Things Most Bizarre
I come from a small town, and one of the first places we came across strangers, lights, whirling twirling rides, was at the fall fair. Here, there were exhibits of animals, plants and crafts during the day, with young kids running around everywhere, petting the donkeys and begging for candy. But once you got to be 13 or 14, and went at night, it was a completely different world. At night, there was techno music. There were multi-coloured blinking lights. You could go twirling, whirling on rides that whipped you around, high and low, made you dizzy. You thought you might fall, and that definitely shook up your normal world view. There were people calling to you and not your parents from booths full of teddy bears and other mini prizes – cause you were on your own for the first time. You could decide how to spend your hard-earned allowance, whether to eat all the candy floss and risk seeing it again after a twirly ride, or to visit a booth promising to show you something you had never seen before.
2. Labyrinth Movie
My first movie crush and it was on goblin king David Bowie. You had to love it. Puppets spouting kid and adult humour and a whole other world within a labyrinth. The growing up quest of a 15-year-old girl to find her brother, meeting only puppets along the way, was a pretty soft introduction to the fascinatingly strange. My question is still – how easy was it to go from Oscar of Sesame Street to the Muppets to the rodents of unusual size in the Princess Bride and then to Jareth the goblin king of Labyrinth? Did Jim Henson lead us down a rabbit hole into the bizarre, or were we already there?
Watching the Beetlejuice movie was the first time I remember dead being funny. The story of Adam and Barbara, the nice couple fixing up their giant white house perched on a hill, the senseless way they died, and their troubles with the Deetz family and with the Handbook For The Recently Deceased. I remember the especial thrill of personal recognition at the rule “the living normally not see the strange and unusual” when Lydia Deetz said, “I myself am, strange and unusual”. And Beetlejuice himself, though definitely disgusting, had a certain rebellious something. Nobody but Michael Keaton could have done that. Beetlejuice was like a demonic dead version of Rumpelstiltskin, with a pretty impressive touch of magic. When the staircase came to life, I was hooked. I watched the cartoon for years afterwards.
We come to the last and most voted on image submitted to our judges. Pascal Dupont has received significant praise for the evocative nature of this image and as such is the grand prize winner in the Bazaar of the Bizarre. Congratulations Pascal.
Tell us in the comments where did you first come across a world or part of the world that was really strange yet totally fascinating at the same time? Do you still have the same fascination?
This Article was authored by Emily Smith of No Camp Fire Required.