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Benjanime Scared Stupid III

Greetings, one and all, today I'll be posting a third and final installment to a series that I like to call "Scared Stupid" in which I reminisce and describe certain moments in my past that sent a chill down my spine, but look back on as cheesy scenarios of my childhood.

1. Garfield: His Nine Lives - Lab Animal (1988)

This was from a rather unusual and rarely found Garfield special in which Garfield explains the stories of his nine lives. But what comes out of them are different animated portrayals. Life number seven shows the orange cat as an experiment that escapes a lab room after being injected by a substance that transforms him into a dog. After a daring escape into the wilderness, the transformation begins, and he joins in with a crowd of search dogs. Garfield explains that this event caused his fear of the vet.

2. Runaway Brain (1995)

Originally as a theatrical short for A Goofy Movie, this was a short Mickey Mouse cartoon in which Mickey needs to make quick money for a Hawaiian vacation, leading him to go to a brain transplant facility in which his brain is swapped for a huge and repulsive looking version of Pete. The middle of this short is composed of Pete taking over Mickey's body and running around town while giving chase to Minnie, while Mickey, in Pete's body, takes chase and tries to protect her. The short sounded creative for it's time, but dang, how maniacal Mickey looks!

3. Confronting Neff from Altered Beast (1989)

Neff was the recurring boss that you had to face in this game, as he would take the form of different monsters to test your skills in rescuing Zeus' daughter from his clutches. But despite the age I was at the time of playing the Sega Genesis port, I always got a tad scared with Neff's digitized line "WELCOME TO YOUR DOOM!", so I'd always sit a few inches back from my television while beating him.

Of course as time went on, I pretty much grew to ignore it even though I still pretty much stink at the game.

4. The introduction sequence to Jurassic Park for the Sega Genesis (1994)

It wasn't very common that a 16-bit video game could scare the daylights out of you as a kid, but I assure you that any child that was around eight years old or under that played this game was terrified of playing the game at night for the sole reason of the intro, in which you see a scene recreated from the film when the Tyrannosaurus Rex spots the Jurassic Park jeep.

The pitch black sky as a thunder effect happens with the T-Rex moving forward  just made me want to turn off the system altogether. But as luck had it, I could skip over it and I played the game afterward.

5. The roach scene from "They're creeping up on you" from Creepshow

As the 90's were coming to a close, I was already in my teen years, and after years of waiting I decided to watch the weird, if not campy Stephen King/George A. Romero movie, Creepshow. My parents had owned the original VHS since I was a toddler, and my older sister was into it too, so I wanted to see what made this movie so good. Being the age I was at the time, I scoffed at the cheesy dialogue and effects here and there, and the comic book panel effects to me were nothing special, as I had no idea at the time that the movie was inspired by classic horror comics from the 50s. So there were some creepy tidbits here and there, until I got to the final chapter, which involves a hygienist with a trashy mouth and a hatred for bugs.

The sheer amount of disgusting scenery with all of the cockroaches crawling around didn't just give me the willies, but I had a phase of having a phobia of any huge insects that I thought I'd find around my house. Heck, I was even left with a nightmare or two involving them on my skin. Nowadays I don't have much of a fear of them, seeing how they're not common where I live now.

Well guys that about wraps things up. I hope you enjoyed my little article trilogy of being spooked during my younger years. Sorry I didn't have more, but everything I listed pretty much sums up what I can remember of what was once scary to me, but now are only things that are worth scoffing at. 'Til then, see you next article!
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vkimo Posted on Oct 08, 2014 at 05:56 PM

I always got spooked from that scene from Indian in the Cupboard when Little Bear goes under the floor boards to find the key, and the pet rat is loose. I knew the rat was going to jump out and it startled me regardless. Every time.

Mr Magic Posted on Oct 08, 2014 at 05:54 PM

Who wouldn't be afraid of that Creepshow scene?

Benjanime Posted on Oct 08, 2014 at 04:59 PM

@Hoju: sort of, but they changed a few of the stories around... i never did get to reading the book version, but my library used to have it. the tv special is extremely rare from my knowledge, and i've never seen it air on television before.

@Vaporman87: good luck, your best bet is to either get it via torrent or dvd, because it's not available on any streaming sites. Glad you got a good read out of it :)

@ThatDudeintheHoodie: interesting, i've been thinking about picking that up, but as far as the cartridge size for 3ds games go, i'd hope that i won't lose it around the house.

@NLogan: i used to live in an old mobile home trailer from 1991 to 1997, and very rarely would i see one of those nasty buggers just chilling out on the kitchen or bathroom floors. i'd literally wait until the place was disposed of them before i ate a meal, just looking at them was disgusting to me.

Hoju Koolander Posted on Oct 08, 2014 at 04:06 PM

Ben do you know if that Garfield special was based on the anthology graphic novel Garfield, His 9 Lives? I used to love reading that book, especially the one about the Vikings.

Vaporman87 Posted on Oct 08, 2014 at 03:35 PM

That is certainly a weird concept for a Garfield story. I may have to look that up just to see what that's all about.

And I was always a little creeped out by Neff's "Welcome to your doom" statement. I remember thinking it was hilarious to go into the sound effects menu of the game and repeatedly activate that sound, then mix it with "Rise from your grave". I know this, because I have it tape recorded. LOL.

Creepshow had some pretty goosebump inducing parts, as did the second one. Overall, I think they were both pretty well done, but they are what they are... kind of tongue-in-cheek horror.

Nice article Ben, and a fine way to wrap up this series. Good to see you back at it again.

ThatDudeintheHoodie Posted on Oct 08, 2014 at 03:20 PM

Fun fact about that runaway brain short. In Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance you get to fight the creature.

Also I love creepshow. My favorite story from it is Father's Day. Though "They're creeping up on you" is good too.

NLogan Posted on Oct 08, 2014 at 02:12 PM

Oh man that creepshow bit the bugs gave me the willies too. I hate cockroaches. I have no problem with a praying mantis that cockroaches are closely related to. I lit a roach on fire once when I was in Brazil. Then he took off flying and almost lit the drapes on fire. I found him a week later after having been swatted out of the air, stepped on and squashed, burnt off wings and antennae but still crawling around happy as you please. Yechh roaches.

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