Jan 13 2012

#258 Less is More (13)

From Jeremy

Happy Friday the 13th!


“Listen to them. Children of the Night.
What music they make.”

~ Dracula (1931)


Jun 8 2011

#39 “Red Eye”

From John, an MU student.

From the moment that I first laid eyes upon this malevolent lupine, I knew that it was evil. You might wonder how I recognized this so clearly or what told me so definitively that this wolf was one to be feared. Was it the black environment in which this wolf is steeped? Perhaps. The haunting luminescence of its fur? Maybe. The ominous crouching and foreboding body language? Possibly. But what really solidified this creature’s wicked nature lies in those deep red eyes.

To be honest, I’m not sure exactly why we often associate the color red with evil or anger, but I’ve noticed that there are lots of theories that attempt to explain this phenomenon and lots of contrasting claims that try to dismiss it. In the end, though, I find the implementation of the concept to be more interesting than its origins.

As a result, I wish to share with you a few examples of famous creatures and characters that display this interesting concept of the evil red eye. This information is taken from a website I discovered called “Red Eyes Take Warning: Television Tropes and Idioms.”

I have narrowed the website’s massive list of examples down to some of the most familiar, but you can check out this link for the full list.

  • The evil robot AUTO from WALL-E
  • Emperor Zurg in Toy Story 2
  • Mrs. Jumbo from Dumbo normally has Blue Eyes like her son, but they turn red during the scene where she goes crazy as a result of several children making fun of Dumbo, resulting in her being tied up by several circus workers and subsequently being dragged away to be locked up in solitary confinement as punishment for being a “mad elephant.”
  • Disney’s Aladdin. While Aladdin and the Genie are in the cave, Aladdin taunts the Genie about the limitations on his wish granting abilities to trick him into getting everyone out of the cave without using up a wish. When the Genie gets angry and starts giving a speech, his eyes turn red momentarily.
  • As well as Sauron in The Lord of the Rings being a flaming red eyeball himself, the black horses of the Ringwraiths have glowing red eyes.
  • In Dreamscape, the wolves chasing the heroes in the final dream sequence.
  • Black Swan: Natalie Portman’s Baleful Polymorph
  • The Terminator machines from The Terminator series
  • Star Wars: The “Sith eyes” seen on Darths Maul, Sidious, and Vader in the prequels.
  • Big Bad, Dorian Tyrell, in The Mask, while wearing the title item.
  • In Judge Dredd the deadly ABC robot controlled by Rico has glowing red eyes.
  • The HAL 9000 computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey uses cameras with glowing red lenses to watch the crew of the Discovery.
  • Grendel in the Old English epic poem Beowulf
  • Hannibal Lecter of The Silence of the Lambs is depicted with maroon (brownish-red) eyes in the books.
  • In the Twilight novel series, the vampires who drink only human blood have red eyes.
  • Chillingworth from The Scarlet Letter
  • The Castlevania series usually depicts Dracula as having red eyes
  • In Left 4 Dead the Witch is distinctive (and sometimes visible only) by her glowing red eyes.
  • Nearly all the Decepticons of the original Transformers
  • Skeletor, nemesis of He-Man from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe