Blog Lagoon’s 31 Days of Halloween, Day 15: Creepy Girls (and the Boys Who Love Them)

One of my earliest, most heartfelt movie star crushes — the one that eclipsed both my ill-advised Shelly-Duvall-as-Olive-Oyl obsession and slightly more refined heart flutter for Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood — was the one I had on Lydia Deetz as interpreted by a post-Lucas pre-Heathers Winona Ryder. I have very vivid memories of that afternoon at the movies with my mother; a matinée of Beetlejuice…a movie that had won me over weeks earlier with TV promos that seemed to promise Mr. Mom as some kind of zombie stand-up comedian!…or something! Sight unseen, I had already decided Beetlejuice was going to rock my world, and then…something unexpected. This happened:

…and this:

If I wasn’t sure before, the final scene (in which Alec Baldwin “possesses” Lydia with Harry Belafonte calypso music) clinched it. I was in love-L-U-V. I left the theater a changed man. The whole ride home I jabbered incoherently to my poor mother, trying to put words to the wonder…the new — and completely fictional — girl o’ my dreams. I know I’m not alone on this! (…as for Shelly Duvall? You can actually hear the crickets.)

Sadly, time marches on and before you know it Winona Ryder is Spock’s mom , Tim Burton is directing hacky remakes disguised as Tim Burton movies, and Hot Topic, Avril Lavigne and self-proclaimed goth girls are doing their damnedest to confuse our culture’s idea of what most becomes a creepy girl. But I’ll never lose sight of the ideal embodiment. Creepy-girl perfection. Lydia Deetz.

Of course, not all creepy girls are crush worthy (and most don’t come in the form of something so wonderful as Winona Ryder), but because of the trail blazed in my heart by Lydia Deetz, real creepy girls (even the abominable ones) will always have a place in my heart.

“You’re gonna get hit by a bus today…”

~ by Number5ive on October 25, 2010.

One Response to “Blog Lagoon’s 31 Days of Halloween, Day 15: Creepy Girls (and the Boys Who Love Them)”

  1. I sure hope there’s a Part II coming to this post with Reagan from “The Exorcist.” Otherwise, awesome! I, too, was in love with Lydia Deetz though I could never admit it to my mother. I’d also like to point out that Christina Ricci is inherently creepy/ cute, like some kind of possessed babydoll. And, because no one but you knows who I am, I’m admitting to a crush on Ms. Ricci in “Casper” which is completely acceptable because we’re fairly close in age.

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