Yesterday, I posted about a couple of popular media things that had I found unnerving or unsettling. (And I'm not just talking about the fact that Fear Factor
is still on).
I surfing around the Net, I saw an animated icon on Aint-It-Cool-News
that sparked a memory. The icon is of Harry Knowles holding up a boombox over his head, simliar to the iconic moment in Say Anything. Something comes out of the boombox, piles up around Harry's body and eats everything but his head, which falls to the ground and bounces around.
Seeing that reminded me of this short film I saw back on HBO years ago. My family lived in Mississippi at the time. We had HBO and I think I'd got up early and just finished watching the upmeenth showing of The Private Eyes
starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts (I loved this movie back in the day). To fill time, HBO showed a short feature after the movie. The feature was about this lone guy who is chased around his apartment by tape from his reel to reel tape recorder. I recall the tape made some kind of weird electronic slithering sound and somehow he found out that anything that touched the tape was consumed by it. The guy ran, eluding the tape until the final moments when the tape caught up to him, wrapped itself all around him and ate him. It then crawled back to the reel to reel, wound itself back onto the reel and then, I think it burped.
Needless to say, to my young mind, this was scary as all get out. I remember being really happy we didn't have a reel to reel machine in the house, though I was a bit leery of the cassette player for a few weeks after this aired.
I have no idea what the name of this short feature was called and I've never seen it since. But it definitely made an impression on my young mind.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 6/07/2006 09:51:00 AM