17 Characters Who Are Charming — But Deadly
Silky-smooth serial killer Dexter’s got his most recent season hitting DVD today, which got us thinking about other suave movie and TV slayers — including Hannibal Lecter, Sylar, and He Who Must Not Be Named
Played by Michael C. Hall
He’s a sociopath and a serial killer. And, as played by Michael C. Hall on Showtime’s wildly successful series, Dexter is also strangely lovable. And we’re not the only ones who think so: Hall has racked up three straight Golden Globe nominations
Played by Anthony Hopkins
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 years since Anthony Hopkins first scared us silly as the brilliantly disturbed Dr. Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. But even two decades — and two middling sequels — can’t dilute the character’s creepy intensity.
Played by Christian Bale
American Psycho (2000)
Bale was lethally hot as Patrick Bateman, a self-obsessed murderer who preyed on women in Mary Harron’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ button-pushing novel.
What a list! Dexter is one of my favorite characters. Michael C Hall does it right! What do you think of the 17?
Top Five: Movie monsters…and where they came from
Zombies are cool. Like zombies, vampires are a big part of our pop culture in 2009. In fact famous monsters have always held their own place in pop culture, even before films portrayed them.
But just like Oprah or The Rolling Stones, our favorite monsters had humble beginnings. Here are the top five movie monsters, and their confusing origins.
Number Five: Mummies. The only thing on this list that undeniably exists is the mummy. However, horror movies about mummies are not about the mummy itself, they are about the curse it supposedly carries. There is a lot of speculation about where The Mummy’s Curse first came from.
Number Four: Werewolves. Werewolves are typically normal people who turn into murderous monsters that resemble wolves during the full moon.
Number Three: Dracula. Dracula also has a notorious origin.
Vlad the Impaler, a Transylvanian nobleman from the 15th century, is said to be what inspired Bram Stoker to create the character of Dracula. Stories of Vlad aren’t unlike those of Dracula. When enemies tried to attack Vlad, they were greeted by a forest of prisoners who had been impaled on stakes. Rumors of Vlad actually drinking the blood of his enemies also circulated at the time.
Number Two: Frankenstein’s Monster. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a monster made of several dead bodies is brought to life using electricity. It has been speculated that Shelley was inspired to write her macabre classic by a disturbing demonstration put on by Italian physicist, Giovanni Aldini.
Number One: Zombies. It’s pretty well known that zombies originated from African and Caribbean belief systems, namely Voodoo. The original concept of a zombie greatly differs from the zombies that fill our culture.
What do you think of the list of top 5 monsters? Which are your top 5?