While Dracula may be considered the most famous vampire of them all, there is no denying the amount of fantastic female vampires that exist in the horror genre. From cartoon vampires to energy vampires, and even good old fashioned bloodsuckers, there’s no shortage of fearsome female vampires to choose from.
Well, luckily for you I’ve done all the hard work and narrowed down the selection to the top 10 female vampires in the world of horror. You’re welcome!
10. Mona from Mona the Vampire (1999)
Mona Parker may seem like an ordinary 10-year-old girl, but when weird things start to happen in her hometown she dons her secret identity of Mona the Vampire, a crime-fighting vampire with her adorable cat sidekick, Fang.
While Mona’s fangs and cape may be fake, she still makes a kickass vampire detective. However, it turns out that her over-active imagination may be to blame for the supernatural goings-on around her, and there’s usually a rational explanation to account for any weird activity.
While Mona may not be a real vampire, you’ve got to applaud anyone who develops a love of horror at such a young age and has so many clothes with bats on them!
9. Rose from Rabid (1977)
After Rose has some life-saving surgery after a motorcycle accident, she develops a stinger-type appendage which emerges from her armpit and drains her victims of their blood. Thinking of nothing but her growing hunger, Rose escapes the hospital and makes a bid for freedom, leaving a slew of drained people in her wake.
However, what Rose doesn’t know is that draining her victims infects them with a disease that presents itself as an extreme case of rabies. The virus quickly spreads through Montreal, causing a local emergency as the doctors are unable to find a cure for the people Rose has infected.
8. Sibella from Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988)
When Shaggy, Scooby, and Scrappy-Doo get jobs as PE teachers at an all-girls school, they don’t realise all the pupils are the daughters of the world’s most famous monster. Among them is Sibella, Dracula’s daughter.
Sibella had a look I coveted heavily as a child, with her long violet hair, beautiful purple dress, and bright blue, ‘80s eyeshadow. She also had the ability to turn into the cutest purple bat you’ve ever seen.
7. Dracula’s Brides from Van Helsing (2004)
Aleera, Verona, and Marishka are the three brides of Dracula in Van Helsing (2004), and unlike other versions of the Dracula story, the brides are given a much more central role.
Much like lionesses, the brides are the ones who fly into the village to find food and bring it back for Dracula to eat. The brides take pleasure in attacking the villagers and taunting Anna as they repeatedly try to kill her.
The brides are also working with Dracula to create a race of vampire babies, which is the whole catalyst behind Dracula’s master plan involving both Frankenstein’s Monster and werewolves!
While in their human form the brides are beautiful creatures, dressed in floaty fabrics. However, when they reveal their true vampire form they are terrifying winged creatures who will kill you as soon as look at you.
6. Claudia from Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Claudia is a reminder to all vampires why they should never give a child eternal life. While Louis initially feeds on Claudia believing she was about to die anyway after the plague took her mother, Lestat turns her into a vampire to give Louis a new companion.
Claudia displays all the character traits of a bratty child, killing anyone who annoys her or gets in her way.
However, Claudia soon begins to resent her new life as a vampire. Realising she will be trapped in the body of a child forever, even though her mind has grown older, she takes her vengeance out on Lestat by attempting to murder him in a very cold and calculated way. Despite her childlike appearance, she easily matches Lestat when it comes to intelligence and violence.
5. Rose the Hat from Doctor Sleep (2019)
Rose the Hat has more of a taste for steam than blood, but that doesn’t make her any less of a vampire. Rose and her gang, the True Knot, travel around the country searching for kids with special powers similar to Danny Torrance’s shine so that they can drain them of their life energy.
However, for the steam to sustain them for as long as possible, their victims need to be scared and in pain. This means Rose and her gang torture their victims, brutally murdering them to ensure they can extract as much steam as possible.
Despite steam being scarce, Rose is a faithful leader and always does her best to ensure the True Knot don’t go hungry for too long.
4. The Girl from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
A lot of the vampires on this list have an enviable fashion sense, but none more so that The Girl from A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2016). The Girl rocks a stripey tee, skinny jeans, black skate shoes, loads of eyeliner, and a chador as she stalks her victims. Oh, did I mention she also skateboards and listens to White Lies records?
The Girl is easily the coolest vampire on the list, not to mention the fact she specifically targets victims who are terrible people, including the drug-dealing pimp, Saeed.
3. Nadja from What We Do in the Shadows (2019)
The intro credits to What We Do in the Shadows (2019) alone show us how cool a vampire Nadja is and how she’s been rocking an amazing dress sense for hundreds of years. The only woman in a house full of male vampires, Nadja isn’t afraid to speak her mind or spout some of the filthiest and most insulting comebacks you’ve ever heard.
Nadja is probably one of the most sensible vampires in the house and is frequently drawn into sorting out her husband’s problems. She also owns a doll which is possessed by the spirit of her human soul, and it’s hilarious to watch the two argue over their problems.
2. Santanico Pandemonium from From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Santanico Pandemonium has the high honour of being involved in one of the coolest scenes in From Dusk Till Dawn and being the first character who gets to reveal the true nature of the staff at the Titty Twister bar.
Santanico’s dance scene with Ritchie is a thing of beauty as she exerts her power over him without even saying a word. However, when Ritchie gets stabbed through the bullet hole in his hand, Santanico is unable to control herself and reveals her vampire form.
Watching Santanico change is the moment the movie shifts gears drastically and turns into a full-on horror movie. While it’s sad we lose her as quickly as we do, she makes a hell of an impact for the short time she is on screen.
1. Amy from Fright Night (1985)
Vampires in horror movies can have many different looks. While some simply grow a pair of fangs or slightly scarier eyes, no vampire effect is as impressive as Amy from Fright Night (1985).
After being hypnotised and bitten by Jerry, she is left to transform into a vampire as Jerry fights Charlie and Peter. In the final fight scene, Amy reveals her vampire form to Charlie. While she initially piles on the guilt to lure Charlie closer to her, she soon unleashes her enormous, shark mouth.
Amy has the most impressive set of teeth I’ve ever seen, and on a technical level, the practical effect used to create Amy’s mouth is astoundingly beautiful. Amy looks terrifying as a vampire, and I have to admit I was slightly sad when she got turned back into a human.
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