Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you
So I actually have this on VHS, so it counts as a horror movie!
I love Archie Comics, as I grew up reading them. My mom introduced me to them as she used to read the comics when she was growing up as a kid. The TV show based on Archie’s Weird Mysteries every Saturday morning. Great times! 😀
This episode is pretty creepy. It always makes me think of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and “Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar” from Ray Bradbury’s Machineries of Joy.
So the episode starts out with Jughead and Archie driving down to the TV station. Jughead had been watching a B Horror film movie marathon the night before, and saw that they were having a contest. He answered the questions correctly and became the big winner. He asks Archie to help him collect his prize.
When Jughead gets to the station it turns out that his prize is a POTATO
Jughead isn’t that happy about it, but takes his freebie and goes on home. When Jughead gets home, he parks himself back on the couch and starts watching more TV, getting into the “zone”. He is so focused that he fails to realize that the potato is not your average spud. It starts to take over, creating its own Jughead creation, ver much like in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, when they make the pod people.
The next day, Jughead is acting strangely. He is standing in a pot; trying to “absorb nutrients”. He hands out potatoes to everyone, calling them his “friends”. Reggie starts eating French Fries, which freaks Jughead out. He steals them away, screaming in horror at Reggie’s consumption. All are freaked out as Jughead has eaten more fries than anyone they’ve ever known.
That night at Betty’s house, Archie and Betty are watching a television program. Betty was so engrossed in the show that the potato caught her off guard and she was taken over but Archie manages to save her. Afterwards, they decide to talk to Jughead about his new potato ‘friends’.
Soon Jughead’s potato friends have sprouted and taken over everyone in the town.
The only ones who are still “alive”, are Archie and Dilton. The two team up and discover that the potatoes must be coming from the TV studio, that is where it all began. Dilton and Archie plan on going there to destroy all connections.
When they get there, unfortunately the potato zombies are there and attacking.
Archie and Dilton try to climb up the tower, but Dilton is taken down by one of the potatoes.
It’s up to Archie to save the day. He tries to climb up, but is caught by a potato; he reaches up; attempting to hit the button to destroy the potatoes…..
He is barely able to make it, but does. All the potatoes burst and are destroyed. Everyone wakes up and are okay. No one knows where the Great Potato came from or where he has gone, but for now they are safe.
It’s a great story! You should check it out to get the full effect.
More posts coming as we are counting down to Halloween!
To start Horrorfest from the beginning, go to I Don’t Belong in the World
For the previous post, go to A Very Scary Story
For more on aliens, go to You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Potato
For more on monster movies, go to A Monster Race
For more on Ray Bradbury, go to He Who Walks Behind the Rows
For more on zombies, go to They’re Coming to Get You Barbara