The fifteenth prompt for Inktober is “armadillo”. At first, one would wonder what kind of horror movie has anything to do with armadillos!? I heard of Them! with giant ants, there’s The Giant Gila Monster, The Rats, Bats and even a movie called The Killer Shrews. Though, were there any movies with a big, bad armadillo?
No, but there is a classic monster movie called Dracula (1931) where our armored friends make a brief appearance!
There is a scene within Dracula’s castle where you see an assortment of critters such as bats, spiders, opossum and even armadillos. What? Why does Dracula have armadillos?
Armadillos are always looking for an easy meal. They were commonly seen in cemeteries, scrounging around in the loose dirt near freshly dug gravesites where it is easier to find a tasty grub. Many people back in the day noticed this behavior and it started a rumor that the armadillos would dig down to the coffins in order to eat the newly rotting cadavers. Aren’t humans an imaginative bunch?
With this idea, they decided to incorporate them into the movie for an interesting and spooky pet for the blood sucker.
I can’t believe I found a horror movie for the prompt armadillo but I did! I am also pretty pleased with how this sketch turned out too! It is an interesting story for sure.
Have you ever seen Dracula? What did you think of his little friends? Leave a comment below! Check back tomorrow for the next Inktober prompt, fowl.
See ya next time, free spirits!