Bleh with Barry

Random with a cynical twist of lime.

Fear 100 of 101: The Flying Monkeys from The Wizard of Oz

with 5 comments

For number 100,  I think that it’s important to look at a small piece of film history The Wizard of Oz. An enjoyable movie from all the music and the corny effects, however, it’s got more than a few frightening moments. From the witches guards to the idea that someone could live their entire life without taking a bath of any sort (I want to say that she probably smelled like BO and perfume…because  a witch wants to smell decent to even if she did have a glandular problem that prevented her from being in water…but anyway). Yet, one of the more frightening things is the flying monkeys. But what is it that makes them so frightening?


*The fact that they look demonic–Let’s face it there is nothing that screams “simians from the devil” like wings. Moreover, they attack Dorothy and the others with just one command from the Wicked Witch…

*Flying feces–A monkey likes to play with their poo. You’ve seen it at the zoo and on TV…but what could be worse than  flying animals that fling poop and might urinate on you.

*Genetic mutation–The crossing of species (namely the bird and the monkey) is a little unsettling simply because it did not create the cutesy animals that people want from the cross-speciation. Moreover, how did they just get the wings?

Moreover, this is why they continue to haunt the dreams of those who’ve seen the movie…and they’re definitely very creepy…

Written by uncannynerdyguy

February 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm

5 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. I gotta give it to you, Barry, they are terrifying. I’m not the biggest fan of music in old movies, but the wicked witch’s theme with these guys around is chilling.

    And poo from the air? *shudder*

    B.J Keeton

    February 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    • I know right…I was terrified of them as a child…Now, I know that there are logical fears for being afraid of them. So, yeah…


      February 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Barry Rich, Barry Rich. Barry Rich said: Fear 100 of 101: The Flying Monkeys from The Wizard of Oz […]

  3. They are really, really scary!! When I saw Wicked and had good seats, Chistery flew over my head and I thought I was gonna have to leave. No joke.


    February 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: