A World Blood Donor Day Flyby Five: Fun Vampire Flicks!

This Flyby Five falls on a World Blood Donor Day, so it seemed only natural that we take a minute to look at some of our favorite fanged creatures of the screens in these fun vampire flicks.

Welcome to Flyby Five, where we abandon all sense of seriousness and do silly lists about whatever pops into our heads. This segment will be posted every Wednesday we feel like posting it. This is not a serious list, nor is it a “Top 5” list. And there is every possible chance that some of these lists or the language in these lists may not be PG-13 friendly. You have been warned. -L&G

Flyby Five: Fun Vampire Flicks!



The Lost Boys (1987)

After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.

IMDB Rating: 7.3 | Rotten Tomatoes (audience): 85%Movie cover for The Lost Boys



Blade (1998)

A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

IMDB Rating:  7.1 | Rotten Tomatoes (audience:): 78%

Movie cover for Blade



From Dusk Til Dawn  (1996)

Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

IMDB Rating: 7.3 | Rotten Tomatoes (audience): 76%

From Dusk Til Dawn Movie Cover

30 Days of Night (2007)

After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires.

IMDB Rating: 6.6 | Rotten Tomatoes (audience): 56%

Movie cover for 30 Days of Night

Vampires (1998)

Recovering from an ambush that killed his entire team, a vengeful vampire slayer must retrieve an ancient Catholic relic that, should it be acquired by vampires, will allow them to walk in sunlight.

IMDB Rating: 6.1 | Rotten Tomatoes (audience): 48%

movie cover for Vampires by John Carpenter



Even though this post is meant to be light-hearted, World Blood Donor Day is actually a cool thing. Giving blood is so important, and if you are capable of doing so, you totally should. Even though almost 40 percent of the population in America can donate blood, only 10 percent or so actually do so. And when you look at the numbers, the need is so great.

Facts about Blood Needs

(from RedCrossBlood.org)

-Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
-Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
-Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
-Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
-The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
-The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
-The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
-It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
-According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.69 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
-A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood

Blood Donor Graph for World Blood Donor Day

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