It might be nowhere near Halloween, but we’ve got a spooky post for you. It’s creepy! It’s terrifying! And the best part is, you can scroll through it from the safety of your home.
Wyatt Duncan went viral on Twitter after he posted a long list of the hundreds of life-sized wax figures that the Hollywood Wax Museum sold via an online auction over a decade ago. Creepy? Check! Cursed? Double-check! Have a look at the photos of the figures below, upvote the spookiest ones, and tell us in the comments which ones you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley. Just remember to wash your hands with some holy water afterward.
Feeling too comfy with your cup of cocoa while watching the snow calmly drift down from the fluffy clouds? No worries, we’ve got you covered! When you’re done with this post, have a look through our article about this wax museum that just might be the worst in the world right over here.
Wyatt told Bored Panda that it all started with him finding a picture of the Seinfeld wax figures. He tracked down where they came from and the rest was history. "I was pretty surprised to see that the bad Seinfeld models weren’t a fluke and that most of the figures were terrible. Decided to save all of my favorites and thought a Twitter thread would be the funniest way to share them." Check out our full interview with Wyatt below.
Wyatt opened up about how all that he wanted to do was to make his audience on Twitter laugh and he never thought that his thread would become so popular. "But I’ve had a few viral tweets and you really never know what will take off. Glad people are enjoying the nightmares though!"
"The Julia Louis Dreyfus is very egregious because Elaine was one of the prettiest TV characters ever and you completely botch everything about her and make it hideous. But by far the worst one, in my opinion, is Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic. Because it would be impossible to tell who he is just by appearance alone. He looks like a crotchety old man and resembles Leonardo’s old age makeup from J. Edgar," Wyatt shared with us what he thinks are the very worst offenders in the wax figure collection.
"Wax figures are inherently creepy, but a good one will give you the uncanny valley feeling where you’re not exactly sure if it’s real or not. These don’t even have that, they look like the old Disneyland animatronics from when Walt Disney was still alive! And people were paying to see these garbage wax figures well into the mid-2000s," he said.
Seinfeld: Jerry Seinfeld
We were also interested to find out more about Wyatt as a person. He told Bored Panda that he's a production assistant on movies and TV shows. "And when I’m not working on set, I do video editing in my spare time. I’ve currently got a YouTube series called Garf Gab where I go through each episode of Garfield and Friends and riff on them. Other than that, I just post dumb tweets like the wax figure thread for everybody’s amusement!"
From characters from the hit TV show Seinfeld to a life-sized version of Tom Cruise, these are all figures with which you could scare the jinkies out of anyone if you ever put them up in your window (or left them out on your front lawn at night). Wyatt’s thread got over 25.8k likes on Twitter and fascinated people as the post spread across the net.
Pulp Fiction: Vincent Vega
I’ll be completely honest—I’m not a fan of wax figures and I personally don’t think that it’s possible to consistently create good-looking representations of anyone that isn’t a cartoon character.
In my opinion, it’s not even a question of skill (the amount of work done is huge, but it’s rare for the figures to come out great like some figures at Madame Tussauds’): the medium just isn’t right and more often than not, the end results end up slap-bang in the middle of the Uncanny Valley.
There’s just something about the figures’ smiles and their eyes that gives me goosebumps. In other words, wax figures scare me like clowns do some other people. It could be just me, but I always suspect the figures are moving when I’m not looking at them. And before you know it… Tom Cruise has snuck up on you!