Thursday, November 13, 2008

Five Movie Monsters That Have Given Me Nightmares

1. Reavers from Firefly/Serenity

I had a nightmare about them last night, actually. They are sort of like zombies, except they're still alive and they can fly spaceships and also they rape you. Basically, they're really fucking scary. Here is an explanation. WARNING: clip contains spoilers.

2. Gremlins from, duh, Gremlins

I realize this is not a particularly scary movie, but when it was released, I was two years old. My parents rented it at some point when I was very, very young and for some reason let me watch it and it gave me nightmares for years. Like, I was convinced they lived under my bed, but only when the lights were turned off.

3. gremlin thingie from Cat's Eye

Again, this movie isn't scary, but I saw it when I was really young and it warped me for life. I think that, basically, this family takes in a cat and the mom hates it because she thinks cats steal your breath (what?) and she thinks this cat is stealing her daughter's breath or something (again, huh?) BUT it turns out that what's really happening is that this gremlin thing comes in through the wall and steals the girl's breath. The cat fights it, though, proving that cats are not, in fact, always evil.

4. Zombies from, um, any zombie movie

You know this. I mean LOOK.

5. tiny gremlin things from The Gate

I don't remember much about this movie, except these kids dig a huge hole or something in their backyard and evil things from the Hellmouth come out and try and sacrifice them or something. I don't know where the parents are. The only other thing I remember is that, at one point, an eyeball grows in this kid's hand and he stabs it with a piece of glass. That whole movie fucked me up. I saw it when I was like 8 WHY I DON'T KNOW. Hey LOOK, here's a clip. Wow, that movie looks awful. I kind of want to see it again.

BONUS: This isn't from a movie, but I used to have nightmares about pandas. They lived under my bed and would reach up from under, and they had glowing red eyes and long, sharp claws. Yeah, I don't know why.

So, basically, it seems like I mostly have a problem with zombies, zombie-like creatures, and gremlins. Good to know.


kat! said...

The only other thing I remember is that, at one point, an eyeball grows in this kid's hand and he stabs it with a piece of glass.

holy fuck, i totally remember that!

Jennie! said...

That's fucked up, right? It's not just me?

kat! said...

yeah, totally fucked up.

Ashley said...

So, basically what you're saying is you don't like Gremlins or zombies.

How awesome is that scene in Serenity when River kills like fifty Reavers without even trying?

Jennie! said...

kat!, OK, good.

Ashley, or pandas, apparently. That scene was awesome and scary, but mostly awesome.

Joe G. said...

I'm a big fan of whenever River goes all ninja apeshit. Though I think my still-favorite 'River is crazy-violent' moment was in an episode of Firefly, when she shot three guys with her eyes closed. Good times.

Tamara Garvey said...

the gremlins were totally scary as a child. they were all...drippy. ew.

did you ever see session 9??? prepare to have a constant adrenaline surge.

(dude, how weird is it that we both posted today about scary movies? it's like we share ONE BRAIN.)

Jennie! said...

Joe, that was good, but so, so creepy.

Tamara, that is really weird. Especially since Halloween is over and everything. I'll have to check out Session 9, I haven't seen it.

Stephanie said...

Oooh, Session 9 is excellent.

I saw Child's Play in the theater when I was 5, so I had nightmares with Chucky in them until I was about 12. Awesome.

Also, that video clip from Dawn of the Dead with "I Think We're Alone Now" playing was just plain disturbing.

mysterygirl! said...

Oh my god, I didn't think I'd seen The Gate, but I totally remember that eyeball moment!! Sick.

And under-the-bed pandas sound horrifying, seriously.

Beau said...

That is hilarious you brought up, The Gate...I remember watching that at a sleepover and being so freaking scared. I remember it to this day...however, it was on tv a couple weeks ago and I decided to watch it and this time I thought it was totally lame-sauce....

Jennie! said...

I asked Joe to put The Gate in his Netflix queue. I can't wait to watch it! I don't care how lame it is. Hee.