Why Dolls Freak Me Out

Posted: July 31, 2012 in Reflections, Scary Stuff

Does anyone else feel this photo might give them nightmares? It’s perfect for this post.

Last post, I mentioned that I was working on a short story involving a doll, and as I’m into the whole scaring people silly thing, I thought I’d talk about why dolls might freak people out, specifically dummies and those old bisque and porcelain dolls. Frankly, those are the kinds I have trouble with; anything from traditional dolls of certain cultures to the Barbies and Bratz of today I’m fine with (I had enough of the latter in my house thanks to my younger sisters). It’s just dummies and bisque dolls creep me out, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in that.

I think it might have something to do with the eyes: most dolls that have eyes, their eyes are painted on or they’re made from plastic. Because those eyes are flat, 2D, and not very life-like at all, you become less afraid of those types of dolls. But the eyes of dummies and bisque dolls are made from glass or plastic made to resemble glass. This gives them such a life-like appearance, you can’t help but think the dolls are alive, watching you, taking in every single little thing you do. It’s unnerving to think that not only a toy is watching you, but taking in information that it can use against you. I bet that if those big-eyed dolls could change their expressions, they’d have  sly little grins on their faces, the type of grins that say, I know so muc about you and I’m going to hold it forever in me until I can use it to make you do what I want you to do. Creepy! The only time I’ve ever found it anything other than creepy was in the manga/anime Rozen Maiden, but then again manga and anime have that effect, don’t they?

Anyone else have any thoughts on this? If so, let me know.

Oh, guess what? Today I made the milestone of 3000 views on my blog! Awesome!

  1. Congratulations on the milestone!

    There are some very creepy dolls out there. Old dolls tend to creep me out. I think part of it is because the people who once loved them grown up or dead and the dolls, if the dolls have souls, they could be angry or gloomy for being abandoned.

    I never really had dolls as a child. Mostly we had fluffy stuffed animals. Even when my parents finally got me a Barbie, I only had the 1 Barbie. Most of my friends had a whole collection.

  2. Researching why I hate dolls for my blog, The Haunted Librarian, and found this. Yes, I think it is the eyes. And the clothing. Old fashion clothing adds a creep factor. Enjoying your blog.

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