10 Horror Films Based On True Stories

10 Horror Films Based On True Stories -


We all love a good horror film now and then. Or maybe we hate them, but we watch them anyway to make ourselves feel tough and brave. Either way, you’ve probably seen a horror movie at some point in your life.

What you may not realize is that the plots of some horror films were derived from true happenings recorded in history. The following are a few of the stories behind some of the most watched scary movies out there. And be warned: There will be spoilers.



10 The Exorcist

The Exorcist tells the story of 12-year-old Regan and her film star mother Chris. After playing with a Ouija board, Regan is possessed by a demon and starts showing symptoms of anxiety and depression. The girl displays unusual behavior, even entering her mother’s room one night and insisting that her bed was shaking. It isn’t until Chris witnesses these events for herself that she realizes something is wrong with her daughter and seeks medical attention to help her. The doctors, however, are lost on Regan’s condition and suggest exorcism to Chris as a form of therapy to break her out of a mental disorder.

Later, Chris comes home to find a man dead on her doorsteps. Nervous that her daughter may have been the cause, she seeks out a priest to start arranging an exorcism. The priest, while at first doubtful that the girl is possessed, eventually comes to believe and calls in an expert to perform the exorcism. Both priests die in the process, and Regan is left healed and unaware of the havoc she has caused. Chris and Regan leave town before the investigation can reveal the true cause of the deaths.

The Exorcist (or rather the eponymous novel it is adapted from) is based on a story published in The Washington Post in 1949 about 14-year-old boy dubbed “Robbie.” Robbie lived in his grandmother’s house, and both were frequent users of the Ouija board. One night, however, Robbie claimed to have gone downstairs upon hearing some strange noises and witnessed a religious icon moving as though something was pounding the wall behind it. Days later, his grandmother died.

After her death, Robbie began to experience the same paranormal activity that is depicted in the film. The mattress began shaking, and objects would suspend themselves in the air. Eventually, the family arranged an exorcism, after which Robbie spent some time in a mental hospital until the word “exit” appeared on his body, and suddenly, all paranormal activity ceased. While some people believe in paranormal activity and exorcism, others criticize the story, claiming that the boy was merely suffering extreme grief from the loss of his grandmother, resulting in unusual and violent behavior.[1]

9 A Nightmare On Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street follows the story of four teenagers: Tina, Nancy, Glen, and Rod. In the start of the film, a man is shown putting together a weapon. It is a glove with knives for fingers, and when Tina wanders down the alleyway, he lashes out at her, gouging her stomach. This, however, is all a dream, and Tina wakes up. Nonetheless, her stomach is gouged from the incident in her dream. Tina goes on to find out that her friends have also been having the same nightmares, and they organize a sleepover. However, when Tina is attacked in her dreams this time, she is killed, and her boyfriend Rod flees for fear of looking guilty.

After the incident, Rod is eventually imprisoned, and Nancy becomes aware of the severity of the dreams. Shortly afterward, Rod is killed by the dream man in his jail cell, and Nancy goes to her parents for help. They place her in a sleep clinic, where she winds up producing the name of her attacker, Freddy Krueger. This is when we find out that Freddy Krueger was a serial killer who slipped through the justice system and was therefore killed by the town. He has now come back in the children’s dreams for revenge. After Glen is killed, Nancy manifests a plan to bring Freddy back from her dreams and succeeds, only to see her mother killed by him before waking and up and finding out the whole thing was a dream. As a psychotic twist to a happy ending, the children all get in a car and are swallowed up by Freddy Krueger, who also takes Nancy’s mother.

This story was inspired by a number of stories which were published in the Los Angeles Times in 1981. The first is about refugees from Laos who successfully made it to the United States, only to die in their sleep. This case was exclusive to young males, and autopsy reports could not come up with any medical explanation for the deaths of 13 unrelated men.

Another of the articles delves further into the specific story of a family from Cambodia. They were safely relocated in the US, but one of the boys kept having recurring nightmares and was terrified of going to sleep. After days of not sleeping, the boy finally fell asleep, giving relief to his family, who thought the whole ordeal was over. They later awoke in the middle of the night to screaming and banging, but by the time they got to the boy, he was dead.[2]


8 Psycho

Psycho tells the story of Norman Bates, owner of Bates Motel, where Marion checks in after stealing $40,000 from her boss. Throughout the film, Marion’s soon-to-be fiance and sister are on the hunt for her, along with an investigator seeking the stolen money. Marion, however, is killed by what appears to be Bates’s mother. The investigator is murdered as well.

