10 Life Lessons from Movie Monsters

What Movie Monsters Can Teach Us About Morality

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By Paul Asay

For nearly 100 years, they've dragged us into strange, fantastic realms where they've thrilled us, chilled us, and entertained us silly. From the days of the silent screen to modern CGI blockbusters, movie monsters have ensured we walk away with our hearts beating a little faster and our nerves a little jumpier.  Monster movies, from the Depression-era Universal classics to more modern fare, have always been synonymous with escapism. And, with the recently released "Zombieland" and the upcoming remake of "The Wolf Man" (coming in February), Hollywood shows no signs of stemming this terrifying tide.

We've certainly never associated good life lessons with these nefarious creatures. But nevertheless, there may be a few to glean. What can Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man and others movie monsters teach us about morality? Check out the gallery.

Paul Asay is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Christianity Today, and Beliefnet.

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