It’s a weird feeling, when you’re watching your favourite childhood films, with your niece and realise you’ve become the villains from these movies. Probably worse, when you can really empathise and relate to these characters. These were the people, we were all terrified of as children. The ones that haunted our nightmares. The villains, our older siblings teased us about, telling us they were at the front door and here for us (as you can tell, my older siblings were just lovely to me).
Somehow, in the journey from childhood to adulthood, the world has twisted and bent me, to transform me from innocent child to childhood villain. The personality similarities between me and 3 of my childhood villains, in particular is quite shocking. I’ve even come out with the same 1 liners. It’s kind of scary.
These 3 villains, we all probably related to, at times. So, without delaying this further, I’ll explain to you, why I’ve become similar.
The Grinch (2000)
Slap a brown wig on the Grinch, give him a higher pinch voice and you get me. Watching the Grinch now, is like watching a film, based on myself at Christmas. I hate Christmas, just as much as the Grinch and we have the same tolerance for people. I’m as grumpy and eccentric as the Grinch, but at the same time, I’m a complete softy, with a good heart.
We both have a love of mischief and one of my best buds is also my dog. In private, I talk like the Grinch and love my own company.
I think I’m just going to have to accept, that I’m the Grinch. Even our planners are similar. Nothing like, dinner with yourself, followed by self-loathing, to complete the perfect evening.
Miss Trunchbull from Matilda
Miss Trunchbull was one the scariest woman, you could come across, as a child. She was loud, angry, hated children and looked terrifying. She was the headmaster from hell and had the temperament of a Rottweiler, with a mouth full of bees. As a child, she was nightmare fuel.
Luckily, I have not developed her psychopathic tendency’s. I just find myself, using some of her sayings. Mainly, the “I’m big, you’re small” saying, when babysitting for my sister. That sounds mean, but anyone that’s had to argue, with a child over something ridiculous, will understand.
For example, I used it, when my nephew argued that I wasn’t an adult because I’m too short. He refuses to believe that I’m not a child, even though my age says differently. I also used it when, my sister’s children tried to convince me, that they’re allowed to give each other haircuts. All ridiculous, with no easy way of ending, just an argument.
Mary Sanderson from Hocus Pocus
For anyone that can’t remember, Mary Sanderson is the black-haired witch sister, with the crazy, gravity defying hair style.
Mary is one character, I can really empathise with. She appears to be of a nervous disposition and her sister treats her like dirt. Even though, she evil and wants to suck the life out of children, you can’t help but feel sorry for her. You can’t help but think, some of her actions are fuelled, by a fear of her older sister.
On first glance, Mary seems sweet and innocent. She also very supportive to her sisters and has a sort of calming influences on them. All these things, I share with Mary.
But the biggest similarity is, her dark side. If you listen to Mary, she says things that are very dark, for a children’s movie. She says these things, in just a sweet gentle way, that it passes over your head and you don’t realise the full extent of what she said. I’m not as bad as Mary, but I have a dark side like this.
I also love dark humour. It’s the best.