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The 15 Best Vampire Movies of All Time
Movie Crunch ^ | Nov 17,2008

Posted on 11/30/2008 8:25:07 AM PST by SeekAndFind

In honor of the highly anticipated release of Twilight, Movie Crunch has compiled a list of the 15 best vampire movies of all time. Whether you like scary or campy, romantic or kick-ass, these vampire flicks offer up a little bit of something for everyone. How would you rank them? Did we forget any of your favorites?

15. Underworld (2003)

Underworld Kate Beckinsale

What? This movie was about vampires? With Kate Beckinsale looking amazingly hot in leather, it’s hard to notice much else. She could have been eating a ham sandwich dressed in leather and it still would have been entertaining. Oh yeah, and there are some werewolves too.

14. Near Dark (1987)

Adrian Pasdar is a cowboy who gets the hot girl… only she’s a vampire who sinks her teeth in and turns him into a bloodsucker who must learn to kill to survive. What can we say? Love really sucks sometimes.

13. Fright Night (1985)

Fright Night

Is pre-Herman’s Head William Ragsdale’s handsome next door neighbor a vampire? Chris Sarandon plays the charming bloodsucker neighbor, while Roddy McDowall gives a fun turn as a veteran horror movie star.

12. Blade I (1998)/Blade II (2002)

Wesley Snipes kicked a lot of vampire ass in the Blade series as one crazy ripped comic book half human/half vampire superhero. Blade II brought the cool factor a la director Guillermo del Toro. And c’mon - Kris Kristofferson? Nuff said.

11. The Lost Boys (1987)

It’s campy. It’s got the two Coreys when they were still considered teen hunks and at their peak of semi-coolness. Plus Keifer, Jason Patrick and a kick ass soundtrack. Lost Boys offered up a little bit of fun and creepiness in a great little package. A true 80s vampire staple.

10. Salem’s Lot (1979)

Suspenseful. Chilling. These are just a couple of words to describe the uber-creepy Salem’s Lot, a miniseries movie based on a novel by the horror king – Stephen King. Vampires take over a small town and even though the special effects are a little cheesy, those vampires are frakkin scary!

9. Vampires (1998)

John Carpenter's Vampires

The name says it all, but it comes from John Carpenter, who knows a thing or two about the horror genre (Halloween still gives us nightmares). James Woods leads a team of vampire hunters – aiming to wipe out the bloodsuckers like the ones who did his parents in when he was a kid. Revenge is so sweet – and bloody.

8. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was Francis Ford Coppola’s vision of the classic vampire tale, bringing us stars of the day Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves. And while they certainly aren’t the best actors on the block, the drama and costumes were something of a masterpiece. Gary Oldman puts in the premiere Count Dracula performance, while Sir Anthony Hopkins plays vampire hunter Van Helsing.

7. 30 Days of Night (2007)

Good grief, were these vampires ever thirsty. Like – really, really thirsty. A month of permanent darkness in Alaska, a group of hungry bloodsuckers – and the residents are trapped. Even the trusty sled dogs have been done in by vampires! Pure horror and fun for gore lovers.

6. Interview With the Vampire (1994)

When Brad Pitt was up-and-coming and Tom Cruise was not yet a certifiable Scientology whack job, Interview with the Vampire offered up a cinematic take on Anne Rice’s epic novel, featuring a very young Kirsten Dunst with a taste for blood. While many pointed out the homoerotic themes of Interview, it had a new take on vampires, including Louis’ inner struggle and aversion to killing to satisfy his need for blood.

5. Shadow of the Vampire (2008)

Willem Dafoe channels Nosferatu in Shadow of the Vampire, which manages to weave wit and horror in a scary dramatic mix. Dafoe and Malcovich give performances that draw you in - once you get “sucked” in, there’s no returning from the shadow of this vampire.

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Yeah, this is pure camp. But it’s funny as hell and besides, what of value has Kristy Swanson done since? (Shut your mouth if you said Skating with Celebrities) Paul Reubens shakes off his Pee Wee Herman persona and a whiny Luke Perry rounds out the cast in this vampire cult classic that was responsible for bringing Buffy to the small screen.

3. Dracula (1931)

Bela Lugosi is synonymous with Dracula – his Hungarian accent made Dracula the image we all think of today: “I vant to suck your blood.” You can’t have a list of great vampire movies without including this 1931 Lugosi classic.

2. Nosferatu (1922)

Nosferatu may just very well be the creepiest movie of all time. Yeah, it’s from 1922, but good god how sickeningly creepy is Count Orlok with his long fingernails? He’s a cutie, huh? Count Orlok definitely wins the award for most desperately in need of a manicure on our list.

1. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Who can forget the pure sex appeal of Salma Hayek as a vampire queen doing a snake dance? Directed by Robert Rodriguez and co-written by Quentin Tarantino, From Dusk Till Dawn starred George Clooney and Tarantino (acting is definitely not his strong point) as bank robbing bros on the run. Features one of the greatest mid movie plot shifts of all time. Gory, campy and fun, From Dusk Till Dawn definitely is the best vampire movie of all time.


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I personally thought that the premise behind the Vampire/Monster movie -- VAN HELSING ( starring Hugh Jackman ) was good and could have spawned a great series A LA James Bond. Poor story telling and direction, plus over the top, un-believable sequences just might have killed the series ( too bad ).
1 posted on 11/30/2008 8:25:07 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I had a huge crush on Corey Haim when I was younger. The Lost Boys is one of my favorite movies from my tween years.


2 posted on 11/30/2008 8:27:49 AM PST by Phoenix11
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t think I have seen all of them but the original is still the best. I would rate Salem’s Lot as next then “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”,. The rest are fair to awful.


3 posted on 11/30/2008 8:29:27 AM PST by yarddog
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To: Phoenix11

I crushed on him too. Such a shame he grew into a loser.

And I REALLY loved Keifer Sutherland (I had the hots for his dad too for some strange reason), so The Lost Boys were definitely up there in my favorite Vampire movies.


4 posted on 11/30/2008 8:29:43 AM PST by autumnraine (Churchill: " we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall never surrender")
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To: SeekAndFind

Blackula?


5 posted on 11/30/2008 8:31:46 AM PST by Poison Pill (Hauser's Law can't be repealed.)
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To: Phoenix11
Ha ha so did I! Have you seen him lately though? Phew! I tried to watch The Two Coreys one time but it was just to painful.

BTW, no Twilight?

6 posted on 11/30/2008 8:33:08 AM PST by TightyRighty (I enjoy well-mannered frivolity.)
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To: Phoenix11

interesting


7 posted on 11/30/2008 8:33:29 AM PST by mel
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To: SeekAndFind

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fearless_Vampire_Killers


8 posted on 11/30/2008 8:34:17 AM PST by Mercat (God doesn't call me to be successful. God calls me to be faithful. Mother Teresa)
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To: SeekAndFind

“30 Days of Night” was such an excellent movie. It’s one of the few movies I liked enough to buy the DVD.


9 posted on 11/30/2008 8:35:04 AM PST by Malacoda (CO(NH2)2 on OBAMA.)
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To: Poison Pill

You should check out True Blood on HBO it is very entertaining.


10 posted on 11/30/2008 8:35:18 AM PST by chris haney (MBNA)
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To: SeekAndFind
NOTE for anyone who intends to "do" the list:

Make sure you watch the 1979 Tobe Hooper "Salem's Lot." The remake was an absolutely miserable waste of time.

11 posted on 11/30/2008 8:36:55 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: SeekAndFind
Okay, I might get flamed for this one suggestion... but I'll go for it. It's been one of my personal faves for years.

John Badham's 1979 version of Dracula starring Frank Langella, Kate Nelligan and Lawrence Olivier (as a brilliant Van Helsing.)

It's right up there with the original Nosferatu (although the late 70s remake by Murnau blew.) Lush, opulent and engaging. But if this guy picks Blade and Underworld as good films, oy vey.

12 posted on 11/30/2008 8:37:26 AM PST by RepoGirl ("I've seen things you wouldn't believe. Sea beams glittering at the Tannhauser gait.")
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To: SeekAndFind

My personal favorite, and the one that creeped me out the most, was Klaus Kinski in “Nosferatu: The Vampyre/Phantom Der Nacht “


13 posted on 11/30/2008 8:37:28 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: TightyRighty

I did better than you... I gave it a second chance. After that, I thought to myself, now there’s 30 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. License to Drive was another favorite of mine with them. But yeah, it’s a shame how far Haim has fallen.


14 posted on 11/30/2008 8:38:31 AM PST by Phoenix11
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Visually beautiful film, I’ll agree — and Isabella Adjani is lovely as Mina. But, I could never get past the pacing, personally. Klaus was amazing, though.


15 posted on 11/30/2008 8:38:55 AM PST by RepoGirl ("I've seen things you wouldn't believe. Sea beams glittering at the Tannhauser gait.")
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To: Poison Pill
Blackula?

Yeah, man, you're right! This is a racist list. No Justice! No Peace!

16 posted on 11/30/2008 8:40:30 AM PST by Oratam
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To: chris haney

Read the books instead. The author is Charlaine Harris.


