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Nandor the Relentless from What We Do in the Shadows

Nandor the Relentless (portrayed by Kayvan Novak) is a more than 750-years-old Iranian vampire on the FX show What We Do in the Shadows.  Nandor is the roommate of Laszlo, Nadja, and Colin.  Currently, Guillermo de la Cruz serves at Nandor’s familiar.  Nandor’s costumes are often over-the-top, with beautifully decorated capes and period clothes that harken back to his origins.  Don’t be afraid to go a little over the top for this costume, and if you’re going to splurge, make sure it’s on a cape that will help you get into the vampire spirit.

James from Twilight

James is the main antagonist in Twilight. He is a vampire with incredible tracking abilities, which Laurent describes as lethal. When he discovers Bella is human, he commits to hunting her down. It’s up to Edward and the other Cullens to stop him so Bella will be safe. Cam Gigandet portrays James in the movie adaptation. Tie the blond wig into a ponytail using a hair elastic.

Victoria from Twilight

Victoria is a character from the Twilight saga. We are first introduced to her at the baseball game: a vampire in James’ coven and his mate. When the Cullens killed James, Victoria vows revenge and sets out to kill Bella Swan. In the sequels, she creates an army of newborns to go after the Olympic coven. For the first time in history, vampires and werewolves work together to bring Victoria down. Her plan backfires, and she is killed by Edward and werewolf Seth Clearwater. Her personality was described as calculating and sinister, in which she used her beauty and innocent voice to lure in victims. Her power was enhanced self-preservation meaning she could easily escape from danger. Rachel Lefevre plays Victoria in the first two movies, yet the role was recast for Bryce Dallas Howard in the third.

Emmett Cullen in the Baseball Scene from Twilight

Emmett Cullen is a supporting character in the Twilight saga. After nearly getting mauled by a bear, Carlisle Cullen turned him into a vampire to save his life. This was at the request of Rosalie Hale, who had fallen in love him. Eventually Emmett and Rosalie became husband and wife, and she goes by the surname Hale to act as a couple in public. Like his siblings, he poses as human by attending Forks High School. He is the strongest of the bunch, only rivaled by Bella when she becomes a vampire. He is more carefree and playful than his siblings, especially in the iconic baseball scene, where he plays in the outfield. Kellan Lutz portrays Emmett in the movie adaptations.

Dr. Carlisle Cullen

Dr. Carlisle Cullen is a character in the Twilight saga. Born in London around 1640, he is the founder and leader of the Olympic coven, which consists of the Cullen family. He is the adoptive father of Alice, Jasper, Emmett, Rosalie, and Edward, as well as the husband of Esme. Despite being a vampire, Carlisle always shows mercy and understanding. His compassion for humankind allowed him to adopt a “vegetarian” diet, as well as maintain a career in the medical field. In fact, Edward had been his patient, and due to a case of fatal influenza, he turned him into a vampire. He is the resident doctor in Forks, Washington, and tends to Bella after the truck accident. Peter Facinelli plays Carlisle in the movies.

Laszlo Cravensworth from What We Do In The Shadows

Laszlo Cravensworth from What We Do in the Shadows

Matt Berry knows how to make people laugh. And he takes it to a new level with his role in “What We Do in the Shadows”. Laszlo Cravensworth was known for his beauty and then for his musical prowess. Now, however is best known for two things. His love for his wife, Nadja, and “Bat!”.

Laszlo has several costumes but there are a two things that hold true throughout all of them: His thick hair and his meticulously shaped facial hair. A wig can get you close to his hairstyle while fake facial hair and extra adhesive can help you with his beard.

With those two elements in place you can’t go wrong with his general outfit. A black brocade coat over a black vest and white button down with a black jabot. Black slacks and black boots finish off the outfit while a nice set of fangs complete the whole look.

Edward Cullen

Edward Cullen is a protagonist of the Twilight saga. He appears as a seventeen year old high school junior, but he is really a vampire. He is part of the Olympic Coven, compromised of the Cullen family, who are all vegetarians. Edward possesses the power to read thoughts. However, he cannot read Bella Swan’s thoughts, which draws him to her. The attraction is mutual, and soon the “lion falls in love with the lamb.” The latest book, Midnight Sun, retells Twilight from Edward’s point of view.

Rosalie Hale in the Baseball Scene from Twilight

Rosalie Hale is a character in the Twilight saga. She is the adoptive daughter of Carlisle and Esme Cullen, and is married to Emmett Cullen. In Forks, she is “twins” with  Jasper Hale. With her stunning beauty comes a vainglorious personality, thus explaining her jealousy towards Bella Swan. She disapproves of Edward’s romance, as she never thought he’d find a human more attractive than her. Rosalie is also jealous of her humanity, and when the Cullens vote on whether to turn Bella into a vampire, she votes no because she never had a choice. But eventually she accepts Bella as part of the family and treats Reneessme like her own daughter. Nikki Reed portrays Rosalie in the movie adaptations. In the iconic baseball scene set to “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse, she plays offense, and notably gets angry when Bella declares she’s out.

Peter Vincent from Fright Night 2011

Peter Vincent from Fright Night (2011)

Peter Vincent (played to perfection by David Tennant) is a big time magician and alleged vampire expert in the 2011 reboot of Fright Night. Rather than the more classic vibe of the original Peter Vincent (who was likely named after veteran classic horror movie actor Vincent Price), Tennant’s Price is more like the stage magicians made popular in Vegas and on late night programming in the early 2000’s.

Tennant’s Price dresses in black leather and tight t-shirts from metal bands he likes. This includes leather boots, pants, and a long leather duster. He wears his dark hair long and favors a well-trimmed goatee over the clean shaven look of the original Vincent Price.

vivian from journal of the mysterious creatures

Vivian from Journal of the Mysterious Creatures

Vivian (voiced by Yuko Natusyoshi) is a vampire in the anime Journal of the Mysterious Creatures.  She attacks Lili Ryu while Lili is touring a house, introducing her human roommate Yoshihito to the realm of otherworldly creatures.  Vivian has a very gothic look, so depending on your personal style, you may be able to use pieces from your own wardrobe to emulate her outfit.  Some red fabric paint can add the bat details to her skirt and top, while layering red and black pieces together will help recreate pieces it might be difficult to find exact replicas of.