Vampires and other movie monsters have always been a popular theme for screenwriters, but recently the vampire and werewolf craze has been reborn.
That rebirth is due in large part to the smashing success of the "Twilight" novels by Stephanie Meyer and the subsequent films. However, long before Robert Pattinson proved how truly sexy the undead could be, many other actors portrayed this favorite blood-sucking monster for the big screen.
These days, new movies and television series featuring hot, bloodthirsty vamps, such as HBO's "True Blood" or The CW's "The Vampire Diaries," seem to be popping up every day.
With so many worthy vampire movies to choose from, it was hard to narrow down the list, but we've managed to select the five best vampire movies ever. Read on at your own risk, because this list may contain spoilers.
First up, sexy vamps and werewolves, oh my ...
No. 5: "Twilight" (2008)
OK, so we'll admit that a huge factor in our love of the vampire movie "Twilight" has to do with the casting of the breathtakingly gorgeous Robert Pattinson in the male lead, as the self-loathing vampire Edward Cullen.
Of course, while we can't get enough of Robert and his on- and off-screen love interest Kristen Stewart, there is also something to be said for the "Twilight" plotline, which is dripping with suspense and romance. Unlike most other vampire movies, there's not a lot of blood and gore, but there's still plenty of action.
The two sequels so far, "New Moon" (2009) and "Eclipse" (2010), provided more of the same and kept the female fan base happy with plenty of shirtless moments from Rob and co-star Taylor Lautner.