Many classic horror icons and other disturbing creatures share common characteristics. Pale skin, dark, sunken eyes, elongated faces, sharp teeth, and the like. These images inspire horror and revulsion in many, and with good reason. The characteristics shared by these faces are imprinted in the human mind.
Many things frighten humans instinctively. The fear is natural, and does not need to be reinforced in order to terrify. The fears are species-wide, stemming from dark times in the past when lightning could mean the burning of your tree home, predators could be hiding in the dark, heights could make poor footing lethal, and a spider or snake bite could mean certain death.
The question you have to ask yourself is this:
What happened, deep in the hidden eras before history began, that could effect the entire human race so evenly as to give the entire species a deep, instinctual, and lasting fear of pale beings with dark, sunken eyes, razor sharp teeth, and elongated faces?
To be honest that last question frightened me more that the picture.
That question is what always catches me and makes me want to reblog this
Pale skin, especially that pale, connotes death and humans instinctively want to avoid anything that might be diseased or rotten. Same goes for sunken eyes, they look unhealthy to us. Sharp teeth, well that’s an easy one, we’re afraid of potential predators. Elongated facial features tend to look more predatory too.
Plus there’s the “Uncanny valley” effect of something that looks almost human but not quite. It’s harder to read the expression of something that looks slightly off-human, and, like with skin colour and eye colour, it suggests something that’s ill or unhealthy, something that might be harmful.
It’s not that much of a mystery, sadly. Humans just don’t want to get sick or eaten.
Great question and even better answer!
Isn’t this Die Antwoord?
Pretty damn sure.
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