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Top 5 Scariest Vampires in Film

Updated on December 28, 2011

So we already know vampires can be sexy, brooding and mysterious but did you know they can also be scary? Even downright terrifying? Well here are my picks for the top 5 scariest vampires in film.

WARNING: May Contain Spoilers


From: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

A few survivors barricaded in a Mexican strip club must defend themselves after the strippers and employees had revealed themselves to be vampires and attempted to kill and feed on the patrons, but were killed off themselves. One of the patrons is a big intimidating trucker (although friendly) by the name of Frost and is attacked from behind and bitten by another survivor after he himself becomes a vampire. Frost manages to throw him off his back and through the front door of the club (subsequently letting in the swarm of vampire bats waiting outside) and then turns back around revealing himself to have turned into a horrifying vampire with demonic eyes and rows of fangs in his monstrous mouth.

Dracula (Bat Form)

From: Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

This big screen adaptation of Bram Stoker's famous novel has some of the best makeup effects I've seen, portraying Dracula in many of his different forms. The scariest in my opinion is when he turned into a bat, or more like a bat-like monster (and then from a bat into a swarm of scampering rats). His look wasn't too over the top with the special effects as you see in many horror movies. He still looked oddly human, while still creeping the viewer out with his disturbing prosthetic makeup job.


From: Fright Night (1985)

The scene in this movie when the protagonist encounters his girlfriend after she'd been turned into a vampire was just at frightening back in '85 as it is now. Seeing her face for the first time when I was a kid was genuinely terrifying and upon recently viewing this film I still found it just as scary, if not more. The effects in that scene are still amazing by today's standards (similar to Frost's face but more real looking). After seeing this movie it's hard to get that yellow eyed face with the giant, demonic, razor-toothed grin out of your head...


From: Let the Right One In / Låt den rätte komma in (2008)

This one might be a little harder to explain but if you've seen the movie you'll know; and I'm talking about Eli from the original not Abby from the unnecessary remake. Although in the film she looks like a normal little girl, there are some subtle effects and shots added in to give her an unsettling animalistic appearance. In some shots her eyes are slightly enlarged or her features are subtly distorted; in one shot where she'd feeding, her face completely changes to an older looking version of herself. Her voice is that of an older woman, adding to the eeriness of her character and constantly reminding us that she is not the innocent little "girl" she appears to be. If you haven't seen the movie I highly recommend it if you want to see a truly disturbing vampire.

Count Orlok

From: Nosferatu (1922)

Based loosely on the original story of Dracula, Nosferatu is one of the first vampire movies made. Although this film is almost a century old it still manages to send shivers up the spines of avid horror movie watchers; this is in my opinion is mainly bacause of the film format, being an old jittery 35mm film, which adds to the overall creepyness and atmosphere. Orlok himself has a very striking appearance with his pointed ears, dark eyes, vampire bat-like incisors, and long bony claws. Even his shadow is frightening.

Which do you find scariest?

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      4 years ago

      I remember how much I was freaked out by the vampire in "Night Flyer". You only see him once, and that was enough for me. Sheesh.

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      4 years ago

      Barlow is the master. Can u face the master? His faith against your faith. Can u do that holy man.

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      Noel Tanti 

      6 years ago from Malta

      great selection... kudos for choosing good movies to boot... i would say the weakest of the selection are fright night and from dusk till dawn but they more than make up for quality in sheer fun...

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      Stephanie Wideman 

      7 years ago from Stafford, VA

      Is it bad that I find Count Orlock cuddly? I've seen the movie, but I just giggle over buck-toothed vampires. I can't decide who is scariest since I've only seen a few of those movies. Eli from Let the Right One In I think is the coolest vampire, though.

    • Kat915 profile image


      7 years ago from Ohio

      Let the Right One In was actually a really great movie...very cleverly shot.


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