From Twitter last night: A selection (okay, all of them) of #VonZellMemes featuring everyone’s favorite German werewolf with the munchies, Garr Von Zell.
He appears in a frankly pants-shitting scene in 1995’s FMV game Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within where you enter a dark cave in the woods and, initially, all you can hear is the faint sound of munching. Then you turn on a lantern and, boom, decaying corpses all around and this guy sitting in the middle of it, gnawing on a bone. Guess he got hungry.
Anyway, 17-year-old me was playing this game in my darkened room at 3 am with headphones on and nearly had a fit when this scene came up. You can lambast FMV games all you want, and for the most part you’d be right, but this scene is one of those few instances where it just worked. I got such a fright from this scene that I immediately turned off the game and went to bed. A couple of weeks later I was talking to a friend of mine who had also played the game and he recounted the exact same experience: 3 am, headphones, werewolf with munchies, turn off computer.
What always struck me as odd, though, is why didn’t Von Zell follow you out of the cave? I remember, after waking up and wiping the feces from my chair and continuing the game, that I sprinted like hell back to the hunting lodge because I was sure that I was now being chased by an angry, hungry, naked German guy with blood on his fangs. But, after the scene, Gabriel just stands outside the cave, looking nonchalant — and nothing happens until you return to the lodge and tell Von Glower about it. Maybe it was one of those things that got cut from the game; I dunno. I just figure, if some dopey American dude stumbles upon your feeding lair and finds you naked and waist deep in rotting flesh, I wouldn’t wait to put my pants back on before charging at him.
Eh, maybe a better question is: Why Von Zell memes? Well, yesterday, @DosNostalgic was going on about werewolves in DOS games and, of course, Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within was the first game that popped up. I realize that’s not technically an excuse to go batshit with the Impact font but, hey, I have to use my ingenious meme-generating app for something.