These Are Real Vampires

They have fangs, power, charisma and they don't sparke

Vampires are dark and mysterious.  They’ve existed throughout the years on TV and movies.  They’ve also appeared in various novels and comic books.  Some people fear them, while others worship them.  Here are some true vampires.

1) Dracula (various movies and TV appearances)
Of course Dracula has to be first.  He’s the first vampire to ever appear.  He’s the true ‘Lord of Vampires.’  To me, Dracula is the first and original anti hero.  He had charisma and his sex appeal thrills women to this day.  A lot of actors have tackled this role and I think it was interesting each actor brought something a little different.


2) Lestat (Interview With A Vampire Chronicles)
It was hard to get a read on this vampire.  He seemed to possess the qualities of a villain.  He killed without mercy.  He mocked those that he saw as weak.  And yet he soon had a huge fan base.  This vampire was created by author Anne Rice.  He was played by two actors, Tom Cruise and Stuart Townsend.  I’m sure there have been multiple debates on who was the better actor.  I liked them both.


3) Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)
Joss Whedon was on to something.  When he created the series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, he started a vast fandom.  He even put an unique spin on vampires.  In his world, vampires were turned evil when they were created.  You didn’t have a choice if you wanted to be a good or bad vampire,  A demon possessed you and took away your soul.  One such vampire, Angel (David Boreanaz) was cursed with a soul.  He then fought side by side with the hero, Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar).  This tormented hero even got his own spin-off series.


4) Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)
This one character who brought new meaning to the term ‘so bad he’s good.’  Spike was a foe to Buffy.  He had such a dark charm and evil wit, you couldn’t help but like him.  This blonde vampire became a huge hit with the fans.  He was eventually brought over to the spin-off series, Angel.  He didn’t disappoint.  Even when he regained his soul, he still kept some of that sarcasm that the fans fell in love with.

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5) Blade (Blade 1-3, Blade: The Series, comic books)
Blade was a half-human, half-vampire warrior who hunted vampires.  He used martial arts and a vast arsenal of weapons in his fight against darkness.  This character stood out because he had both the strengths and weaknesses of vampires.  He was a human who had the thirst of a vampire.  He walked the fine line between hero and monster.


6) Valek (John Carpenter’s Vampires)
This villain stood out because he spoke little but spilled a lot of gore.  His soft, raspy voice gave the viewers  a chill.  According to the movie, he was the vampire created due to a reverse exorcism.  Being a master vampire, he couldn’t be killed at night.  It was up to mercenary vampire hunter Jack Crow (James Woods) to kill him.  Trust me, it wasn’t easy.


What are some of your favorite vampires?  Leave a comment below and let us know.

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  • Evan A. Baker
    3 December 2014 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    A few favorites of mine that didn’t make the list:

    Dr. Ravna from Kiss of the Vampire (1963): my favorite example of a master vampire explicitly being the leader of a cult

    Martin from… well, Martin (1976): a deeply sad performance in one of Romero’s best movies, Martin may be the big screen’s most sympathetic vampire

    Jerry Dandrige from Fright Night (1985): Dandrige is an absolutely bad-ass, plain and simple.

  • Evan A. Baker
    3 December 2014 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Oh, and how could I have forgotten Mr. Barlow from Salem’s Lot (1979)? Possibly the flat-out scariest vampire ever to hit the screen!

  • Josh Millican
    3 December 2014 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    You also forgot David (played by Keifer Sutherland) in The Lost Boys!

    • Dylan
      3 December 2014 at 11:11 pm - Reply

      Oh crap, I did!!

      • Josh Millican
        3 December 2014 at 11:13 pm - Reply

        Even all these years later, I think his mullet fucking rocks!

  • Melissa Beck
    3 December 2014 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    I personally loved the Spike and Buffy romance, even if they were awful for each other. Great list!