Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Expressionless

The Expressionless written by Tom Lever is one of my favorite creepypastas.  I feel it's pretty well-known and widespread in the creepypasta community.  I have copied and pasted the entire story below, as it is relatively short and packs a punch.
"In June 1972, a woman appeared in Cedar Senai hospital in nothing but a white, blood-covered gown.  Now this, in itself, should not be too surprising as people often have accidents nearby and come to the nearest hospital for medical attention, but there were two things that caused people who saw her to vomit and flee in terror.  The first being that she wasn't exactly human. She resembled something close to a mannequin, but had the dexterity and fluidity of a normal human being. Her face was as flawless as a mannequins, devoid of eyebrows and smeared in make-up.  There was a kitten clamped in her jaws so unnaturally tight that no teeth could be seen, and the blood was still squirting out over her gown and onto the floor. She then pulled it out of her mouth, tossed it aside and collapsed.

From the moment she stepped through the entrance to when she was taken to a hospital room and cleaned up before being prepped for sedation, she was completely calm, expressionless and motionless. The doctors thought it best to restrain her until the authorities could arrive and she did not protest. They were unable to get any kind of response from her and most staff members felt too uncomfortable to look directly at her for more than a few seconds.  But the second the staff tried to sedate her, she fought back with extreme force. Two members of staff had to hold her down as her body rose up on the bed with that same, blank expression.

She turned her emotionless eyes towards the male doctor and did something unusual. She smiled.  As she did, the female doctor screamed and let go out of shock. In the woman's mouth were not human teeth, but long, sharp spikes. Too long for her mouth to close fully without causing any damage…The male doctor stared back at her for a moment before asking "What in the hell are you?"  She cracked her neck down to her shoulder to observe him, still smiling.  There was a long pause, the security had been alerted and could be heard coming down the hallway.

As he heard them approach, she darted forward, sinking her teeth into the front of his throat, ripping out his jugular and letting him fall to the floor, gasping for air as he choked on his own blood.  She stood up and leaned over him, her face coming dangerously close to his as the life faded from his eyes.  She leaned closer and whispered in his ear.  "I... am... God..."  The doctor's eyes filled with fear as he watched her calmly walk away to greet the security men. His last ever sight would be watching her feast on them one by one.  The female doctor who survived the incident named her "The Expressionless".  There was never a sighting of her again."

The reason I particularly love this story is it really makes no sense and you are pretty much left to your own devices to conjure up the image of this woman in your mind and try to understand who the hell is she and what...just...happened?  The "I am God" line, I have to say, is a little cliche and I would've rather she said something else or say nothing at all.  Of course, there is no explanation provided as to who the hell this woman could be or why she is eating a cat, but I almost like that it's vague.  If there were too many details or backstory, your brain would maybe be able to process this easier and you'd be left with less of an unsettling creepy feeling.

An expressionless face can be quite horror-inducing.  A dead, empty, non-blinking stare can send a chill down anyone's spine.  I love the line in the story that the staff members were uncomfortable to look directly at her for more than a few seconds.  It's quite off-putting to picture someone so calm yet obviously unstable and dangerous and to imagine their expressionless gaze directed your way, eyebrow-less and covered in blood. [shudder]

Michael Gallagher of YouTube and crappy B horror movie fame took it up himself to write and direct a short film depicting the story of The Expressionless and posted it near Halloween of 2013, generating around 370,000 YouTube views.  I can appreciate his adaptation of the story as the actress is terribly creepy looking and the jarring sound at 0:47 made me jump the first time I watched it.  I did have to laugh that everyone ran away once she passed out, which one would assume would be the least dangerous moment since she's, you know, unconscious.

Hell, the thumbnail itself is pretty creepy.  Check it out for yourselves and leave a comment below on your opinion on this creepypasta and its adaptation.  Is it creepy?  Cliche?  Unsettling?  Confusing?  Should Joanna and I film our own version? [You hear that, sis? :)]


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