Okay, yeah, we admit it: Vampire movies have been done to death (no pun intended). But many modern vampire movies like A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night know that and subvert expectations by doing something different with the formula - or not even using the "v" word at all. Then again, vampire movies have been twisting and turning the mythos since the dawn of the moving picture. Even Nosferatu, the silent classic from 1922, is a remake of Dracula with the serial numbers filed off - and a strikingly different look for the Count.
From romantic vampire movies to sterile scientific takes to ambiguous art films and bleak coming-of-age stories, there are plenty of movies out there that do something very different with the standard bloodsucker than Bela Lugosi's velvet capes or Christopher Lee's fangs. Here are a handful of vampire flicks - from the earliest days of cinema through modern vampire movies - that aren't really about vampires, or that do something unexpected with the mythology.
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