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Everyone knows Count Dracula. Even if you’re not a vampire movie fanatic, you would have heard the name probably as a threat from your mother when you were young to go to bed early, or else Count Dracula will come to your room.

Vampire lovers know Count Dracula very well just how they know the back of their hands. Who could blame them? The man is not only the king of vampires, but he’s also featured in practically almost every vampire movie you can get your hands on. There’s Dracula, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Bram Stoker’s Dracula to name a few. There’s no doubt Count Dracula is a great vampire, but did you know that there may be a better vampire? And guess what? He’s a Count too!

Count Dracula’s counterpart is no other than Count Yorga. Have not heard the name? Count Yorga, Vampire is a super low budget vampire movie from 1970 about a vampire by the name of, you guessed it, Count Yorga. He may have a lot of similarities when it comes to appearance and actions with Count Dracula, but he’s very obviously not Count Dracula.

If you’re not convinced that Count Yorga is better than the most well-known Count Dracula, here are some of the reasons that could switch you to the other side of the wagon.

  1. It Hits Right Off the Bat That Count Yorga Is A Vampire

There’s no vampire movie that is as black and white as who’s the vampire as this film. Just from the title itself, you would instantly know right off the bat that the vampire in this movie is no other than Count Yorga. There’s no pretense or disguise in this film; you won’t have to go through unnecessary investigation and wrongly conclusion as to who is the vampire and who’s not.

  1. His Fashion Sense is Always on Flick

All vampires are known to be good dressers. Who would not look good in an all-black ensemble with a flashy cape? Even Dracula could probably grace the cover of Vogue magazine. All vampires, including Count Dracula, may be flashy dressers but no one can top Count Yorga. With his killer sideburns, shiny black cape and wide lapels, he can certainly take the cover and center page of all fashion magazines.

  1. The Score is Music to the Ear

We all know that the ’70s are filled with some amazing music. Some of the greatest hits that are still popular until today came from this era, and some of the greatest artist too! There’s Billy Joel, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin and of course, the Count Yorga, Vampire soundtrack. The scoring in this movie did a good job in not just setting the eerie mood but also in elevating the movie’s scary scenes to another level.

  1. The Opening Narrator Did a Great Job

The voiceover that did the narration at the opening part of the film instantly draws moviegoers into a hypnotic abyss. While other vampire movies bore you with yawn-inducing narration, it’s completely a different story in this film. The great classic actor George Macready absolutely did an epic opening narration. Watchers can’t simply resist absorbing everything he’s saying.

  1. It Opened The Door for Slasher Movies

Slasher films are the sub-genre of horror films which involve a violent psychopath stalking and murdering a group of people, usually by use of bladed tools. Some of the most notable films in this genre are The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Scream, Friday the 13th and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Though it became popular in the ’80s, Count Yorga, Vampire may have been the first slasher movie. You get a lot of Friday the 13th’s formula of “young people have sex, subsequently get brutally attacked by a stalker in the woods” in this film.

  1. It Gives a No-Nonsense Medical Advice

Sure, this may not be Grey’s Anatomy but the movie features a superb medical advice. Let’s pay attention to how the doctor in this movie gave his two-cents to a character that has been drained of a significant amount of blood by Yorga: “When you get home, I want you to stuff yourself with steaks. Steaks! I want you to eat them as rare as possible. That goes for the next few days.” And if this is not badass enough, he said this dialogue while smoking a cigarette in his patient’s face. How cool is that?

  1. It’s Intended To Be A Soft Core Porno

Yep, you read that right. The movie was originally intended to be a soft core porno with its title The Loves of Count Iorga, Vampire. The lead star Robert Quarry said he would only take the role if it’s turned into a legitimate movie. And the rest became history. The film may have not turned out to be soft porn but some of the original scripts, such as where Count Yorga very creepily watches two of his buxom vampiresses embrace, were kept.

