Part three of the awesome Killer Character blogfest hosted by Deana Barnhart and E.R. King is today, concluding a week long extravaganza. It's been so much fun seeing everyone's choices and why they love them. I've learned some things too! Always a bonus. :)
Today is also my blog chain post, but I promise to keep it all short so you can move onto the next blog.
So who is my all time fave antagonist, who happens to be a killer character???
This was a no brainer for me .....
I wish I could come up with a horror story as unique and fascinating as this. Bram Stoker's Dracula is definitely in my fave book pool. And yes I loved the Francis Ford Coppola version of the film too, even though they differ in many ways.
Anyway, back to the character ... He was inspired by Vlad the Impaler, Romanian Prince of Wallachia, in the early 15th century, who was also known as Dracula, or Son of the Dragon. The mythical vampire creatures had been around for awhile, so Stoker didn't create them, but what he did is give it a fresh new spin by creating Count Dracula as a charming aristocrat.
Such a rich character. I love that we see him in all his charm, yet when his plans are interfered with, he flies off the handle, showing the true person beneath all the cordiality. And the fact he is undead, makes him supernaturally powerful over those who wish to attack him.
He can defy gravity
has hypnotic powers
His powers are limited, however... and I'm sure you all know the drill there: daylight, garlic, crucifixes, holy water, running water like streams
Bram Stoker is a genius. It's no wonder people today are still so fascinated with vampires. He really set the bar and creeped the world out with Count Dracula. Bravo!
And as part of my blog chain, and in keeping with the Halloween spirit, Matt MacNish over at QQQ wants to know what our fave monster is. When I was a little girl, my dad loved to rent horror movies--back when VCRs had just been made available to the average home. We weren't allowed to watch all of those films, but the older we got, the more of an event Horror Movie Night would become. Keep in mind, I grew up in the 80s when horror movies were HUGE. And this is the same dad who'd scratch at my bedroom door after watching Freddy Krueger movies. LOL! Yep, I blame him for all my issues.
But it was fun, and it toughened us up. We saw a lot of bad horror films, and some really great creepy ones. And I can truly say, they just don't make them like they used to. But through and through, there was one monster that always kept me up at night... one that felt so real, I could almost feel its breath on my neck when I'd hike up the covers over my head and swear to never watch another horror film again ....
Yep. The ol' werewolf did it to me every time. And my dad loved the werewolf movies as much as I did. They were all over the place in the 80s: The Howling, American Werewolf in London, Silver Bullet ... I can't say exactly what it was, but they freaked this little girl out. Nowadays, horror films are more paranormal and less fantastical in my opinion. And maybe that's why werewolves have remained my fave monster of all time. There is something so wild and fierce and dangerous about them. Wolves on their own are beautiful, but mingled with the human body, they become a grotesque creature that was never meant to roam the earth.
So there you have it. I'll always be a werewolf fan, for the sheer memories of childhood fear alone. Thanks, Dad!
For more on monsters who scare us, checkout others on the blog chain Eric and Michelle McLean.
What about you? Who's your fave antagonist? And what's your fave monster??