Could it possibly be that no one has mentioned the Sleestak from LAND OF THE LOST as a leading cause of childhood night terrors? Surely I must have missed that post.
The way they would creep silently around their labyrinthine cave passages stalking their prey was simply chilling. The Sleestak would slowly emerge from the blackness not unlike Michael Myers in HALLOWEEN to claim their prey. Nocturnal hunters, they prowled the darkened forests in packs; large, reptilian, and totally without mercy. They were known to sacrifice their human victims to their God who dwelt deep within a pit in the bowels of the subterranean city (a creature Holly would confront face to face). And don’t get me started on their Library of Skulls. Amazingly, these terrifying denizens of darkness were creatures from a Saturday morning T.V. show for kids!
Fast forward to the present, and most folks remember LAND OF THE LOST as just a silly little children’s show from the ’70s. They’ve forgotten the dark underside of LAND OF THE LOST: the sinister Mist Marsh, the mysterious Zarn, and, most of all, the brooding horror of the Sleestak.
AUNT JOHN SEZ: What child of the ’70s could really forget about those nasty Sleestaks? Kindertrauma surely hasn’t, and Unkle Lancifer personally inducted them into the Official Traumatizer Hall of Fame this past year. Speaking of the ’70s, be sure to check out Kinderpal Gilligan’s super-cool Retrospace!