In homage to Alexander McQueen’s AW14 The Hunger soundtrack, here are the top ten coolest vampires on film
Continuing Monday’s dark S&M vibe, day two of LC:M carried on down a similarly nightmarish path. At Alexander McQueen, Bauhaus’ ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ set the mood for Sarah Burton’s raven-feathered boys, who filed past in their ominous long villain overcoats and Goth platforms inside a disused chapel on Charing Cross Road. In honour of Burton’s use of the epic track playing in the opening club scene of The Hunger, we chart our top ten undead characters whose vampy style has left a lasting impression.
HERBERT VON KROLOCK – THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS
Just when you think Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killers can’t get any better, Count Von Krolock’s gay vampire son Herbert Von Krolock enters in a flurry of lace ruffles and tries his best to seduce a clueless Alfred. Played by a hyper-camp Iain Quarrier, Herbert is basically the manifestation of all the gay subtext running through so much of vampire fiction.
MIRIAM AND JOHN BLAYLOCK – THE HUNGER
If you’re going to live forever, this is probably what you’d want to look like. While the film is pretty much a case of style over substance, its eighties editorial-like feel with wardrobe orchestrated by illustrious costume designer Milena Canonero (A Clockwork Orange and Marie Antoinette) is stunning. Catherine Deneuve’s costumes are courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent and David Bowie looks immaculate in Italian linen suits.
ELI – LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
When Let The Right One In came out in 2008, it offered a truly fresh and gritty spin on vampire mythology with its bleak and heartbreaking take on the genre. The film proved that the best vampires don’t have to be in-your-face sexy or glamorous to be commanding or transfixing. Sometimes, danger and darkness comes in the guise of a young girl/boy with greasy hair, dressed in eighties hand-me-down jumpers.
SPIKE – BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER/ANGEL
While it’s easy to think that Spike stole Billy Idol’s look, it was actually the other way around. Sunnydale’s resident smirking punk rocker with a mod past gets extra points for acquiring all his leather outerwear from people he’s eaten, like his signature black duster (nicked from a Slayer he killed on a New York subway in ’77) and the Nazi coat he temporarily wore in 1943 (Angel: “You’re a Nazi.” Spike: “What? Oh, no, I just ate one.”) Captain Peroxide FTW.
LESTAT DE LIONCOURT – INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
With all the traits of the classic and seductive vampire – beautiful, enthralling and viciously dangerous – Lestat is a porcelain-skinned god among the undead, clad in serious goldwork and bullion embroidery to underscore his over the top theatrical character. Also, how hot was that silver thimble claw? If only Tom Cruise would do more roles like this one.
COUNT ORLOK – SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE
Some might say it’s sacrilege not to pick the original Count Orlok from Nosferatu, but he didn’t have lines like “Oh. The script girl. I’ll eat her later” while clicking his long nails in eager anticipation. Shrouded in the awkward stiffness of a dusty Victorian dress coat, Willem Dafoe is unrecognisable but totally brilliant as the hissing, insect-like Count, who takes method acting to the next level.
SOPHIE-ANNE LECLERQ – TRUE BLOOD
More vampire queens should lounge around a pool in white Norma Kamali swimsuits and heels. Even though she didn’t have that much screen time and got written out during the fourth season, Evan Rachel Wood had a killer 1940s Hollywood starlet wardrobe and owned it whenever she appeared as the Yahtzee-playing, dominatrix-y Sophie-Anne.
LUCY WESTENRA AND DRACULA – BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA
There’s no way to choose between Dracula and Lucy Westenra in Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, so they share a spot. Brought to life by Eiko Ishioka’s sinister opulence and set design-like costumes, both go through a series of unnerving transformations in looks laced with symbolism, from collars emulating a lizard in attack mode to red capes trailing like pools of blood on the floor. Vampire royalty.
For more Eiko, read our Fashion Archive piece on her work here.
DAVID – THE LOST BOYS
With his bleached mullet and a cigarette stuck behind his ear, Kiefer Sutherland wrote himself into the vampire history books as the evil David from The Lost Boys who threw bloodbath barbeques to Aerosmith soundtracks. You knew he was really bad news because he only wore one (amazing) earring and drove a motorcycle.
TILDA SWINTON - ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE
Ok, so it's not actually out yet (February 21) but we're pretty excited about this one already. The alabaster skin, hollowed cheeks and deathly stare: Tilda Swinton was a born-to-be vampire icon. Married to fellow vampire Adam (Tom Hiddleston) for centuries, Eve (Swinton) struggles to help her husband flourish in the moden tech-filled world she so loves. Dazed March issue cover star Mia Wasikowska stars as Eve's sister Ava.