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broccolicrocodile

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.


JRYeh

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


MeantForMushrooms

He's either lying or you're dying...


D_M-ack

Probably both.


igotdoxxedlmao

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


arnvi

epic colonization moment


LeafyEucalyptus

they weren't wrong.


TheChIefPoTatopEelEr

Probably the same reason that for our response to uncanny valley.


Wildmantis_

The uncanny Valley


son_lux_

Yeah death is definitely a big problem


jack_meinhoff

Bro, don't fear the Reaper!


Beerdrinker2525

That’s good, but I think I need a little bit more cow bell.


pegabear

That was better... But I still think it needs more cowbell.


Llilbuddha422

That could have been the best, but please for the love of god somebody grab the gong, it just wasn’t enough cowbell


Bottle-nosed-dolphin

I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell


Toolewdtocare

Fear the titties


atomicboogeyman

Podcast ouuutttt!


Credible_Clown422

I love you for making that reference


gloomer_

Come on baby, don't fear the reaper


BannedOnTwitter

Baby take my hand


[deleted]

Dont fear the Rupert.


CrystalClearHuman

You guys are speaking about Hank?


Bottle-nosed-dolphin

Haha subnautica


Me_Real_The

That's just like... your opinion, man.


srjjj

shut the fuck up, Donny!!!!


evanwolf1031

You’re out of your element!!


Rorosanna

Am I right, or am I right. Or am I right?


YellowNumb

This is not 'nam alright?


BrujeriaMX

I am the walrus?


codemonkeyhopeful

Nobody fucks with the jesus


Quick-Emphasis2098

Those are good burgers Walter


ImperialNavyPilot

That did not occur to us, dude


CharlieLebowski

Walter, you fuckin asshole!!


LobsterAdventurous25

OVER THE LINE!!!!


Quick-Emphasis2098

You mark that roll an 8 you're entering a world of pain


codemonkeyhopeful

A world of pain...


AntLover000

death is like friction: it can be ignored as long as it is irrelevant to you


mentazm

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.


lumberzach316

And this is literally the basis of the vampire myth


slimersmomm

And the leakage of bodily fluids from the deceased make it seem like they have a taste for blood


HungryEstablishment6

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. ​ https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2206/220609-the-colour-blue-m.html


Eviscerate_Bowels224

Well, dark yellowish-brown is the color of shit, so...


ares5404

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.


Ieatclowns

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.


Milkarius

Not only protection but also procreation! Healthy parents have better caretaking skills and genes for your offspring


Independent_String50

The 70s was not ready for this, many ppl threw up in theater.


DontLookAtMe89

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.


Independent_String50

Most definently, it's a classic horror film


click_track_bonanza

And William Friedkin only had to permanently injure two women to do it


RydmaUwU

Can you explain tha?. I'm genuinely curious and too lazy to research it.


vorpalgosnickersnack

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" And 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.


click_track_bonanza

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/)


tbarcat

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.


fuckshitpissspam

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.


Starfish_Symphony

Agreed, and Tubular Bells is a rotten slow dance song.


-but-its-not-illegal

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.


SirenSaysS

So vampires then.


Channa_Argus1121

Could be Morbs, or maybe Aztec gods of fitness.


EvenBetterCool

If vampires were real they must not look like this or we'd easily recognize them.


TheElusiveHolograph

Uncanny valley


rinsaber

Wonder what made us need that... Vampires, definitely vampires.


EvenBetterCool

More likely parasites that would cause someone to bloat or act erratically. Plague. Leprosy. Etc.


Optimal-Scientist233

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 [https://www.treehugger.com/most-dangerous-animals-in-the-world-5179403](https://www.treehugger.com/most-dangerous-animals-in-the-world-5179403)


in_it_for_the_meme

What's the first...


Optimal-Scientist233

Depends which list you look at, I think it was mesquito on that one.


nekro_ninja

The British


TheFormidiblePlant

I hate this comment, mainly because I'm British and it's true.


RebaKitten

You have teeth?


TheFormidiblePlant

Tooth, snaggletooth.


Apple-Pigeon

Right, thats it! What are country are you from, were coming over.


craggnarr83

We probably already have at some point and then had to give them their country back.


Apple-Pigeon

Only after we made it better, right...?


avi8r94

Was just about to comment the same thing. Lol.


[deleted]

Please don’t say bri*ish uncensored


Henrym1124

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.


stugotsT

Paying taxes is far more scary than this


Fire_Hashira_Rengoku

As an adult, I second this.


SnooCakes6195

White meth heads *still* give me the creeps


DontLookAtMe89

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.


truePHYSX

And some of them don’t even have teeth!


Independent_String50

That's Pazuzu (king of demons) in original exorcist movie.. in demonology he exists and is right up there by Lucifer


DontLookAtMe89

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.


AnemoTreasureCompass

It’s funny how this all-powerful entity has such a silly name


RyanDanielst

I remember having the DVD and having to pause it because of the frames were so fast.


Designer-Ruin7176

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.


tbarcat

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 😨


antidoxthroway

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.


ehudsdagger

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.


RandomTheBugg

It's so weird when you don't think you know something like that but you do


Exsces95

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!


metalshoes

I also don’t like psychic tentacle monsters but I don’t think we’ve had a lot of them in our evolutionary history.


