Monday, March 7, 2011

Found Items: Mattel and Barbie Go All Henry VIII

by Megan S.

I was minding my own business at Target today when I saw the most terrifying movie I'd ever seen when I was a child* come to life in the Barbie aisle.
We want you to pop off our heads and switch them with the lovely craniums of other defenseless plastic dollies.
There she was in all her hideous glory, Detachable Head Barbie...

and all of the heads were smiling right at me.  Not so terrifying, you say?  Kind of clever, you say?  Nay, my friend.  NAY.

Find out why Meggie was understandably disturbed by a Mattel product after the jump.

Mattel, unwittingly or not, has recreated the most disturbing scene from the most horrific 1980s Disney movie, Return to Oz.  Dorothy Gale, having survived being locked away by Aunt Em in an insane asylum and subsequently being subject to electroshock therapy, returns to Oz to find it in dismal shape.  Later on, our heroine (played by a young Fairuza Balk) is captured by the evil Princess Mombi.  The witch princess plans to cut off Dorothy's head to add it to the royal collection.  Yes, you read that right, Mombi has a gallery of beautiful noggins that she switches between more often than she changes her clothes.

Oh Mattel, why must you prey on my childhood memories?  I am halfway tempted to purchase all the heads and recreate the scene in glorious diorama form.  The only two things stopping me is the lack of funds I'm willing to waste and the very teeny tiny, oh-so-slight chance that it would scare the living daylights out of any potential suitor/friend/roommate/pretty much anyone I may meet in the future.

So, what was your favorite scary movie when you were a kid?

*And by terrifying, of course, I'm implying that this was my favorite movie ever as a kid.  It ranks above even The Sound of Music and Swiss Family Robinson and you best believe me when I tell you I still wanna live in a treehouse.
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5 comments:

  1. Creepy Return to Oz picture.

    My favorite actual "scary" movie as a kid was Night of the Living Dead (original) that I saw on VHS somewhere around 6 or 7.

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  2. We (my siblings and I) loved that movie too! That scene truly is terrifying. Even now, I think it's pretty freaky.

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  3. Oh my goodness. That's freaky. It made me think of that creepy Borg Queen from Star Trek: First Contact. That chick gave me the wiggins.

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  4. In my heart of hearts, I've always assumed that filming and later watching that scene is what caused Fairuza Balk to grow into the edgy, moody goth gal she seems to be today.

    That part of the movie is truly disturbing.

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  5. Laurie- I thought about that, too! The multiple smiling heads all propped in their boxes was way creepier than the Borg head with her wiggling cybernetic spine.

    Sara- "She was such a sunny girl who loved unicorns and the color blush until she began filming..."

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