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.
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.