I occasionally remember snippets of films I saw when I was a kid, and proceed to try and track them down. Sometimes they turn out to be stinkers, sometimes they turn out to be films I can still enjoy (Nausicaa in particular. The Dot films, mostly, too. Visionaries was also fun to revisit. Happily Ever After, on the other hand…).
I saw a lot of horror films, and there’s a couple of scenes that are so vivid in my mind that I wonder whether anyone would know what these films are. I keep searching, but eventually I got tired, and I thought “wouldn’t it be better just to ask someone?”.
BTW, this is not related to IF in any way shape or form. I hope that’s ok.
Ok, then, one of the films was one of those “china doll horror” movies. I think it was number 2 in a series. I distinctly remember a number of china dolls, at least one was man-sized. I remember that the main antagonist (whom I remember as being a doll himself), near the climax of the film, slit his wrist (or maybe his throat) and let his lifeblood drop into the open mouth of a life-sized porcelain mannequin that I think was shaped like a skeleton, who then came to life (or rather, the main antagonist transferred himself through his blood).
Another film I distinctly remember was one where there was some sort of monster going around that, I most vividly recall, at least in one occasion tore someone’s arm out of their socket, which is quite unusual if you think about it, even for horror films. I think this one was black and white. The film ended at a hospital, and I think there was something about a birth, maybe the monster giving birth, or a woman giving birth to the monster.
Yeah, I saw these films as a kid.
There’s another film which I remember as being quite run-of-the-mill and with a silly premise: the monster needed other people’s heads to survive, or what have you. He/she routinely killed people, wore their heads and assumed their place (without any regard for gender or body build, as far as I can remember). I remember this one because it’s the first time I saw animal cruelty of any kind suggested in a live-action film - at one point he kills a dog and puts its head on.
Also, just before making this post, I found out that other films I enjoyed as a kid were the Josefina The Whale cartoons (Spanish), Pampalini The Hunter (Polish!) and Pound Puppies: The Legend Of Big Paw.
It strikes me that I’ve had a decidedly unusual viewing taste in my formative years. Wonder whether that’s affected me. That can’t be where my taste for human flesh comes from…
EDIT - Oh, and this one has been driving me nuts! It’s a cartoon with sort of ghost-hunting kids, like Scooby Doo, except that it’s all for real. I distinctly remember the antagonist, a vampire, playing an organ (Tocatta and Fugue in D minor, Bach) with his back to the camera. There were paintings that the protagonists could “fall into”. There was some sort of flying vessel, I think. The bad guy was defeated by a contrivance of many small round mirrors, that I think reflected sunlight. This one is INFURIATING because I’ve got lots of little clear images in my mind, but nothing that I can use to google for!