Top 50 Vampires 2012

A lot has happened in the bloodsucker world since we ran our last Top 50 Screen Vampires Poll – Twilight movies, The Vampire Diaries, US Being Human to name but a few – so how has that affected the results?

There’s a new SFX Vampire Special out today, and to mark the occasion here are the results of our reader-voted Top 50 Vampires Poll 2012. This is not a feature from the mag itself, but a web exclusive. You can see what the Special has to offer here.

We last did a vampire poll two years ago, and we thought it was time for an update, because a number of franchises that were still in their infancy (True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Twilight) have come of age since then, generating their own huge fan bases. The US version of Being Human has also been launched and films like Fright Night have hit the cinema. How would all that affect the results? Would Buffy The Vampire Slayer still be a key player? Could Spike retain his top spot? Would Moonlight fans still exist and vote?

You can find answers to all these on the following few pages, but to kick off, we can tell you there are 14 new entries, because here are the 14 that have dropped out of the Top 50.

Dropping out of the Top 50:

Marcus Van Sciver (Blade: The Series)
Kurt Barlow (Salem’s Lot)
Reinhardt (Blade 2)
Richard Gecko (From Dusk Till Dawn)
Countess Bathory (Daughters Of Darkness)
Dracula (BBC Dracula from 1977)
Schreck (Shadow Of The Vampire)
Martin Madahas (Martin)
Lilith Silver (Razor Blade Smile)
Carmilla Karnstein (The Vampire Lovers)
Miriam (The Hunger)
Jesse (Near Dark)
Danny Glick (Salem’s Lot)
Severen (Near Dark)

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50 Marlow (30 Days Of Night)

Previous position: 23 (-27)

Played by: Danny Huston

Marlow has none of the poise or charm of the other vampires on this list and almost none of the personality. He’s a killer: a brutal, inhuman predator, a shark in a trench coat and death comes with him. Look at Danny Huston’s performance in the film version, at the way he doesn’t even react to the gore he’s drenched in. Marlow isn’t just a killer, Marlowe’s an empty eyed feeding machine, a soulless hunger. Marlowe’s the stuff of nightmares.

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49 Santanico Pandemonium (From Dusk Till Dawn)

Previous position: 44 (-5)

Played by: Salma Hayek

Portrayed by sultry Salma Hayek, Santanico Pandemonium is the belly dancing vampire princess/temptress at the Titty Twister bar. This vamp chick’s got skillz: by sensually gyrating her body whilst soaking her almost-naked body with beer, she’s able to hypnotise her prey until she’s ready to start the feeding frenzy. The seductive dance of Santanico may only be marginal, lasting but a mere few minutes, but that scene will keep you spellbound long after you watch this film.

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48 Jerry Dandridge (Fright Night, 1985)

Previous position: 47 (-1)

Played by: Chris Sarandon

The first Jerry Dandridge is one of the coolest, smartest vampires ever committed to film. Calm, measured, charming and relentless he always seems three steps ahead of the hero, Charley Brewster, apparently content to play with him as long as Charley’s no threat. Sarandon brought a lot to the role, including pointing out that most bats were fruit eaters instead of bloodsuckers and suggested Jerry’s fondness for fruit that was later incorporated into the film. This Jerry remains one of the most overlooked modern vampires, but also one of the best.

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