Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Why I'm Afraid of the Hulk (The Incredible one, not Hogan)

Dr. David Banner, Physician/Scientist, searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then an accidental overdose of gamma radiation interacts with his unique body chemistry. And now, when David Banner grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs. The creature is driven by rage and pursued by an investigative reporter. [...] An accidental explosion took the life of a fellow scientist and supposedly David Banner as well. The reporter thinks the creature was responsible. [...] A murder which David Banner can never prove he or the creature didn't commit. So he must let the world go on thinking that he too is dead, until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him.

I have a very vivid memory of a dream I experienced when I was about 8 years old. In it, a mentally-handicapped boy came into my bedroom and started screaming at me, then tearing all of the toys out of my toy box and throwing them around the room. It all seemed so real that when I woke with a start to complete and full alertness, I was completely and 100% certain that someone had been in my room. I could not go back to sleep for hours. If you know me you'll understand that was incredibly unusual. I can sleep anywhere and at any time. I've fallen asleep in dentist chairs.

The part that haunted me, that stayed with me after I woke and for years afterward, was that through the whole scene, the Incredible Hulk was watching through the window.

Don't ask me why. I have no idea what it means, but any other time throughout my childhood when I had moments of fear and discomfort in the dark, inevitably I saw the Hulk looking at me through my window, his broccoli-green face just leering at me, emotionless and blank.

I had no such weird associations with the Ang Lee movie. Unlike most people I honestly though it was pretty good.
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