17 posted on 11/30/2008 8:41:05 AM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: chris haney
You should check out True Blood on HBO it is very entertaining.

A very profane TV series (sometimes bordering on the sick). Keep your pre-teena dn early-teen kids away from it.
18 posted on 11/30/2008 8:41:07 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
What, no Fearless Vampire Killers?

It should be on the list because it's a good, fun movie......and because Sharon Tate's in it.

19 posted on 11/30/2008 8:41:55 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I am a classic vampire addict, both in books and film. I still think "Nosferatu" is the best and "Shadow of the Vampire" was excellent as a spoof of "Nosferatu"!

As for books, the Stoker original is still a phenom. The early part of Anne Rice's Interview was, like the original Dracula, both haunting and powerful in its ability to transport the reader to a place where vampires actually exist.

20 posted on 11/30/2008 8:43:33 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: SeekAndFind

Vampire movies are dark and moronic ...Don’t indulge in them. They are for retards and this can be confirmed by checking out the demographic they are aimed at

I will not be replying to the mini me vampires who take offense at my post. My words to them are — “Don’t get stuck on stupid”


21 posted on 11/30/2008 8:46:24 AM PST by dennisw (Never bet on Islam! ::::: Never bet on a false prophet!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dracula 2000 staring the handsome Gerard Butler was okay. The story of who Dracula really was was an interesting twist.


22 posted on 11/30/2008 8:46:42 AM PST by Cecily
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To: SeekAndFind
Dracula (released as Horror of Dracula is the U.S.) with Christopher Lee. The definitive portrayal, just behind Lugosi.
23 posted on 11/30/2008 8:47:08 AM PST by Rocko (America First -- 0bama Last)
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To: Phoenix11

Yep, for me it’s like a bad car accident. I can’t help but watch sometimes. And then I feel bad afterwards.


24 posted on 11/30/2008 8:47:41 AM PST by TightyRighty (I enjoy well-mannered frivolity.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let me tell you about Joss Whedon and how he decided on Buffy.

Joss, not Josh, was getting irritated about the opening scenes in movies when we already know the young girl walking in an alley after dark was going to be horribly murdered. Joss wanted to change all of that.

He wanted to depict a young girl as being strong and resourceful. Someone who can be a hero to other girls and women.

Unfortunately his movie was taken away from him and turned into a complete joke. Luckily, the movie did well enough to give Joss a try at his real vision.

I’m a big fan of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series because as I try to explain to people, the vampires is just a hook to view the stories of people who are faced with challenges.

I don’t think I have ever heard of a super hero before Buffy who had to figure out how to get a job, pay utility bills and fix the rusty plumbing in the basement.

I compete wtih women at the IDPA matches. I have already told them they are action heroes.


25 posted on 11/30/2008 8:48:31 AM PST by Shooter 2.5 (NRA - Vote against the dem party)
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To: SeekAndFind

So many good ones there it’s hard to pick.


26 posted on 11/30/2008 8:54:16 AM PST by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The new HBO series ‘TrueBlood’ is a different take on vampires.


27 posted on 11/30/2008 8:54:36 AM PST by stuartcr (If the end doesn't justify the means...why have different means?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Wow - this guy doesn't know diddly squat about vampire movies.

And he has really bad taste in what he does know.

But to list 15 vampire movies without any entries from Hammer Studios?

No Christopher Lee?

No Ingrid Pitt?

Sheesh.


28 posted on 11/30/2008 8:57:35 AM PST by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: RepoGirl
Love your tag line--my favorite line from "Blade Runner."

But, pardon me for being tacky, isn't it actually "gate"...being a reference (Tannhäuser Gate) to the Gate to Heaven in Tannhäuser (this line in "Androids Dream..." beautifully written by Philip Dick IMO)?

29 posted on 11/30/2008 8:59:56 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: SeekAndFind

I just did a search for a 1931 Browning version with a 1998 Philip Glass score. Netflix doesn’t have it. Has anyone here seen it? Glass is good.


30 posted on 11/30/2008 9:00:31 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg5N9FJc__Q


31 posted on 11/30/2008 9:02:52 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can understand much of this list, but putting Dusk Till Dawn on the top is absolutely WRONG. It was good, but not that good. Underworld was better.


