Many horror movies love to play on the corruption of the innocence of a child or even an unborn child. When directors forge the link between evil and children the line between monster and victim are blurred. The root of these films came out of the fear of parenthood, gender, social responsibility or even just folkloric myths. An uncanny effect takes place when these criteria are reached, as well as when dolls, that are usually associated with children, are also involved. A few examples of films that hit these points are, The Exorcist, The Boy and The Ring among many others.
(Fig 1: The Boy, 2016)
As Darren Stein explains, “It’s terrifying for people to see innocence perverted. Children aren’t fully formed physically or emotionally, so there’s something inherently “other” about them. Somehow they’re more impressionable. They could turn on you at any moment.”
This feeling in film can also be translated through sculpture. Below is a sculpture of a doll done by Tari Nakagawa, as you can see, the face alone gives off a lot of mixed emotions like sadness, sorrow, provocation, death or even just scary. Her green sullen eyes grasps the viewers sight in an almost provocative gaze.The body on the other hand gives off different vibes, about all the possible ways this “little girl” has died, if she was in fact murdered or if she is coming to haunt us. Other aspects that add to the creepy aura given off by this doll are, the messy hair and her posture which is quite inviting and vulgar.
(Fig 2: Tar Nakagawa)
Hopes&Fears, 2017. Why are there so many creepy kids, dolls and clowns in horror movies?. [online] Available at: <http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/culture/film/216733-creepy-children-girls-dolls-clowns-horror-movies> [Accessed 23 February 2017].
Spooky Moon [A little crafty, a little spooky], 2014. Tari Nakagawa. [online] Available at: <http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/culture/film/216733-creepy-children-girls-dolls-clowns-horror-movies> [Accessed 23 February 2017].