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15 Famous Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures got us thinking about beautiful creatures of movies past—characters not quite human, but quite easy on the eyes.

Beautiful Creatures
Photo: Warner Bros.

This weekend, the young-adult freight train that kicked off with Twilight and kept a-rollin’ with The Hunger Games makes some room for Beautiful Creatures, a supernatural romance (natch) based on the book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Written and directed by Richard LaGravenese, who has some fine scripts under his belt, but is also responsible for the Hilary Swank stankers Freedom Writers and P.S. I Love You, the new film is indeed packed with handsome specimens, like Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons, and newcomer Alice Englert. The whole thing got us thinking about beautiful creatures of movies past—characters not quite human, but quite easy on the eyes.


The Bride of Frankenstein

Elsa Lanchester in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Launching one of history’s most iconic hairstyles to boot, the comely Elsa Lanchester proved the perfect contrast to Boris Karloff’s melty-faced Monster, prettying up James Whale’s Frankenstein sequel with her dark eyes and pouty lips. Sadly, as her fellow, resurrected mate declared, the poor dame belonged dead.


Meet Joe Black

Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black (1998)

Brad Pitt has arguably never been prettier than in Meet Joe Black, a curious and often preposterous macabre romance that casts the new face of Chanel as The Grim Reaper. Well, Pitt actually plays the mortal shell that Death opts to embody on Earth, which of course presents the question: What better shell to choose?


Ladyhawke

Michelle Pfeiffer in Ladyhawke (1985)

Michelle Pfeiffer almost made this list for her definitive take on a certain cat lady, but let’s go with her curse-induced transformation in Richard Donner’s Ladyhawke, which sees her sprout wings and become the titular bird by day. It’s tricky business, since her lover (Rutger Hauer) turns into a wolf at night. To prevent a lifetime of heartbreak (er, ya know, bestiality), the couple strives to break that spell ASAP.


Avatar

Zoe Saldana in Avatar (2009)

In Avatar, Sam Worthington plays a man who’s merely mentally linked to his blue-skinned doppelgänger, but as Neytiri, the svelte princess of Pandora’s alien race, Zoe Saldana is the real deal, a dreadlocked beauty born and bred in the land of floating islands and flying dragons. Extra points for the bio-techy USB port that lets her fuse to her trusty steed.


Tarzan the Ape Man

Jonny Weismuller in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

Don’t drop that loincloth, Jonny! As the original chest-pounder to be raised among primates, and take on much of their feral characteristics, Jonny Weismuller turned plenty of heads, especially that of Maureen O’Sullivan, whose Jane forgoes her posh life in London to nurture baby chimps with her chiseled new man.

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