  1. Yorga Has So Many Fangs

Most vampires, including Count Dracula, have two fangs only. Whilst these are enough to drain their victim’s blood, Count Yorga won’t do with just two fangs. He has a mouth full of sharp teeth. Why make do with two when you can totally rock a mouth full of sharp fangs? Nothing is as terrifying as a vampire with a mouthful of sharp fangs.

  1. The Film is Packed With Vampire-Believers

While many of the vampire films feature skeptical individuals who would rather believe that a dead man with a bite in his neck is killed by a wild animal lurking in the forest, this film is packed with people who are very easy to accept that vampires are real. At the beginning of the film, people are already convinced that vampires really do exist even without strong evidence. It’s great refreshment rather than wasting your time watching these people doubt that there are indeed vampires in this world.

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Underworld may not be the best vampire series, but it’s definitely a good one nonetheless. Having five films in the series is a proof that the film has amassed a strong fan following. Though news was released that the production company is brewing a sixth film on the installment, many got their heart broken when Kate Beckinsale made an announcement that she is not reprising her role as Selene stating, “I wouldn’t return. I’ve done plenty of those.”

While fans are eagerly waiting what’s in store for them in the 6th movie now that they won’t witness Beckinsale’s smoking bad-ass portrayal anymore, let’s take a look back at some of the characters in the Underworld series that have left a strong mark on the heart of the moviegoers.

  1. Selene

Portrayed by: Kate Beckinsale

Film(s): Underworld (2003), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Underworld: Awakening (2012), Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

The movie revolves around the main hero Selene, a vampire working as a Death Dealer. Her family was slaughtered by Lycans (werewolves) and since then, she made it her life mission to take down their species. She may be an eye candy with a strong and sassy character, but what makes Selene impressive is how she develops as a character. As the movie progresses and new films are released, she develops into a stronger and fiercer character.

  1. Michael Corvin

Portrayed by: Scott Speedman

Film: Underworld (2003), Underworld: Evolution (2006)

We all love an underdog story and Michael is a perfect example for this scenario. He was just a regular guy who got caught into otherworldly conflict and came out having to find out that he’s extraordinary. He discovered that he’s last of an ancient lineage and became the first vampire/Lycan hybrid. This gives him the strength and speed that neither vampire nor Lycan can surpass. Selene fell in love with him and their love bore a child named Eve.

  1. David

Portrayed by: Theo James

Film: Underworld: Awakening (2012), Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

He was initially introduced as a poor replacement for Michael. Being the son of a Vampire Elder Thomas, David’s character developed in Blood Wars. He showed everyone that he’s perfect for the role of Selene’s ally. Many of the fans are still wishing to have Michael back, but it’s hard not to warm up and love David.

  1. Lena

Portrayed by: Clementine Nicholson

Film: Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

Lena is a vampire warrior from Nordic Coven and a daughter of the coven’s leader, Vidar. She has one of the most enchanting eyes you probably ever seen. Lena is a mixture of weird and coolness which makes her quite relatable. She’s also a capable warrior who can take down Lycans with her weird super speed abilities and her sword and shield. A lot of fans are crossing their fingers to have her back in the next installment.

  1. Sonja

Portrayed by: Rhona Mitra

Film: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

It’s quite disheartening to hear that many fans don’t like Sonja, claiming that she’s a poor replacement for Selene. No one could possibly rock a leather outfit better than Kate Beckinsale, but Sonja won’t get left behind by a badass wagon. Her character is such a force to reckon with. For starters, her romance to Lucian sparked the origins of the war and it’s through her death that the war starts.

  1. Viktor

Portrayed by: Bill Nighy

Film: Underworld (2003), Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)

Born sometime in the 4th or early 5th century, Viktor was a former Hungarian general before he achieved the position of being a Vampire Elder. He’s the one to be blamed for the war and everything that’s happened as its aftermath. He disguises himself with his father figure but truthfully, he’s a self-absorbed creature who would do everything to maintain his power. He killed Sonja which started the war, adopted Selene after killing her family, and was killed by Selene in turn. Bill Nighy was perfect for the role of this vampire tyrant; he gave such an amazing performance that many consider his character as one of the most evil villain in the history of films.

