Top 11 Most Vicious Vampires

Russell Edgington - "True Blood"
Long live the king! Russell hated the fact that vampires had to seek equality with humans. And in the speech below (which may have been the highlight of the entire "True Blood" series), Edgington talks about his dislike of humans and delivers the money shot line, "Why would we seek equal right? You are not our equals. We will eat you after we eat your children." Classic. And it's not just humans Edgington rails against. He's not a big fan of The Authority (or authority in general, for that matter), the vampiric governing body. He remorselessly killed The Magister after the powerful vamp presided over Russell's wedding to Queen Sophie-Anne. Edgington was 2,800 years old and had powers far beyond anyone he faced on "True Blood". If it wasn't for a couple of questionable emotional decisions here and there, Edgington might still be reigning vampire king of Mississippi because, as he said, "Mine is the true face of vampires!"

Dwight Renfield - The Night Flier
Thought to be nothing more than your average run-of-the-mill serial killer, Dwight Renfield is pursued by trash journalist Richard Dees for what seems like lifetimes. Renfield's M/O is that he lands a black Skymaster airplane at a tiny airport at night and completely slaughters anyone and everyone in the place. No survivors. That's some pretty intense hunting. This continues as Dees closes in on the killer. The entire film, which basically plays out more like a whodunit, gets its payoff in the brutal climactic scene where Renfield and Dees finally meet face to face with Dees asking the vampire to show his face. Unfortunately, just the sight of Renfield's absolutely homely mug causes Dees to lose his sanity. A gory and disturbing scene with victims of men, women, children and even the unborn rising from the dead and surrounding Dees was truly chilling.

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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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