1980s

Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned (1980): Directed by: Minoru Okazaki
Characters: Kenji Utsumi (Dracula), Hiroko Suzuki (Domini), Hidekatsu Shibata (Satan)

In order to escape persecution, Dracula moves from Transylvania to Boston. Once there he kidnaps the bride to be, Dolores, of Satan and makes her his own wife. Soon Dolores bears the Count a son.

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The Hunger (1983): Directed by: Tony Scott
Characters: Catherine Deneuve (Miriam Blaylock), David Bowie (John), Susan Sarandon (Dr. Sarah Roberts)

Beautiful vampire Miriam Blaylock promises eternal life to specially chosen humans as her vampire lovers. Miriam and her lovers are supposed to live happily ever after forever, that is until her specially chosen men begin to age rapidly and die.

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Fright Night (1985): Directed by: Tom Holland
Character: William Ragsdale (Charley Brewster), Chris Sarandon (Jerry Dandrige), Roddy Mcdowall (Peter Vincent)

Charley Brewster is a big fan of horror films, staying up late watch a series called “Fright Night” about vampires. Soon he discovers that his new neighbor is a vampire. Will anyone believe him?

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Once Bitten (1985): Directed by: Howard Storm
Characters: Lauren Hutton (The Countess), Jim Carrey (Mark Kendall), Karen Kopins (Robin Pierce)

The Countess has been collecting a group of young women and men that will joing her on her journey of immortality over the past 400 years. Even though she is immortal, the Countess is required to drink the blood of 3 male virgins before Halloween each year or she will lose her youthful appearance. This task is becoming harder and harder to do into the 1980s city of Los Angeles.

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Vamp (1986): Directed by: Richard Wenk
Characters: Chris Makepeace (Keith), Robert Rusler (AJ), Grace Jones (Queen Katrina)

For their initiation party into college, Keith and AJ, want to have a good time by hiring a stripper. They head to the darker part of town to look for some good candidates. They happen upon a nightclub to scout out candidates, not realizing the club is run by ruthless vampires.

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The Lost Boys (1987): Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Characters: Jason Patric (Michael Emerson), Corey Haim (Sam Emerson), Keifer Sutherland (David)

Sam and his older brother Michael move to California with their recently divorced mother. While hanging out at a place called the Boardwalk they notice a lot of flyers for missing people. They soon find out why when they run into a gang of vampires.

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Near Dark (1987): Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Characters: Adrian Pasdar (Caleb Colton), Jenny Wright (Mae), Lance Henriksen (Jesse Hooker)

In a small town, young Caleb Colton meets an attractive woman drifting through town named Mae. As they get to know each other and sunrise approaches Mae bites Caleb on the neck and then runs off. As the sun starts to rise Caleb can feel his flesh starting to burn.

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My Best Friend Is a Vampire (1987): Directed by: Jimmy Huston
Characters: Robert Sean Leonard (Jeremy Capello), Cecilia Peck (Nora), Evan Mirand (Ralph)

Jeremy Capello is a typical teenager going through all the normal teenage stuff including getting a girlfriend. When a strange woman, Nora, makes a pass at him, his friend Ralph encourages him to go for it. It doesn’t go as planned however, when Nora bites his neck and he is forced to run for his life.

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Vampire’s Kiss (1988): Directed by: Robert Bierman
Characters: Nicolas Cage (Peter Loew), Maria Alonso (Ava Restrepo), Jennifer Beals (Rachel)

Literary agent Peter Loew is a driven young man who is slowly but surely going insane. It gets to the point where even Peter’s psychiatrist gets scared hearing his rants. What could possibly make matters worse for Peter? Perhaps getting bit by a vampire?

(Available on Netflix, iTunes, and amazon.com)

Fright Night Part 2 (1988): Directed by: Tommy Lee Wallace
Characters: William Ragsdale (Charley), Julie Carmen (Regine), Traci Lind (Alex)

Fright Night 2 picks up right after the orginal Fright Night. After much therapy, Charley thinks that Jerry Dandrige was no vampire but infact a serial killer pretending to be one. That is until Jerry’s sister Regine shows up with the intent to prove him wrong.

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