The Most-Loved Vampires in Movies
Vampires have existed, it seems, since time immemorial. As can be expected from folklore, myth, and generally not accepted as “real” creatures, there are many references to vampires, and they do not all necessary present the same details.
According to the web site, Vampires Among Us, the origins of vampires is ancient Persia, “where a vase was discovered depicting a man struggling with a huge creature which is trying to suck his blood.”
There’s also this mini-documentary by ABC7 titled “The History of Vampires”, where they try to figure out where vampires originated and how they are perceived today. You can watch it below.
While vampire enthusiasts may bicker about details, we know that vampires (of whatever kind) have their own following, with vampire movies only adding to the hype.
With all the vampire movies out there, why don’t we take a look at some of the most-loved vampires in movies? Let us know if we miss your favorite.
Playing Selene, a vampire warrior, in the movie franchise Underworld, Kate Beckinsale is definitely one vampire you cannot ignore. In fact, I might go as far to say that she is my favorite vampire. Look at her. How can you not love her??? On another note, rumor has it that “Underworld: Next Generation” is in the writing stage.
For most people, Wesley Snipes will probably be “Blade” for the rest of their lives. In the movie, Wesley Snipes plays a half-human, half-vampire character who kicks the butt of the bad vampires. And he does so with such flair that you just can’t help but love him.
Santanico Pandemonium or Esmeralda
The name may not ring a bell for some, but think Salma Hayek and From Dusk Till Dawn, and you’ll immediately be going, “Ahhhh.” Released in 1996, the movie didn’t really get astronomical ratings, but it has reached cult status among movie buffs. The movie doesn’t really give you the whole vampire experience from start to finish, but the scenes with the vampires – and their queen, obviously Santanico Pandemonium – will really make your stomach muscles clench with stress. Did I mention Salma Hayek?
I’m normally not a fan of Tom Cruise, but when he played the role of Lestat in “In Interview with the Vampire”, my perception changed. For one, Anne Rice’s novel is one of the best vampire novels there is, and the movie did it justice. And, yes, Tom Cruise did a decent job playing the role of a vampire struggling with his life.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Dracula is the vampire of vampires, and he has been portrayed in so many movies, but in my book, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (released in 1992) is the best. With Gary Oldman playing the epic role and Anthony Hopkins as Van Helsing, how much better can you get? Compared to this Dracula, everything else seems to pale in comparison.
So there you have it – the most-loved vampires in our book. Did we get it right, or do you have some other vampires that you would want in this list?