My Favorite Spooks

So, Daniel, do you want to keep talking about horror movies? Yes? Perfect, because that’s the only thing I like to talk about. Hate to break it to you, but about 90 percent of my personality is made up of horror movie knowledge. The other ten percent is beer and anxiety.

Again, I am a simple creature.

Anyway, as you know these past few weeks have been very busy for me. I spent last week in Boston for work and then the weekend down in Portland so, being a terrible person with no time management skills, I completely missed my post in our other blog. So this week I had intended to write my post for this blog early, spending plenty of time researching and reviewing my opinions on the psychological importance of villains and scary stories.

Well, guess what! Surprise, surprise, I completely lost track of time and I am now writing this post Friday afternoon. For being a professional writer, I’m terrible at keeping a writing schedule.

So in the interest of keeping this post simple and NOT continuing a rant about horror movies that nobody actually wants to hear, I thought I would talk about my favorite horror monsters.

Now, before I continue, I think I need to define what I mean by horror monster. I feel like when most people hear the term “horror monster” they think of the classic movie villains like Freddy Krueger, Frankenstein’s monster, or Pinhead. When I use the term horror monster, what I mean are monsters that often appear in scary stories, things like vampires, werewolves, and zombies.

Basically, whenever I log into Netflix and look through my recommended list, any horror movie that has one of the following monsters in it automatically gets added to my watch list no matter how many stars it has. The following monsters are basically sure-fire ways to get me to watch a horror film:

Wendigos

First Introduction: Pet Sematary

Favorite Horror Movie Appearance: Ravenous

Wendigos are probably my favorite mythological creature. My first introduction was in Pet Sematary by Stephen King, but it was in the Hannibal TV series that I really started developing an odd obsession with this strange, majestic creatures.

The Krampus

First Introduction: Myths & Legends Podcast

Favorite Depiction: Krampus

Despite being a very season-specific monster, I absolutely love the Krampus. A demon that beats up on naughty children? I am a bitter, jaded adult and I love the concept. Sign me the fuck up.

Werewolves

First Introduction: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Favorite Depiction: American Werewolf in London

I’m not sure why, but when I was in middle school there was this bizarre divide amongst my friends. You either likes vampires or you like werewolves, you could not like both. I have no idea where this weird binary came from, but it was in that period of my life that I decided I liked werewolves. I loved the idea of turning into a wolf at the full moon and spent many hours reading up on them. Thankfully, extensive knowledge of werewolf mythos is a very useful thing to have, right?

Mermaids/Sirens

First Introduction: The Little Mermaid

Favorite Depiction: Siren

Wendigos might be my favorite mythological creature, but mermaids and sirens have probably been the creature I have loved the longest. My favorite movie as a kid was the Little Mermaid and ever since I’ve loved the ocean and everything it contains. Well, as an adult, I now understand how dangerous and spooky the ocean is and love it even more.

Alright, this post is somewhat done. I promise I’ll get back into the flow of writing very, very soon. Sorry for being the worst, Daniel.

-EMS

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