Those of us who thoroughly enjoyed the cult-favorite made-for-tv horror movie from 1973, “Don't Be Afraid of the Dark,” recall the creatures. Those tiny little nighttime beings horrified many a youth back in the day. But, they were actually based on a concept of a small being created by alchemy called, “homunculi.” (singular “homunculus”)
The Homunculi, sometimes known as “Creatures” or also simply “Tooth Fairies”, are a mythical race of small nocturnal fairy-like creatures from the netherworld and the main antagonists of the 1973 ABC made-for-TV horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and the 2011 fantasy horror film of the same name .
The first reference to these beings occurred in the 16th century. It is believed, they might have been spoken of or written about earlier than that, but he first official date of reference is the 1500s.
The early Middle Ages were the first references to the possibility that little people could be created by some form of alchemy.
Alchemy: The medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir.
Plato (Book of the Cow) wrote about the possibility of taking human semen and cow or lamb blood and inseminating it. It would be done with feeding the animal the blood of another animal and smearing the blood of another animal on it.
Once the fetus began to grow, one would put it into a glass container. Then, it would be fed the blood of its decapitated mother.
sun stone (a mystical phosphorescent elixir)
a cow or ewe
green tutia (a sulphate of iron)
a large glass or lead vessel
The idea of the creatures coming out of an ash clean-out pit came from the Spanish house that Nigel McKeand was living in at the time; it had an old fireplace at the rear with a deep clean-out pit, bolted at the rear. It was so deep, creepy and dark nobody ever wanted the job of cleaning it out.