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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2008
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    Chris Moore's vampires were silly fun. Saberhagen had a odd take on Dracula. I kinda like the Discworld take on them.
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    I'd have to say that my most recent favorite was the Brucolac from China Mieville's The Scar.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2008
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    I rather enjoy Jim Butcher's take on them in his Dresden Files books series. He divides them into Black Court (the Dracula-style vamps who have all the traditional weaknesses), Red Court (who are sort of lizard-like creature under an illusion and who also have addictive saliva) and White Court (who are the most human-seeming and feed on emotions like lust, despair and fear. These guys can and will literally fuck you to death). It's a neatly considered vampire buffet, especially since the vampires are only one of the supernatural menaces within the series.
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    @Ev:

    Totally blanked on "Let the Right One In", which was adapted from a novel by the author. The book gets a bit more into detail (of course) including
    The fact that Eli was castrated a century before and more on her "familiar", the man procuring her blood.


    It's a great book and easily my favorite film of this year.
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      CommentAuthorbrycemidas
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2008
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    Oh!

    Also

    Cassidy from Preacher is right on up there. I especially love what he does to the fopgoth vampire in New Orleans.
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    I enjoyed Vampire Hunter D and Bloodlust later on. Castlevania:SotN had similar ideas involving Dracula's halfbreed son fighting the hunger and killing baddies. Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain had a pretty good story and interesting characters as well, though he was certainly an evil bastard.

    The lead vampire in Lifeforce. Because she's almost always naked and has epic tits.

    Matheson's creatures are one of my favorites.
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    @ZJVavrek

    lumley's vampires are completely and utterly unsympathetic, especially in his first 2 necroscope books, they are complete unadulterated evil. can't recommend lumley enough.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2008
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    Agree with COOP on Christopher Lee being bad-ass. Unfortunately, he never really gets to do that much in the Hammer films, does he? It's a lot of lying around in coffins and letting henchmen do his biddings and in the end, he just gets his ass kicked by some old guy. Like in "Dracula - Prince of Darkness" (I think) where you hardly see him for an hour, and when he does show up, they kill him by THROWING HIM IN THE WATER? That's just not right.
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      CommentAuthorAdam
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2008
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    I kinda liked Anton's neighbours in Dnevnoi Dozor, though I haven't had a chance to read the actual books yet - which I understand move on from the movie's story arc after the first book. Plus I was intrigued by the fact that ALL Others, no matter what their class or leaning, could gain ability-buffs from vampirism...
    • CommentAuthorpoor_boy
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2008
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    Lestat.

    Yes I'm that fucking old.
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      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2008
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    ahh WAN ah... ah ah ah

    seriously now, as per Thom Attic, the Brucolac in The Scar is the best vamp character I've read for ages. He broods, he plots, he organises a fair and socially acceptable system of taxation.

    Despite the high camp and ludicrous overacting "Duuuude... I just like, totally decapitated the Prince of Darkness!" I do love Gary Oldman's Sad Vlad. Well, love's a bit strong actually... but I thought that film scored most of the genre goals. Sumptuous luxury and sinister elegance? Check. Reeking corruption and old world decadence? Yup. Balletic wireworked martial arts? Not so much.
    Casting Tom Waits as Renfield was however a shot of purest undiluted genius. Ambiguity? Subtle characterisation? No thanks, give me a drooling, raddled, bug-eyed, bug-munching kitten fetishist slave to the forces of darkness and... cast him as Renfield. Glee.

    Louis and Lestat from the Anne Rice books both started to annoy the hell out of me. The tension between them as whiny, inhibited, introspective loser and psychotic hedonist worked well in the first book but seemed to run out of steam. Lestat's subsequent journey to Vampire Rock God-hood and the continuous stream of vampires of steadily increasing ancientness felt like some sort of linear computer game progression through the levels. I liked the books when I first read them, long time ago now, but I think the film kind of poisoned the story for me. It worked better the way I had it in my head :P

    Still, I love a good vampire yarn and it's kind of a shame that this very human monster that gives form to our fears about intimacy, sex and other juicy stuff has ended up being little more than just another hyperkinetic action-baddie punching bag.
    Joss Whedon, mighty are your works yea, but you have drained the humanity from the vampire...
    China Mieville, give our bloodsuckers back their awful dignity.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2008
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    Out of the Dracula movies, I actually have to give it to Gary Oldman. Lame-ass added love story with Mina aside, he was the epitome of the character I read in the novel. Plus that movie has my favorite version of Van Helsing EVER.

    GUY: Are you going to give her an autopsy?
    VAN HELSING: Oh, Heavens no--I'm just going to ram a stake through her heart and cut off her head.
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    George R. R. Martin. "Fevre Dream."

    That's all I really need to say.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2008
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    Tommy and Jody from Christopher Moore's "Bloodsucking Fiends" and "You Suck: A love story" are among my favorites.

    Spike, from Buffy.

    I tried reading some of the Necroscope stuff years back and just couldn't get into it. Perhaps I'll give it another try.

    My wife really enjoys the Charlaine Harris "Susie Stackhouse" novels (of which the True Blood tv series is based). I started reading the first one but haven't got too far into it yet.
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      CommentAuthorCyman
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2008
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    Barring The Lost Boys for just a minute (if I may), I'd like to shout out to Benny Templesmith, with or without The Jets.

    Other than that I think it's pretty clear that Gary Oldman's Dracula from '92 was pretty great. And I did like Willem Defoe in Shadow of the Vampire.
    • CommentAuthorOda
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2008
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    Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Definately.

    I fell in love with the movie's young Dracula when I was a kid. I didn't get to see the movie until I was twelve, but by the age of six or something I found this comic book (of course) adaption of it and I read it to shreds. I still find Gary Oldman's young Dracula very very very attractive. Bite me. [insert girly giggle]
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    Demitri Maximoff from Dark Stalkers. Mostly because I played way to much Dark Stalkers growing up.
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    Dracula from Bram Stoker, obviously, but The Historian was an interesting take on the genre.

    MIke Mignola and Christopher Golden's Blatimore was a really interesting Vampire tale as well though.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2008
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    Alucard from Hellsing... I like how they are drawn in sillouette with shark like mouths.

    Science vampire wise, Ultraviolet is preety good.

    I have been kind of put off vampires by watching Underworld: Evolution. Darn marketing towards angsty kids.

    The ones in the Dresden files seem interesting though.
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      CommentAuthoroutlawpoet
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2008
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    what, no Strahd Von Zarovich? I thought we were NERDS up in here.