Monsters | Creatures

Monsters and creatures are fantastical beings. They are part of our stories, our folklore and mythologies. The word monster derives from the word ‘monstrous’ which is used to describe something or someone as unnatural, horrifying, or evil. Monsters are non-human entities who have strange and mystical powers or characteristics. They come in all shapes and forms and live in all sorts of places -- some live underground or in the sea, but others live under your bed or in your wardrobe. Frankenstein’s Monster is a really famous monster, but he has always been misunderstood. He was just a little lonely.

What is a monster?

A monster can be defined as an imaginary creature that is generally large, ugly, and frightening. A monster is considered a horror creature, like Frankenstein or Dracula, that often appear in literature and films to scare audiences. Monsters are regarded as grotesque who scare others with their appearance, and threaten society with their powers. Monsters can also be human-like, but they are portrayed as lower class, mutants, and supernatural.

What do monsters look like?

Typical images of monsters include animals with no heads or exaggerated features. Monsters are often ugly, lurk in the dark, and do not look like anything else. Physically monsters sometimes have qualities like dwarfism, giantism, physical splicing with other creatures, extra or missing human features, or more elements that differentiates them completely from what society accepts as normal.

Why are we afraid of monsters?

Humans are afraid of monsters because they challenge society’s standards. We create monsters and they are often a reflection of ourselves. Monsters are also characteristically out of our control and do not follow rules or opinions. Monsters are not predictable and tend to be extremely violent. Also, since we do not know what to expect from monsters or easy to explain and our mind makes them scarier than they actually are.

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Wolf Man
Series of illustrations of the Wolf Man in assorted postures with overall height labeled

The Wolf Man is the second werewolf movie from Universal Pictures, released in 1941, and supremely more popular than its predecessor Werewolf of London. In this film, Larry Talbots is transformed into a werewolf after being bit by one while trying to protect his love interest’s friend. After being bitten, Larry is informed by a gypsy that he will turn into a werewolf since he was bitten and lived. This proves to be true, and throughout the rest of the film Larry struggles with his werewolf desire to kill and his human desire to not. Larry is finally killed by his own father when he attacks his love interest. As he dies, he transforms back into his human form and his father and lover mourn his tragic end.

The Wolf Man, portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolf Man (1941), is 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

The Wolf Man is the second werewolf movie from Universal Pictures, released in 1941, and supremely more popular than its predecessor Werewolf of London. In this film, Larry Talbots is transformed into a werewolf after being bit by one while trying to protect his love interest’s friend.

The Wolf Man, portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolf Man (1941), is 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

Wolf Man
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Lon Chaney Jr.
First Appearance
The Wolf Man (1941)

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Wolf Man front (arms raised), side (walking), side (sniffing)

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Dracula
Drawings with labeled height of Dracula in poses ranging from the front, side, and with an open cape

Dracula, a vampire spawned from the imagination of Bram Stoker and the namesake of his 1897 novel, is the most iconic vampire of all time. The story of Dracula and some of his key characteristics became the basis for a whole genre of literature and films to come. Dracula is a vampire that lives Transylvania, but moves to England to partake in his favorite activity of blood sucking and spreading the undead curse. Once in England, however, he is hunted by a group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Dracula is the basis for Nosferatu, an illegal adaptation of the story due to violations of copyright laws that the studio tried to avoid by slightly altering the story.

Dracula is popularly depicted at 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall, but was originally portrayed by Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931) at 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Dracula, a Transylvanian vampire spawned from the imagination of Bram Stoker and the namesake of his 1897 novel, is the most iconic vampire of all time. The story of Dracula and some of his key characteristics became the basis for a whole genre of literature and films to come.

Dracula is popularly depicted at 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall, but was originally portrayed by Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931) at 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

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Bela Lugosi (6’1” | 1.85 m)
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Dracula (novel, 1897), Dracula (film, 1931)

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Dracula front, side, front (cape open)

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Invisible Man
Drawings of the Invisible Man standing as seen from the front and back views with labeled height

The Invisible Man, also known as Griffin, is a character from the 1897 science fiction novella, The Invisible Man, by Henry G. Wells. Griffin was a scientist, who through research with optics, discovered he could make a person unable to reflect light and render them invisible. After performing this experiment on himself, Griffin realizes he cannot undo what he has done. Being completely invisible unnerves Griffin and he desires to begin a “Reign of Terror” throughout the nation. Griffin remains invisible until he is beaten to death at the hands of enraged mob.

The Invisible Man, portrayed by Claude Rains in the Invisible Man (1933), is 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

The Invisible Man, also known as Griffin, is a character from H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man (1897). Griffin was a scientist, who through research with optics, discovered he could make a person unable to reflect light and render them invisible and performs this experiment on himself.

The Invisible Man, portrayed by Claude Rains in the Invisible Man (1933), is 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

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Claude Rains
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The Invisible Man (novel, 1897), The Invisible Man (film, 1933)

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Invisible Man front (original), front (modern), back (modern)

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Vampira
Dimensioned drawings of Vampira posing in a variety of standing postures

Vampira is a campy creation of actress Maila Nurmi in the 1950s. Inspired by Mortica Addams, Nurmi created a spooky horror television host. On her show, The Vampira Show, Nurmi would introduce different horror films, feign speaking with spirits, and play with her pet spider, Rolo. The show aired from 1954 to 1955 exclusively in Los Angeles, but Vampira’s instantaneous success outlived the life of the show with her being featured in films past the cancellation of the show. The Vampira Show is now regarded as a cult classic and created fan clubs worldwide.

Vampira, created and portrayed by Maila Nurmi, is 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

Vampira is a campy creation of actress Maila Nurmi in the 1950s. Inspired by Mortica Addams, Nurmi created a spooky horror television host. On her show, The Vampira Show, Nurmi would introduce different horror films, feign speaking with spirits, and play with her pet spider, Rolo.

Vampira, created and portrayed by Maila Nurmi, is 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

Vampira
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Maila Nurmi
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The Vampira Show (1954)

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Vampira front (standing), front (spooky), front (raised arms)

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Frankenstein’s Monster
Multiple illustrations of Frankenstein's Monster standing, walking, and reaching with overall height measurements

Frankenstein’s monster, frequently and inaccurately referred to as Frankenstein, is a tragic villain from Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein. Frankenstein created his monster through a blend of chemistry and alchemy; creating an 8 foot tall, hideous creature that just wanted to be loved. Once shut out of the human society he so desperately wanted to belong to, Frankenstein’s monster sought revenge on his creator, Frankenstein. The novel is also referred to as The Modern Prometheus as a nod to the Greek myth of Prometheus, a character who created humans out of clay and gifted them with fire.

Frankenstein's Monster is described as being 8 foot (2.4 m) tall in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein (1818). Frankenstein's Monster was first portrayed by 5 foot 11 inch (1.8 m) tall Boris Karloff in Frankenstein (1931) with the assistance of lifted boots.

Frankenstein’s monster, frequently and inaccurately referred to as Frankenstein, is a tragic villain from Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein. Frankenstein created his monster through a blend of chemistry and alchemy; creating an 8 foot tall, hideous creature that just wanted to be loved.

Frankenstein's Monster is described as being 8 foot (2.4 m) tall in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein (1818). Frankenstein's Monster was first portrayed by 5 foot 11 inch (1.8 m) tall Boris Karloff in Frankenstein (1931) with the assistance of lifted boots.

Frankenstein’s Monster
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Boris Karloff (5’11” | 1.8 m)
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Frankenstein (novel, 1818), Frankenstein (film, 1931)

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Frankenstein's Monster front, front (walking), side

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