Recently, one of the movie channels I subscribe to has had ‘Christine’, one of the most terrifying things to come out of the 1980s, in regular rotation and I always have to stop and watch.  The idea of a murderous machine is a terrifying staple of science fiction and fantasy, but adding in the mobility of a car and the psychological tendency of humans to attribute personalities to cars makes for a truly terrifying story.  (You even feel bad for poor Moochie, who thought he had it all figured out.)  King’s work has always hit a particularly tender spot for me when it comes to the scary, and his most menacing monster antagonists strike a chord of terror somewhere in my being, which leads into today’s blood-chilling query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has never had as much fear of a vampire or a zombie as for the child actor who played Gage in ‘Pet Sematary‘, asking: What’s the most menacing monster of all to YOU?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. When I was in High School, Freddy Kruger was my personal terror. It didn’t help that I had the Nightmare on Elm Street 2 poster on my door. Fred on a white background with the glove displayed, on a moonlight night was not something to wake up to. Multiple nights I took it down.

  2. Maybe not so much the execution, but the concept of the “It” from It Follows. Just something making a steady, unstoppable beeline for you.

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