the vampire movie database
The Vampire-film genre is on a revival! After a large row of silent movies in the 1920s/1930s (with the outstanding NOSFERATU by F.W. Murnau/1922), the first real climax has been the tremendous output of British HAMMER-Studios during the 1950' and 1970'. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing have been the main actors during that time, doing a great work in a variety of films with an intense "atmosphere". After this first peak, a slow decline was set in motion during the 70s. The amount of trashy low-budget productions let the viewers turn themselves away from their former "heroes". Luckily for us "afficionados", the tide has turned again at the end of the eighties. Well-done outputs like Katt Ruben's DANCE OF THE DAMNED or Kathryn Bigelow's NEAR DARK helped relaunch the genre. At the edge of the millenium there has been a plethora of high-quality outputs, such as the great INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE or BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA by Francis Ford Coppola (1993).