Greatest Vampires: The Headless Werewolf Gets Into the Act
Wounded, limping—and damn, those silver bullets are still in my butt, Pierre!—I rise from surgery (drawn strangely to surgical-themed horrors, but more on that later) to find the horror blogosphere chewing over Entertainment Weekly’s list of the “greatest vampires.” Considering the audience for the magazine, it should come as no surprise that the list caters to the most basic in vampire literacy, taking care not to upset the sensibilities of the TWLIGHT crowd. Some good alternative lists have emerged, and thus, I can’t resist getting into the act, especially when I’m loaded with pain-killers
1. Max Shreck as Graf Orlock in NOSFERATU (1921) emerges as the first choice in many alternative lists, and he will here as well. 2. Christopher Lee as Dracula 3. Eli from LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (novel as well as film) 4. Count Yorga 5. Ingrid Pitt as Carmilla 6. Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins 7. Varney the Vampire from Rymer’s penny dreadful 8. Bela Lugosi as Dracula 9. Boris Karloff as Gorca in Mario Bava’s BLACK SABBATH 10. Gloria Holden as Countess Zaleska 11. Soledad Miranda as Countess Nadine Carody 12. Martin from the George Romero film of that title 13. Saint-Germain from Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s novels—a template for the current Edwards, but much more interesting 14. Gary Oldman as Dracula (I know there are haters out there, but I loved what he did with the role, funky hairstyles and all) 15. Fran and Miriam from VAMPYRES 16. Vampirella 17. Claudia from INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE 18. Blacula 19. The girl in the tower in LIPS OF BLOOD And finally . . . 20. Dracula in the Marvel comics series
Honorable mentions go to the flying head (guts and all) in MYSTICS IN BALI and to Grace Jones, without whom VAMP would be unwatchable.