As I have said many times before, I love monsters. It’s not just that I love monster stories, I love the monsters themselves. Mostly. But here are five monsters that I really don’t love. It is probably no shock that my lack of love for them probably says more about me that about them. It all goes back to what really scares me.
5. The Blob
The blob mad its big screen appearance in the 1958 American horror classic of the same name. I saw the movie at a drive in with my sister sometime in the 70s. She was a teenager and I was still a small fry. As the movie went on I pulled my feet up into the seat. I still fear things oozing out of unexpected places.
4. The bug demon from Constantine
This one probably goes back to my dislike of bugs in general. I grew up in Florida and I sometimes think it is the bug capital of the world. While Palmetto bugs no longer have the power to send me screaming, swarms of bugs are pretty gross. Worse, I had a pretty terrifying experience as a child being swarmed by angry honey bees. A kind guy on a motorcycle (dressed in leather) stopped and carried me down the street and away from the swarm. That could also have something to do with my love of guys on motorcycles…and guy in leather…but I digress.
3. The giant sea worms from Deep Rising
The tentacle and teeth creatures in this 1998 universally panned action/horror flick supposedly evolved from deep-sea worms which strip their prey of all body liquids then eject the carcass. That’s just gross. The fact that it is loosely based on real creatures just makes it worse.
2. The face huggers from the Alien franchise
It is not so much that they a baby alien will burst out of your chest when these nasty face huggers are through with you. In fact, the acid blooded aliens don’t worry me so much. It is knowing the face huggers scrabble out of those big eggs grab you and stick their gross parts down your throat to lay and egg of some sort. Then you have to just deal with knowing it’s there. Again, gross! I hate anything that makes me feel helpless.
The monster that scares me the most isn’t really a monster so much as a ghost. The 1982 movie, Poltergeist, really terrified me, Honestly, all malicious ghosts scare me. I think it has to do with the fact that the potential for terribleness that exists in people is far scarier than anything my imagination can create. It also goes back to the helplessness issue. Ghosts are already dead, so how can you put an end to them? If the ghost of an evil person could with the living world it would be a pretty unstoppable source of evil.
What monsters do you like or dislike?