Vampires

Vampires

21 Episodes

Scary yet seductive, the vampire has inspired more fascination than just about any other creature in horror history. Ever since Bela Lugosi set the standard for sinister sophistication with his iconic performance in Tod Browning’s 1931 classic DRACULA, filmmakers have been relentlessly reimagining and redefining the vampire myth as a delivery system for primal fear, edgy eroticism, and potent social commentary. Glam lesbian vamps (DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS), blaxploitation bloodsuckers (BLACULA), pint-size Nordic Nosferatus (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN), K-horror creeps (THIRST), and more are now all part of an ever-growing, multinational lore that will, truly, never die.

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Vampires
  • Vampires Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Nosferatu

    Episode 2

    Directed by F. W. Murnau • 1922 • Germany
    Starring Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

    A landmark in the evolution of horror cinema, F. W. Murnau's hauntingly atmospheric adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" stars an iconic Max Schreck as Count Orlok, a nightmarish, spidery creat...

  • Dracula

    Episode 3

    Directed by Tod Browning • 1931 • United States
    Starring Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners

    “There are far worse things awaiting man than death.” This classic stands as the most famous and celebrated film version of Bram Stoker’s immortal vampire story about a certain Transylvanian terro...

  • DRACULA: Spanish-Language Version

    Episode 4

    Directed by George Melford • 1931 • United States
    Starring Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar, Barry Norton

    Shot concurrently using the same sets as the Tod Browning–Bela Lugosi classic, the Spanish-language version of the Bram Stoker novel was made as a part of a common practice in the early talkie...

  • Vampyr

    Episode 5

    Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer • 1932 • France, West Germany
    Starring Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel

    With VAMPYR, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer channeled his genius for creating mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, unsettling imagery into the horror genre. The result—a chilling film...

  • Isle of the Dead

    Episode 6

    Directed by Mark Robson • 1945 • United States
    Starring Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer

    The great Boris Karloff stars in this chillingly atmospheric tale of madness, premature burial, and demonism on a desolate Greek island gripped by paranoia and the plague. Taking its name from the famo...

  • The Velvet Vampire

    Episode 7

    Directed by Stephanie Rothman • 1971 • United States
    Starring Celeste Yarnall, Michael Blodgett, Sherry E. DeBoer

    Toeing the line between exploitation and art cinema, Stephanie Rothman’s follow-up to her hit THE STUDENT NURSES deconstructs vampire mythology with a subversive feminist spirit and ...

  • Daughters of Darkness

    Episode 8

    Directed by Harry Kümel • 1971 • Belgium
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Danielle Ouimet, John Karlen

    The vampire myth gets a disturbingly seductive psychosexual spin in one of the most exquisitely mesmerizing adult horror films ever made. International screen icon Delphine Seyrig stars as Elizabeth B...

  • Blacula

    Episode 9

    Directed by William Crain • 1972 • United States
    Starring William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas

    The vampire legend gets a bold blaxploitation update in this surprise hit that inspired a wave of Black horror films. In 1780, African Prince Mamuwalde (William Marshall) pays a visit to Co...

  • Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Episode 10

    Directed by Werner Herzog • 1979 • West Germany
    Starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz

    It is 1850 in the beautiful, perfectly-kept town of Wismar. Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) is about to leave on a long journey over the Carpathian Mountains to finalize real-estate arrangements with ...

  • Fascination

    Episode 11

    Directed by Jean Rollin • 1979 • France
    Starring Franca Maï, Jean-Marie Lemaire, Brigitte Lahaie

    Jean Rollin’s erotic masterpiece is often described as a vampire film—yet, more than nearly any other horror movie, its true subject is blood fetishism. Set in 1905, the story concerns a group of ari...

  • The Living Dead Girl

    Episode 12

    Directed by Jean Rollin • 1982 • France
    Starring Marina Pierro, Françoise Blanchard, Mike Marshall

    Catherine Valmont (Françoise Blanchard), a wealthy heiress dead before her time, is accidentally reanimated when some unfortunate movers attempt to store drums of chemical waste in the neglected bu...

  • The Hunger

    Episode 13

    Directed by Tony Scott • 1983 • United Kingdom
    Starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon

    Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon make for the cinema’s most stylish vampiric trio in Tony Scott’s hip, sensual slice of modern-gothic horror. A macabre-chic Deneuve is Miriam,...

  • Near Dark

    Episode 14

    Directed by Kathryn Bigelow • 1987 • United States
    Starring Adrian Pasdar, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

    Kathryn Bigelow’s breakthrough second feature is a seductively stylish horror western in which a midwestern farm boy (Adrian Pasdar) gets taken on the ride of his life when he is abducted by a...

  • Vampire’s Kiss

    Episode 15

    Directed by Robert Bierman • 1988 • United States
    Starring Nicolas Cage, María Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals

    Nicolas Cage is at his totally unleashed, bonkers best in this wild, darkly comic yuppie-vampire satire that has become a bona fide cult classic. Teetering on the edge of sanity, volati...

  • Cronos

    Episode 16

    Directed by Guillermo del Toro • 1993 • Mexico
    Starring Federico Luppi, Ron Perlman, Claudio Brook

    Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious and audacious feature debut with CRONOS, a highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Kindly antiques dealer Jesús Gris (Federi...

  • Blood & Donuts

    Episode 17

    Directed by Holly Dale • 1995 • Canada
    Starring Gordon Currie, Louis Ferreira, Fiona Reid

    After nearly thirty years of slumber, vampire Boya (Gordon Currie) is awakened by an errant golf ball and finds himself in the unfamiliar world of 1990s Toronto. Forgoing human blood in favor of feasting on...

  • Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary

    Episode 18

    Directed by Guy Maddin • 2002 • Canada
    Starring Wei-Qiang Zhang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni

    Beautifully transposing the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s interpretation of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire yarn from stage to screen, Guy Maddin forges a sumptuous, erotically charged feast of dance, drama, ...

  • Let the Right One In

    Episode 19

    Directed by Tomas Alfredson • 2008 • Sweden
    Starring Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar

    Twelve-year-old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is regularly bullied by his classmates but never strikes back. The lonely boy’s wish for a friend seems to come true when he meets Eli (Lina Leandersson), who ...

  • Thirst

    Episode 20

    Directed by Park Chan-wook • 2009 • South Korea
    Starring Song Kang-ho, Kim Ok-vin, Kim Hae-sook

    Master genre-bender Park Chan-wook continues his provocative explorations of human existence in extreme circumstances with this stylish, erotically charged tale of a priest (Song Kang-ho) who cherishe...

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    Episode 21

    Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour • 2014 • United States
    Starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi

    The first Iranian vampire western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s mesmerizing debut feature blends the influences of spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, the Iranian New Wave, and Jim Jarmusch into a truly...