‘Vampire Academy (2014)’ had a rocky start as a critically panned, commercial failure. With all due respect to Richelle Mead’s best-selling novel series, the film adaptation somehow failed miserably because of its convoluted plot, which straddled teen college drama with vampire fiction while also lacking much coherence, as well as the various clichés about vampires and paranormal beings that it contained.
It all begins with Rose (a half-human, half-vampire) and Lissa (another half-human, half-vampire), who are both Dhampirs. Rose is also known as the “Dhampir” in the film. It is revealed that both Lissa and Rose are vampires who have escaped from St. Vladimir’s (The Vampire Academy) and have been forced to return by the “Guardians” (another vampire group).
The role of the Guardians is to defend the Moroi and the royal families from vampire attacks.
Upon their return to the academy, Rose is plagued by visions and discovers her newfound healing abilities, as well as attacks from Strigoi, Lissa’s abduction, and the typical college romance.
There must be vampires in movies like “Vampire Academy,” which could also include witches or demons, as well as people trying to hunt them down or kill them. The plot could also have a good-versus-evil theme, with good always winning. We’ve compiled a list of films that aren’t just like ‘Vampire Academy,’ but also ones we think you’ll enjoy. Movies like Vampire Academy, which is available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, are examples of the type of films you can watch online.
The Twilight Saga (2008, ’09, ’10(2), ’11, ’12)
“Twilight” was a sea change from the previous vampire movies because of the romance angle, which outweighed the blood and gore in Stephenie Meyer’s adaptation of her novels for the screen.
Was also a subplot that werewolves help fight the Volturi and other vampires who have gone rogue. Also, perhaps you could assist Bella in friendzoning with one of her associates (Jake). Edward and Bella have chemistry on screen, but the overall premise is weak and has no real meaning.
‘Twilight’ may be a well-known series, but it is unquestionably superior to ‘Vampire Academy.’
‘Vamps,’ a film about two female vampires who share an apartment in New York and work night shifts, is another vampire-based film. Cisserus, a vile vampire, had manipulated both of them into existing in alternate realities, which they chose not to share with one another.
They both end up in love, Stacy with a classmate named Joey and Goody with an ex-lover named Danny whose wife is dying. Eventually, they come to the realization that Cisserus must be tracked down before their real ages are made public and for the sake of saving Stacy’s unborn child. “Vamps” is better, but it’s a bit slow and has some flaws, but Kristen Ritter makes it worth watching.
I enjoyed ‘Priest’ primarily due to the action scenes and, to a lesser extent, Paul Bettany’s performance as the lead. An old vampire hunter known only as the “Priest” lives out his final days in the post-apocalyptic world of ‘Priest’, a warrior clan the Church has created to fight the vampires.
However, his niece has been kidnapped by vampires and Priest must put his inhibitions aside in order to find the vampires and return his niece safely. A little frightening, but the satisfying action and aesthetic appeal are at the heart of the premise.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,’ a film that mixes American history and fantasy in an unusual way, depicts Abraham Lincoln as the former president of the United States.
The President is actually a vampire hunter. Most interesting about the plot is the introduction of fictional sub-plots into Lincoln’s life story, like vampires who become antagonistic forces during the American Civil War, hunt down opposing forces with silverware from Abe’s kitchen, and kill vampires in a way that is both shocking and gratifying.
Script and CGI seem a bit overdone, but the novelty of the story makes up for those flaws.
‘Dracula Untold’ tells the story of Vlad the Impaler, a valiant prince who fights the Turks and their warlords for a thousand boys and Vlad’s son in the 13th century.
The Turks have initially set Vlad back, but as he takes out their emissaries and men, Vlad seeks out more power to finish the job. This is when he meets a vampire who offers him unlimited power in exchange for his blood. For the next three days, Vlad must fight his insatiable desire for blood. ‘Dracula Untold’ is dark, gritty, and clichéd in places, but its visuals and performances steal the show.
Van Helsing (2004)
Van Helsing, the beloved character from our youth, is a game changer for all future vampire and Dracula films set in the 1800s. Vampire hunter Van Helsing is pitted against Count Dracula, who has devised a plot to use Dr. Frankenstein’s machine to create his monstrous offspring.
