posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 01:40 PM
I think the greys appear frightening for a couple of factors.
1.) It's mostly association. We would be much more frightened by a xenomorph (alien,aliens,alien 3 etc.) if we thought that they would possibly be
real. Since we know they are a piece of HR Geigers imagination we don't really feel any fear from them. but the Greys may be real and what they
reportedly do will cause a negative association with their face.
2.) The face displays obvious intelligence, we humans don't like other things that can challenge our intelligence, it's perceived as a direct
threat to our species by us. imho I feel that most predatory animals hate direct eye contact and attention from other animals or people. humans feel
it is a threat when you look them in the eyes. Hell Apes and some dogs will outright attack you if you stare them down. humans are the same.
3.) The eyes are huge, and they don't display any emotion. one of the above posters talked about this and it is very key. If one is staring at you
the stare would feel very invasive and probing. It's our psychology, we base our survival on understanding what the other animal is thinking and
respond in ways that save our skin. take that "sense" away from humans and we feel very helpless and intimidated. Could be why cops practice
giving the "dead pan" stare at perps to keep them in line. To quote officer Dangle from Reno 911 while doing a dead pan stare for the camera "am I
mad at you or am I going to help you find the arbys. you don't know" and it's very true.
4.) the creature represents an animal with more empirical knowledge than us humans and that makes us very uneasy too. trust me if we thought that
the Predator was real and out hunting people with some cloaking device stalking us all the time that face would be considered more than just ugly to
us it would be downright frightening. It's mostly all associations.
Personally I always felt compelled to stare at the picture from the communion book, but the alien on the cover doesn't seem threatening or evil to
me. It's holding it's head high, it's smiling and it seems peaceful to me. Sorta budda ish like it had some sort of enlightened personality.
On a side note if one comes into my bedroom it will find out about propriety and personal space, or at least a humans idea of what it is, the hard way
and will end up with a broken neck. Approach me in a manner that isn't invading my personal space and is patient then I'll be civil. fail to be
civil with me and mr. grey will end up another victim of my EOE mantra which is to treat everyone the same regardless of their galactic origin and in
the case of breaking and entering they will be treated just the same as a crack head.
[edit on 11-6-2008 by BASSPLYR]