In advance of our upcoming body horror lecture, The Black Museum would like to share our top five cinematic bodily transformations. Hold on to your noses! Things are about to get messy.
This adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft short story of the same name added a few grotesque touches that weren’t exactly in the source material. For example, when the evil Dr. Pretorious gets his pineal gland too hot and bothered, he turns into a gibbering, melting (but ever-lecherous) mass of pink goo.
Our fourth pick is from a movie we screened last summer: Tom Holland’s ‘80s schlocktail comedy FRIGHT NIGHT. It’s a vampire movie, and the vampire transformations are pretty sweet, but our preferred permutation is when Evil Ed turns from a wolf back into a dork while he (spoiler alert) dies.
Another canine conversion, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON featured incredible special effects by Rick Baker and won an Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup.
Apart from being a terrifying film, David Cronenberg’s 1986 remake of THE FLY also had a beautiful love story between then-real couple Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. Their onscreen chemistry was so palpable it made Seth Brundle’s horrific transformation into Brundlefly that much more heartbreaking.
Warning: the clip is the entire end of the film! But you’ve seen it before, right? Of course you have.
This John Carpenter classic features numerous incredible transformations, but our personal favorite moment of THE THING is when Norris’s severed upside-down head sprouts spindly crab-legs and scuttles across the floor. Nightmare fuel, unleaded.
For more bodily (dys)functions, join us September 24th for Bodies Without Borders!