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Rolling Stone’s Guide to Vampires

‘True Blood, ‘Twilight,’ Vampire Weekend and more fang friendly movies, TV shows and music

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Deborah Ann Woll Reveals 'True Blood' Secrets
Go behind the scenes of Woll's hot Rolling Stone photo shoot and find out what the fake blood used on the set actually tastes like.

The Season of the Witch: 'True Blood' Delves Into Dark Magic and Past Lives
Creator Alan Ball and Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) preview the show's fourth season: "The big thing this year is witchcraft," says Ball, "and looking at how, in our world, certain humans are able to access magic." 

The Kinky Beasts of 'True Blood'
Rob Sheffield reviews the new season, which he says "keeps up the standard of excellence, with more fetishes, more lust, more evil, more startling ways for bodies to change and transmogrify."

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‘True Blood’: Seasons 1-3

The Joy of Vampire Sex: The Schlocky, Sensual Secrets Behind the Success of 'True Blood'
Vanessa Grigoriadis explores the world of True Blood in Rolling Stone's 2010 cover story.

'True Blood': Key Moments of the First Three Seasons
Catch up on the show's major plot points with Rolling Stone's primer gallery.

They're Hot, They're Sexy, They're Undead
Check out photos from the True Blood cast's very bloody, very naked cover shoot.

Secrets of a Baby Vampire
Learn more about True Blood's gorgeous redhead Deborah Ann Woll.

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‘Vampire Diaries’

Love in Vein: 'The Vampire Diaries'
Rob Sheffield on why cult hit 'The Vampire Diaries' is the ultimate teen girl's fantasy: the immortal lost boy rescuing his love from suburbia.

Off the Cuff with Peter Travers: Nina Dobrev
The show's star chats about playing both the human ingenue Elena Gilbert and the evil vampire Katherine Pierce on the hit CW series and demonstrates how she switches back and forth between her two roles.

Off the Cuff with Peter Travers: Ian Somerhalder
The Vampire Diaries star sings a little Rolling Stones while chatting about portraying the undead, his untimely demise in Lost and the secret to being a male model.

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The ‘Twilight’ Saga

Taylor Lautner: 'New Moon' 's Teen Wolf Hits the Beach With Rolling Stone
Exclusive shots from Lautner's Rolling Stone cover shoot.

Dawn of the Undead
Why Stephenie Meyer gave her vampire book (and soon-to-be film) series a rock & roll soundtrack of Muse, Linkin Park, Blue October and more.

The Man on the 'Moon': Q&A With 'Twilight Saga' Director Chris Weitz
Master of movie adaptations on the wild stunts and Team Edward moments in New Moon.

Off the Cuff with Peter Travers: Ashley Greene
The Twilight actress opens up about auditioning for Bella, her party girl vampire character Alice and why Eclipse is the most "guy-friendly and action-packed" film in the series.

Hayley Williams on 'Twilight': "I Connected To It Immediately"
The Paramore frontwoman on recording the hit song from the series' first film.

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Peter Travers Reviews Vampire Movies: 1989-1992

Vampire's Kiss (1989)
"The bloodsuckers in this thriller may not have much bite, but here's a movie that can — it's guaranteed — drain the life out of an audience in minutes."

The Reflecting Skin (1990)
"It's not your average vampire movie; this one's got aspirations. Philip Ridley, the British painter-illustrator-novelist who turned screenwriter with the mesmerizing 1990 gangster film The Krays, debuts as a director with a perversely alluring work he describes as 'Blue Velvet with children.'"

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
"Buffy (Kristy Swanson) is a Valley cheerleader who only wants to "graduate high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater and die." Now some old dude, played by Donald Sutherland with the resigned look of an actor who's landed a role he'll never live down, tells her she's been chosen to slay vampires."

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Peter Travers Reviews Vampire Movies: 1994-2001

Interview with the Vampire (1994)
"Neil Jordan's $50 million film of Anne Rice's best-selling Interview With the Vampire is a major movie with major problems. Is it still worth seeing? Definitely. The good parts are that good. But it's one thing to write it in a review and another to say it in person to a potential ticket buyer who's in your face and wanting proof."

The Addiction (1995)
"The glut of vapid vampire movies makes you want to bite back, but director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant), working from a rabidly ambitious script by Nicholas St. John, gives the genre a provocative and perversely funny snap that Anne Rice might envy."

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
"Shadow of the Vampire, the first film produced by Nicolas Cage, is a shockingly funny spellbinder with a plum part that Cage — talk about shocks — handed to Willem Dafoe instead of himself."

Dracula 2000 (2001)
"Dracula 2000 raises an unholy cinematic stench that nonetheless brings sweet news for the new year. During the holidays, audiences joined up with critics to jam a stake in this sucker's heart."

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Peter Travers Reviews Vampire Movies: 2003-2008

Underworld (2003)
"Vampires breeding with werewolves. Sounds hot, but it so isn't."

Van Helsing (2004)
"Here's a shrieking bore of a horror flick that's meant to sex up an anemic genre by casting X-Men hunk Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing, the vampire hunter from Bram Stoker's Dracula."

Let the Right One In (2008)

"With True Blood on HBO and the film version of Twilight on the horizon, vampires are the new zombies. Bloodsuckers are hot, baby. Stick your neck out for this Swedish horror show. It's a winner, full of mirth and malice, plus a young romance you'll never see on the Disney Channel."

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Peter Travers Reviews Vampire Movies: 2010

Let Me In (2010)
"I thought for sure that any Hollywood remake of Tomas Alfredson's artful Swedish vampire film, Let the Right One In, would be a crass desecration. Well, color me blushing."

Off the Cuff With Peter Travers: Chloe Moretz
Chloe Grace Moretz, who plays a young vampire in the new movie Let Me In (and who stole scenes in Kick Ass), talks with Peter Travers about working with Martin Scorsese, her four overprotective brothers (they read her scripts and text messages) and how her character in is much "darker and deeper" than those Twilight kids.

Daybreakers (2010)
"After all the toothless, limp-dick vampire posturing in the Twilight chick flicks, it's a kick to see a balls-out, R-rated movie about bloodsuckersthat doesn't spare the gore so little girls won't cry into their Twitpics of Rob Pattinson."