Suspicion leads the fiance and sister to the sheriff, where they discover that Mrs. Bates poisoned her lover and herself in a murder-suicide ten years previously. We then later find out that although she did die of poisoning, it wasn’t at her own hand but at the hands of her son, whose guilty conscience leads him to dress and act as his mother in order to keep her soul alive while he preserves her body in his basement. While acting as his mother, however, he murdered Marion and the investigator and probably many more before returning as Norman to clean up the mess.

This horror story (and, again, the novel the movie was adapted from) is an adaptation of the real-life story of Ed Gein, one of the world’s most notorious murderers. He became so infamous that he not only fueled the story for Psychobut also The Silence of the Lambs. He dug up corpses from the ground and used them to make clothes and hung their preserved faces on the walls of his house. He was properly deranged.[3]

Gein was caught when a trail of blood was found leading out the back door of a hardware store where he was recorded as the last person to make a purchase. Police merely went to question him and were faced with the horrors within his home. Having been excluded from everyone his whole life, Gein had formed a sick obsession with his mother, which worsened after her death. It was from this that the idea of Norman Bates emerged.

7 The Conjuring

This horror film tells the story of a happy couple and their five daughters, who move into a new home which turns out to be riddled with paranormal activity. After the dog is killed and one of the children displays acts of unusual behavior, the parents get a couple of specialists in the area to investigate the house. It is during this investigation that they discover that the house once belonged to a lady who tried to sacrifice her infant before cursing the land and committing suicide. It is her demon which is now haunting the house and any family that has lived on the property since. They soon discover that the demon’s intention is to possess the mothers of these families and use them to sacrifice the daughters. After the mother almost kills two of the daughters, the experts perform an exorcism, which rids the family of the demonic presence.

Ed and Lorraine Warren, the investigators from the film, were paranormal investigators in real life, and although Ed passed away before the making of the movie, Lorraine was a consultant all through its production. Unlike in the film, the family who moved into the farmhouse in Rhode Island lived there for nine years before eventually having had enough of the demonic spirits and leaving their haunted past behind. While the house was haunted, and a seance caused one of the evil spirits to inhabit the mother, elaborations did occur to make the film more intriguing, including the attempted sacrifice and the exorcism. Lorraine swore that she and her husband would never have attempted something so dangerous as an exorcism; they merely did seances.[4]

6 Annabelle

Annabelle begins with a couple, Mia and John Godron, telling Ed and Lorraine Warren of a haunted doll, Annabelle. The doll got its name after Annabelle, the neighbors’ daughter, murdered her parents and committed suicide, releasing a demonic soul which takes up residence in the doll. The demon is determined to take a soul and focuses its energy on the Gordons’ daughter Lea.

After several incidents, it locks Mia out of the baby’s room and begins its attack. Evelyn, a neighbor from the couples’ apartment building, is in the apartment with Mia when this happens, after she had recently shared her guilt about the death of her own daughter. Therefore, when the demon insists that it must take a soul before it will stop, Evelyn takes the doll and commits suicide as a plan to seek forgiveness for her late daughter.

There is, in fact, a real Annabelle doll in this world. However, the creepy wooden creation in the movie, with the garish makeup and infamous smile, is far from a replica of the original. The original doll is no more than a Raggedy Ann doll with button eyes and red yarn for hair. It now lives in the Warrens’ museum, where it is blessed twice a week by a priest and kept inside a glass case.

The paranormal activity around the doll began in the 1970s, when a mother purchased the doll as a gift to her daughter, leading to several attacks, including the near-strangling of a family friend. It is claimed that several years after the doll was placed in the museum, a couple were laughing at her and mocking her before being removed from the premises by the Warrens themselves. Legend has it that the couple’s motorbike crashed into a tree on the way home.[5] Would you be daring enough to meet Annabelle in person?