  1. Quint Lane

Portrayed by: Kris Holden-Ried

Film: Underworld: Awakening (2012)

Dr. Lane’s son earned the term “super-lycan” thanks to his massive size and strength. Just like any other superheroes, Quint is seemingly immune to silver and has the ability to heal rapidly. He’s someone that you should not mess with; even Selene could not beat him in a combat. He’s a badass and a total death machine that can easily take down any of his opponents.

  1. Semira

Portrayed by: Lara Pulver

Film: Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

Being one of the leaders of the Eastern Coven, Semira is a fiercely ambitious vampire who’s addicted to power and would do anything to stay powerful. She’s ambitious enough that she doesn’t care who gets in her way in seeking power. No one can make a web of deception better than Semira. It definitely requires skill to be cunning and deceptive just to get what you want.

  1. Marius

Portrayed by: Tobias Menzies

Film: Underworld: Blood Wars (2016)

Marius is a powerful Lycan leader who has evil in all sort of his being. He’s a pretty badass villain despite the fact that he has a pretty flat personality. He killed Michael and took his blood to empower himself. He even nearly beaten Selene to death.

  1. Marcus Corvinus

Portrayed by: Tony Curran

Film: Underworld: Evolution (2006)

One of the three sons of Alexander Corvinus and Helena, Marcus was the first true vampire. He is a pure Vampire Hybrid who attacks using talons on his wings, and also biting enemies on the neck. He also is a master swordsman, as evidenced when he first fought against the Lycans in their first war. His power is said to be stronger than Viktor and Selene. He has superhuman strength, stamina, speed and regenerative healing factor making him a scary opponent.

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Nosferatu introduced us to a vampire genre and established some specific rules of what vampire should and shouldn’t do. This horror category film strictly followed that vampires have no stakes, no sunlight nor American citizenship. Vampire movies were initially coined as gore and dark-themed films that can scare the life out of you.

As the years go on though, the film has expanded into other genres. As the adaptation of the film varies, we have presented with different form of vampire films that strayed from its original genre. The genre has grown to encompass all types of movies from thriller to romance to comedy and everything in between. We’ve also witnessed different vampire forms. While these genres have expanded vampire fans, some of these films have made the ultimate horror film a cinematic joke.

Below are some of the vampire fans that may have ruined the genre.

  1. Near Dark


This movie may have received general positive reviews and even started cult followers, but it failed to satisfy the true-blue vampire fans. Instead of a pure vampire movie, Near Dark is more of a Western horror movie that is a darker version of Twilight 20 years earlier. Just like the Twilight movie, the plot of this film revolves around teenage love story. It may have tackled lots of traditional vampire legend, the film is a little too far-stretched from the original vampire theme in which they attempted to put bloodsuckers in a Western sort of biker movie. If you’re looking for a pure vampire movie, you would leave the theater unsatisfied and looking for more.

  1. BloodRayne

BloodRayne did not only manage to destroy the vampire movie genre but it also did the same with the video game film genre.

What could possibly go wrong in a film full of talented actors such as Billy Zane, Michael Madsen and Ben Kingsley?  For starters, we should blame Director Uwe Boll for the failure of this movie. It may have been shot in Romania which is known as the legendary home of vampires, but the director poorly squeezed so many genres in one film just to widen his target market. The film lacks authenticity with its terrible writing, poorly choreographed fight scenes and tacky costumes. Every potential audience of different film genre has been alienated by this movie.  And just to add insult to injury, the movie was bad enough that even the actors playing on it themselves were never shy of letting the public and the director know how much the movie sucks.

  1. Queen of the Damned

We’ve all been warned by our parents that rock music is evil. And this movie has yet proven that rock music is a lame way of waking a vampire from years of hibernation. A vampire was not only woken up by ridiculous rock music but to add nonsense to the plot, he even became a lead singer of a rock band. Other vampires became enraged and envious of his newfound fame so they went after him to kill him, but are thwarted by a vampire queen. This may have given us a few laughs if it was a comedy film, but what’s sad is that it’s a serious attempt for a vampire movie. What’s even sadder is that the vampire queen was played by the late Aaliyah and this was her last role before she passed away. We surely don’t want to remember the great artist as the actress who played in a lame movie.

