The realm of the vampire in fiction is vast and impressive. There are plenty of depictions of the folklore creature available, but amongst them are some real gems. Everyone can probably recall at least one actor who made a lasting impression as a Vampire: Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Keifer Sutherland, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek; even James Marsters, Ian Somerhalder, David Boreanaz, and Alexander Skarsgard on the small screen – but its not just the acting that makes a Vampire memorable.
Dazed Digital has compiled a list of The most fashion-forward vampires on screen and they describe their choices as vampires of cinema that ‘don’t conform to the stiff, brocade-wearing Hollywood undead we’ve all come to accept’.
While it can well be argued that there are actually many representations of Vampires that break this style, it is more than refreshing to see an example from Korean cinema on the list that in most cases would be dominated by the ‘Hollywood undead’.
On a list that features great movies such as Nadja [Elina Löwensohn], The Hunger [David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve], and Only Lovers Left Alive [Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston], Kim Ok-bin’s portrayal of Tae-ju in Park Chan Wook’s Thirst too makes the grade.
Since this Palme D’Or-nominated masterpiece is by Park Chan-Wook, it contains not a single frame of drabness … he dresses the female lead in Isabelle Adjani’s wardrobe in Possession, the silky blue and grey shifts failing to anchor an increasingly unstable but independent woman.