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Fear 91 of 101: Creepy Dolls / Marionettes / Etc.

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So, recently, I watched The Woman in Black starring Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe. It actually wasn’t a terrible movie. Matter-of-factly, it was my kind of scary movie where much of the action is suggested rather than seen with buckets of blood and gore to boot. However, while watching, I was reminded of something else that unnerves me to look at it… Dolls, marionettes, and other creepy toys with their soulless eyes and off-putting faces with the weird smiles (of fanged teeth… as shown in the movie). The creepy factor of such things make them my 91 0f 101 Fears Countdown (and yes, I know that this is the first one in a while…).

Why are dolls and things like this that scary / creepy / “Oh God! Don’t let it eat my face!”-y?

1) Growing up in the era of the “Child’s Play” movies, the idea that the doll might come to life and kill me was something that I dealt with as a child that sends a shiver up my spine whenever I see one in a haunted house movie or anything else. This is also amped up in most movies that contain a haunting because the toys themselves move on their own… this adds to that little bit of claustrophobia because there is nowhere to go if the toys themselves are attacking you.

2) The sound of a toy in the night. I’m sure that you’ve all been there in your dark house lying in bed, and you hear a chuckle from down the hall… it’s a creepy effect… it’s a little unsettling. This ethereal kind of sound, the disembodied voice is awful… enough said… Well, maybe not quite enough… the fact that dolls are becoming increasingly more mechanized makes what they can do and the creep factor explode a little more (whereas the ghost houses make toys move… now, the toys that children play with are doing what ghosts and ghouls could never dream of…).

3) Now, going to the specific of the marionettes… there’s always something creepy about the boldness of the facial design of most marionettes… they are either incredibly happy or drastically depressed… there is no in-between… Also, the fact that they are being controlled by some one is a little creepy as well… yeah…

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So there you have it… why dolls are creepy / scary and why they make the list of my top 101 fears…

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February 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Fear 93 of 101: Styrofoam

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It might sound like something weird…and quite possibly it might be one of the weirdest fears that I will write about here. Now some may question just what is so scary about…really, it’s not that scary…it’s just a rather annoying synthetic monstrosity…

**The Sound– I’m sure that you all know the sound that it makes when you rub it or when it is removed from the box…the high pitched  “EEEEEE” sound makes my skin crawl…God, it’s just awful.

**The fact that it is not biodegradable– It stays forever since…makes it seem like it might take over the world…yeah…

So, yeah…styrofoam is a crazy thing…I don’t like it one bit…yeah…

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May 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Fear 94 of 101: Stomach Viruses

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Waking up a few mornings ago, I felt a slight twinge in my stomach. On a normal day, this would have caused me no distress; however, after being at my parents’ house, where all my siblings, their children, and my parents had or were getting over a stomach virus, I began to work that it might be something a little more involved than something I had eaten. This is why number 94 of 101 is the dreaded stomach virus.


**Vomiting– I hate doing it…honestly, I don’t know anyone who enjoys being on their knees and heaving into a toilet… Not this fella, let me tell you. I don’t really remember the last time that I vomited, and I don’t really want to remember.

**Coming out both ends– As gross as it sounds and as it is, usually when people have a stomach virus, it goes beyond vomiting… and we’ll leave it at that to avoid being to graphic… However, I’m sure that all of you have been there and know exactly what I am talking about.

**Being out of commission– When you are sick with something like this, generally, you can’t really do anything for a few days. Why? Because you feel like shit and are too tired to work, play, etc. It’s just all around sucky.

So, yeah, here’s to not getting sick.

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May 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

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Fear 95 of 101: Vampires that Sparkle

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My 95th spot on this count down belongs to the vampires of Twilight. Some of you have probably read my rant about these books and movies…however, the ideologies go much deeper than that. The main reason for this is because I can’t respect vampires that sparkle. Moreover, if they did exist and sparkled, I believe I would be frightened simply because they lack the scariness of the folkloric vampire. I want my vampire to try to rip my throat out or something along those lines simply because the wimpy vampire is just lacking.

**The degradation of the vampire mythos–While I understand that the figure of the vampire can be manipulated a bit, the idea of vampires sparkling is pretty ludicrous because in folklore they creatures of the night and darkness…and while Meyer is trying to do something different, she pretty much…strike that…she bastardizes the ideas of vampire folklore that has existed for centuries.

**The fact that teenagers and forty plus women are swooning over something this lame–Yeah, I don’t think I have to go further with this one.

**The idea that someone has made some much money off the bastardizing of folklore–I love folklore and mythology. It’s kinda one of the things that I do, and I hate the disturbing trend of late in which people decide that it’s okay to completely manipulate a creature to their own devices….it’s been happening for a while; however, it’s happening more so of late. Meyer’s vampires are just one example of this…yeah…

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April 8, 2011 at 9:35 am

Fear 97 of 101–Kim Cattrall

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So, I know that there are some people out there who really like Kim Cattrall. I think that she is quite an interesting actress at times and that she is a fairly nice looking woman for her age (plastic surgery and all that stuff aside…because really who hasn’t had plastic surgery in Hollywood these days). However, by these same tokens, Kim Cattrall is quite a frightening lady because she is a woman who seems like she might eat you alive if you ever got too close to her (much like Sharon Stone).

**She’s been around forever seems like–It’s kind of eerie feeling to know that some one is 54 years old and does look terribly different than she did when she arrived on the scene. Given, she has had some work done. However, she looks relatively well-preserved for her age of 54. People who seem to age slowly (or not at all…there are some people who always look the same) are a little odd and frightening. Think Cher.


**She is a powerful and domineering woman on screen–There’s got to be something to it in real life. Right?

**The fact that she’s affiliated with Sex and the City–Honestly, I don’t see the appeal of the show. However, I am a guy (shocker right…not really but I like to play up the suspense of things). The idea of hyper femininity that represents itself so well using the angel / whore dichotomy (thank you Harwell for you mental influence) seems to be a bad example for the impressionable ones out there. I find it scary arming future women with this concept of “woman power” to be kind of alarming and frightening as well.  (For people unfamiliar with the show, Cattrall plays Samantha…who is rather whorish.)

So, there you have it…more to come.

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March 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Fear 100 of 101: The Flying Monkeys from The Wizard of Oz

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For number 100,  I think that it’s important to look at a small piece of film history The Wizard of Oz. An enjoyable movie from all the music and the corny effects, however, it’s got more than a few frightening moments. From the witches guards to the idea that someone could live their entire life without taking a bath of any sort (I want to say that she probably smelled like BO and perfume…because  a witch wants to smell decent to even if she did have a glandular problem that prevented her from being in water…but anyway). Yet, one of the more frightening things is the flying monkeys. But what is it that makes them so frightening?


*The fact that they look demonic–Let’s face it there is nothing that screams “simians from the devil” like wings. Moreover, they attack Dorothy and the others with just one command from the Wicked Witch…

*Flying feces–A monkey likes to play with their poo. You’ve seen it at the zoo and on TV…but what could be worse than  flying animals that fling poop and might urinate on you.

*Genetic mutation–The crossing of species (namely the bird and the monkey) is a little unsettling simply because it did not create the cutesy animals that people want from the cross-speciation. Moreover, how did they just get the wings?

Moreover, this is why they continue to haunt the dreams of those who’ve seen the movie…and they’re definitely very creepy…

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February 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm