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Happy 80th Birthday, Large Marge!

Not only is today Krampusnacht, but it’s also Large Marge‘s 80th birthday.

Or would’ve been, rather.

Tim Burton made his debut as a feature filmmaker with Pee-wee’s Big Adventure in 1985, which contains one of the scariest moments in any non-horror movie ever made.

I’m of course referring to the infamous Large Marge scene, wherein Pee-wee hitches a ride with the ghost of a dead trucker on his quest to find his beloved bicycle. The woman, Marge, relays to Pee-wee the scary story of her own death, which crescendos with Marge transforming into, well, a big-eyed creature straight out of your nightmares.

If you saw the film as a kid, there’s a good chance you’ve never been able to scrub that particular jump scare from your mind. Like a handful of our favorite things from the ’80s, it was the Chiodo Brothers (Killer Klowns from Outer Space) who fabricated and animated Marge’s nightmarish visage – above, Stephen Chiodo animates Large Marge.

Late actress Alice Nunn, who passed away in 1988, played Large Marge in the film, a character who was born on December 5, 1937 and died on January 11, 1974.

Pee-wee met up with her 10 years later, and we’ve never forgotten their encounter.

Tell ’em Large Marge sent ya!



  • Creepshow

    “Like a garbage truck, dropped off the Empire State Building”.

    Love ya Marge.
    And I love this movie.

    • James

      She scared the hell out of me when I was a little kid. Love it.

      • Necro


  • Simon Allen

    Large Marge was featured as a nickname amongst my friends and I for the longest time after seeing this movie 🙂 .
    I suppose this day and age it’s rather un-pc but fuck it coz it sure made us laugh .

    • Creepshow

      It’s still perfectly acceptable to call someone a fat-ass. You are just speaking the truth, and sometimes the truth stings a bit.
      Besides, “Plus-size Trudy” just doesn’t have a good ring to it.

      • MODOK

        geez…no dude, it’s not perfectly acceptable to call someone a fat-ass. That’s just mean.

        • Creepshow

          Tubby tubby two by four, can’t fit through the fuckin door.

          • MODOK

            I’m…I’m gonna say no.

      • Simon Allen

        It scares me how often you say what i am actually thinking .

      • jacobia

        Hey! You leave Plus-size Trudy’s ring out of this!

  • SupernaturalCat

    “It was the worst accident I ever seen…”

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