Happy Halloween, my beautiful monsters!
Do you folks have plans today? I live in the States, and while we love the commercialization of this holiday… I’m too old to go trick-or-treating, and too lame to go to a fabulous grown-up Halloween party where there are cheesy themed drinks like Zombie Cocktails and Poisoned Appletinis. I have a fab 1950s-esque dress I think I’ll wear to work today, but otherwise my Halloween spirit is zilch. Which sucks because I actually adore this season… I just, you know, have no time.
I’m going to take a wee break from bookish things today and for this Top Ten Tuesday, I want to talk about my favorite monsters and characters that go bump in the night. While some of these double into books, they’re mostly in movies! So, if you’re staying in tonight, maybe pick up one of these excellent movies or TV shows and settle in with some excellent Halloween snacks (read: a bag of Halloween candy that was supposed to be for the trick-or-treaters but… nope!).
Enjoy, my lovelies!
You guys saw this coming with the first GIF up top, right? Beetlejuice is a 1988 Tim Burton film starring a young Alec Baldwin, Gina Davis, and Winona Ryder. Add in Michael Keaton one year before becoming Batman for the perfect creeper villain and you’ve got a movie in classic Burton style. This ghost is an entrepreneur and is not big on playing nice with mortals. Also, he’s sort of a pig, but we love him anyway because he’s just ridiculous. Best scene in the movie? When Alec and Gina’s characters possess the family into dancing to Harry Belafonte’s “Dayo”.
When Ghostbusters came out in 1984, I don’t think they banked originally on Slimer becoming such a popular character. He’s big enough that he ended up with his own cartoon for a while, and he made it into the 2016 reboot. I’m going to say that you’ve really got to watch the 1984 version of this film… but the 2016 version was fun, too. Best part of this movie? The Stay-Puft Marshmallow man. I’m sorry guys, this “villain” was way more hilarious than dancing ghosts or the Ghostbusters symbol.
Undead Characters who are not Zombies
This is my #1 favorite of all time Halloween movie. Hocus Pocus – It fun, it’s funny, it’s colorful, it takes place in Salem. It has black cats, witches, zombies, and trick-or-treating. And you’ve got poor cursed Thackery Binks, the cat that cannot die since the Sanderson Sisters got their hands on him. Best part is that he grows up to be McGee on NCIS and awww.
So, Dorian Grey pops up everywhere but on a slightly less Halloween-ish note – if you want to see a movie with a BUNCH of fantastic characters from classic literature, sit yourself down for A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This is my favorite on-film instance of Dorian Grey. He’s pretty, he’s intelligent, he’s witty. He’s definitely evil. And unless you have a certain painting, he’ll keep up his horrible little lifestyle forever. You can catch Dorian in any number of his own films, plus Penny Dreadful and cameo episodes of just about any artifact-related science fiction TV show (Warehouse 13, The Librarians).
As I mentioned in my post about Dracula at the beginning of the month, the best place to find the Count is in his book, as I’ve yet to find a film adaptation I love. However, if you’re looking for a vampire flick for Halloween, pick up the 1931 Dracula with Bela Lugosi. You’ve gotta have at least one classic monster this Halloween.
Stuart Townsend just has it down when it comes to playing monstrous characters. He also gets points for Salem. Lestat is my favorite vampire, hands down. He’s been on film twice – in Queen of the Damned (pictured) as in Interview with the Vampire which was just sort of… no. Where he really shines is in The Vampire Lestat, which is the second book in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. He makes an appearance in many of her books. He’s amazing. Recommend.
If you were watching True Blood, you fell in love with either Bill or Eric. I was 100% an Eric Northman fangirl. He’s far more vicious, but far more likable. As it got more and more entangled and less vmapire-ish, this TV show went downhill. I stopped watching when Tara came back to life (no why stop). BUT. Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse books sure knew how to give her readers (and, later, watches) a damn sexy vampire. Step aside, Edward Cullen.
The Sanderson Sisters
Okay, okay. I know I’ve already used Hocus Pocus once, but come on guys – you can’t talk about Halloween movies and witches without mentioning the Sanderson Sisters. This trio is so, so likable but they really don’t do anything redeeming at all. They’re just sassy and funny and real. They have real struggles, and if solving those struggles means sucking out the souls of little children, well then – you do what you have to do!
In my opinion, Sam was queen of the witches. For a 1964 television series, Bewitched and Elizabeth Montgomery did so much for women in television and forming the type of television shows we see today. This show ran for 8 years and while, sure, Sam isn’t the black-pointed-hat sort of witch, she’s smart and brave and kind and has the craziest family. Someday I’ll write up a full post all about this awesome lady and underrated TV show (maybe next October!) but for now, you just have to take my word that it’s cheesy but it great fun.
Morticia and Gomez Addams
If Morticia and Gomez level love isn’t #relationshipgoals, then I don’t know what is. Another 1964 television series, but even in 2017 you have to acknowledge how perfect and sappy this couple was. And they did it all with the traditional Addams Family since on macabre. I love it.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a Halloween freebie… so I decided to take a step back from books and dig a little into pop culture. I hope you guys don’t mind too much!
Who are some of your favorite spooks, monsters, & creepy characters?
Have you seen any of these shows or films?
What’re your plans this Halloween?