The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Top 10 vampire list runs down their list of 10 favorite vampires from movies. Fun read. Here's the top 3:

3. Salma Hayek as Santanico Pandemonium in "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996) It's a toss-up for favorite vampire in this collaboration between writer Quentin Tarantino and director Robert Rodriguez. There's Cheech Marin's bitin' bouncer, Chet Pussy; Danny Trejo as the bartender, Razor Charlie; and Tom Savini as Sex Machine, with a gun in his pocket (he's not happy to see you). But as Santanico Pandemonium, a belly-dancing monster vampire, Salma Hayek can snake-charm the machine-gun-wielding pants off of pretty much anyone. Remember, folks: Even in Mexico, never drink tequila off of a vampire's toes. 2. Bela Lugosi in "Dracula" (1933) Obvious choice? Sure, but the fact remains that when someone says the name "Dracula," Lugosi's wine-abstaining Prince of Darkness is still the image that pops into mind. One of the most indelible portrayals in film history, the Hungarian stage actor's Transylvanian Count might not be as frightening as, say, Gary Oldman in Francis Ford Coppola's otherwise miscast 1992 remake — Keanu and Winona? Please! — and he might not be the number one vampire on our list. But Legosi, with his thick accent and stiff, exotic demeanor, is by far the most iconic. 1. Max Schreck as Count Orlok in "Nosferatu" (1922) After over 80 years, still the scariest. In F.W. Murnau's 1922 German film, "Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens" (Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror), Max Schreck plays Count Graf Orlok, a bone-white human rodent with elongated claw-like fingers and ratlike teeth. An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," the film is a haunting black-and-white exemplar of German Expressionism. "Nosferatu" has only grown in creepiness since 1922 — partially due to the alienating feel of the film that has accrued with time. Modern viewers often find even comedies from that era unsettling due to the stark difference in style, technology and setting. When you add a plague of rats and a truly terrifying Dracula to the mix, there's absolutely nothing comforting in "Nosferatu." And we mean that as the ultimate praise.
Selene from Underworld and Underworld: Evolution was ranked 10th. Personally I think Sadie Frost as Lucy Westerna from Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula should have been in the top 5.


Blogger Jimmy said...

Ditto on Sadie Frost, and I've always been fond of Gary Oldman's Dracula as well.
Remember Radu Vladislas from the "Subspecies" movies? He was cool. Kinda corny, I guess, but I like him.

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