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Old 08 July 2014, 05:00 PM
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Fright Doll-induced nightmares

Comment: Urban legend about Cookie Monster dolls. According to this
legend, in the 1980's many children began experiencing nightmares brought
on by sleeping w/the doll. What bothered the parents was that not only
were their children having nightmares, all the children reporting
nightmares reported having the SAME nightmare. They would wake up in
their beds in the dark and see a man in the shadows staring at them. Over
the years, this happened less and less, however, children with Elmo dolls
are experiencing the same nightmares.
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Old 08 July 2014, 06:06 PM
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Dolls are kind of creepy anyway.
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Old 08 July 2014, 06:22 PM
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I blame ergot of some kind.

Probably used in the cookies the doll ate.

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Old 08 July 2014, 06:46 PM
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For all the creepy dolls I had as a child, the thing that scared me the most was this little red electric organ my grandmother gave me. Maybe it's because there was something really off about the sound, but I used to have recurring nightmares where I was being chased up and down the stairs by a wheezing little miniature piano (for added effect, I remember very clearly that it also oozed slime between its keys). For years I refused to be in the same room with the thing, but telling my parents that a kiddy musical instrument was really a slime spewing monster wasn't enough of an excuse to throw out a toy from grandma.
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For all the creepy dolls I had as a child, the thing that scared me the most was this little red electric organ my grandmother gave me. Maybe it's because there was something really off about the sound, but I used to have recurring nightmares where I was being chased up and down the stairs by a wheezing little miniature piano (for added effect, I remember very clearly that it also oozed slime between its keys). For years I refused to be in the same room with the thing, but telling my parents that a kiddy musical instrument was really a slime spewing monster wasn't enough of an excuse to throw out a toy from grandma.
This brinhs back the horror of an old school Speak and Spell when it's
batteries got low and the electronic shut off would fail to work!
Plus it had the added bonus of having a child resistant battery cover.
Once, when it did it's staticy raspy voice and went ELF! ELF! E..E..E,
I chucked it up hard against a brick wall to get it to stop. Amazingly, after a fresh
set of batteries, it worked fine. Those things were built like tanks!
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Old 09 July 2014, 08:03 PM
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Dolls are kind of creepy anyway.
indeed, they are...
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Old 18 August 2014, 03:53 PM
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Dolls are kind of creepy anyway.
My mother has this 2-foot-tall animatronic figurine of a Victorian caroler that she used to haul out every Christmas season for years. It held a "candle" that looked more like a spear, and brandished the thing in a threatening manner, in dead silence. Gave me the willies.
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One of my friend had a toy which when touched would start to rattle aand shake and utter some nonsense cry. once the batteries started running low, it would start doing this at random, with not interaction required.

He told me he removed the batteries, because it would suddenly activate in the middle of the night and startle the children (and any adults present in the room).
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Old 18 August 2014, 08:27 PM
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One of my friend had a toy which when touched would start to rattle aand shake and utter some nonsense cry. once the batteries started running low, it would start doing this at random, with not interaction required.
Did it go "Zip" when it moved, and "Pop" when it stopped, and "Whirrr" when it stood still?
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Did it go "Zip" when it moved, and "Pop" when it stopped, and "Whirrr" when it stood still?
No, it's just would yell something like "aboochikaboo!" and then the music would start and it would rock from side to side (trying to move forward, but not enough juice left)
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My mother has this 2-foot-tall animatronic figurine of a Victorian caroler that she used to haul out every Christmas season for years. It held a "candle" that looked more like a spear, and brandished the thing in a threatening manner, in dead silence. Gave me the willies.
We had a four foot tall santa that looked just plain evil. Even the dog barked at it.
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I have an absolute fear/hatred of ventriloquist puppets due to horror movies, yet I collect porcilen dolls and those are used almost as often (I will not however keep them in the same room I sleep in just because yeah, creep factor).

I think dolls are generally 'creepy' because of the lifelessness. They stare, unblinking, with false smiles and an unchanging gaze. It un-nerves the lizard part of our brains.
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I think dolls are generally 'creepy' because of the lifelessness. They stare, unblinking, with false smiles and an unchanging gaze. It un-nerves the lizard part of our brains.
Yeah, I can see what you mean.
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We had a four foot tall santa that looked just plain evil. Even the dog barked at it.
The dog barked at the Christmas tree one year and then look sheepish.
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The dog barked at the Christmas tree one year and then look sheepish.
The santa was a display santa for I think Coke. My dad had a store at the time. He brought it home because the distributor didn't want it back. It amazed me that someone was using that just plain scary looking thing to sell something.
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Dolls are kind of creepy anyway.
(Sigh) When did toys become creepy? Is this some kind of internet thang? If Peter, Paul and Mary were starting out today, would they be singing about receiving a creeya** toy? < geezer > I liked my toys, even the dolls. < /geezer >
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My uncle brought us a toy from an overseas trip... one of those cymbal playing monkeys... it would play for a while, then stop, then bear its teeth and scream while turning its head with its eyes bulging out, and then keep playing... it scared the bajeezus out of us as kids... and gave nightmares... This was late 70s... The same kind of monkey from Toy Story 3... I still get creeped out by that damn monkey
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I only ever had a nightmare about my dutch doll, but she was kind of PO'ed looking anyway. When I was 3 I dreamed all my dollies were running a lunch counter in the play loft and they gave me a chocolate malt.

The bad part of that dream was my disappointment upon waking up and realizing it didn't happen.
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Old 28 August 2014, 08:06 PM
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Also, I don't see any evidence that phobias about dolls are any more common now. Last Christmas my niece's daughter, who is 7, showed me her Monster High doll collection. (I think they're very cool, BTW. ) That's just one anecdote but according to this 2010 article they're very popular.

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Old 28 August 2014, 12:33 PM
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(Sigh) When did toys become creepy? Is this some kind of internet thang? If Peter, Paul and Mary were starting out today, would they be singing about receiving a creeya** toy? < geezer > I liked my toys, even the dolls. < /geezer >
I worked with a woman 30-odd years ago whose sister detested dolls. She thought they were creepy and refused to have any in her bedroom at all even as a child. So people have been thinking dolls are creepy for a very long time.
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