Stake Holders: The Great Vampire Hunters

A new feature on MSN Entertainment:

From the Vampire Lestat to Edward Cullen, the vampire left the realm of darkly dangerous villain to become a broodingly attractive and tortured romantic hero, kind of a Rochester without a heartbeat. But now that America’s love affair with these cold-blooded creatures of the night is finally cooling, attention is back to the actual heroes of the vampire genre: the vampire hunter. Whether they are scientist, adventurer, guy next door or a high school cheerleader with a destiny and a ferocious flying kick, they face the undead with nothing but a sharp stick, a splash of holy water and a prayer. With Paul Bettany taking up the mantle in “Priest” and with the remake of “Fright Night” on the horizon (not to mention the revisionist history of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” in production for 2012), we revisit some of the most memorable, flamboyant and fearless vampire hunters of the movies, from the best of the big-screen Van Helsings to the motley teenagers of the video generation.

1. Van Helsing in ‘Dracula‘ (1931), ‘Horror of Dracula‘ (1958) and a host of others

Professor Abraham van Helsing staked his claim (sorry) as the godfather of vampire hunters in the wellspring of all vampire fiction: Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula.”

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Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website ( I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View ( I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly,, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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