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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

AtoZ2018 - C is for ... #MovieMonsters #AtoZChallenge


C is for ...

We've made it to day 3 of the AtoZChallenge and it's time for more monsters. Now I did consider doing C is for Clown and having my first theme within a theme post, but I changed my mind, because there were some other great monsters for C too.

Scariness Rating


The little skulls by their name are my scariness rating as to how monstrous and scary I think the creatures are when seen in their films.
  •  1 skull (not scary at all) - 5 skulls (very scary)
  •  and there is a special rating for a few - 5 red skulls (utterly terrifying)

Clown (Poltergeist)

I may not being doing C is for Clown, but my first monster is a clown, because clowns are freaky and scary.

This delightful beasty is from Poltergeist, the original movie, and he is scary. He lives in Robbie's (Oliver Robins) room and, during the day, he looks completely harmless. However, at night, during a storm, he is far more sinister.

At first the clown is almost funny - a young boy's fear as he throws a jacket over it. Only when the spirits of the house possess it and it comes to life it is a much more sinister prospect.

Poltergeist is still a scary film for me, with scary monsters. This one had thrills and spills and is good for a late night scare. The clown gets a red 5 skulls from me because clowns are just that scary.

Cessair (Doctor Who - The Key to Time)

Cessair is an alien in the Doctor Who universe. She escaped from a prison ship after having been convicted for stealing the Great Seal of Diplos. The ship is stuck in hyperspace above a stone circle in Cornwall.

Cessair has been masquerading as the deity the Cailleach, for hundreds of years, using the power of the seal to perform acts of seeming magic. She is quite happy to have her minions the Ogri, alien blood drinking stones, kill anyone who gets in her way.

She is without conscience and uses people and things to get what she wants.

Cessair is from the Key to Time episode, The Stones of Blood, and is a very clever opponent for the Doctor.

William Corvinus (Underworld Evolution)

William Corvinus, son of Alexander Corvinus, the first Immortal who survived a plague. William was bitten by a wolf and became the first Lycan (werewolf). Unfortunately, William is completely feral, as were his early creations. Ravaging the countryside he killed and cursed others indiscriminately until he was imprisoned by vampires.

Being truly immortal and virtually invulnerable, he cannot die from being locked up for centuries, but that doesn't stop him being very annoyed when he is finally freed.

IMHO the first two Underworld films are superb. They have everything, vampires, werewolves, squishy humans to get in the way, and a fabulous female protagonist in Selene (Kate Beckinsale). William is a great monster for the second movie, which, of course, has to somehow escalate from the first while staying true to the universe.

Clown (Ghoulies)

And I shall finish as I started with another clown. This one from Ghoulies. Jonathan Graves (Peter Liapis) inherits a dilapidated house and discovers his father had supernatural powers and could summon demon like creatures to do his bidding. Jonathan decides to emulate his father.

However, in doing so he puts all his friends in danger when daddy (Michael Des Barres) turns out not to be quite as dead as he should be. This clown is once again an innocent doll in a bedroom, until it is possessed and becomes a mannequin of evil before turning into a monster.

Ghoulies is a classic 80s horror film, with physical special effects, modelled monsters and a 15 rating. It has humour, it has supernatural danger, but it's not trying to scare the pants off you. This clown gets 4 skulls mostly because he's a clown :).

Q: Do you have a favourite 80s horror movie from way before they used CGI? Any C monsters to add to the pile?

AtoZ List of All Participants

35 comments:

  1. I'm proud of you for digging deeper than just opting for Chucky, great selection here as well!

    Song a Day

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    1. I have a confession to make, I have never watched any of the Child's Play movies, so I couldn't include Chucky :)
      Thank you.

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  2. A clown with five red skulls. Yikes!

    Dena
    https://denapawling.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yep - clowns are scary, scary monsters! ;) Thank you for visiting.

