Vampires didn't hit major success until the release of Dracula (1931), starring Bela Lugosi. This film went on to be a classic, which became the platform for sequels and other vampire movies. Bela Lugosi's take on the undead prince became the iconic version of the character and for vampires in general.
Christopher Lee's take in Dracula: Prince of Darkness. The character didn't have any lines but still proved to be a success among fans.
Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula (1992), starring Gary Oldman in the title role, gave us a different take of the vampire. The movie was a box office and critical success, bring vampire's back from the dead and starting a craze that seems to not have ended.
Anne Rice brought another character into the mix with her Vampire Chronicle's novels named Lestat. The first movie in which he appears is Interview with the Vampire. The story revolves mostly around the character Louis, played by Brad Pitt, who was transformed into a vampire by Lestat, played by Tom Cruise. Lestat shows up in one other movie called Queen of the Damned, which was a modest success, and the character has basically gone into hiding since then.
30 Days of Night was a graphic novel that was published in 2002 and made into a film in 2007. The vampires in this film are considered more monster than romantic, coming out of there holes for 30 days of feasting on a small town in Alaska. This film remade vampires, and how they should be depicted, of course not many fell in love with this version.
Barnabas Collins has been a part of pop culture since 1966 when the show Dark Shadows first aired on ABC. The show lasted for five years and since then has developed a cult following. The show was remade in 1991 but was soon cancelled after the ratings declined due to the show being moved to different time slots. In 2004 the show was going to be revitalized but it fell apart in preproduction, never airing a single episode. This year we get a film version of the once popular show, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as the main character.