Monday, June 20, 2011
Creepy by association, part 2
Welcome to part two of Warning Signs look at things that are creepy due to being associated with something else.
Did you watch the above music box video? CREEEEEEPPPPYYYYYYY!!!!!!! Where can I get that music box?
Seriously, though. Music boxes are frightening. Find a nice old one. Open the top, watch the captured ballerina twirl and not not to get the shivers.
My mom has a set of haunted music boxes. They are copper and in various shapes. One has a little copper man playing "The Entertainer" on a little copper piano. It likes to fall off the shelf when not being played. It also likes to start playing on its own.
Music boxes aren't just scary in their own. I always think of rooms filled with junk, some old dresser at the back of the room, music box on top, cobwebs all around... and "Labyrinth."
While not technically a horror movie, I'm sure more than one kid had nightmares after seeing David Bowie as the Goblin King. Jennifer Connelly's character has a music box and the slightly dark music to go with it. Good times in dreamland await!
While we're talking about Bowie, you know what else is creepy? Old people who look way younger than they are. Grow old gracefully, dammit. Botox, plastic surgery, anti-wrinkle creams... ick. When I'm old, I'm going to be the wrinkliest S.O.B. around.
I blame "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" for this one. Wood slats that don't match up anymore. The possibility of dead animals inside. And the idea that there could be some weird deranged lunatic hiding out in the basement.
There's a reason nutcases live in houses like that. THEY WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE.
And barns... you know what lives in barns? Bats. And scarecrows. Guess what? They want to be left alone, too.
Inside the barn or out in the farmhouse yard, it's a good bet you'll come across rusty tools. You get a nail through your foot walking through a place like that, miles from a hospital, you better hope you are up to date on your tetanus shots.
And how easy would it be for a pitchfork to fall out of a hay loft? There doesn't need to be a killer around for you to get seriously hurt at the old farmhouse.