If You Thought A Town Full of Dolls Representing The People To Used To Live There Would Be Creepy, You Are Sort of Right But Mostly Wrong.

When I read the headline that there was a village full of dolls made by some old lady in Japan, I was like, “Oooh, that’ll be good and spooky for month of SCARES.” But it actually wasn’t scary, and it wasn’t even particularly sad. It’s sort of sweet. BONUS: You can watch the video at work on mute because there’s no dialogue! It’s all subtitled!

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Flanny was born and raised in a Detroit suburb, but tells people she's from Detroit without clarification because it makes her sound tough. She is not tough. Her favorite member of One Direction is Louis Tomlinson, and her favorite Agatha Christie detectives are Tommy and Tuppence.
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19 Responses to If You Thought A Town Full of Dolls Representing The People To Used To Live There Would Be Creepy, You Are Sort of Right But Mostly Wrong.

  1. facetaco says:

    Nope, not sweet. Dolls are never not terrifying.

    Years and years ago, there was a kiosk at the mall that sold these super-creepy fancy dolls that clost like $60 each. It was terrifying. I won a stuffed Chuckie at a crane game, so I snuck it in between the fancy dolls at the kiosk and spent like the next 3 hours watching people react as they were browsing the monstrosities and came across Chuckie. It was never not hilarious, and since everybody was too freaked out to stick around and tell the guy running the thing, I have no idea how long it took him to find out.

    • flanny says:

      If you ever travel back in time, never visit my childhood bedroom (I hope I don’t actually have to tell you not to visit a little girl’s bedroom, you grown man), because I had MANY dolls. Cabbage Patch, American Girl, you name it. A few years ago, my friend confessed that she thought Cabbage Patch Kids were “kind of ugly” and I took it as a personal insult.

      LOL about Chuckie, tho.

  2. old man fatima says:

    Reminds me of La Boca in Argentina. They make papier mache people for balconies and windows…

  3. artdorkgirl says:

    For work I had to research this Venezualan painter and he made life-sized dolls to use as models. He made them out of canvas, and straw, and random things and would apparently talk to them and ascribed personalities to them. They were…um…very weird. As was this painter. So I’m a big ol’ nope on the land of dolls.

    • facetaco says:

      Yeah, I went to a Scandinavian shop once, and the proprietor had TONS of models of trolls and Moomins and other Scandinavian characters, all about 3-4 ft tall. Which was already fairly off-putting, until she started telling me their stories and how two of them had gotten married the previous spring, and how lovely the wedding was, and also that her husband hated the ones that lived in their bedroom. Then it was time for me to leave.

  4. nastyemu says:

    The only dolls that creep me out are the ones that don’t have faces. My mom has this angel doll she puts out around Christmas and it has no face. If I see it I have to put it in a drawer.

    • flanny says:

      I once made a faceless doll for a school project in high school, and I left the face off because whenever I add faces to things, they always look fucked up. He wore lederhosen.

      I don’t like dolls that are so precious or fragile that you can’t play with them. I’m talking ’bout you, china dolls! Something about playthings that aren’t allowed to be playthings is weird to me.

      I might be a doll person, guys. I’m worried about my sanity.

  5. Real Talk ™ guys. I am now afraid of dolls. I really kind of wasn’t before, but after seeing the doll haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights and then watching Mr. Truck make our own doll-themed haunted house, now I definitely am. Also, more Real Talk. I have always been afraid of Build-a-Bear workshops and I mean REALLY afraid. If you don’t understand why, then you’ve never seen those giant bins with the empty, soulless bear bodies stacked upon each other like the discarded shells of once-great albeit terrifying creatures.

    • nastyemu says:

      I understand. One of the most frightening things from my childhood was Teddy Ruxpin.

      • Do NOT watch the movie Gooby. For this and many other reasons.

      • facetaco says:

        I had a haunted Teddy Ruxpin. We threw it away because it was creepy and not worth anything on eBay, and it appeared back in our garage. Then we left it there when we moved across the country, and it somehow ended up in our stuff. Then after a garage sale where nobody bought it, we donated it to a Goodwill, and it once again ended up back in our garage. It seems to FINALLY be gone now that we actually DID sell it in a garage sale, because I guess the curse has to be transferred to somebody else.

        • nastyemu says:

          Smart move getting someone else to buy it. A lot of people would have just burned it, but then the evil spirit would have been able to escape and take over your body.
          The Child’s Play movies with Teddy Ruxpin would have been 1000% creepier.

      • flanny says:

        My little niece, who only knows Teddy Ruxpin from being in the play room at my mom’s, is scared of it, and it doesn’t even work anymore! She’s into Grubby, though!

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