The vampire through the years

2011-11-18 10:35

1 In 1922, the silent flick Nosferatu cast Count Dracula as a real monster – bloodied fangs, pointy goblin ears and talons like a bird of prey. He had to catch his dinner in this version since she wasn’t likely to accept an invitation.

2 By the time Bela Lugosi added a cape and a suit to the equation in 1931’s Dracula, the bloodsucker had been given a little more civility with which to charm his prey. But he was still an otherworldly creature rather than a man of mystery.

3 Christopher Lee, the face of Hammer Horror in its heyday, starred as the Transylvanian Count Dracula no less than 10 times between 1958 and 1976.

Staying true to the creature’s murderous nature and looking the part too, he was all about the blood-letting.

4 In 1992, Gary Oldman took on the part of Count Dracula. This time, Dracula was portrayed as an ancient creature of the night and a charming man of mystery in equal parts. It was a triumph.

5 Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire was made into a movie in 1994 with two of Hollywood’s hottest leading men – Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt – playing bloodsuckers Lestat and Louis, respectively.

Looking like sexy escapees from a Jane Austen set, it was hard to see the monsters within.

6 Queen of the Damned, which was made in 2002, may have forgotten to tone down the monster, but this rock ‘n’ roll version of the story ramped up the vampiric sex appeal quotient, making Stuart Townsend the hottest man with fangs on celluloid.

It’s a shame that the film landed at the box office with a resounding belly flop.

7 The year 2008 marked the cinematic moment of transformation of the vampire from monster to defanged teenage stud muffin.

Edward Cullen, personified by Robert Pattinson, was sexy but safe enough to hang on a teenage girl’s wall. 

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