A long time ago in a place called Forks, Washington a new pop culture trend was born….
Okay, so vampires may not have been an exactly new addition too the zeitgeist but following the publication of the first Twilight novel a craze like nothing we’d ever seen, one that revolved around teens girls and sullen guys.
It was a weird time in pop culture when everything seemed to have a supernatural element.
So in honour of our favourite Vampire show, the Vampire Diaries going off the air we’ve compiled a list of those Vampire shows + movies you forgot about in the past nine years, the good, the bad and the fucking weird….
Starring Krysten Ritter, Alicia Silverstone and Sigourney Weaver. This vampire romantic comedy takes place in New York City and tells the story of two best friends one of whom is dating the youngest Van Helsing. A light hearted look at Vampire mythology that can probably win over most rom-com haters.
Dark Shadows (2012)
A modern retelling of the original vampire show. Dark Shadows the movie brought Tim Burton into his first vampire movie. Of course, it featured both Johnny Depp and pre-divorce Helena Bonham Carter. Sadly the critics were less than impressed with this one.
Being Human (2011)
The American version of the 2008 British show Being Human showed the lives of a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost as they live in a flatshare together and try to be human. A modern take on the supernatural conundrum like many an American adaptation Being Human took a while to find it’s groove and ultimately its eternal life was cut short.
The Gates (2010)
A sort of supernatural Days of Our lives the Gates was a one season wonder from ABC The Gates tells the story of a gated community and the people that guard it. Oh yeah and they’re vampires, werewolves and witches. Not exactly winning any awards for services to TV, The Gates knows that it’s a trashy program and enjoys itself.
My babysitter’s a Vampire (2010/2011)
A TV movie so great that they gave it a series. It does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin, Ethan Morgan hires a babysitter and she turns out to be a vampire (well half Vampire.) And the series goes from there, it’s fun and goofy and isn’t guilty of taking itself too seriously.
Hemlock Grove (2013)
Definitely a weird, almost sci-fi take on vampires and werewolves as two friends from either side of the track have a litany of ups and downs as supernatural events rip into their lives. Three seasons and intermittently great episodes marred with confusing plot points Hemlock Grove is definitely worth a look just not a close one.
Vampire Academy (2014)
An unapologetic look at just how corny vampire lore can be. Mixing the politics of high school with the politics of being a really posh vampire. Vampire Academy is a very watchable bad movie that doesn’t get the credit it deserves for being just so ridiculous.