By - tallboi07
The question is somewhat misguided. These images are an amalgamation of our fears. White faces would probably signify death or disease, sharp teeth a danger of being bitten or eaten, etc. These were very much a problem.
Or simply a primal reaction: “that dude ain’t right, don’t go near him”
It’s either he’s dying or you’ll be dead
He's either lying or you're dying...
Imagine our ancestor like:"oh no he has weird teeth and really white face, gott stay ways from him" and its just a british dude
epic colonization moment
they weren't wrong.
Probably the same reason that for our response to uncanny valley.
The uncanny Valley
Yeah death is definitely a big problem
Bro, don't fear the Reaper!
That’s good, but I think I need a little bit more cow bell.
That was better... But I still think it needs more cowbell.
That could have been the best, but please for the love of god somebody grab the gong, it just wasn’t enough cowbell
I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell
Fear the titties
I love you for making that reference
Come on baby, don't fear the reaper
Baby take my hand
Dont fear the Rupert.
You guys are speaking about Hank?
That's just like... your opinion, man.
shut the fuck up, Donny!!!!
You’re out of your element!!
Am I right, or am I right. Or am I right?
This is not 'nam alright?
I am the walrus?
Nobody fucks with the jesus
Those are good burgers Walter
That did not occur to us, dude
Walter, you fuckin asshole!!
OVER THE LINE!!!!
You mark that roll an 8 you're entering a world of pain
A world of pain...
death is like friction: it can be ignored as long as it is irrelevant to you
It's to do with death, you are right with the white faces, also when you die the gum recedes quickly elongating the teeth making them appear pointy.
And this is literally the basis of the vampire myth
And the leakage of bodily fluids from the deceased make it seem like they have a taste for blood
The worlds most hated colour is a dark yellowish brown;
Everyone has a favourite colour. We tend to stick with just one colour throughout our lives. A new study has found that the most common favourite colour is blue.
The BBC in the U.K. looked at how and why people like one colour more than another. There were two main findings in the research. One was that a majority of people around the world like the colour blue most. The other finding was that people change the colours they like as they get older.
The researchers said our experiences in life change the way we feel about colour. In particular, people often like darker colours as they get older.
The studies showed that dark yellowish-brown was the world's least liked colour.
Well, dark yellowish-brown is the color of shit, so...
Then theres the lack of knowledge and equipment to properly deal with things that imitate death, so unfortubate souls would leave claw marks on the top of the coffin, even to the point of dislodging nails and wearing flesh to the bone, potentially even splintering them.
Yes, this is similar to how we find acne unattractive...it's because we're hardwired to like perfect skin as it denotes health. Not that acne denotes bad health but early man had no cure for infections disease and so avoided people who looked sick or weak for their own protection.
Not only protection but also procreation! Healthy parents have better caretaking skills and genes for your offspring
The 70s was not ready for this, many ppl threw up in theater.
Still my favorite movie of all time. As a horror movie, the goal is to be shocking, terrifying and, well, horrific. The Exorcist had people, as you said, vomiting in the theaters, fainting, crying, praying, people ran out of the theaters, people had heart attacks, panic attacks and the second night of its showing, religious groups protested the film. Job. Well. Done. The perfect horror movie in my opinion.
Most definently, it's a classic horror film
And William Friedkin only had to permanently injure two women to do it
Can you explain tha?. I'm genuinely curious and too lazy to research it.
From a Looper article:
Regan MacNeil is violently thrashed around her room by the demon possessing her body. This effect was achieved by rigging actress Linda Blair to the bed, which moved mechanically. "In this particular take, the lacing came loose," Blair explains in Episode 1 of "Cursed Films." "I'm crying, I'm screaming, they think I'm acting up a storm. It fractured my lower spine. No, they didn't send me to the doctor, it is the footage that's in the movie"
Sadly, Ellen Burstyn also suffered a back injury during filming. For the scene in which Regan slaps her across the room, Burstyn was pulled to the floor with a wire. The force of the pull ended up permanently injuring her.
Sorry for the Looper link, but [this covers both actress’ injuries pretty well.](https://www.looper.com/448033/the-real-and-terrifying-injury-caused-on-the-set-of-the-exorcist/)
My mum told me she went to see this with her brother and needed 'pills' after as she was so unnerved, she watched the whole thing through her fingers and said the noises were enough! 😂 this film will always be one of the greats in my opinion, the perfect horror.
