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If the puppet's tiny, know-it-all friend weren't named Jiminy Cricket, would you even know that's what he was? He looks more like an anemic ant, and what is up with making an insect Pinocchio's "conscience," strange blue fairy lady? Still, "When You Wish Upon a Star" is an undeniable classic, and that little guy sure was dapper. He's probably why we're OK with crickets but think grasshoppers are the worst.
When nuclear bomb testing in New Mexico accidentally irradiates a nest of ants, the earth's most harmless insects become a threat to all of mankind — ironically created by man in the first place. You may laugh at the clunky special effects of this '50s camp classic, but you will also never watch a colony of ants the same way again. There's a reason this monster movie spawned copycats for decades to come.
Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)
Our cinematic suspicion of science hadn't slowed down by the '70s, but it did mutate into some interesting forms, like in this beloved sexploitation flick. Perhaps we're supposed to fear the mad lady scientist who has somehow fused women with queen bees who seduce men and kill them with mind-blowing sex. Although, you may instead find yourself cheering them on.
The Fly (1986)
Director, David Cronenberg had a freaky source to begin with — the 1957 short story by George Langelaan, on which a 1958 movie starring Vincent Price was also based — and then he fused it with his own very special Cronenberg weirdness. Jeff Goldblum is a socially awkward scientist who's working on a teleportation device when he becomes romantically involved with science reporter Geena Davis. One drunken night, he decides to try the machine on himself and winds up genetically fused with the housefly that was trapped in the pod with him. Much grossness follows. Let's just say flies have a very different method of digesting their food.
This is, ostensibly, a dark comedy starring Jeff Daniels as a family guy afflicted with the titular phobia and John Goodman as the exterminator tasked with eliminating the hybrid killer spiders that have invaded their small California town. If you, too, are scared of spiders, the many startling moments of this movie will be nothing to laugh about, however.