When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to watch scary movies. But elements of those films became well-known to me through friends and TV shows. So I knew what vampires were before I ever saw a horror movie on TV or at the theater. There were certain aspects that sounded funny. I recall laughing with friends about lines like “I want to drink your blood!” and the whole garlic keeping vampires away. When I did finally see the Bela Lugosi Dracula, I was surprised that it really was very creepy -- and a little scary. My mom was right in not letting her imaginative child see those movies at an early age.

The movies that I was familiar with a few decades ago present vampires in one way. They were vicious, amoral, ugly blood-suckers who enthralled people – especially women -- by means of supernatural powers. But something strange happened in the last couple of decades. Vampires became young, handsome men and beautiful women. Sometimes they were even – gasp! – the heroes of movies and TV series! How did that happen?
With Halloween coming, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at the evolution of vampires and how we view them. I’ve listed several below, along with the stars.

Vampires as evil
Nosferatu (Max Schreck)
Dracula (Bela Lugosi)
Dracula (Gary Oldman)
Horror of Dracula, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Taste the Blood of Dracula (Christopher Lee)
The Lost Boys (Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric)
From Dusk Till Dawn (George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino)

Slaying vampires for fun/profit/because they're bad guys
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Sarah Michelle Gellar)
Blade (Wesley Snipes)
Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman)
Hellsing (anime series)
Vampires, a.k.a. John Carpenter’s Vampires (James Woods)

Blood feuds that last a lifetime and beyond
Underworld series (Kate Beckinsale)
Bloodrayne (Kristanna Loken)
Queen of the Damned (Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend)

Forever young
Interview with the Vampire (Kirsten Dunst, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise)
Let the Right One In (Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson)

Vampires who walk among us
True Blood (Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard)
Daybreakers (Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill)
The Vampire Diaries (Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev)
The Vampire’s Assistant (Josh Hutcherson, John C. Reilly)
Vampire Knight (anime series)

Vampires with a conscience – and they’re usually gorgeous, too
Moonlight (Alex O’Loughlin, Sophia Myles)
Angel (David Boreanaz)
Being Human (Aidan Turner)
Twilight series (Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart)

I guess it doesn’t matter what kind of vampire you prefer for entertainment. Scary, creepy, sad, angst-driven, or even funny. In fact, I probably left out one of your favorites. Who of the undead is your choice?


Well you obviously have

Well you obviously have listed my favorite! But you forgot Educational Vampires. Who can say they don't love Count from Sesame Street? LOL

You're absolutely right!  I

You're absolutely right!  I did forget the Sesame Street's the Count.  Thank you for the reminder.  And I'm glad I was able to include your favorite in the list.

My husband and I love to

My husband and I love to watch Love at first bite starring George Hamilton. Funny and campy!

Love at First Bite is great! 

Love at First Bite is great!  I'm sorry I neglected to include "Funny Vampires."  Thanks for reminding me of such a fun film.

Two years ago, after a binge

Two years ago, after a binge of vampire books, I boycotted all vampire fiction. But that hasn't stopped me from re-watching my Moonlight DVD's and setting the DVR to record Vampire Dairies every Thursday! I have no idea why I can't stomach vampires in my personal reading, but love them on my TV screen.

Fantastic list! I love all the different categories.

I'm fascinated by how

I'm fascinated by how vampires have become so popular in literature as well as movies and TV.  It's hard to keep up with all the books out there, even for the most ardent fan!  Thanks for writing!