Damn face flashes out of fucking NOWHERE when they take her to get a medical exam. Thinking you're safe to let your guard down aint nothing spooky gonna happen yet and since they're in public with a doctor should be...NOPE.
Agreed, and Tubular Bells is a rotten slow dance song.
More than likely this is because of a fear of dead bodies which humans would have many reasons to not want to mess with. Oh what's wrong with that guy he's dead must be something that killed him nearby. Perfectly reasonable to hardwire revulsion for this purpose.
So vampires then.
Could be Morbs, or maybe Aztec gods of fitness.
If vampires were real they must not look like this or we'd easily recognize them.
Wonder what made us need that...
Vampires, definitely vampires.
More likely parasites that would cause someone to bloat or act erratically. Plague. Leprosy. Etc.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), humans are the second most deadly animals on Earth. Each year, there are an estimated 19,141 homicides, 14,414 of which are attributed to firearms. That means that there are 5.8 homicides per population of 100,000 humans. What’s more, 2018 also saw about 1.2 million emergency department visits due to human-on-human assault
What's the first...
Depends which list you look at, I think it was mesquito on that one.
I hate this comment, mainly because I'm British and it's true.
You have teeth?
Right, thats it! What are country are you from, were coming over.
We probably already have at some point and then had to give them their country back.
Only after we made it better, right...?
Was just about to comment the same thing. Lol.
Please don’t say bri*ish uncensored
I think this specific example actually falls into the uncanny valley. It has enough similarities to a human face but there are enough odd characteristics about it that it's not quite right. Such an uncomfortable in-between.
Paying taxes is far more scary than this
As an adult, I second this.
White meth heads *still* give me the creeps
Moved to western NC recently and I gotta say that thanks to the tweakers around here, I don't have to imagine what the Beverly Hillbillies would look like as zombies.
And some of them don’t even have teeth!
That's Pazuzu (king of demons) in original exorcist movie.. in demonology he exists and is right up there by Lucifer
Most feared of all demons, even by Lucifer himself. He's actually older than the Judeo-Christian pantheon by centuries. I really love the character Pazuzu because of his interesting history. He's married to 7 succubi, is the bringer of pestilence and disease, controls the winds, protector of women and children, and helped Solomon build his temple by continuously knocking the walls down until they were very well fortified. He's walked the line between good and evil but always in a chaotic fashion.
It’s funny how this all-powerful entity has such a silly name
I remember having the DVD and having to pause it because of the frames were so fast.
I remember seeing it in the upper right portion of the screen during a viewing in my film class, and being absolutely terrified with existential dread for the rest of the day as that subliminal image cycled repeatedly through my working memory.
This perspective of Pazuzu scared/scares the shyte out of me and it doesn't matter how often I watch this film, it will continue to do so 😨
As much as this is cool and i want to believe it desperately, its not true. We evolved to stay away from corpses and be familiar with the people in our tribes.
Ever not seen someone for a long time, months then you see them in a dark environment or any place where u cant see them clearly but u recognize them by their movements? Because i can.
At one point i hadnt seen my cousin for 3 years and he suprised me by showing up to me dressed in a big cowboy hat and a face mask with big sun glasses, couldn't recognize his face but 100% recognized him from how he walked and his body structure.
We definitely pick up on body language and whatnot more than we think, I've always wondered if its why some people give us the creeps and we just can't tell why.
It's so weird when you don't think you know something like that but you do
I recognized a childhood friend in the middle of the street by the way he walked and the general shape of his body and head/hair. But we are talking so so many years apart, the last time I saw him he must have been a feet smaller!
I also don’t like psychic tentacle monsters but I don’t think we’ve had a lot of them in our evolutionary history.
Octopussys are pretty scary
Polar bears, homie. Big ass polar bears that want to eat your face!
with big white pointy teeth
Big, sharp, pointy teeth!
"It's just a rabbit!"
Even things like tigers and wolves have big white patches on their face.
pointy teeth = meat eater
Probably did not take too many mistakes from our neanderthal ancestors for us to figure out to avoid the furry animals with pointy teeth.
