mysticism to romantic melodramas and black comedies.

Real Ghouls (2014)

A pseudo-documentary horror film  with humor tells about the everyday life of Viago, Deacon and Vladislav – three vampires. They live in the same house and endure the difficulties of eternal life together. In the modern world, the life of evil spirits is not as simple as before. They are no longer chased with aspen stakes, but rent and domestic issues scare the heroes no less. On top of that, it is almost impossible to lure people to you, avoiding the attention of the police .

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
What We Do in the Shadows

Genre:
Comedy, horror

Actors:
Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brug…

Country:
New Zealand, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Dracula (2014)

In this version, the popular vampire movie character is presented in a different way than the audience is used to seeing him. Vlad Dracula is not a bloodthirsty ghoul by nature, but a valiant warrior, a loving husband and a sensitive father. Reflecting the attacks of the Turks on his possessions, he realizes that his forces are running out, and his army is not as strong as he would like. To protect his family and subjects, Vlad makes a deal with the devil. Now the invaders will see the true power and wrath of the dark knight.

Original title:
Dracula Untold

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, drama

Actors:
Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper…

Country:
USA, UK, Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Vampire Academy (2014)

A gripping fantasy film based on the best-selling book by Richelle Mead. In modern America, there is a real school of bloodsuckers, where two girlfriends study. Rosemary is a half-breed, the child of a vampire and a mortal woman, and Lissa is the princess of one of the most ancient ghoul clans. A strong connection has been established between them at the level of consciousness, allowing the girls to feel each other. Soon, this and other abilities of the students will be useful to them during the attack of the ancient evil.

Original title:
Vampire Academy

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, thriller, drama, comedy, detective

Actors:
Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Olga Kurylenko…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12 +


Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

This is not a classic American horror movie about vampires, but an allegory of modern society masterfully constructed by Jim Jarmusch. Imagine a couple who remember the Inquisition and Shakespeare. Graceful and still in love with life, Eve and depressed, irritated Adam try to part, but they are drawn to each other like a magnet. And then a third character appears on the horizon – the unprincipled sister of Eve. And the heroes are running out of blood, and the aristocratic vampire intellectuals are back on the hunt.

Original title:
Only Lovers Left Alive

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska …

Country:
UK, Germany, Greece, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16 +


Werewolf Boy (2012)

Together with his family, Kim Sun, on the advice of a doctor, moves to the countryside. A young townswoman needs clean air as she suffers from a lung disease. On the very first night in a new place, Sun feels someone else’s presence. Strange sounds lead her to an abandoned barn. There, the girl meets a boy who is on all fours and growls like a dog. Showing pity for “Mowgli”, the family decides to take custody of him.

Original title:
Neukdae sonyeon

Genre:
Melodrama, fantasy

Actors:
Song Jun-gi, Park Po-young, Yu Young-seok …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
16+


Dark Shadows (2012)

The plot of the comedy feature film in the Gothic style about vampires and werewolves will take the viewer to 1752. It is at this time that Barnabas is selected from the coffin, imprisoned by his failed mistress, the witch Angelica. Finding himself in a new world for himself, Barnabas is perplexed: what has become of his family estate and family business . The descendants turned out to be weaklings and completely dropped their hands. Now the vampire will have to get down to business himself in order to return the Collins names to their former greatness.

Original title:
Dark Shadows

Genre:
Fantasy, romance, comedy

Actors:
Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Chloe Grace Moretz…

Country:
USA, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Little Red Riding Hood (2011)

In a free interpretation of the famous fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood still carries pies to her grandmother in a secluded house in the forest. But this is not a little girl, but the grown-up beauty Valerie, whose heart is claimed by several suitors. At this time, a werewolf became more active in the vicinity, for many years it did not touch the local population. The people are excited, a church hunter for evil spirits arrives in the city. The beast can hide in any of the inhabitants of the village – now everyone is under suspicion.

Original title:
Red Riding Hood

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, melodrama, detective

Actors:
Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Shiloh Fernandez…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Night of Fear (dilogue, 2011, 2013)

On the lists of the best teen movies about vampires and werewolves is a film about a popular high school student, Charlie. Trouble begins when Jerry’s strange neighbor moves in next to him. The event coincides with the mysterious disappearance of people throughout the area. At some point, it becomes clear to the young man that the new neighbor is a real vampire. But how can a teenager prove this fact to parents and the police? Looks like you’ll have to deal with the bloodsucker yourself.

Original title:
Fright Night

Genre:
Horror, thriller, comedy

Actors:
Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Toni Collette…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Werewolves of Arga (2011)

Many years ago, in the rural village of Arga in northwestern Spain, lived Marquise Marino. The woman really wanted to have children and went to the trick, spending the night with a married gypsy . Together with the child, the Marquise received the curse of the werewolves. A hundred years later, the only descendant of the family, the writer Thomas, decides to come to his historical homeland. But the locals consider the Marino family to be the cause of all troubles, and Thomas risks becoming the main inactive person at the sacrifice ceremony.

Original title:
Lobos de Arga

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, comedy

Actors:
Gorka Ochoa, Carlos Areses, Secun de la Rosa…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Taste of the Night (2010)

In the German top films about werewolves and vampires – a fantasy about a difficult teenager Lina. A young pickpocket makes the biggest mistake of her life by stealing from a dancing stranger in a nightclub. The glamorous bloodsucker decides not to punish Lina, but to join her to his clan. A freshly baked vampire plunges headlong into the world of parties and eternal freedom. However, a carefree life is overshadowed by the need to kill people and falling in love with a young policeman, Tom, following the bloody footsteps of girls.

