Liz’s Wednesday Hottie

Christopher Lee as Dracula

Christopher Lee as Dracula. Courtesy of Wikipedia

At first glance, this might seem an unusual choice. In fact, at second glance, too!

Having scathingly rejected some of the recent choices of my Choc Lit colleagues (gruesome; too waxed; in need of shears), I asked myself when was the first time that I remember feeling emotionally moved (note my delicacy of expression) by a member of the opposite sex (pun intended – perhaps not so delicate this time). The answer actually surprised me – it was when I saw Christopher Lee as Dracula in the Hammer horror film.

I was very young at the time, and I found the film – which began with drops of the reddest blood ever falling on to the top of a stone coffin – very scary. Yes, definitely scary, but something else, too. The moment that Christopher Lee/Dracula descended the wide staircase, tall, cloaked in black, confident and masterful, I’d felt a frisson of excitement run through me (OK, it’s a clich√©, but if the clich√© fits …).

I was a weeny bit concerned when Dracula’s interest in maidens appeared to centre solely on the neck area, and I was extremely concerned when I saw what he did with teeth that would have cost him a fortune at my dentist’s had they needed filling!

After my best friend and I had left the cinema, both of us giggling nervously, I explained my contradictory emotions to her over a coke float. Fortunately, she knew about everything, and she was able to tell me that a full carnal relationship had taken place before the exsanguination. The camera had been switched off at that moment.

That was all I’d needed to hear, and I went to bed that night, happily dreaming about the bit before, and conveniently forgetting what came after.

30 thoughts on “Liz’s Wednesday Hottie

  1. Delicious.

    And exsanguination – what a lovely word; you could imagine maidens using it when describing their pale boyfriends to their mothers…

    And one trusts the member was moved also…

  2. Yeah, but…
    Christopher has/had the most fantastic voice, a bit like chocolate-coated menace. And we all like a bit of danger…

  3. So long as the bad boy doesn’t need a hair cut, isn’t too waxed, too cutesy, etc, then yes, it’s a bad boy thing! And, my goodness, wasn’t he a bad boy!

  4. It’s a lovely euphemism, I think. As for using it to describe a pale boyfriend ….. hmm.

  5. I’ve not felt that about him in any other role. I think it was the masterliness in the role and the embodiment of power. Or else, I’m just weird. It could be that, too!

  6. Really enjoyable post Liz. Am learning some VERY interesting things about you :) Wouldnt let on to hubs that the masterliness and embodiment of power did it for you – although your reaction could be fun :)

  7. Ok, I think the word I’m looking for here to describe your choice is … er, “interesting”!?! (I loved that film, but not for the same reason!) It’s amazing how varied our choices are though, but I’m not letting you get anywhere near mine with your shears :D

  8. Yes – interesting, as I say when I really mean shriek! Scream! OMG! But this is because I don’t find scary men at all appealing. They’re just – scary.

  9. Dur, I meant “in the WAY”! That’ll teach me not to be so trigger-happy when on the keyboard :-(

  10. I think we need a master class on snogging vampires. Jane – where are you?
    I can see the attraction of Christopher Lee, because of the voice and the whole TDH in a cloak thing – but would prefer not to engage in the blood-letting!
    Weren’t the Hammer horrors a wonderful genre.

  11. So it’s a no to Tom Ward and Chris Hemsworth, but a yes to Dracula? What a strange woman you are.

    My idea of a hot vampire is one who gets his kit off and sings soft-rock ballads. Not Saruman the Wise.

  12. *Shudder*! And that’s all I wanted to say, but WordPress has told me I have to write more so… *even bigger shudder*!

  13. Right, Ladies!

    I think the vampire thing has something to do with the ‘powerlessness to resist’. We know he’s bad for us but… but… we’re helpless!

    And my vampires have retractable teeth – like cats’ claws, so they don’t get in the way during..ahem.. amorous activities, but I can’t speak for Dracula’s. Snogging would be just about bearable but..come on, use your imagination ladies…anything err…*lower* would be an absolute no-no!

  14. Now I didn’t think to ask my best friend that one, Henri! Jane’s retractable vampire teeth are a good idea, and that would sort any potential clash of gnashers.

    Yes, Evonne, Hammer Horrors were a brilliant studio, if that’s the word. I saw many of the films that came through their doors.

    Kate – kit off?? Oh, no. I’m thinking of a vampire’s skinny pallid body, and that would be a mega turn -off. Definitely no Tom Ward. In my infant imagination, any possibly disturbing part of C. Lee remained shrouded in mystery under the black cloak. Anything else would make me shudder, too, Chris.

    Sarah – I’m trying to reconcile my liking to be mastered with my awareness that DH is in the kitchen as I write,wearing my apron, doing the ironing.

    That’s it, Jane – powerless to resist. I like that. That’s ‘masterful’ expressed in other words.

  15. Carnal knowledge before exsanguination sounds horribly like what the Sultan wanted to do to Scherazade in the Arabian Nights, Liz. (If you remember the Sultan was fearful of being cuckolded for a second time so he killed his wives the morning after marrying them). Could it possibly be that Dracula had a bigger effect on you than you thought at the time? Thus while you love the swirl and dash of the black cloak you are writing stories in the hope that, like Scherazade, the old Transylvanian will be more interested in your books than in your blood.

  16. What an interesting thought, Fennie. I think I must be more complex than I realised! I do hope that he enjoys ‘The Road Back’. Come September, I shall begin to watch fearfully my bedroom window when the moon comes out in case he doesn’t.

    Many thanks for your comment :-)

  17. In my ‘infant imagination’ (love that phrase, Liz!), I always confuse Christopher Lee with Vincent Price. And didn’t one of them play Captain von Trapp? Rather unnerving when you’re watching The Sound of Music as an impressionable child. BTW I think Richard Armitage as Dracula would convert some of the doubters. If he can be a hobbit, he can be anything.

  18. Vincent Price had a deep, mellifluous voice that could make asking for a cup of coffee sound sinister! I different Christopher – Christopher Plummer was Captain von Trapp.

    Richard Armitage as Dracula! Bring it on!!

  19. Skinny? Pallid? Maybe your Dracula would be, but I have a picture somewhere of James Marsters doing pull-ups shirtless and he looks like a Greek statue come to life. My infant imagination was pretty moved by that, I can tell you!

    Juliet, you just know that somewhere down the line I’m going to be writing an Armitage inspired vampire…

  20. Am about to check out James Marsters, Kate. When I’ve calmed myself after conjuring up a vision of Richard Armitage, black-cloaked arms raised above me as I lie there, helpless to resist (and not trying very hard, either), his eyes a glitter …

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