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Halloween Countdown, Day 2


Happy birthday to fenice_fu! May you enjoy many happy returns of the day.


For all of you in the Halloween spirit, here are a few links for more blogs that are doing daily countdowns. Think of them as friendly houses providing online treats for virtual trick-or-treaters every day.
-- mamomo is posting daily with Halloween-inspired home design, art, fashion, and other bewitching items.
-- euclase is posting with spooky art from a different artist every day.
-- magicwondershow is posting Halloween-related multimedia clips and other eerie goodies.
-- In addition, Countdown to Halloween has a list of other blogs and websites providing regular spine-chilling content throughout October.


For our Friday amusement, I thought it would be fun to do something interactive. What can be scarier than science run amok? Mad scientists have been inspiring nightmares for centuries. Who is your favorite?

Poll #1465369 Favorite Mad Scientists

Who is your favorite mad scientist? (Choose more than one if you like.)

Dr. Benway from Naked Lunch
0(0.0%)
Dr. Walter Bishop from Fringe
2(4.3%)
Dr. Kevin Burkhoff from The 4400
1(2.2%)
Dr. Agnes Dabree from The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1(2.2%)
Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers films
1(2.2%)
Dr. Faustus from The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (and other works)
1(2.2%)
Professor John I.Q. Neidelbaum Frink, Jr. from The Simpsons
1(2.2%)
Dr. Frank N. Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
1(2.2%)
Dr. Horrible from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
7(15.2%)
Dr. Jekyll from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
2(4.3%)
Dr. Miguelito Loveless from The Wild Wild West
3(6.5%)

Cont'd

Dr. Alphonse Mephisto from South Park
0(0.0%)
Dr. Moreau from The Island of Doctor Moreau
1(2.5%)
Dr. No from Dr. No
0(0.0%)
Dr. Pretorius from Bride of Frankenstein
2(5.0%)
Dr. Rappuccini from "Rappuccini's Daughter"
1(2.5%)
C.A. Rotwang from Metropolis
2(5.0%)
Dr. Strangelove from Dr. Strangelove
1(2.5%)
Dr. Herbert West from Herbert West - Reanimator
3(7.5%)
That guy in the "She Blinded Me with Science" music video ("Science!")
2(5.0%)
Ticky boxes are aliiiive! Aliiiive!
2(5.0%)
Another mad scientist not listed (see below)
3(7.5%)

My favorite mad scientist wasn't listed above. He/She is...




Spooky Text of the Day: Today's story is "The Man of Science" (1892) by Jerome K. Jerome.

Excerpt:
I met a man in the Strand one day that I knew very well, as I thought, though I had not seen him for years. We walked together to Charing Cross, and there we shook hands and parted. Next morning, I spoke of this meeting to a mutual friend, and then I learnt, for the first time, that the man had died six months before.

The natural inference was that I had mistaken one man for another, an error that, not having a good memory for faces, I frequently fall into. What was remarkable about the matter, however, was that throughout our walk I had conversed with the man under the impression that he was that other dead man, and, whether by coincidence or not, his replies had never once suggested to me my mistake.

As soon as I finished, Jephson, who had been listening very thoughtfully, asked me if I believed in spiritualism "to its fullest extent."

"That is rather a large question," I answered. "What do you mean by 'spiritualism to its fullest extent'?"

"Well, do you believe that the spirits of the dead have not only the power of revisiting this earth at their will, but that, when here, they have the power of action, or rather, of exciting to action?"


Read the complete story here.

Comments

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mamomo
Oct. 2nd, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the shout-out!

This poll was awesome - I didn't realize how many mad scientist there were, although I'm a fan of nearly all these shows/films. I probably voted for half the people up there. I wish there were some evil lady scientists, though!

I haven't seen it yet, but once Human Centipede comes out, I'm sure Dr. Heiter will rank as one of the creepiest mad scientist to grace the silver screen. I know I'll end up seeing this movie, but I'm kind of afraid to.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 3rd, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
I agree - there are so many! And I forgot some I should've remembered, such as Dr. Forrester from Mystery Science Theater 3000. The only lady I included was Agnes Dabree, unfortunately. (Dr. Faustina from The Wild Wild West comes to mind as another, but you're right, there aren't all that many.)

Oh my goodness, Human Centipede looks really spooky! Thanks for the link... I think. *wink*
agentxpndble
Oct. 2nd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
That was hard! I *want* to answer Herbert West (and it wouldn't be a lie) but the truth is, Dr. Durand Durand in Barbarella is the *most* favorite I can think up right now... Unless you consider Guy LeSaux a mad scientist?
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 3rd, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I forgot Durand Durand! *slaps forehead* Sorry about that.

You can vote for more than one, though. And hey, there's Dr. Loveless, too! (Speaking of Loveless, the picture on p. 148 of Kesler's Wild Wild West book has to be one of my favorite pictures of all time. I just adore it.)

