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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Vampires, Demons and Werewolves...Oh, My!

The hardest part about writing a blog (for me) is the beginning. And it's why I scour the internet, searching for just the right picture.




Mr. Right Image

Before Twilight, True Blood,The Vampire Diaries and even Buffy The Vampire Slayer, scary movies with blood sucking monsters were just that--MONSTERS. They were crypt-keeper old, creeptastically stalkery and wielded chainsaws.

They didn't twinkle in the sunlight or brood with their perfectly mussed hair. And they sure as heck didn't try to protect you from the bad guys; they were the bad guys. Don't believe me? Let's take a look at the evolution of a monster. 

Bram Stoker's Dracula was more like this:

Nosferatu: German for bad teeth.






Then this:


This movie scared the beejaysus out of me!




Werewolves were campy (okay, so this may only be scary to me):

Who wouldn't have the hots for a werewolf  playing air guitar on top of a van?


Then cool :


Alcide from True Blood


Demons were ravenous soul stealers:

Are the ginormous horns trying to make up for something?




Not ravishers with smoldering eyes:



Cole from Charmed



What's your favorite scream worthy monster from the silver screen or television? One randomly chosen commentor will receive Lydia Dare's trilogy of Gentlemen Vampyres, including their latest release NEVER BEEN BIT. Don't forget to leave your email address!


Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween!



33 comments:

  1. The scariest monsters for me were the creepy little demons that lived in the dark spaces of the closet and basement in "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark". Nothing freaks me out more than thinking of their soft, sing-songy little voices calling my name and coaxing me to come play with them.
    Even though it was a made for TV movie in the '70s that show freaked me out. Guillermo DelToro just remade the darned thing and I am NEVER going to watch it.
    To this day I cannot sleep with a closet door open or without a light on somewhere in my home. Just not gonna do it.

    Qaey Williams
    qaey.williams@gmail.com

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  2. The Mummy is still a monster to me. It's really hard to make me want to have sex with those dead guys. Brendan Frasier and Oded Fehr were yummier.

    Although Oded Fehr did make a nice demon on Charmed.

    I don't understand the appeal of Frankenstein or The Swamp Thing. I don't see them becoming romantic heroes anytime soon.

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  3. Oh my god, I just almost died laughing! "Do you think those ginormous horns are trying to make up for something?" Hahaha! And my little heart went pitty-pat, when I scrolled down and saw my boyfriend Damien. ;)My favorite movie monster is Hellboy. I know, very weird, but I just love him. He is this big, surly, powerful guy who doesn't have a clue how to win the woman he is madly in love with and he has virtually no social skills. He is soft and squishy inside his demonic exterior, and can't understand why people don't love or trust him, why they see him differently then anyone else. Seriously, he is one of my all time favorite movie heroes! :D

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  4. @Qaey- OMG, I will never watch that.Open closets totally freak me out. So does sleeping with one arm or foot off of the mattress. I keep thinking that someone will grab it and pull me underneath the bed.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. @Beth. Oh, I'm with you Oded Fehr is yummy! And no I don't see Frankenstein or The Swap Thing morph into the latest brooding hero.

    Although, someone might do it right and change out minds, lol!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. @Olivia- I LOVE Hellboy!!! He is just that--all nougatty inside with a hard outer shell. :))

    Glad I made you laugh AND that you liked the bit of mancandy!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Maybe the reason I can't sell a book, is that all my 'scary' creatures are like the girl next door. Neither ugly or gorgeous. They have flaws, like chewing their nails, and a sweet tooth.

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  8. @ Mac. Sometimes those characters are the scariest because their seemingly sweet facade hides the monster lurking beneath the surface.

    Don't give up on your book dreams!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Happy Halloween indeed! I actually loved Hellboy too - they did a great job with that character. And I have to say, I am perfectly okay with the evolution of those monsters - particularly of the warewolves!

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  10. Wait...there were vampires and werewolves and all that sort of thing BEFORE this yummy phase? I must have erased that from my mind.

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  11. @Erin LOL! Teen Wolf didn't do it for you?

    I think movies from the 80s were just the best. :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. @Catherine Exactly! Why, oh, why did I have to dredge up the very unattractive past to do this blog?

    Just stare at the picture of Ian Somerhalder for a minute or two and all will be well!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Oh, heavens. I loved those Lost Boys back in the day! And now I'm rejoicing in the return of the bad boy Viking vampire. Eric's goody two shoes incarnation did nothing for me!

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  14. @Deb Weren't they just bada$$?

    That's what I keep hearing! Everyone loves the return of Eric. I might have to watch an episode of True Blood one day. (no HBO :()

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Squee! Just started watchIng True Blood, and in the last episode I watched, Eric burned up. So glad to know he returns. Do you think he hunches over like a vulture on purpose?

