Halloween Survey #2: Monsters, from the Tame to the Terrible

Terror, like beauty, is in the eye of the Beholder.

People find different things to be scary. For some, it’s talking politics or paying bills. But, for aficionados of Halloween, it’s monsters.

There are many kinds of monsters, some with a basis in reality and some purely fictional. A monster’s effect also depends on how it is presented. The Terminator was a bad guy in one movie and a good guy in the next, with the same cast. Bela Lugosi’s Count Dracula is quite a bit different from vampires played by Leslie Nielsen, Robert Pattinson, Geena Davis, Al Lewis, and Eddie Murphy. Clover and the Xenomorph aren’t as friendly as the Iron Giant and E.T.

For me, I find the scariest monsters to be ones who do exist, or could exist, in real life. Clarence J. Boddicker, portrayed by Kurtwood Smith in Robocop, is the villain who left a lasting impression on me. For that matter, his portrayal of Red Forman on That ‘70s Show was also pretty scary. The movies Wolf Creek and Deliverance stressed me out long after I left the theater.

With that in mind, how scary do you feel Halloween monster are? The following survey is the second of three surveys I’m posting about Halloween. The first is about how you experience Halloween. The third is about costumes. Add your responses to this survey to compare your deepest fears about monsters with other readers.



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