Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Unexpected Horrors Part III

It's time again to take a look at places where terror can rear it's head rather unexpectedly.  This time we take a look at some of Jim Henson's freakiest creations, one of the most unsettling cartoon characters that I've seen and a fusion of ink and flesh that is nothing short of nightmare fuel.

So let's jump right in!

Labyrith - The Fireys

Oh man, where to start with these guys!  Apparently everything on them is detachable.  Arms, legs, head, torso...everything.  Even weirder they can combine their body parts together to form all sorts of weird shit.  Like Muppet versions of Modulok from the old He-Man cartoons.  The thing that freaked out the most was the fact that the were actively trying to decapitate Sarah and weren't going to take no for an answer!  Dark stuff, man!

The Secret of NIMH - Nicodemus

The Secret of NIMH....ooooh...that sounds mysterious!  NIMH, in case you didn't know stands for National Institute of Mental Health.  This film is about some anthropomorphic rats and mice that were once test animals at NIMH and ended up with super intelligence.  The mystical leader of the rats is a disturbing old rat with glowing yellow eyes named Nicodemus.  He's a good guy, but damn did he scare the shit out of me as a kid.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Judge Doom

I don't think that this really needs explanation, does it?  Doc Brown's got crazy eyes!
What really packed a punch with Judge Doom was a) Christopher Lloyds disturbing performance
and b) the fact that it's not revealed that Doom is himself a toon until the end of the film and when he takes his goggles off and we see those crazy eyes, it's a pants-shitting moment!  Seriously!


  1. Fun post, Matt. My recent post about the death of scary cited one of my own most pants-shitting scares, and it wasn't from a horror movie - it was Large Marge in Pee Wee's Big Adventure. You know why it got me? Because it was hidden in plain sight in a comedy that I didn't expect to make an attempt to scare me. Defenses down - blammo - soiled drawers.

    Unrelated to this post, but I just finally had an opportunity to listen to the Midnight Cinephile podcast. I'm subscribed on iTunes, so get to work on another one. lol

  2. Thanks Brandon!
    I paid homage to Large Marge in the first edition of
    Unexpected Horrors:
    I had the same experience. I wasn't expecting it in the least and I can still remember the icy twinge that shot down my back the first time I saw Large Marge.

    I'm glad that you finally got to listen and I'm glad you enjoyed it! The much delayed second episode is in the works and I'm pretty such you're gonna dig it! It's all about Winter Horrors!