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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Slightly Famous Monsters of Filmland

posted by on October 30 at 14:07 PM

Holiday Sanctioned Topic: Stuff That Scared the Living Irrational Shit Out Of You As A Kid.

A few personal faves:

Horrible Cyborg Robot Android Wig Lady (Superman 3)

Freaky Magic Ventriloquist Dummy in a commercial that used to come on during the Banana Splits, for Christ’s Sake

Man Faced Banjo Accompanied Dog from Invasion of the Body Snatchers

The Touching Love Theme from Halloween 3

Wall-Crawlin’ Grandma (Exorcist 3)

(Ok, I was technically in college for that last one, but still, gaaaah.)

Any other nominees?

Bonus points to anyone who can find me a decent pic/clip of
1) The Space Herpe from Ice Pirates
2) The Devil Baby from the second season of Soap
3) The Possessed Girl with a Pizza Cutter from Don’t Go to Sleep

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children of the corn and that freak choir background music.

Posted by infrequent | October 30, 2007 2:13 PM

Christ, I had nightmares for weeks after seeing Superman III because of that freakish robot lady thingy...

Posted by Chris B | October 30, 2007 2:20 PM

Jesus Christ, the possessed girl with the pizza cutter has haunted me for years, I had no idea where it was coming from until now. How did I see that when I was so young? I'm going to call my mom and demand an explanation.

Posted by Megan | October 30, 2007 2:26 PM

The Twilight Zone movie, particularly the monster on the airplane wing - but really the whole thing. For weeks (months?) afterward, all my brother had to do was sing "doo-de-doo-doo doo-de-doo-doo," and I'd freak the fuck out. Nightmares and everything. My parents probably shouldn't have taken little 7-year-old me to that one.

Posted by Levislade | October 30, 2007 2:30 PM

Zuni. Fetish. Doll.

Posted by misterblue | October 30, 2007 2:34 PM

Those fleamen from the original Castlevania. I swear they were always waiting at the foot of the staircase for me to stop playing and go to bed.

Posted by kid icarus | October 30, 2007 2:39 PM

maybe i'm a total wuss, but i remember being freaked out by large marge from the pee-wee movie.

Posted by ray | October 30, 2007 2:42 PM

That African doll with the knife from "Trilogy of Terror" starring Karen Black.

Posted by elm | October 30, 2007 2:49 PM

Lady Elaine Fairchilde

Posted by Paulus | October 30, 2007 3:05 PM

This list sucks ass in donkey hell.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 30, 2007 3:06 PM


I hate you so much. SO SO SO SO SO MUCH for posting that Magic clip!

You die now.

Posted by Amie | October 30, 2007 3:12 PM

The Salt Vampire from Star Trek.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | October 30, 2007 3:16 PM

@4 - Totally agree about the Twlight Zone movie. The plane, and the one where the little boy can have anything he wishes for and he wishes for his sister to have no mouth. The shot of her with no mouth freaked me out to no end.

Posted by Julie | October 30, 2007 3:26 PM

@7: i saw the peewee movie last year (late, i know! but i did watch the show when i was little), and large marge terrified me! it's all about the unexpected.

Posted by eustceia | October 30, 2007 3:27 PM

Yes! Halloween 3! No one ever knows what the hell I'm talking about when I try to explain it, "no, it doesn't have anything to do with those other ones, it's the best, and it's got the sweet song." Blank stares.

Posted by Dougsf | October 30, 2007 3:43 PM

Hey, SLOG let me post after my last 5 attempts said my ISP was banned. This board is wonky.

Posted by Dougsf | October 30, 2007 3:44 PM

The Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 30, 2007 3:45 PM

My stepmom used to drag me and my brothers to a bunch of drive-in B-movie horror flicks in the late '60's, so I got sort of innured to the schlock value from being bored off my seven year-old ass by such "classics" as "The Dunwich Horror" and "Count Yorga, Vampire".

