Screw Twilight: The Five Best Vampire Films of the Last Decade

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Gemma Arterton in Byzantium.
"Screw Twilight"? Yeah, it's a bold title. But as much as you might shamelessly love watching them with copious amounts of alcohol, the Twilight films aren't exactly masterful in any way. They get the job done for some audiences, but when it comes to vampire works, there's plenty better.

In years past, there have been a mountain of delightful works about these bloodthirsty beings, including but not limited to Nosferatu (both Murnau and Herzog's), all sorts of Dracula films, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Underworld, and even From Dusk Till Dawn. Over the last ten years, though, the great pickings have been slim. Now it's time to look at what five films are ultimately deserving of being called the best of the vampire canon.

5. Only Lovers Left Alive
Let's start with the freshest, sneaking into Miami at theaters like O Cinema and Miami Beach Cinematheque just now, and in part, the inspiration for this list. Only Lovers Left Alive presents us Adam and Eve. One is looking to the modern world as something to be fascinated by, while the other is trapped in a past he can barely keep in his life. Contemplation on immortality and potential death is nothing new to those who have written vampire narratives before Jim Jarmusch. Few, however, can truly envelop their entire film in an atmosphere that encapsulates the tortured souls being depicted on the screen. It's a film that understands how valuable the past is, but isn't above joking about how foolish it is to only want to live in that world long gone. A vampire's life hinges on survival, and at the end of the day, these lovers have to remain alive.

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