Name a movie that mashes up superheroes with horror. Hard to do, right? Well luckily, I’ve brainstormed a few. Copyright me, 2016.
A Captain American Werewolf in Massachusetts
Captain America investigates werewolves in Massachusetts and the disappearance of his friend John Jameson. This leads him to Dredmund, who is mind-controlling Wolverine, who overpowers Cap. Nightshade, who has created a serum to turn townsfolk into werewolves for villain Dredmund, uses the serum to transform Captain America into a werewolf. Cap maintains control and runs off into the forest. Wolverine is sent after Cap-Wolf, who this time fends him off, but gets captured by Moonhunter, a werewolf hunter. Cap-Wolf goes into captivity with other wolves, becomes their leader, and uses them to escape. Moonhunter frees Wolverine, and with the aid of Cable, they defeat Dredmund — who has now transformed into Starwolf, powered by a moon gem.
Eight Legged Freak Spider-man
When Spider-Man’s body began to physically mutate, he sought help of scientist Dr. Crawford. However, the serum he was given only enhanced the mutation, causing his body to grow four extra arms. While looking for Morbius the Living Vampire, Spider-Man mutated further into a giant humanoid spider — a Man-Spider. Man-Spider, running on instinct now, continued searching for Morbius, while also fending off Punisher. Wanting to help, Dr. Crawford asked her lover Kraven the Hunter to find Man-Spider. Man-Spider captured Punisher and takes him to the World Trade Center parking garage. Kraven tracked him there and was able to administer a true cure, turning Man-Spider back into Spider-Man. Afterwards, Spider-Man continually visited Dr. Curt Connors to treat his own mutation and keep it from flaring up.
Batman’s Interview with a Vampire
Part of DC Comics’ Elseworlds line of alternate reality stories, The Batman and Dracula comic is a trilogy of stories beginning with Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, a graphic novel by Doug Moench and Kelley Jones. In the story, Batman investigates several mysterious murders, which are revealed to be perpetrated by none other than Dracula and his brood of vampiric followers. In the ensuing conflict with Dracula, Batman is bitten, and just as he finally defeats Dracula, the vampire drains the last of his blood, turning Batman into a vampire himself.
The second installment deals with Batman, a were-cat Catwoman, and Alfred and Gordon taking on the Joker. In the final installment, Batman’s rogues are running Gotham, convincing Alfred that Batman is needed. Batman, now more vampiric and bloodthirsty, goes on a rampage, killing and sucking villains like Riddler, Scarecrow, Penguin, and Poison Ivy.
On Earth-2149, the character Sentry arrives from another dimension, motivated by hunger, when his ship crash-lands and infects the Avengers. The zombie-fied heroes retain their consciousness, but are obsessed with a hunger for human flesh. After devouring all normal humans on Earth, the zombies attack and eat the Silver Surfer, who attempted to forewarn them of Galactus’ arrival. Now each with partial power cosmic, Colonel America, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Giant-Man, Spider-Man, and Luke Cage devour the remaining zombies.
The Acolytes return to Earth from Asteroid M and find a partially eaten Black Panther baring the head of zombie Wasp. Panther reveals Giant-man was keeping him as a snack, but he escaped. By studying Wasp’s head, he gathers that the obsessive hunger is psychological. Unsatisfied with eating the other zombies, the heroes observe Galactus’ arrival and attack him. Using the powers they gained from the Silver Surfer, they overwhelm Galactus and consume him, inheriting his power cosmic and becoming Galacti.
At the Gotham City Iceberg Lounge in 1888, newspaper editor Peregrine White tells his friend Constable James Gordon a story. In Ingolstadt, Switzerland five years ago, philosophy student and scientist Vicktor Luthor is kicked out of school for conducting unholy and questionable experiments to revive the dead. Obsessed, Luthor continues his experiments — secret even from his fiancé Eloise Edge, daughter of Burgomaster Edge. Later, Luthor leaves his engagement party when he observes an object fall from the sky and crash in the woods. He discovers that it is a rocket from planet Krypton and, inside are the dead remains of baby Kale-El.
Luthor uses the technology and science records of the ship to build a device called the Revival Matrix, capable of turning dead material into living. Luthor buys body parts from a grave robber, out of which he constructs a humanoid being, and activates the machine. Horrified by the appearance of his monstrous creation, Luthor starts a fire in his lab, but the creature saves him using superpowers, flies away, but is struck by lightning and lands in the woods. The creature wanders until he meets Johan and Martha Kant, and the two adopt the creature as their son.
Naming him Klaus, they feed and teach him, while at the same time his appearance betters. Klaus uses his powers to help them work, until one night when Klaus reveals he wishes to find his creator. An angry mob led by Luthor swarms the Kant’s home and sets fire to it. Coincidentally, that night is Luthor’s wedding to Eloise, but Klaus crashes it, demanding Luthor to face justice. Luthor pulls a gun and fires at Klaus, but the bullets only ricochet off him, killing Eloise. Enraged, Luthor beats Klaus with his cane until Klaus passes out.
Later, James Olafson, finds Burgomaster Edge smothered to death. James goes to Luthor’s home, only to find Eloise’s body tied above the rebuilt Reviving Matrix. James tries to retrieve her, but is shot by Luthor and pushed into the cellar, where Klaus is bound by Kryptonite. James removes the Kryptonite, but Eloise is already revived when Klaus comes upstairs. Upon seeing each other, the two become enamored and leave Luthor’s home together.
Article by contributor Cody Stovall.