A hunter from a long-since-extinct royal lineage joins Van Helsing on his quest to assassinate Count Dracula in Transylvania, along with his trusted aide Carl. “Van Helsing” features well-known but nostalgic tales, as well as strong performances from Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale.
Near Dark (1987)
On one night, a farm boy named Caleb agrees to take the beautiful Mae (a vampire) to her house in “Near Dark,” one of Katheryn Bigelow’s lesser-known works. When Mae bites Caleb on the neck, he turns into a vampire, and things get really bad. Towards the end of the novel, Caleb meets Mae’s family, a group that goes on regular killing sprees to obtain human blood.
However, despite his desire to go hunting, Caleb chooses to support his own family, including his father Loy and sister Sarah, even as he remains in love with Mae and his family. Finally, Caleb becomes more like the rest of us, as does Mae after he injects herself with his own blood. Near Dark is a coming-of-age film in a world full of clichéd vampire tales that is surprisingly thrilling and full of twists.
Fright Night (2011)
The film ‘Fright Night,’ from which ‘Fright Night’ takes its name, was released in 1985. featuring Charley Brewster (a wary teenager) who believes his new neighbor, Jerry, is a vampire, and Peter (a vampire hunter). Charley’s suspicions grow as the number of disappearances in the area rises, and he turns to a renowned vampire slayer named Peter for help in locating and killing Jerry.
The plot progresses with the revelation of sinister secrets in Jerry’s house, followed by his murder and the verification of Charley’s accusations. ‘Fright Night,’ on the other hand, has a lighter tone thanks to Colin Farrell as Jerry and David Tennant as Peter, both of whom give outstanding performances.
Let Me In (2010)
In ‘Let Me In,’ a 12-year-old boy named Owen finds solace in the company of another 12-year-old girl named Abby. When Owen is bullied at school, Abby comforts him and encourages him to fight back by offering to stand in for him and protect him.
There’s a detective out to catch her who’s been hunting killers who drain the blood from their victims in the area. Meanwhile, Abby is revealed to be a vampire. Meanwhile, while Owen is taking care of the bullies, Abby is leaving town after killing a police detective and thus saying goodbye to Owen. However, she will eventually meet him again.
‘Let Me In,’ while gory and beautiful, signals a shift in the subgenre of vampire films.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
For those who don’t know, Taika Waititi (director of ‘Thor: Ragnarok’) is the man behind this one. “What We Do in the Shadows” follows four vampire flatmates as they go about their daily lives in New Zealand, dealing with the problems that come with mundane living.
At some point during Nick’s life, an 8500-year-old vampire turns him to bloodsucking and alters the dynamic of their home. Nick brings a human best friend to the lair as well as the fervor of the ongoing era. As the story progresses, all of the vampires learn to live with one another in peace.
‘What We Do in the Shadows,’ while plausible and rib-tickling, portrays the gloomy vampires in a more upbeat light.
Underworld (2003, ’06, 09, ’12, ’16)
‘Underworld,’ a film in the action-horror-fantasy genre, has evolved from being a vampire-centric film to revealing many deeper storylines, but it has lost some of its impact overall. Because of this, the films in the ‘Underworld’ series have grown in popularity even though their plots have become increasingly weaker and they’ve become overly derivative.
An ancient vampire war continues between her and the Lycans (werewolves) in which Selene is pitted against the Lycans (werewolves) and accused of killing her family.
Many new characters are introduced as Lycans, vampires, or humans over the course of the series, and Selene develops feelings for a human named Michael. Despite the negative press, the ‘Underworld’ franchise has thrived thus far, with news of a sixth film still awaited.
Blade (three films, 1998, 2002, 2004)
Involved filmmakers like David S. Goyer and Guillermo Del Toro, as well as the character of Eric Brooks from Marvel Comics, have made “Blade” more than just a movie franchise. Blade, with the help of Whistler, goes on a killing spree to avenge the death of his mother as a vampire hunter and a Dhampir.
With his dexterity, Blade has defeated ever-evolving vampire breeds, including the fearsome Dracula, in all of the films in which he has appeared. ‘Blade,’ a cult classic, is renowned for its grim, bloody aesthetic and frenetic action scenes. Fans of vampires will be happy to learn that there is a new series of films in development.