My top 10 vampires of all time (as portrayed in film)
It seems E! dares enter my dark domain of the undead. They recently compiled a list of the Top 10 Vampires of all time. Some of their vamps are good, you can follow the link at the bottom to their list and see how their puny list stacks up to mine. Also keep in mind that 2 of their vampires were not vampires (even in the films they listed). And nowhere will you find the sparkly bedazzled not- vampires of Twilight.
10- William Marshall as Blacula – He was physically imposing as well as carrying himself with that heir of royalty that former African Prince Mamawalde turned nosferatu would, making him more believable. He also played the character with an inner strength and dignity that would have made Dracula proud. Blacula Dracula’s soul brother.
9- Ingrid Pitt as Carmilla in the Vampire Lovers – This Hammer Horror beauty gave an awesome performance as Carmilla in the faithful retelling of Shirley Le Fanu’s vampire work titled Vampire Lovers (the film, the book was called Carmilla). She’s sexy, sinister and seductive. All these things make Ingrid Pitt’s Carmilla #9 on my list.
8- Keifer Sutherland as David in the Lost Boys – The leader of the teenage outcast vampire legion of Santa Carla, Keifer made this vampire bad boy the most enjoyable part of the film. I attribute a lot of the success of Lost Boys to his portrayal of the vampire. Sleeping all day and partying all night.
7- David Boreanaz as Angelus on Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel – While most people think Angel is the best vampire ever to be on Buffy, I preferred his alter ego super maniacal big bad, Angelus. Angel was a great love interest for Buffy and works wonderfully as that dark brooding hero, but Angelus now there is a vampire after Vlad Tepes own heart. He doesn’t just want to bite you. He wants to completely break you emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and finally physically. His awesome use of mind games to toy with Buffy after his first conversion in season 2, made him an instant hit with me.
6- Thomas Ian Griffith as Valek in Vampires – This is one of the best vampire introductions ever. A team of Vatican sponsored vampire hunters has just wiped out his nest while he slept in the ground nearby. And what is our introduction to him, he goes to the hotel kills all of the hunters (except 2), all the prostitutes that they were partying with. When I say kills I don’t mean gently either. The hunter that opens the door gets split up the middle by Valek’s hand. He punches through another hunter. The priest who assists the hunters got it pretty bad to, after shooting Valek with a sawed off shotgun (one barrel of it anyway) Valek puts the gun under the priests chin and using the priests own hand pulls the trigger. So yeah Valek is uber-impressive as a master vampire, even the other masters follow him and we see why.
5- Chris Sarandon as Jerry Danridge in Fright Night – Jerry Dandridge is Charlie Brewsters new neighbor and he’s a vampire. He’s also murdering women to satisfy his thirst for blood, and Charlie knows it. I enjoy the Danridge character because he was content to let Charlie be, he even gave Charlie the chance to live a normal life if he’d just turn a blind eye to Danridge’s feeding habits. Charlie refused and Danridge changed Charlie’s best friend, and would have changed his girlfriend if not for the quick action of Charlie and vampire movie star Peter Vincent (played by Roddy McDowell). Danridge was an imposing beacon of evil and once Charlie denied Danridge a truce, Danridge never looked back but merely took to wreaking havoc on Charlie.
4- Aaliyah as Akasha in Queen of the Damned – This was the last film role of Aaliyah, and I believe it to be her finest. To put it simply, graceful, scary, sexy and deadly. While some people enjoy the whiny emo homo-erotic Interview vampires (I don’t in case you’re wondering). Akasha is everything you want from the first vampire. She’s powerful, near indestructable and knows just how good she is.
3- Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows – This 200 year old vampire caused such a spike in the ratings of the show that he went from being a 13 week guest star to practically being the star of the show. He was searching for 2 things, his lost love and fresh blood. Barnabas Collins has probably the second highest amount of screen appearances second only to the Prince of Darkness Dracula. There was just something so great about this character that for 546 episodes a large tv audience remained under his spell.
2- Christopher Lee as Dracula for the Hammer Film Company – Lee would don the cape and fangs a total of 7 times for Hammer Films. At 6’5” he was a physically imposing individual but he could display the duality of Dracula from the sophisticated charming count to the bestially blood thirsty vampire. Most of the Hammer Films are focused on Dracula getting revenge for one disrespect or another, and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Lee was perfect as the Lord of the Undead from when we meet him in Horror of Dracula and he is the gracious Count welcoming his new librarian or when he enters later that night with blood on his mouth and his fangs revealed to remove his bride from Harker. No one has ever played the duality as good as Lee.
1-Bela Lugosi as Dracula in Dracula (1932) – Bela Lugosi was the first actor to actually play Dracula on the big screen in what was deemed at the time a “talkie.” Lugosi had come to know the character quite well as he had played him in the stage play which the film was based on. All the impressions you see individuals do are generally a take on the Lugosi portrayal. So no matter what anyone says, Lugosi has the greatest legacy as Dracula in the creative conscious of people and will maintain his role as the greatest vampire of all time.
Well there you have it, my top 10 list of vampires. I’m up to hear any complaints you might have but below is the link to E! abomination of a list, so check them out and then see who you think has a better grip on the undead.