Top 5 Vampire Kills in film
I think it’s safe to do a vampire post without attracting the attention of a bunch of fan girls swooning over team Edward. It’s quite possible that we can even see some vampire stories showing up in books and film again. No?
The subject for today’s post…Vampire Deaths
No bursting into digital flames and flaking glowing embers, here. You kill a creature that sucks the blood from its victims and there’s no blood when it dies? Give me a break! Those sparkly glowing embers are just a cop out – a way to PG everything. This powerful demon of the night, that has perhaps lived for eons, gets cornered and all of a sudden ‘poof’ it’s gone. Sorry, but that seems lame to me. Ever since those CGI flame-outs became easy to master on film, there are barely any bloody vampire deaths anymore. A good vampire death has to include blood, guts, and gore; and take longer than a split- second. We are looking for gruesome vampire deaths here. If you have some in mind that I may have missed, please add them to the comments and I’ll find some photos to add to Honorable mentions.
First, let’s take a look at the tools of the trade: If you’re going to kill a vampire, it would be best to have an easy-to-carry kit with the best weapons against the night creatures.
Items should include: a Mirror (for detection), Holy water, Garlic, a Crucifix, a large knife for decapitation, and a Wooden Stake and Mallet to drive through the vampire’s heart.
1) Fright Night 1985 – Jerry Dandridge vs Peter Vincent
The battle between vampire, Jerry Dandridge and Vampire Hunter, Peter Vincent is one of the iconic monster vs human battles in film. It lasts about 25 minutes starting with Vincent’s initial attack where he draws his crucifix upon the steps in the Dandridge home and hits Dandridge with sunlight through the stained glass window. During the battle Dandridge turns into a large vampire bat, calls on his underlings to do battle, is staked inefficiently in the heart and finally goes up in flames (real fire) in the final death as sunlight is flooded into the room.
2) Interview With a Vampire
Louis with a scythe dices and slices his way through his fellow vampires. Blood splatters everywhere!
3) Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Lucy’s un-Death
A brutal stake through the heart and decapitation at the hands of Van Helsing (Anthony Hopkins). This was one violent and bloody vampire death made all the more pronounced because Lucy was wearing white.
4) Dracula Has Risen From the Grave
Christopher Lee – Impaled by a giant golden cross, it takes him several minutes to die as he struggles to dislodge the massive weapon.
5) Dracula – Andy Warhol’s Dracula
Hack attack – the young farm hand having discovered Dracula’s identity hacks off his limbs, one by one, as Dracula runs for shelter. Arms flying, blood gushing, legs severed…it’s a scene man! (very comical)
a) The Lost Boys
The garlic and Holy water bath – glub, glub…
b) From Dusk ‘til Dawn
the table-leg foursome stake. Can’t find a traditional stake? Just turn over a wooden table. A body slam, a blood splash, a little wiggling, and behold, the vampire dies. Repeat 3 more times.
c) Dracula 1972 AD – Christopher Lee
Impaled with a broken stage coach wheel at the very beginning of the film. Hammer sure knew how to grab your attention in gory fashion.
Gallery of gruesome vampire deaths!
Did I miss something? Give me your top choice(s) and I’ll add them to the list and include a link to your blog…
Cool topic man. The crypt scene with Lucy in Dracula is definitely chilling and very Gothic. I love The Lost Boys, death by stereo was a cool one.
The scene with Lucy is visually stunning…
It blew my mind the first time I saw it.
Glad to see Blood for Dracula in there!
Great movie, it is a lot of fun…
Love Fright Night! However I hate Bram Stoker’s Dracula with a passion. Blech pooey.
Was it because of Keanu or Wynona, it’s usually because of one of them.
blood of drac and lucy’s un-death were both epic! good picks, Mike!
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