In “The Teeth of the Sea”, we find the fear of sharks, or squalophobia. In the phobia department precisely, the cinema – and not only horror films – has never been deprived of delivering some memorable scenes. Here are fifteen!
Let it be said: it has been a long time since the cinema has had fun exploring (and exploiting …) just about all possible and imaginable phobias in individuals. And the horror genre, even if it is more than widely represented, does not have the prerogative of the exploitation of phobias.
In this register, The Teeth of the Sea by Steven Spielberg has undoubtedly made its contribution to the fear aroused by sharks, called squalophobia. To which we can add ablutophobia, which is the fear of swimming.
According to popular belief, Spielberg’s masterpiece is regularly considered to be the cause of squalophobia. It’s wrong ! This popular fear of sharks dates back not to 1975, but to the turn of the century. In 1916, in fact, off the beaches of New Jersey. That year, in July, 5 people died from shark bites, all in just 12 days. This massacre made the headlines of the newspapers, while fear logically seized the bathers. An article from the Inverse website, dated 2016 and which investigated the subject, even raises questions about this popular fear of sharks until 1891. The phenomenon is therefore absolutely not new.
Anyway, the (umpteenth) dissemination of Sea teeth on France 5, is finally a good pretext to deliver a small panel of 15 phobias exploited in the cinema!
Squalophobia and ablutophobia – Les Dents de la mer
We can say without forcing too much that Jaws has fed the squalophobia quite a bit – either the fear of sharks -, with a large zest of ablutophobia, or the fear of swimming. Facetious, Universal’s marketing departments had even planned this little catchline on the film’s poster for its 25th anniversary: ”This summer again, you won’t go swimming …”
Coulrophobia – Ca
Stephen King’s terrifying clown has traumatized an entire generation of viewers, largely contributing to fuel coulrophobia, or fear of clowns. A psychosis relayed moreover by the terror aroused in the United States by the murders of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, nicknamed the “killer clown” in reference to his habit of disguising himself as a clown to amuse children in hospitals.
Nyctophobia and Claustrophobia – The Descent
Nyctophobia is characterized by an intense fear of the dark. Coupled with the claustrophobia caused by the narrow passages crossed by the six caving buddies in the terrifying The Descent, the mixture of the two is formidable for the unfortunate people suffering from these ailments.
Arachnophobia – movie of the same name
Arachnophobia, or fear of spiders, is probably one of the most common phobias in the world. We will therefore remain sober with the excellent film of the same name, Arachnophobia. Oh yes ! The star of the film is an Amazonian tarantula, the Theraphosa blondi, nicknamed in English Goliath bird-eating tarantula, that is to say “the Goliath bird-eating tarantula” …
Taphophobia – Buried
Taphophobia is the fear of being buried alive. It is the one that animates Paul in Buried, drowned under 1 ton of Iraqi soil with 90 minutes of oxygen and the only connection to the outside world is a half-charged cell phone …
Glossophobia – A King’s Speech
Glossophobia is the fear of speaking in public, in front of a larger or smaller group. It was that of the King of England George VI, whose story is told in The King’s Speech, in which the monarch attempts to correct his stuttering with the help of a language therapist.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia (!) – The Curse
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, that’s a name that is almost unpronounceable. This term designates a fear that has its origin in verse 13:18 of Revelation, one of the books of the Bible. This verse indicates that the number 666 is the number of the Beast, beast associated with Satan or the Antichrist. And it is in the hair of this cherub that is Damien from La Malédiction that this cursed number is lodged …
Acrophobia – Mission: impossible – phantom protocol
Acrophobia is the fear of heights, which is often accompanied by dizziness. As such, the ascent of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai by Tom Cruise himself in Mission: impossible – ghost protocol is a hair-raising spectacle. Admittedly held back by cables, but all the same, Cruise provides his own waterfall, almost 830 m above the ground …
Dentophobia – Marathon Man
We could have quoted The Dentist. But we would much prefer the terrifying and painful sequence of dental torture carried out by Dr. Szell (extraordinary Laurence Olivier), beating on Dustin Hoffman’s dentition. It’s safe, you say? A memorable sequence which largely contributed to arouse the anguish of dental roulette …
Trypanophobia – Pulp Fiction
Trypanophobia is the morbid fear of injections. So we can hardly imagine the anguish that must occur in a person suffering from this phobia, if she sees the sequence of Pulp Fiction in which Vincent must save Mia from the overdose by injecting her directly into the heart with a huge needle a shoot adrenaline …
Ophiophobia – Raiders of the Lost Ark
The ophiophobia is the fear of snakes, rather common elsewhere. Rather than throwing a crude or even nanardesque digital anaconda in the film of the same name, or even the sympathetic Snakes on the plane, nice but a little too much, we ultimately prefer to summon this good old phobia in our favorite Indy in The Adventurers of the Lost Ark.
Tokophobia – The Monster is alive
Tokophobia, a curious name for a specific phobia designating the pathological fear of pregnancy and childbirth. Perhaps this is why pregnant women will carefully avoid all anxiety by not watching The Monster is Alive, a nice horror movie by the way.
Cynophobia – Cujo
If the dog is man’s best friend, it is certainly not for people with Cynophobia; or fear of dogs. Cujo, the dog of Stephen king, however, is an adorable Saint Bernard. But that was before he was inoculated with the rabies virus and turned into a formidable killing machine that traps a woman and her child in their car …
Mysophobia and nosophobia – Cabin Fever
Mysophobia is the fear of being infected; nosophobia is the intense fear of illness. With a perfectly sadistic mind, Eli Roth deftly combines the two with the successful and excruciating Cabin Fever, in which a virus literally devours the flesh of its victims. What to refuse any contact with his neighbor for a long time …
Thanatophobia – The Forbidden Experience
Thanatophobia is the fear of death. And it is clearly because of their fear of death that the gang of medical students led by Nelson Wright in The Forbidden Experiment play sorcerer’s apprentices, seeking to push back the laws of physics and human nature. .
Paraskevidékatriaphobie – Friday the 13th
Paraskevidekatriaphobia: an unpronounceable name which is the phobia of Friday the thirteenth, of which a superstition, which would go back to the origins of Christendom, made of this date and in some cultures a day of misfortune. It is also on this famous date that the legend of the horror saga of the same name obviously begins, in 1980.