In the hands of the right filmmakers, literally anything can scare audiences. From the disembodied spirits of those long-dead to shape-shifting monstrosities, fear has taken many different forms on the big screen. This ever-expanding cornucopia of terrors has kept moviegoers up all night for nearly 100 years.
Some monsters, however, will always be more terrifying than an otherworldly entity or a perfectly-timed jump scare. Contrary to expectations, these monsters are not fanged or winged; they're seemingly normal human beings. These familiar characters, thanks to their familiarity and relatability, are not only scary, but at times too terrifying for viewers. Here's a look at how the simplest horror monsters can still be the most effective.
As a true introvert, Burton is able to present us all with accurate depictions of the introvert lifestyle. He himself has lived the life of an outcast, and he reflects those pieces of himself onto his many iconic characters. In 2010, he told Independent:
"If you've ever had that feeling of loneliness, of being an outsider, it never quite leaves you. You can be happy or successful or whatever, but that thing still stays within you."
His feelings of being an outsider have been represented in many iconic characters in his movies. Take Alice from Alice in Wonderland, take Sweeney Todd, take Edward Scissorhands. All of these characters are forced to live in environments where they are labeled as outsiders. Though they come off as "dark" and "weird," they are just representations of one person who just doesn't fit in.Read More →