Friday, August 8, 2008

Tellin' You About The SpOoOoOkiness of Telepathy

Some great (and not-so-great) horror movies have been created and based around the premise of the main character having the power of mind control, telekinesis, or telepathy.

Telepathy is a form of communication/control through using only the mind, as opposed to the normal five senses.
Telekinesis is the ability to use the mind to control the movement of objects, opposing the laws of Physics.

Because mind control is so fascinating, comic book characters are written to have it, the Jedi used it in Star Wars, and many horror movies utilize it for their main characters/villains. Alot of the time, the poor characters that have these mental capabilities are left to feel like circus freaks or completely alone and isolated in a world of trouble.

here's a few...

Released in 1981 by Director David Cronenberg, the movie is about a small population of people, called Scanners, who live among normal people but have telepathic and telekinetic capabilities. Scanners is perhaps most infamous for this scene:

which is an effect of having your mind controlled by a Scanner. That's pretty scary stuff.


This movie is based off of the first published novel by Stephen King. It's about teenage girl who is bullied and harassed because of her social awkwardness and religious fanatic mother. She discovers her ability to use her mind to control things. She ends up going crazy at her prom after being tormented further by her peers and having pig's blood poured over her.

The Shining

"Here's Johnny!" Possibly one of the most terrifying movies of all time (without much gore), Stephen King's novel (again) is put to film this time by Stanley Kubrick (who's movies are pretty freakin' strange) in 1980. The movie is about Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson) who is a writer and is struggling to make a living for his family (wife and son). He agrees to take on a winter caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel for the entire winter in isolation. During this time, Torrence begins to delve deep into insanity (partially due to the isolation, and the fact that the hotel is haunted by many, including the former caretaker's family, who was murdered). The son (Danny Torrence) has psychic abilities that are referred to as "shining" which enable him to send out a warning to the head chef, who also has this "shining" capability.

Friday the 13th part VII: The New Blood

Well, Jason and co. never disappoints. He's been at camp, he's been in Hell, he's been in space, he's been on a cruise ship. In this movie, "Part VII: The New Blood", he now has to deal with a telepathic girl and her dead father who's at the bottom of the lake. Never to be outdone, I always say! Ok so Tina Shepard is the main character, who is harboring alot of guilt because years ago, she killed her abusive, alcoholic father by using her telekinetic powers and throwing her dad to the bottom of, you guessed it, Crystal Lake. Her mother decides to take her to a psychiatrist to try to help her control her mind powers (the psychiatrist is played by none other than the man, the myth, the legend: Terry Kiser...a la Weekend at Bernie's I and II):

So anyway, while all of this is going on, J.V. is running rampant as usual, killing promiscuous teens left and right. Tina is forced to use her powers to fight Jason, who I imagine is very confused at this point, and the movie ends with her father coming to life out of the lake and taking Jason back under with him.

can you think of any other good ones?

If not, Test out your telepathy and mind control! Then maybe you can mentally send it over to me!


Jim said...

I clicked on the link to the Overlook Hotel on Wikipedia, which led me to the Shining entry, which led me to the Stephen King entry, then I looked at the clock and a half hour had passed.

"Did your dead father just come out of a lake and kill me? -Jason"

Monster Bash Blog said...

hahah, right jim...he was so confused. Jason's just used to killing campers in crystal lake...dealing with the dead/undead and telepathic people? that's just too much for him. Little did poor Jason know, he'd soon be in hell/on a cruise in Manhattan/in outer space on the back of a man