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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 7:07 pm 
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Top 10 Scary Monsters

I decided not to include any giant beasties, as that’s a different weight/ fright class.

In no particular order:

The Tall Man in PHANTASM series
Perhaps it’s just that he prefers to hang around corpses every day?

Count Dracula in Herzog’s NOSFERATU
Instead of the more familiar hissing maniac, or the matinee-idol charmer, Klaus Kinski plays the famous blood-freak as a fanged rodent. Sounds dull, I know but he's only boring like a fatal disease is boring.
http://www.zone-sf.com/nosferatu79.html

Sea Devils in DOCTOR WHO
OK, nostalgia value. Sod the tin-pot daleks, the shiny cybermen, and the (cuddly?) yeti... The hideous appearance of these fishy fiends terrified me when I was a kid.

Eugene Tombs in THE X-FILES (2 episodes)
He wants to eat your liver and you can't lock him out!

Daryl Revok in SCANNERS
Michael Ironside is the livewire presence in Cronenberg's psychic thriller.

Pinhead in HELLRAISER
Too many sequels have weakened the sensational dramatic impact of the Cenobites’ leader (a similar fate affected genre contemporaries Krueger, Voorhees, and Myers), but the sheer visceral power of that ‘pierced’ look remains a very disturbing image.

Jack Torrance – Kubrick’s THE SHINING
It’s Nicholson's finely tuned act of unbalanced loony and almost-hammy acting that keeps us interested. Is he only joking or is he truly deranged?

Norman Bates in PSYCHO II
We already know he’s a nutter... What’s he gonna do now they let him out? Is anyone safe?

Herbert West in RE-ANIMATOR
Yes, it's comedy-horror, but Jeffrey Combs gives us a portrait of unhealthy obsession that's rarely less than brilliant. He's so bloody scary that you have to laugh.

Hannibal Lektor in MANHUNTER
Looks quite harmless, but he's so damn creepy. A mix of intellect and insanity that's more than enough to make your skin crawl every time you watch the film.

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Regarding Doctor Who, what about the Stones Of Blood. I seem to remember I was terrified of them (even though they just stood around not really doing much).

I bet if I watched it again i'd be embarressed to admit the above... :)

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Rich wrote:
..bet if I watched it again i'd be embarressed to admit the above


I considered that, about Sea Devils, Rich.
Figured any 'scary monsters' top 10 needs at least one 'confession'...

There's a great idea for another thread!
Childhood nightmares - the fright of your life.

Anyone else (brave enough?) want to launch such a topic?

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Much as I adore Doctor Who the Sea Devils are rather ridiculous thanks to their habit of wearing Rab C Nesbit style string vests, and the Ogri (Stones of Blood) were just, well...rocks really. :)


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davebowman wrote:
..Sea Devils are rather ridiculous thanks to their habit of wearing Rab C Nesbit style string vests


Ah, no... reptiles were here first, and made their fashion statement long before the Glaswegian scum 'look' was popular. :wink: (Perhaps Nesbitt bought his vest from a Dr Who jumble sale?)

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