  1. Love at First Bite


From the title itself, you’d know that this movie is nothing but a big joke.

There’s a vampire trying so hard not to vomit in his mouth every time Love at First Bite is played. The Dracula in this movie is played by George Hamilton who after being evicted from his Transylvania castle finds himself in New York City.

This movie may be perfect for a girl sleepover with its slapsticks and puns but not for those who truly respect the real vampire genre. There’s nothing new or noteworthy in the plot or cast, only some chuckles you’d get from jokes after jokes hurled at the audience. If there’s one thing that is successful about this movie, it’s the fact that that there hasn’t been a sequel made despite several attempts.

  1. Underworld


Many fans may seem to love Underworld but it has nothing to do with their affinity to vampires. Thanks to Kate Beckinsale’s smoking hot body, the film series has developed steady followers of fans. Aside from Beckinsale being an eye candy, we can’t deny the fact that the visuals in the film are remarkably striking.

The plot and the acting in the film though were done poorly that they outshine the positives. The film demonstrates the tension between vampires and species of werewolves but it failed to establish a strong division between audience just like how Team Edward and Team Jacob did in Twilight. Action lovers and teenage dudes may probably like this movie but critics and serious vampire fans hate this movie.

  1. Once Bitten



Though Jim Carrey may have done a lot of bad movie, it’s consoling to think that Once Bitten may not be the worst movie that he has done. What’s depressing though is that this may have been the worst vampire movie ever created.

Originally created to be a comedy, the director may have achieved its goal of providing laughs to the audience but it did no justice to the real vampire genre. It only made vampires laughable instead of creepy and mysterious. As expected, the transformation of Jim Carrey from human to vampire was overacted. The most climax that you get from the movie is a sex scene in a coffin and a dance-off in a high school. This might be your go-to movie if you had a bad day and wanted to have a laugh but not if you’re a serious vampire movie lover. And it doesn’t help the fact that the timeline in this movie gets a bit muddled, the premise is slightly confusing and the genre here is more teen sex comedy than vampire flick.

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The 1980s were loaded with vampire movies, from The Hunger (1983) and Once Bitten (1985) to Fright Night (1985) and Near Dark (1987). But only a selected few of these movies have proven to stand the test of time quite like The Lost Boys. The dark teen-vamp film managed to consistently rank as one of the best vampire films of all time and it also became a cult classic.

Starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Dianne Wiest, Alex Winter, and a few other people, including Jamison Newlander and Corey Feldman as the Frog brothers, this film is a classic vampire piece with all the trimmings. The story revolves around a recently divorced mother and her two sons moved to Santa Carla. While the younger brother, Sam, was busy befriending a couple of seemingly insane comic store assistants, his older brother, Michael, get tangled in with a gang of biker vampires. As Michael began turning into a vampire, Sam, with the help of Frog brothers, did everything they can to save his older brother.

Here are some vampire facts that The Lost Boys have taught us.

  1. They Can Take You All The Way To The Edge

Before even you start making a decision to hang out with vampires, you should know that they are totally extreme creatures. Just like terrorists or energy drinks, they are always on the edge and only live to get radical. There fearless attitude probably comes from the fact that they can’t die. So whether they are riding their dirt bikes through a thick fog or rocking out to a sexy saxophone solo by Tim Cappello, they always go to the extremes and get the best experience out of everything.

If you’re fortunate enough to hang out with a bunch of vampires, after all the shocks and adrenaline, you’d get to realize that it can totally be an enriching experience. After nearly falling off a cliff just to keep up with your vampire friends on dirt bikes, you’d get to appreciate your life and value every moment that you are alive.

