Flyby Five: Scary Scenes from Non-Scary Movies

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Flyby Five, where we abandon all sense of seriousness and do silly lists about whatever pops into our heads. This segment will be posted every Wednesday we feel like posting it. This is not a serious list, nor is it a “Top 5” list. And there is every possible chance that some of these lists or the language in these lists may not be PG-13 friendly. You have been warned. -L&G

Five Scary Scenes from Non-Scary Movies

You’ve all been there. You’re watching a perfectly normal movie, no scariness in sight and then…bam! You’re creeped out by some weird, freaky thing the director decided to throw in for the sole reason of freaking you out, apparently. Below is a short list of scenes that freaked me out as a kid. And, quite honestly, some still do. Like the first one…

Superman 3 – Vera Gets Turned Into a Robot

What the hell, Superman?! Even Evil Superman wasn’t as scary as this abomination!


Annie – Annie’s Escape from Rooster

Ok, I might be alone in this one but this part always scared me. The trestle they’re climbing is insanely high and Tim Curry looks scary as hell as Rooster.

The Annie gif is courtesy of a combined effort of @JasonicProtosh who created it for me and Lilyn, who helped me get it to the post. Thank you!


The Beastmaster – The Bird…Shaker…Things

This might be cheating a bit because it is a fantasy and there are other freaky creatures in it. But…these things. They are freaking terrifying. I have no idea what their proper title is but I’m not getting close enough to find out.


Return to Oz – Electroshock Therapy

This is a great sequel and actually has quite a few creepy-ass creatures (and the creepiness isn’t confined to the bad characters) but the opening takes the cake. Those people looking forward to a light-hearted sequel to Wizard of Oz were treated to a frightening opening scene of Dorothy being installed in a sanitarium for some electroshock therapy. Good family fun!


My Little Pony – Flutter Ponies Drowning in Honey

I saw this episode on television (yes, I’m that old) when I was a teen and it really freaked me out. It might seem mild but the thought of slowly drowning in honey was the most horrifying thing I’d ever seen on My Little Pony. Well, until I went looking for this picture…there are some things you can’t unsee.


Are there any movie or cartoon scenes that freaked you out, reasonably or not? If you do let us know down below!

Flyby Five: 5 Times Toys Were Not Fun to Play With

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Toys are fun. They can be cute, cuddly and charming. Dolls, horses, action figures…you name it, there’s probably a toy version of it. Sometimes, though, movies love to turn cute and cuddly into evil and deadly. Or at minimum, tiny and terrifying. We’ve got a list here to make you think twice about that awesome Freddy Krueger action figure on your shelf.

 

Flyby Five, where we abandon all sense of seriousness and do silly lists about whatever pops into our heads. This segment will be posted every Wednesday we feel like posting it. This is not a serious list, nor is it a “Top 5” list. And there is every possible chance that some of these lists or the language in these lists may not be PG-13 friendly. You have been warned. -L&G


Chucky from Child’s Play

Voiced by Brad Dourif and (most likely) based on the My Buddy dolls of the eighties. In fact, it’s probably why they didn’t sell so well. Would you want one after seeing Child’s Play?

 


Annabelle from The Conjuring

The real Annabelle is not quite so fearsome looking as Movie Annabelle because, really, does this look like a portal for evil? Yeah. Porcelain dolls are much freakier. Pray you never have to spend the night at my mother-in-laws. The guest bedroom is also host to dolls and disembodied heads. It looks like the room of a porcelain serial killer.

 

 


Toy Soldiers from Battleground

Army men can be fun to play with and fun little toys (unless you step on one, ouch.). But these little guys have very real weapons that include rocket launchers, a helicopter and a Rambo-like commando. Oh, yeah, and a mini thermonuclear device. Moral of the story? If you’re a hitman paid to take out a toy inventor, just say no thanks.


Puppets from The Puppet Master series

The puppets from the Puppet Master series have a long history. They are also not technically evil as they tend to be on the side of good. For the most part. But they will use whatever means necessary to achieve the ends of their Master. With names like Blade, Leech Woman, Pinhead, Jester, Tunneler, Torch, Six-Shooter, Ninja, Decapitron and The Retro-Puppets these are puppets you do not want to mess with. I’ve always wished for a showdown between these toys and the Muppets.

 


Chattery Teeth from Quicksilver Highway

Based on the short story by Stephen King, these walking, snapping teeth are actually the good guys. But woe betide any mugger foolish enough to mess with the owner of this particular set of Chattery Teeth toy. It won’t end well. Trust me.

 

 


I hope you’ve enjoyed our list of not-so-fun toys and let us know in the comments if I’ve left any killer toys out. Or even just toys you find freaky, be it a horror movie or not.

Flyby Five: 5 Times the Movie Was Actually Better Than the Book

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There are quite a few movie lists with books that are better than the movies. But isn’t that a given, really? Most times the book is better. However, there are a few magical movies out there that are actually better than the books they’re based on. Unfortunately there probably aren’t enough movies to fill a list of ten so enjoy the Flyby Five list of movies that are actually better than the book.