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  3. I dont like clowns. They kind of give me creeps

    Tongue Twister for C

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    1. Likewise, ditto and also - could not agree more :)

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  4. Agree totally with that code red rating of Poltergeist! that was seriously scary.

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    1. There are bits of it that still make me hide behind a cushion! :)

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  5. I am like Bart Simpson's line, "Can't sleep, clowns will eat me!" Never could stand them, or the ventriloquist dolls like in Magic. *shudder*

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    1. Oh, I am totally with you on that. Have you seen Dead Silence? If you didn't like ventriloquist dolls before, you definitely will after :)

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  6. 5 red skulls must be totally terrifying. Based on the scale above my limit would be one white skull (and yes, I do realise I'm posting on serial killers).

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    1. Serial killers can be studied and analyse, monsters not so much, so I totally get the distinction :) Thank you for dropping by.

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  7. I'm so glad you included Underworld. I love those films, though they did get a bit silly after film two!

    Circle the Drain by Katy Perry

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    1. Yep - 1 & 2 were absolutely brilliant, but I didn't go a bundle on the others. Probably something to do with Michael being my fav character :)

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  8. Monster clowns... brrrrr
    I always found it hilarious that Underworld was shot in Budapest, and they named the dude Corvinus - also the name of our most famous king, Matthias I. :D

    The Multicolored Diary: Weird Things in Hungarian Folktales

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    1. You have to wonder if it was deliberate, or if someone just googled and thought it was a cool name :) Thank you so much for dropping by.

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  9. That immortal wolf looks like a giant rat to me. Even more scary!

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  10. Haven't seen Ghoulies, but Poltergeist was eek! (delivered in the most manliest of ways :P)

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    1. Ghoulies is a great laugh - definitely not to be taken seriously :). Poltergeist was indeed eek! ;)

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  11. i am with you on clowns. IT scared the crap out of me. my favorite 80s horror flicks though are pet semetary, fright night and hello mary lou prom night 2. cool theme!

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    1. I love Fright Night - one of my all time fav movies. :) Thank you for dropping by.

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  12. Clowns are creepy. I usually think they're the villains in any movie I watch -- even the ones without any scariness in the plot ;-)

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    1. Yep - I blame Margate sea front for my fear - when I was small they used to have these huge clown heads on poles - totally freaked me out :)

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  13. Get selections. I haven't seen that Doctor Who episode but it sounds good.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    My A to Z’s of Dining with IC
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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    1. It is my second fav of the Key to Time - the first being The Pirate Planet :)

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  14. Phew! Clowns seems scary. I cannot even find the courage to want to watch it!
    C at Kohl Eyed Me
    C at Something's Cooking

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    1. Clowns are always scary! :) That's why they had to be on my monster list.

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  15. Hi Tasha - I don't like scary movies ... so these I am glad I missed - though am aware that clowns come in at scary points in various movies - but are not of the main part! Interesting to read about - cheers Hilary

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    1. I have always had a thing against clowns and it's all Margate sea front's fault :)

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  16. hari OM
    Am so glad there is one here I can relate to - am a total Whovian! I would include the Cybermen -yeeeecccchhhh,,,, they were the only baddie who got me hiding behind the sofa when i was a kid!!! YAM xx

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    1. Yay! Doctor Who was is and hopefully ever shall be, great. The Daleks used to frighten me more than the Cybermen - although I remember hiding from both behind cushions many a time. :)

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  17. I always wonder whether IT and other clowns perpetuate the scariness, or whether clowns have been scary from their early days? I was never scared of them as a kid, although Punch scared me. I have a step-grand-daughter who's terrified of them. Isn't there a word for clown-phobia?

    https://rolandclarke.com/2018/04/03/c-is-for-conan-exiles/

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    1. Margate sea front always had clown heads on poles (fake I might add ;)) - and I was always terrified as a child. I blame that totally for my life long dislike! :) Coulrophobia - according to Google!

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