Why? Because since childhood, images of distorted or featureless faces have freaked me out. My favourite programme, as a child, was the original “Bionic Woman” series, with Lindsay Wagner (anyone remember that?). But one of the bionic woman’s recurring foes were the Fembots – female robots who looked human until their face masks came off, and there was nothing behind the face but a pair of eyeballs and a bunch of wires. I was so scared by those scenes, I had nightmares for weeks. In fact, my mother got so dismayed by my waking up screaming in the night, for a while she banned me from watching the show altogether.
I must have improved because this poster isn’t giving me nightmares, but it still gives me the creeps. And here I am sharing it with you. I am attempting to demonstrate that what is probably a perfectly innocuous image to you stirs some deep-seated fear in my psyche, for no obvious reason. Am I completely potty? Probably. But perhaps there’s some perfectly innocent everyday object that scares you, too.