Thursday, July 28, 2011

Of Vampires and Hunks

The introduction of Count Orlok in FW Murnau's 1921 silent movie Nosferatu has given the earlier impression of vampires as vile, ugly and bloodthirsty creatures. However, since then, fans of the vampire genre have been treated to a deluge of eye-candy vampires. Think Edward Cullen (of the Twilight Saga fame) and Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire).

Photo of Count Orlok taken from here, and photo of Edward Cullen taken from here.

Well, there is no shame in admitting that you watch vampire-themed TV shows to drool at those hot, hunky vamps, is there?
Films aside, here's my top 5 vampire-themed TV series of all times:

5. True Blood - Created by the one and the only Alan Ball (HBO's Six Feet UnderAmerican Beauty). Set in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, the story centers around our heroine, Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress at Merlotte's and her entanglement with the undead, namely her broody vampire (ex) love Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and the yummylicious Nordic hunk Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard).

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4. Blood Ties - Kyle Schmid plays Henry Fitzroy, supposedly the illegitimate son of Henry VIII of England. He's a graphic artist who lives a secluded life until he meets Vicki Nelson, a private detective. He possesses centuries' worth of knowledge and experience in the supernatural/occult and ends up being Vicki's bodyguard/partner.

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3. AngelStarring David Boreanaz (TV's Bones) in the title role, Angel is a vampire whose soul is returned by the Gypsies after his brutal murder of one of their own. Tormented by his guilt and remorse, he packs up and heads to Los Angeles, California and heads Angel Investigations to help the helpless, which consist of people with demonic/supernatural problems.

                                                  Photo taken from here

2. Moonlight - Yet another vampire/private investigator, Mick St.  John is unlike any other vampires - he doesn't hunt women, children or innocents. Despite knowing that a relationship with a mortal is inevitable, he falls in love with an internet reporter, Beth Turner. FYI, Mick St. John is played by the hunkalicious Alex O'Laughlin (from TV's Hawaii Five-0).

                                                 Photo taken from here

1. Buffy the Vampire SlayerOK, call me biased, BtVS is in my number one spot not because of the hunks but because this writer has shaved several decades off her life by writing her thesis on this popular TV show created by Joss Whedon (AngelFirefly). The heroine is Buffy Summers, the latest in the line of Slayers, women mystically chosen to defend the world against vampires and demons and other uglies. Besides Angel (yes, he originates from here), there's also Spike (James Marsters), and although nowhere near vampiric, watch out also for Riley Finn (Marc Blucas) in seasons four to six.

                                                  Photo taken from here

That said, have a good day  :)

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