BITE ME: The hottest onscreen vampires

With ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ hitting cinemas soon, we check out other small or big screen bloodsuckers audiences loved

Kate Beckinsale as Selene from 'Underworld: Blood Wars'
Kate Beckinsale as Selene from 'Underworld: Blood Wars'
13 May 2016

Kate Beckinsale as Selene from 'Underworld: Blood Wars'

Kate Beckinsale’s badass, tight leather-rocking vampire Selene is back again for Underworld: Blood Wars. The fifth film in the franchise follows her continuing struggle against the Lycan (a breed of werewolf) clan and traitorous Vampire faction that are both out for her and her daughter’s blood (literally), which will make them even more powerful than ever.

Fortunately, she is not alone in this fight. Theo James and Charles Dance return as David and Thomas respectively, fellow vampires who team up with her to attempt to put a stop to the never-ending war between Lycans and Vampires. However, this is one fight that could possibly cost Selene her life.

Ever since the first Underworld was released in 2003, Selene has established herself as one of the fierce femme fatales on screen – with her deadly combat skills, superhuman abilities and tough-as-nails, no-nonsense personality, she dedicated her life to wiping out the Lycan race after being told that they killed her family. Loosely based on the Marvel mutant supervillain of the same name, she has been turned into the protagonist for the movie series, which has grossed a total of over US$222.4 million at the worldwide box office.

Ahead, we look at other beautiful bloodsuckers who have captivated us on the small or silver screen:

Underworld: Blood Wars opens in cinemas on December 1.

WATCH: The 'Underworld: Blood Wars' trailer

Edward Cullen (The Twilight Saga)
Edward Cullen (The Twilight Saga)
13 May 2016

Edward Cullen (The Twilight Saga)

Over a decade ago, Robert Pattinson first caught the eye of fangirls when he played handsome Hufflepuff prefect in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but it wasn’t until 2008 when the British lad really broke through to full-on heartthrob status, thanks to his role as brooding, forever-17-year-old vampire Edward Cullen in the first of five Twilight films.

Despite countless arguments and analyses about how Edward is an emotionally abusive partner to Bella Swan (played by Robert’s former real-life girlfriend Kristen Stewart), he remains a hugely popular and well-loved character among swooning female viewers for a number of reasons, whether it’s his permanently tousled hair, piercing gaze, his intense adoration of his lady love, or even the fact that he sparkles like a diamond in the sunlight.

(Blood)lust level: 8/10. Love him or hate him, it’s impossible to deny that Edward has made his mark as a fictional Prince Charming of modern pop culture.

Chen Xiaogui (Immortal Love)
Chen Xiaogui (Immortal Love)
13 May 2016

Chen Xiaogui (Immortal Love)

Played by: Chew Chor Meng

Who else remembers tuning in to this Channel 8 classic all the way back in 1997, when leading man Chor Meng was only 29 years old (that’s younger than dukes Romeo Tan, Desmond Tan and Zhang Zhen Huan currently are, by the way)? Long before Edward romanced Bella, Xiaogui, a vampire cop who’s one of the good guys, and Florence Tan’s human character – or rather, characters – shared a love story that spanned several lifetimes. While the first three lifetimes don’t quite have a happy ending (Florence’s characters always die in some tragic manner), the series thankfully ends on a more blissful note, with Xiaogui coming across an orchestra and spotting the fourth reincarnation of his beloved.

(Blood)lust level: 8/10. The veteran actor still looks good today, but boy was he one heck of an undead heartthrob back in the day, even with his white shoulder-length hair. Plus, how cool did he look battling it out with the evil Lu Yunzhen (Pan Ling Ling)?

Watch past episodes of Immortal Love on Toggle.