Guy LeSaux! Wow, that's a tough one. Maybe he does count after all. One way or another, he does cut a dash. LOL!

agentxpndble
Oct. 3rd, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
(Speaking of Loveless, the picture on p. 148 of Kesler's Wild Wild West book has to be one of my favorite pictures of all time. I just adore it.)

LOL! Awesome! Especially since they are looking down at nekkid/bondage Jim right there. :)))

Guy LeSaux! Wow, that's a tough one.

There was *nothing* easy about that character. ;-) Kind of an interesting question, though... When time changes society's perception about a scientific practice, does the scientist become a "mad scientist" retroactively?
euclase
Oct. 2nd, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link!

Also... I picked the scientist from Blade Runner. Even though he's not exactly mad, but his creations are his undoing, and that counts, right? ;)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 3rd, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!

You're right. How on earth could I have forgotten Eldon Tyrell? He definitely deserves to be on this list. Good catch.
mjolnir1964
Oct. 2nd, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
some useless trivia: The old scientist in the Thomas Dolby video She Blinded Me With Science was played by Dolby's father!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 3rd, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Ha! That's brilliant! I didn't know that. :)
scribblerworks
Oct. 2nd, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
I was vaguely thinking "Dr. Loveless" even before I got to the list. So I was really happy to check him!

I mean, all great "mad scientists"... but how can you not love Miguelito?
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 3rd, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
I agree wholeheartedly! :) He sets the bar for all those who followed.
savageseraph
Oct. 3rd, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
Oooo. I forgot. Does Dr. Bunsen Honeydew from The Muppet Show count?
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 3rd, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
Bwahahaha! You're absolutely right! He totally should've been on this list. Great catch.
vyrdolak
Oct. 3rd, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
I voted for Dr. Pretorius.

Why is "The Old Nurse's Story" such a classic? It shows up in so many period anthologies. It was well-written but not scary at all. And no M.R. James? A cool page nonetheless, with many stories, and more than a few authors, I am unfamiliar with.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 3rd, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Good question! That story shows up everywhere, and I'm not sure why. And M.R. James really should be there. Glad you liked the page!

Dr. Pretorius cracks me up. He's having such a fabulous time being evil. :)
cookiefleck
Oct. 3rd, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
In addition to Dr. Frankenstein, I also wanted to add (but couldn't figure out how) the various permutations of the scientist in The Fly.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 3rd, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, good catch! *slaps forehead* I remember seeing the original version of The Fly when I was a child and being both terrified and morbidly fascinated at the same time.
cookiefleck
Oct. 3rd, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Howard Shore's new opera "The Fly" played here last year and I saw it; we also showed the original film at the Egyptian as a tie-in (with David Hedison Q&A) and handed out "Fly" flyswatters, and I have the Shore poster hanging in my dining room. So not a big stretch for me to think of it! ;o)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 6th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
Oh wow! Lots of Fly goodness!
cookiefleck
Oct. 3rd, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
By the way, I thought of another version of a scientist... I had noted Dr. Frankenstein was missing, thinking of the book and original film, but then it also occurred to me that the version in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein probably belongs on the list, too.
sittingduck1313
Oct. 3rd, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Regarding why there are so few female mad scientists, I recall something I read in a review for Lady Frankenstein. Women are generally associated with creation. And no matter what intentions the mad scientist starts out with, the end results are always destructive.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 6th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
Oh, good one! That makes excellent sense.
dodger_winslow
Oct. 3rd, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Although Walter Bishop came in a VERY close second. :D
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 6th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
He is geek love. We're catching up on Season 1 right now on DVD, and Walter is the man.
dodger_winslow
Oct. 6th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
And John Noble is having a BLAST playing it for all it's worth. I think he's got his giggle on about playing something other than a bad guy. I love it when a great actor gets an unexpectedly perfect role ...

Doesn't hurt to have Zack Whedon writing for him, either. ;)

Although gotta tell you -- I kinda EXPECTED Noble to be great, and since Zack was my reason for sampling the wares from the beginning, that wasn't a surprise either. But Joshua Jackson? I was flat-out stunned at how much I have madlove for his character, particularly in terms of how he deals with both his resentments and affections for his dad. Mad great writing to be sure, but Joshua really sells it, too. Impressive. And, from my view at least, very very unexpected.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 8th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
I agree 100%. What you said! I knew Noble would be amazing, and he exceeded my expectations, but Jackson really surprised me in a very good way.

Now you've got my brain singing, "Zack is doin' us a little favor..." LOL!
sunflower_pixie
Oct. 4th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
and manfred from byron's closet drama of the same name. ♥
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 6th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
Oh, good one!
thehornedgod
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Another fantastic text. I love Three Men in a Boat, and apparently Jerome K. Jerome spoke spookiness as fluently as flippancy.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 6th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it!

apparently Jerome K. Jerome spoke spookiness as fluently as flippancy.

LOL! A man of many talents. Great icon, BTW.
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