50s The Best '50s Vampire Movies  

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Are there any good '50s vampire movies? The answer is a resounding yes! Although vampire films were not as common in the 50s as they would be in later decades, some genre-defining vampire movies were produced in the1950s. 

The vampire films of the 1950s reflect the anxieties of the times when people worried about the Cold War and feared atomic annihilation. That's why we see many '50s horror films dealing with radiation and aliens. However, one figure loomed large in many of the top '50s vampire films: Dracula.

Based on Bram Stoker's classic novel, Count Dracula enthralled audiences of the 1950s. The perfect villain for the times, with his Eastern European origins and desire to corrupt pure American blood, the Count features prominently in many of the greatest '50s vampire films. Horror of Dracula, directed by Terence Fisher and starring Christopher Lee, is the first Hammer Horror film dealing with the Count, and it spawned numerous sequels over the course of the next two decades. Also on this list, you'll find everything from classic foreign '50s vampire movies like El vampiro - a Mexican film noted for being the first onscreen appearance of a vampire with elongated incisors - to just plain weird cinema artifacts such as Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire.

Take a journey back in time and vote on your favorites. Let's rank these 1950s vamps!
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Horror of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '50s Vampire Movies

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Blood of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '50s Vampire Movies
Paul Maxwell, Malcolm Atterbury, Richard Devon Blood of Dracula is a horror film starring Sandra Harrison, Louise Lewis and Gail Ganley released by American International Pictures in November 1957. It is one of two follow-up films to AIP's ...more

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Francis Lederer, Ray Stricklyn, Greta Granstedt The Return of Dracula is a 1958 horror film starring Francis Lederer as Dracula. The female lead, Rachel, is played by Norma Eberhardt. It is filmed in black and white and directed by Paul

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Barbara Shelley, Victor Maddern, Vincent Ball Blood of the Vampire is a 1958 British horror film directed by Henry Cass from a screenplay by Jimmy Sangster.

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Coleen Gray, Dabbs Greer, James Griffith The Vampire is a black and white 1957 horror film, produced by Arthur Gardner and Jules V. Levy, and directed by Paul Landres. Like 1956's The Werewolf, it offered a science fiction take on a ...more

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Lust of the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '50s Vampire Movies
Lust of the Vampire

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The Vampire's Coffin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '50s Vampire Movies
The Vampire's Coffin

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Old Mother Riley Meets the Vam... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '50s Vampire Movies
Bela Lugosi, Dora Bryan, Richard Wattis My Son the Vampire is a 1952 comedy and horror film written by Val Valentine and directed by John Gilling.

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My Son, the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '50s Vampire Movies
My Son, the Vampire

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John Hoyt, Eric Fleming, Michael Pate Curse of the Undead is a 1959 American vampire/Western film directed by Edward Dein and starring Eric Fleming, Michael Pate, Kathleen Crowley, John Hoyt, Bruce Gordon, and Jimmy Murphy.

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Dracula in Istanbul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '50s Vampire Movies
Dracula in Istanbul

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Uğur Bulut added Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is a 1994 American romantic horror film directed by Neil Jordan, based on the 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, and starring ...more

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Uncle Was a Vampire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '50s Vampire Movies

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Beverly Garland, Paul Birch, Morgan Jones Not of This Earth is a 1957 American black-and-white science fiction film produced and directed by Roger Corman for his Los Altos Productions, starring Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones, ...more

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The White Reindeer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '50s Vampire Movies
Åke Lindman, Aarne Tarkas, Kaarlo Wilska The White Reindeer is a 1952 Finnish horror drama film directed by Erik Blomberg. It was entered in competition at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival and earned the Jean Cocteau-led jury special ...more

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Carmen Montejo, Ariadna Welter, Germán Robles El vampiro is a 1957 Mexican horror film, directed by Fernando Méndez. The film is about Marta, a young woman, who travels to her childhood village, only to find that one of her aunts is ...more