<*Dog has entered the chat*>
i’m not scared of whatever the hell these things are… to me it just looks like it’s morbin time
I saw this documentary about some indigeneous tribe, and how they would form a circle of armed tribespeople to protect the sleeping members of the tribe in its center, because they had no artificial light sources at night. My best guess is the way predators (such as big cats) can sneak up at night, the first thing you see in the moonlight is their fanged face due to prolonged bodies.
It's fight or flight situation, so no wonder it was imprinted into our behaviour.
Sharp teeth resembles that of predators' and white faces might just be because it signifies lack of health, or life .
Pazuzu you ungrateful gargoyle, I put you through college and this is how you repay me?!
Bon oui. Bon oui to you all.
Sounds like skulls
Pasty white skin and bad teeth? You’re right to fear the English, chances are we’ve either killed your ancestors and stolen your land, or tried very hard to!
Rule brittania! Brittania rules the waves!
We like to call these the good old days
The Exorcist is timeless!
That is literally Danhausen
It’s Pazuzu from the original Exorcist film! Danhausen used to do different horror movie face paint for every match and this was the one that got the best reaction and he eventually just stuck to it.
Ya know, just saying something without any empirical evidence doesn't make it true.
That's what I keep telling my whack-job relatives. I finally had a crucifix made that says, "EMPERICAL" horizontally and "EVIDENCE" vertically. I put battery acid on it and stuck it to my cousin's arm when he started preying for me at our family reunion. The acid burn appeared the next day, they all think I am a demon, and now I don't have to go to family reunions anymore! YEAH!
I think it's just because of the uncanny valley
That and dead faces from blood loss are white at first, which was more likely during hunter gatherer stages of evolution.
Yes, I thought of that after my comment unfortunately.
Blursed after thought. Have a good night!
Is that another way of saying taint?
It’s a snake. The face is just high contrast. Your DNA sees 2 eyes and teeth and Nopes out. Spiders too, automatic biological red flag.
nay, we are born with only two fears, that of falling and that of loud sounds.
‘White faces and sharp teeth’ you’ve just described the English!!!! lol
Anything with sharp teeth could easily be feared
All hail Pazuzu!
I think maybe we associate paleness with death and sharp teeth with ill health, and those associations led to a visage of horror in media?
Sharp teeth. Obvious reasons. Pale skin. Decaying body. Possible danger of death nearby and rotting flesh is unsafe.
Someone forgot about the panda wars.
You're mixing it up. People were scared of paler complexion because it's a indicator of illness. People were scared of fangs because beasts usually have them. They are separate fears and we see them together today because monsters in media usually have these traits Example: Zombies and Vampires
Scared of sharp teeth because they are sharp. I’m not scared of whites.
Who’s scared of Michael Jackson?
When the British started to colonize everything
Porphyria and the vampires
A few million years of mammalian ancestry
Maybe we aren’t and it’s just a product of film making??
We're afraid of heights, at what point did evolution make us afraid of tall places?
No they're not.
Sharks my dude. 70% of earth is water so our ancestors probably had to fish alot
I’d be amazed to see the science behind this, I doubt you can figure out what fears you are naturally born with… there used to be a myth going on about humans being afraid of holes due to an ancient gene that told us dangers lurked in the darkness… that wasn’t real so I have a hard time imagining this is legit.
I'd wager it's probably just the uncanny valley effect
I’m saying The days of the Stone Age
Why you have to put this on my timeline
Not how evolution works
The cave dwellers
Maybe it is beacause of rotting body color changes and doesn't look normal to us as humane and walking like us is little scary.
k which one of u mfs gave this the wholesome award
Is that Morbius from "Morbius (2022)"?
giant white feathery dinosaurs
Not these fake news AGAIN
Says who? I don’t fear this at all.
If your genetics aren't warey of an unhealthy looking person you'll probably not last very long. I mean, humans chill out when we understand something so I'm not saying "humans hate sick people", humans actually really like helping people but unknown strangeness scares us a lot.
Maybe a fear for the mentally unwell too? Like, if you saw someone looking like this your brain might be like "this dude is unhinged af" and want you to stay away.
Other primates, avian extinct species and big cats. Probably occurred before Homo sapiens evolved into a separate species.
I don't recall hearing any scientific source claim this in a study. Do you have any supporting links to case studies about this?
