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Featured Phobia: Ichthyophobia (Fear of Fish)

Posted in Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , on October 24, 2019 by ranranami

“Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.”

– H. P. Lovecraft

Have you ever eaten catfish? My mom told me once when I was a kid to be very careful of the bones, because no matter how good anybody was at preparing it, there would always be a few little sharp slivers left over. For some reason, this scared the hell out of me, and ever since I get a little paranoid about eating catfish. I shouldn’t, really. The bones are small enough to chew into nothing if you just so happen to find them. There are plenty of people out there, however, who don’t just stop at avoiding catfish. In fact, there are those who are entirely terrified of seeing, let alone eating any sort of fish.

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Yes, I realize being afraid of sharks is technically Galeophobia, but it seemed more relevant than an illustration from Moby Dick – – which, by the way, still wouldn’t be relevant to Ichthyophobia either. The fear of whales is called ‘Cetaphobia’. There really is a word for every fear.

There’s the common wisdom that fish are apparently packed with mercury that has given some people issues with fish, of course. Then there’s the fact that their eyes and scales are just a tiny bit creepy. No man seemed more terrified of the ocean and whatever came out of it than Lovecraft, and he was a brilliant artist on the subject, so maybe Ichthyophobia isn’t such a terrible thing. Still, gradual exposure therapy isn’t a bad idea anyway. Often psychologists will recommend showing children especially that there isn’t anything to fear when dealing with fish. Though I think we all know they’re fooling themselves if they think the aquatic old ones aren’t going to come after us some day.

The following is an episode of Figaro Phoo about a fish. This show gives me intense anxiety every time I watch it, but who knows? Maybe it’ll help those out there suffering with their fear of fish and give them a good laugh.

Horror Flick of the Week: Dagon (2001)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2014 by ranranami

This week, I’d like to talk about one of my personal favorites, Dagon. This is one of those movies you either really love (like myself) or really hate. It has slow and developed pacing, which is something you don’t really see in a lot of horror films anymore, and I think that’s the trouble some people had with this film. Well, that and the fact that it’s called ‘Dagon’, but it’s really more of an adaptation of Lovecraft’s other story, ‘Shadow Over Innsmouth’. A very loose adaptation. Face it, there’s absolutely no way to film a Lovecraft story and keep it spot on every step of the way, the man’s visions are just…well, sometimes they’re impossible even to envision (that’s not a bad thing, though.)

 

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BUT, that aside, the film maintains the feel of a Lovecraftian tale. It maintains a creepy environment, and definitely manages to drum up a healthy dose of ichthyophobia. It’s also a ‘one dark and stormy night’ kind of story, which I can definitely appreciate. When a film manages to make a majority of the timeline feel like real time, it’s much easier to get sucked into the story.

For anyone who’s in the mood for something that builds suspense, I’d recommend this. I’d also recommend it for anyone who needs another reminder why we should fear the old ones. After all, as they say…Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!