More often than not vampires are romantic beings that steal our hearts and make us wish for nights of lusty passion. Once feared creatures of the night, these dark immortals are now the stars of hundreds upon hundreds of romance novels, and while that’s all well and good, we need to bring some of that fear back. So forget for a moment about those vampires that sweep you off your feet and instead picture the vampires with uncontrollable bloodlust, vampires that lurk among dark alleys and cemeteries waiting for the moment to pounce, vampires that make you scream in terror and beg for mercy – scary vampires.
Here is my personal list of the 10 scariest vampires, leave a comment below letting me know what vamps you find terrifying.
(In no particular order)
The vampire queen from Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles is one terrifying vampire. Scarier in the novel than the film, Akasha’s power was so great it made her damn near invincible. With all of that power she destroyed nearly all of the other vampires in the world and had planned to then kill off the majority of the men on the planet. She was definitely the last chick you wanted to piss off.
2. Skinner Sweet
Skinner is from American Vampire, the award-winning comic book series written by Scott Snyder and Stephen King (the beginning) and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque. Skinner Sweet is one badass and scary as all hell vampire. He’s cold-hearted, ruthless and ready to destroy anyone who gets in his way – and he does it with a smile on his face.
I can’t leave out Bram Stoker’s Dracula! Dracula is the ultimate predator. He lures you in with his charm and class and you don’t know just how scary and lethal he is until it’s too late. Add in a whole slew of incredible powers and abilities and you’ve got yourself one terrifying vampire.
4. The vampires in 30 Days of Night
If these bloodthirsty monsters don’t scare you then there’s something off with you. They are vicious and horrible beasts that are ridiculously difficult to kill, and even if you DO manage to kill them they are easily resurrected.
6. The Master
The Master from Buffy is an ancient vampire with unmatched vampiric strength who leveled an entire town trying to open the Hellmouth so he could take over the world. All around scary, from his appearance to his personality, he is not a vampire you want to mess with… he even killed Buffy.
Jerry from Fright Night is also a scary vamp, and he’s scary in the original film and the remake. Sick, sadistic and twisted, Jerry is most definitely not someone you want living next door to you.
8. Kurt Barlow
Barlow from Stephen King’s horror novel Salem’s Lot is another horrifying vampire. The book has been adapted multiple times, but I think out of all the films the Barlow pictured above is the scariest looking one.
Nikolaos is an ancient master vampire from Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. Over a thousand years old, Nikolaos was turned into a vampire when she was around 12-years-old, making her look like a sweet and adorable child. In truth, Nikolaos is an incredibly cruel and sadistic vampire who not only feeds on blood, but people’s fear as well, which makes her very good at being scary.
10. The vampires in I Am Legend
Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend may have inspired many zombie films, but this book and the actual film adaptations are about a disease that turns virtually everyone into a vampiric monster. I don’t know about you, but a world of uncontrollable vampires is horrifying.
Now it’s your turn! What vampires scare you?