Rhiannon Elizabeth Irons Top 13: Vampires

Fangs very much for joining me once again for another Top 13 article.  This time we’re hanging out with the creatures of the night and counting down the top 13 bloodsuckers of all time.


13:  Amilyn (Paul Reubens) – Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)


Quirky, filled with hate but at the same time bloody hilarious, Amilyn is second only to Lothos (Rutger Hauer).  Going against Buffy (Kristy Swanson) and Pike (Luke Perry), Amilyn really has his work cut out for him.  With lines like “You ruined my new jacket.  Kill him a lot,” it's hard to imagine what the vampire race would be like it Amilyn was in charge.  Single-handedly stole the show for this film.


12:  Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) – Interview With The Vampire (1994)


Brooding and pouty, Louis is the quintessential vampire.  His good looks and brooding personality make him a ladies man, but unlike his sire, Louis loathes being a vampire.  He cannot take a human life and often lived on rats or chickens.  It takes him centuries to accept what he is and what power he possesses.  After that, he becomes a storyteller, warning mortals of what lurks in the shadows of their fair cities.


11: David (Kiefer Sutherland) The Lost Boys (1987)


One of the most enjoyable vampire films available.  When Michael Emerson (Jason Patric) and his family moved to Santa Carla, a coastal California town, they discover it chock full of alienated teens like David, who have a very unique way of expressing their angst: vampirism.


10: Angel (David Boreanaz) – Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1996-2003)


Angel started out as the tall, dark, brooding stranger in the hit TV show before Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) knew what he was.  A vampire in love with a slayer is rather poetic and Angel was love's bitch until he lost his soul.  Then he reverted back to the killer that he was centuries ago.  One moment of sheer happiness undid the curse that held his soul in place.  Now, he's back being the sweetie pie we all fell in love with.  Just don't give into his brooding ways.  We don't need to see Angelus again.


9:  Blade (Wesley Snipes) Blade (1998)


Based on the comic book series, Blade is technically a dhampir, a human with vampire genetics, a result of his mother being bitten while giving birth.  He becomes a vampire hunter to avenge his mother's death in a bleak urban underworld where pure-blood vampires fight humans who have transformed.


8: Damon and Stefan Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley) The Vampire Diaries (2009-)


In eighth place it's a tie.  Why?  Who doesn't love a little sibling rivalry, even among the undead.  Brothers Damon and Stefan are almost always at odds, mostly because Damon has made it his immortal life's work to torment Stefan.  Now that's entertainment.


7:  William Erasmus "Bill" Compton (Stephen Moyer) True Blood (2008 – 2014)


A strong storyline in a popular book series takes a deviation when it comes to the television portrayal but that doesn’t always mean a bad thing.  Bill Compton is one hell of a powerful vampire, especially in later seasons, though he has his demons and flaws.  While these are alluring, adding to his appeal, he still has some good qualities.  Let’s face it, any vamp that’s willing to suffer a ‘true death’ gets the A-OK in this book.


6:  Drusilla (Juliet Landau) Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1996-2003)


As far as wacked out vamps go, Dru takes the cake.  Driven insane by Angel’s torments before being sired by him, Dru isn’t one you want to face off against one on one.  Just ask Kendra.  But aside from her crazy antics, Dru isn’t all bad.  Her romance with Spike showed us a softer side to her that made her quite alluring.  Just don’t look into her eyes….


5:  Armand (Antonio Banderas) Interview With The Vampire (1994)


Handsome, feisty and yet a gentle lover, Armand fell for Louis' charms and wanted to show him the ways of the old world.  After the death of Louis' child companion, Claudia, Armand and Louis parted ways.  But the sexiness that is Armand does return, and forever will hold a place in our hearts as one super-hot vampire.


4:  Selene (Kate Beckinsale) Underworld (2003)


A “death dealer,” vampy Selene engages in a lifelong battle against the Lycans (werewolves) she believes killed her family.  And she looked hot while doing it, guns a blazin' while rocking one hell of a hot leather bodysuit.


3:  Spike (James Marsters) Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1996-2003)


Originally the big bad of Sunnydale in season 2, Spike won over audiences and became a regular.  With his bad boy looks, platinum blonde hair, six-pack abs, he was the vamp that could make those True Blood boys cry while all the ladies swoon.  In later seasons, whilst continually stating he was still 'bad', Spike fell in love with Buffy and set about trying to please her the best that he could.  “I may be love's bitch, but at least I'm man enough to admit it.”


2:  Dracula (Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman)


You'll note three men and no movie title listed.  The reason for this is because these three are my top three.  Bela was the original.  Christopher is one of the greatest and Gary in Bram Stoker's Dracula was just outstanding.  When it comes to the Prince of Darkness, these three are the best.  And let's face it, you can't have a vampire count down without The Count.


1:  Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise) Interview With The Vampire (1994)


Tom's portrayal of Anne Rice's Lestat was perfection.  Lestat is the perfect killer.  Loving all things that are beautiful, Lestat offered his victims a choice, the choice he never had.  “Evil is a point of view.  God kills indiscriminately and so shall we. For no creatures under God are as we are, none so like him as ourselves.”



Return To Contents