Last night, for shits and giggles (and yes, because I’ve recently become enamored with Tumblr, a decade after everyone else), I posted 10 Serene Cinematic Images to Help You Sleep Peacefully Tonight. Many of those were of Pennywise, from Stephen King’s It. Many who saw the post were nonplussed, but for many of those who came of age around the time that It aired or had the fear of God put into you by the clown in Poltergeist, that coulrophobia has lingered. I suspect that Poltergeist and It combined nearly killed the birthday-party clown industry.
Now comes Woman in Black, which hopes to do for dolls what Pennywise did for clowns: Make the thought of them terrifying. It’s not exactly a new trope — Pediophobia, especially where it concerns China Dolls — is fairly common in moody horror flicks. But this one, at least based on the trailer, looks to do what James Wan’s little-seen Dead Silence could not. (Note, Child’s Play took a crack at this, too, but those movies were way too fucking silly to make much of an impression).
Check out the creepy trailer.