One of the best vampire films in the past few decades has to be Blade. Among the vampires in the cast is Mercury, Deacon Frost’s right hand lady (and possibly lover, given some rather bloody smacky lip they engage in at one point).
Played by Arly Jover, she really got into the part. If her performance isn’t enough to let you know how much she enjoyed herself, you need only read a quote on her imdb.com page.
“I’m the new generation who fights the old generation. I’m the angelic/evil character. I’m part of the new world, the new ways, and the old ones must die. For me, being a vampire was an addiction, a human being turned into a vampire is like being addicted to blood, being addicted to a drug. You have to think this person had a life before being a vampire.”
I think the most interesting thing about her character Mercury is how little press she received compared to her screen time. What makes this especially amusing is that so much promotion was placed on another actress playing a vampire in the film, Traci Lords. Unlike Mercury, who plays a role in this movie from beginning to end, Lords’ character Racquel doesn’t even make it past the first ten minutes.