The internet is awash with the beauties from Hammer Horror films. Their pale complexions, dressed in white nightgowns or rather revealing dresses with blood trickling down their necks can be tantalizing but in all the excitement I think we can forget the gentlemen that played such fantastic roles in these films. I am talking specifically about the dark and handsome Christopher Lee.
I remember reading an article about the effect Christopher Lee had on women. One woman watched Dracula and was willing him to come out of the screen and bite her, another woman said that the red eyes, black cloak and fangs really turned her on. So, why does this horrific figure get people excited?
Danger in the real world to some people can be a very frightening prospect but in horror I think we can say that it is a little safer as it is on our screens rather than on our streets but I have to say that Terence Fisher was good at making Hammer feel more real than any of the science fiction and B movies that were about back then. For example we would always see aliens, large creatures that had escaped from laboratories and other bizarre tales but Hammer horror was placed in a real time with real people and this sense of the real and the mundane has certainly excited people over the years. Why? Because it gave us a sense that the macabre and the supernatural live among us!
Bram Stoker, the image of Nosferatu and other tales of vampirism is quite different from the look of the vampires within the Hammer Horror series. For those who have read Bram Stoker’s Dracula I am not sure there is much to be attracted to mainly because Stoker does the macabre extremely well:
“His face was a strong, a very strong, aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils, with lofty domed forehead, and hair growing scantily round the temples but profusely elsewhere. His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth”.
If we compared this to our dark and handsome gentleman who is not only attractive but hypnotising too then we can see why the idea of getting your neck bitten and bled dry of your life could in fact be somewhat of a sexual experience. I am sure Freud would have a field day with this one!
Whether you fall weak at the knees from the hypnotic stare of Dracula or the blood smeared cleavage of a victim – Hammer Horror films certainly do cater for everyone