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, the marketing departments of Universal had even planned this little catchline on the poster of the film for its 25 years: “This summer again, you will not 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 for only connection to the outside 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 on the …