If The Vampire Diaries and True Blood hiatuses have your blood-letting cravings going into overdrive, fear not. A slew of vampire movies are headed to theaters in the near future and beyond. In fact, some of the flicks aren’t poised to hit for so long that it looks like the vamp trend isn’t getting staked anytime soon. Viva la vampires!
Release date: January 20, 2012
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Charles Dance, Michael Ealy, India Eisley
The premise: The fourth movie in the Underworld series, this time around Kate Beckinsale is reprising her role as Selene in 3-D. The assassin vamp breaks out of jail only to find that humans have declared war against the Vampire and Lycan clans.
Potential of awesome: The other Underworld movies don’t fare well on Rotten Tomatoes, but the new installment could be fun if you don’t expect greatness.
Release Date: May 11, 2012
Starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter
The premise: Based on ABC’s gothic soap opera that aired in the late ‘60s, Tim Burton is directing the film version, which stars Johnny Depp. They’re resurrecting Barnabas Collins, a former playboy turned vampire. Campiness ensues.
Potential for awesome: While we missed the original airing of the television show, we’re kind of excited to see if Burton and Depp can pull off something as charmingly awkward as this scene.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Release Date: June 22, 2012
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rufus Sewell, Benjamin Walker
The Premise: The name pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? Seth Grahame-Smith adapted his mashup novel of the same name, in which Abraham Lincoln pulls double duty as the president and a vampire hunter. We’re guessing he keeps his stakes under his stovepipe hat.
Potential for awesome: While it will be cool to see Lincoln go Buffy on some vamps, we’re mostly excited to watch Alan Tudyk debate the future president as Stephen A. Douglas.
Release date: September 21, 2012
Starring: Adam Sandler, Miley Cyrus, Andy Samberg
The premise: In this animated film, Dracula (Sandler) sets up a hotsy totsy resort in Transylvania. The monsters who frequent his hotel aren’t the bloodsucker’s biggest problem. Instead, Dracula is trying to keep his teenage daughter (voiced by Cyrus) away from the human (Samberg) who accidentally discovers the posh lodgings.
Potential for awesome: Ehh. While we can’t remember the last time we actually wanted to see an Adam Sandler movie, it is being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky — and we love us some Dexter’s Laboratory.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2
Release date: November 16, 2012
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner (as if you didn’t know)
The premise: The final installment in the Twilight film franchise will have a post-baby, newly vampirized Bella fighting to protect her new family from the Volturi.
Potential for awesome: It’s hard to say if our lives will still have meaning once there are no more Twilight movies to look forward to. The world is supposed to end a little over a month later. Coincidence? Oh, wait. The Host is due out March 29, 2013? We’re saved!
Release date: 2012
Starring: Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton
The premise: Play-turned-movie Byzantium tells the story of two women who arrive in a small British town, and it’s not clear how old they are or whether they’re mother and daughter or sisters. Clare starts working in a pub, while Eleanor enrolls in school and tells her class she’s a vampire. The revelation lands her in the care of the school’s guidance counselor.
Potential for awesome: It’s been pegged as a British version of Let the Right One In, which actually makes it sound pretty good.
Other vampire movies in the works: Dracula Year Zero, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Hunger remakes, Harker, A Discovery of Witches, and The Knights Templar.