Evil Queens, from H. Rider Haggard to Disney’s Snow White; Surely We All Know Elizabeth Bathory?

Evil queens, you can’t live with them, you can’t live without them.  In any event, there’s a3016rarely a dull moment when they’re around.  So at the movies, sort of, with this from TOR.COM, “Ayesha, White as Snow:  H. Rider Haggard’s SHE and Walt Disney’s Evil Queen” by Gilbert Colon.  Was the image of Disney’s iconic naughty lady in SNOW WHITE in fact inspired by producer Merian C. Cooper’s 1935 film with Helen Gahagan Douglas in the role of Hash-A-Mo-Tep — “She Who Must Be Obeyed”?  An interesting comparison, no?  Or, to see more of the origin and fascination of not-so-nice royalty (“Princess Kriemhild from the 1924 Fritz Lang film DIE NIBELUNGEN was cited . . .”) press here.SHE-Hash-A-Mo-Tep

Moving now from queens to a countess, but also vampires — Elizabeth who?  Well maybe, maybe not.  And how about the US of A’s own Mercy Brown, reports of whom may have helped inspire Bram Stoker?  Thus on LISTVERSE.COM, by Aaron Short, “10 Creepy Historical Vampires You’ve Never Heard Of.”  But included is Bathory, the “Blood Countess,” who also lent her name for the movie DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS.  And the Highgate Vampire?  Though of the obscure ones my favorite, I think, is #2, the one with the iron teeth, though apparently he was somewhat of a wimp as vampires go, having ultimately been chased away by a mob of children with sticks and knives.

To meet them oneself one need only press here.


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