Top 10 list of film characters that scare me (in the good way and the bad)
10. The flesh eaters from 28 Days Later who could run after their victims. Wicked!
9. Patrick Bateman, the Wall Street butcher from American Psycho. The book was better than the movie.
8. What’s worse than white collar serial killers? The foppish bloodsuckers from Interview With A Vampire. I guess that’s where it all started.
7. The giant spiders from Eight-Legged Freaks. Not scary in the good way.
6. The rattler from Rango had a sixgun for a tail. That’s cool and all, but the toddlers who saw that in the theaters must’ve soiled themselves.
5. No Face from Spirited Away. Misunderstood creature but creepy as hell.
4. Tahwaan from the Thai horror movie Sick Nurses. I won’t spoil the climax, but she was a breed apart from other vengeful Asian ghosts. Really wicked!
3. Lady Wakasa from the Japanese classic Ugetsu. Seduction from beyond the grave.
2. John Doe from Se7en. One ambitious human has more destructive power than any movie monster.
1. Carrie. To me, this was raw horror. Not that Friday the 13th stuff. Her humiliation and frustration led to the massacre at the prom. Everybody – the guilty and the innocent – paid for it. That poster gives me the creeps.
Enjoy your Halloween…
Duke Kahanamoku of the U.S. Swimming Team receiving the gold medal for the 100-meter freestyle at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.
The human skeleton in all its glory. With the names of the principal bones in Hawaiian and English. If you get these words tattooed on you, send me the link to those photos.
He mea iki. (Trans: You’re welcome.)
He lived through the most turbulent time in the modern history of the islands. Hawai’i had just suffered the coup d’etat of 1893, led by a group that wanted the independent nation under U.S. control. The seasoned cowboy was a family man who had been diagnosed as having contracted leprosy, a.k.a. Hansen’s disease. Using a public health law to suppress native resistance, the forces of the Provisional Government rounded up the numerous Hansen’s disease patients to be exiled for life on the isolated peninsula of Kalaupapa on the island of Moloka’i.
Fearing for his son – who had also contracted the disease – and learning of the plans for their arrest, Kalua-i-ko’olau escaped the custody of the Provisional Government in a gun battle that resulted in three dead soldiers. He fled with his son to the highlands of Kalalau Valley, vowing never to be taken alive.
The tale of Kalua-i-ko’olau was one of my favorite stories as a kid. It’s a story with a timeless message, worthy of sharing.