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These vampires get our blood pumping

Have you fallen in love with vampires? No wonder. Look at some of the great vampire roles over the past few decades and you'll find beauty, lust, jealousy, angst, love, hate and even humor. Plus they're sexy hot. How human. Maybe that's the real reason we're so infatuated with those creatures of the night. Here are some of our favorite vampires from television and the movies.

Lovable vampires

Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer): David Boreanaz takes brooding to a whole new level as the dreamy vampire with a soul.

Edward Cullen (Twilight): Sure, Robert Pattinson's hair may be out of control, but as Edward, he's a Cold One who can set all the ladies' blood on fire.

Louis de Pointe du Lac (Interview with a Vampire): Brad Pitt gets drunk, makes one bad decision and lives (forever) to regret it.

Count Vladimir Dracula (Love at First Bite): George Hamilton takes the title as world's funniest vampire. And he's the only the actor who can pull off Dracula with a tan.

Bill Compton (True Blood): Stephen Moyer really must love Sookie to stick around in that low-rent Louisiana town.

Heartless vampires

Nosferatu (Nosferatu): Only Max Schreck could make a buck-toothed vampire the creepiest one of them all.

Dracula (Bram Stoker's Dracula): The carnage is just getting started when Gary Oldman ravenously licks Keanu Reeve's bloody razor.

David (The Lost Boys): Kiefer Sutherland, long before he was a hero in 24, made Jason Patric eat maggots and drink blood. Nice.

Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer): James Marsters wasn't always Buffy's love interest. He killed two slayers before her and even stole one's leather jacket. The horror!

Jerry Dandrige (Fright Night): What's worse: A neighbor always borrowing your power tools -- or one (Chris Sarandon) always biting girls in the neck? (Just keep the drill, Jerry!)

Unlikely vampires

Eddie Murphy (Vampire in Brooklyn): He should have stuck with playing Axel Foley or Pluto Nash.

Rick Springfield (Forever Knight): Seriously. Rick freakin' Springfield. What, was he going to "turn" Jesse's Girl?

Tom Cruise (Interview with a Vampire): His ego was writing checks his body couldn't cash when he tried to tackle Anne Rice's "Lestat."

Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer): No one saw it coming -- the day Willow would don a corset and sharp teeth and have lesbian tendencies.

Alex Winter (The Lost Boys): As Marko, he'd never grow old, but he'll live on for eternity as Bill S. Preston, Esq. Excellent!

Don't forget the vampiress

Alice (Twilight): Ashley Greene already has almost as much of a following as Edward. But she saw that coming.

Claudia (Interview with a Vampire): Kirsten Dunst plays a woman in a child's body, and her character is chillingly convincing coming from a 12-year-old.

Mina (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen): If only Peta Wilson had used her vampire powers for good and taken out Shane West as Tom Sawyer.

Queen Akasha (Queen of the Damned): Only one thing can awaken Aaliyah's sleeping vampire queen character: That sexy Lestat as a head-banging rock star!

Miriam (The Hunger): Catherine Deneuve lives every bloodsucker's dream: a love triangle with Susan Sarandon and David Bowie!

Lovers of vampires

Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer): Who besides Sarah Michelle Gellar can get the vampire, kill him, then get him back again?

Bella Swan (Twilight): It barely bothered Kristen Stewart that Edward's first reaction to her was pure hatred born of blood lust. But only because she smells so darn good!

Beth Turner (Moonlight): Sophia Myles should have gone for Josef Kostan, the rich, powerful vampire. Instead she falls for a vamp named Mick. Seriously. Mick.

Dorian (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen): Stuart Townsend may have hung out with Mina, but who would have thought she'd end up the good guy. Oh yeah, anyone who's read The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Sookie (True Blood): Who can blame mind-reading Anna Paquin for falling for the ultra-polite vampire Bill? (And he's a veteran too ... of the Civil War.)

These vampires get our blood pumping 11/19/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 21, 2008 7:39pm]

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