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Chucky? Annabelle? How Dolls Became a Symbol of Horror


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Take a look back at the history of spooky dolls, their origin as innocent ancient playthings, and their rise to (probably) cursed objects. 

You don’t have to be a horror movie aficionado to know that dolls, no matter the shape or size, can be terrifying. With his menacing grin and wild hair, Chucky set the gold standard for creepy dolls. But, in the right setting, even an average Barbie can send shivers up the spine.

Image via Jakub Krechowicz.

But how, exactly, did children’s toys become so frightening? Gather ’round, kids . . .

Ancient Doll History

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