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5 Of Horror’s Most Violent Vampires!!!

NBC’s upcoming “Dracula”, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the titular character, premieres this Friday, October 25th. The series “finds Dracula living a double life in London as an American businessman interested in bringing modern science to Victorian society. But his true plan — to exact revenge on those who burdened him centuries ago — is derailed when he falls in love with Mina (“Arrow”‘s Jessica DeGouw), who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife. Van Helsing (Thomas Kretschmann) is a brilliant professor obsessed with revenge and power. He may be a greater threat to the public than the titular count.

While I haven’t seen the show, I’m hoping that it’s a return to having some truly violent vampires onscreen. “True Blood”, for all of its gore, is still fairly silly. And actual vampire films still haven’t recovered from Twilight, all of our cinematic bloodsuckers are still fairly mopey. But it hasn’t always been this way. In fact, it wasn’t even this way five years ago.

Head below for a sponsored look at 5 Of Horror’s Most Violent Vampires!!!

Dracula – THE HORROR OF DRACULA (1958)

Christopher Lee’s performance as the title character of this 1958 Hammer film is truly an iconic one. This film also marked one of the first times that gore began taking the center stage in mainstream vampire films. This messy, bloody, version truly shocked audiences back in the day. Based on the script alone, British censors were super sensitive to the film remarking, “The curse of this thing is the Technicolor blood: why need vampires be messier eaters than anyone else? Certainly strong cautions will be necessary on shots of blood.

Jerry Dandridge – FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)

Chris Sarandon’s Jerry Dandridge was able to have his cake and eat it too. Not only was he as suave as Billy Dee Williams, he was no slouch in the carnage department either. Not only did he chop the heads off the prostitutes he invited to his house, he was able to pick up and throw a 250 pound bouncer without even thinking about it. And his ultimate form was truly grotesque, with fangs spread out every which way for maximum damage. I also love that he has a temper tantrum and destroys Charlie’s car – just because.

Severen – NEAR DARK (1987)

Out of all the characters on this list, Severen is probably my personal favorite. He’s messy, he’s rude, he’s hilarious and he takes total glee in his gory escapades. Whether or not he’s mocking a soon-to-be victim, using boot spurs to slit people’s throats or ripping the engine out of an 18-wheeler Severen is never less than watchable. One of the signature performances of Bill Paxton’s career and one of the most oddly charismatic vampires out there.

Marie – INNOCENT BLOOD (1992)

John Landis’ 1992 vampire film Innocent Blood really is quite underrated and Ann Parillaud’s Marie has to be one of the more violent vampires of her time, especially in the 90’s when creature features were trying to appeal more to “adults.” Her bloodlust was palpable and insatiable and she was almost like a feral animal when feeding. She also manages to turn Robert Loggia into a hilariously physical bloodsucker himself.


Lina Leandersson’s turn as Eli in Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 masterpiece Let The Right One In is masterfully deceptive. She often appears like a sweet natured kid, but once her minder gets taken out of commission the gloves are off. When she attacks the old man near the bridge, that’s intense. But she really saves her A-game for that glorious 30 seconds where she beheads and/or otherwise dismembers three bullies at the pool.

What are some of YOUR favorites?



  • mobstar67

    Im gonna throw in Danny Huston’s “Marlow” character in “30 Days Of Night” for a honorable mention….I thought this film was a breath of fresh air at the peak time when the school girls clashed over Team Edward or Team Jacob… 30 Days Of Night got back to the sheer vicious nature of the vampire..
    I think this movie is sometimes underrated and danny Huston was great as Marlow the lead vampire…

    • planetgore

      Ohhhh! You beat me to it. 30 days of Night was creepy in the fact that the vampires were so feral. Instinctual. Even their version of Renfield (so to speak) just left you feeling off-kilter. “Want sum raw hamburguh?” Ugh!

  • Seal_Clubber

    Yeah I agree – that was the first one I thought of when I read the article title.

    • jdscissorhands

      My thoughts exactly! 30 Days of Night was so cool!

      • Lion7718

        +1 also Christopher Lee rules.

    • K-Dogg

      My first thought as well the second I read the article header !!!!

  • Mayday

    David and crew from The Lost Boys were pretty violent. They brutally dispatched the punk rockers even biting one through the skull.

  • doomas10

    Hello! Where is Nomak? The guy wrecked carnage everywhere he got in Blade ” – he was utterly creepy and something that even vamps were afraid of. The total immunity adds extra points to his violent behaviour as when he was charging he was unstoppable!

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    Valek from John Carpenter’s Vampire is one of my favorites. And the vamps in 30 Days Of Night are indeed awesomely violent and that film is definitely underrated. I would also say Kurt Barlow, because he gave me the creeps, but it’s been so long I can’t remember if he was overly violent.

    • Skull-And-Crossbones

      gotta agree with you on Valek. John Carpenter’s vampires is my favorite movie of all time. the vampires on 30 Days of Night were also very violent


      Great call on Valek!

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    Sorry, I meant “Vampires”.

  • John Marrone

    What ’bout Mr. Barlow – Salem’s Lot. Sick fucker, that guy.

    • Darkness69

      Somehow I thought of him first when I saw the title! Definitely sick and twisted!

  • Catastrophe

    I wanna give my vote to The Night Flier. That guy tore people to pieces and his fangs were more like tusks they were so huge.

    • dr.lamb

      Agreed ! That guy was frightening.

      • Darkness69

        Hell yes, that movie has one of the scariest vampire ever!

    • mobstar67

      Night Flier oh yeah Dwight Renfield….ripped apart everyone in a good size airport…id say he qualifies as badass!!

  • dr.lamb

    I may add Lilith from “Bordello of Blood”. She ripped a guy’s heart out with her tongue. If that ain’t something !

    • mobstar67

      Dr Lamb i dont think Lileth was th scariest but she was most definately the hottest..Angie Everheart… OH Yeah!!!!!!!!!

  • djblack1313

    in my opinion the vamps in 30 DAYS OF NIGHT should not only be included in this list but they/it should be in the top 3 (again, just my opinion).

    • mobstar67

      agreed !!!

  • Argali

    How about the vampires in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN? I’d say playing a guitar made out of human limbs is fairly violent!

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