Walt Disney might be best known for his big-eyed baby deers and swooning princesses, but he also summoned one of the most pant wettingly terrifying entities to ever make it into a children's movie.
The gargantuan demon with a thirst for fire, brimstone and destruction that appeared in Fantasia's 'Night on Bald Mountain' caused me plenty of sleepless nights, and now he is coming back to haunt the next generation in live action form.
Disney Studios have announced that this nightmarish Fantasia sequence will be treated to it's own feature length live-action movie, but details of the storyline are non existent at the moment.
If you need reminding of the original source material, I've broken down the pitch black Disney offering for you below so you have an idea of what to expect:
Winged Terror in the Inky Darkness
So, this dude is a demon named 'Chernabog' (I don't think that one will be leaping into the top baby names list any time soon) who gets his kicks from summoning spirits and destroying everything in sight.
Creeps from the Crypt
The spirits are sucked out of their final resting place whether they like it or not.
Beauties into Beasts
Just when you thought you were getting a good thing in the form of sexy fire dancers, they turn into grotesque farm animals. Sorry, that's just Chernabog's style.
A Face Only a Mother Could Love
If I looked like that when I smiled, I'd probably want to burn the world with fire, too.
Check out a slightly trimmed version of the full sequence below to add a tad more terror to your day. Trust me, the chilling classical music by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky totally makes it:
The script for the inevitably creepy tale is all set to be written and produced by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who have previously worked together on Dracula Untold and the upcoming Gods of Egypt.
As a lover of the macabre, I really hope they manage to capture the spine-chilling creepiness of this sequence that still has what it takes to give children goosebumps 75 years after its release. Go on Disney, give us something deliciously dark.
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)