While there are many thrilling reasons why people watch countless spine-chilling horror films the intoxicating element of fear is probably the most electrifying push. Phobias have a riveting way of making our hearts tremble and whether you’re addicted to that gripping feeling or it leaves you feeling unpleasant, the reality is that the horror genre has the ability to prey on our emotional imperfections. So, while we’re on the topic, how many of you suffer from Pupaphobia?

What is pupaphobia?

This insufferable fear means that you’re deeply terrified of puppets, although it can also be used to refer to the fear of ventriloquist dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues or simply anything that represents a being that appears to have feelings or perceptions.

What are some of the causes?  

In general, phobias usually arise from a combination of traumatic events and predispositions, like genetics and brain chemistry. They often start at an early age, but can also develop later in life.

So, why puppets?

Childhood trauma: It isn’t unheard of for a child to have a terrible nightmare involving a puppet, whether it’s after watching a scary movie or provoked by a frightening encounter during a puppet performance.
The illusion of life: Many people are fearful of inanimate objects coming to life.
Uncanny representation: Although it’s obvious that puppets aren’t human, they still embellish an uncanny representation of being human.
Intentionally creepy: Puppet horror collectibles, although the perfect representation of memorable characters from horror movies, was created to be creepy for our entertainment.

Which iconic horror puppet is your favorite?

The horror film and TV industry have done a hair-raising job creating the creepiest, most otherworldly puppets. So, regardless if they’re the stars of your nightmares or the horror collectibles sitting on your shelf, you can’t help but applaud their ability to scare fans of the genre. But which puppet heightens your pupaphobia?

Puppet Master: The Puppet Master franchise is definitely one of the horror installments that’s equipped with threatening, anthropomorphic puppets. Whether you prefer the demonic qualities of Blade or the flamethrower, known as Torch, it’s clear that these two puppets can’t be pulled by any mere strings.

The Billy Puppet: Whether you prefer the horror-ific voice of the Saw franchise’s Billy Puppet or you get a kick out of the antagonist version from the film Dead Silence, what both of these horror icons have in common is downright darkness. With their ghostly white faces, demonically possessed eyes and scary, real-life personas these horror puppets are what night terrors of made of.

Goosebumps: No other character quite represents Goosebumps like Slappy the puppet. As one of the series’ most popular villains, he appears to have a fun-loving, family-friendly personality at first, but if you cross him or attempt to ditch him, he becomes an entirely different demonic entity with the supernatural powers to summon great evil.

Which horror puppet is your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below.

December 07, 2022 — Nightmare Toys