WHERE THIS EVIL HAILS FROM: the Insidious series
WHY THIS EVIL MADE ME FILLE THE FEAR: I’d never felt genuine fear from a horror movie as an adult until I came across Lipstick-Face Demon. First of all, the basis of Insidious lies in astral projection, something that I actually had a little understanding about to begin with, so getting into the sci-fi of it all wasn’t hard for me. The film follows Dalton, an innocent little boy who doesn’t realize he’s astral projecting (or rather, that his spirit leaves his body when he sleeps), inviting a demon to possess him. There were tons of terrifying moments throughout but one of the earlier ones, and the one that has stuck with me to this day is the scene where Lorraine (Dalton’s grandma) recounts a dream she had in which she saw him sleeping with a dark, tall, ominous shadow in the corner watching him. When Lorraine asked the figure what he wanted, he just slowly lifted his arm and pointed at Dalton. Three years after seeing this movie, I fear seeing him in the corners of my bedroom at night. (Trust me, I’m nervously sneaking glances at my closet door as I write this.)
HOW THIS EVIL STILL DOES: While we haven’t seen him since Insidious (though some speculate he’s the demon off-camera at the end of Insidious: Chapter 2), his evil has spawned a very successful and fan-approved budding series. What worked about Lipstick-Face Demon was that all the fear built up in your imagination before seeing him actually remained intact when he appeared, and it seems to be an approach that’s really working for the series. It’s a really rare situation when a monster from our mind rattles us even more when we see him in plain sight.