Damon & Stefan Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)
Damon & Stefan Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)
13 May 2016

Damon & Stefan Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)

Played by: Ian Somerhalder & Paul Wesley

Music has the Jonas brothers, movies have the Hemsworth brothers, and the onscreen vampire world has the Salvatore brothers. While they share the same last name and chiselled good looks, the Salvatores are complete opposites in terms of personality: Damon, the older brother, is darker and more sinister (although he has become more caring as the series progressed), while Stefan is known to be noble and kind-hearted (save for a short time his nasty, bloodthirsty alter-ego emerged).

(Blood)lust level: 9/10. What’s better than one handsome, well-built vampire dreamboat with a smirk to die for? Two of them! No wonder Elena Gilbert couldn’t choose between them.

Photos: TPG

Kim Sung Yeol & Gwi (Scholar Who Walks the Night)
Kim Sung Yeol & Gwi (Scholar Who Walks the Night)
13 May 2016

Kim Sung Yeol & Gwi (Scholar Who Walks the Night)

Played by: Lee Jun Ki & Lee Soo Hyuk

Lovers of supernatural fantasy and Joseon era history got to enjoy the best of both worlds with this manhwa-adapted series, which is much more violent and bloody than your average kimchi-land flick. Besides the inevitable cross-“species” romance between Sung Yeol and human Jo Yang Sun (Lee Yu Bi), we also get to see loads of dramatic showdowns between him and Gwi, the main baddie of the show who is as deadly as he is drop-dead gorgeous.

(Blood)lust level: 8/10. We don’t blame you if you constantly found yourself distracted by Jun Ki’s and Soo Hyuk’s prettiness, whether they were being calm and broody or bloody bad boys. Also, the fact that we’ve always thought Soo Hyuk resembles a vampire in real life made his appearance here even more satisfying.

Photos: MBC

Park Ji Sang (Blood)
Park Ji Sang (Blood)
13 May 2016

Park Ji Sang (Blood)

Played by: Ahn Jae Hyun

Korean dramas have always been known for setting unrealistically high standards about men, but Blood took it to a whole new – and supernatural – level: not only does its vampiric male protagonist willingly suppress his thirst for human blood, he holds human life to such high regard that he becomes a top surgeon at a hospital (much like Edward Cullen’s adoptive father Dr. Carlisle Cullen in Twilight). Other than that, he possesses the typical personality of any other Hallyu onscreen lead, in that he appears cold and apathetic on the outside, but is actually a poor, lonely softie on the inside.

(Blood)lust level: 5/10. Jae Hyun, who started out as a model, did not exactly garner rave reviews for his debut leading role (his inexperience and lack of confidence were unfortunately hard to miss), but his character did have his cute moments, especially when shared with co-star Goo Hye Sun (which is not surprising given the fact that they eventually got together and are set to marry next week).

Photo: KBS

Baek Ma Ri & Han Si Hoo (Orange Marmalade)
Baek Ma Ri & Han Si Hoo (Orange Marmalade)
13 May 2016

Baek Ma Ri & Han Si Hoo (Orange Marmalade)

Played by: Kim Seol Hyun & Lee Jong Hyun

AOA’s Seol Hyun and CNBLUE’s Jong Hyun took a brief break from their respective bands to portray two vampires trying their best to fit into their high school (which is difficult enough even for human beings). As the second male lead, Si Hoo spent earlier episodes being rebellious and trying to get between blossoming lovers Ma Ri and Jung Jae Min (Yeo Jin Goo), who hates their bloodsucking kind at first but eventually comes to accept them (along with the rest of society).

(Blood)lust level: 7/10. Seol Hyun and Jong Hyun are already otherworldly beautiful beings when they’re just being themselves on stage, what more when they’re seen through a K-drama lens as flawless fantasy creatures.

