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Posted at 1:10 PM ET, 06/25/2010

Friday list: On the eve of 'Eclipse,' a rundown of vampires who just want to have fun

By Jen Chaney

With "Twilight: Eclipse" just days away from opening in theaters nationwide -- and undoubtedly prompting a series of squeals that will be audible from satellites in distant space -- the vampires of the Cullen family are again taking center stage in the pop cultural conversation.

The Cullens certainly have their charms, particularly Edward, the fanged Romeo of the "Twilight" series and the pasty, brooding bloodsucker who has quickly become the standard fantasy prom date for the new millennium. For starters, he has demonstrated an impressive amount of self-restraint at key moments in the "Twilight" narrative, at least pre-"Eclipse." And he wears that corpse-like complexion remarkably well. But here's the thing: Edward Cullen -- who, as played by Robert Pattinson, carries around his intensity and angst like some sort of emo version of Nosferatu -- isn't exactly a lot of fun.

The Count, chatting up a young student and, as always, living the high life. (Post file photo)

So on this Friday before "Eclipse" arrives, here's a list of vampires from various corners of the pop culture world who actually do seem like a pretty good time, even though some *may* not look quite as hot on your arm at the senior prom. As always, feel free to share your own favorite "fun" vamps in the comments section.

1. David (Kiefer Sutherland) from "The Lost Boys"

Now that guy was dangerous. But like, sexy-dangerous, with the motorcycle and the '80s mullet to prove it. And when he wasn't trying to kill Jason Patric's Michael, he could throw a pretty good late-night party in his underground lair. Why, he even offers guests Chinese food ... as long as they don't mind the maggots. The person who made the video tribute below is clearly on the same page.

2. The Count from "Sesame Street"

Aside from upbeat Ernie and the perpetually giggly Elmo, is there a happier guy on Sesame Street than its resident, numerically masterful vampire? (By the way, ever notice how everyone totally accepts the Count, despite his blood-slurping tendencies? Sesame Street: it's a much more tolerant place than Forks.) Hanging out with this guy undoubtedly translates into hours of incessant counting. How perfectly, mathematically zen.

3. Count Vladimir Dracula (George Hamilton) from "Love at First Bite"

As a coffin-dweller who accidentally ends up in New York, Hamilton's Dracula was a classic late '70s romantic, the kind of guy who professes his love for you (especially if you happen to be Susan Saint James), then takes you for a disco swing on the dance floor to the tune of Alicia Bridges's "I Love the Nightlife." A vampire who's got to boogie -- doesn't get much more fun than that.

4. Bunnicula, from the children's book "Bunnicula"

He's cute. He's furry. He's completely non-threatening. And the only thing he likes to suck the juice out of is a carrot. If you loved this 1979 children's book as much as I did, surely you also fantasized about the potential awesomeness (and fun) of adopting a vampire rabbit as a pet.

5. Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) in "Fright Night"

Far more evil than Edward Cullen, Jerry compensates for his murderous nature by being utterly charming, frequently witty and (like George Hamilton) a master of dance floor seduction (see video below). Further proof that he's a blast to hang out with (at least before he kills you)? A remake is in the works, with the decidedly smooth-talking Colin Farrell taking on the role of Jerry.

By Jen Chaney  | June 25, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
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I love Bunnicula! That was one of my favorites. Nice to see it mentioned. What about Spike from Buffy?

Posted by: whatrocks9 | June 25, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree with whatrocks about Spike from Buffy. He liked to party AND he was hot in that Billy Idol wannabe kind of way.

Posted by: sjcpeach | June 25, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Just about anyone on "True Blood" except Bill, who's kind of a stuffed shirt. The King of Mississippi and his consort would provide the fabulous dinner in luxurious digs. Pam would provide the snark. And Eric would provide the dessert...mmmm...

Posted by: kleewrite1 | June 25, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I am also thinking Spike belongs on this list. My favorite vampire of all time.

Posted by: mmkestner1 | June 25, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

How could you possibly have left Count Chocula off this list? Sweet and always smiling, even first thin in the morning!!

Posted by: FallsChurch4 | June 25, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Though he may not have been overly enthusiastic at the beginning (owing to his undersized fangs and homebody instincts, the latter of which were reinforced by the provisioning of leftover blood in ziplock baggies from which he sated his cravings via sippy straw), one could say that Dupah from "Polish Vampire In Burbank" certainly sought fun in his own timid way.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | June 25, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

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