Jaws

Jaws is certainly a horror classic for a reason. The same can’t really be said of the book, though. It has none of the dread, excitement or interest of the movie. The characters are so much better in the movie, as well. Almost everyone likable in the movie are complete buttheads in the book. In fact, in an interview once, Peter Benchley admitted that if he had known more about Great Whites he never would have written the book. Not because the book was bad but because of the fear it instilled in people of Great Whites.

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Vampire$/Vampires

Vampire$ by John Steakley is as far from the movie created from it as the moon. And it’s a good thing. For one thing, Vampires, the movie by John Carpenter, has James Woods at his weirdest finest and a great backstory and plot. Vampire$, the novel, is ok but much, much different. The plot lacks a tight cohesion and the Head Vampire is pretty lame. A good wedgie would probably take care of him.

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The Ring (Book) – Ringu – The Ring (American Remake)

Now, it might not be fair to slam the book too hard because it may just be translation issues. It has the cadence of something literally translated and not smoothed out for an English-speaking audience. However, even in terms of plot and structure the movies have it all over the book. Ringu is an excellent adaptation of the book and smooths out some of the awkward exposition. The Ring is one of the best American adaptations.

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The Time Machine 

I myself have never read The Time Machine but Lilyn has and if she says the movie is better then that’s good enough for me. For my part I love the movie. Guy Pearce puts a great deal of tragedy into the character of Andrew Hartdegen and Jeremy Irons is Uber-Creepy as the Uber-Morlock.

 

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Jurassic Park 

How could a book about creating dinosaurs be boring? I don’t know, I never made it past chapter three. I just could not get into it. So, once again, I will defer to my Fearless Leader Lilyn and take her word for it that the movie was better than the book. For those that do like the book I’m sure that reading about dinosaurs was great. But seeing them in larger than life CGI was glorious.

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Do you have any movies you favor over the books that inspired them? Drop us a comment down below!

Flyby Five: 5 Ugly Trucks to Haunt Your Highways

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Flyby Five is usually a Wednesday feature but we’re moving it to today in honour of Ugly Truck Day. Big rigs and trucks are woefully under-used in horror. There is something scary about them. Their size, their noise, the rumble as they go by. The sheer brute force of them. They’re not exactly ugly but their very power can make them seem that way. Maybe I have a special fondness for them. My dad was a truck driver, oil rigs at first and then cross-country so, to me, they are also a thing of beauty, in their own way.

Now that bit of nostalgia is out of the way let me introduce you to some books with some evil trucks and, sometimes, their drivers.

Flyby Five, where we abandon all sense of seriousness and do silly lists about whatever pops into our heads. This segment will be posted every Wednesday we feel like posting it. This is not a serious list, nor is it a “Top 5” list. And there is every possible chance that some of these lists or the language in these lists may not be PG-13 friendly. You have been warned. -L&G


Flyby Five: 5 Ugly Trucks to Terrorize Your Highways

 

18 Wheels of Horror: A Trailer Full of Trucking Terrors – Edited by Eric Miller

Psychotic killers, devious ghosts, alien monsters, howling storms, undead creatures, and other dark forces haunt the highways and the truckers who drive them in these 18 chilling tales! 
A ghostly voice on a trucker’s CB radio knows more about his life than it should… Two drivers find their cargo gives them inhuman appetites… A boy in a truck stop encounters a supernatural force that threatens to destroy the world… The hypnotic singing lulling a driver to sleep might not be coming from the tires… A fender-bender between a big rig and a four wheeler is not as accidental as it seems… The sinister cargo lurking in a rock and roll band’s fleet of trucks is unleashed at their final show… 
Hit the road with this anthology of trucking horror fiction!   – Goodreads

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The Black Mariah – Jay Bonansinga

Lucas Hyde and Sophie Cohen, a tough trucking pair, are driving through the Tennessee night in their rig when they hear an eerie voice on the CB radio wailing for help. A curse as old as evil itself is leaving a trail of corpses. It has found its next victims and will strike with hellish fury if Lucas and Sophie ever stop moving.  – Goodreads

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Lot Lizards – Ray Garton

A “lot lizard” is a female hooker who works a highway truck stop as her territory. When trucker Bill Ketter looks for a little relaxation and release, he discovers, too late, that he has bitten off more than he can chew. In fact, his lot lizard is the one that does the biting–she is a vampire, one of number who move from one truck stop to the next under the watchful and vicious eyes of the repulsive Carsey Brothers. Against his will, Bill becomes one of the undead. He follows the brothers and their cargo to another stop where he meets his ex-wife and children and Bill finds himself battling the vampires and their age-old leader for the life of his teenaged son. Garton has created another small masterpiece, contemporary adult horror at its most gruesome and loaded with extras doses of sex and gore. The confined setting creates a perfect claustrophobic stage for the story and the hellaciously quick pace never lets the action slow down. – Goodreads

(I have to pause for an annoying biographical moment. We used to have a sticker on the truck that looked something like this: . Also, Security at one of the Pilot truck stops thought I was one. He stopped me, asked if I was a driver and when I said no, asked what truck I was with. I pointed it out and he watched until I climbed into the cab. Could have been the purple hair and dog collar that caught his eye.)

