Long before vampires were sparkly lover boys a la Twilight, the blood-sucking undead were classic horror baddies—and do-gooders have been killing them on the big and small screen for decades.
The classic techniques apply in most cases, i.e., wooden stakes, sunlight and beheadings, though most of these vamp-slaying highlights play with the old tropes a bit.
So if you're ever attacked by a horde of vampires, think back and for the 16th installment of our 31 Days of Halloween series, remember a few of these 11 awesome vampire kills for inspiration.
Load up on garlic and sharpen your stakes—here we go!
This 1987 vamp flick is a classic, and one survivor decides to sacrifice his mode of transportation to take out the vamp tearing up the motor. It's hard to argue with the logic, because even a vampire would have trouble surviving an exploding diesel truck.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Easily the most heartbreaking vampire death ever, the finale of season two found Buffy forced to take out the love of her young life with a sword to the chest, sending him through a portal to hell. Throughout its run, Buffy featured hundreds of vampire deaths, but this was arguably the best.
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