HOW A MOSQUITO OPERATES (1912)
Article 5237 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Winsor McCay
What it is: Sheer unadulterated horror
A man is followed home one night by an inhuman creature that seeks to drink his blood while he sleeps.
Okay, so it’s a comic animated short by the guy who gave us GERTIE THE DINOSAUR. And, with his top hat and little antics (such as sharpening his stinger), there’s no doubt that he’s played for comedy. But don’t let all that fool you – this is a horror movie. For one thing, take a good look at the size of this mosquito. Also take note of the fact that the movie does not flinch from actually showing the creature drinking the blood of its victim. And also check out the bloody conclusion. Even if you try to take it as a comedy, you’ll have to admit that this one gives you the heebie-jeebies. Not for the faint of heart.