6.23.2015

5 Favorite Horror Heroes


Although people usually think of the villain/monster in horror stories first, the heroes are the ones who survive to tell their tales. I have my five favorite heroes/heroines listed here.

1. Dale “Barbie” Barbara from Stephen King’s Under the Dome – The mysterious stranger who came to Chester’s Mill at the wrong time for him, but the right time for the people he manages to save. I loved him in the book as well as the TV series.

2. Sidney Prescott from Scream – Sweet and tragic, Sidney finds her inner strength as she’s tormented by Ghostface.

3. Laurie Strode from Halloween – Laurie is sensible and responsible and she’ll do anything to survive Michael Myers’ attempts on her life.

4. Chief Martin Brody from Jaws – We’re gonna need a bigger boat. He tries to warn people, but to the mayor, the power of the dollar is worth more than someone’s life. Brody learns to be relentless in hunting down the killer shark.

5. Clarice Starling from The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal – A young FBI agent makes a name for herself in hunting down serial killers. I really loved the chemistry between Clarice and Hannibal Lecter.

Who is your favorite hero/heroine in horror movies/books?

A monster hunts us. After hibernating for a decade, it’s ravenous. We long to stop this nightmare, but the end of the road is far. There is no waking up once a legend sets its sights on you.

Disappearances every ten or so years make little impact on the small town of New Haven, Virginia. Hikers get lost. Hunters lose the trail. Even when a body is discovered, the inhabitants’ memories last about as long as the newspaper articles.

No one connects the cases. No one notices the disappearances go back beyond Civil War times. No one believes a legendary monster roams the forests in Southwestern Virginia.

I don’t either until the truck breaks down on an old mountain trail. Cell phones won’t work in this neck of the woods. It’s amazing how much a person can see by starlight alone. So what if we can’t feel our fingers or toes as we hike toward the main road. How many more miles left to go?

Crrraaack!

Hear that noise?

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34 comments:

  1. Great list. Number 5 does it for me. Best wishes!

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    1. Thank you! I'm a big Hannibal Lecter fan (read all the books, but still need to see Hannibal Rising and the TV series).

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    2. That makes three of us. Though the movie is excellent, the book is even better. I remember reading the book, what, over a decade after I'd seen the movie, thinking it would probably not be as good, but I was pleasantly surprised.

      Thanks for stopping by, Cherie.

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    3. That makes three of us. Though the movie is excellent, the book is even better. I remember reading the book, what, over a decade after I'd seen the movie, thinking it would probably not be as good, but I was pleasantly surprised.

      Thanks for stopping by, Cherie.

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  2. I certainly liked Clarice Starling quite a lot. And Sheriff Brodie. I didn't watch Under the Dome. Maybe Jim Nightshade and William Holloway in Something Wicked This Way Comes

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    1. I've heard Something Wicked This Way Comes is really good.

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    2. I really should read some Ray Bradbury. :)

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  3. Stay away from me Jaaaaws. Love Jaws. Brody was a great hero.

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    1. Now I kinda want to see Jaws again. :)

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  4. #5 wins it for me. Cherie's book is one I must check out, and I do love that cover!

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    1. Thank you, Catherine! As soon as I saw the cover (a pre-made), I knew it was perfect for my collection.

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  5. Brody is the perfect hero against a monster. Saw Jaws at a drive-in near the ocean. A low fog rolled in as the duh-duh...music played. Awesome.

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    1. Ooo, that sounds like a perfect way to watch Jaws!

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  6. Terrific new cover, Cherie! I don't watch much horror. Too scary for me. I end up closing my eyes. :)

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    1. Thank you, River! Amygdala Designs created the cover. It was a pre-made one, and as soon as I saw it, I had to have it.

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  7. I like your hero picks. Clarice is a favorite of mine too. I like Ripley from the Alien series as well.

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    1. Thank you, Christine! I still need to see the Alien movies. I think I might've caught part of one on TV years ago, but I haven't seen them all the way through.

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  8. Ok that book sounds very, very creepy and scary. I love Sheriff Brody and Clarice. I pick Ultraman-A sad gold looking robot guy from Japanese films that I used to watch when I was a kid. I also love Mothra

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    1. Thank you, Birgit. Ultraman sounds like a really good choice.

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  9. Valid point about always thinking of the villain and never the hero. I have to admit, my first thought was, "Why would you call the villain a hero", then I read. Makes a lot of sense. I'm not much into horror movies and such, I'm just not into the blood, guts and gore of it all. That's probably why I'm more draw to drama. You can have great villains there too. On another blog post, I mentioned how Ben Linus from Lost was a great villain and I admitted Big Jim from Under the dome made a great villain too. But I never thought too much about the heroes. Dale Barbie is a great choice above as a hero. If I were to pick a favourite hero on Lost (to rival Ben), I'd probably go with someone like Charlie. Even though he was hardly the hero. Jack was more the hero but I wasn't so thrilled with him. He had many flaws, but that did make him a great character. Charlie also had many flaws, but he was endearing in a way. Hurley was too.
    Anyway, thanks for stopping by my blog. Love what you have here.
    PS - Sorry for the length of the comment. I tend to go on.

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    1. I loved Charlie in Lost. Hurley too! Jack was supposed to be the hero, but I have to admit other characters stole the spotlight from him. Thank you so much for stopping by, Jeffrey!

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  10. Bought it. The concept sounds fascinating. Best of luck with your sale and such an awesome cover.

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    1. Aww, thank you, Jeff! I hope you enjoy the collection!

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  11. I think Clarice is my favorite. I loved Chief Brody too.

    Hope you are getting tons of sales! :)

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    1. Thank you, Julie! And the tour is helping to increase sales, which is good. :)

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  12. Great list Cherie-- I think my favorite is Clarice Starling. Congrats on your novel. It looks like a scary read!

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    1. Thank you! Clarice is a great favorite to have. :)

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  13. Always been a fan of the Jaws movies! Brody was a great hero.

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    1. He really was. I've been wanting to pull out my Jaws DVD and watching the movie again. It's such a classic.

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  14. Great list.. yeah, Barbie is a fav. of mine too from Under the Dome.

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  15. Yes, impressive hunting shark murderer, unforgettable film !.

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