1312simon

Octopussys are pretty scary


scorpyo72

Polar bears, homie. Big ass polar bears that want to eat your face!


nicholsmichael

with big white pointy teeth


Lord_Shaqq

Big, sharp, pointy teeth! "It's just a rabbit!"


deadsoulinside

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.


scorpyo72

<*Dog has entered the chat*>


Usual-Ingenuity-1919

i’m not scared of whatever the hell these things are… to me it just looks like it’s morbin time


Tag_em_and_bag_em

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.


voodoo4sct

Sharp teeth resembles that of predators' and white faces might just be because it signifies lack of health, or life .


GhostBC3445

Pazuzu you ungrateful gargoyle, I put you through college and this is how you repay me?!


sethro919

Bon oui. Bon oui to you all.


_Tangential-Neuron_

Sounds like skulls


meehaja

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!


speedislifeson

Rule brittania! Brittania rules the waves!


Hojaed

We like to call these the good old days


gzombiez

Wolves, maybe?


Cayderent

The Exorcist is timeless!


JackCountdownt

That is literally Danhausen


UnstableUmby

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.


Puzzleheaded-Yak-796

british people


methratt

Ya know, just saying something without any empirical evidence doesn't make it true.


snarlinaardvark

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!


PsychoticBlob

What


evanwolf1031

Preying…


karmiccookie

Tomato tomahto


kingferret53

I think it's just because of the uncanny valley


Exotic_Treacle7438

That and dead faces from blood loss are white at first, which was more likely during hunter gatherer stages of evolution.


kingferret53

Yes, I thought of that after my comment unfortunately.


Exotic_Treacle7438

Blursed after thought. Have a good night!


Equal-Negotiation651

Is that another way of saying taint?


OB1yaHomie

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.


Mean_Possibility5741

nay, we are born with only two fears, that of falling and that of loud sounds.


ExtensionConcept2471

‘White faces and sharp teeth’ you’ve just described the English!!!! lol


Known_Cod_8785

Anything with sharp teeth could easily be feared


SaintBrandon

All hail Pazuzu!


remnantcat

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?


liberalindifference

Sharp teeth. Obvious reasons. Pale skin. Decaying body. Possible danger of death nearby and rotting flesh is unsafe.


Eidsel

Someone forgot about the panda wars.


Vord_Loldemort_7

British people


Traumatic_Tomato

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


mymanjeez

Scared of sharp teeth because they are sharp. I’m not scared of whites.


IXCRYSTALXI

Who’s scared of Michael Jackson?


Rockspider19

When the British started to colonize everything


EduardoReis1

Porphyria and the vampires https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porphyria


SirenSaysS

A few million years of mammalian ancestry


xShinGouki

Maybe we aren’t and it’s just a product of film making??


Arcturus2183

We're afraid of heights, at what point did evolution make us afraid of tall places?


Angel_Lust69

No they're not.


Itchy_Gold3311

Sharks my dude. 70% of earth is water so our ancestors probably had to fish alot


Alive_Row_9446

Bats.


VikingPenguin47

Source? 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.


CheatsyFarrell

I'd wager it's probably just the uncanny valley effect https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley


wudagast

Polar bears


randomstuffcuznoname

I’m saying The days of the Stone Age


constipated_cats

Why you have to put this on my timeline


HeartOfaGiantMouse

Not how evolution works


killersloth65

The cave dwellers


Professional_Cat_298

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.


Windyfighter1

k which one of u mfs gave this the wholesome award


NessLovesSteak

Is that Morbius from "Morbius (2022)"?


Wasif-Amir

Corpses


Gnarly_FXDB

giant white feathery dinosaurs


Big-Veterinarian-823

Not these fake news AGAIN


chinesiumjunk

Says who? I don’t fear this at all.


_KappaKing_

Because disease. 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.


Ok-Butterscotch5761

Other primates, avian extinct species and big cats. Probably occurred before Homo sapiens evolved into a separate species.


Jester_of_Rue

I don't recall hearing any scientific source claim this in a study. Do you have any supporting links to case studies about this?


iCantSeeShapes

Ah click bait bollocks. Delicious.


Darkwolf099

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.


Low_Preference_911

What’s the proof we are born with this fear?


makeupHOOR

First Reddit post I see after waking from a nightmare. Awesome.


T0mbaker

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. Edit: wording


halfcrown12

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.


Moochingtiger182

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.


duckfagot

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.


Peeper_Collective

Great white sharks?


Gameboi27NL

Hee Hee


birdlady404

When the British invaded


adamchow912

Exorcist


dapper-ezran

MORBIUS


dapper-ezran

MORBIUS


Infamous_Length_8111

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?


k0uch

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


Farley369

The is probably what the natives saw when the Europeans started arriving in boats


Advanced_Animal3755

Cute people


Pimecrolimus

Corpses, man


ConsciousInsurance67

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


Stefonzie

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


hiirellichor

i’m also afraid of michael jackson


Davicitorra

Sometimes this exact face shows up in my head when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.


Spaceman_fan

Baboons


Dr-False

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


Imaginary-Decision-3

\*pulls my white skin suit with sharp teeth out of the closet\*


StepIntoMyOven_69

Nigga look at it


hungriesthippo666

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


ares5404

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?


LastFableCom

Wolves


Adventurous_Virus202

Yeah my abuser always painted her face white to look more intimidating I finally have closure on this haha


Beaker360

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.


rampagejester1897

Fish brain remnant to avoid sharks


gypsy-joker

This is completely wrong - we are only born with 2 fears - the fear of falling and loud noise… https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/did-you-know-human-beings-born-only-two-innate-fears-vanessa-ward


ryneo0w0

Op karma farming hard on this one


ffllores

Crazed Panda bears


kettlepants

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


NotMySeaLion

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?


spacekatbaby

Maybe bc its what ppl look like when ill or dying. And rosy cheeks represent health.