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Oct 292014
 

This Halloween I thought I would cover the most famous vampire in pop culture, Count Dracula. There’s no doubt that this vampire is so iconic because there have been so many versions. Whether it’s about his own story, or if he’s part of a group of other monsters, the role of Count Dracula has been played by more actors than any other vampire. Here are the versions I remember best in chronological order, even though most of them are highly obscure.

Dracula (1932): Frankly, who doesn’t remember the original movie with Bela Lagosi as the Count. This may be a classic horror feature, but it’s not one I was hugely into compared to the following films and TV appearances, even though he was the inspiration behind the Count from Sesame Street.

Mad Monster Party (1967): Normally when the classic movie monsters are together, Dracula is the one in charge because he’s the toughest in the bunch. Although he’s quick on the attack, Dracula tends to fumble especially since Frankenstein’s monster is stronger than he is.

Electric Company (1970s): Believe it or not, one of Morgan Freeman’s reoccurring characters was Dracula. He has a mysterious presence that can scare people, but isn’t dangerous. It seems that this Dracula’s favorite pastimes include drinking vanilla malts and taking a bath in a casket.

Ghostbusters (1975): This version of Count Dracula, played by Billy Holms, is very goofy and as a bat he tends to bump into walls. What really stands out are his fangs since they look so fake. Luckily his wife Countess Dracula is with him to keep him in line.

Ghostbusters (1986): Although this version of Count Dracula looks a lot like the Dracula from Groovy Ghoulies, he’s actually a lot tougher than many of the evil spirits the Ghostbusters ever faced. His ambition is to take over Transylvania by taking human slaves with his hypnotic power instead of a bite. He also hates mirrors as well as garlic. A little strange, don’t you think?

Castlevania Games (1987-1991): Dracula has appeared on video games before, but the best known is in the Castlevania franchise as the main villain. Instead of the Van Helsings fighting Dracula, it’s the Belmont family. It goes to show that the Count always returns no matter how many times he’s been defeated.

Captain N: The Game Master (1989): The animated version that’s based on the video games is a warlord trying to take over the world of Castlevania. Though I must admit that the Count has a creepier look.

Monster Force (1994): As the main villain in this series, Dracula prefers to be called Dracule. Even though he has a charming persona, don’t be fooled. Dracule is very powerful with his metamorphosis, hypnotic spells, and other magical abilities, which gives the Prince of Darkness an edge over humans and monsters alike.

Leslie Neilson as Count Dracula

Dracula: Dead and Loving it (1995): I remember when I first heard about this comedy classic. After discovering that Leslie Nielsen was going to star as Dracula, I knew from the start that it was going to be a good one. This Dracula is clumsy and his shadow has a mind of its own, but don’t take him too lightly. He’s powerful in the ways of mind control, sometimes even more than he realizes.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2000): Dracula’s only appearance on this show was in the season five episode Buffy vs. Dracula, where Rudolf Martin played the role, but he did leave his mark during his time in Sunnydale. He seduced Buffy, made Xander his Renfield, even Spike remembers Dracula as an old rival before he got famous. This certainly covers a lot of ground on how Dracula stands out from other vampires and it’s hilarious when Buffy slays him… twice.

Van Helsing (2004): Richard Roxborough plays the role in this movie. As the main villain once again, he introduces a new skill that vampires have and that’s the ability to walk up walls and on the ceiling like it was nothing. Though Dracula is both strong and deadly, it’s really his three wives that stand out as big favorites to me.

Hotel Transylvania (2012): Adam Sandler voiced the most recent animated version of Count Dracula. Unlike other Draculas, this one is actually one of the good guys. After losing his wife to a group of angry villagers, Dracula created a hotel resort as a safe haven for monsters. However, he also became an overprotective father and control freak. Dracula is also funny, especially when he tries to tell humans that he never did say, “Bleh, bleh, bleh”.

Oct 302009
 

As a special treat for Halloween, I put together a list of 13, that’s right 13, of my favorite scary and seductive female vamps that horror fans love to be afraid of.

#13) Selene (Kate Beckinsale) from Underworld: She’s a kick butt death dealer vampire. Unlike many of the others listed here, Selene is on the side of good. She’s not really seductive because her main focus is to take out lycons. You’ve got to admit though, Selene is a hottie.

#12) Rachael (Jennifer Beals) from Vampire’s Kiss: Her kisses are addictive, even if it does include biting. Not only that, but they cause her victims to go totally mad. I wonder if she’s part siren.

Lauren Hutton as the Countess

#11) The Countess (Lauren Hutton) from Once Bitten: Like the famous Count Dracula, the Countess seduces her victims before biting them. However, she prefers virgin males and instead of aiming for the neck, she goes for the thigh. Doesn’t thinking about that just make you want to cringe?

#10) Queen Akasha (Aaliyah) from Queen of the Damned: After the vampire Lestat awakens her, Akasha only cares about destroying all life and ruling the world. She sounds like a pretty typical warlord, but the character was nominated for Best Villain on the 2002 MTV Movie Awards, even after Aaliyah’s death. So that has to account for something, right.

#9) Rayne (Kristanna Loken) from BloodRayne: Well, Rayne isn’t exactly a vampire. She’s a dhampir, which means a half-breed, kind of like Blade. Rayne is also on the side of good, but still needs to feed. Not to mention that she can kick butt while doing it.

Lorena from True Blood

#8) Lorena (Mariana Klaveno) from True Blood: This gorgeous vamp is strong, fast, and obsessive like a femme fatale. She will do anything, and I mean anything, for love. And she loves Bill Compton, which was why she sired him. Boy, does she love Bill Compton.

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#7) Allera (Elena Anaya), Verona (Silvia Colloca), and Marishka (Josie Maran) from Van Helsing: They all have a very distinctive demon-like presence. Yet they can also take human form and stand on the ceiling. Heck with seduction, these women want blood.

#6) Darla (Julie Benz) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Don’t let her innocence fool you. This vampire is highly fearsome and most effective. She was The Master’s favorite and the one who sired Angel. Darla has been slayed, but keeps coming back. Maybe she knows Dracula’s secret?

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#5) Drusilla (Juliet Landau) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Other than the fact that she is a bit loony, Drusilla really stands out as a tough vampire. Not only was she the one who sired Spike, but she was one of few vampires to ever kill a slayer.

#4) Lucy Westenra (Lysette Anthony) from Dracula: Dead and Loving it: That’s right, the Mel Brooks version. After being sired by Count Dracula, Lucy becomes a sexy and seductive vampire. When she gets slayed, it becomes one of the funniest bloodbaths I ever seen.

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#3) Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek) from From Dusk Till Dawn: She was a seductive dancer at a private bar meant for bikers and truck drivers only, only to find out that she is the primary queen vampire of the place. In this movie, the female vampires are much more gruesome than the males.

#2) Lillith (Angie Everhart) from Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood: This shape shifting whorehouse hottie has a huge tongue that literally goes down a victim’s throat, brings his heart out of his chest, and eats it. And I thought Sil from Species had a monster tongue. Oddly, Lillith doesn’t like vegetarian hearts. They probably taste like veggie burgers.

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#1) Regine Dandridge (Julie Carmen) from Fright Night Part 2: I haven’t seen this movie in years. What I remember most is when this vampire makes out with a guy, then reveals the largest set of fangs I ever seen. It used to scare the heck out of me. Obviously she doesn’t scare me now, but I can still remember that horrifying image in the back of my mind from back in the day. That’s why I rank Regine as number one.