The legend of the succubus -- a demon who takes the form of a woman in order to seduce men to death -- is, at its root, pretty misogynistic. But in recent decades, the archetype has changed, and women are as victimized by succubi as the men they devour. In fact, the succubus has evolved to the point where it's often a metaphor for female empowerment, or, as on Syfy's new Lost Girl, a hero. Good or bad, however, succubi are quite easy on the eyes. After the jump, check out five film favorites.
Perhaps the first modern movie succubus who's more victim than victimizer, Rose (played by adult film star Marilyn Chambers) is a young woman who's injured in a motorcyle accident in David Cronenberg's Rabid, and undergoes experimental plastic surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery goes awry and this Rose grows a thorn, specifically a phallic stinger under her arm -- and a taste for human blood. Rose's victims become flesh-eating zombies whose bite spreads their disease.
At heart, Species' Sil (played by Natasha Henstridge) is really no different than E.T. -- she's just a little lost alien trying to survive in a crazy world she never made. Of course, Sil is less interested in finding her way home, and more intent on finding a human male with whom she can produce offspring that could conquer the earth.
As embodied by Angelina Jolie in Robert Zemeckis's Beowulf, Grendel's mom does what any mother would do when her son is killed -- she punishes his killer. Her form of punishment? 1.) Convince Beowulf to give her another son by promising him she'll make him the greatest king ever. 2.) Use their son to kill Beowulf and destroy his kingdom.
Poor Jennifer (a.k.a. Megan Fox). It's not her fault she's a man-eating monster. It's the fault of the crappy indie rock band who tried to make a virgin sacrifice of Jennifer's Body to Satan in exchange for fame and wealth. Since Jennifer was no virgin, this sacrifice went very wrong, resulting in demonic possession and an insatiable appetite.
Dren (Delphine Chanéac) is the epitome of science gone wrong in Splice. A hybrid created in a lab from the DNA of various animals and her human "mom" (played by Sarah Polley), she can't help but want to mate with the only male she's ever known -- her's mom's boyfriend and her nominal "dad". Cue the ew's...