The 1990s were a pretty dry period for the vampire genre. With a few exceptions, major vampire movies were far and few between, and those that did make the multiplexes were fairly bloodless affairs. Although the vampire movies from the 90s didn't have a real identity of their own, we can see new trends emerging: they marked a clear break from the fun vampire movies from the 1980s and paved the way for the stylish vampire action flicks that are common ground in the new millennium.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula is still one of the best vampire movies ever made thanks to its breathtaking photography, intriguing storyline, beguiling music and excellent performances from Gary Oldman, Keanu Reeves, Anthony Hopkins, Winona Ryder, Tom Waits, Sadie Frost and Richard E. Grant.
Innocent Blood (1992)
Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Author Anne Rice not only made vampires popular in literature, but also in the movies thanks to the immensely popular adaptation of her novel Interview With The Vampire. It's one of the best vampire movies ever made and hasn't lost any of its beauty and power. With Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst and Neil Jordan.
The Addiction (1995)
Philosophical tale in black and white about a grad student turned vampire who tries to come to terms with her frequent craving for human blood. Director Abel Ferrara links the need for blood with the need for drugs, turning The Addiction into a well-made film that was so depressing that it marked the end for the serious and dark vampire stories. With Lily Taylor, Christopher Walken and Annabella Sciorra.
Dracula, Dead and Loving It (1995)
After several years of overly serious vampire movies, the world needed to laugh again with the undead and introduced several rather silly vampires movies such as Vampire In Brooklyn, Bordello Of Blood and Dracula, Dead And Loving It. The latter was a vampire spoof from the mind of Mel Brooks that made one big joke out of the genre.
Vampire In Brooklyn (1995)
Many people hated Wes Craven's politically correct vampire comedy about a black vampire (Eddie Murphy) who's looking for a female mate, but it was a big box office hit nevertheless.
Bordello Of Blood (1996)
Bordello Of Blood was part of the series Tales From The Crypt and focuses on a funeral parlor that moonlights as a vampire bordello.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1997)
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary reguge in an establishment populated by vampires. The vampire twist half-way through the story was so unexpected and well-done, that From Dusk Till Dawn was on everyone's lips (although it did help that Quentin Tarantino directed the movie). From Dusk Till Dawn was also the movie that introduced George Clooney to an audience of cinema goers.
With Blade, released in 1998, a new era in vampire movie cinema began. Vampires now combined action with super-hero powers and big-budget special effects. This story about a half-vampire, half-mortal that became the protector of the mortal race while slaying evil vampires, not only had several sequels, but also several big-budget clones such as Underworld and Daybreakers.
Vampire Movies from the 1990s has appeared as a guest post on Children Of The 90s and was part from the Book Blog Tour of A Good Man.
About A Good Man
Loved Dexter and American Psycho? Then chances are you will love A Good Man.
Louis Caron is a good man – vegetarian, he feeds the homeless, takes care of animals and is concerned with the ecological future of the planet. But his altruism has a sinister edge – he's a vampire - and local detective Taglioni is becoming increasingly suspicious. Louis' attempt to escape the police will take him on a journey into his own private hell where he is not only forced to confront his worst fears, but also to destroy the lives of those he cares about most.