BILL COMPTON (Stephen Moyer)
True Blood (2008-present)
”Made vampire” during the Civil War, Bill is an ageless creature determined to live as human an existence as possible. Difficult to accomplish in a community of telepaths, shape-shifters, and fellow bloodsuckers.
FAVORITE PREY: He’s not like that. —Henning Fog
EDWARD CULLEN (Robert Pattinson)
Judging by the sustained mass hysteria around The Twilight Saga, Edward will be in the hearts, minds, and fever dreams of fans long after the series ends.
FAVORITE PREY: As a ”vegetarian vampire” he doesn’t prey on humans — but if he did, he’d dig on attractive, melancholy young women like Bella (Kristen Stewart). —Marc Bernardin
BLACULA (William Marshall)
In this blaxploitation hybrid, an African prince who was bitten by Dracula (naturally) way, way back in the day, is resurrected in L.A. Aside from some awkward facial hair, Marshall’s pretty imposing as ”the black avenger.”
FAVORITE PREY: The Man. And groovy chicks. —Marc Bernardin
DAVID (Kiefer Sutherland)
The Lost Boys (1987)
As the leader of a roving pack of motorcycle vampires, the totally rad David would’ve had his way with the teenagers of Santa Clara — if it wasn’t for those meddling kids (Jason Patric and the Coreys).
FAVORITE PREY: The young and the restless. —Marc Bernardin
COUNT VON COUNT (Jerry Nelson)
Vampires have never been as soft and cuddly — literally — as this numerically obsessed Muppet.
FAVORITE PREY: Numbers! —Marc Bernardin
BARNABAS COLLINS (Jonathan Frid)
Dark Shadows (1967-1971)
The star of his own daytime soap opera, Barnabas Collins was a guilt-ridden, aristocratic bloodsucker from overseas who brought the supernatural to the rich Collins family. Maine was never the same.
FAVORITE PREY: Whomever he can get his hands on. Small-town Maine isn’t big on variety. —Marc Bernardin
MIRIAM BLAYLOCK (Catherine Deneuve)
The Hunger (1983)
Miriam is a chew-them-up-and-stick-them-in-a-coffin kind of vamp. Knocking around since the pharaohs ruled, Miriam meets her match in a young doctor (Susan Sarandon)…after some vamp-on-tramp action.
FAVORITE PREY: Waify, androgynous dudes like David Bowie. —Marc Bernardin
COUNT GRAF ORLOK (Max Schreck)
Yes, this film is pretty much an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but Max Schreck’s vampire isn’t the suave aristo that Bela Lugosi would introduce a decade later. He’s a shriveled, bald, rodent-looking man, with razor-like talons. A walking primordial nightmare.
FAVORITE PREY: Ellen Hutter (Greta Schröder ). Okay, we’ll just call her Mina. —Marc Bernardin
DRACULA (Gary Oldman)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Say what you will about Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker — and we all have — there’s no denying that Oldman’s take on good ol’ Vlad the Impaler was both movingly romantic and majestically creepy.
FAVORITE PREY: Mina Harker (Winona Ryder), but any pretty young thing will do in a pinch. —Marc Bernardin