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Will Let Me In suck like these vampire classics?

Forget the Twilight movies. Those pouty vampires can bite me. The true undead have little need for killer abs and windswept coifs. They're too busy doing real vampire things like turning into bats, drinking virgin blood, and feasting on sexy victims (or wild animal carcasses, take your pick). In honor of the Friday opening of Let Me In (a remake of Let the Right One In), we honor the top vampire movies of all time.

1. Let the Right One In

Who knew the Swedes were capable of making such an excellent shocker? In this 2008 movie, 12-year-old Eli befriends shy, neglected Oskar. Turns out she's a 200-year-old vampire who can't stay in one place for too long. Let the Right One In is as much a film about friendship as it is about the 200-year-old 12-year-old girl at the center of it.

Suck on this scene: Spoiler alert! Before she moves on to another town, Eli takes care of her little buddy's bully problem in the most glorious, cathartic, and bloody way you can imagine.

2. Nosferatu

One of the best silent movies of all time also happens to be one of the best horror movies ever. This 1922 film, directed by the great F.W. Murnau, is a marvel in early-cinema design. Max Schreck (yep, that's his real name — awesome, huh?) plays the titular vampire as a human rat. It's based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, but it's way scarier than any of the Dracula movies.

Suck on this scene: Moments before Nosferatu, or Count Orlok or whatever you want to call him, wipes out an entire ship's crew, he emerges from his coffin like he's being hoisted by invisible strings. Totally creepy.

3. Dracula

The original 1931 movie starring Bela Lugosi is a bit stiff at times, but there's mood to spare — especially in the cobweb-filled castle scenes. Lugosi's portrayal set the look, tone, and sound of nearly every Dracula who followed. It's also one of the most gothic films in Universal's classic horror series — a perfect pairing of style and terror.

Suck on this scene: Dracula's undead life ends not with a fang, but with a whimper. You can actually hear the count painfully moan when a stake is pounded into his heart as he sleeps in his coffin.

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