5  The Rite

In this movie, the protagonist, Michael Kovak, tires of his father’s work in a funeral home and enrolls himself in a seminary, planning to renounce his vows at the end, thus getting a free college degree. However, upon trying to resign, his superior, Father Matthew, attempts to stop Michael, resulting in a horrific car accident in which a young woman dies. Michael, dressed in his priest clothes, is asked to cleanse the woman of her sins as she is dying, and he reluctantly performs the ceremony. After seeing Michael’s ability to deal with the situation, Father Matthew sends him to Rome to attend a class in exorcism with the agreement that the seminary will continue to pay for his college education even if he still chooses to drop out.

In Rome, Michael witnesses a priest performing an exorcism on a girl who is pregnant with her father’s baby and begins working with him to free the girl of the demon possessing her. They fail, and both the girl and her baby pass away. In the conclusion, Michael realizes that his mentor has been possessed by the demonic presence which inhabited the girl and is left to perform the exorcism by himself. After having success, Michael’s faith is restored, and he returns to the US to complete his degree and become a priest.

The story is based on a priest from the Sacred Heart parish in Saratoga, California, Father Gary Thomas. He is one of only 14 trained and certified exorcists in the world and is the inspiration for the character of Michael Kovak. He received his certificate after a tedious time at the Vatican’s Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum in Rome, where a journalism student recorded his journey. His work was published as a book titled The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, hence the movie’s title. The story of the young girl who was carrying her father’s baby was, in fact, a real experience that altered Father Gary’s life, and he spent a week advising on the film to help perfect the sequence of events.[6]

4 The Haunting In Connecticut

The Haunting in Connecticut tells the story of Sarah and her son Matt, who has terminal cancer and is receiving treatment at a hospital in Connecticut. Sarah is tired of having to drive Matt so far to and from the hospital, as it is not helping his health, so after discussion with her husband, she begins hunting for a place to stay near the hospital. Shortly afterward, she sees a man hammering a “For Rent” sign into the ground and promptly discusses her interest in the place. The owner informs Sarah that the house has some history and offers her the first month free, after we see a dark shadow looming in the house around them. Sarah isn’t sure about the house initially, but things become desperate, so she rents it. A number of ominous events occur after the family moves in.

After weeks of seeing visions and having nightmares, Matt finally confides in his sister, and they research the new family home to discover that a man who used to live there hosted seances. In one, everyone present was found dead in the house except for one person, who disappeared. In recent years, the bodies had been exhumed due to construction, only for the workers to find that they had never been buried. Eventually, it is discovered that a spirit is taking over the terminally ill boy’s body in an attempt to free the remaining spirits in the house from within the walls. In a final dramatic scene, Matt escapes from the hospital and breaks down the walls with an ax, revealing the missing corpses, which he then sets alight. Matt’s cancer is taken away when the spirit leaves his body.

The Haunting in Connecticut is based on real-life family, the Snedekers, who moved into an old house in Southington, Connecticut, with their daughter and three sons. The parents were exploring their new house when Carmen Snedeker, the mother, found tools in the basement which were later identified as having been used by a mortician. The family then discovered that the home once housed a funeral parlor after their eldest son began seeing ghosts and having terrible nightmares. Eventually, Carmen contacted our previously mentioned investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, who quickly noted that the house was riddled with evil souls and demons. Since then, the family have appeared on several talk shows to tell their story, claiming the whole thing was real.[7]

3 The Strangers

The Strangers is the story of a couple, Kristen and James, who head out to James’s parents’ holiday house in the middle of the night after a friend’s wedding reception. They are interrupted by a knock on the door from a lady asking for someone by the name of Tamara. Thinking nothing of it, James leaves Kristen in the house alone to go buy cigarettes, where she is tormented by a man wearing a sack mask and lady wearing a doll face.

James comes home to find her hiding in the bedroom, yelling at the strangers to go away, and after searching the hous, they find nothing abnormal. James at first thinks Kristen was imagining things. However, after a short while, he, too, sees the doll-face lady, and his phone and car are both vandalized, so they decide to leave, only to discover a third stranger on the property. The group of strangers go on to torture them all night. The strangers eventually knock the couple out, tie them to chairs, and murder them in cold blood.

The film’s director, Bryan Bertino, derived his story from a number of true events. The first was a personal childhood experience in which his parents were out of town, and he and his little sister answered a knock on the door by a group of people asking for someone who didn’t live in the house. It turned out that these people were knocking on doors to check if anyone was home before breaking in and stealing.

