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A plant monster created by a mad scientist (Donald Pleasence) finally loses his shit and tears through the laboratory in the 1974 British horror movie "The Mutations", aka "The Freakmaker".
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Amarok59 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
I remember reading about this film in Marvel Comics' stab at creating a movie magazine, "Monsters of the Movies."  Then they showed it on the CBS Late Movies in the mid-seventies (which, as I've said before, showed some mighty strange films).  After the build-up given "Mutations" in MotM -- I wasn't disappointed at all!

And now a suggestion for a potential future drawing: "The Grass Monster."  I apologize for the length:

Henry da Massa of Manchester, UK, asked a friend if anything spooky ever happened to him.  The friend told him of a weird experience he had in October 1984, at the age of 14.  “One dusky autumn evening” he and eight school buddies were walking along Sandhurst Road, a dirt path running through a park in Didsbury, Manchester.  Da Massa’s friend fell several paces behind and veered off the road into the grass.

 

His gaze fell upon some grass stalks, 10 or 12 inches long, uncut and green but lying flat on the ground.  Suddenly four of the stalks, situated as if at the corners of a perfect square, snapped upright.  Da Massa writes:

 

“He said they jerked upright but were arched slightly, bowed outwards.  Then in unison, they each bent at the middle and pointed inwards to join at what would have been the centre of the square.” [da Massa, p. 12-13]  Together the grass stalks formed a sort of Daddy Longlegs, and to the teenager’s shock the assembled thing started crawling toward him!

 

The boy turned and ran back the way he came.  He was athletic and fast, but the Grass Monster kept up with him.  At least, “he felt something ‘buzzing’ at his feet, first on the left (being the side he saw the ‘grass monster’ on) then the right,” as da Massa writes.  Finally he reached a paved road and houses.  The thing broke off its assault here, perhaps disliking these trappings of civilization.

 

After catching his breath, the youth checked his new running shoes and found the laces “frayed in a way he had never seen laces frayed before,” as if the construct-creature had raked at them with claws or fangs.

 

He ran back down the road to catch up with his pals, past the origin point of the monster, though he dared not look at the spot.  He finally reached his friends, who were aware of his sudden flight but had not seen the grass-thing.  He simply told them “a beast” chased him.

 

Many years later, after presenting the story on the Fortean Times Message Board, Henry da Massa visited the spot of the “Grass Monster” attack and took several photographs.  The thing, whatever it was, made no appearance.

 

Da Massa, Henry, “The Grass Monster,” in:

 

Sutton, David, editor.  It Happened to Me!  Vol. 3 (London: Dennis Publishing, 2010), pp. 12-13.

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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
"The Mutations" in an unabashedly lurid movie :) I have read about another "Grass Monster", but that was described as a kind of bigfoot.
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theblock Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
Love how it's torso looks like some kind of Venus Fly-trap, wouldn't want to get hugged by that! Now I need to look up clips form this movie. Great job :w00t:
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks! :)
Yes, that's one very love-less hug. It's a crazy movie, so do look it up.
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kaijusaurus387 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
God damn. I'm gonna have to look into this one. That's an insane design.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
It's an insane movie :D
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018
 ... Bad Science and BAD DREAMS, just as soon as you can fall asleep after surviving this particular "WHAT THE HADES" moment!:o (Eek) 
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
If you get this close to this guy, then you'll sleep forever.
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018
 Well on the one hand sudden death would be frightful, but on the other at least one wouldn't have to keep seeing that THING in nightmares across the years yet to come ...  
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dalek-hal Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018   Traditional Artist
that monster looks nasty. I think it might be too nasty for Dr. Who.  Imagine being caught in its ribs!  yow!
  One of the Dr. Who monsters i thought was particularly horrible was the Fendahleen creatures. Like A  slug, with a mouth full of writhing tentacles.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
This guy is kind of Fendahleenish. And he managed to kill off Donald Pleasence with a rib hug, so yes -nasty!
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ObliquePictures Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Just saw this movie for the first time a few months ago and loved it. It's so weird.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
It is really weird, in a good way :)
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DevinMorse Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have never watched The Mutations/Freakmaker (always wanted to), but I remember showing a picture of this thing to a friend and he laughed hysterically at its face.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
It looks kind of funny, but also kind of creepy.
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Another movie I need to find!!!! :D
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
The effects are 1970's Doctor Who-level (which can be an aquired taste for some), but Donald Pleasence plays a mad scientist, and Tom Baker his deformed henchman. That alone is a reason to seek it out.
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap, what a combination!!! :lol:  
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
And I forgot to mention Julie Ege, as well as some other fine women with very little on.
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:woohoo: That never hurts!
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ColinRichards Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
This is great!  Nice job!
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks! Glad you like him :)
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MosuGoji1964 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
Well you defiantly have my attention with this lovely creature. I swear plant like monsters are sadly very rare. What a shame.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
This monster, and the movie he appears in, are now both quite forgotten it seems. It's pretty good little monster movie. And yes; we haven't seen many plant creatures in media, though there are some neat examples here and there.
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MosuGoji1964 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018
Biollante being the most obvious. Then again that makes the ones that do exists all the more special.
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GoldandSliverDragon Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
I haven't heard of this one but if it has something like that in it I'll be watching soon now.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
This isn't the only weird creature. There are man-eating plants, other strange makeups, and also some real people with interesting talents and bodies.
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GoldandSliverDragon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018
Sounds like a fun one.
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
A well-done rendition of a potential Dr. Who foe! Clap Wink/Razz 
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yes, this fellow wouldn't look out of place in an episode of classic Who :)
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snicker1 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
thanks for sharing
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks for stopping by :D
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dopepope Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018
hold up. This is actually what the rest of the monster looked like? I only know it from that awesome Basil Gogo's Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine cover. Don't think I ever saw the movie tho. Man I love that cover tho. And this is great either way. 
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yes, he hugs you with his plant ribs and sucks you to death (I guess). I saw this movie a looong time ago, in the shape of a pretty crappy VHS copy. I wasn't too impressed then, but revisiting it in later years, it's actually grown on me. There's lots of crazy stuff in it, from giant man-eating plants to circus freaks.
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Trendorman Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Konga! If konga took it further with this plant dna. 

Gross, but awesome, you did it once again
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks :) It's pretty neat monster, though the movie itself is very low budget.
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