    Samantha

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  16. @Samantha LOL! I have no idea if he hunches over like a vulture on purpose. I guess that would be something a die-hard fan would know. :))

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Wow, okay, clearly I need to start watching True Blood. Alcide yum!

    Hilarious post, Marquita (as always). I especially like your captions.

    Angelus is my favorite recent evil-doing monster. Because he broke Buffy's heart, I hated him as much as I loved Angel -- and I really, really loved Angel. Going a back a bit, though, my most dreaded monsters weren't really monsters per se, but they gave me nightmares galore: the flying monkeys. It wasn't until I saw Wicked that they took on an entirely other character to me, washing clean my childhood terror. Suffice it to say, I won't let my son watch The Wizard of Oz. Oh, and I also didn't like all those "Funny Farm" escapee stories you'd hear on campouts. They terrified me back in the day too.

    I already have Lydia's wonderful books, so don't enter me into the drawing. :)

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  18. @Katharine Yummy Alcide indeed. I think yummy is the word of the day. Maybe a hashtag is needed?


    Oh my word, Angelus!!! He was so very sexy with his leather pants and so very, very cruel to Buffy. I think he might be my favorite bad guy evah. :)

    My kids haven't been allowed to watch The Wizard of Oz because of those dang things either. Maybe when there 33 or something?

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. OMG! That pic of Damon might be my favorite ever! He and brother Stefan are definitely my kind of vampires!

    I love your posts, Marquita - you always make me laugh so hard! LOL!

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  20. @Jerrica I know what you mean. I had to draw numbers to see whose picture would go up there! ;)

    So happy I made you laugh. :)))

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. Hmm... Like Deb, I loved The Lost Boys. Oh, I still love that movie no matter how campy it seems today. :)

    I am a huge Vampire Diaries fan, but anyone who knows me knows that Klaus is my favorite VD vampire. He's more of a monster than the rest, and definitely the baddest boy.

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  22. I don't watch any monster, vampire, etc movies because I am a wimp a/k/a baby. And, we switched our provider and we can't get Vampire Diaries anymore :(. However, I will say, my favorite tv vampire has to be Spike from Buffy. I know, not usually a favorite with Angel about, but I prefer Spike.

    Oh, and the flying monkeys scared me as a child too. I used to run out of the room whenever Dorothy entered the forest and read the sign to turn back. I didn't come back in the room until the witch was melting, melting away.

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  23. @Ava - I couldn't resist The Lost Boys movie poster. And that scene with the bathtub full of holy water. UGH!

    Why is it that we're always drawn to those very, very bad boys? ;)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  24. @Jane Charles I am the biggest wimp, too! I hide my eyes constantly, even if the show is on television and has restrictions due to ratings or whatever. :)

    As for Spike...I hated him with Buffy. Lurved him with Drusilla.

    Isn't it amazing what we remember from childhood?

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. I love your blog, great eye candy! I love the Lost Boys, it is my favorite vampire movie. I thought the scariest movie was Gremlins. Every time I hear that song New York New York I think of those sneaky little evil suckers with all those pointy teeth. It would be too hard to pick my favorite vampire/werewolf/demon/witch book. Just to many good ones..
    mom

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  26. @Mom. Thanks, glad you like it!

    Oh man, I totally forgot about Gremlins. That movie totally skeeved me out. Didn't know it had that affected you that way. ;}

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. You know what really scared me? That creepy stuffed clown in Poltergeist. AND HE COMES OUT FROM UNDER THE BED!!! Can you possibly freak children out any more than that? A whole generation is now terrified of clowns thanks to that movie and Stephen King's "It". Geez! A sewer clown? Totally gross and scary.

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  28. @Samantha- I've never seen the movie Poltergeist the whole way through. I swear the fine hairs on the back of my neck raises when I think about it.

    And heck yes to the sewer clown. With his pointy teeth and pulling kids through the grates. *shudder*

    Guess I'll be sleeping with the lights on tonight. ;)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  29. Oh, by the way, I LOVED The Lost Boys. I still think "How are your maggots, Michael?" every time I open a box of take-out rice. Totally scary movie, especially the massacre around the bonfire, ulp.

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  30. Loved the blog!! Spike is still my favorite bad vampire turned good! Gotta love the British accent!

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  31. Oh my, am I too late for the drawing? Anyway, that devil from Legend? Eep! Always scared me to pieces... But then, I like that. ;)

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  32. @Beth. Random number generator picked you! Email me at marquita.valentine@yahoo.com

    Thanks for commenting everyone.

    @Jessica- I still put you in the running, because I generated the numbers so late. Thanks for stopping by!

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  33. Congrats to Beth, and thank you, Marquita!

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