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Fear Friday: Small Scares and Big Bugs

Puppet_2After decorating that tree and wrapping those toys, you may grow suddenly wary of some of the kids’ gifts after viewing Puppet Master. Airing tonight at 1:15 a.m. EST, this perversion of playthings concerns one odd puppeteer (William Hickey) who discovers  his marionettes are murderous demons. He takes his own life—Who wouldn’t?—but afterwards, the puppets keep on killing. At 3 a.m., the early splatter film Flesh Eaters further emphasizes that your source of gore can be tiny. (In this case, it’s amoebas.) Then, at 4:45 a.m., Earth vs.the Spider inverts the whole thing by featuring an arachnid that’s big and nasty. I always watch spider movies to try to overcome my arachnophobia. So far, it hasn’t gone away but the goosebumps are somehow appealing.

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