Monday, July 06, 2009

My Second Worst Nightmare

Back in January I wrote about my worst nightmare, zombies on the loose. This past weekend at the Taste of Chicago I unfortunately realized what my Worst Nightmare Runner-Up would be: evil clowns, dolls and dummies on the loose.

Allow me to explain. From afar this ventriloquist's booth didn't look too disturbing. Or at least I figured it couldn't be that scary since there were little kids crowded around the set-up.

Since the dummy was turned away from me and I saw his pretty normal-looking Howdy Doody friend sitting off to the side on the ground, I moved closer.

Still not really focusing on the dummy's face, I read his sign, which said, "For a quarter (or change) I will tell you a joke or take a picture with ya."

Then I took a good look at the tiny mannequin's mug. Mistake! I was absolutely horrified. I mean seriously, who creates a dummy that looks like this?

Forget Chucky, this guy is evil!

Needless to say, I didn't sleep well that night. At first I thought it was from all the food I ate at the festival (more on that some other time), but now I realize that I was obviously haunted by the face above. And tonight you will be, too. Aren't you glad I shared it with you?

(On a related note, only a few minutes ago it hit me that perhaps this dummy was meant to look like Michael Jackson, what with the hat, outfit, white socks and all (though they must have been fresh out of stock at the sequined glove store). That's no way to pay your respects, Mr. Ventriloquist!)


helkatmat said...

I agree! That 'dummy' looks a lot like the one in an old Anthony Hopkins movie, Magic. That movie could give you nightmares as well!

Spenzer said...

Oh god, lol, I just watched the trailer for "Magic" with no lights on, sitting in the dark and now I'm scared shitless. Took me years to get rid of that irrational dummy fear, now I'm gonna hear tiny feet running through the house when I go to bed tonight ... :(

Unknown said...

Did anyone put change in the hat? What happened then?

Erika (aka "e") said...

helkatmat and Spenzer - I've never heard of "Magic" and now I know to stay far, far away from it.

Elizabeth - You think I hung around for that? Hell to the no!

- e

minderelly said...

ICKY! I no like, I no like!!!! Take that hellish picture OFF!

Keyser Söze said...

It somewhat resembles Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange.... scary! :)