Scary Stuff, Pt.2Posted: December 9, 2008
A series of posts remembering the things that scared the %&#%@ out of me as a kid. In the words of Homer Simpson, “This thing writes itself!”
What: G’mork. The Servant of the Nothing. Probably the most obscure of this series. Note: with NSFD pics.
Media: 1984 movie, The NeverEnding Story.
Point: To give faceless evil a face.
Method: The ultimate kamikaze. What’s scarier than nothing? A being dedicated to nothingness- its mission is only fulfilled by its own annihilation. Yikes!
Ramifications: I became a sissified Atreyu in my dreams- doomed to useless weaponry and running away. Though it became a useful technique in later ‘mares, I think these were the origins of my “running” dreams.
Nightmare Factor: 9/10 Attached to a large and luxuriously appointed mansion there is a tower- a series of similar rooms stacked one on top of the next. Warm and inviting- though spare as far as furniture goes. A rich stairway connects these floors and does a switch-back at each flight. The walls of this stairwell are quarter sawn oak panels, framing beautiful pieces of art. The bannisters are also warm oak and the tops of the handrails are covered with velvet. I am running down these stairs at top speed, taking a half-flight at each step and using the velveted handrail to spin me around the switchback. G’Mork, of course, is right behind me the whole way. These were the first dreams where i wasn’t able to wake up when i wanted to and just had to keep running. Why did i even go in the tower to begin with?
Therapeutic Recovery: Watching it years later cured me when i saw that low-budget animitronics could never catch me. But those eyes…!
Related: Another villian, Darth Vader, often showed up in my dreams. He was, however, typically in the automotive department at KMart next to the promotional motor oil display and was easily defeated and/or distracted whilst i ran away. Where is your blue light special now!?