Is it just us or is there something inherently creepy about dollhouses? Perhaps their realistic nature places them in the uncanny valley, or maybe their old-fashioned decorations reminds us of a ghostly era long passed, but, whatever the reason, many great horror movies have featured dolls prominently in their stories. Most of those films, however, didn’t even imagine what might be the most frightening situation involving a dollhouse: you’re looking through the world of the house when, without warning, you glance out the window and see… A GIANT CAT!
My mom was painting the rooms in her doll house (yep) and her cat (Richard Parker) was watching through the window pic.twitter.com/WdMSzR1qJt
— Dr. StrangeGeorge (@DrStrangeGeorge) April 5, 2018
The image affected many Twitter users…
Cats are so terrifying. I often find out car just staring at us. Plotting. Waiting. Watching
— Vicky (@KabukiRune) April 6, 2018
Ours waits at the end of the dark hallway huddled waiting to trip and murder us all one by one. I believe she has the patience and flow through to do it.
— Gretchen Downey (@gdowney32) April 7, 2018
Perhaps this should be a new movie trope?
Tell your mom there are many of us that share her love of dollhouses….and of cats that like to peek through their windows (and even sit in them). pic.twitter.com/C6MV4JShLm
— Clare Dale (@profhistorygeek) April 5, 2018
— springtime Dean (@ItsMeDeaner) April 7, 2018
One Twitter user mocked up what the movie poster might look like and it was… bone chilling.
— John Cage (@johncage1024) April 5, 2018
Some people distracted themselves from their fear by appreciating the reference to Life of Pi.
I can't tell you how delighted I am that your mom's cat's name is Richard Parker.
— Lori: enthusiastic but frequently off-key (@ratherawkward) April 5, 2018
— Jeanna Louise Skinner (@JeannaLStars) April 5, 2018
I've said it before, but pets with two names are the very best.
— lucyinglis (@lucyinglis) April 5, 2018
But Twitter couldn’t stay distracted for long. After all, this image is the stuff of nightmares.
The last time I had this dream, I was dressed like a mouse!
— STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY! (@LorrieLife) April 7, 2018
— Omar Lizardo (@omar_lizardo) April 6, 2018
— khalifa (@ka1ifa) April 6, 2018
Another fear-inducing prospect: painting a doll-house!
Your mom must be a sweet heart
— Carol Castellano (@CNealis1974) April 7, 2018
Sloppy paint job, dont give up your day job
— Dee (@mssparks111) April 5, 2018
But wait… is the dollhouse tiny or is the cat huge?
The giant cat invasion is real!
— Ann Snyder (@AnnKSnyder) April 7, 2018
— Ken from Chicago (@KenFromChicago) April 7, 2018
Stay vigilant, Twitter. You never know when the cat is going to strike…
— Brian O'Neill (@NYC__Native) April 6, 2018