Another huge inspiration for the story was the Manson Family. They committed a murder that involved breaking into a family home and finding the husband asleep on the couch and the wife asleep in bed. They tied them both up and stabbed them repeatedly. They also stole as much money and valuables as possible. There were a lot of conspiracy theories about why the couple were murdered, but Bertino decided to combine his experience with the murders, which is where the tagline “Because you were home” came from.[8] What would happen if people broke into your house and found you there?

2 The Exorcism Of Emily Rose

A young girl named Emily Rose passed away after Father Moore performed an exorcism on her to try to rid her of a demon possessing her soul. As a result, the priest was arrested after speculation that he was the cause of her death. He is unfortunately represented by a lawyer with little faith in God and therefore does not stand much chance of convincing the jury that his story is true. Through the movie, he claims that the first exorcism revealed the names of the demons possessing her. After this, she refused another exorcism and also stopped taking her antipsychotic medication, as she knew she was going to die, which she did. While the movie is based around the court case, the story of the exorcism is told through flashbacks, adding to the horror of the film.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose was derived from the story of Anneliese Michel, born in Bavaria in 1952. She was from a family of four who attended church regularly. However, shortly after turning 16, Michel suffered from a seizure due to a specific type of epilepsy. She was eventually prescribed drugs which would cease her seizures but would induce thoughts of suicide and depression. Her condition worsened. She began to see things and was given more drugs to calm her now-diagnosed schizophrenia. She developed a hatred for all things church-related, which led to her family believing she was possessed. Thus, they sought a priest to perform an exorcism on their beloved daughter.

After a total of 67 exorcisms, Anneliese Michel was found dead. The priest was questioned over her death. He stated the demon inside her had won, but her autopsy report showed she was underweight, dehydrated, and was suffering from pneumonia. The case was closed with her parents and the priest being found guilty of manslaughter.[9]

1 The Possession

The Possession is the story of a girl who buys an old antique box from a yard sale she attended with her father Clyde and her sister Hannah. After finding the secret key to unlock the box, she accidentally releases an evil spirit which takes over her soul. Clyde shortly realizes that something’s not right with his daughter but can’t seem to get anyone to take him seriously, which results in his ex-wife’s new partner obtaining a restraining order against him.

Desperate to help his daughter, he reaches out to a professor who explains that the box his daughter got was a dibbuk box, which has the ability to trap an evil spirit and should never be opened. With this newfound knowledge, Clyde finds a Jewish community and seeks the help of the rabbi’s son to exorcise his daughter. Despite a struggle, the exorcism is successful, and the spirit retreats back into the box.

It turns out this story was inspired by an old article from the Los Angeles Times, which tells the story of a small wooden cabinet which was placed for sale on eBay. The box contained two locks of hair, a slab of granite, a dried rosebud, a goblet, two wheat pennies, a candlestick, and apparently a dybbuk, an evil spirit known in Yiddish folklore. The box was sold under the label “haunted Jewish wine cabinet box” and listed its history of owners along with the unusual paranormal activity that surrounded said owners.

Eventually, the box sold for $280 to a university museum. The trail left by the box includes unexplainable strokes, hair loss, property destruction, and hallucinations, all which were blamed by the owners on this particular box.[10] Maybe this will make you think twice about what you take home from the neighbor’s garage sale.



I feel pretty grateful that most of my driving experiences in life have been pretty damn smooth (minus rear-ending a retired police officer, but they were really nice about it), but I’m real fuckin’ glad I don’t have any stories like these from all over the highway. I’m filing this under “Humor,” but some of this shit is just… Eerie. Also, these stories are pretty detail heavy, so a few will run long.

One night as I was driving back home from work, it was about 1 in the morning. There was a semi in front of me. The day was clear but all of the sudden a fog rolled in, which was completely normal for the area, but something seemed off about it.As I’m passing through the fog, instead of water droplets, blood droplets were coming on to my car. I had no idea what happened. Then fur and guts started raining on to my car. Apparently the semi in front of me hit a deer and I got caught in the aftermath of it. I drove home with bits and pieces of deer all over my car.