But, yeah the little voodoo doll from "Trilogy of Terror" had the kids in my neighborhood freaked out for weeks! And I will admit to feeling pretty creeped out by the mirror-eyed albino ghouls from "The Omega Man" (both not surprisingly based on stories by one of the Masters of Terror, Richard Matheson).

But, the monsters that still give me shivers are all the disgusting mash-up creatures from John Carpenter's remake of "The Thing". That skittering spider-head thing in particular still sends chills up my spine.

Posted by COMTE | October 30, 2007 3:48 PM

Oh, and kudos for the Forrie Ackerman nod in the header.

Posted by COMTE | October 30, 2007 3:49 PM

DUDE! YES! All of my biggies were already gotten by others, but, to recap:

1) Large Marge (Sent me screaming from the room at my friend's 6th birthday party)

2) Cyborg lady

3) Airplane Gremlin / No Mouth Girl / Monster Dan Ackroyd from Twilight Zone the movie

And to add a few more:

4) The Banshee from Darby O'Gill And The Little People (which caused me to pee my pants rather than go to the bathroom because I was convinced the Banshee was in the shower)

5) Meg Mucklebones (the green water hag thing) or the dancing black dress dummy from Legend

Nice with the Space Herpe too!! Ice Pirates is among the top 5 truly enjoyable bad movies ever made, like, so enjoyable, it really transcends the entire idea of "so bad it's good" and actaulyl becomes legitimately good.

Posted by BillyCorazon | October 30, 2007 4:18 PM

Oo! OO! And the ghoulie that came out of the blow up Dracula toy in "Ghoulies". Forgot that one!


Posted by BillyCorazon | October 30, 2007 4:19 PM

The Voodoo Doll in Trilogy of Terror messed up every kid in my grade. I meet people my age (40's) who are still freaked out about that last shot of Karen Black. No spoilers people... let the those who haven't seen it have a fair crack the kind of blind terror we had as kids with the mere mention of that film.

Posted by Loushka | October 30, 2007 4:22 PM

@13 - Oh my god, I had totally forgotten about that! Horrifying. I am totally having nightmares tonight. Thanks.

Posted by Levislade | October 30, 2007 4:44 PM

I haven't seen any of the movies referenced so far, but I'm still haunted by Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd.

Posted by Fnarf | October 30, 2007 5:18 PM

The chauffeur from "Burnt Offerings" which also starred...Karen Black!

Posted by Blacksheep | October 30, 2007 5:27 PM

Does anyone else remember the TV movie from the late 70s, I guess, with the ghost of the little girl who had fallen down the well trying to catch her doll? Aiieee.

Also: brain-eating armadillo larvae things from Star Trek II. Made me want to cover my ears for weeks.

Posted by leek | October 30, 2007 7:30 PM


the little spidery robots from scanners (?) that shot people with something that made them blow up! horrifying!

and the weird things out of the weird animal in that star trek movie made me sleep with the blankies over my ears for about seven years afterwards.

Posted by erin | October 30, 2007 7:46 PM

The bunyip from Dot and the Kangaroo terrified me as a kid. It's still creepy now.

Posted by patrick | October 30, 2007 9:49 PM

oh, totally not scanners, i just looked up the trailer on youtube. does anyone know what i am talking about? little arachnid-y robots?
i have a vivid memory of them, and i coudn't eat BBQ chicken for years after that cause that what mom was cooking that night and it reminded me of the utter terror i felt.

also, the red bull from the last unicorn made me hide behind the couch every time.

Posted by erin | October 30, 2007 11:07 PM

Erin, do you mean Runaway with Gene Simmons & Tom Selleck?

Posted by PdxRitchie | October 31, 2007 3:42 AM

Also, about 10 years back my friends and I met Malachai(Courtney Gains). His friend said to us, very seriously, "Yes, it's Malachai, don't freak out, just be cool, he's a regular person."

Luckily we were able to keep our collective cool.

Posted by PdxRitchie | October 31, 2007 3:46 AM

#29 - SCREAMERS with Peter 'Robocop' Weller?

Posted by misterblue | October 31, 2007 10:16 AM

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