Saturday, September 26, 2009
Huge Angry Things: Universal Fear
As a followup to my last post about little creepy things that scare us, I thought I’d cover the most obvious fear—anything bigger than us.
My fear of big things comes from my height. That sounds weird for a 5’8” woman, but the truth is, I’m used to being taller than, not shorter than. My 5’1” ghost hunting partner adores horses and large creatures, but then she’s used to everything being taller than her. I, however, don’t like the sensation.
Humans are used to being the most powerful, top of the food chain, dominating creatures of the natural world. So, obviously, our greatest fear is something that sees us as a potential food source or so insignificant we’re like ants under their huge feet.
There are three really common scenarios for the large and angry creature movies:
1. The Japanese Godzilla genre--monster crushes big city.
3. Radiation-induced large versions of earthly creatures.
There’s nothing that says “terror” like some gigantic monster trying to make humans into a tasty appetizer.
Here’s some great movies that involve enormous predators:
“Cloverfield” This reality-feeling hand-held camera movie involves and attack on New York by some kind of insane gigantic beast that won’t stop until the city is dead.
“Godzilla” Huge beast attacks Japan and there’s no where to hide.
“King Kong” An island with a giant ape is found by a film group who decides to cash in on the big guy and take him to the city.
“Food of the Gods” 1970s classic about an island with toxic ooze that makes all the critters grow super larger—including the rats!
“Them” This is a classic from the 50s SciFi genre. Gigantic ants in the desert. It’s a must-see for everyone.
“Reign of Fire” Dragons taking over the earth, oh my! I adore this film—one of my favorite ones of all time to watch in my home theater. The room rumbles while it plays. (It doesn’t hurt that the men are delicious—I love those hardened end-of-world kinda guys like the ones portrayed by yummy Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey). Girls warning: Best male shirtless testosterone fight scene ever!
“Jurassic Park” What if the dinosaurs came back to life? What if they got loose from their pens? What if you had nowhere to run?
So, what’s your giant fear? For me, it was always elephants stampeding people. If I even hear they’re showing film of it, I rush to change the channel. I can barely look at the beasts without freaking out at the zoo--and that's with a huge moat and fences between us! Forget the circus!!!
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