Photos: KBS

Lestat de Lioncourt & Louis de Pointe du Lac (Interview with the Vampire)
Lestat de Lioncourt & Louis de Pointe du Lac (Interview with the Vampire)
13 May 2016

Lestat de Lioncourt & Louis de Pointe du Lac (Interview with the Vampire)

Played by: Tom Cruise & Brad Pitt

Two of the biggest Hollywood hunks of the 90s joined forces for the first – and so far, only – time over twenty years ago, when they were both younger, fresh-faced things on their road to the A-list. Although Anne Rice, the author of the original Interview novels, initially opposed to the casting of Tom as her beloved character (she didn’t bother mincing her words like “bizarre” and “impossible to imagine”), she changed her mind after seeing the final product and Tom’s convincing performance as the seductively sinister Lestat.

(Blood)lust level: 6/10. The long, flowing hair and overdramatic period costumes can look a little bit campy at times, but nothing can take away the fact that Tom and Brad were two fine­-looking men in their early 30s (and that they looked pretty darn good in otherwise creepy light-coloured contact lenses).

We’d also like to do a special shout-out to a then-12-year-old Kirsten Dunst who made an absolutely adorable – and also rather terrifying – child vampire. Those curls!

Photos: TPG

Lam Mung Nam (Blue Veins)
Lam Mung Nam (Blue Veins)
13 May 2016

Lam Mung Nam (Blue Veins)

Played by: Kay Tse

This TVB series marks the Cantopop chanteuse’s drama leading role debut, and in it she plays a forensic scientist who eventually discovers that she is a vampire whose memories and abilities (save for the power to resurrect the dead for one minute) have been locked away from her. Even after learning her supernatural identity, Mung Nam refuses to turn into a murderous monster, and would rather starve than kill a human for blood.

(Blood)lust level: 4/10. Kay could have done with better, more natural-looking contact lenses, but other than that, we’re totally down with a vampire who’s kind and doesn’t want to turn us into her dinner.

Fong Tin Yau (My Date with a Vampire)
Fong Tin Yau (My Date with a Vampire)
13 May 2016

Fong Tin Yau (My Date with a Vampire)

Played by: Eric Wan

Sadly, Hong Kong broadcasting company Asia Television (ATV) closed down on April 1 this year after almost 60 years on the air, but they will always be remembered for their hit shows over the decades, including My Date with a Vampire.

The classic trilogy features a unique blend of Chinese mythology and western vampires (which means you won’t find hopping zombies in traditional garb), and gained a large following when the first instalment was aired in 1998 (two more sequels followed in 2000 and 2004). Tin Yau, like several other vampires on this list, is no savage beast, having willingly avoided drinking human blood ever since he was changed 60 years ago. He even teams up with ghostbuster – and his eventual love interest – Ma Siu Ling (Joey Meng) to defeat the evil Yamamoto Kazuo (Kenneth Chan), who plans to turn the entire world into bloodsuckers. Good guy vampires for the win!

(Blood)lust level: 6/10. Tin Yau may not be your conventionally handsome leading man- er, vampire, but he sure had charisma, and the character is still regarded as Eric’s most iconic performance to this day.

In March, it was announced that Fox Networks Group Asia will begin work on a series (and possibly even a big screen) remake of My Date with a  Vampire, after 21st Century Fox acquired 28 dramas from ATV’s inventory last year. We guess only time will tell if the new version ever lives up to its wildly popular predecessors…

Special mention: The Chinese vampires from I Want To Be A Star
Special mention: The Chinese vampires from I Want To Be A Star
13 May 2016

Special mention: The Chinese vampires from I Want To Be A Star

Back in September, we saw some of local TV’s biggest stars fall from grace (fictionally, of course) as calefares struggling to get to the A-list in the Toggle Originals series. When we visited the imaging session back in March and filming for the upcoming Toggle Originals series in April, we saw Shane Pow, Dennis Chew, Hong Ling and Ya Hui in elaborate Chinese vampire garb, complete with beads, ghost-like face paint and blackened lips. With such a wacky bunch like that, we honestly wouldn’t know whether to laugh or cry if we chanced upon them on the streets at night…

Watch past episodes of I Want To Be A Star on Toggle.

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