For day six of May Monster Madness, I've picked monsters from two of my all-time favourites, Salem's Lot and Beetlejuce, which are at opposite ends of the horror spectrum, and prove that great monsters can be very creepy or downright kooky.
I love both the Stephen King novel, Salem's Lot and the 1979 television mini-series that was based upon it. Mr Barlow, also known as the Master, and Mr Straker, his preternaturally strong human watchdog, remain for me, one of the most sinister duos of the horror genre. In the two part mini-series, Kurt Barlow (Reggie Nalder), is portrayed as a silent, terrifying Nosferatu-style creature, while Richard Straker, played chillingly by James Mason, is an urbane and mysterious Englishman who acts as a minder for his master and facilitates the killings.
As if Barlow and Straker weren't bad enough on their own, they also infect the town of Salem's Lot with vampirism and before long it is crawling with nightmarish vamps, the most unnerving amongst them, floating undead children who scratch at bedroom window panes, and plead, in eerie whispers, to be allowed in.
At the other extreme there is Betelgeuse, the comical "ghost with the most", from Tim Burton's 1988 comedy horror, Beetlejuce. Played by Michael Keaton, Betelgeuse, is a grotesque and chaos-causing "bio-exorcist", or in other words, a ghost who scares away humans for other ghosts.
Beetlejuice the Animated Series
Beetlejuce was both a critical and financial success, and spawned an animated television series, executive-produced by Tim Burton, and based loosely on the film. The series focused on a friendship between Lydia Deetz and Beetlejuice.