Sunday, August 2, 2009

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
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.


Matthew Coniam said...

I think I would have to bump Lugosi up to position 1, simply because he's the standard whether you love him or not, take out Gary Oldman (I'm a hater) and lose a few of the literary ones to make room for Barbara Shelley in Dracula Prince of Darkness, George Hamilton as Dracula in Love at First Bite and my two favourite Lucys: Frances Dade in the Lugosi and Lysette Anthony in Dracula - Dead & Loving It.

Hope you're back on your feet and howling at the moon again soon.


The Headless Werewolf said...

Mmmmm, how could I forget about Lysette Anthony! I must revisit Dead and Loving It!

Jake said...

Yes! Marvel Dracula as drawn by Gene Colan must be on any vamp list.

I would imagine that the Mystics in Bali vamp is for more effective in theory than in practice. Am I correct?