Moonday’s Heroic Hunks in History: Vampires

Throughout October, each Moonday’s Heroic Hunks in History will feature creatures of the Dark.  Check out the history and pics of some of the best-known characters in the paranormal genre. 

Pitt & Cruise in Interview with a Vampire

Vampires have been part of the myths or folklore of many cultures.  The dead (or undead) creatures who subsisted by feeding on the life essence (usually blood) of living creatures were not called vampires until the 18th century (1734). When tales of vampires reached Europe from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, corpses were exhumed and staked to protect the living. Vampires of folklore were most often revenants of evil beings, suicide victims, or witches, but they can also be created by a malevolent spirit possessing a corpse or by being bitten by a vampire.

In vampire folklore, common  apotropaics (items to ward off vampires) include garlic, branched of wild rose and hawthorn, crucifixes, rosaries, holy water, and sunlight. Vampires could not cross running water, walk on consecrated ground (churches) or enter houses uninvited.  

Methods of destroying vampires varied by country. Staking was the most common method—either with ash, hawthorn, or oak through the heart, mouth or stomach. Decapitation, incineration, sprinkling with holy water, drowning were also used to destroy the corpse. 

SLayer Wesley Snipes in Blade

The charismatic and sophisticated prototype for today’s vampire was developed in John Polidori’s novella The Vampyre (1819).  It also influenced later books such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Byron’s unfinished work, The Burial.  Beginning in the 20th century, vampires have been featured often in books, movies and television series.  Characters have become more sympathetic and certainly more handsome.  Check out some of our vampires. Do you have a favorite? 

Next Week, Werewolves. Rita Bay

BTW, throughout October, Rita Bay’s Blog will feature daily blogs on Myths and Legends including animism, legends and folktales, creation myths, the mythology of Greeks/Romans, Celtic, Saxon and Norse mythology. Check them out at http://ritabay.wordpress.com/    RB

Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman in True Blood

 

David Borneaz as Angel

Johnny Depp as Barnabs in Dark Shadows

 

Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman in True Blood

A Different Twist for Badurday- A Montage Tribute to Stephen Cannell

Commish

The A Team

 

21 jump street

Rockford Files

This week, we lost one of my favorite producers/screen writers. Stephen Cannell. I always enjoyed watching the shows he produced and had quite a few favorites. The Greatest American Hero was a bit cheesy but the dialogue was sharp and clever. I adore sharp and clever. I aspire to that in my own writing.  The Rockford Files was awesome, loved The Commish, and other than Romancemama, who didn’t love and adore the men of The A Team?  Who liked to watch Wiseguy? I did.

One of my particular favorites was Silk Stalkings. What an awesome show. Hot cops – both male and female (That’s for you, Jeff) and fun story lines.  As I recall, even the police station was an interestingly different  set up.  It was blue and back lit.

And, last but not least, who could forget 21 Jump Street? What a premise that one had. Young cops undercover in schools- I enjoyed the heck out of it- yes, I loved Johnny Depp even back then. 

Enjoy the photo montage here in tribute to Stephen Cannell. I didn’t even get into his talents as a novelist but I recommend his books. Highly.  The world is a bit dimmer without him.

Rob Estes

Ken Wahl- Wiseguy

Rob Estes- Silk StalkingsCommish

M. Chiklas- The Commish

Johnny Depp

Greatest American Hero

Badurday July 31, 2010

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On a personal note, today is my 28th wedding anniversary. I’ll let you know how that’s working out sometime.  On to the bad boy ’cause although I love a bad boy in a film and in books, I’ll take a steady, stable one for real life.  Dull, I know, but there it is. 

Our bad boy of the day is Jordi Molla, He played in the movie Blow with Johnny Depp where he was a drug dealer. He was King Philip of Spain in the movie with Cate Blanchett called Elizabeth, the Golden Age– Of course, in that one, my vision was blurred from looking at the handsome Clive Owen, but Jordi was excellent as the evil Spanish King. 
Jordi is one of Spain’s busiest actors and we’re lucky enough to have him in some stuff here. He was a bad boy in the movie Bad Boys, II. How apropos for one of our boys of the week to play in a movie with such a title. He was also in Che, Part II. What recently brought him back to my attention was that he was the bad guy in the movie Knight and Day. I saw it and enjoyed it immensely. It was a  funny, witty movie  and Tom Cruise was actually very good in it. I think he was so spectacular because he was playing crazy and that has come naturally to him lately. Anyway, enjoy Jordi Molla. Looking forward to more from this sexy Spaniard. 

 

Bad Boys II
King Philip of Spain

 

 

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