Monster 50

Welcome to the Monster 50. These are the top 50 monsters, as determined by me, in no particular order other than the order I thought of them. Make of that what you will. Placing monsters in any kind of ascending or descending order, would be like asking me to rank movies, books or musketeers (Athos…no…forget it).

Let’s lead this thing off with style with Dracula.

That’s right, the count himself will lead off. He would have it no other way, of course. From his first appearance in Bram Stoker’s novel, named after him no less, he captivated readers with his style and coiled menace. It has taken actors such as Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee and Gary Oldman, each owning their portrayal in excellent ways, to attack the role and attempt to give Dracula his due presence. Who knows if the count would ┬ábe honored at the valiant attempts by such luminaries of the field, or if he would simply huff at them and wave away their gall. That’s part of why he makes the list.

The Dracula novel never gets old, just as the main character lives forever. Yet, though monster he certainly is, there is sadness and heartbreak in that mesmerizing gaze. Living forever is rarely what it promises to be, an unquenchable thirst for blood is difficult to accommodate, and try finding a soul mate that loves you for who you are when you are a blood sucking fiend. Though Van Helsing would hold no sympathy.

So here’s a toast to the man who doesn’t drink…wine. Raise your glass high. I hear that a new Universal movie featuring Dracula will be made soon. The actor that gets my pick to play the count is Russell Crowe. Maybe Dracula would approve.