Married to the Dead

I posted recently about how I thought Sofia Boutella as the new Mummy is smokin’ hot. (Oh, to unwrap those bandages…) As she’s playing an undead character, does that count as necrophilia? I don’t think so. I don’t think any reasonable person would think so. I also thought Elsa Lanchester as the BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN was beautiful. And Monica Bellucci as one of Dracula’s brides in BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA? Mama-mia! Those ladies, though, were very much alive. Their characters, even, might have at one point BEEN dead, but they were very much lively at the time at which I judged them hot. Lusting after a dead body? That’s a whole ‘nother thang–but there are some people who do it, or, if outright lust isn’t involved, there’s something going on. Love, maybe. Or just a fear of being lonely in the next life? There’d have to be some potent reason for a person to get married to a corpse.

There are places in the world where marriage to the dead is not so uncommon. Take China, for example, and the tradition of “ghost marriage.” It’s relatively easy to accomplish, if one doesn’t mind a little graverobbing. Say you’ve got this young guy who died single. You can go dig up the body of some young lady who also died single, “marry” them in some kind of ceremony, then bury the two side by side. That way they’ll be together in eternity. It still happens. But what about a living person marrying a corpse? That still happens, too. That happens in France, where it isn’t even illegal. But then again, it doesn’t involve graverobbing, either. The living bride or groom marries the deceased in absentia. A picture of the deceased is easier to come by, and raises much less of a ruckus, than the deceased’s remains would themselves.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!


  1. Kind of lends new meaning to Madame Zimba;s prophecy to Kay Caldwell in “Son of Dracula”- “I see you marrying a corpse and living in a grave!”

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