If you’re anything like my esteemed colleague Joshua Rivera, the news of Sony delaying Morbius to April has got you down. The long-awaited Spider-Man spinoff starring Jared Leto as the anemic scientist-turned-vampiric vigilante has been brewing in production for quite awhile, with the announcement of this latest delay marking the sixth such time it’s been pushed back since it’s initial release date inn July of 2020.
If you’re aching to satiate your vampire fix in the meantime, we’ve put together a list of some of the best vampire horror movies available to stream on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Shudder, and beyond. The goal of this list was to exhume some deeper cuts from the sepulcher of the vampire horror canon, along with a few contemporary favorites. That means no Blade, because c’mon — if you’re excited to watch Morbius, chances are you’ve already seen Blade.
Here are 5 of the best vampire horror films to watch on streaming while you wait for Morbius.
30 DAYS OF NIGHT
Based on Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith’s comic series, 30 Days of Night follows the denizens of an Alaskan town as they’re hunted by a ravenous pack of vampires, who luxuriate in a spot plunged into darkness every winter for over a month. With the town’s power cut off and no access to the outside world, the survivors must find a way to fend off their would-be predators until daylight returns. Danny Huston shines as Marlow, the regal and relentless leader of the vampires, as does Josh Hartnett in his starring role as Sheriff Eben Oleson. —Toussaint Egan
Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction easily ranks as one of the stranger inclusions on this list, and considering some of the titles featured, that’s quite an accomplishment. The film centers on Kathleen (Lili Taylor), a doctoral philosophy student who finds herself transformed into a blood-starved temptress after being attacked by a woman while walking home at night. Grappling with reality of her strange new condition, Kathleen fatalistically muses on the words of George Santayana, Jean-Paul Sartre, and more as she stalks and lures in new victims to chow down on.
Guillermo del Toro’s 1993 directorial debut Cronos set the tone for the type of macabre and fantastical films that would go one to become his signature and remains a fascinating horror fable all its own. When elderly antiques dealer Jesús Gris (Federico Luppi) is injured while unearthing a golden scarab-like device forged by a mysterious alchemist, he finds himself inexplicably endowed with both newfound youth and a terrifying new thirst. As Gris’ dependence on the rejuvenate properties of the device morph into an addiction, he finds himself hounded by a wealthy dying businessman (Claudio Brook) and his thuggish nephew (Ron Perlman) who lust after its powers for themselves. An inventive twist on the classic vampire formula with a melancholic finale, Cronos is a must-watch for any avid fan of del Toro or vampire horror. note: “Speed Express” Movie
DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS
A remake of Bill Gunn’s Ganja & Hess, Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus stars Zaraah Abrahams as Hess Green, an anthropologist and art collector who is transformed after being mortally injured by a mysterious ancient Ashanti artifact. Overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood and invulnerability, Hess begins to pursue a relationship with his former colleague’s ex-wife (Zaraah Abrahams), all the while searching for a means of understanding and acclimating to his new vampiric existence. Less an out-and-out horror movie than a surreal mood piece meditating on the nature of addiction and the intersection of faith and love à la The Addiciton, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is a divisive yet nonetheless fascinating take on vampire horror that centers Black characters in a genre where they are otherwise often overlooked. note: Speed Express Movie And The Voice of Joy 2 Movie
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise star in Interview with the Vampire as Louis de Pointe du Lac, an 18th -century vampire weary of his immortal life of loneliness and hunger, and Lestat de Lioncourt, the elder vampire who sires him. Relating his life story to a reporter with his own personal agenda, Louis recounts the long decades of love, betrayal, and death that have plagued his existence, from the adoption and siring of a young vampire named Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) to Lestat and Louis’ dramatic (and deadly) falling out. Dark, erotic, and entertaining, both Anne Rice’s original novel and the film rejuvenated the subgenre of vampire horror fiction and spawned a generation of countless imitations in its likeness. Note: Moaning With Boredom Throughout News