Angels are meant to be mostly terrifying, really. Your guardian angel probably looks worse than what you picture the monster under your bed to be.
The fourth one is freaking cool. I mean they all are, but…
Many classic horror icons and other disturbing creatures share common characteristics. Pale skin, dark, sunken eyes, elongated faces, sharp teeth, and the like. These images inspire horror and revulsion in many, and with good reason. The characteristics shared by these faces are imprinted in the human mind.
Many things frighten humans instinctively. The fear is natural, and does not need to be reinforced in order to terrify. The fears are species-wide, stemming from dark times in the past when lightning could mean the burning of your tree home, predators could be hiding in the dark, heights could make poor footing lethal, and a spider or snake bite could mean certain death.
The question you have to ask yourself is this:
What happened, deep in the hidden eras before history began, that could effect the entire human race so evenly as to give the entire species a deep, instinctual, and lasting fear of pale beings with dark, sunken eyes, razor sharp teeth, and elongated faces?
To be honest that last question frightened me more that the picture.
Timor mortis. It’s the fear of being dead, of death itself, and by extension, what was currently the cause of lots of it. I’m thinking cholera, plague, all the rest, sometimes so virulent that “a victim could have breakfast with their family and supper with their ancestors.”
Consider the pallid complexion, sunken eyes, more prominent teeth (this last a result of slackened facial muscles which let the mouth hang open - remember the bandage Marley wears in “A Christmas Carol”? It’s there to hold his mouth shut until rigor sets in.) This muscle slackness also caused elongated faces.
All these feature on more-or-less-fresh corpses, and making new deliveries to a mass grave like a plague pit would give plenty of exposure to the sight of considerably-less-fresh ones. Accidental or deliberate, those grey streaks on the original post make-up is very reminiscent of post-mortem marbling as decomposition becomes visible through the skin.
"Sharp" teeth rather than the more accurate “apparently-protruding" teeth is an imaginative embellishment (h. sapiens is an imaginative species, especially when it comes to scaring ourselves witless).
IMO the “dark” sunken eyes - pupil and iris all black, often as the first stage of transformation or a now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t suggestion of otherness - is a modern twist. Bryan Froud’s illustrations in “Faeries" (1978) are the first example of this creepy all-black eye that I can think of, but it’s been popularised by any number of movies and TV shows
Earlier spooky eyes tended to have animal descriptions, usually cat, wolf or just ‘predatory beast”, though in one memorable instance (“Varney the Vampire; or, The Feast of Blood”, an 1845 penny-dreadful serial that beat “Dracula" to print by a full 50 years) the vampire’s eyes are “like polished tin…"
The author (James Malcolm Rymer or Thomas Preskett Prest, nobody’s quite sure) was just writing a scary image, but the modern impression is of supernatural mirror shades, worn for the same reason as any Scary Shiny Glasses: so you can’t see in. Wherever “in” might be. The rest of the description is as expected: pale face, projecting teeth, gaunt hands with long nails…
In other words, a corpse.
The effects of this will be on a COLOSSAL SCALE.
This is very important stuff.
I honestly feel bad for the homosexual athletes who spent all these years just for this one moment only to find out that they MIGHT be arrested before they can even participate.
Honestly, we were supposed to go there but we aren’t anymore. They’re not going to arrest just the homosexuals, but also the ones who SUPPORT them or who THEY THINK is a homosexual.
What are these people thinking? My goodness
This angers me so much
Dustin Hoffman on playing a woman in Tootsie (1982)
“If I was going to be a woman, I would want to be as beautiful as possible. And they said to me, ‘Uh, that’s as beautiful as we can get you.’ And I went home and started crying to my wife, and I said, ‘I have to make this picture.’ And she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘Because I think I’m an interesting woman when I look at myself on screen, and I know that if I met myself at a party, I would never talk to that character because she doesn’t fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think that women have to have in order for us to ask them out.’ She says, ‘What are you saying?’ and I said, ‘There’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.’ It was not what it felt like to be a woman. It was what it felt like to be someone that people didn’t respect, for the wrong reasons. I know it’s a comedy. But comedy’s a serious business.”
This is a man in tears when he came up against the experience of being a woman in a misogynist society, and realizing what it means for them, and for him, too.