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Encyclopedia > Taphephobia

Taphephobia (from Greek taphos, meaning "grave") is an extreme or irrational fear of the grave, or fear of being placed in a grave while still alive, a case of specific phobia. For other uses, see Fear (disambiguation). ... The term phobia, which comes from the Ancient Greek word for fear (φόβος, fobos), denotes a number of psychological and physiological conditions that can range from serious disabilities to common fears to minor quirks. ...

Like many psychological phobias, taphephobia is created by the unconscious mind as a protective mechanism, often from a specific past event in ones life. Often sufferers already have an at least partially acknowledged existing sensitivity towards the subject of their own death.

The phobia manifests itself in different ways. Some experience it quite frequently while others just in response to direct stimuli.

Films dealing with taphephobia

Taphephobia has made a popular subject for modern day thriller / horror films. Some films with related plots include:

Kill Bill is the fourth feature film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino released in two parts: Volume 1 & Volume 2. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, actor, and Oscar-winning screenwriter who rapidly rose to fame in the early 1990s as a stylish auteur whose bold use of nonlinear storylines, memorable dialogue, and bloody violence brought new life to familiar American film archetypes. ... For other uses, see Oxygen (disambiguation). ... Carl Theodor Dreyer (February 3, 1889 - March 20, 1968) was a Danish film director. ... Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926) is an American producer and director of low-budget films. ... Body Double is a 1984 film by Brian De Palma. ... The Serpent and the Rainbow is a 1988 American horror film, directed by Wes Craven and starring Bill Pullman. ...

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