Before Marvel movies dominated the mainstream, there was Blade. Released in 1998, Blade, following the adventures of the eponymous vampire hunter, was one of the first R-rated comic book movies and helped pave the way for later Marvel hits to come. Blade's vampire-slaying exploits were also chronicled in a couple of sequels of varying quality.
Originally appearing in Tomb of Dracula all the way back in 1973, Blade made his big-screen debut played by Wesley Snipes, who absolutely made the character his own. Over the course of three films, Snipes's Blade ran up against plenty of vampires. In the first film, he attempted to stop the villainous Deacon Frost from unleashing a vampire god that would turn all humans into vampires. In Blade II, directed by Guillermo del Toro, he was forced to team up with the vampires who had been hunting him in order to stop a new species of bloodsucker, the nearly invincible Reapers. Finally, in Blade: Trinity, Blade found himself confronting the granddaddy of all vampires himself, none other than Dracula, with the help of some new allies calling themselves the Nightstalkers.
But of all those vampires, which are the most evil, the most sinister, the most vicious? Now's your chance to vote for the most bloodthirsty vampires in the Blade franchise.
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While the comic book version of Deacon Frost was an older guy with white hair and a beard, in the movies he's played by Stephen Dorff, with his look and his personality changed accordingly.
First Appearance: Deacon Frost is pulled from the pages of Tomb of Dracula, but his first cinematic appearance is as the primary antagonist in Blade (1998).
Most Villainous Act: Frost has a laundry list of ne'er-do-well attributes, including wiping out the ruling vampire council and planning to become a god in order to turn all humans into vampires. But his most heinous act might just be turning Blade's mom and keeping her around for years just to torment his foe.
How He Bit The Dust: Despite successfully awakening the vampire god La Magra and turning into a sort of weird blood spirit, Frost ultimately meets his end when Blade injects him with, well, lots of anticoagulant, at which point he sorta explodes.212Villainous vampire?
Danica TalosPhoto: Blade: Trinity / New Line Cinema
Parker Posey as a vampire is one of those casting choices that just seems like a no-brainer. As Danica Talos, the secondary antagonist of Blade: Trinity, Posey seems a bit inhibited by the prosthetic fangs and contact lenses, but it's still Parker Posey as a vampire, so that's something.
First Appearance: Blade: Trinity (2004)
Most Villainous Act: Called a variety of... memorable epithets by Ryan Reynolds's Hannibal King, Danica Talos seems like a pretty evil lady, even if we never see her actually do most of what's implied. She woke up Dracula, for one thing, but probably her most monstrous moment is when she threatens to torment King by turning him and then leaving him to feed on his friend's young daughter.
How She Bit The Dust: When the Nightstalkers take out Drake (AKA Dracula) with an arrow tipped with a biological weapon that, once aerosolized, will destroy every nearby vampire, Danica is one of the ones who buys the farm in the aftermath.201Villainous vampire?
Jared NomakPhoto: Blade II / New Line Cinema
In Blade II, the vampires have genetically created a new "Reaper strain" of super-vampires with insect-like jaws that feed on other vampires and who are also the prototype for the vampires that director Guillermo del Toro would later bring to the small screen in The Strain. The "carrier" of this new strain of vampirism is Jared Nomak. He is one of the earliest of del Toro's recurring "tragic prince" characters, as actor Luke Goss would more or less reprise this same role six years later in Hellboy II.
First Appearance: Blade II (2002)
Most Villainous Act: Nomak fights Blade to a standstill and turns a lot of people into Reapers. Ultimately, though, Nomak is a tragic figure who just wants revenge against his father, Damaskinos, whom he slays by tearing out his throat without turning him. "I've spared you my fate," he says.
How He Bit The Dust: We learn early in the movie that the Reapers, notoriously difficult to take out, are immune to just about everything but sunlight, and that their hearts are encased in bone, making them nearly impossible to stake. They have Chekhov's weakness, however, in the form of a gap in the side of the bone around their heart, of which Blade takes full advantage after an epic fight to jam a broken sword tip in there.171Villainous vampire?
Eli DamaskinosPhoto: Blade II / New Line Cinema
An ancient master vampire played by German actor Thomas Kretschmann, Damaskinos has long, creepy fingers and marble-white skin. He's also pretty evil.
First Appearance: Blade II (2002)
Most Villainous Act: Besides betraying Blade and company, Damaskinos is pretty uniformly unredeemable. He's obsessed with creating a "master race" of vampires, which is never a good sign. And he's willing to experiment on - and even sacrifice - his own children to achieve his goals.
How He Bit The Dust: "Isn't it sad that you die not by the hand of your enemy, but by that of your own children," Nyssa says as she locks Damaskinos in with Nomak, whom she has only recently learned is her brother, so that Nomak can have his revenge. He does so by tearing out Damaskinos's throat but not transmitting the Reaper strain to him. "I've spared you my fate," he says. "You will die."154Villainous vampire?