  1. Vampires Like to Hang Out Under Bridges

We all have places that we love to hang out to – coffee shops, bars, restaurants, book stores, parks, museum and the likes. Vampires, on the other hand, are different from normal people in so many ways. One of these huge differences is the hang out place. You can hardly see vampires chilling in coffee shops or bars; instead you’d see them under bridges. They find the underside of a suspension bridge ultimately homey. The ones with a freight train passing directly overhead are their favorite. While we normal people find this place outrageously dangerous, vampires get their fill of extreme thrill by dangling over a foggy, bottomless abyss. They love anything that smells death-defying and reckless.

  1. They Can Easily Play With Your Mind

Just like many supernatural creatures, vampires are capable of playing with your mind. They can change your perceptions and mess up with your brain. If you ever become a victim of a vampire’s naughtiness, you may end up doing some crazy things unconsciously. Just like a little puppet in a show, vampires can make you do things according to their biddings.

  1. They Find Pleasure in Killing People

While it’s classy and ritualistic to drink blood of a rhinestone-encrusted 40 oz., it’s pretty boring and takes out the F in F-U-N. Yes, vampires need blood to survive, but they don’t just gulp gallons of blood for the sake of living. They enjoy the whole process of it – starting from hunting their victim to sinking their fangs and draining the blood out of you. And mind you, they can be pretty creative and sadistic in taking down their victim. We may be accustomed to seeing vampires biting their victim’s neck, but The Lost Boys show us how to do it even better. Let’s take a cue from Kiefer Sutherland when he bit through this victim’s skull.

Killing people may be a basic need to survive, but they make sure that they get the most fun out of it.

  1. It’s Quite Easy Becoming One of Them

One of the most common misconceptions about vampire lore is that you have to be bitten by a vampire to turn into one. While a vampire’s bite can certainly turn you into one of them, this is not the only way of becoming a part of their herd. And it does not require you a tremendous amount of effort like climbing Mount Everest or killing a lion with your bare hand. You can turn yourself into a vampire in as easy as drinking a blood out of a rhinestone-encrusted 40 oz. bottle.

Of course, the blood needs to be the head vampire’s blood in a group or “coven”. Simply hang out with the most bad-ass vamp in the group and have a fill of his blood to become one of them.

  1. Vampires DO Cry

We always perceive vampires as aggressive, terrifying and dangerous creatures of the night. What we fail to perceive though that deep down in their layered punk rock costumes lie a little boy who needs affection and care. It may seem astounding to believe but vampires have soft spot too. When they are not busy being assholes and bullies, they can be gentle creatures too. In every brave vampire in a rider bike lays a cared little boy who lost his mommy. Offer to give him some chocolate cake and when he’s not looking, impale him on a wooden stake so that he dies.

  1. They Can Really Do a Number on Your Plumbing

There may be several methods of taking a vampire down, but one that you should never try is dunking them into a bathtub full of garlic and holy water. You can eventually kill them in the end, but the process is excruciating and extremely unpleasant. Vampires will not only emit a bloodcurdling scream but they will also have their blood and flesh shoot out of all of your sinks and pipes. You certainly can’t afford hiring a plumber that can scrape melted vampire out of their pipes.

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Most of us consider Dracula as the most popular monster in horror movies. His character was portrayed by so many actors and has been presented in different angles. Dracula should be as charismatic and evil and scary as he was in the original novel of Bram Stoker, yet there are some adaptations that simply did not portray the prince of darkness too well.

Below are some of the movies that portrayed Dracula very wrong.

  1. Dracula Vs. Frankenstein

This movie did not only fail the expectation of moviegoers to see Dracula and Frankenstein fighting, but the entire plot does not seem logical as well.

The film shortly fell apart before it was even completed; it started as a generic horror movie that did not star Dracula or Frankenstein. The director then decided to add Frankenstein to the footage and when this did not work out well, he decided to add Dracula as well. Robert Engel, a former stock broker, was cast as Dracula supposedly because the director thought Engel’s look was perfect as the king of vampires. What’s sad though is that Engel looked more like Mr. Kotter from late-’70s sitcom Welcome Back Kotter than Dracula.

