Category:Film:MonstrousAncestry

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Films involving a monstrous (and probably secret) ancestry for one or more characters, analogous to Lovecraft's stories involving characters discovering that they (or their children) are hybrid descendants of fish-men, ape-men, Ghouls, aliens, grotesque faeries, and other monsters. The ancestry need not be from a literal (non-human) monster - it can just as easily involve the (at least, to the character) horrific discovery that he/she is descended from witches, cannibals, or otherwise comparatively human or otherwise mundane "monsters".

Lovecraft evidently found horror in the idea of discovering an impure bloodline (perhaps an Anglo-Saxon bloodline "tainted" with the blood of other "races"), and expressed this fear of "corruption" through miscegenation through the mingling of humans and animals and alien monsters, and the theme recurs in many of Lovecraft's stories ("Shadow Over Innsmouth (fiction)", "Pickman's Model (fiction)", etc.)

Trivia: Xenophobia is a fear of foreign people, aliens, or strangers; Body Dysmorphia or Body Dysmorphic Disorder is an obsessive preoccupation that some aspect of one's own appearance is severely flawed and warrants exceptional measures to hide or fix it; teratophobia is a fear of monsters and deformed people or creatures; dysmorphophobia is a fear of deformity or becoming deformed; assymetriphobia is a fear of assymetrical things; therioanthropophobia is a fear of shapeshifting; ataxiophobia is a fear of loss of body control; pathophobia is a fear of suffering and disease; dermatosiophobia or dermatophobia or dermatopathophobia is a fear of skin disease; trichopathophobia, trichophobia, or haetophobia is a fear of hair and phalacrophobia is a fear of becoming bald; odontophobia or dentophobia is a fear of teeth or losing teeth; ommetaphobia is a fear of eyes; genophobia is a fear of sex (eurotophobia or kolpophobia is a fear of female genitalia and phallophobia, medorthophobia, and ithyphallophobia are the fear of male genitalia). Some additional phobias that might be relevant to Lovecraft's stories of monstrous ancestry might include necrophobia (fear of death or corpses), Cotard's Syndrome (a belief that one is dead or decaying, perhaps due to a belief that one is descended from a living corpse), icthyphobia (fear of fish), herpetophobia is a fear of reptiles; and pithecophobia (fear of monkeys, apes, or primitive people; some unfortunate implications relating to outdated Victorian racial or evolutionary theories would apply in the case of Lovecraft and other writers of his era).