FIVE GREAT GHOULS

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DRAC­ULA The vam­pire as se­duc­tive killer has be­come one of hor­ror’s (and, lat­terly, ro­mance’s) sta­ples. These days Drac­ula is of­ten re­duced to a campy stereo­type, but blood­suck­ing par­a­sites are con­stantly rein­vented for their age – as in Justin Cronin’s saga The Pas­sage, where vir­us­car­ry­ing vam­pires rav­age a postapoc­a­lyp­tic waste­land. FRANKEN­STEIN’S MON­STER An­other fig­ure more of­ten seen in pas­tiche, the mon­ster is a tragic fig­ure, man’s hubris made real and deadly. In an age when sci­ence is once again tak­ing over what was once seen as ‘God’s work’ (with cloning, ge­netic mod­i­fi­ca­tion, etc) it’s no sur­prise this idea sees mul­ti­ple re­vivals on TV, film and stage. FREDDY KRUEGER Ra­zor-clawed, pizza-faced Freddy has been sani­tised into a clown­ish Hal­loween cos­tume over the years (peo­ple of­ten for­get he started out as a child killer), but his un­for­get­table look, plus his abil­ity to en­ter our very dreams and prey on our sub­con­scious fears, make him one of cin­ema’s great mon­sters. HAN­NI­BAL LECTER Most fa­mously played by An­thony Hop­kins, and re­cently rein­vented by Mads Mikkelsen in the blood-soaked TV se­ries Han­ni­bal, this suave, cun­ning and ruth­less can­ni­bal set the tem­plate for the so­phis­ti­cated se­rial killer, able to charm his vic­tims – and cap­tors – de­spite be­ing guilty of the most hor­ri­ble crimes. THE ARMITAGES Easy­go­ing and friendly, the ur­bane, in­tel­lec­tual fam­ily in Get Out wel­come their daugh­ter’s black boyfriend into their home – but when their sin­is­ter rea­sons be­come ap­par­ent, the ter­ror be­gins. They could be your neigh­bours, your friends, and you wouldn’t ever know…

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