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    My Five Favorite Monsters
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    Few things make a horror movie "work" better than a great monster. From Count Orlok to Jason Voorhees, the genre is littered with evil figures we've come to know, love, and can't get enough of.

    What makes an awesome cinema monster? Is it gruesome-looking and fright-inducing makeup effects? Sure. But it's more than that.

    The best movie monsters say something about us, about our humanity, about the choices we make, and the often-nasty effects those choices have on the world and the people around us. They give us more than cheap scares, but make us think, and often force us to empathize in some way with the evil they represent.

    For example, let's look at two classic movie monsters: Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. Both are your straightforward slasher film villains. Both are more than happy to kill in any number of creative and entertaining ways. Both have parental issues. And both are essentially faceless killing machines.

    Then why does Michael Myers inspire such terror, while Jason is largely a punchline?

    It's simple: Michael Myers is real (in the cinema sense). He comes from the world we inhabit. We hear his story. And we can completely accept that, in our modern world, evil like his is most certainly real. (I'm talking about the original Halloween and Halloween II movies here. Things get a little shark-jumpy beyond that.)

    The fact is we are much more frightened by the things we recognize than the things we don't. A killer who looks like us might be living next door. A monster who becomes such because of a dreadful decision they make is a direct reflection of the choices we make in our everyday lives. And monsters we "create" out of fear and greed are so very terrifying because they hold a mirror to our collective humanity, or lack thereof.

    All of this is true except for number one on my list. That s*$t is just flat-out scary.


    The Daily Dread's Top Five Movie Monsters

    5. Pinhead (Hellraiser)

    4. Brundlefly (The Fly)

    3. Freddy Kreuger (A Nightmare On Elm Street)

    2. Gwoemul (The Host)

    1. The Thing (The Thing…obviously)
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    Enjoy tonight's slice of Dread…


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    The Dread enjoys many guilty pleasures. But one of our favorites from a disturbed childhood is the movie "Student Bodies," a parody of the slasher genre. Before there were the Scary Movie films, there was this…


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    Stephen.
    Thank you for an awesome thread.
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