The Tropes of Innistrad – BLUE

I’ve decided to just do the most obvious tropes that I know of. I know that most of the cards are referencing horror tropes, but I’m just not that familiar. So, I went with the ones that I know, and the ones I know of classic films for.

Back from the Brink – What’s scarier than one pieced together monster? A whole hoard of horrible clones. And what’s the most horrifying thing that we could imagine cloning? Hitler, of course! So, a scene from The Boys from Brazil (1978).
Civilized Scholar – I have to say that this is probably my favorite card from the whole set, not so much for its ability or quality, but for its echoing of the (in)famous Dr. Jekyll and…
Homicidal Brute – … Mr. Hyde. With scenes from the classic Spencer Tracy version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941).
Claustrophobia – I haven’t seen this recent film called Buried (2010), but man, I can’t imagine a death much worse than being buried alive, trapped, knowing you can’t get out, that your air is slowly being used up…
Delver of Secrets / Insectile Abomination – Not only has this card proved a monster in Constructed, but it’s another one of the really great horror riffs in the set. I know there’s a more recent version, but I like the classic The Fly (1958) with Vincent Price.
Deranged Assistant – What’s more classic than Dr. Frankenstein’s often deformed, and always disturbing, assistant, sometimes called Ygor… I think this is the guy from The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942).
Forbidden Alchemy – If you read the original Frankenstein book, Victor is the updated version of the early modern alchemist. Here’s Peter Cushing as Baron Frankenstein from the 1960s.
Invisible Stalker – Here’s another great nod to a classic, the Invisible Man, with a scene from the the 1933 version with Claude Rains. I do wish they had made him unblockable only when he wasn’t equipped.
Laboratory Maniac – Blue is the color of the mad scientist, and there’s no one more mad than Dr. Frankenstein. I believe this is Peter Cushing again – he did do at least two such films that I know of.
Ludevic’s Test Subject / Ludevic’s Abomination – When confronted with the mad scientist experimenting on living creatures, my mind immediately went to The Island of Dr. Moreau, the classic version of which is the 1977 movie with Burt Lancaster and Michael York.
Murder of Crows – Not only does the name for a flock of crows evoke horror, but so does the classic Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds (1963).
Skaab Ruinator – It’s clear that the designers are just using Skaab to mean a generic sort of Frankenstein’s monster. I decided to just throw the most classic of all Frankensteins on the card – Boris Karloff in Frankenstein (1931). See also Armored Skaab and Skaab Goliath (for which I have yet to come up with the perfect image/ film version).
Stitcher’s Apprentice – Yet another version of the Deranged Assistant, this time named Karl apparently, from one of Cushing’s Frankenstein films.

As always, I’m open to suggestions for some of the other cards’ tropes – I know they’re there, I just don’t know a good example.

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