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Our Favorite and Weirdest Instances of Vampires in Popular Culture

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Vampires are weird, let’s face it. Here are our picks for the best in pop culture history!

Vampira

You gotta start at the source of awesome pop culture vampires: Maila Nurmi’s “Vampira” character. Everyone knows Elvira of Movie Macabre fame, but not everyone realizes Elvira is essentially the Part II of Vampira – the original vampiress TV show host. Vampira’s legacy lives on in the classic Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Count Chocula

Like you didn’t expect this chocolate mascot to be on the list? We want to like his pals Boo Berry and Frankenberry just as much, but when you gotta make monster cereal count you gotta count on Chocula.

Vampire’s Secret Ice Pops

Long ago there was a frozen dessert homage to a vampire that honestly looked more like Frankenstein’s monster. Regardless, these were black cherry pops with goopy red “blood” (cherry sauce) in the middle. Lee was hooked on these things. Every time the ice cream truck drove by, he’d run after it (and still does). Good luck finding any still around.

My Son, The Vampire

Remember the song about Camp Granada from comedy legend Allan Sherman? Somehow he got hired to write the theme song to an awful horror movie titled My Son, The Vampire. Well, even though the movie isn’t much to write to Vampira about, his song is kind of amazing. It shows up on Dr. Demento Halloween CDs and the likes. Enjoy!

Dracula: Dead and Loving It!

Ever wonder what would happen if the Naked Gun movies were bitten by a vampire? You’re in luck! Leslie Nielsen starred in a Mel Brooks comedy about Dracula in the 90s. Bonus points because his sidekick is the weird dude from Ghostbusters II. Slapsticky, stupid, fun.

The Real Ghostbusters “No One Comes To Lupusville”

This might be one of the scariest episodes of the Real Ghostbusters. They end up on a mission to chase resident vampires out of a small town and find out the other half of the citizens are werewolves. It ends in a battle of who would win in a fight between Vampires or Werewolves. Pretty heavy questions for a kids show, if you ask us.

Forever Knight/Nick Knight

Chances are you may remember CBS’s 1992 series Forever Knight, a show following a detective who works the night shift in Toronto because he’s a vampire. Even if you remember that, the 1989 made-for-TV movie that was to act as a pilot for the TV series may have flew under your radar.

This masterpiece took a while to be picked up and Springfield was out, which gave us Geraint Wyn Davies in the titular role. Nick Knight, struggling to become human again, drank bags of blood from his fridge like some fucked up Capri Suns. Other stuff probably happened on the show, but that’s all that stood. The made-for-TV movie/pilot starring Springfield? Priceless. Well, $9 for the DVD, but it’s worth it.

If you’d like to read more about Linz freaking out about this movie, check out her full write-up, exposing Rick Springfield as a vampire.

The Vampire from Waxwork

True facts: whenever Linz can talk about Waxwork, she’s gonna.

The vampire scene is the one she most quotes. To a troubling degree. Also troubling: how often steak tartare comes up in conversation.

If you didn’t pick up on it, the main vampire in Waxwork is feeding his fellow vampires, and the non-vampire guest, chopped up and bloody people pieces. Yes, that’s gross, but his flawless delivery on “Oh yes, steak tartare” forever makes it the best vampire performance of all time.

Outside of the vampire schtick, you may have noticed someone in the trailer that you recognize. Yes, that is Zach Galligan of Gremlins fame.

Bunnicula

Linz has written previously about Bunnicula, basically he’s a vampire rabbit that sucks the juice out of produce leaving them white. Since then, Bunnicula has become a series on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

We’d like to take some credit for this, but Chris Kattan is the voice of Bunnicula, so maybe we’ll sit this one out.

SCTV’s Count Floyd

As host of SCTV’s Monster Chiller Horror Theatre, Count Floyd (alter-ego of SCTV News’ Floyd Robertson) really scared the pants off of us. Except not really.

Count Floyd was a true professional, making up for a slew of completely non-scary films.

And if scary things are too… scary? for you, he’s also an expert in Making Real Funny Home Videos:

The Flintstones – The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone (1979)

Of course The Flintstones would follow suit with most shows and have a Halloween-themed episode, and The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone is full of the type of cringe and exposition to eat up time that you’d expect from The Flintstones.

So much inaction. Why is Frankenstone (really, Frankenstone’s Monster) calling Rockula “Master”? Would that make him Rockula’s Monster?

Baywatch (Night Whispers, 1996) and Baywatch Nights (Search & Rescue, 1997)

When we found out that Baywatch Nights had a vampire episode, we couldn’t wait to watch it. Until we realized that would mean watching a full episode of Baywatch Nights. Thankfully YouTube had our backs and user Foywonder uploaded a condensed three-minute version of the episode.

“Mitch, you cannot trust one word she says. She is a vampire”.

Thank you, Foywonder, you’re doing the Lord’s work.

Who are your favorite vampires? Let us know!

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