The passenger in the car next to me shot at the driver in the car in front of me. Was the last thing I expected to see on the highway that day.**edited as I originally typed 

I live in a rural part of the UK. I was temping just after Uni at a remote castle in the middle of fucking nowhere. It was around 2am driving home across a moor and I go over a hill and I come across a heard of ponies just chilling in the road, almost had a heart attack. Successfully emergency stopped.Another time I was driving home again at night, its pissing down with rain so driving slow on another rural road. The road ahead seems to be…moving? I slow down to a stop and realize my route ahead is covered with…frogs?! fucksake! so with my head beams on I stop, get out and thought the best things to do was to chuck all these frogs over the hedge. Someone came in the other direction and stopped and watched me hurtle several hundred frogs over a hedge…so on this occasion I probably scared them.I’ve also come across a naked rambler, his junk just swinging in the breeze. I swear a lot in my car!

Nothing overtly scary but once driving to Gulf Shores and this semi was hauling ass doing about 100 weaving through traffic, quite impressive. Behind him was 4 black SUVs doing the same speed. No sirens, but seemed to be chasing this guy.

Was driving to an ultimate frisbee tournament with a friend in NC and my GPS routed us through some back roads, including this dirt road that apparently was a shortcut that cut off a decent amount of time.It went through a couple of larger farms and at one of these we encountered a couple kids who were maybe 10-11 years old on dirtbikes. They waved us down and told us we shouldn’t be there because it was private property. Kid got all proud when he went on to say “My daddy shoots any trespassers that come through here.”That was fun. I thanked him for telling me and kept on driving because it was a public road and we were almost done. Ended up finding out the kid was full of shit because his dad was working in the front garden when we went by and he just waved to us nicely as we passed.

For some reason I was driving through middle of nowhere west Texas/New Mexico late at night. I’d just moved to that region of the country. I’m driving along while my husband is asleep in the passenger seat when this giant THING comes crawling out into the road in front of me and scares the shit out of me. I scream “WHAT IS THAT THING??” a split second before I slammed into it. My husband gives me this perplexed look and is like “haven’t you ever seen a tumbleweed before?”No Brian, I have NOT seen a tumbleweed before.Edit: Why thank you for the gold kind stranger!

Birds. Like millions of birds. People stopped to watch. It was both majestic and eerie.

Most horrifying thing I saw on the road was also one of the (darkly) funniest.My ex and I were driving across several states and he pointed out a “Caution Deer” sign and said, “Warn me if you see any flying deer!” It was near Christmas, kind of silly and cute.A few hours later, after sunset, driving near Indianapolis, we get passed by a Miata going way over the speed limit. A deer practically dives into it and gets thrown way up into a utility pole. It hit the pole and started spinning while flying through the air.The sight of that enormous animal hitting that pole, the sound of the crash and all the blood was gruesome.We drove in silence for a minute before my husband says, “Told ya. You gotta watch out for those flying fuckers!”I REALLY needed that laugh.

One early morning (about 6am) I was driving with a friend on the highway in the twist and turns of a mountain valley. We were just having casual chat in the car, nobody was on the highway at that time of day and even less on this part of the highway.I took a quick peek in the rear view mirror and saw a car coming not fast, but FAAAAAST. I tell my friend to watch out for the incoming car because I thought they were coming way too fast and wasn’t changing lane to pass us over.At the very last moment, my friend kind of swerved a little toward the right of the lane and the car behind us hard swerved toward the ditch. The car disappeared in the deep ditch and reappeared, jumping about 4-5ft in the air toward the highway, at about 100km/h with the momentum and back on the highway it was. Like it was nothing, the driver speed up and we lose him ahead of us, as he was going about 140km/h after the near-death accident.We were absolutely shocked and couldn’t saw a word for like 2-3 minutes. We assumed the driver feel asleep and at the last second saw he was gonna ram us and swerved toward the ditch. Shock probably made him speed up after the impact.It was crazy surreal because there was nobody else for miles around even after that.

Grew up in New England. This was great for bugs, it’s like the best place to live if you don’t like giant poisonous freaky bugs.That being said- we get a lot of moths. I’d heard stories from people of seeing huge ones but never myself.2 months into getting my license, I was driving and heard something flying around in the back seat. I’m thinking “holy shit! There’s a bird in here!”Then I saw it.A moth bigger than my fucking hand. Landed on my dashboard. It’s legs were like fingers.I screamed and remembered I was on the freaking highway and couldn’t loose control and kill my self or someone else.Then it flew again, right into my face.I screamed and tried opening the windows. My HAND CRANK windows on my piece of shit car with this monster flying around touching me while going 60mph trying not to die.It eventually went out the window and I was fine. Took some serious self control.Edit: My first gold! Had I known they pay off for that experience, perhaps it would have been less traumatizing.

