The vampire corner of the horror genre has lent itself to some of the best dramatic movies of recent times; Let the Right One In being the ultimate example.
But can vampires be funny? Is sucking people’s blood really that hilarious? Apparently.
Our resident guru on all things fanged (??), Renu, gives us a rundown of the Top 5.
5. Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
Okay okay – so it’s more action than comedy and a little gut wrenching at times, but it is still pretty funny. This movie follows a teenage boy turned vampire’s assistant as a consequence of stealing the vampire’s pet spider.
Based on the book series by the same name written by Darren Shan, it’s worth the watch, ticking all the boxes of a good gory vampire movie and starring a young Josh Hutcherson as the boy alongside his master John C. Reilly (guaranteeing laughs).
4. Dark Shadows
With the movie starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, you can pretty much guess it’s directed by the legendary Tim Burton. This retro remake of the old TV show is about a vampire (Depp) brought out of his coffin and into the 70’s. Returning to his home, Depp’s character comically adjusts to life with TVs, music and his dysfunctional descendants.
3. Vampires Suck
This infamous spoof of Twilight was all the rage back when it first came out. With a great cast, this comedy exploits the teen Saga, emphasising all its faults like any good parody – particularly the sparkling vampire concept. With a musical number and Chihuahuas, it just keeps getting better – Hallelujah (it’s raining men)!
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2. Vampire Academy
It’s not even supposed to be a comedy, but if the shoe fits, right? Following the story of two girls, Lissa and Rose, in a quest to save their clan from the evil grasps of the opposing vampire race, what could’ve been an action film with two strong female leads is now a disaster and had me in tears of disappointed shock. If you’ve read the book by the same name and loved it, don’t watch the movie!
1. What We Do In The Shadows
Following the behind-the-scenes life of three vampires living together, this ‘documentary style’ film plays up the weird and wonderful supernatural powers vampires have, portraying them as regular human beings… who are just dead – or undead. Yet to be officially released, this is an absolute gem you must catch if you can.