We're all about vampires here at Film.com, so I was thinking, what is a good vampire story without someone up to the task of taking that vampire down? So I've assembled my list of the greatest movie vampire hunters of all time, the guys who tangled with vamps and came out on top.
Gotta give a man his due. Before he was Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars, he was the king of all vampire hunters, Van Helsing himself in the Hammer Studio series of vampire films (The Satanic Rites of Dracula). The role has been played by a large number of actors, but none so wonderfully as Cushing. The guy owns the role.
The Monster Squad:
While the Wolfman has nards, it was Mr. Alucard, a.k.a Dracula, running the show all along. And in this Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) written monster movie, it is a ragtag group of middle school children who must band together to stop the universal monsters from destroying their small town.
In the movie Blade:Trinity, Blade may have gotten all the cool lines, but it was the vampire Whistler who taught him how it was done, and who had a smokin' hot daughter while he was at it. Come on. Kris Kristofferson, outlaw country music legend, classic actor, vampire killer. Hell yes. He was so cool, that they had to kill him in the beginning of the third film, only because someone that cool could never have sat through the whole, awful thing.
They might be washed up has-beens grasping at long ago glory in their new cable reality series, but this is the glory they're reaching back for. In The Lost Boys, these two little drug addled miscreants found themselves facing off against Jack Bauer (a.k.a, Kiefer Sutherland) who at the time was the leader of a local gang of vampire thugs. And these guys clash in style. This was the R-rated Monster Squad, the one that was supposed to be for grown-ups but we all snuck into any way. And every kid made sure they had a working water gun ready afterwards, just in case vampires came to their town.
He may have never actively hunted down vampires, but you'd be hard pressed to find a guy who killed a vampire who was cooler than this tattooed character played by George Clooney in From Dusk Till Dawn. "Everybody be cool. You, be cool." Anything you say Mr. Gecko.! Just don't do to me what you did to that Mexican bar filled with vampires.
C. Robert Cargill - - - Email Me
Austin-based Cargill, who not only loves but owns The Cutting Edge, writes on movies and DVD five times a week.