80s Movies The Best '80s Vampire Movies  

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One of the defining decades in horror film history, the 1980s is chock full of vampire movie classics. How can we choose the top vampire movies of the 1980s when there are so many contenders? Just watch us. Welcome to the definitive list of '80s vampire movies.

This list contains a terrifying amount of quality flicks. From the iconic teen horror of The Lost Boys, starring Kiefer Sutherland, to the David Bowie-infused madness of The Hunger, there's something for everyone. You'll find more serious entries like the Bill Paxton movie Near Dark, but you'll also see classic anime entries such as Vampire Hunter D. 


The best '80s vampire movies mix classic vampire film tropes with the perfect amount of 80s kitsch. If you agree the films that top this greatest 1980s vampire movies list, vote them up, if you disagree, vote them down. There are plenty of good '80s vampire movies to choose from, so rise up from your crypt and get to ranking!

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The Lost Boys is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies
The Lost Boys Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim The Lost Boys is a 1987 American teen horror film starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, ...more

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Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies
Fright Night Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon Fright Night is a 1985 American horror comedy film written and directed by Tom Holland and produced by Herb Jaffe. It stars William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall and Amanda Bearse. ...more

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Near Dark Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Adrian Pasdar Near Dark is a 1987 American vampire Western horror film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by her and Eric Red. The story follows a young man in a small midwestern town who becomes ...more

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The Monster Squad Tom Noonan, Stephen Macht, Jon Gries The Monster Squad is a 1987 horror comedy film written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker and directed by Fred Dekker. It was released by Tri-Star Pictures on August 14, 1987. The film features the ...more

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Once Bitten Jim Carrey, Megan Mullally, Lauren Hutton Once Bitten is a 1985 American horror comedy film starring Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey and Karen Kopins. Carrey stars as Mark Kendall, an innocent and naive high school student who is seduced in a ...more

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A Return to Salem’s Lot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies

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The Hunger David Bowie, Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Hunger is a 1983 British horror film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon. It is the story of a love triangle between a doctor who ...more

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My Best Friend Is a Vampire Kathy Bates, David Warner, Rene Auberjonois My Best Friend Is a Vampire is a 1987 American horror-comedy film directed by Jimmy Huston. The story revolves around a newly made vampire who is trying to live as a "good" vampire and ...more

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Fright Night 2: New Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies
Fright Night 2: New Blood Jaime Murray, Sacha Parkinson, Sean Power Fright Night 2: New Blood is a comedy horror film directed by Eduardo Rodríguez. It is a direct-to-video in-name-only sequel to the 2011 remake of Fright Night. None of the actors from ...more

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Waxwork David Warner, John Rhys-Davies, Patrick Macnee Waxwork is a 1988 American horror comedy film starring Zach Galligan and Deborah Foreman.

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Transylvania 6-5000 Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Jeffrey Jones Transylvania 6-5000 is a 1985 American/Yugoslav horror/comedy movie about two tabloid reporters who travel to modern-day Transylvania to uncover the truth behind Frankenstein sightings. Along ...more

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Vamp Grace Jones, Dedee Pfeiffer, Billy Drago Vamp is a 1986 American comedy horror film directed by Richard Wenk, co-written by Wenk and Donald P. Borchers, and starring Grace Jones and Chris Makepeace.

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Lifeforce Patrick Stewart, Mathilda May, Peter Firth Lifeforce is a 1985 science fiction, horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and written by Dan O'Bannon and Don Jakoby, based on Colin Wilson's 1976 novel, The Space Vampires. Featuring Steve ...more

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Vampire Hunter D Kaneto Shiozawa, Ichirō Nagai, Kazuyuki Sogabe Vampire Hunter D is a 1985 Japanese horror/science fiction OVA film produced by Ashi Productions, in association with Epic/Sony Records, CBS Sony Group Inc. and Movic. The screenplay is based on ...more

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The Monster Club Vincent Price, Britt Ekland, Donald Pleasence The Monster Club is a 1980 British horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Vincent Price and John Carradine. An anthology film, it is based on the works of the British horror author ...more

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Vampire’s Kiss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies

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The Living Dead Girl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies

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The Lair of the White Worm Hugh Grant, Peter Capaldi, Catherine Oxenberg The Lair of the White Worm is a 1988 British horror film based loosely on the Bram Stoker novel of the same name and drawing upon the English legend of the Lambton Worm. The film was written and ...more

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Vampire at Midnight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies

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Dracula: Sovereign of the Damn... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies

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neue_regel_22 added Pale Blood George Chakiris, Wings Hauser, Michael Palm

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To Die For Ava Fabian, Eloise Broady, Amanda Wyss To Die For is a 1989 horror-romance film directed by Deran Sarafian and stars Brendan Hughes as vampire Vlad Tepes, Duane Jones, Philip Granger, Julie Maddalena and Amanda Wyss.

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Demon Queen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies

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I, Desire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies

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Outback Vampires is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies
Outback Vampires Brett Climo, John Doyle Outback Vampires is a low budget 1987 Australian horror film directed by Colin Eggleston.

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Mr. Vampire Lam Ching-ying, Yuen Wah, Chin Siu-ho Mr. Vampire is a 1985 Hong Kong comedy horror film directed by Ricky Lau in his directorial debut, and also produced by Sammo Hung. The film's box office success led to the creation of a Mr. ...more

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Dinner with a Vampire Yvonne Sciò, George Hilton, Isabel Russinova Dinner with a Vampire is a 1988 Italian horror made-for-TV movie directed by Lamberto Bava and written by Dardano Sacchetti. It was the third of four films made for the cable series

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Vampire in Venice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies
Vampire in Venice Christopher Plummer, Donald Pleasence, Klaus Kinski Vampire in Venice, also known as Nosferatu in Venice, is an Italian horror film released in 1988 and directed by Augusto Caminito, starring Klaus Kinski, Christopher Plummer and Donald

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A Polish Vampire in Burbank is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies
A Polish Vampire in Burbank Eddie Deezen, Conrad Brooks, Lori Sutton

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The Close Encounters of Vampir... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies

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Billy the Kid and the Green Ba... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies
Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire Phil Daniels, Alun Armstrong, Louise Gold Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire is a 1985 British musical film starring Phil Daniels and Alun Armstrong. The film was directed by Alan Clarke and written by Trevor Preston.

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Central Park Drifter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies

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The Last Theft is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies
The Last Theft Frantisek Husák, Sona Sladká, Ivan Vojtek

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Robo Vampire Sorapong Chatree, Harry Myles, Nian Watts Robo Vampire is a 1988 action, crime, horror, sci-fi film written by William Palmer and directed by Godfrey Ho.

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I Married a Vampire is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s Vampire Movies

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Encounters of the Spooky Kind Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Lam Ching-ying Encounters of the Spooky Kind is a 1980 Hong Kong martial arts comedy horror film written and directed by Sammo Hung, who also starred in the lead role. The film was produced by Hung's ...more

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Vampires in Havana Juan Padrón, Christine Schnell, Krikor Melikyan ¡Vampiros en La Habana! is a Cuban animated film directed by Juan Padrón. Released in 1985, the film features trumpet performances by Arturo Sandoval. A sequel to the film, called ...more