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Re: Fantasy and Sci-Fi Art Monthly Challenge and Chat! October 2017

I was thinking much along the same lines as Woody. To take it a little further, how about the anticipation (or dread) of the act (or event)? Picturing a group of bathers in the ocean, laughing and splashing, while John Williams' 2-note shark motif lurks beneath their feet. Or Tippi Hedren pausing on a bench outside of a school house, the children singing 'Risseldy Rosseldy' inside, smoking non-chalantly while behind her and unseen (by her, heh heh) crows gather and roost on the playground equipment. The anticipation. I'm sure you can think of hundreds of similar scenarios.

I had a scene in mind of the boogeyman creeping out of a child's bedroom closet, a familiar enough horror trope that most of us could relate to. The terrify/horrify question came up while thinking about how much I would show. Would I go subtle, suggesting forms and shapes by the moonlight streaming through the bedroom window, or would I go the George Romero/Tom Savini route and reveal the boogeyman, warts and claws and tentacles and slimy scales and...

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Alfred Hitchcock truly know how to achieve suspense and it sadly seems to be a mostly lost art in today's movies. What's left to the imaginations is always scarier than what's eventually revealed (though David Cronenberg clearly challenges that with his version of 'The Fly'). In the right hands terror can be quite elegant, even as it chill us to the bone. Horror tends to go for the throat.

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Rob you are so right about that image, when my son was a little lad of 3 years old, he was both endlessly fascinated and repulsed by this painting of "The Boogeyman" by Michael Whelan (My personal favorite artist).
It was in the book Wonderworks and my son would be "Let me see the Boogeyman" and I would turn to that page and he would stare and his breath would become short and then he say "Take it away! Take it away!" I would turn to other pages and within 5 minutes he would be wanting to see the Boogeyman again, over and over again.
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Wow! So sorry about that, the internet is messed up and I only wanted to post once, not three times. If this can be fixed, by the powers that be, keep the one with the photo.
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One more thing, we are Fantasy and Science Fiction.....
NO Idea is too out there!
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That is a nice and free thinking attitude to have, Dianna....with me, of course, you have opened Pandora's box.
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Yikes, that is a scary picture Dianna. Your son sounds like me as a kid. I liked scary stuff but at the same time was afraid of the dark. My son was much more sensitive. He had to leave the room while watching Bee Movie, the windshield scene was too intense. We've been watching Star Trek Discovery and I asked him if he still wanted to watch after the last episode, it was pretty graphic. He said he did.

I was always a horror fan, the gorier the better. lol But also preferred the cheesy monster movies where you can tell yourself it can never happen. There is the thrill of being scared but also the reality that monsters exist, in human form. A very different feeling.

Having a baby really changed me though, stopped liking violent stuff. I'm starting to not be so sensitive again, though it's still hard to handle sad stuff. Not long ago I played Silent Hill: Downpour. The scary stuff didn't bother me, it was all the stuff about children that made me wonder why I was playing it.

Whatever I do will be more family friendly lol.
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Wow! So sorry about that, the internet is messed up and I only wanted to post once, not three times. If this can be fixed, by the powers that be, keep the one with the photo.
I thought for a minute you had become the latter-day personification of The Bellman in The Hunting of the Snark:
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"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
As he landed his crew with care;
Supporting each man on the top of the tide
By a finger entwined in his hair.

"Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
That alone should encourage the crew.
Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
What I tell you three times is true."
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Oh no!
Isn't that a bad thing....saying something three times in a row!
Many a legend or movie starts with that.
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Michelle family friendly is great, looking forward to it.
I want these Challenges to be open for all interpretations.
So you can be sweet and Woody can open Pandora's box.
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"The Hunting of the Snark" is my Mom's favourite poem.

Hitchcock's Rear Window is one of my favourites. I love the clothes in that one as well. Does anyone remember the book series..Alfred Hitchcock and the three Investigators? I loved those, still have a couple!

Silly as it, the movie that freaked me out as an adult was that one "Darkness Falls" about the tooth fairy.

I could not understand the Tooth Fairy when I was little, thought it was awfully creepy to go around collecting people's teeth. One time I dropped my tooth down the sink and I thought "yay! She won't be coming, the weirdo".
But then my Mom thinking she was being nice, wrote me a letter from the Sewer Fairy who was the Tooth Fairy's sister about how she found the tooth so not to worry, the TF would be coming to visit. I was thoroughly exasperated by that. That movie though brought back all the fear and total bizarre nature of the whole tooth thing to me.

I'm leaning toward the silly this month, though hopefully I have time to finish a second one I have in mind, that's creepier.
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Isn't that a bad thing....saying something three times in a row!
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Beetelgeise Beetelgeise Beetelgeise!
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I must've been four years old or thereabouts, when my parents told me of the Easter Bunny. I think they were trying to get me acquainted with Easter Egg Hunts and so on that they would set up the following day...but all I could think about was at night, while I lay in bed, this six foot tall rodent with long ears was going to be stalking around the house in the dark. I was not thrilled.

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Yep if you think about it they are all creepy, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny and can't forget Santa Claus, sliding down the chimney and leaving gifts or coal.
We didn't have one and I asked how he would get in?
I can't remember what my folks said but I remember thinking it was weird maybe even creepy.
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