32 posted on 11/30/2008 9:03:29 AM PST by TheNewPundit
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To: SeekAndFind
Innocent Blood (1992, I believe). Sort-of a comedy starring Anne Parillaud as a good vampire who satisfies her blood lust by feeding on mobsters. Robert Loggia plays one of them. Not the best vampire movie, but not mentioned here yet, and worth a look.
33 posted on 11/30/2008 9:04:15 AM PST by Freedom_no_exceptions (No actual, intended, or imminent victim = no crime. No exceptions.)
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Worse Vampire flick (IMO)

Jack Palance (made for TV movie) (1973)

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Best Vampire flick (IMO)

Frank Langella (Universal) (1979)


34 posted on 11/30/2008 9:05:27 AM PST by curling
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To: SeekAndFind

Underworld is the best werewolf movie ever. I would place it in the top 5. Blade II is up there as well.


35 posted on 11/30/2008 9:07:51 AM PST by Clock King (Radical Conservatives, arise!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The election really is over, isn’t it? OK, Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein. Serious pick.


36 posted on 11/30/2008 9:09:10 AM PST by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: Mase; SeekAndFind; All

The Jewish vampire made that flick.


37 posted on 11/30/2008 9:12:10 AM PST by fortunate sun (Proud Palinista!)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
D'oh! Good catch! Total typo on my part.

Blade Runner is one of my all time fave films, and the Dick novel is amazing.

38 posted on 11/30/2008 9:21:57 AM PST by RepoGirl ("I've seen things you wouldn't believe. Sea beams glittering at the Tannhauser Gate.")
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To: SeekAndFind

The Night Stalker (1972) with Darren McGavin.

Agree partly with your opinion of Van Helsing. I’d hoped it might be a serious movie about a younger Van Helsing of the kind potrayed by Anthony Hopkins in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but Hollywood chose to go, well, Hollywood.


39 posted on 11/30/2008 9:22:06 AM PST by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: SeekAndFind

Chris Lee/Pete Cushing Hammer Dracula stuff should show up on any vampire list. The one with Bela is No.1 though. And the version of Nosferatu with Type O Negative doing the soundtrack rules too.

Freegards


40 posted on 11/30/2008 9:23:59 AM PST by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed Says Keep the Faith!)
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To: curling

“Worse Vampire flick (IMO)

Jack Palance (made for TV movie) (1973)”

Laughs, and nods in agreement, but Palance as Jekyll and Hyde, was amazing. His Dr. Jekyll was a total Harvey Milquetoast, while his Mr. Hyde, was absolute evil, just barely cloaking itself with charm. Incredible performance.

Returning to the Dracula/TV vein ; P ,heehee, Louis Jourdan had an interesting take on it, although the scene I remember VERY clearly, was when he was crawling down a tower wall...eeeeeeee : |

Tatt


41 posted on 11/30/2008 9:25:08 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: PLMerite

That’s a good pick. Kolchak rules.

Freegards


42 posted on 11/30/2008 9:26:13 AM PST by Ransomed (Son of Ransomed Says Keep the Faith!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think Fright Night is the best vampire movie ever. What is really interesting to note is the striking resemblance between the gaping mawed Hillary Clinton and the gaping mawed female vampire in this film. Both have such large teeth that they cannot seem to close their mandibles :D

As far as werewolf movies go, American Werewolf in London is hands down the best.


43 posted on 11/30/2008 9:32:26 AM PST by chris37
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To: Cecily

Too bad for Hollywood that Vlad Dracula and vampires had nothing in common. Too bad Hollywood glorified this man for untrue reasons instead of providing the truth: Ottoman a$$ kicker.


44 posted on 11/30/2008 9:33:29 AM PST by FORTRUTHONLY (Easy as 3.14159265358979323846...)
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To: SeekAndFind
Would THIS count as a Vampire Film? Amanda Donahue was the SEXIEST vamp ever!:

Hard to believe this one is more than 20 years old.

45 posted on 11/30/2008 9:35:04 AM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: BibChr

Salem’s Lot, Misery, and Needful Things (with a great Max Von Sydow) are my fave movies based on Stephen King novels.


46 posted on 11/30/2008 9:38:11 AM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: FORTRUTHONLY

Vlad the Impaler also had a creative way to deal with the homeless/pauper problem in Transylvania. I prefer the way he used his methods on the Ottomans, however.


47 posted on 11/30/2008 9:39:11 AM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: dennisw
I will not be replying to the mini me vampires who take offense at my post

The original Dracula is a literary classic. But what do I know about literature as I am apparently a retard. Who has the "Tard" ping list...?

48 posted on 11/30/2008 9:44:31 AM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee

My thoughts exactly...nothing better than those bosomy Brit Vamp flicks when I was 14 years old. ;~)

This list is seriously flawed by their omission.


49 posted on 11/30/2008 9:48:31 AM PST by major_gaff (University of Parris Island, Class of '84)
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To: Oratam

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