For us, the most terrifying monster of them all was the Medusa: a fearsome beast whose gaze can turn mortals to stone. Long before the studio brought up our childhoods - Star Wars, Marvel and the like - it was busy scarring them with a series of left-field and shadowy live-action and animated movies. Dragonslayer , which features some stunning animation work from Phil Tippet, is still one of the most startling.
Long before we got to see Alien , the Vermothrax Pejorative became the terrifying big-screen monster to beat - thanks in no small part to this grim scene. Topping the list in the Krull nightmare fuel rankings is the scene captured above, where the Emerald Seer John Welsh is replaced by a black-eyed, long-taloned Changeling. If you were a youngster not yet versed in the ways of rated horror films, the sight of a screaming, melting old man was heart-stopping stuff.
Another fantasy movie, another disturbing swamp scene. A thick streak of melancholy runs through The Neverending Story like a blue vein in cheese, with the movie taking place in world consumed by a deadly force called the Nothing. The most upsetting scene in the entire movie, however, is the one where hero Atreyu Noah Hathaway loses his horse, Artax, in the Swamp of Sadness.
We kids, on the other hand, were left wailing into our Transformers T-shirts. Yes, Artax is restored to his equine glory at the end of the movie, but by then, the emotional damage has already been wrought. In its original state, the film was considered to be so graphic and frightening that Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg famously tried to edit the film down himself.
Even in its final form, The Black Cauldron remains pretty strong for younger viewers; the Horned King is a formidable villain, and the creatures that emerge from his bubbling cauldron are truly scary. Instead, what you get when you sit down is something closer to Mad Max 2 - the land of Oz is broken down and full of danger, and there are horrifying, nightmare-inducing monsters everywhere you look. It's a bit like going to Toys R Us to look at the Sylvanian Families and discovering that the building's been turned into an abattoir.
This brings us onto the Wheelers - characters that, to be fair, were created by L Frank Baum himself in his original Oz books. As brought to the screen by director Walter Murch, however, the Wheelers are little short of terrifying: cackling, long-limbed, mask-wearing lunatics who hurtle around the shabbier areas of Oz like a cross between Richard O'Brien and a Ford Fiesta. As one commenter on YouTube helpfully points out, "They're actually harmless since they have no hands to grab hold of anything - like any quadruped predator, they can still bite.
A brief anecdote, if you don't mind: your humble writer saw The Last Unicorn on its cinema release in , and still hasn't quite recovered from the experience. An animated fantasy from Rankin-Bass Productions, it features a starry cast of voice actors, including Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow and Christopher Lee - plus too many startling and surreal images to accurately count. A mysterious creature mutant appears near the sub so Angel unexpectedly dives out to have a chat with it. It ends up helping the gang. During this mission, Max, Fang, and the others discover many other abilities, like breathing under water.
The Flock travels to Africa where they meet Dr. Hans Gunther-Hagen, a former Itex worker, and Dylan, another human-avian hybrid designed to be Max's "perfect other half". Dylan joins the Flock, although they are all wary of his motive. Max and Fang are kicked out of the group by Angel who has decided that they are too focused on their personal relationship than the evils they should be fighting.
Fang is taken by Dr. Hans and experimented on, he dies for a moment before Max revives him back to life. After getting back to their home, Fang decides to permanently leave the group and start his own Flock. They are all heart-broken. Max finds out about an organization known as the Doomsday Group is brainwashing people and makes an interest in going to stop this group. Meanwhile, Fang starts his own gang which includes Max's clone, now called Maya.
The two teams join forces in Paris, although they don't exactly get along, but they must stop the Doomsday group from killing themselves and hurting others. They devise a plan, but everything goes awry when Gazzy fails to disarm all the bombs under the gathering spot, and the bombs explode while Fang, Gazzy, and Angel are still in the blast radius. Fang and Gazzy make it out safely, but Angel is missing, leaving everyone heartbroken.
Angel's epilogue reveals that she is still alive, though her whereabouts remain a mystery. The story begins when Max and the remaining members of the flock have to go to an ordinary school. Though Max is unhappy about it, she just cannot say no to Dylan. Meanwhile, Fang's gang is caught up when they're attacked by two convoy trucks and some of them are seriously injured and Maya is killed. Fang leaves the rest of his "gang" and tells them to move on with their lives, and he goes back to Max with his original Flock.
Dylan at this time is under an influence to kill Fang in order to save Max, and the apocalypse is near. He is unable to kill Fang, and the Flock is led by Dr. Martinez to a paradise where they will be safe from the apocalypse and Angel is there to greet them. The apocolypse has taken the form as a virus and various natural disaster, and the Flock is trying to survive. This was supposed to be the last book in the series, but it was announced later that Maximum Ride Forever would be released in The ninth book in the Maximum Ride series was announced for release on January 19, , but later had its release date changed to May 4, , later revised to May 18, Like the previous book, it was advertised as the final book in the series.
This plot begins with the Flock splitting up in this post-apocalyptic world to find survivors after the decimation of most populations of people on the planet.
Many of their loved ones have died or gone missing. Through out the book they locate their loved ones and fight a new enemy called, Remedy, and his Horseman who have been going around the remaining population of Earth and killing mutants. In a final battle of good and evil, Max defeats Remedy and the Horseman, and all the survivors go into hiding.
For four years, the entire army lives in the underground settlement as they let the nuclear winter pass.
Once it's safe for them to leave, the mutants travel to Peru where they settle on Incan ruins. The series ends with Phoenix, Max and Fang's four-year-old child, starting her first flying lesson. Maximum "Max" Ride is the title character and the primary protagonist of the series. She grew in a lab. She is a year-old 15 in Fang , Angel , and Nevermore avian -human hybrid and the leader of the Flock.
She plays the part of a mother or "mamma bird" in this case.
She has peachy skin and eyes "the color of non-barfed chocolate", according to Angel. Max is 5'8" and weighs 97 pounds, as described in The Final Warning. Her wings are light tan, with brown spots, and cream and brown streaks. Max's powers are to fly up to mph, she is the strongest of the flock. She has great leadership abilities, is a master fighter, has a voice inside her head that tells her what to do most of the time, and she develops gills at the end of MAX.
Later, the Flock meets Dylan , who, according to Dr. Hans Gunther-Hagen, is Max's "perfect other half".
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Max teaches Dylan how to fly and fight. She also notices a slight jealousy from Fang. Max begins to feel an attraction for Dylan when Fang leaves.
Max is one of the two members of the Flock who found her parents; Iggy is the other. However, she is the only one to like her parents, as Iggy leaving his after only a week or so they wanted to put him in a freak sideshow. She is stunned when she learned that Jeb Batchelder a "whitecoat" who helped them escape from the school and then raised them and then suddenly left was her father. Valencia Martinez is her biological mother. Max trusts Dr.
Martinez completely, but remains wary of Jeb.