Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

The Stuff of Kiddie Nightmares

June 9th, 2009 · 9 Comments


We’re dog tired today due to Microkhan Jr.’s recent sleep woes. He woke up screaming at an ungodly hour, obviously having suffered through a terrible nightmare. And as we rocked him back into the Sandman’s embrace, we got to thinking—in our Reagan-era days as a wee bairn, what caused us to suffer similar night terrors?

One letter kept on popping to mind: V, a terrifying (albeit slightly cheesy) TV series about man-eating aliens who come to Earth under the guise of friendship. Seriously, there’s nothing on TV today that’s even remotely as terrifying—the thought of being on someone else’s menu evokes the most primal sort of fear. Check out the clip above if you dare. And consider yourself warned—Microkhan cannot be held responsible for any lost sleep tonight. (Also, we can’t say for sure whether or not any rodents were harmed in the making of the show.)

We also had a mega-crush on chief alien baddie Jane Badler. Can you blame us?

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  • thingsbreak

    You know they’re remaking that series, right?

    ABC trailer on YouTube

  • thingsbreak

    Also, I wouldn’t eat them raw, but roasted cuy after trekking around at Andean altitude hits the spot.

  • Brendan I. Koerner

    @thingsbreak: Y’know, I thought I’d heard something about this, but wasn’t sure it was a go. But seems like the show will be here soon–a midseason replacement for early 2010, I reckon.

    Not sure if I’m psychologically robust enough to check this out. The original really scarred me, esp. this one scene in which the aliens tell an old grandma type that they’ll be eating her for Xmas dinner.

  • Brendan I. Koerner

    @thingsbreak: Had a great cuy in Cuzco some years back. Like greasy, lemon-y chicken. Except with a snarling head attached.

  • thingsbreak

    I’ve not seen the original, but I’m a sucker for dystopian/apocalyptic (pre-, post-, and averted) stories. It looks like the original iteration is available on Netflix. I’m in…

  • Ell

    An encounter with the terribly terrible “The Blob” with Steve McQueen meant that as a child I without fail slept with my arms clamped to my sides so as to ensure my hand would never, ever fall from the sanctuary of my bed to anyplace that The Blob may attach its voracious self to my flesh.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhyRpvgm03g
    I was plagued by nightmares as a kid.

    My children have mercifully been relatively untroubled by nightmares. A bony finger pointing incident in Never Ending Story is the only thing I can recall my daughter having concerns about and a black crow featured in another. The gas mask wearing character from Dr Who sacred my son for while. I find Dr Who terrifying.

  • Brendan I. Koerner

    @Ell: It’s always interesting to note what freaks out kids, because the material often seems pretty tame to adults–or even other kids. My wife, for example, said she had nightmares about the old lady in Cloak & Dagger, which I never thought was the least bit frightening. But something in that woman’s voice got to her soul–just as the remarks about flesh-eating in V deprived me of much-needed sleep during the mid-1980s.

  • Jordan

    @Brendan

    Vey must be reading your blog:

    http://www.uclick.com/client/spi/nq/

  • Brendan I. Koerner

    @Jordan: Heh heh. I sure hope he is! Though I guess we should probably just chalk this one up to coincidence…*sigh*

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