Interview with Neville Page – Monster Designer
The interview discusses how monsters have to seem like they could exists as what makes a monster truly scary is the thought that it could be lurking in the shadows of the world. The article also says that monsters have to have reasons for their actions. E.g; The cloverfield monster was a scared infant panicking in the city, which also links to the point of how monsters could just be understood as the monster in cloverfield didn’t understand what it was doing and simply wanted to get home.
“That big, gnashing Cloverfield creature was a baby, as opposed to a big, mature animal, and it was frightened, like a scared, penned elephant, and it was looking for its mother, and screaming out for her the whole time. It wasn’t rage, it was just frustration and fear.” – Neville Page
The article doesn’t discuss anything that makes a monster bad, e.g. poorly written origins, mediocre design. The article also fails to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of practical or digital effects.
Article on what makes monsters scary
The article explains the reasons people fear monsters due to their ambiguity. The writer also lists common phobias that monsters can draw from, E.G: the fear of flying, inablitiy to escape etc etc.
The writer doesn’t explain the pitfalls that monster designs can fall into.
“Imagine being the first to pick up that horrible, red-brown spider-thing with terrifying claws and twitching antennae and saying, “Yum!” To me, a lobster is a giant bug with claws—I’d have run screaming from a lobster. But now we know what a lobster is and what it tastes like and that it isn’t really dangerous. The only thing scary about it is the unknowable mystery of its “market price.””
Guide to making a scary movie monster
This article lists and explains good and bad things about various movie monsters such as, monsters that are allergic to water aren’t scary,
- Explains what makes monsters scary
- Lists 5 down points that monsters often fall in
- Only lists 9 pieces of advice
- Only 4 of which are positive things.
“Equally worthy of note is the terrifying Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth, a hairless monstrosity that, while not strictly speaking eyeless, was made all the more unnerving by the fact that its eyes were located on the palms of its hands. Once seen, it’s a creature that’s hard to cleanse from your mind.”