Vampires: They Don't Suck Anymore

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Vampires: They Don't Suck Anymore

Bella and Edward in Twilight

From "Nosferatu" to Angel from "Buffy" and beyond, check out how some of Hollywood's top fanged friends have evolved throughout time.

"Do you want me to bolt the doors so you can massacre the unsuspecting townsfolk?" I whispered conspiratorially.

"And where do you fit into that scheme?" He glared.

"Oh, I'm with the vampires, of course." – Bella and Edward, "Twilight"

How did it happen that we threw our lot in with the vampires? Not so long ago, these creatures were loathsome things—God-forsaken Bogey Monsters consumed by inhuman appetites and in league with the Devil. These days, most vampires aren't all that bad. In Stephenie Meyer's spectacularly successful "Twilight" series (the film of the same name, based on the books, hits theaters on November 21), vampire Edward Cullen is the good guy—though he still has some curious eating habits.

The vampire has undergone a remarkable facelift over the last century or so. The creature's media incarnations are reflective of how we process the weightiest of issues: Death, sex, evil and our own conflicted natures. Check out our slideshow of how vampires have evolved from evil killers to sexy heroes.

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