What do you fear in the dark? by Forgess

Whew. I am finally back home from my adventures.

I've been thinking about my next projects, and what I want to build. I have a few designs lined up, but something occurred to me and made me curious.
I want to make monsters..... and Halloween, while pretty far away, is coming. In order to be ready, I should start exploring the scary monster factors that I want to create.

SO!

What monsters or creatures scare you? WHY do they scare you? Are they mostly human? Are they completely unrecognizable? Do they move in an odd manner? Is it the sharp teeth, and scary claws, or is it the knife in his hand? Does it have pupils, or is it blind, or does it even have eyes at all? Is it symmetrical? Does it have a name? Is it from something we've seen before, or is it one of your personal nightmares?

I want to figure out what would be popular, but also interesting. What qualifies something as horror? Blood? Missing parts? The creature itself, or the props it has?

I want to dissect what makes a monster scary. What makes you run up the basement stairs a little faster towards the end?

-K

What do you fear in the dark?

Forgess

10 May 2017 at 11:48:18 MDT

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  • Link

    What tends to scare mostly is the difference in strength and defences just not working. For example a werewolf brushing aside attacks from people with a swipe of the arm or claws. Being shot at and shrugging the hits off by simply striding forward and being unaffected by it. It might be a bit cliché for some, but the closeness to human and still being different means it's closer to reality than some of the monsters like in Alien.

    • Link

      From the way you describe it, it feels more like Awe. Not really fear. Like its more something to behold, rather than invoke terror. For instance, you don't really go watch a werewolf movie to get the jeepers creepers. You go because werewolves, and they are just cool. Scary because they are man-eaters, but there's not really anything realistic, or anything that conveys reality enough to keep you awake at night.

      Unlike for instance when its super dark, but just enough to see, and you stare at yourself in the mirror for too long and your eyes sort of start to disappear. THATS scary.

      Or when you see something in the corner of your eye and you look, and nothing is there.
      Like a coat rack in your room looking like a stranger in the dark, but when you look, its just a coat on a rack.

      Or jerky, quick, and then slow movements. That's why a lot of people are afraid of spiders, just the way they move. Nothing really to do with the way they look.

      You don't really give me anything to work off of when I say to dissect what makes you afraid.

  • Link

    Blind eyes, always creepy. Broken teeth, random movement under the skin, asymmetrical features or growths, body horror in general.

    • Link

      body horror is a very good start, I like asymmetry to convey that something is most certainly OFF with something you might otherwise be completely familiar with.

      Blind eyes! That's a fascinating detail, I've heard some people argue that pupils are scarier that pupilless eyes, and vise versa. What's your take on the advantage of scary blind eyes?

      • Link

        Not pupilless, but the eyes of the dead. White staring, the ruins of eyes that were once live. Eyes veiled by the living slime of decay. The eyes that do not belong on the face of anything animate.

        • Link

          Ahh, that is very interesting.... I see where you are coming from now. I LOVE dead eyes/cataract eyes..... those are LOVELY.

  • Link

    The scariest thing for me is something thats been placed in the dark for me to kick me little toe on

    • Link

      As in something you didn't know was there before, and you discover it by stepping on it?

      • Link

        Yep! It's such a bitch

        • Link

          Worse if its gooey and squishes between your toes!!! DX

  • Link

    To me it's something that pretends to be human but isn't. Mimicry is freaky, poorly done mimicry is terrifying. Things that resemble humans but are so twisted they're obviously not, either in physical form or in thought/behavior. Things that are harder than average to kill, things that regenerate, or that seem to have no weakness scare me. Those things that could pursue you & never tire. Things that no one else could see/ refuse to believe you about because they seem too absurd to be possible. Things that screw with time...the fabric of our world seems pretty shakey sometimes, things that mess with your sense of time or could possibly alter time are terrible sounding. Any moment of fear or pain could be drawn out forever if they chose.

    • Link

      The first part you fyour response reminds me of the cockroach from the Men in Black.... the "Edgar Suit".... Man, that thing creeped me out so much.

      The other half, playing with reality or time.... I've only seen one thing sort of hint at that sort of thing, it was a movie called "Oculus" a haunted mirror that possesses its owners. It was REALLY crazy story telling, because of the twisted timeline and alternate realities and trying to figure out which ones are which until it shows what REALLY happened at the end.

      Incredible, and VERY valid input! Those are really frightening!

      • Link

        Thank you! Interesting topic to discuss. I really liked Oculus, so unique & very scary. One of my other favorites is The Thing (the original, not the remake!)

