SCARY is one thing but CREEPY...well... that's another thing all together.
SCARY is that twisted, disfigured face that juts out from the shadows when you least expect it.
CREEPY is something that starts with your own imagining of horror and dread that steams into overdrive, anticipating the very worst that you can possibly conceive.
When you're watching a truly CREEPY movie, you become the producer, writer and director of your own terror.
And what you imagine, fueled by your own unspoken fear and latent guilt, is generally far more terrifying than anything the filmmaker could possibly come up with.
Mama is a recent film short by Andres Muschietti, a protege of Guillermo Del Toro, the mastermind behind the Pan's Labyrinth and The Orphanage.
The film is only about three minutes long. Watch it and see if, in just a few moments, you don't enter a very CREEPY world.
The Exorcist was arguably the CREEPIEST film ever made. The clip below was not included in the final cut.
In the film as released, the fully-possessed Regan never left her room. Consequently, her bedroom door was the gateway between the world that we know and the depths of hell itself.
For that reason, director William Friedkin may have thought this scene of Regan doing her SPIDERWALK down the stairs didn't fit the framework of the film.
The scene is, however, about as CREEPY as you can get.
If you like CREEPY movies and you haven't seen The Others, get to Netflix or Redbox right away. It is a masterfully done exercise in all that is genuinely frightening.
The line, "I am your daughter" is the epitome of all that is CREEPY.
The Abandoned is one of our favorite CREEPY movies. Like The Others, it turns the tables on what is real and what is not. And those Doppelgangers are just freakin' freaky CREEPY.
The 20 Minute Workout
Back in the days of leotards, big hair and high-impact aerobics there was a TV exercise show called the 20 Minute Workout.
Bess Motta was one of the hosts of the show and was arguably the best broadcast aerobics instructor of all time.
She was the epitome of high-energy, inspiration and charm. While other aerobics leaders shouted out there instructions, Bess would sing, dance and strut.
Her workouts were daily metaphors for all that was steamy, sensuous and sexy.
We're not even sure how her signature move at the 7:25 mark of the first video shown here ever got past the censors, but we're glad that it did.
A Star is Born
She clearly overshadowed others on the program and caught the attention of the casting folks for James Cameron's iconic film, The Terminator.
Bess played Ginger Ventura, Sarah Connor's gorgeous and iguana-spooked roommate.
Fans can see Bess at Chicago Comic Con, August 20 - 22 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
God Bless the USA.
While Bess was charming American audiences in the 80's, take a look at what the Soviets were watching.
I was like wha? Then I was like yeah, I guess. Then I was like "Dang!" Then I was like bored.
They're called verbal tics or speech fillers and we all use them. They're what we say when we don't know what else to say. Things like um or like or you know.
The More You Know
There are pundits out there who believe that 130 uses of the phrase you know in a 2009 New York Times interview sunk Caroline Kennedy's chances for assuming Hillary Clinton's senate seat.
The question is, why You Know?
What is it in the collectively unconscious zeitgeist that causes so many native-english speaking Americans to span a conversation chasm with the phrase you know?
Linguists advise us to record ourselves to hear how many times we may actually say it, implying that we don't know when we use it.
Think about that for a second. There are words coming out of your mouth that you aren't even aware of.
The Lizard Brain strikes again...?
Nelson Cohen of the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri has a theory. In his 1991 research paper, Recurrent Speech Patterns as Cues to the Segmentation of Multi-Syllabic Sequences, he states:
First and second language acquisition require that speech be segmented into familiar multiphonemic units. The present research examines one segmentation cue that is of considerable theoretical interest: the repetition of fixed sequences of speech.
Um, yeah, like what he said, you know...