Monday, September 5, 2011

Innistrad - "Horror Lurks Within".... But exactly how? - Creepy Doll

Innistrad - Creepy Doll

"Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings." Macbeth

Continuing with our series Innistrad - "Horror Lurks Within".... But exactly how?, Now let's look at a specific Innistrad card: Creepy Doll.

Creepy Doll - 5
Artifact Creature - Construct (Rare)
Creepy Doll is indestructible.
Whenever Creepy Doll deals combat damage to a creature, flip a coin. If you win the flip, destroy that creature.

That's right. It is a fearful, indestructible, killer doll, which will kill you if you're out of luck.

What does this have to do with horror: Certainly the most iconic representative of the "indestructible killer doll" type is Chucky from the movie Child's Play (1988). Chucky is a doll possessed by the soul of the psychopath Charles Lee Ray, who, shortly before his death, uses a voodoo ritual to transfer his soul to a doll. The doll starts a series of murders, and despite being shot, burned, dismembered, crushed, melted, and cut into small pieces, always returns to carry out his killing, and even to initiate a series of five films.

The theme "killer doll" was also well explored in the RPG setting of Ravenloft (which, as I will elaborate later, IMO, was the main inspiration for Innistrad). Here we have the "carrionette," a live puppet, almost an evil and psychopathic Pinocchio, who, like Chucky, will not rest until he gets a human body to inhabit.

Killer dolls are able to arouse the horror just by exploring innocence and playfulness, the last elements you would associate with evil. Notice that the card "Creepy Doll" "plays well" with the playful side effect of flipping a coin to destroy a creature, like a macabre and deadly child's play. Creepy!

In game: You can use Krark's Thumb to make Creepy Doll more playable, improving your chances to use her destroying ability.