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Published: April 12, 2018
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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's avatar
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's avatar
Loneanimator|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's avatar
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's avatar
Loneanimator|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|Hobbyist General Artist
God damn. I'm gonna have to look into this one. That's an insane design.
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Loneanimator's avatar
Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
It's an insane movie :D
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Libra1010's avatar
 ... 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's avatar
Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
If you get this close to this guy, then you'll sleep forever.
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Libra1010's avatar
 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| 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|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|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's avatar
Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
It is really weird, in a good way :)
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DevinMorse|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|Hobbyist Filmographer
It looks kind of funny, but also kind of creepy.
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Chaosfive-55|Hobbyist General Artist
Another movie I need to find!!!! :D
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Loneanimator|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|Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap, what a combination!!! :lol:  
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Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
And I forgot to mention Julie Ege, as well as some other fine women with very little on.
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ColinRichards|Professional Traditional Artist
This is great!  Nice job!
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Loneanimator's avatar
Loneanimator|Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks! Glad you like him :)
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MosuGoji1964's avatar
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|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's avatar
Biollante being the most obvious. Then again that makes the ones that do exists all the more special.
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