1990 was a pretty amazing year, all things considered: The New Warriors launched in comics, The Flash was on TV, and best of all, Clive Barker’s ‘Nightbreed’ made its way into theatres.  Featuring a wide array of monstrous beings, including a man who resembled the Devil himself, a man with a heinous mullet and McDonald’s pitchman Mac Tonight, ‘Nightbreed’ was visually stunning, featuring some really disturbing creatures and terrifying makeup, made even more impressive by the fact that CGI still wasn’t a thing.  If the sight of David Cronenberg’s button-eyed skin-mask doesn’t chill blood, Faithful Spoilerites, I doubt you actually have any, leading us to today’s horrific query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) might also refer y’all to S2E6 of The Twilight Zone, 1960’s ‘The Eye Of The Beholder,’ asking: What movie or TV monster constitutes the most terrifying makeup in history for you?


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  1. John Carpenter’s The Thing terrified me as a kid, and I’d be lying if I said it still didn’t frighten me a little. The Exorcist make-up ranks a close second.

  2. Malone_hasco on

    I was pretty scared of Freddy as a kid. Probably the only one I remember actually being disturbed by.

  3. Does Chucky count? Because I still can’t watch or even look at screenshots of the original three Child’s Play movies without feeling VERY uneasy. I can watch Bride of Chucky and anything after just fine, but his appearance in the original three films still creep me out.

    But if we’re going solely by makeup and prosthetics, then I have to go with the Empress of the Racnoss from the Doctor Who story “The Runaway Bride” (Donna Noble’s first appearance). Most movie and TV monsters don’t phase me at all, but that one leaves me very unsettled (I assume due to my mild arachnophobia).

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