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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Horror hottie of the night

Vampire cookie jill posted her horror hottie below. Here's mine, Elsa Lanchester. Her role as The Bride in The Bride of Frankenstein is enough to make her top any horror list. But she did an excellent turn as Mary Shelley in the prologue of the story. I particularly love her smile and the tilt of her head as Lord Byron asks her if her book, Frankenstein, would be published. "It will be published," then a mischievous toss of her head, "I think." And I find her version of The Bride incredibly sexy as the two mad scientists pull off the sheet to reveal her figure tightly wrapped in bandages mummy-like. Shouting, "She's alive!" is understatement.

"My parents were always a bit arty. They were 'advanced.' They supported pacifism, vegetarianism, socialism, atheism, and all that."
She had an unconventional marriage to Charles Laughton - he was gay and she was rumored to be a lesbian. They were married until his death in 1962. Laughton had served in the British Army in World War I where he was gassed and it's been suspected the effects of the gas attack caused his cancer. Laughton himself is no slouch in the horror department for his wonderful part in The Old Dark House. Lanchester also starred in the horror films Willard, Terror in the Wax Museum, and Arnold. She also was terrific in the mysteries Witness for the Prosecution and Murder by Death. And she succeeded in just about every genre from horror to comedy to musicals to drama. By no means was Elsa Lanchester a conventional Hollywood beauty. Yet her witty humor and intelligence comes through and I find that very sexy.


Blogger cookie jill said...

Oohhh..."Vampire" Jill...I like the "sucking" sound of it! ;-)

11/15/2005 01:49:00 AM  
Blogger Curt said...

Good call, Ben. I'm torn between so many from Eurotrash and Hammer!

11/16/2005 12:06:00 PM  

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