Are you kidding me with this? There’s scary and creepy, and then there’s this, which gave me nightmares. I don’t do well with talking dolls. I purposely never watched the Chucky movies, I avoided Teddy Ruxpin as a child, and the “Talking Tina” episode of the Twilight Zone is one of the scariest. Maggie is a sickly orphan and sent to live with unknown relatives. Very Secret Garden, right? She’s sent to live at a boarding school owned by two sisters, except no one is at the school anymore. So creepy red flag number one.
Maggie starts hearing voices that no one else can hear, and she and everyone else thinks she is crazy. As Hermione Granger would say, “Hearing voices is never a good sign.” Til one day she finds a hidden attic where there are dolls that are walking and talking. Instead of running away, arms flailing, she starts to hang out with the dolls, who are an older couple with a dog. See cover. They have fun time adventures, which include a picnic with wood pieces serving as bread and butter. Through the love of the dolls, she learns to love and opens up to others more.Turns out the dolls are haunted and animated by the ghosts of a dead couple that used to live in the house. Or something.
Then one day her aunts find the room and as soon as they are seen, the dolls fall down dead and don’t move. For days. So not only do you have walking and talking dolls, but now you have dead corpse dolls. Eventually the dolls come back to life and all is well and everyone lives happily ever after. Yikes.
There are only a few things that really scared me as a child. They were:
- this book
- Large Marge showing Pee Wee what the people who fell off the top of the Empire State building in a truck looked like as they were pulled out of the wreckage
- the corpse of the dead kid in Stand By Me
- Genesis’ “Land of Confusion” video
- Talking Heads “Blind” video )you can’t find it online- thank god