5 Vampire Films That Are Overrated

5 Vampire Films That Are Overrated ...

Vampire movies have been around for almost as long as movies themselves. Dracula and Nosferatu-centric films are evident in cinema history, and vampires are still a big audience attraction to this day. Franchises like Twilight illustrate that vampires are still relevant today, but are some of these fanged films the same?

Overrated is a term that sounds broad, yet it does not necessarily mean that a film is good or bad, rather it may have earned unwarranted popularity among other releases of the same genre. There are however, some truly overrated vampire films that need to be revisited.

Twilight followers are notorious for being extremely enthusiastic, and they are even collectively known as Twi-Hards. The book series and the resulting movie franchise have a large fan base, who are extremely interested in the central characters' fate and adventures.

The reason why Twilight falls under the overrated category of films is that it is objectively a poor film based on poor source material. The main characters are nonexistent, and the plot revolves around an extremely unhealthy relationship. Much has been said about Stewart and Pattinson's performances in the franchise, but the fault lies more with their writing.

Underworld, a vampire death dealer with ten films, is a story about a centuries-long conflict between vampires and Lycans. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a vampire Death Dealer who takes great pride in her work as a Lycan hunter for the vampire elders. She must do everything she can to avoid falling into the hands of Lycan leader Lucian (Michael Sheen) who wants to end the vampires for the end.

Underworld is a strange franchise. Thoroughly enjoyable but not breaking new ground, the first film was met with disappointing box office reception and mixed reviews. Since then, it has inexplicably spawned four sequels that continue the story of the vampires, Lycans, and hybrids.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a 1992 film, was the inspiration for the generation-defining television program of the same name. Buffy (Kristy Swanson) just wants to be a cheerleader and go to prom, but she soon discovers that she is the Chosen One, one who must avoid the evils of vampires and keep them at bay.

The movie is regarded by many as a fun and campy curiosity that is excellent on its own, but when we look back on it today, it isn't the incredible piece of pop culture that it used to be. Buffy is somewhat annoying in the film, and Luke Perry's clueless Pike just comes across as a hindrance.

After his family was brutally murdered by bloodsuckers when he was a child, Jack Crow (James Woods) has been raised by the church to be their head vampire slayer. The team's main task is to deter Valek from falling into the hands of the vampire big bad Valek. Along the way, the team exploits the psychic link forged between Valek and prostitute Katrina to track him down.

Vampires is a horror film that is largely based on John Carpenter's abilities. The plot is predictable, with the inevitable betrayal by the member of the church being seen a mile off.

Interview With The Vampire is undoubtedly a great film, but is it the genre-defining film it is held up to be? With Tom Cruise as Lestat, Brad Pitt as Louis, and Dunst as child vampire Claudia, the film is Louis in present-day recounting his life as a vampire to skeptical journalist Christian Slater.

The film itself is a bit long, with too much wasted time in it, yet the core connection between Lestat and Louis remains compelling. Cruises' performance as Lestat is over the top, evoking a French aristocracy of the time, and can detract from the overall experience of the film.