Do you have an irregular fear of holes, small clusters of bumps, or irregular patterns? Do you get grossed out when you look at a strawberry or a bowl of frozen peas? Then you might have trypophobia, a fear of holes that's been known to freak people out and make them into nervous wrecks.
If you aren’t prepared to see something that’s going to trigger your trypophobia, then you might find yourself hyperventilating in a movie theater or while watching TV.
You might think horror movies are the worst things for trypophobics to watch, but gory gross-out flicks are just the tip of the iceberg. Many of the movies and TV shows you should avoid are also some of the biggest releases from years past. On top of that, there are a few shows on cable that seem like they’re actively trying to trigger trypophobics.
Ninja Scroll is an anime that follows the adventures of Jubei Kibagami as he defends the Tokugawa shogunate from the Eight Devils of Kimon. One of those devils, Mushizo, is a creature with a hornet nest on his hunchback.
This character description is enough to gross out people who are afraid of bugs and dense clusters of holes. Thanks, Japan!
In the Season 4 premiere of The X-Files, "Herrenvolk," trypophobics are treated to a series of visuals certain to disturb them. Towards the beginning of the episode, a body is discovered that's been ravaged by bee stings. The man lies on the side of the road covered in sores, bumps, and writhing bees. It's mega gross.
Near the end of the episode, Mulder (David Duchovny) is actually chased through a honeycomb, which seems like a bit of a slap in the face to any trypophobics who made it through the first 30 minutes.
The 1985 B-movie The Stuff is a classic gross-out movie. When a mysterious substance begins oozing out of the ground, people can't stop eating it. The substance takes over their bodies and turns them into mindless zombies; their bodies are literal shells of who they used to be.
At one point, a character named Hobbs (Garrett Morris) reveals he's been taken over by The Stuff and his head breaks apart, exposing a web of sores that birth a torrent of white goo. Yeah, no thanks.
It feels like the entirety of American Horror Story: Cult was written to gross out trypophobics. Ally (Sarah Paulson) is a woman who's terrified of holes. She explains to her therapist the coral in her office is "triggering," and in one of the most affecting scenes in the series, she sees a souffle that bleeds from its holes.
Before there was even a trailer for the season, AHS: Cult was triggering trypophobics with its advertising that portrayed tongues and brains filled with holes. Nope.