Saturday, June 2, 2007

Weird Horror!

I like that type of horror that makes you go "OH MY GOD... WHAT IS THAT?!" Horror like Event Horizon, In the Mouth of Madness and John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness for example. It's the type horror that isn't associated with ghosts, the devil or black magic (even Prince of Darkness. even though it says the devil is involved, the entity described is more akin to stuff written by HP Lovecraft, Robert Bloch etc).

A another example is Guy De Maupassant's The Horla in which an extra-spatial entity is slowing gaining control of a man who goes to great lengths to stop it. Madness begins to creep into the narrator's scribblings as he realizes something is just not right. In fact, the idea of the Horla inspired a Star Trek episode where it's revealed that this entity (in the episode) was behind the Jack the Ripper killings and other brutal murders on other planets.

One of the future stories of the Red Phantom will involve him and a little known Egyptian cult (scrolls down to the 2nd half to see more)dedicated to one of these foul entities. Be prepared for some weirdness!

This is the horror in which the monsters, for lack of a better term, are indescribable.

Case in point, the Pyramid Head from the Silent Hill 2 video game.
Despite the humanoid body, it's decidedly evil. The lack of a face, the odd pyramid mask and the obscenely huge knife all contribute to that feeling of "it just doesn't feel right." I don't know about you but this is much more scarier than a walking skeleton. At least with a skeleton, you can club it and it'll fall apart.

With this odd thing... Well, pray that you die quickly. If Lovecraft, Franz Kafka and De Maupassant were alive, they'd agree that the Pyramid Head is the zenith of weird horror.

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