14 december 2008

My Favorite Vampires

Vampires have always fascinated me. Do they really exist or are they just a creation of our rich imagination? Here are my favorite vampires.

Nosferatu, 1922
Actor Max Schreck plays Count Orlok (Dracula) in this silent classic about the demise of Dracula. The names of locations and characters had to be changed after Bram Stoker's heirs refused to give permission to make a movie from the author's book.


Horror of Dracula, 1958
Christopher Lee stars in this British take on the Dracula legend, nominated for a Hugo award for Best Dramatic Presentation.


The Count, 1969-Present
Though most children are probably unaware of the bloody origins of Sesame Street's Count von Count, parents are unlikely to miss the sly references to Bela Lugosi's interpretation of the Bram Stoker character.


Bram Stoker's Dracula, 1992
Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of the classic novel won 3 Oscars, for Best Costume Design, Best Sound Effects Editing, and Best Makeup.


Interview With the Vampire, 1994
An all-star cast that includes Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, above, rounds out this film adaptation of Anne Rice's book of the same title.


Underworld, 2003 & Underworld: Evolution, 2006
Selene (Kate Beckinsale), a beautiful vampire warrior, is entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael (Scott Speedman), a werewolf who longs for the war to end.


Blade, 1998-2004
This three-part series stars Wesley Snipes as a half mortal, half vampire who battles vampires in order to keep the mortal race safe. Guillermo del Toro directed the second film in the set, above, about the lead character's battle to defeat mutant vampires so consumed with bloodlust that they prey on vampires as well as humans.


Twilight, 2008
The most recent vampire movie is based on the wildly popular book by Stephenie Meyer, tells the story of a teenage girl who finds her life in danger after she falls in love with a vampire.


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