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THE 10 SCARIEST VIRAL VIDEOS IN YOUTUBE HISTORY

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Gather round, children, and let me tell you about a time before the internet, when our phones were attached to the walls and we bought music stored on physical objects that we played in our cars. Back then, secret groups of videophiles collected creepy, avant-garde, and extremely weird clips stored on tapes. We even believed that a Japanese ghost could haunt a VHS cassette.

With the advent of the internet, witnessing something you shouldn’t in distorted, grainy footage became a national pastime. To indulge in creepy horror videos, you just need to know where to look. From true-life mysteries to carefully executed hoaxes, below are 10 videos that will seriously disturb you.

Midnight Kleenex commercial

Not only does this Japanese facial-tissue commercial make no sense as an ad — what does that tomato/unicorn baby have against wiping itself? — it’s also, supposedly, cursed. Like earlier “viral” videos that would get passed around on VHS, this curse comes with an isolating twist: Watch the video by yourself at midnight (in your respective time zone, of course), and the video changes to a distorted, satanic-looking mess with a pair of black eyes that stare back at you.

Croatian stalking tape

Reported as “found footage” released by Croatian authorities after the two kids in the video disappeared, all signs point to this being a short amateur horror film from Eastern Europe. There is no hard evidence that such an incident ever actually occurred, but it is a really creepy idea for a short horror movie about being stalked.

Dead grandma’s coffin

This video, conducted mostly in American Sign Language, finds a man claiming that he keeps his great grandmother’s casket in his backyard. Apparently, the original cemetery “cannot upkeep because of corruption,” so he transferred his grandmother’s body to an above-ground lot. Not only is this very illegal (do not keep dead bodies, y’all), the next video clip involves the man opening the casket and kissing the corpse of his grandmother on the mouth. ON. THE. MOUTH.

2014’s worst makeup tutorial

User the15experience uploaded with the simple description: “This video was sent to me anonymously. I do not have any information beyond that. It is for you to decide on your own whether it is real or fake.” The video was so shocking when it was uploaded that it launched an online search for this woman, which eventually uncovered the truth. It turned out that the original teaser had been clipped to remove the “15 Experience” URL at the end and made it to Facebook as a “real” paranormal video. Don’t worry, “Nikki” is fine.

Elisa Lam elevator video

In January 2013, a Canadian student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver was reported missing, having last been seen at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. After Elisa Lam had been missing for a week and a half, LA police released this video of her last known appearance. Three weeks later, Lam’s body was discovered naked and drowned in the building’s water tower, and her death was labeled an accident. Her mystery reportedly inspired Ryan Murphy to make American Horror Story: Hotel.

Obey the Walrus

When this clip went viral, many assumed it had been made by a Latin cult called La Morsa (the walrus). It’s actually footage from a documentary called The Goddess Bunny, which followed an intersex tap dancer with polio. The documentary focused on the Los Angeles queer scene and Baima’s gender transition.

Man gets lost in the catacombs

Watch through Blair Witch vision as some poor soul gets hopelessly lost in the subterranean stone tunnels of the Paris catacombs, and listen to him get more frightened as he speeds up his winding path (like he’s being chased?) before the camera cuts out (was it dropped?). Then we hear the man either run off or get sucked into the spirit world. You watch and decide… if you’re not claustrophobic, that is.

Little Baby’s Ice Cream

Little Baby’s Ice Cream in Philadelphia makes handmade, super-premium ice cream from 16% butter fat, in addition to vegan-friendly, non-dairy frozen desserts. That sentence is more appetizing than this ad for the brand, featuring an androgynous ice cream person eating itself while maintaining constant eye contact with the viewer. Sure, 16% butter fat ice cream sounds great, but I’m too traumatized to enjoy it.

Dammit, that’s a lot of spiders

I wasn’t going to include this video. Then my girlfriend walked by and saw the first frame of it on my screen and yelled, “What the hell is that? That’s not spiders, is it?” I cocked an eyebrow at her, which was enough to make her run away, repeating, “Nope.” If it helps, I’ll remind you that daddy longlegs spiders aren’t poisonous. They only make these fuzzy patches because they have such long legs and single-segment bodies. Just don’t touch anything that looks like human hair when you’re in the wild — unless you’re really into spiders.

Creeper in my apartment

New York City actor Joe Cummings made this video capturing what appears to be a homeless woman who secretly lived in his house for an indeterminate amount of time. As recently as July of last year, Joe continued to insist this really happened and is not a prank or joke. There was never another product or release that tried to market itself off this video, so chances are he’s telling the truth, which makes it so much creepier. What if there’s someone peeing in your sink at home right now? You don’t know.

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