I keep seeing this woman's face. It doesn't make any sense because it was just some dumb ad I saw as a kid, but I can't sleep because of it. I feel like she's waiting in the forest outside my house. Don't laugh, but I swear this woman's face was in an ad for a video game in the 90s. I posted about this on other boards without mentioning that part (because I wanted information on the game and I didn't want them to think I was crazy). I can't find anything on the game online anymore and I feel like I am actually going crazy.
It started at a friends house in the 90s. My friend and I used to try and freak each other out a lot. Once, we spent an entire weekend creating this mythology about how this Ernie doll from Sesame Street was trying to kill us. Anyway, we used to scare each other with the ad I was talking about. Mostly just by not shutting up about it before we went to bed. It was a woman’s face, she kind of looked like a japanese ghost, but her hair wasn’t covering her face and she was blonde. She was dirty, with clothes ripped a bit, but that wasn’t what freaked me out. I can’t really describe it except that the light just seemed weird. She didn’t even look super realistic, but that was kind of the creepy part. I thought the name of the game was Millvale, but I can’t find anything about it on google. My friend said that she a real person in Japan and that she committed suicide during the making of the game, but there's a 99% chance that he was just making up some dumb urban legend.
I haven’t thought about it in 20 years, but now I keep having these nightmares about her. The dreams are all pretty similar. I’m lying on a concrete floor, closing my eyes pretending to be asleep, and there’s two men laughing at me, saying “He thinks we believe he’s asleep”. Then it gets dark. I get up and feel my way around and there are all these large metal poles I keep bumping into. Then there’s a sharp sound like a loud furnace kicking on and she’s staring at me, blank faced. When I dream, she’s definitely a real person, but she’s still, fake looking. I don’t know how to describe it other than it looks like a 3D model was turned into a real person. I am afraid, obviously, but then there’s this thing I can’t really describe, it’s almost like an extreme shyness. I just desperately do not want to be seen, and she’s looking right at me. Then there’s this plastic burning smell and I feel this pain like I’m chewing on tinfoil and I wake up.
I didn’t really notice it until COVID, but there was one point where it got so bad where I risked getting arrested at the beginning of the lockdown just to drive along the coast and stop thinking about it. Is this something someone's ever heard of? Are there cursed images? Is it possible that some kind of demonic spirit reached into my memories and drew up this thing I'm afraid of?
What should I do? Are there any rituals to protect against this? I've never been into occult stuff before.
OP here: the image is one that I copied from geocities back in the day. The site said it was from a japanese gaming magazine, and was an article on Millvale, the game the ad I saw was from. I never found the ad with the woman's face.