Whether or not you’re a fan of horror movies, you might have heard of Annabelle. The “haunted” doll was housed at the former occult museum belonging to Ed and Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigators who inspired The Conjuring film series and its spinoffs.
Although the “real-life” Annabelle was a Raggedy Ann doll, the film’s version is much creepier, as this hilarious but disturbing drive-thru prank on TikTok shows.
User @moodtoobe shared the video on May 9, and it has since received 4.8 million likes and almost 30,000 comments.
In the clip, the driver and his friend pull up at several different drive-thru restaurants and spook the servers with a replica doll from the movie Annabelle (2014). Although not a pleasant experience for the drive-thru staff, their priceless reactions have the internet screaming with laughter.
“Oh my God” yells one unsuspecting server.
“Uh uh” says another, immediately shutting the drive-thru window.
“Where they at?” Asks one woman, who runs away screaming after the doll responds with “right here.”
TikTok users couldn’t get enough of the 30-second footage, with Jessica Drake commenting: “They don’t get paid enough for that.”
Nikita said: “I would have screamed but this is still funny.”
The server who responded with “Uh uh” was particularly popular amongst commenters, with
Marlo writing; “Last one said not today.”
Ezy agreed, posting: “Last one said ‘girl bye.'”
Kiyoko_Akari added: “She really said uh uh, like that always happens.”
The fear of dolls or inanimate objects, or pediophobia, is not rare. According to John Hopkins Medicine, 19 million Americans have a phobia of some degree. Whether mild or severe, phobias often begin in early childhood and are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
One hypothesis for why dolls are so frightening is the “uncanny valley” hypothesis. The uncanny valley refers to the unease we feel around objects that look almost human, but not quite. It explains why robots also give people the jitters, as well as things that appear accidentally human—such as this bathrobe. The hypothesis was originally posited by robotics professor Masahiro Mori in the 1970s, and has been studied extensively by other researchers since.
Some users pointed out that panic is the only logical response when confronted with a haunted doll.
Natalija 09 asked: “But what should they do like should they say hello anabell you look [stunning] today what [would] you like to order??”
While user5639003159928 joked: “I would be like “Welcome to mc Donalds, what can I get for you. A big haunted burger with fries, do you want a soda with that?”
Newsweek has reached out to @moodtoobe for comment.