4 Vampire Movies to Look Forward to in 2024


2023 saw the release of two vampire movies: the comedy, Renfield, and The Last Voyage of the Demeter. Renfield starred Nicholas Hoult as the titular servant to Dracula, played by Nicolas Cage. The Last Voyage of the Demeter was an adaptation of a short section of Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, in which the vampire smuggles himself to England aboard the ship, the Demeter. Demeter’s story was engrossing, and the vampire designs called back to past monsters, but like Renfield, Demeter underperformed at the box office.


Despite the failure of vampire movies last year, 2024 is bringing the vampires back to theaters and streaming with four new bloodsucking releases. This will be a big year for vampires and Old World monsters in general, as Universal’s Wolf Man is also set for release in the fall. Monsters are back. Our four vampire films include a neo-Western, a new adaptation of a Stephen King novel, a parody of a Universal Dracula sequel, and a remake of a 1922 silent film that was almost erased from history.


Sunrise (January 19)

Sunrise

Sunrise

Release Date
January 19, 2024

Director
Andrew Baird

Sunrise became available for rental on January 19. Sunrise is a neo-Western starring Guy Pearce and Alex Pettyfer. Pettyfer plays Fallon, a former cop who has been infected with vampirism after being tied to a tree as a sacrifice to the local folk legend, “The Red Coat.” Though Pettyfer is the vampire, Pearce plays the antagonist, towards not only Fallon but the Chinese family whom he has been living with since returning.

The trailer is elusive, focusing on the performances and imagery, leaving the plot largely unknown. Pearce’s intensity and the powerful cinematography have us interested, and there is, of course, a vampire, so we are on board. In an exclusive clip, Edward, played by William Gao, checks in on Fallon, who tells him that he needs blood.

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Abigail (April 19)

Abigail

Abigail

Release Date
April 19, 2024

Abigail is being released by Universal, and is, in spirit, a remake of Dracula’s Daughter from 1936. We say in spirit because it has nothing in common with the original film’s plot, unless Dracula is going to show up at the end. The film is about a young girl who is a ballerina and is taken hostage to a Gothic house, where the kidnappers are instructed to watch her for one night and a day until her father pays the ransom.

Shortly into the evening, the kidnappers learn the girl they have kidnapped is a vampire. The house automatically locks the kidnappers within, with shutters closing over the windows. The crew of professionals has been set up. The vampire breaks out of the room they lock her in, and she starts killing the kidnappers. The vampire is shown in the trailer using her ballet movement in fighting the pros. Like 2023’s M3GAN, Abigail is tapping into the evil children genre as well as giving us some new killer dance moves.

The film has an ensemble cast of kidnappers, including Melissa Barrera, Dan Stevens, Giancarlo Esposito, Kathryn Newton, and Kevin Duran. Abigail is played by Alisha Weir from Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical. We can tell from the trailer that this will be one of the bloodiest movies of the year, but it may also be one of the funniest.

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Nosferatu (December 25)

Nosferatu 2024 poster

Nosferatu (2024)

Release Date
December 25, 2023

No trailer has been released yet for Nosferatu, but a handful of images are available. The 2024 release stars Lily-Rose Depp as Ellen Hutter, Nicholas Hoult as Thomas Hutter, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Friedrich Harding, Emma Corin as Anna Harding, Bill Skarsgard as Count Orlok, and Willem Dafoe as Professor Albin Eberhart Von Franz.

The original Nosferatu was an unlicensed adaptation of Dracula, with some names changed, and all copies were ordered to be destroyed. Luckily, a copy was kept safe, and Nosferatu has survived to be experienced by modern audiences. It remains one of the best vampire films in history. Max Schreck, the actor who played the vampire, Count Orlok, had an unusual facial structure that lent to the realism of the film. Dafoe previously played Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire. The movie portrayed Schreck as an actual vampire who was cast in the film.

The 2024 movie will be the second remake of the 1922 silent film. The highly praised first remake of Nosferatu was released in 1979, titled, Nosferatu the Vampyre, and starred Klaus Kinski as Count Orlok.

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Salem’s Lot (TBD, 2024)

The blue skinned vampire from Tobe Hooper's Salem's Lot with arms outreached
CBS

Salem’s Lot is based on the 1975 novel by Stephen King. It is a modernized version of a Dracula story, with a vampire moving to a small town and effectively murdering it. Lewis Pullman plays the lead, Ben Mears, an author who moves back to his hometown to write his next book. Alexander Ward, who is 6’4’’, will play the vampire, Kurt Barlow. Very little about the remake of Salem’s Lot is available. There are not even any photos. It is believed the movie will release directly to streaming on Max. The project was originally supposed to be released in September 2022. There are, however, high hopes for this second remake, given that King has praised it.

The first adaptation was made for television in 1979 and directed by Tobe Hooper, director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist. The film’s version of Barlow is still the scariest vampire in cinema, with blue skin and a bald head in homage to Count Orlok in the original Nosferatu. A second adaptation was made for television in 2004, and starred Rob Lowe. The vampire, played by Rutger Hauer, was disappointingly human in appearance.



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