9. Let The Right One In
Aptly released mere weeks before the first Twilight film, Let the Right One In couldn't be more different: a slow, quiet, intensely atmospheric character-driven horror-romance that actively tries to be anything but a conventional vampire flick.
Focused on the burgeoning relationship between despondent 12-year-old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) and vampire child Eli (Lina Leandersson), this supremely chilly effort from Tomas Alfredson adapts John Ajvide Lindqvist's 2004 novel with impeccable patience and sublime filmmaking skill.
Rarely has the genre offered up a more hauntingly tragic depiction of vampirism, with Eli simultaneously locked into the body of a youngster while forced to feed on the blood of innocents to survive.
Wrapping this around a childhood romance makes for a vampire film like no other that's brilliantly acted, soulful, and absolutely beautiful to behold in even its more disturbing moments.
Matt Reeves' 2010 remake, Let Me In, is also an uncommonly effective re-telling with just enough changes to the material to stand on its own.