Saturday, August 1, 2009

Entertainment Weekly's Top 20 Vampires

With the popularity of all things vampire going full steam ahead thanks to the likes of Twilight and True Blood, Entertainment Weekly decided to cash in on some of the buzz and include their choices for the top 20 vamps of all time in their latest issue. Naturally the lead vamps in both movies make the list, with Twilight's Edward Cullen barely beaing out TB's resident vampires Bill and Eric, nabbing the number 4 spot. Knocking the sparkle slinging Edward from a higher ranking were old school blood suckers such as Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee's Dracula, who ranked at numbers 3 and 2, respectively. So which memorable night crawler received the coveted title of the most notable vampire in history? Why none other than Lestat, Anne Rice's original HVIC who revolutionized how the world looked at vampires. That's right, unlike Lugosi and Lee's vamps who were creatures of the night you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley, Lestat was a dude you would beg to be bitten by.
Rounding out the top ten we have Asa Vajda from "Black Sunday", "Angel" from the self-titled television show, Mr. Barlow from "Salem's Lot", Schuyler Van Alen from the "Blue bloods" series, and one of my personal favorite, Gary Oldman from Francis Ford Coppola's "Dracula". However, while I was fairly pleased with this list I must admit, I am sorely disappointed to see a serious lack of ladies. In fact, I was all out shocked to see that my favorite vamp of all time, Aaliyah as Queen Akasha in "Queen of the Damned" was miraculously absent from this roll call. Talk about blasphemy! Akasha is sexy, strong, and stylish, so why the snub? Oh well, I suppose everyone is a critic. Anyway, for the sake of curiosity I must ask, since I shared my fave, which of these vamps gets your blood boiling?
Top 20
1. Lestat, Interview With the Vampire
2. Christopher Lee’s Dracula
3. Bela Lugosi’s Dracula
4. Edward Cullen, Twilight
5. Bill and Eric, True Blood
6. Asa Vajda, 1960’s Black Sunday
7. Angel
8. Mr. Barlow, Salem’s Lot
9. Schuyler Van Alen, Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods series
10. Gary Oldman’s Dracula
11. Klaus Kinski’s Dracula
12. Zoey Redbird, P.C. and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series
13. Jean-Claude, Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series
14. David, 1987’s The Lost Boy
15. Miriam Blaylock and Sarah Roberts, 1983’s The Hunger
16. Blade, the Blade trilogy
17. Eli, 2008’s Let the Right One In
18. Countess Bathory, 1971’s Daughters of Darkness
19. Selene, the Underworld trilogy
20. Caleb and Mae, 1987’s Near Dark


Anonymous said...

Selene should be way higher than that. She should get bonus points just for the hot factor.

Mrs. M. said...

ikr! I was surprised to see her so far down on the list. Both women and men seem to love her.

Ben Varkentine said...

I'm just happy Angel made the list and Spike didn't.

Violent "Spuffy" sex culminating in an attempted rape; then "fixed" by the magic words "It's different. He has a soul now," to me remains one of "Buffy's" biggest blunders.

But the Whedon-zombies seemed to be OK with it, and EW is nothing if not Whedon-zombies.

So this surprised me pleasantly.

Keith said...

Interesting list. Reminds me of how obsessed I once was with Anne Rice's vampires.

Anonymous said...

You want a hot vampire, then you really need to check out "Being Human". Its a TV series over here in the UK, and Mitchell the vampire is so delish its unbelievable. Its also a brilliant programme :)

And Selene should have been way higher.

Miss World

Robolly said...

It's hard to take a "Top Vampire" list seriously when they leave off Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows

Anonymous said...

JeanClaude is freaking Amazing. Though Asher should be there too. WAY TO GO LKH! It will change when DarkShadows is out once more. Hello Depp is playing him. It shall be revamped *Grins*

Gem said...

Ivy Tamwood from Kim Harrisons Rachel Morgan series. HOT, HOT, HOT!

Anonymous said...

I would like to say that you lost every shred of credibility you ever had or ever will have when you listed Edward.

Twilight sucks. Go read Bram Stoker's Dracula. AKA a REAL vampire, not this Twilight bullshit.

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