I was in high school. I was with two other friends driving out in the middle of nowhere, rural roads, like nothing but cornfields for miles at a time with a farmhouse every once in a while. It was late at night, perfect for teenage kids to be out doing shit they weren’t supposed to be doing (drinking and smoking weed).All of a sudden, bright lights a ways behind us, we are all thinking it’s a sheriff’s dept car, and that we are totally fucked. Within a couple of seconds the lights are right on us, so bright that the entire inside of the car is so saturated with light that we can all clearly see each other’s bewildered faces.And as quickly as the light is upon us, it is gone, pitch black as it was merely seconds before. No sounds, no lights in the distance, just darkness. To this day I have no idea what it was that happened, it was about 25 years ago and I can picture the moment so vividly in my head still. I still run into one of the guys I was with every once in a while when I visit my home town and we always reminisce about it, while our wives laugh at our “crazy stoner story.”  

About 15 years ago I was driving on a less traveled road that goes around the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Central Washington. I started up a long, steep hill when I saw I was coming up quickly on some slow moving vehicle in my lane. It took my brain a while to process what it was: a small covered wagon (dog house sized) being pulled by at least a dozen Border Collies. The driver was a haggard looking man with a long scraggly beard. Three of my friends were with me, so there were witnesses. Otherwise, I’m not sure anyone would’ve believed it.PonyJetpack

Was driving to work on a Saturday morning down the interstate. I was in the middle lane and I glanced in my side mirror and noticed a car catching me quickly. I looked over as it passed me and in the back of this coupe was a lady banging on the window screaming for help. I sped up to them and she noticed me and started screaming again.I got behind them and followed them and could see him reaching back and hitting her. I called 911 and as I was he sped off. As I was talking to dispatch I caught up and he noticed me and realized I was following him.

He moved over in front of me and came to a complete stop. At that point I didn’t know if he had a gun or what so I went around him and exited.Once he went pass the overpass i got back on and followed him but he eventually lost me as I couldn’t keep up. Fortunately I was on with 911 the entire time and they had cops ready to pull him over. Eventually they got him to pull over and when I passed them he was handcuffed on the ground and she was sitting there.Come to find out it was his ex and he abducted her and was taking her who knows where. I followed them for around 30 miles weaving in and out of traffic and going 100 mph at times to keep up. Definitely creepy thinking of what he was maybe preparing to do to her.

10 Terrifying Haunted And Creepy Mask Stories

10 Terrifying Haunted And Creepy Mask Stories


There’s just something inherently fascinating and creepy about people in masks. Perhaps you’ve read the Goosebumps book or loved the film The Mask. On the other hand, perhaps you’re thinking of a creepy masquerade ball or the emotionless, bloodstained visage of Michael Myers.

But there really is something extra horrifying about masks that it’s difficult to put our finger on. Imagine not being able to see the true face of the person looming in the darkness or meeting a ghoul who reveals who they really are by unmasking. See if you recognize any of the following characters and hope you never meet anyone like them on dark nights!

10 Kuchisake-Onna

Japanese legend tells of a female ghost called Kuchisake-onna, who is the soul of a woman murdered by her jealous husband.[1] This spirit has been blamed for many assaults and deaths since the 1600s. She stalks dimly lit streets and alleys for victims, covering her mouth with either a fan, handkerchief, or medical mask, depending on which version you hear.

She asks travelers two questions. First, she inquires, “Watashi kirei ?” (essentially, “Do you think I’m pretty?”). Then she removes her disguise to show her bloody mouth with the sides cut wide. She asks her final question: “Kore demo?” (“Do you still think so?”). If you affirm her beauty both times, you’ll only walk away with your face slit like hers. Otherwise, you’re dead.

Stories of Kuchisake-onna were told during the Edo period (1600s–1800s), but then she disappeared until the 1970s, when a rash of sightings even prompted a police investigation. Could Kuchisake-onna have been turned into hannya, a once human woman consumed by jealousy and transformed into a demoness?

