They are perhaps the most versatile monster we know. The vampire. Sometimes sexy, sometimes proper, sometimes feral, sometimes classic. The vampire comes in so many different forms.
With the release of Black Water Vampire on DVD and VOD tomorrow, January 21st, we celebrate the Top 11 Most Vicious Vampires.
There are so many to choose from. Vampires have been present in movies and television forever, so picking out the most vicious is no mean feat. We’ve done our best to narrow it down to the Top 11 but also have our usual honorable mentions to help flesh out the list (pun definitely intended).
We’d like to recognize the infected Alpha male vampire from I Am Legend; that dude was simply badass. In any version of Salem’s Lot, be it either of the television mini-series or the book, Kurt Barlow has always been Type 1 brutal. Chris Sarandon’s Jerry Dandridge in Fright Night and Bill Paxton’s Severen in Near Dark missed the list by a hair, but thankfully we can recognize them here.
There are just so many great films to draw from, the vamps in The Lost Boys, Daybreakers and the Underworld series are all fantastic. Hell, we’d even love to throw a little love to Grace Jones’ campy, fun performance in Vamp, and while we’re at it… who could forget Max Schreck as Graf Orlok in Nosferatu?
But enough with the honorable mentions. It’s time to get on to the …
Marlow – 30 Days of Night
Before he was blowing his sax as the jazzman on “American Horror Story: Coven”, Danny Huston led a vampire invasion into Barrow, Alaska in 30 Days of Night, the film adaptation of the Steve Niles/Ben Templesmith comic. Although Huston’s Marlow has a little bit of a Forrest Gump look to him, especially when it comes to the haircut, this particular vampire is absolutely merciless as he and his band of merry bloodsuckers descend on the Alaskan town spending a month in darkness. We’ve always considered this an absolutely brilliant premise for a vampire film, and loading the movie with Marlow and his incredible, unintelligible brutal vampires made 30 Days of Night a very memorable movie.