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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

"Aiy-yai-yai-yai-yai!"

If you're my age or older, the 70's were not just some nostalgic decade to be played for laughs on TV by Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace, but an actual time to live through. And if you managed it, you did so without a cellphone and a plethora of streaming networks. If you wanted to watch something, you could go to a movie theater, or turn on your TV. And if you were young.......you did both a lot!

Being a creepy kid (not an exaggeration, my Kindergarten teacher actually spoke with my parents over my apparent obsession with monsters and such) I was quite familiar with shows like: The Addams Family, The Munsters, Dark Shadows, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Night Gallery, Alfred Hitchcock Presents..., One Step Beyond, and movie showcases like Chiller Theater and Creature Features. You even knew when the "4:30 Movie" was going to run a weeklong feature of giant monsters, or creepy stuff after school.

If you were into scary shit as a kid, you HAVE to have this short claymation intro, featuring its characteristic six-fingered hand and ominous....."Chilllllll-lllllerrrrrrrrrr" voiceover, etched into your sick little brain! 

And if you were a little more obsessive, you might have even managed to discover Zacherle hidden away on some channel somewhere.

John Zacherle: "Goodnight, whatever you are!"

If any of this sounds like you, you probably remember a day back in 1975, (or perhaps later as a re-run, because it certainly was shown more than once) when a little made-for-TV anthology, featuring stories penned by Richard Matheson, (who wrote extensively for Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and Night Gallery,) and featuring Karen Black playing different roles in three separate tales, made its debut. It was called, "Trilogy of Terror". (LINK) And odds are, if you remember it, you probably remember one particular story best. The last one. The one with the little warrior doll. 

Now, in the movie there is a glaring error. The doll is referred to as a Zuni Warrior Fetish Doll...........and not fetish in the way which would suggest he went around spanking people.........from................wait for it........Africa. Well, there IS a Zuni tribe. And there IS even an Africa. BUT, never has that twain met. The Zuni people were a tribe of Pueblan Native Americans.  So..............let's ignore that and just say that this evil little fucker is from  some other tribe in Africa.

Anyway, let's get to where this is going. Recently this movie has been featured on Amazon Prime, and for some nostalgic shits & giggles I watched it with Rosa, who also remembered the movie from a much later showing, since she wasn't even BORN in 1975. LOL.  Afterwards, I thought how cool it would be to have a replica of that doll on my Halloween table and figured that SOMEONE must have produced such a thing. And.....one quick internet search later......I found them. 

And here he is.....In all his bandana-clad glory. 

One thing that follows me like a curse, is the almost freakish consistency with which whatever quirky thing that becomes a kind of desire for me, is either unattainable............or comes with a price tag that exceeds my budget. Happens ALL the time. (Try getting a bottle of Suze now.) Anyway, yes, you can get little Mr. Pseudo-Zuni here from various sources............as long as you're willing to drop somewhere between $300 to $450 or so to have him. I was not. BUT that didn't mean I no longer wanted him.

So.................................scrounging through my old action-figure fodder, and dragging out my leftover Sculpey clay and Miliput...........I just made my own:

He's perhaps not 100% alike, but to be honest, neither is the commercial one 100% to the movie prop. But, it's close enough for my tastes. But......."oh, shit! His charm fell off!!!! Honey! Hide the knives and preheat the oven....quickly!"

The good news is I spent around $3 to make him, having had everything I needed besides the hair (which was the hardest part of the whole project, BTW) and the base he's on. The final irony is that I had kind of promised myself that I wasn't going to make anything new for Halloween this year. And.....not only did I make this guy, but also a piggy-doll I will feature in a later post. 












10 comments:

  1. It's brilliant. You're terribly creative and artistic! Just thought you should know that I think that!

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    1. Why thank you, my dear! So kind!

      (You're not bad yourself. ;-) )

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  2. That is very cool!
    I was a huge Dark Shadows fan. David Selby was my first celebrity crush (finally got to meet him, many years later). And One Step Beyond was underrated.

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    1. Thank you.

      Dark Shadows definitely morphed into a "female thing" after a while.....or maybe it always was? I know I gave it a good run with Barnabas and Quentin, but after a while I kind of lost interest. (I even had the sheet music for "Quentin's Theme" which I could play [badly] on piano.) But to this day, I know WAY more women who were into it back then than guys.

      So true about One Step Beyond. (Hell, how many people even remember it?)

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    2. I think you and I are among a minority. I don't get it; the show actually started before Twilight Zone, it had a similar premise, boasted the big stars, had a somber host, wonderfully creepy music... why is one so ubiquitous and the other forgotten?

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    3. Hmmm, a minority. How odd for me. LOL

      I'm not sure why one gets all the attention and the other faded away, but that phenomenon is pretty consistent in life with everything, until the more obscure thing is rediscovered.

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  3. Roald Dahl's, Tales Of The Unexpected, was my go-to mind twister of youth. But that was a little later, mostly in the early 1980s

    Prefectdt

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    1. Yes I remember that, but I didn't watch it regularly. I believe I was already out college by then though....maybe still in Grad School?

      Later shows that appealed were naturally Tales From the Crypt, Kolschak, and an obscure show Friday the 13th the series which was about haunted antiques and their particular curse or story. And though more sci-fi than horror, X-Files was a classic. I'm probably forgetting some.

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  4. I LOVED "Trilogy of Terror!"

    I also love the Warrior doll you made

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    1. Thanks. Yeah, the other two stories weren't bad, but the doll one is the one people tend to remember. Aiy-yai-yai-yai-yai!

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