by Melissa Uhrin
You know what's to blame? A billion frickin' Star Trek episodes. Literally a billion of the damn, life taking, time sucking, all consuming universe, where I want to live forever and ever and never leave and I'll even promise to insert my emotion chip so I can fit in and play at being human.
Seeing as it's #ScaryMovieMonth (that's right, # IT ...when I was a kid, # meant "pound" and it's much more satisfying to say “pound it” then “hashtag it”), let's delve into one of my favourite aspects of this universe: all the horrifying moments that immediately brought to mind a specific horror film.
Now, I'm not sure if it is just that this was one of the first ever to scare the shit out of me, or just that it was my go-to film for when I wanted to feel terrified, but I have found over time that many aspects from Event Horizon (1997) have a tendency to creep into what I watch. In The Next Generation, (Season 4 Episode 17 - “Night Terrors”) the Enterprise tracks down a missing ship, the USS Britain and, yep you guessed it, everyone aboard, aside from a lone Betazed, have been murdered. While attempting to unravel the mystery, the Enterprise crew begin suffering from fearful nightmares. Mmm-hmm. Soon it'll be all slashy-slashy, burny-burny to death and it's just Crusher. Left alone in the morgue... With a bunch of corpses... Uh-huh. In addition to that episode, I found that in Deep Space Nine (Season 1 Episode 15 - “If Wishes Were Horses”), the imaginations of the station crew begin coming to life and it only takes a slight spin of my imagination to start thinking about Event Horizon again. Especially when you start to think about space exploration, what lurks in the next galaxy or beyond the black hole. A ship disappears, a ship returns, everyone is dead save for the evil entity that is sure to bring DOOOOOOMMM.
What do Predator, Earth vs. Spider, The Fly and The Creature from the Black Lagoon all have in common? Oh, just a Next Generation episode (Season 7 Episode 19 - “Genesis”) where everyone on the Enterprise de-evolved back to one form of their genetic ancestry or another. And their de-evolved selves are all ridiculously scary creatures. (Except for Picard, who briefly begins to become a frightened lemur. Heh.) Worf became the fucking Predator, sans techy skills. And poor Barclay turned into a very horrifying (and very non-comic-book-y) Spider-Man, which reminded me entirely of Earth vs. Spider (2001) and even 1986 version of The Fly. His partly transformed hideousness stuck with me and it took awhile to realize why I felt so uncomfortable with the moment we come face to face with the Barclay creature. Because it was all Jeff Goldblum disgusting mewling fly creature and, for some reason, I have always felt physically ill at the thought of it. So now I need to re-watch it so I can torture myself. Who am I forgetting? Oh yeah, Troi becoming the frickin' Creature from the Black Lagoon. Hell yeah. I started laughing when she appeared, but that too quickly turned to disgust. This episode definitely wins in my books for creepy creature factor, and a double win for the most movies it has me re-watching.
There are many more moments in episodes that I feel tie in with horror films, hauntings in particular, and some that I discovered when doing a bit of investigating for this piece to see if my memory served correctly. One that stood out the most would have to be in the series Enterprise, which I have not yet watched, but plan on continuing once I am finished powering through DS9, and after discussing with a friend, I will be watching Voyager now as well. In Enterprise (Season 3 Episode 5 - “Impulse”) they discover a ship containing fricken Zombie Vulcans. Great, so not only are they going to be trying to escape zombies, but they're Vulcans, so chances are they will still be able to outthink the human/humanoids. I can only assume that this episode will lead me to want to re-watch any and all zombie movies I can get my hands on. Because zombies are the best.
You must have noticed that, for the most part, The Borg are not mentioned. This is because primarily their race is but an all-encompassing horror for me. We will sedate you, rape and destroy your body with The Borg technology and remove any semblance of the individual you claim you once were.
You will be assimilated.
Resistance is futile.
It's the end of the universe as we know it and I feel...