Great Movie Scenes #013: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

For those who were expecting a legit horror movie for a Halloween post will be disappointed. But can a scene in a children’s movie count when it legitimately scares you? We fondly remember Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure for a variety of reasons. For Paul Reubens as the titular character, to Tim Burton’s debut as a filmmaker, to realizing the Alamo has no basement. But the one scene EVERYBODY remember about this movie is this:

A scene that literally comes out of no where; Large Marge has been the bane of my family’s existence for some time. My Father, jokingly, refers to my Mother as ‘Large Marge’ and we laugh at the infamous moment where Large Marge becomes a stop motion animated nightmare. When you are a kid though, the laughs are not coming and you will more than likely jump at the very least. Pee-Wee Herman is an interesting character in any medium because anything can happen. But to see someone go from person to monster in a flash still is jarring. A lot of this though has to go to Alice Nunn, character actress, who goes for broke when it comes to this scene. I am sure she was a lovely woman when she was alive but she portrays this gruff truck driver way too realistically. If I were to see this woman walking down the street as a kid I would probably have ran in the other direction. This is a timeless scene in movie history only because no matter what time you are in life you will remember how Large Marge scared even the happy go lucky Pee-Wee.

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