        • Link

          There's three "things" actually! First one being black and white from 1951, I think. Full title being "The Thing from another world" but was the original Thing. Haha! But yes, I like the '82 version. Very well done. I haven't seen the redo from 2011 yet. I want to, just to see the amount of artwork put into the sculpture for it.

          • Link

            Oh! I didn't know that! Maybe I'll have to check out the oldest version as well. The most recent remake was okay, but I prefer the effects of the '82 version by far. Practical effects like that...nothing compares. Except perhaps straight up nightmares, he he.

  • Link

    A blank stare. A furtive motion. Something that looks like you're seeing it through grainy night vision.

    • Link

      Oooooh! Yes! Bright pupilless eyes?

      • Link

        Yeah. And maybe a texture somewhat like the tattered feathers of a dead crow.

  • Link

    Uncanny valley mimicry kinda things get me too. I -hate- seeing people with minor latex prosthetics, like an added-on brow or chin. They bother the hell out of me.

    Big teeth, lots of teeth, lots of -different kinds- of teeth. Freakishly square teeth, long sharp stabby teeth. Teeth so wild the creature has shredded its own lips off with them. Or maybe nature was kind and it evolved without lips to begin with.

    Cataracts. Cataracts are unsettling. Groups of dead eyes together are even better, in places where eyes shouldn't be, like the cheek or lower jaw.

    Wounds, sores, oddly-shaped scars (not the handsome hero scar over the eye) Jagged, rippled edges, pockmarks from poorly-done sutures. Lumps, growths, pustules. Holes, even better if there's things inside the holes. I -love- trypophobia triggers.

    • Link

      Ooooh, interesting! I like all of these specifically physical features, this is really fascinating. I've heard many mentions of large mouths, but no descriptors of the teeth, so this is really helpful!

  • Link

    many eyes. dead eyes. staring off in the distance, as if there was something more than you and the monster. something that either fascintates or even scares the monster.

    decay. body being eaten alive by fungi. body being reshaped, rearranged, parts being merged by a disease.

    voices. this is difficult to convey in picture, but i think portal 2 rattman graffiti does it well. feeling of insanity. of the world getting out of your control. (when youre near that creature)

    • Link

      Ooooh, its interesting you mention fungus specifically. I had a friend recently stop me from talking about Fungus and Cordyceps, because it freaks them out so much.

      And the voices, yes.... I can definitely resonate with that one! Those moments while listening to music, thinking you hear your name so you remove your headphones and hear nothing but silence..... Oof.

  • Link

    The unknown, unspecific horrors without clear form. Staring eyes, uncanny movements and limb proportions of whatever might lurk in the dark x)

    • Link

      Cats, when they suddenly stare intensely at the wall or ceiling must really bother you!

  • Link

    Humans. The more normal, the worse.

    • Link

      While understandable, I'm looking more for something to inspire my next project, be it sculpture or mask. I'm looking for things that induce fear in relation to horror, and how small things effect people. That way, I can find a concept to latch on to, and explore via sculpture.
      What about regular folks bothers you?

      • Link

        Perhaps the most frightening thing about humans is the face of the crowd, which emerges when they all flock together, swallowed up by their own zeal, becoming a monster greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Link

    Ghosts because I couldn't potentially fight it off or force it leave.
    Also home invaders. Thieves. Murderers.

    Both fears of the dark whittled away as I began to have pets in my room. My trust that my pets will react to either a paranormal force or someone breaking in or creeping in my yard basically phased out my fear of the dark completely.

    I imagine if I ever find myself in a situation where I no longer have a pet that sleeps in close proximity to me, I imagine my fear of the dark could return?

    • Link

      Quite possible!
      Ghosts are really frightening to me as well, they are part of that element of the unknown. That terrifies me too.

  • Link

    Things that can make you one of them scare me the most. Zombies, plagues, mind controlling parasites... If it can convert you against your will and erradicate who you were in the process.

    • Link

      ooooh, that's a really good one. Few people say zombies because I think they are overdone a bit, but at the same time, if you really think about it.... IT really depends on what FORM those zombies take.

  • Link

    For me, it is large eyes and large mouths on humanoid creatures. Has bothered me since I was small. Something is very off putting about it. And also the Russian Sleep Experiment guy, like woah wow wtf he freaks me out. But I think that's related somehow...
    I also hate Avant Garde for some reason, unless it has to do with horror. For example, Begotten doesn't phase me as badly as Eraserhead, and Eraserhead not as badly as Jocko Homo by Devo. No idea what is up with that though, if you've got some sort of reasoning I'd be super interested to hear it.