Charlotte Church has always been thought of as having the "voice of an angel" so it came as something of a pleasant surprise when I stumbled upon these almost gothic-like images of her. Dressed in black amongst the ruins of a church, shrouded in fog, candle carrying, incense burning, she looks more suited to starring in Hammer horror movies than appearing on "Songs of Praise", or even "Top of the Pops", hence the tongue-in-cheek title of the post (a corruption of the 1973 Christopher Lee film "The Satanic Rites of Dracula") and gallery below (another Christopher Lee movie, from 1975, and the last horror film the studio ever made).
In this set of eleven pictures, Charlotte reminds me a little of Linda Hayden, star of my two favourite horror films, "Taste the Blood of Dracula" and "Blood on Satan's Claw". She has a similar appealing figure, not stick thin, like a boy or so-called supermodel, but is voluptuous in the same way Kate Winslet is beautifully feminine. Whatever one thinks of her musical ability, or attitude to life in other areas, she is at least a suitable role model for young girls to look up to in not giving a fig over weight issues. Victoria Beckham and Keira Knightley are a bad influence in this respect. Wanting to be so skinny, for whatever reasons, can only cause psychological harm as well as physical.
Fashion is supposed to go round in cycles but the ultra-slim female is lasting an awfully long time and, like all inferior things, is simply a product of the market place. Ignore it is the best advice! If I was a casting director about to make a horror picture in the mould of Hammer's best gothic romances, I'd want to screen test Charlotte. The photographer responsible for these pictures obviously saw her in a different light. She looks good in more typical fashion shoots too but it's refreshing to see a different take on her beauty in these shots! Now, when's she dumping that rugby-playing boyfriend of her's?!!