Now I'm sure some of you will say I'm crazy for not putting the
original Poltergeist on this list. While that's a great movie for
sure, with scenes such as the pool filled with corpses and the clown
in the kid's room, there's one scene from Poltergeist II which
beats anything from the first movie if you ask me.
The main attraction of
Poltergeist II: The Other Side was the insanely creepy old man
named Kane (Julian Beck) who was stalking the Freeling family this
time. The guy literally looked like a skeleton. His giant teeth and
bony face always creeped the hell out of me, which is why I think he's
easily one of the best horror characters ever. "Are you lost,
sweetheart? Are you 'fraid, honey? Well then, why don't you come with
me?" Hearing him say lines like that were eerie enough, but then
he'd sing that damned "God is in His Holy Temple! Earthly thoughts
be silent now!" song, and it would be stuck in my head all day
long. Sadly, Julian Beck died while filming Poltergeist II - another
victim of the infamous "Poltergeist curse" perhaps?
Well anyway, the
problems that Kane has been causing for the Freeling family have drove
papa Freeling to hit the bottle. And he's hitting the bottle hard.
He's so drunk that he drinks an entire bottle of tequila, and even
chugs down the worm inside it!
Drinking Rule #1:
never swallow the tequila worm. Here's why...
After becoming possessed
and scaring the crap out of his family, Steve Freeling finally yacks
up the problem. But it's no small tequila worm by that point, this
thing has grown into a massive, nasty, blobby mess of goo. Seeing
Steve puke it up is one of the most simultaneously nauseating and
awesome horror movies scenes ever. And then it gets even better...
The tequila worm thing
that was puked up, crawls under the bed and starts to squirm around
some more and mutate. Then it finally crawls out from under the bed
and look who it is! Yep, it's good ol' Kane! Actually, he looks less
scary as a worm than he does in real life. By the way, all of the
wicked worm effects were a creation of H.R. Giger. So now you can
impress all of your art 'n film school friends and say "Screw those
'Alien' movies, Giger's best work was in Poltergeist II man!" since
Giger is the only modern artist that any of you uncultured fuckwads
have probably ever heard of.
If you have a friend
who's having trouble with alcohol abuse, forget about rehab, just show
them Poltergeist II and they won't wanna go near a bottle ever again.
Hell, I don't drink, and I'm sure that it's somehow related to this
scene. As an amusing side note, the guy who played the creature in the
movie is even listed as "Vomit Creature" in the credits. If
that's not something that he'll be able to brag about to his friends
until the day he dies, I don't know what is.
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