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Road Rage – 2 Novellas: Duel by Richard Matheson and Throttle by Stephen King and Joe Hill

Road Rage unites Richard Matheson’s classic “Duel” and the contemporary work it inspired–two power-packed short stories by three of the genre’s most acclaimed authors. “Duel,” an unforgettable tale about a driver menaced by a semi truck, was the source for Stephen Spielberg’s acclaimed first film of the same name. “Throttle,” by Stephen King and Joe Hill, is a duel of a different kind, pitting a faceless trucker against a tribe of motorcycle outlaws, in the simmering Nevada desert. Their battle is fought out on twenty miles of the most lonely road in the country, a place where the only thing worse than not knowing what you’re up against, is slowing down . . . – Goodreads

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Trucks – Stephen King

The short story by Stephen King that was the basis for the movie ‘Maximum Overdrive’. 

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Take a day to appreciate the beauty of an ugly truck around you! I plan on giving our truck a bath. That is, if it doesn’t fall apart. It’s not nicknamed Tetanus for nothing!

 

 

 

Flyby Five: 5 Excellent Evil Vehicles

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This week we wanted to do some awesomely evil cars that get our motors running. Get in, buckle up and hang on for the ride!

Flyby Five, where we abandon all sense of seriousness and do silly lists about whatever pops into our heads. This segment will be posted every Wednesday we feel like posting it. This is not a serious list, nor is it a “Top 5” list. And there is every possible chance that some of these lists or the language in these lists may not be PG-13 friendly. You have been warned. -L&G

 

5 Vehicles That Are Excellently Evil

1. Christine: The bad-to-the-bone jealous mistress with a red Fury-ious temper needs no introduction. Plus, how cool would it be to have a car that fixes itself? Of course, you might want to be a little careful about taking your date to the drive-in…

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2. The Demonic Car from The Car – Even though it appears to be a cheesy movie it’s surprisingly good. But, of course, the real star of the show is the Demonic Car. Low, black and terrifying. Very cool.

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3. The Truck from Nightmares (Segment: The Benediction) – I have to say the segment with The Truck is literally the only reason I even keep the movie. Starring Lance Henriksen and with an awesomely demonic truck it is by far the best segment in the anthology. In fact the only issue with it is the motivations of the truck itself.

Spoiler!

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4. B-Eating-U from Jeepers Creepers – One of the only vehicles on the list that is not autonomous and needs a driver. However, The Creeper’s choice of vehicle almost doesn’t need The Creeper to be terrifying. It’s a shame it doesn’t get another appearance in the sequel and I for one was disappointed in it’s absence.

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5. Green Goblin Truck from Maximum Overdrive – Who better than to wrap up this list than The Green Goblin? He certainly puts a face on the terrifying trucks of Maximum Overdrive. While he is the coolest looking of the two that freaked me out the most were the little machine gun bastard and the truck with the air-starter.

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I’m sure there are quite a few more so if there’s an evil vehicle that didn’t get it’s due credit feel free to let me know down below in the comments!

 

Flyby Five: 5 Very Attractive Devils

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Here at Sci-Fi and Scary we like to give everyone an even deal. Even the Devil. Over the years the Devil has been played many times on-screen but sometimes more…elegantly than others. So here is our list of five times the Devil was awesome on-screen.

Welcome to Flyby Five, where we abandon all sense of seriousness and do silly lists about whatever pops into our heads. This segment will be posted every Wednesday we feel like posting it. This is not a serious list, nor is it a “Top 5” list. And there is every possible chance that some of these lists or the language in these lists may not be PG-13 friendly. You have been warned. -L&G

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1.  The Man – Gabriel Byrne from The End of Days: Gabriel Byrne is pretty smoking in all of his movies but he’s sexily sinister as The Man looking for his bride.

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2. Miss Devlin – Julie Newmar from the Twilight Zone episode Of Late I Think of Cliffordville: She was gorgeous as Catwoman but in Twilight Zone she plays a sultry Miss Devlin with a coy evilness.

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3. Lucifer – Viggo Mortenson from The Prophecy: He was yummy as Aragorn but even nummier as Lucifer in The Prophecy. When he asks Detective Thomas Dagget (Elias Koteas, who doesn’t look too bad either) to come home with him I want to jump up and down saying, “Pick me, pick me!”

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4. The Devil – Ray Wise from Reaper: His attractiveness may be debatable among people (since he’s on this list you can probably guess my opinion) but you cannot deny his charisma. And scariness.

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5. The Devil – Elizabeth Hurley from Bedazzled: I’m sure she made many a heart (or other organs) go thumpity thump with the scanty clothing she dressed up in as The Devil. And, according to the commentary, most of them were from her own closet.

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Have any particular demons you’d like to exorcise? Let me know down below (no, not that far down below. I’m not heading there. Yet.)