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.
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.”