Phobia Friday: Iatrophobia – Fear of going to the doctor
This week's selection of fear eaters feature two creepy roles for one talented actor.
Name: Freddy Krueger
First Appearance: 1984's A Nightmare On Elm Street
Bio: Freddy is the "bastard son of a hundred maniacs." Legend has it he was conceived when his mother, a nurse, was accidentally locked in an asylum and was raped repeatedly by the inmates. Freddy, as a grown up, was an accused child murderer. When he was acquitted on a technicality, the neighborhood parents banded together and killed Freddy. Now he's back, killing the children of Elm Street in their dreams.
Weakness: The real world. If you can grab hold of Freddy in your dream and drag him into the real world when you wake up, he loses all his supernatural power and becomes just a man. A man with really heinous knife fingers.
Fear Factor: 4. He has a horrifying backstory, that vicious claw glove, is vicious, and scary-looking, but he also likes to crack wise, which cuts down on the scary. And let's face it – most of us grew up watching Freddy movies. He's kind of like an old friend… or a creepy uncle.
Name: Dr. Andover
First Appearance: 26 October 2009, on FEARnet.com
Bio: Dr. Andover isn't a bad man. He wants to cure your greatest fear. It's just his methods that are a little… unconventional. Using an experimental combination of drugs and equipment, Dr. Andover brings your deepest fears to bloody life. That's a pretty weak cure.
Weakness: None. Yet…
Fear Factor: 3.5 for Dr. Andover himself; a million for his methods.