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Ranking the Most Famous Movie Vampires

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Morbius

I’m still not sure if Morbius was a decent movie ruined by too much studio meddling, or if it was always going to be a flaming pile of celluloid. But reports of Jared Leto on-set behavior, combined with the confusing mess that is this movie, left Morbius DOA.

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Edward Cullen

If I had to spend my eternal life pretending to be a high school student, I’d probably be a moody, emo mess, too. The glacial pace and general (glittery) ridiculousness aside, Edward is one of the most iconic vampires in movie history. We just have to live with that fact.

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Selene

Clad in a vinyl catsuit and wielding a wide variety of weapons, Selene is basically a video game character. Style over substance rules the Underworld movies, which is not to say that they’re bad. Sometimes you just want to watch a pretty girl in a billowing coat shoot people for two hours, you know?

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Louis, Lestat, and Claudia

Tom Cruise defied everyone’s expectations with his lithe, sarcastic performance. Brad Pitt is beautiful and moody as Louis, while Dunst does fantastic work as a little girl who desperately wants to grow up.

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Dracula (1932)

Tod Browning’s 1932 film is a Gothic confection, casting its dark antihero in alternating bands of shadow and light. Bela Lugosi’s intense yet dreamy performance is diminished by 90 years of parodies and bad imitations.

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Blade

From the very first scene, as a warehouse rave turns into a literal bloodbath, it became clear that Blade was something different. Wesley Snipes is perfectly cast as the day-walking vampire and it deserves a rewatch if you haven’t seen it since 1998.

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Count Orlok

Although it was loosely based on Bram Stoker’s novel, it lacks the sensuality of later portrayals of Dracula. Max Schreck’s vampire lacks even a hint of humanity. He’s more like a spider. Nosferatu itself rose from the grave.

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