Inverted Dungeon Movie Reviews

When the Castlevania series first debuted, credit was given to Vampire Hunter D, a series of Japanese novels (and two movies) about a vampire hunter going up against Dracula. We'll begin our discussion of movies and cinema with reviews of both Vampire Hunter D flicks (and maybe one day we'll get ahold of English copies of the books and review those, too).

Of course, more recently Frederator Studios, in conjuction with Netflix and Konami, produced an animated series based on Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (and beyond). And since we review everything (especially when it has the name Castlevania on it), let's look at that as well:

Horror Cinema

But the connection between the Castlevania series and cinema isn't limited to two anime movies and its own TV show. The series has long shared ties to classic horror cinema, parodying both the Universal and Hammer films series from the very first game onwards. Over time, the connection has grown deeper, borrowing ideas and characters from horror cinema to give the series a greater connection to its cinematic ancestors.

Throughout this section, we'll take a look at the classic monsters of the silver (and smaller) screen. It's our excuse to watch movies and call it an assignment for the site.

Sections are organized by monster. Films within are then sorted by the date of the first work in a series (be it ovie or TV show), followed by other works in the series indented to follow. Reboots and remakes are listed by their starting date and are not grouped with the original works. Also note that some works which feature multiple monsters will appear multiple times on the various lists.

Movies Featuring Dracula (and Other Vampire Lords)

Movies Featuring Carmilla Karnstein

  • Vampyr (1932, Tobis Filmkunst, Unrated)
  • Blood and Roses (1960, Documento Film, Unrated)
  • Crypt of the Vampire (1963, E.I. Associates Producers, Unrated)
  • The Vampire Lovers (1970, Hammer Films, Rated R)
  • The Blood Spattered Bride (1972, Morgana Films, Rated R)
  • The Unwanted (2013, W.A. Entertainment, Unrated)
  • The Curse of Styria (2014, Like Fire Productions, Unrated)

Movies Featuring Elizabeth Bathory

Movies Featuring Dr. Frankenstein and His Abominations

Movies Featuring the Gill-Man

Movies Featuring the Mummy

Movies Featuring the Wolf Man

Additional Films and Shows Featuring Vampires

Additional Films and Shows Featuring Werewolves

Additional Films and Shows Featuring Zombies