 9 Ed Gein’s Human Masks

Infamous murderer Ed Gein took the faces (in addition to other body parts) both from his victims and from graves so that he could wear them as masks. Some masks appeared mummified, almost dried out, while others were more carefully preserved, perhaps as Gein grew more confident in his methods of procuration.

A few had lipstick applied and looked more lifelike, and four had been stuffed with paper and hung on the wall of his bedroom, almost like hunting trophies. The rest were put into plastic or paper bags, one of which was found by Deputy Arnie Fritz when he was investigating the house.[2] It was nestled in a decaying robe thrown behind the kitchen door. When he opened the bag and saw hair, he reached in to pull the contents out. When he lifted the mask to the light, he realized it was the local tavern owner, Mary Hogan, who had gone missing three years previously.

 8 Maori Masks

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The Maori, who are indigenous to New Zealand, believe that masks, as well as other taonga (“treasures”), have spirits inside them that are tapu (“taboo”). Traditional beliefs also dictate that pregnant or menstruating women are tapu as well, so if they two should meet with something else that’s tapu, then a curse could be invoked.[3]

This belief is so strong and deeply rooted in Maori culture that in 2010, the Te Papa museum in Wellington, New Zealand, which was exhibiting items of taonga, strongly recommended that pregnant and menstruating women should stay away. The contact between the sacred Maori artifacts and the women present could create a curse, as both the masks and artifacts and the women had negative wairua, or “spirits.”

7 Lead Masks Case

Photo credit: Brazilian government

In 1966 in Rio de Janeiro, the corpses of Miguel Jose Viana (left above) and Manoel Pereira da Cruz (right above) were discovered on Vintem Hill wearing business suits and lead eye masks.[4] They were electronics repairmen from Campos dos Goytacazes, over 280 kilometers (174 mi) away, and their deaths remain a mystery to this day. As well as the lead eye masks, they were found with waterproof jackets, an empty water bottle, two towels, and a notebook.

They were last seen buying water from a local shop, and Miguel was reported to have been in a great hurry and checking his watch a great deal. All that the notebook said was that they should be at the agreed place at 4:30 PM, to swallow the capsules at 6:30 PM, and to “protect metals” and wait for the mask signal. They were found with this paraphernalia and wearing the masks, but their bodies were not well-preserved enough to discover whether they had swallowed poison. Why they would need lead masks that would protect against radiation, towels, and notes about metals is a mystery.

6 Stolen Mayan Face

Photo credit: Haunted Key West Tours

According to local legend, a mask was recovered at the property of a recently deceased gentleman who lived in Key West, Florida. It was said to have been stolen from an ancient tomb in Egypt decades prior.[5] Psychics who held the mask reported sensing South or Central American energies. The caretaker of the gentleman’s estate said that he heard it was from a tomb, but he had assumed it to be Egyptian rather than from South or Central America.

The psychics thought that the pyramid they were seeing was probably an Incan or Mayan tomb instead, and when they held the mask in their hands, it was very cold but then suddenly became hot. It would numb their hands and send tingles up their arms as far as their shoulder. The most sensitive psychics wouldn’t touch it at all. While it is clear there is strange energy attached to it, it’s also possible that there is a curse, something not unheard-of when it comes to protecting sacred items from thieves or other enemies.

5 Carl Tanzler

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Carl Tanzler was a German immigrant who claimed that during his childhood, he received visions of his one true love from his ancestor, Countess Anna Constantia von Cosel. Despite getting married and having two children with a woman who did not look like his vision, he always kept the face of his true love close to his heart. In 1930, after he’d left his wife and kids, he believed he’d found her at last. While working as a radiologist in Florida, he met a young Cuban American woman Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos. She was suffering from tuberculosis and died the next year.[6]

Tanzler paid for her funeral and visited her mausoleum regularly. He was obsessed with Maria. In the dead of night in 1933, he took her body from the mausoleum and back to his home in a child’s red wagon. He put her skeleton back together using coat hangers, stuffed her with rags, and made her a wig from her own hair. She was dressed and put in his bed until, seven years later, following rumors of the desecration of her body, she was discovered by police.

While her body was covered with clothes, her face was a death mask of her former self, created by Tanzler, and was kept in his bed after the coroner had removed the rest of her body. Unbelievably, the statute of limitations had expired, and Tanzler’s case was dismissed out of court. He never faced trial or sentencing. Maria’s body was taken to a funeral home, where death tourists could view her before it was taken back to the mausoleum.

