Sure, you can just drive a stake through a vampire’s heart…but the movies have proven that there are far more creative ways. What better way to celebrate Halloween month than to list ten memorable movie methods (with a nod to Sarkoffagus for his help):
1. Trap the vampire in the shadow of a windmill, so it forms a cross on the ground. (Brides of Dracula)
2. Toss the vampire into a bathtub filled with holy water and garlic. (The Lost Boys)
3. Using kung fu, punch the vampire in the heart. (The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires)
4. Shoot the vampire in the heart with a spear gun. (The Last Man on Earth)
5. While the vampire is standing on a frozen lake, use a rifle and shoot the ice so it cracks and the vampire falls into the water. This one is tricky because vampires aren’t particularly fond of winter sports like ice skating. (Dracula: Prince of Darkness)
6. Knock the vampire off a cliff onto a big cross protruding from the ground. Another tricky one ’cause the vampire must land precisely so that the cross impales him. (Dracula Has Risen from the Grave)
7. Shoot the vampire with a crossbow and drag him into the sunlight. (John Carpenter’s Vampires)
8. Lure the vampire onto a roof during a thunderstorm, and maneuver him so he’s adjacent to a tall metal object so he can be struck by lightning. Visually interesting, to be sure, but one of the most difficult to accomplish. Not recommended. (Scars of Dracula)
9. Call on the powers of evil to defeat evil by sending a big swarm of bats to circle the vampire’s castle. (The Kiss of the Vampire)
10. If you’re sure it’s near dawn, you can hop on a sturdy long table, run down it, jump on the drapes, and rip them down. The sunlight will disintegrate the vampire. If he tries to crawl out of the sunlight, use some candle sticks to form a cross and keep him from moving into the safety of shadows. (Horror of Dracula)
- Defeat the vampire in a swordfight (Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter), though this is very similar to stabbing him with a stake.
- Trap the vampire in the thorns of a Hawthorne tree. Actually, this won’t kill the vampire, but it will keep him from going anywhere. You can then dispose of him using the traditional stake or just let sunlight finish the job. (The Satanic Rites of Dracula)
Who are your favorite cinematic bloodsuckers? Let us know in the comments!
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