Top 11 Most Vicious Vampires

Top 11 Most Vicious VampiresThey 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.

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  • Gus Bjork

    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.

    • frank_dracman

      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.

      • kiddcapone

        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.

        • The Buz

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

          • Gus Bjork

            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.

      • aliensharkboy

        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.

        • frank_dracman

          There’s plenty to fear in airport bathrooms.

          • aliensharkboy

            And Miguel Ferrer is one of them.

          • frank_dracman


    • GODFLESH69

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

  • frank_dracman

    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.

    • GODFLESH69

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

      • Gus Bjork

        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.

        • LSD Zombie

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

  • aliensharkboy

    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?!?

    • Scott Hallam

      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!

      • aliensharkboy

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

  • MonsterMash

    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.

    • GODFLESH69

      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 .