Have a Monstrous Christmas: Part One: A Sort of Tribute to the Grinch

grinch oneTypically on this blog, when I discuss monsters, I discuss them in the classic sense of the word.  I analyze those horrifying aberrations that upend our sense of consistency and comfort, that unsettle norms with their often hideous and hybrid bodies.  It is far less typical that I engage the reader in a discussion of a circa 1960’s childrens’ Christmas classic that’s become a staple component of the pre-holiday viewing canon.  Alas, I aim to surprise, so that’s exactly what we’re doing today.  I sat down tonight to watch the always fantastic original “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and was reminded of the so-famous-it’s-almost-a-cliché Milton quote: “The mind is its own place, and can make a hell of heaven, a heaven of hell.”  You see, for perception to be this malleable, I think the mind must pick out—and emphasize, or diminish—details of its choosing.  The details the mind focuses on may have some bearing on one’s perception of reality.  Similarly, the Grinch is a very different movie watching it as a child and as an adult.  Here, then, are some questions and problems my adult mind focuses on while watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” along with, perhaps, some shameless fangirling over this movie made for six-year-olds. Continue reading “Have a Monstrous Christmas: Part One: A Sort of Tribute to the Grinch”

Have a Monstrous Christmas: Part One: A Sort of Tribute to the Grinch

Does Krampus Cramp Horror’s Style?

krampusDoing a little research into the Krampus myth yields fascinating results.  Krampus, the mythical devil-goat-man who counters Santa, is possibly a myth that precedes Christianity.  According to a National Geographic article, Krampus was the son of the Norse goddess Hel, ruler of Helheim, the underworld.  Instead of appearing on the scene to reward good behavior, Krampus showed up with a flogging for bad behavior, and a one-way trip to his underground lair.  Of course this myth would be terrifying to children – part of the reason, experts think, that it fell out of favor in some countries.  But other European countries – like Germany and the Czech Republic – still celebrate the myth.  Krampusnacht – Krampus Night – is fast approaching on December 6th, the same day as St. Nick’s day.  So beware if you’ve been naughty this year.  A furry, horned beast might show up rap-rap-rapping on your door. Continue reading “Does Krampus Cramp Horror’s Style?”

Does Krampus Cramp Horror’s Style?