The Uncanny isn’t supposed to be scary… Is it? (MEDA101 Assignment)

Uncanny. What is the uncanny? It’s quite a strange word isn’t it? Google defines uncanny as “strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way.” You might be thinking it’s similar if not the same as scary. Well scary is defined as “frightening; causing fear.” Frightening and fear are quite different from unsettling. The following images are supposed to capture the concept of uncanny. Which is something that is mysterious, i.e something that cannot be explained immediately. This makes the viewer want to examine the image longer. They want to think about what’s happening in the image and why. This also means that the image doesn’t have to be outright scary. So no picture of zombies or freaky ghosts. Why? The viewer will see that and go “Oh! Scary! I’m done with that now”. Uncanny images are meant to hold the viewer’s attention.

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