Within pop-culture, there are a lot of monsters, ghouls and maniacs out there that want to terrify us. But for the true masters of horror pop, you need look no further than the two reigning champs of chomps: zombies and vampires.

More than any other, these creatures capture the imagination and inspire ferocious loyalty. Zombie lovers corpse-up, congregate in flash mobs and hijack constructions signs to read "Caution: Zombies Ahead."

Vamp fans wear molded ceramic fangs, make pilgrimages to New Orleans and Transylvania, and drink Tru Blood.

But really, which beast is best? The walking dead or undead? The brain eater or blood sucker?

To settle the zombie vs. vampire debate, we've collected three notable films of both genres from the past 25 years, and pitted their characters against each other for a celebrity undead death match.

Although judgments on winners are completely subjective, we tried to channel George A. Romero and Bela Lugosi for guidance since they were incredibly influential in both genres. Lugosi starred as the count in the definitive version of "Dracula" in 1931 and gave the world the grandfather of the zombie movies, "White Zombie," in 1932.

Romero remains the reigning genius of the zombie genre after directing 1968's "Night of the Living Dead," and he contributed heavily to vampires on screen with the underrated deconstruction "Martin" (1978).

Supernatural slayer

Alice vs. Buffy

Alice (Milla Jovovich) is a rugged, superhuman zombie-killer in the post-apocalyptic world of the "Resident Evil" quadrilogy (2002, 2004, 2007, 2010); she combines occasional telepathic and telekinetic powers with martial arts skills, munitions and a curved "kukri" knife to dispatch enemies. Buffy "The Vampire Slayer" Summers of the 1992 film is a cheerleader — with valley girl slang and wooden stakes. Not to be confused with the TV Sunnydale version, this Buffy was played by Kristy Swanson, and although she eventually saves the day, Alice could have done it in half the time with far more bloodletting.

Winner: Zombies

Rodriguez/Tarantino terrors

"From Dusk Till Dawn" vs. "Grindhouse"

Filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have collaborated on six films together, but the most well known are the duo's work on the 1996 vampire flick "Dawn" (written by and starring Tarantino, and directed by Rodriguez) and 2007's double-feature, "Grindhouse."

In the latter, Rodriguez directed the "Planet Terror" zombie segment, which includes Tarantino as zombified "Rapist No. 1." Both films sport over-the-top action, plenty of bared flesh — as well as gory flesh-eating.

"Terror" features a stripper who kills zombies with a prosthetic machine-gun leg; "Dawn" has mutated vampire strippers. As an unapologetic popcorn bloodsucker movie, "From Dusk Till Dawn" takes the win.

Winner: Vampires

Classic remakes of classics

"Bram Stoker's Dracula" vs. "Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead"

In 1992, Francis Ford Coppola's contributed his take on Bram Stoker's 1897 tale. The result had some problems (Keanu Reeves' English accent, anyone?) but was so visually arresting that it is one of the great "Dracula" films. Gary Oldman's portrayal of the count as both an old and young man stands out.

Meanwhile, Zack Snyder's 2004 remake of George A.

Romero's 1978 celebrated zombies-in-mall sequel solidified the transition from the walking dead into the sprinting dead, which began with "28 Days Later." Snyder's version starts fast and stays fast, gives excellent gore and a zombie birth.

Because the first 20 minutes borders on brilliance and the ending is so open-ended, Snyder narrowly snatches victory from the dude that gave us "The Godfather."

Winner: Zombies

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