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    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

Badurday July 31, 2010


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



A Wetsday Hunk Despite Everything

Every one of us has faced that question: What do you do about the guy you are addicted to when you realize that he’s just no good for you? Way back in Ro’mama’s misspent youth, between hunting the dinosaurs and keeping the cave tidy, even she had to make that decision. Oh, he was pretty, but he was brainless. I thought about keeping him around, just for decorative purposes. Stand him in the corner, keep him dusted off, maybe hang some tinsel on him for Christmas. But never, ever let him talk. Because every word out of his mouth only annoyed me and ruined the illusion that he was as good as he looked.

That is the situation we face with our Wetsday guest this week. Oh, it began great. We caught just a glimpse of him,only enough to catch our attention, make us want to know more about him.

TAPS, 1981

But from the minute we saw him dance to Old Time Rock and Roll in his tighty whities, we were sunk.

And there were good times. We loved him as a cocky fighter pilot (speaking as a Pensacola girl, I can’t get enough of a Navy pilot!)

Top Gun

Yes, it was the spring of our youth and we were giddy with getting to know him.

But at long last, we realized the truth. He was pretty, yes. But he was nuts. We couldn’t talk to him, because he really had nothing to say.

Jumping on Couches

Worse, when he did talk, he embarrassed us.

With Matt Lauer

Finally, it was just too weird and sad for the relationship to continue.

So we ended it. We said it was over. Our sanity, our dignity, our self-respect called for it. “It’s not you, it’s us,” we said. But we lied. It was him, alright. Him and his odd views on medications, him and his strange approach to his partner’s childbirth, him and just his weirdness. And we told ourselves we didn’t care.

But every so often, we catch a glimpse of him being normal, and it gives us that bittersweet longing for what might have been. So, in honor of the release of Knight and Day, The Sizzle brings you the man you hate to love, Tom Cruise.

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