For reasons unknown, Dracula wanted to bring Frankenstein back to life. When the monster awakens, he did not live up to the expectation of Dracula and started attacking everyone. Dracula was left with no option but to kill him and without paying attention to the time and the sun rising up, he died as well while trying to take down his creation. The film portrayed the most powerful vampire as a dumb and compulsive creature which is far from what he should be.

  1. Blade Trinity

Director David Goyer decided to add Dracula in the third and final movie in the Blade trilogy to rival other vampires. Dracula should be the ultimate evil that tramples the rest of his species, but instead the movie depicted the king of vampire as a slice of beefcake with a penchant for improbably collared shirts and Goth eye shadow. The fact that he calls himself as “Drake” is cringe-worthy enough, plus he possesses nothing of Dracula’s evil, cunning or charismatic side. He was more like a pimply Goth teen rather than the most feared vampire in generations.

  1. Dracula’s Dog

It’s a huge disappointment that Dracula does not show himself much in this movie; his only purpose and exposure in Dracula’s Dog is to bite a dog and turn it into a vampire. What could be the reason why Dracula go this low in his victim? This dog prevented Dracula in a bat form from drinking a peasant woman. Because he was not able to turn the peasant woman, he was so enraged that he turned the dog instead. Seriously, no pet of any kind should be able to outmaneuver the king of vampires. The fact that a dog did so in this movie makes Dracula’s Dog a lame Dracula movie.

  1. Dracula 2000

Dracula 2000 is not really the worst movie in this list. First, it’s quite interesting that this film presented a different twist in Dracula. The idea that he’s actually Judas Iscariot that was punished by God with awesome vampire powers after his betrayal with Jesus is pretty unique. It should have been a great vampire movie, but not so as an adaptation of Dracula. What’s even crazier is Gerard Butler’s Dracula’s ability to have sex so hard he and his paramour float until they hit the ceiling.

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  1. Dracula: Prince of Darkness

Christopher Lee may have been famous for his performances as Dracula in Hammer horror movies but his lack of dialogue especially in the second movie in the series does not bring justice to the king of vampires. In fact, he did not have any lines at all. He just hissed on this movie. Portraying Dracula as a being of horror and supreme evil is nearly impossible when he sounded nothing but an alley cat. According to rumors, Lee’s refusal to say his dialogue was because the lines were so dumb but the screenwriter said he didn’t write any.

  1. Van Helsing

In all fairness, Stephen Sommers’ big-budget monster action movie presented Dracula as a pretty evil creature. But the film was generally weird and overcomplicated as well as less interesting. Instead of being the ultimate evil, Dracula was more interested in being a father, even though his bat-babies need Frankenstein or werewolf to be born. And if this is not weird enough, the fact that he and Van Helsing are brothers chosen by Satan and God just adds another crazy to the already crazy plot.

  1. Dario Argento’s Dracula

It’s mind-boggling that the master of Italian horror movies such as Phenomena and Suspiria made such an impressive and bad adaptation of Dracula. It’s not enough that the movie in general is not scary at all, what’s even more disappointing is that Thomas Kretschmann’s titular vampire failed to be portrayed as an evil creature. If you think Dracula becoming a giant praying mantis monster at some point is ridiculous enough, wait until you see the dumbest thing Dracula did in this movie – paying for the school in his little town. Never in your wildest dream have you thought that Dracula would be famous for his championing of education and charitable nature.

  1. Vampirella

This movie is so unforgiving in so many ways. First, the plot where Dracula is an alien from a vampire planet named Drakulon who came to Earth after killing some kind of vampire council is already way out of line from the original concept of Dracula. Second, Dracula was played by unknown Roger Daltrey as a poor man’s Lestat, subsuming the original character for Anne Rice’s more popular vampire. Third, Dracula’s stage name “Jaimie Blood” was so lame. And of course, it’s unforgivable that Dracula was donning a ponytail in Jaimie Blood’s “performance.”

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