Original title:
Wir sind die Nacht

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Carolina Herfurt, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Let me in. Saga (2010)

The action of the Hollywood remake of the Swedish mystical thriller takes place in the 80s in a provincial mountain town in New Mexico. Owen, a 12-year-old boy, lives there. He, like all children, goes to school, where he feels lonely – the boy has no friends, and classmates constantly mock him. But a new family settles in the neighborhood – a man and a girl. Owen and Abby soon become friends. Abby is not an ordinary girl – she is afraid of the light, cannot enter without an invitation and drinks blood.

Original title:
Let Me In

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, drama

Actors:
Cody Smith-McPhee, Chloe Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins…

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Vampire Land (2010)

The young guy Martin, along with a mysterious companion, travels through abandoned American cities infested with vampires. The life of the townspeople who survived the end of the world is different from the modern one – money is no longer something valuable, now objects are being changed for food, gasoline and vampire fangs. Someone Mister, accompanying the young man, is a first-class destroyer of the messengers of darkness. The heroes head to Eden, where, according to rumors, there are no ghouls at all. On the way, Mister teaches Martin his craft.

Original title:
Stake Land

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, drama

Actors:
Connor Paolo, Gregory Jones, Tracy Hovel …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Wolfman (2010)

The legend of the wolfman comes to life in a dramatic foreign horror film about werewolves. England, 19th century. Lawrence left his father’s house and tours the world with the theater until it turns out that his brother was found dead. Returning home does not promise anything good. The father is behaving strangely, and the villagers are frightened by a terrible creature tearing the locals apart. However, in this realm of hopelessness, the hero has a bright ray of hope – the widowed wife of his brother Get. It is because of her that Lawrence decides to stay and gets into trouble.

Original title:
The Wolfman

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Warriors of Light (2009)

In 2009, the Earth was struck by a new virus that turns people into vampires. Few “natural” people are now food for bloodsuckers. They are kept on farms, raised like cattle for slaughter. Ten years after the epidemic, a 95% ghoul society is on the brink of extinction. The blood supply dries up, and the vampire on a bloodless diet becomes a mindless zombie -like creature . Hope comes when a scientist trying to create artificial blood finds an underground where people have almost succeeded in developing a cure for vampirism.

Original title:
Daybreakers

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, thriller, adventure

Actors:
Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Isabelle Lucas, Sam Neil …

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Twilight (film series, 2008 – 2012)

The youth saga captured the hearts of millions of teenagers around the world. Fantasy about vampires and werewolves has everything you need for an interesting story – adventure , beautiful characters, the confrontation between good and evil, and, of course, first love and romance. After moving in with her father, 16-year-old Bella notices a handsome classmate at her new school. The silent young man has incredible speed and strength, is afraid of the light and avoids close contact. The girl does not yet realize that she has fallen in love with a vampire.

Original title:
Twilight

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, melodrama

Actors:
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Blood and Chocolate (2006)

The heroine of the film, based on the novel of the same name by Annette Curtis Clouse, belongs to a supernatural race of werewolves. During the day she works in a candy store, and at night she wanders through the forests in the form of a she-wolf. The leader of the pack, Gabriel, has long claimed her heart, but Vivienne is in love with the visiting artist Aiden, an ordinary person. Soon the love triangle will lead to an open and dangerous confrontation with the girl’s relatives.

Original title:
Blood and Chocolate

Genre:
Fantasy, melodrama, horror

Actors:
Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy, Olivier Martinez …

Country:
UK, Germany, Romania, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Van Helsing (2004)

The fantasy horror film about vampires and werewolves is based on the novels Dracula, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Frankenstein. Therefore, fans of these works should see how well-known book characters fit into the film version of bestsellers – successful, judging by the high rating. The film is set in Romania. A fearless monster hunter, along with an assistant priest, travels to Transylvania, where the inhabitants are terrorized by Dracula himself in the company of his three brides.

Original title:
Van Helsing

Genre:
Fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:
Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Roxburgh…

Country:
USA, Czech Republic

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Underworld (film series, 2003 – 2016)

A series of films based on the enmity of werewolves and vampires. The bloody war dragged on for many centuries and continues in the modern world. The main character vampire Selina will have to doubt the correctness of her choice more than once and decide which side she is on. In the first installment of the cool franchise, Selina rescues an ordinary-looking boyfriend, Michael, but this mortal’s genetic code could change the course of the battle.

Original title:
Underworld

Genre:
Fantasy, action, thriller

Actors:
Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen…

Country:
USA, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Warrior Dogs (2001)

The werewolf horror film was Neil Marshall’s feature film directorial debut. A group of British soldiers are sent to the Scottish woods to conduct a training operation against a SWAT unit . When they reach their destination, instead of the commandos, they find their remains scattered across the clearing. Suddenly, the training operation turns into a bloody battle with an extremely dangerous enemy – a pack of werewolves.

Original title:
Dog Soldiers

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action, thriller, adventure

Actors:
Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby …

Country:
UK, Luxembourg

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
16+


Werewolf (2000)

A couple of lovers arrive for the weekend in a rented country cottage. In the pub, they have a skirmish with the locals, and soon the guy finds the girl’s body in the courtyard of the house. This is only the first in a string of brutal massacres in the picturesque Utah town. A drunken sheriff is trying to solve the crimes, who can hardly cope with his own anger. Complicate the work and the superstitions of the locals, who think that a werewolf is operating in the city.

Original title:
Ginger Snaps

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, drama

Actors:
Emily Perkins, Katherine Isabelle, Chris Lemke…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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