Liked Abigail? Check out these 10 other vampire thrillers!

If you liked Abigail, these 10 vampire thrillers are just the thing to provide more wild thrills!
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment /

Abigail has just hit theaters and is already enthralling audiences thanks to the great plot. A pack of crooks pulls what they think is a simple kidnapping of a young ballerina only to discover she's a vampire. They're soon being hunted and have to survive against this monstrous child.

It's another twist on the vampire mythos, which has been one of the most popular genres of movies almost since they began. One can spend all day listing only vampire movies that mix anything from romance to comedy. But for those who liked Abigail, these films may appeal the best for some often wicked, alluring and great turns on the vampire mythos and make a good match for those wanting a "bloody" good time. 

The Hunger

If you want sheer cool vampires, it's hard to top this 1983 drama from Tony Scott. Catherine Deneuve is a centuries old vampire with David Bowie as her latest lover who has benefited from a long life with her. Said life is coming to an end with a stunning scene where Bowie's character ages decades in a waiting room.

Susan Sarandon plays a doctor who shares a very steamy connection with Deneuve. There is horror involved with a stylish soundtrack and comes together into one of the sexiest vampire films ever made to be a total blast. The Hunger streaming on Fandango at home.

Fright Night

This 1985 movie is a terrific cult vampire flick. A teenager (William Ragsdale) realizes her next-door neighbor (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire munching on local ladies. Naturally, the police don't buy his story, so the teen tracks down a horror movie star (Roddy McDowell) who realizes he's facing a real monster. 

The movie has fun with the vampire myths and tropes and the genius bit of a fictional vampire hunter having to be the hero. Sarandon is suave yet dangerous as the lead, with a fantastic climax. Ignore the 2011 remake, as this is one of the best vampire movies of the 1980s. Fright Night streaming on Pluto TV.

From Dusk Till Dawn

Pair up Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, and the results are going to be wild. At first, this movie looks like a crime caper as Tarantino and George Clooney are brother outlaws who kidnap a family (with Harvey Keitel and Juliette Lewis) to get to Mexico and stop at a biker bar. That's home to Salma Hayek, a stunning dancer.

Then, the movie takes a turn as the bar is packed with vampires who start a bloody slaughter. The family, Clooney and others have to fight them off in some gory and insane action. It's a messy film at times but also a terrific vampire action flick to make for a bloody good time from two pulp movie masters. From Dusk Till Dawn streaming on MAX.

The Lost Boys

This fantastic 1980s classic makes the vampires more like punks, led by a breakout Kiefer Sutherland. It makes the vampires look cool as hell but not holding back on their dangerous side and how they relish tearing folks apart. This plays into the plot of two brothers trying to hunt them down with a pack of misfit vampire slayers.

Joel Schumacher's direction is top notch and mixed with a killer soundtrack. It's been an influential film for years all the way to its wonderful twist ending so if you haven't seen it yet, it's time to find this awesome vampire thriller. The Lost Boys streaming on the Roku Channel. 

Dracula (1992)

There has to be one Dracula movie for this list, which is tricky to narrow down. Yet for a mix of a faithful adaptation that's also a stunner, go for Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 version. Gary Oldman's performance as the Count is a marvel, even when buried under makeup and some outlandish wigs. 

The supporting cast has Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves and Anthony Hopkins camping it up nicely as Van Helsing. Coppola's direction and the mix of gothic visuals and mind-blowing staging makes this unlike any Dracula before or since. It still retains the power of the original novel and why it's been the vampire story to top all others. Bram Stoker's Dracula is streaming on Pluto TV.

The Last Voyage of the Demeter
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The Last Voyage of the Demeter

Speaking of Dracula, this 2023 movie plays on an unspoken part of the mythos. Everyone knows of how the ship carrying Dracula crashes on shore with the crew slaughtered. This movie shows how it happens as the ship unknowingly carries the monster across the ocean only to accidentally awaken him. 

It's almost like Alien in how Dracula stalks the crew and the movie presses on him as a true monster. The tight quarters and how there's nowhere to run at sea add to the terror and the body count is impressive. The ending nicely sets up the tale while standing on its own as a great spin on an already classic story. The Last Voyage of the Demeter is streaming on Showtime. 

Let Me In 

American remakes of international horror movies can be a mixed bag, but this 2010 movie bucks the trend. Adapting Let the Right One In, it focuses on a young boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who strikes up a friendship with a neighbor (Chloe Grace Moretz) who happens to be a vampire. Their strange bond soon leads the boy to pick out victims for his friend.

Moretz is fantastic as the young vampire, equally terrifying and relatable, and the honest friendship with Smit-McPhee grounds the film. It still provides plenty of scares and some nasty kills to be a faithful remake that works just as well on its own. Let Me In streaming on Max. 

Near Dark

Ignored in its 1987 release, Kathryn Bigelow's gripping vampire film has become a beloved cult classic of the horror genre. Adrian Padsar is a young drifter who, after being bitten by a woman, finds himself changed into a vampire. He falls in with a pack of them and tries to keep to his humanity despite his bloodlust.

Besides Padsar is a scene-stealing Bill Paxton, Lance Henricksen, and others along with a fantastic rock soundtrack. It's got some twisted turns and doesn't hold back on its brutality to mark it as a landmark for modern vampire tales. Near Dark streaming on The Criterion Channel.

30 Days of Night

Every now and then, there's a story so obvious, you're amazed no one came up with it before. Adapting the hit comic book, this 2007 movie focuses on an Alaska town that's about to experience a solid month without sunlight. Which basically means the town is an open season buffet to a pack of vampires. 

The movie uses its setting well, with the cold and stark open landscapes adding to the chills. Watching the town sheriff and his wife fight back against these savage and feral creatures leads to some nasty moments and a brutal ending. It's a great film to take in at any time but especially on a cold night. 30 Days of Night streaming on Netflix. 


This may feel more like sci-fi, but Tobe Hooper's 1985 film also has plenty of vampire motifs. A space shuttle discovers a huge alien starcraft with three humanoids in special containers. One, a stunningly gorgeous woman (Mathilda May) breaks free and starts feasting on people, turning them into emaciated but still alive creatures with FX that was terrifying for the time. 

The sight of a nude May striding around London is wild, yet it's also a compelling movie as the city dissolves into chaos amid this horror. Space vampires have never been so enthralling as in this film and a reason it became so popular. Lifeforce streaming on Tubi.