Greetings mortals, and welcome to our list of the top 10 movie vampires. Some are spooky, some are funny, and some are sexy, but they all have one thing in common; they want to suck your blood! Dim the lights, grab some garlic, and enjoy.
10. Vladislav, Viago and Deacon- What We Do in the Shadows
These hilarious goons are the only comedic vampires on our list. A Sundance Film Festival hit, this New Zealand mockumentary follows the lives of 3 vampire roommates as they search the streets for their next meal. To avoid sunlight, they spend their days in the flat and tackle more mundane issues; like who’s not doing their fair share of chores. Rotten Tomatoes gives this vampire flick an impressive 96% percent freshness rating, so make sure you don’t miss this bloody good spoof!
9. Akasha- Queen of the Damned
Although Queen of the Damned may not be a favorite amongst critics, there’s no denying that Aaliyah’s portrayal of the tantalizing Akasha has made a mark on the pop vampire legacy. Vicious, selfish and frightfully powerful, Akasha is the progenitor of all vampires. Once she is awakened by the vampire Lestat, she kills without a thought and seduces him into doing her dark bidding. No human or vampire is safe from Akasha’s sadistic exploits!
8. Lestat de Lioncourt- Interview with a Vampire
Lestat is the ultimate vampire antihero, with a vain streak that would put Kim Kardashian to shame and a hedonistic lifestyle to match. With a taste for the finer things in life, Lestat’s savage bloodlust is starkly juxtaposed with his fondness for fashion, music, and other luxuries. Also known as “the Brat Prince,” Lestat is quite loyal to the few he mentors, but can be viciously cruel when he doesn’t get his way. Hats of to Tom Cruise for his haunting portrayal of one of Anne Rice’s most beloved characters.
7. David- The Lost Boys
The head of a punk clan of teenage vampires, David is one cool rider. His suave charisma makes him an ideal leader for this group of vampire misfits, and it’s not difficult for him to manipulate protagonist Michael into joining their group. Young Kiefer Sutherland is a perfect match for the role, bringing an eerie darkness to the character that grows insidiously throughout the film.
6. Clara Webb- Byzantium
Eternal life can be a real drag, especially when you're constantly on the run from an unsympathetic brotherhood of vampires and have to hide your identity from practically everyone. For hundreds of years, the beautiful Clara Webb has moonlighted as a “lady of the night” to support herself and her daughter, Eleanor. Despite the circumstances, she tries to play by society’s rules and keep a low profile- when she’s not feeding, that is. Masterfully relayed, Clara’s heart-wrenching tale is one of triumph over male cruelty, and of the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.
5. Abby- Let Me In
Don’t let Abby’s youthful and innocent features fool you. Although she has the appearance of a 12-year-old, she has at least 2 centuries of blood drinking under her belt. When she moves next door to the viciously bullied loner Owen, a friendship blossoms and the two come to rely on each other for support as they navigate their harsh realities. But things get complicated when more neighbors are found dead and Owen begins to uncover Abby’s true nature. Let Me In is one of the few horror films that depicts the vulnerability and tenderness of true friendship while also serving up its fair share of scream-worthy moments.
4. Selene- The Underworld Franchise
Selene is a stone-faced, no nonsense death dealer hell-bent on killing the Lycans (or werewolves) who slaughtered her family. This secret Vampire-Lycan war has been raging for generations, and Selene may be the only one who can end it once and for all. Kate Beckinsale’s icy portrayal of this vengeful vamp is sure to sink its teeth into your heart.
3. Count Dracula- Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Renowned director Francis Ford Coppola resurrects the classic character Count Dracula in his film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s historic novel. In this iteration of the haunting tale, Dracula is not so much a bloodthirsty monster as he is a tortured soul, morning the loss of his true love, played by Winona Ryder. Gary Oldman works wonders on the screen, bringing a nuanced vulnerability to the character of Dracula without sacrificing the creepiness that made him so famous. Walking the lines between romance and horror, this delicious film is a feast for the senses and a must see!
2. Count Dracula- Dracula
"I am.... Drac-u-la. I bid you velcome."
Our list would not be complete without that man who started it all. Bela Lugosi’s 1931 portrayal of the Count became the paradigm of vampire mannerisms for years to come. Mysterious, seductive and elegant, Lugosi’s Dracula effortlessly lures his victims to their doom with the help of his iconic accent and hypnotic eyes. Unfortunately, Lugosi’s performance made such an impression that he was typecast for the rest of his career, never getting the chance to fully step out of Dracula’s shadow. Perhaps it was worth it, as his paramount performance continues to cast its spell and is now a Hollywood horror treasure.
1. Count Orlok- Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror
Who says silent films can’t be scary? Count Orlok has been causing nightmares ever since he first showed his fearful face on the black and white screen back in 1922. The farthest you can get from the “sexy vampire” archetype, Orlok is a repulsive creature who secludes himself within a sinister castle and terrorizes anyone who dares to visit him. Widely regarded as the birth of horror cinema, Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror has an unnerving, poetic quality that modern fright flicks lack.
So, what do you think of our list? Let us know which vampire has a hold on your heart.