Camela Thompson and Z.D. Gladstone talk phobias in real life and as a motivator in fiction. Horror movies play off our natural fear of death, but the best weave in other common phobias that people can relate to. Stephen King's Cujo (cynophobia), old classics like Tarantula (arachnophobia), and Vertigo (acrophobia) all capitalize on well known fears. Movies like The Blair Witch Project combine several phobias (agoraphobia, nyctophobia, and xylophobia) into one big fear fest. When asked to come up with a list of movies that used common things not associated with phobias, Camela realized that while she may not fear the items, the objects were listed in phobias (mirrors - spectrophobia, dolls - pediophobia, flowers - anthophobia).
The most entertaining piece was probably when Z.D. and Camela revealed their personal phobias.
This week's geeky query: Have you been in a haunted location? If so, did you see anything spooky?