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The thought of a creature of the night visiting you in the darkness to bite you on the neck has a very sensual appeal. So it is no wonder that humans have been intrigued by the idea of sexy vampires for centuries.
Power is highly sexual, which is one reason that vampires stimulate rather than scare people. More so, the power of being immortal is something that mankind has investigated since the first funeral was mourned. To beat death and live forever by drinking a magical elixir, whether it is from the fountain of youth or the veins of another person, continues to be an allure to most people.
In fictional literature, one of the first encounters with sexy vampires occurs with the novella Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu in 1871.
As the first novel to describe the modern vampire as we know of it today, Carmilla predates the most well-known vampire story of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The vampire of the story, Carmilla, is attracted to victims who are female, and in the story she seduces her victims.
The use of lust and sexual prowess has been interpreted as a lesbian scenario, which has contrived readers and led to much debate. While male vampires who prey on other men are not considered a homosexual act, it is noticeable how the author of Carmilla uses sexuality as a way for the female vampire to lure in her prey. The first story of the modern day vampire reemerges a century later in another form of entertainment.
Vixens of the night, sexy vampires have been recreated for almost one hundred years in one of the most visually stimulating ways--film. However, it was not until the 1960s that sexy vampires flourished on screen.
One of the first movies to feature sexy vampires was titled The Fearless Vampire Killers. Director Roman Polanski wrote and starred in the film, alongside his wife Sharon Tate. As an aside, Sharon Tate would be one of the victims in one of the most troublesome crimes of the decade: the Charles Manson murders in 1969.
In the film, Sharon portrayed Sarah Shagal who is a sexy redheaded vampire. As sexy vampires go, Sharon was the epitome of hotness in the scene where she is bathing in a bubble bath, looking very voluptuous and presumably innocent.
As the decade of the seventies emerges, one of the most popular vampire film producers was in its heyday--Hammer Film Productions. While Hammer Films was also the producer of dozens of other films featuring supernatural creatures including Frankenstein and the mummy, the vampire series was its most memorable.
In connection with the story of Carmilla, from 1970 to 1972 there emerged a set of films known as the Karnstein series, which included The Vampire Lovers, Lust for a Vampire, and Twins of Evil. The trilogy was most famous for the explicit lesbian scenes, which were revolutionary in their shocking use of sexuality on the screen.
In The Vampire Lovers, Carmilla is played by the British actress Ingrid Pitt, whose role shot her into stardom and resulted in several other roles in horror films by Hammer. By the third movie, Twins of Evil, it is clear that sexy vampires are a top priority. The lead characters, Frieda and Maria Gellhorn, are played by Mary Collinson and Madeleine Collinson who were twins and Playboy Playmates.
Another role for Ingrid Pitt that granted her the lead of the sexy vampires of the decade was in the film Countess Dracula in 1971. As the lead character, Elisabeth Nodosheen, Pitt flaunts around as a barely clothed vampire. She learns that she can maintain her sexual libido and attractiveness by drinking the blood of youthful women. However, she must feed on men as well, which she does so by seduction. By the end of the film, Elisabeth is so good looking that she finds the need to prance about in black lingerie.
Other female sexy vampires that have graced the screen include Sookie Stackhouse from the “True Blood” television series. Eroticism is a major theme with the show that has the motto of “thou shall not crave thy neighbor.” While less about sexy vampires, the Twilight series is more of a teen romance story. Available in novel form and in film, part of the allure to the Twilight series is the allusion to sex rather than full blown acknowledgment of the act.
However, not only sexy vampires are women. Sexy male vampires have been around just as long as their female counterparts.
One of the first males to portray a sexy vampire was Frank Langella in the 1977 Broadway version of “Dracula,” based on Bram Stoker’s novel. Featuring costume design by the noted macabre illustrator Edward Gorey, this screenplay of the vampire story was a hit.
Langella was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his charming and sexually appealing portrayal of the bloodthirsty Count.
Anne Rice is the queen of vampire novels. Two of her novels, “Interview with the Vampire,” and “Queen of the Damned,” were both released in film versions and each feature very sexy vampires. In the Interview with the Vampire, the sexy vampires are of the masculine persuasion. Two of the hottest men in Hollywood, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, added a lot of heat to the screen as Louis de Pointe du Lac and Lestat de Lioncourt, respectively.
While the long flowing manes and sexual energy of these male vampires were not exactly what Rice wanted for the movie, fans did not seem to have an issue with these sexy vampires. In the Queen of the Damned, the sexy vampire that captured the screen was Akasha, the Queen of the Damned, who was played by the late Aaliyah. Her erotic, tantric dance is one of the most sexualized acts of vampires on film.