Twilight and History's Coolest Vampires - An RT Guide

Kim Newman explores a century of Vampire Chic.

Vampire Chic - 1960s

Vampires got sexier in the '60s, and into the '70s, as more and more women got into the act -- yielding such memorable fanged sex kittens as Barbara Steele in The Mask of Satan (Black Sunday), Barbara Shelley in Dracula -- Prince of Darkness, Ingrid Pitt in The Vampire Lovers and Delphine Seyrig in Daughters of Darkness. All these ladies made great play of big eyes and bigger teeth. Various Eurotrash types started turning out vampire skinflicks, like La Vampire Nue or Vampyros Lesbos, in which blood trickling into cleavage is a recurrent image.

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