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If your teenagers are tired of waiting for Twilight: Eclipse to come out in June, tell them Bella and Edward didn't exactly break new ground in the "teens & vampires" genre. There's plenty for desperate kids to sink their teeth into -- family-friendly films from the past that, like any good vampire, hold up pretty well over time. Best of all, you won't have to stand in line to see them.
The Lost Boys
Why it survives: In 1987, this killer combination of cool teens, cool teen vampires, a young, cool Kiefer Sutherland, and Corey & Corey (more funny than cool) slayed the box office competition, becoming a new standard in the genre. Did I mention it was really, really cool?
Why it survives: This 1985 hit features a great story that delivers a roller coaster ride of scary thrills and Malcolm McDowall doing some of his best work outside of an ape costume.
My Best Friend is a Vampire
Why it survives: This 1987 comedy portrayed vampires as a persecuted minority group well before Real Blood perfected the angle on HBO. And House’s Robert Sean Leonard does a pretty good angst-ridden teen-turned-vampire!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Why it survives: Few remember that this perky 1992 film starring Luke Perry, Kristy Swanson, and Donald Sutherland inspired the best-known vampire TV series of all time. But all this girl power is definitely worth remembering and revisiting.
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Why it may survive: This 2009 addition to the genre features teen vampires, warring vampire clans, a traveling "freak show," John C. Reilly, and Willem Dafoe (who previously played bloodsuckers in both Daybreakers and Shadow of the Vampire). What could go better with popcorn?