Monday, November 17, 2008

3. Tiny Things With Weapons

Offending Parties: Trilogy of Terror, Cat's Eye, Ghoulies, Critters, Troll, Dolls, Child's Play, Puppet Master, Leprechaun, Tales From the Hood, Nightmares and Dreamscapes: "Battleground"

Who in their right mind would be afraid of something they could drop-kick to death? Ever since a spear-brandishing Zuni fetish tormented Karen Black in 1975, dolls and goblins have been the pint-sized mascots of horror. Gremlins was the only film that ever did it right, largely because it addressed the absurdity of being terrorized by something smaller than a Tonka truck while maintaining a pervading sense of menace. I suppose there's something mildly frightening about an attacker that could hide inside your mini-fridge, but...actually, screw it. No, there's not.

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