Friday, October 22, 2010

31 favorite monsters: Delia's Art

So I initially set out to count down my top favorite monsters like Penanggalan is doing, but if I stuck with that idea, I'd spend the rest of the month repeating monsters I've already written about on my main site. To keep things fresh and interesting, I'll be blogging more about monsters that are favorites of mine, rather than the favorites, and just devote the final three entries to my all-time definite top three.

With that in mind, here's what may be the very weirdest entry of the month; something that may very well not count as a monster at all, but if I don't blog about it here, I may never find the right context to do so. Yes, it's Delia's Artwork from the movie Beetlejuice:

Shame on you if you've never seen this movie, but either way I'll cut to the chase: Delia Deetz is an unpopular yet insufferably smarmy artist with highly eccentric tastes, including some incredibly weird (awesome) abstract sculptures. Towards the end of the film, two of her sculptures are animated by the ghostly powers of Beetlejuice himself. It's only a few seconds worth of stop-motion animation, and I suppose they're only "monsters" if you consider a possessed object a monster for however long it's possessed, but that's good enough for me.

The bulbous, brain-like sculpture can't seem to lift its cubical base, dragging itself with its tentacular appendages. In motion, it seems like an intentional homage to the crawling brains from Fiend Without a Face, one of the monsters that would have been on my top list.

The other sculpture, my favorite of the two, just flips itself around to become a crazy block-headed crawling worm.

As minor as their roles were, I loved these things the moment I saw them, and always thought it would be awesome if you could buy little bendy toys or plushes of them. Why the hell not? Am I the only one who finds them so fascinating? You can see their 15 (more or less) seconds of fame in this clip, though it does contain spoilers if you've never experienced the film (again, shame on you)


Blogger Lee said...

God I love that scene! The jerkiness just makes the sculptures look creepier.

There's a sculpture in front of our local art museum that looks like it was made by Delia Deetz.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous outhouseinferno said...

Well, you could probably make your own awful renditions out of clay. They'd be posable as well!

4:59 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

me too! i loved these guys so much!!!

8:24 PM  

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