Ah click bait bollocks. Delicious.
It was pretty much since the start and it's all because of how humans look when they are about to die from starvation or diseases,so they made stories and legends about the things that they were afraid the most combined.
Death and unknown wild animals were the true fears of the ancient people.
When you see people around you die from wild animals and watch people get pale and skinny from disease is something that will stay with your kind forever it's out primal fears that define the current humans.
That's why we afraid more of a cockroach than the electrical current the one can instantly kill you and the other can't..tho people afraid an insect so that's all about it primal fears from our ancestors inscribed into our DNA.
What’s the proof we are born with this fear?
First Reddit post I see after waking from a nightmare. Awesome.
Fear is a primal emotion as is disgust. Disgust is a phylogenetically old emotion which gives creatures an aversion to contaminants. The primal concerns were bodily contaminants such as ingesting rancid food, faecal matter and disease. Both dead bodies and diseased people are discoloured and are vectors for infection and disease. It MIGHT be that this supposed inate fear is also augmented by dosgust and may be where our aversion comes from. Or it could be a recent social construct. Worth a closer look.
The white faces are restricted or little blood flow + being ill.
The teeth are obvious.
This is really just a sick person who might have the strength to spread their illness to you.
Fuck me, this again.
Primates, fucking primates, that’s where we get our fear of similarity. There were other apes that looked like us when we were evolving that’s why we have this fear.
White faces - dead or sick bodies
Sharp teeth - surely I don’t have to explain that one?
I never get these “at some point there had to be a reason for these fears ooooooohhh” posts because 99% of them are incredibly obvious and understandable if you think for like 3 seconds.
Great white sharks?
When the British invaded
Maybe it just go further back in our evolution. Maybe we have a fear of white face sharp teeth because our ape ancestry was being haunted by white fur face animal with sharp teeth?
Probably not on the same creature. Pale faces could be just discolored or unusually shaped faces, possibly indicating a diseased individual or a dead body. Sharp teeth would most likely indicate a predator, which we would need to stay away from
The is probably what the natives saw when the Europeans started arriving in boats
Humans came from Africa, most of the first humans should had had dark skin...in África they had encounter baboons, those animals can be very violent . They have white faces and sharp teeth
Part of it could be because of rabies. Extreme dehydration is a symptom that causes the gums to recede making them appear to have elongated teeth, plus a pale face would be a symptom as well
i’m also afraid of michael jackson
Sometimes this exact face shows up in my head when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Fear of the dead and dying, as someone being unusually pale could have a terrible disease, been somewhere dangerous, or straight up dead by something. Sharp teeth, because well, who wants to get chomped on by razor jaws the alligator.
Now put together a pale thing with sharp teeth and you have a diseased biting thing that you really don't want to mess with. And if the sharp biting thing is dead, now you really don't wanna know what managed to do that. Basically monkey brain says gtfo if thing looks like it's gonna be a problem
\*pulls my white skin suit with sharp teeth out of the closet\*
Nigga look at it
I mean helps you stay away from corpses that may carry disease - humans may not have known that except by developing this instinct to make funeral proceedings as sanitary as possible
Alot of tribes used to sharpen their teeth and cover their skin with bone dust and white ash, so perhaps it is learned from combat?
Yeah my abuser always painted her face white to look more intimidating I finally have closure on this haha
This face terrified me in the Exorcist….way more so than Regan. I thought the head spin was a laugh riot compared to this flashing face, and even as an adult, if the devil is real, I think this is what he looks like.
Fish brain remnant to avoid sharks
This is completely wrong -
we are only born with 2 fears - the fear of falling and loud noise…
Op karma farming hard on this one
Crazed Panda bears
Dead bodies are white or paler than normal, visible teeth indicates decomposition or danger, if you saw a body you would run away in case you're going to be hunted by the same thing that did that in the first place. That's my guess
We didn’t evolve surround this specific fear. It shares attributes with other threats like bearing sharp teeth in addition to pinging cultural schemas in your head regarding what we view to be creepy.
This is kind of like saying: most people would be afraid of a 200ft tall sentient cardboard box with razor blades as teeth…at what point in history was this a problem and evolution needed to make us scared of it?
Maybe bc its what ppl look like when ill or dying. And rosy cheeks represent health.