Happy Halloween everybody! Are you having fun? Skeletons, ghosts and tombs everywhere those days!
And who else on MangaMagazine to talk about that scary stuff? As you surely know, in our comic, The Soul Chaser, ghosts, cemeteries and haunted houses play a huge part. But we´re not going to talk about that, as would be usual… we come to talk about something related, but no less scary and perfect for Halloween: DOLLS!
Why dolls? Because most of you have told us that the possessed doll appearing on the first chapter of The Soul Chaser freaks you out.￼
Yes, we know, maybe it´s a bit cliche, but the proofs speak by themselves: it keeps working. If you don´t think so, look at the increasing number of scary dolls we can find on the market: Living Dead Dolls, Little Apple Dolls and such.
Probably all of you have read stories or seen movies including dolls coming to life, and instead of playing the role they were supposed to do (as a princess, a baby, a clown), just aim for chaos, destruction and even murder. “Child´s Play”, “Poltergeist”,“Halloween”, “Saw” or even “Doll Master”, a Korean horror film, are only a few examples.
But, contrary to popular belief, fear of dolls doesn’t come from movies – it´s something a bit older. Freud himself claimed that children fantasize about dolls coming to life . But why so many adults keep having goosebumps when seeing them?
Some people say they are afraid of dolls because dolls are too realistic. Others have suffered a trauma. Others say dolls look like corpses to them. And others just say their imagination is too active and they have watched too many movies. Truth be told, you don´t need to watch any of them to feel slightly uncomfortable in the presence of a Victorian doll. We feel like that ourselves! Yes, despite drawing our comic!
Some antique dolls have bright crystal eyes that seemed to follow you across the room; others showed their teeth in a disturbing smile, and some others even had moving eyelids to close and open their eyes. Creepy, isn´t it? No wonder many people are afraid of them!
Another possible explanation is that we tend to think of the Victorian era as gloomy, an era where death and diseases were the order of the day. And unfortunately, it´s partly true, as infant and child mortality was tremendously high. Only two or maybe three out of five children reached adulthood… and those were lucky ones. So many dolls remained as mementos of their deceased little owners. Maybe we still think of them that way.
Or maybe we just associate dolls with big old mansions, dark and dusty, where our imagination doesn´t need much encouragement…
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY!