The supernatural genre combined with some horror and thriller elements has always been a cash cow for Hollywood and is gradually becoming a strong ingredient for the same. With movies like Insidious (2010), The Conjuring (2013) and TV Series like Stranger Things (2016-Present) catching the mainstream, supernatural characters are getting traction, and in many cases a revival from their old selves to suit the new era. This is especially because of the 18-25 age group which has become more or less the primary target group for a lot of brands these days, and naturally Hollywood. Not boring you much, I present to you the front-runners of the supernatural gone. These supernatural characters have been entertaining us since the 1900s and continue to do so. Let’s have a look at the list of top supernatural characters created for movies.
Chupacabra -literally goat sucker- is an urban legend in South America and the regions close to it, particularly Puerto Rico and Mexico. It is described as a creature of the size of a small bear or coyote with spikes on its back and long sabretooth-like teeth. Chupacabra is believed to feast on the blood of livestock; its favourite prey being goats. The Chupacabra is a relatively less known legend in the U.S. and hence doesn’t have as many representations in Hollywood as the other entities on the list have. The best description and use of the creature were in an episode of Jackie Chan’s animated series in which Jackie fights the famed beast. Other than that the character has been adapted in, shall I say, weak and side roles in science-fiction and horror movies.
A little different from Werewolves, shapeshifters are beings expert in turning themselves into another animal or any other logical shape at will. The ability may be restricted to only one animal like a wolf in case of werewolves or different ones. There are few examples of entities that can turn themselves into any kind of animal like the Norse God Loki and of course the Greek God Zeus. In Hollywood shapeshifting is regarded as a magical power and quite often misrepresented to be a power restricted to magicians. Some examples include Sirius Black in Harry Potter Series, some mutants in X-Men series, vampires who can turn into a bat at will, and others. Shapeshifters, although not called by this specific name, are quite common in Hollywood as well as World cinema.