You might as well accept it, vampires — those bloodsuckers that go bite in the night, whether in vampire movies or vampire TV shows — aren’t going anywhere. Currently the fanged ones can be found on the CW’s Legacies  and Fox’s soon-to-debut The Passage, but there’s a lot more on the way.

For starters, there’s a reboot in development of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the TV series based on Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles, the feature film Morbius, The Living Vampire, starring Jared Leto as the title character which comes from the Spider-Man universe; and the series The Last American Vampire (which teams a member of the undead up with an FBI agent).

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This, of course, follows a long history of films and TV shows that have featured vampires at their center, both horrific and sympathetic, which is, says Joss, one of the big appeals of this particular genre. “For my generation, before David Boreanaz, there has been one truly vulnerable vampire, and that was Frank Langella in Dracula,” he says. “He was the standard as far as I was concerned. He was younger, he was cooler. I saw him on stage before I saw the movie. That plus Interview With the Vampire, which really laid it home — the alienated human and how he deals with life as opposed to the blood-sucking thing in the shadows — and really brought it up to date. I don’t know if there’s any stopping vampires. They lend themselves to The Wild Bunch with Near Dark, and they lend themselves to futuristic movies as well. They fit. There is always a dark corner with a beautiful and frightening person there.”

Well, we’ve gone looking in those dark corners, and have emerged with a collection of interviews with a dozen actors who have played vampires over the years, including no less than three actors who have taken on the part of Dark Shadows Barnabas Collins.

Just scroll down to check out our own interviews with Hollywood’s favorite vampires!