with strange darkness werewolf at night Released on Disney+, audiences get to experience a new monster that doubles as the story’s protagonist. Usually, with monsters, they are given their nicknames because they are the villains, such as the notorious predators and Xenomorphs of each alien And the predator privileges.
but, werewolf at night He is not the first to play with the idea that monsters are just symbols of outcasts that society, unfortunately, classifies as unnatural. From vampires to werewolves to online living creatures, some “monsters” have been the protagonists of the story, subverting expectations.
Werewolf by Night (2022)
In October 2022, the Marvel Cinematic Universe surprised viewers with its first horror run werewolf at night. It’s, basically, a giant love letter to the classic universal monster movies, in particular wolf man With her honorary dark hero Werewolf (aka Jack Russell).
Although the short film begins with Elsa Bloodstone and the rest of the Hunters who were about to begin their quest, viewers are later surprised to discover that the cute and adorable Jack was keeping his supernatural identity a secret. While the MCU shows just how dangerous it can be after being forced to transform, slaughtering humans with an astonishing amount of blood (this is not a drawing due to black and white style), there is a small part of the audience who can’t help but encourage his escape due to the mistreatment he received on hands of other characters.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
After several sequels, fans are so used to Terminator being the hero that many tend to forget that Terminator was James Cameron’s original villain. sequel Doomsday He actually tricked fans into thinking Arnold Schwarzenegger was the villain again.
Instead, the role of the villain was given to the T-1000 who steals the show and changes the T-800 from a time-traveling villain to the film’s hero. This change proved to be for the better because many fans are still looking at Terminator 2: Judgment Day To be the best franchise.
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
MonsterVerse certainly went out of their way to confirm that Kong (played by Toby Kebbell), is more than just an animal who wants to be left alone; He is the protector of Skull Island who is fighting more and more evil monsters that have killed his family. It’s actually human characters who are the bad guys Kong: Skull Island.
This role will continue as a hero in his confrontation with Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Kong where he has to fight rogue Godzilla and Mechagodzilla to save Earth. Although it’s a bit contradictory to see Kong as a superhero, it worked to differentiate himself from other portrayals of the character.
Based on the character Dark Horse Comics, Hellboy is definitely a monster, and he knows it. This is why he raises his demon horns to try to appear more pleasing to human eyes. He was originally sent here to bring about the end of the world, but since he was raised by a good father, he has become the defender of the earth.
The original version of Guillermo Del Toro from Hellboy Still considered a cult classic, Ron Perlman captures Hellboy to near perfection in the eyes of fans. It mixes monster horror, action, and even some fantasy to turn the titular demon into an iconic superhero.
The Return of the Invisible Man (1940)
The title is technically a lie because Jack Griffin is no longer dead in this sequel to Invisible Man. Instead, Vincent Price plays Jeffrey Radcliffe, who becomes invisible to prove his innocence after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. As a result, this invisible man is more of a dark hero who keeps falling into the darkness that took Griffin in the previous movie.
It’s a solid sequel that’s more an action-thriller than a horror movie that will end up inspiring future adaptations of Invisible Man Like the 1958 TV series, Super Masters LeagueAnd the Diary of an invisible man.
Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Hulk is one of many famous examples of superheroes inspired by monster movies. It is a combination of Dr. Incredible Hulk.
The Hulk is more of an action packed Frankenstein who has been misunderstood and mistreated by others and haunted by the government. He even ends up fighting another monster far worse than him with abomination. Although it is still the least profitable movie for the MCU, Incredible Hulk It gained followers as one of the best live action depictions of its dark hero.
Modern gothic action films had a huge boom in the early 2000s, and one of the best examples of this was Hell Movies. The original remains a powerful action movie that shows the war between werewolves and vampires that takes place in secrecy.
With Kate Beckinsale as the now iconic Celine and fully realized tradition, Hell His first two sequels are still pivotal vampire action movies that brought the same level of care to their R-rated work as the first two. code Movies.
Van Helsing (2004)
This action movie is an example of true monster mash as it combines Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, Jekyll, Hyde Wolfman and monster hunter Van Helsing in one movie. It knows what it is and delivers a fun action movie that pays homage to the classic horror movies from Universal monster.
Technically, the movie is about humans battling monsters, but it is revealed that Frankenstein’s monster is a force for good; And in the end, the titular Van Helsing reveals his supernatural identity to fight Dracula with an iconic werewolf design.
Untold Dracula (2014)
Originally intended to be the beginning of a dark, sad, failed universe, unspeakable dracula The iconic vampire reboot remasters an anti-hero prince who curses himself with a vampire to save his country. Although it was not a successful movie, it gradually gained a cult following as it offered a grim and brutal look at the character.
unspeakable dracula Do not deny the tragedy of Prince Vlad to present a scene. The entire movie revolves around the character who struggles to maintain his humanity and descend upon the monster that will become his doom. If the rest of the dark universe had struck the same balance between horror and action, it might not have been canceled out.
Before the MCU, Wesley was Snipes code That changed comic book movies forever. He even took Blade’s character in a direction that influenced futuristic comics because audiences loved the tough R-rated vampire hunter.
It’s an interesting concept for a vampire who hates his own kind and hunts them down. From star-studded action sequences to performances by Wesley Snipes, Blade was so beloved that he produced an arguably better sequel to both films being significant in the history of vampire films, comic book films, and films starring people of color.
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