Jaq Hawkins is a guest of The Storyreading Ape today with an exploration of our fascination with monsters in movies, folklore and under the bed… instilling fear in us, sometimes from an early age. What is the impact on us as we become adults? Very interesting.
There’s an old cliché in the filmmaking industry about the “man in the rubber suit”. This is, of course, a reference to the monster in the movie; the anthropoid creature who frightens children so much that they have to sit in front of the television, watching old monster movies with their hands covering their eyes, so that they won’t see the monster pick up the girl who subsequently swoons helplessly… right into the monster’s arms.
Some of the scariest imagery to be found in Horror literature and movies starts with something vaguely shaped like ourselves, though the distorted features of other species can be very effective (see The Monster From the Black Lagoon). For example, a description of The Deep Ones from H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouthreads thus:
“I think their predominant colour was a greyish green, though they had white bellies. They were mostly shiny and…
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