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Bram Stoker would roll over in his coffin

Bramstoker It has been 110 years to the day -- May 26, 1897 -- that Bram Stoker's "Dracula" hit bookstores, though the book that would launch a thousand vampire movies wasn't a big hit at first. It wasn't until the 1920s, when stage versions of the book hit New York, that Stoker was finally recognized for his landmark novel.

(It probably didn't help that there weren't any Barnes & Nobles and frothy mochachinos back in the Victorian age. But I digress.)

So it seems like a good time to appreciate the vampire movies of the '80s. But since it's a holiday weekend here in the U.S., let's keep it light.

Funniest vampire movies of the '80s:

Oncebitten Once Bitten (1985): Jim Carrey, Lauren Hutton. Memorable line: "I haven't had anything this pure since the Vienna Boys' Choir hit town." One nasty review: "The jokes are almost funny, the story almost makes sense, and the film as a whole is almost enjoyable."

The Lost Boys (1987): Jason Patric, Corey Haim. Memorable line: "One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires." One nasty review: "An ambitious entertainment that starts out well but ends up selling its soul."

Bestfriend My Best Friend is a Vampire (1988): Robert Sean Leonard, Rene Auberjuonois. Memorable line: "This blood's for you." One nasty review: "It is a vampire comedy, although one that isn’t particularly funny and most certainly is not the remotest part scary."

Fright Night (1985): Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall. Memorable line: "Kill me, Charley ... before I turn into a vampire, and... give you a hickey!" One nasty review: "Not a distinguished movie, but it has a lot of fun being undistinguished."

Beverlyhills Beverly Hills Vamp (1988): Britt Ekland, Eddie Deezen. Memorable line: "Is that a stake in your pocket, or are you happy to see me?"

The Monster Squad (1987): Andre Gower, Stephen Macht. Memorable line: "Creature stole my twinkie!" One nasty review: "Most of what's included in this unapologetically scrambled mixture of 'Goonies,' Hardy Boys adventures, 'Ghostbusters' and Abbott and Costello monster films is bad actors wandering around in bad makeup and rubber masks."

Also: Polish Vampire in Burbank (1985), Blood Suckers from Outer Space (1984), I Married a Vampire (1987)


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