The femme fatale, or ‘deadly woman’ – whose beauty leads men and even nations to ruin – is a theme as popular today as it has ever been. The image of mysterious, alluring femininity seeking its own way – regardless of the consequences – has captivated audiences for thousands of years. Whether goddess or mortal, men will fight, die and tear empires apart for her; they then blame her – often burning her at the stake for her efforts. The almost supernatural skill with which she captivates her victims has prompted men to variously describe her as a demon, a witch, or even a vampire.