It’s a Horror to Know You: Bleck!

It’s a Horror to Know You: Bleck!

1. What is the first film that ever scared you?

I could make a lengthy list of films, TV shows, etc… that scared me as a kid since I was afraid of EVERYTHING! However, there are two things that scarred me for life that make the top of the list. First was an appearance by Shields and Yarnell on The Muppet Show. For those of you unfamiliar with them, they were a husband/wife mime team who did a routine where they were eating breakfast. This, for some reason, scared me s***less.

The next was a television movie based on the disappearance if Adam Walsh called, you guessed it, Adam. I saw just a few minutes of the movie where he is in Sears with his Mother and he is watching some older kids play a store-demo video game and he was never seen again. Most people know the story and that Adam’s disappearance, and subsequent murder, prompted his Father, John, to create the long running TV show America’s Most Wanted and countless other resources for missing children. My sadistic parents used this as a scare tactic whenever I would stray away from them while out shopping. Thanks, Mom and Dad…LOL

2. What is the last film that scared you?

Haters are going to hate, but I really enjoy the “found footage” sub-genre. All three of the Paranormal Activity films spooked me and more recently Grave Encounters and Apartment 143 did a great job of giving me a jolt.

3. Name three Horror movies that you believe are underrated.

1) Satan’s Little Helper – I have no idea why I enjoy this movie, directed by Jeff Lieberman, there is just something very darkly menacing and funny about it.

2) Poltergeist II – One name says it all…Henry Kane. He is literally MY boogeyman. Of course it is a sequel to a classic so it was never going to live up to its predecessor, but it creeped me out and still does.

3) Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me – I was around 12 or 13 when Twin Peaks premiered on TV. I remember the hype and some disturbing images, but it wasn’t until I was in high school that I watched the series. Sadly, I watched the “prequel” prior to that, so I knew who killed Laura Palmer. Nevertheless, Killer Bob, a disappearing David Bowie, a backwards talking dwarf, and a flat out haunting score makes this a favorite of mine but I know a LOT of people despise it.

4. Name three horror movies that you enjoy against your better judgment.

1) Amityville II: The Possession – This one is corny as hell with some bad make-up and effects, but I watch it whenever I see it on TV. This was supposed to be sort of a “prequel” to the original Amityville Horror but it is just so over the top it is ridiculous. For instance, why and how does the sister take her top off for the “possessed” brother? Amazing!

2) Creepshow 2 – I saw this before I saw Creepshow and I have to tell you, I like it better. The hitchhiker and the wooden Indian coming to life? Classic canned corn!

3) Macabre – Jesus…what a whacky ass movie. The chick is banging the disembodied head of her lover. Sign me up. So very bad and wrong but I can’t look away.

5. Send us to five places on the Internet!

1) Dread Central– An awesome horror site that many other horror sites get their news from.

2) Mutter Museum – This is a museum in Philadelphia (where I live) that has everything from deformed skeletons to a gigantic colon. Skip the liberty bell and head to this place if you plan to visit.

3) Shadowlands – I have spent many an hour on this site reading the real life ghost stories submitted by, well, anyone who wants to.

4) Sporcle – Need to waste time? Look no further. Games and quizzes that will keep you busy when you really aren’t.

5) Laff in the Dark – This is a website dedicated to those haunted/fun houses that were, in their heyday, all over the country. Sitting in a cart, going along the track, surprises and frights abound. Fun stuff.

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Dylan Donnie-Duke
Dylan Donnie-Duke
8 years ago

It has been a while since I have commented on a IAHTKY, but this one had me at Shields and Yarnell. Was there anything about them that wasn’t creepy as Hell? From the miming to the bangs they were a husband and wife frightfest.
Satan’s Little Helper is one of those wonderful guilty pleasure movies that can make a rainy day seem even less productive, yet strangely satisfying. It is one of the few, very few, movies in which it was obvious that the makers were going for cult and actually pulled it off. Many times when a movie is designed to be kitschy it reads as such and it does nothing for the viewer. I don’t know how, but SLH makers managed to get away with it.
I am with you also on Creepshow 2. I love The Hitchhiker. “Thanks for the ride, lady!” I always wondered how he pronounced the “L” with his tongue hanging out like that.
Great post and great links! (Mutter Museum? More like Shudder Museum. AMIRIGHT!?!?!?)

cmcmcmcm
cmcmcmcm
8 years ago

Yep. Shields and Yarnell. Shamelessly horrifying and horrifyingly shameful. I experience an odd combination of creeped-out and utterly embarrassed while watching them as as adult – and thank god that doesn’t happen too often. Actually it has only ever happened here at Kindertrauma! In this post AND in Aunt John’s review of Tourist Trap (love that review btw)!

Thanks guys. 🙂

Apocalypsejunkie
Apocalypsejunkie
8 years ago

Remember when Shields and Yarnell were on Wonder Woman? Mimes are feaky anyway and the thought that they could just kidnap you in broad daylight in front of everyone was more than my 7 year old brain could handle.

FatherOfTears
FatherOfTears
8 years ago

BOB from “Twin Peaks”: My adult trauma! Growing up as a teen and early twenty something in the {UGH!} 1980’s, horror films involving Freddy, Jason etc. didn’t really scare me. In fact I always looked forward to each “Nightmare on Elm Street” just to see how Freddy would finish off his victims!

And then BOB appeared. He gave me the creeps! Some of it was that long gray hair while the rest was that sadistic smile. No latex glued on the face. Just Frank Silva’s real self. That’s probably why he freaked out so many people. He looked like a real person you could run into in a dark alley!

Dylan Donnie-Duke
Dylan Donnie-Duke
8 years ago

Despite the presence of a Yarnell my Wonder Woman fetish remains firmly intact.

Apocalypsejunkie
Apocalypsejunkie
8 years ago

They were on *twice* if I recall correctly. The episode I’m thinking of they blew some knock out powder in a professor’s face, proceeded to put mime makeup on him and walked right out the front door with him. Chucked him into a waiting van and split! How’s that for horrifying!?

@Dylan, I still turn around in circles in the hopes of turning into Wonder Woman. 😉

Bill Lecklikner
8 years ago

Thanks for all the comments, folks! I knew somewhere out there in the vast webishpere there would be others who found those mimes and my other horrors just as frightening as I did…err do…LOL