Top 11 Most Vicious Vampires

Eli - Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in)
Viewers fell in love with this truly unique Swedish vampire film that gave a new spin on the monster. The first interesting choice is making Eli a young girl. This flies in the face of most things we associate with brutality. But then, not only did Eli feed on the blood of humans, she also found companionship in them, which was somehow even more controlling than killing. Eli survived better when she had a human to help her, and, as we see in Let the Right One In, this pattern has been going on for a very, very long time. Oskar falls in love with the vampire as she gives him the protection he's always needed, and she, in turn begins to own him. It's a vampiric, symbotic relationship that not only haunts you, but pulls at the heartstrings a bit as well.

Claudia - Interview With The Vampire
Another beautifully brutal little girl. It's bad enough to be turned into a vampire and grow a bottomless urge for the blood of humans. It's worse to be turned into a vampire at the ripe old age of five and trained to be a killing machine by a brutal vampire in his own right, Lestat de Lioncourt. In Interview With The Vampire, young, ringlet-haired Claudia was fed on by Louis de Pointe du Lac, but saved and turned into a pint-sized vampire daughter by Lestat. For 30 years, Lestat teaches Claudia to be a perfect killer. Much like Eli from Let the Right One In, part of her danger is her appearances, which seems absolutely benign. But a horrible secret lurks within her. She was eventually put to death for apparently killing a vampire, but during her brief existence, Claudia was perhaps pound-for-pound the most brutal vampire ever.

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Gus Bjork's picture

Nice list and for once I've seen almost all the movies. All but Night Flier. It always looked like a throw-away. Sounds like I should reconsider that.

Thanks for throwing out some Hammer love. Christopher Lee's Dracula was the first vampire I thought of when I saw 'vicious' (rather than savage).

And what's wrong with me that I missed the context in Let Me In. I thought 'How sweet' at the end with her tapping away. It didn't occur to me that Oskar had become her new human slave and that's how he would be spending the rest of his life until it was time to switch him up.

Submitted by Gus Bjork on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 6:56pm.
GODFLESH69's picture

Night Flier is badass one of my favorite King adaptations, also glad to see STAKELAND on here those fuckers were vicious!!!

Submitted by GODFLESH69 on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:20pm.
frank_dracman's picture

Night Flier is easily one of Steven King's best adaptions. The vampire has a cool design and Miguel is always fun to watch.

Sharky, you really should give it a chance. You'll see that it's pretty tame compared to other horror movies you've seen.

Submitted by frank_dracman on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 7:16pm.
aliensharkboy's picture

Of course I'll give it another try some point (IF I ever find a DVD copy)... maybe then I'll finally get over my fear of airport bathrooms.

Submitted by aliensharkboy on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:40pm.
frank_dracman's picture

There's plenty to fear in airport bathrooms.

Submitted by frank_dracman on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:09pm.
aliensharkboy's picture

And Miguel Ferrer is one of them.

Submitted by aliensharkboy on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 6:04pm.
frank_dracman's picture


Submitted by frank_dracman on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 7:57pm.
kiddcapone's picture

I enjoyed The Night Flier for what it was, but the actual Stephen King story was so much better than the film. One of the few times he didn't completely fumble the ending.

I liked the traditional vampire look over the monster look. Either way, it's worth watching and definitely worth reading.

Submitted by kiddcapone on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 7:47pm.
The Buz's picture

Love the short story. Easily one of Kings best endings. Highly recommend everyone check it out.

Submitted by The Buz on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 9:44pm.
Gus Bjork's picture

Thanks guys, I'll be sure to check it out. I thought I saw it available on Netflix at some point but can't recall when.

Submitted by Gus Bjork on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:33pm.
frank_dracman's picture

Valek? Seriously? That movie was good in spite of him. Don't get me wrong, Thomas Ian Griffith was fun to watch in cornball action movies, but putting him ahead of anyone in Near Dark is just stupid.

I read the book before I knew Vampire$ was going to be a movie and still highly recommend it. The movie was faithful up to the hotel scene, then it strays pretty far from the source martial. Book was awesome, movie was meh except for James Woods cranked to 11. The only setting Woods should have.

Submitted by frank_dracman on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 10:44am.
GODFLESH69's picture

I'm a huge Carpenter fan he's a Horror god but remember being really disappointed with Vampires to me one of his worst.

Submitted by GODFLESH69 on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 1:24pm.
Gus Bjork's picture

I hated Vampires. I had been growing cold on Carpenter leading up to it but after Vampires I just gave up. I respect everything he did and a good chunk of his films are on my all time favorite lists. But damn when he crashed-he crashed. No survivors.

Submitted by Gus Bjork on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:31pm.

Vampires is a masterpiece compared to Children of the Damned. I still think that's the biggest stinker of his career thus far.

Submitted by LSD Zombie on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 5:48pm.
aliensharkboy's picture

I still can't watch The Night Flier. Saw it at a far too young age, and just can't recover from it. Much like that season finale of Pingu.

Otherwise, awesome list. A nice variety in there. But no mention of Bill Paxton as Severen?!?

Submitted by aliensharkboy on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 4:35am.
Scott Hallam's picture

Thanks very much! And I did manage to slide Severen in with the Honorable Mentions at the top. Couldn't just leave him out completely!

Submitted by Scott Hallam on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 2:03pm.
aliensharkboy's picture

Ohp, I must've missed that. My bad!

Submitted by aliensharkboy on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 6:24pm.
MonsterMash's picture

Wow. That new Horror of Dracula footage is nothing short of awesome. Such a dramatic death scene, and Cushing and Lee sell it all the way to the credits. I'm glad to see that Stake Land made the list. I think it's the greatest modern Vamp movie. So powerful, and delivers the greatest horror badass since Evil Dead. You don't fuck with Mister.

Submitted by MonsterMash on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 3:23am.
GODFLESH69's picture

Yeah Stakeland was the TITS as well as Mulberry Street & We are What We Are the best film about cannibals since Ravenous Mickle is becoming a master filmmaker .

Submitted by GODFLESH69 on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:39pm.

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