The Muppet Show
In an episode with Jonathan Winters, the show is apparently under a gypsy curse with anything and everything going wrong for the cast and crew. When Fozzy tries to convince Kermit of the curse, Kermit replies that the show would have to be "visited by something absolutely disastrous". Just then a meteor crashes into the theater, pinning Kermit's flipper underneath it. It cracks open and these two glittery creatures come out and announce that they are there to observe and ask questions. Looking back on it now, they're kinda cute. Not so much when I was 5. They scared the bejesus out of me. Bastards.
The Terrible Tunnel
For a kid's show, Fraggle Rock certainly had it's share of freaky episodes and disturbing characters (Seriously, show me a kid who wasn't at least slightly creeped out by The Trash Heap!) One of the episodes that scared me the most when I was but a wee one was The Terrible Tunnel. The Fraggles are playing a game called "Heidey-Ho"...a call and answer game that's sort of a cross between hide & seek and Marco Polo played on land. Wembley is "it" and must find the other Fraggles who are hiding. He stumbles across what he believes to be the "Terrible Tunnel"...which was a story told to the Fraggles by The Storyteller. The tunnel is supposedly haunted and full of creatures. I will never forget Wembley searching for his fellow Fraggles and calling out "HEIDEY!" and an unearthly voice answering "Ho....." Gives me chills just thinking about it.
The Muppet Show
As a general rule, clowns don't bother me. Some of my favorite horror flicks are clown movies: Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Stephen King's It, House of 1,000 Corpses, etc. However the Clowns that appeared on the Muppet Show while Judy Collins sings "Send in the Clowns" are pure nightmare fuel. Everything about them bugged me as a kid. The way they moved seemed unnatural. The worst part was the fact that they attempted to make them "full bodied" Muppets, which means that they had Muppet like faces with giant alien like googly eyes that haunt me to this day. Every once in a while, I'll wake up in the middle of the night and half expect one of these bastards to be standing at the foot of my bed staring at me. Good thing I work nights and mostly sleep during the day!
And finally there's this:
This is wrong on so many levels. I guess that's why I love it so much!