Because Halloween is around the corner, the next few tropes will explore the creepy, the scary, and the downright spooky. Enjoy!
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Jill raises her torch before she steps into the cave. It's hard to see, but she must find the sacred stone-thing to save her father. There's just one problem - her feet gets stuck to the floor. She's trapped in an enormous web. The thing that made it is close ... and hungry ...
*Warning: This is a spider post - continue at your own creepiness*
The Giant Spider - a creature trope that is, in fact, a giant spider. Size is relative, however, depending on the size of the protagonist. A popular choice among early and modern B-movie fair, but also frequently prevalent in works of fiction, fantasy in particular. Because spiders are among the strongest of human fears, it's not surprising that The Giant Spider continues to make an occasional appearance. Something has to be said about creep factor.
Why are these spiders giagantic? Any number of reasons can apply: a science experiment gone wrong, it's lived for a super long time, and when I said size is relative, I meant it. Most characters are bigger than spiders, after all ... but what if your character happens to be a mouse? Case in point.
Look out, Mrs. Brisby!
Not all Giant Spiders are evil. They might be wise and someone's pet. They can't, however, be responsible for their hungry offspring.
That moment when you mourn what tried to eat you.
And who can forget Shelob from Lord of the Rings, the famous Giant Spider that (arguably) started it all. I'd be a goner, for sure.
N-n-nice g-g-giant s-s-spider! ...
I've yet to use this trope myself, although I have one planned for a prequel to Dragon's Heart. It's certainly not a trope you want to treat lightly or throw it in for scare value, but like any storytelling device, when done right, it can enhance the story and give it a timeless effect. Or, as is the case here, make people really squeamish.
Ever used The Giant Spider? Would you ever dream of using it? Are you afraid of spiders? What are you going as for Halloween?
I'm David, and "Heeeeellllllp mmmmeeeeeee!"
This movie still gives me nightmares ...