Saturday 24 March 2018

Fangs for the Memories...the best and worst recent screen vampires


Gary Oldman

Speaking in a proper cod-Transylvanian accent and radiating spooky charisma, Gary Oldman's Dracula (above, left) was easily the best thing about Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 tilt at Stoker's novel.

Then again, he was acting opposite Keanu Reeves.

Luke Goss

Former Bros singer Goss resurrected his career with a blood-curdling turn as vampire ruler Jared Nomak in Guillermo del Toro's gore-tastic Blade II.

Willem Dafoe

The delicious premise behind this 2000 art-house film Shadow of the Vampire is that the actor who played Nosferatu in the classic silent horror was, in fact, an actual vampire.

It sounds silly, but Dafoe's creepy performance won an Oscar nomination.


Tom Cruise

Judging by his turn as vampire prince Lestat in Neil Jordan's adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire, Tom Cruise evidently thinks creatures of the night should be camper than the first three rows at a screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Kate Beckinsale

Spending most of the vampire shoot 'em up Underworld in skin-tight outfits, Beckinsale (above, right) surely had chops as an action heroine.

Which made it even harder to believe she'd been dead for centuries and spent her spare time hanging out in cemeteries.

Robert Pattinson

With his enormous head and wax-work eyes, 'R Patz' is a screen vampire only an over-excited teenager could love.

There, we said it.

Irish Independent

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