4 The Beast Of Jersey

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Edward Paisnel began assaulting victims in 1960 on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands.[7] Stopping short of murder, he would attack women and children in a long raincoat and a strange mask, and all the victims recalled was a strange, musky smell after he had sexually abused them. Paisnel also had access to a children’s home, La Preference, that was run by his wife. He would affect an Irish accent, would often tie a rope around the necks and wrists of his victims, and would drag them into a secluded area. They would be carefully selected and taken from their bedrooms after he had climbed through the window, abducted to a nearby field to be molested, and then returned to their homes.

As Jersey is only 119 square kilometers (46 mi2) in total, it is understandable how much fear he raised through his attacks—the rapist had to be someone everyone knew. His rubber mask was homemade and had black hair, and the tape he used to keep it on was later revealed to have marked his own face beneath. The mask was intended to conceal his identity but also to strike terror in his victims, people he abused until his arrest in 1971. Paisnel was sentenced to 30 years in prison for 13 counts of rape, assault, and sodomy.

3 Dennis Rader

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Dennis Rader, also known as the BTK Killer (Bind, Torture, Kill), placed masks on some of his victims in addition to wearing a mask himself.[8] After he had tortured and killed his victims (mostly women), he would later photograph himself in strategic poses, recreating what he had done as though he himself was the person he’d murdered.

Wearing their clothes and with a plastic mask of a woman’s face, he would take photographs of himself in his parents’ basement in Sedgwick County, Kansas. He would also travel to motels for the perverted photography sessions or go out into the woods. He was finally caught in 2005 and sentenced to life in prison.

2 Fabian Kramer

In 2012, after watching the horror film Saw (2004), Fabian Kramer became obsessed with murder. Just a teenager at the time, he wore a mask as he killed his landlady, 82-year-old Hanna Litz. He stabbed her 50 times in her apartment.[9] The movie depicts how two victims are tied up in a bathroom, and the only means of escape is to saw off a part of their own bodies. While this did not happen in Kramer’s murder scene, he is said to have watched the movie and become inspired to kill while wearing a gruesome mask, which was set up on a mannequin in court at his trial.

After he stabbed Litz, he phoned the German police, who found him attempting to revive her, saying he was an “ambulance man.” The bloodstains on his body told a different story, and he was arrested and sentenced after the mask and a yellow-handled knife were found in his apartment.

1 Alex Mengel

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In 1985, Alex Mengel was pulled over by police in New York while he was driving with three friends. The officer spotted shotgun shells in the car. Mengel shot the police officer, who later died. A day later, Mengel abducted 44-year-old Beverly Capone in her white Toyota. She was said to have vanished after she was last seen going to her car at 8:00 PM that night. The next day, in a residential area near Syracuse, a 13-year-old girl said a driver pointed a gun at her and told her to get in. Thankfully, she ran away before he could shoot or force her into the car. She said he wore a disguise: a wig with long, black hair, lipstick, and a dress. She later identified Mengel in a police lineup.

A week later, the Toyota was spotted in Toronto, and a police chase ended when Mengel’s car skidded on the ice. Beverly Capone’s driver’s license was found in the car with Mengel’s face pasted over her photo. Police also found a wig with black hair in the vehicle, but Mengel denied knowing Capone and said he’d stolen the car.

Investigators retraced Mengel’s steps and found a remote cabin where Mengel had hidden Capone’s ID card. Her body was buried in a stone wall by the cabin. She had been stabbed in the chest and scalped. Her face had also been peeled off, and it is assumed that Mengel had used her hair and face as a mask to try to escape. He was charged with the murder of the officer and Beverly Capone, but when he was being escorted back from court in a police vehicle, he tried to escape and was shot dead.[10]

18 Horror Villains Who Are Ruined By Having Backstories

18 Horror Villains Who Are Ruined By Having Backstories



 Horror movie villains are something of an anomaly in the film world; more often than not, the less you know about them, the more frightening they are. Unlike characters in any other genre of film, they operate on pure dream logic, and – because of that – the best film villain protagonists don’t require a raison d’être beyond terrorizing the other characters. Unfortunately, thanks to the sequelization of literally every modern horror film, every terrifying horror villain has received some kind of terrible backstory.

In most instances, characters ruined by backstory are given three or more films before a writer doles out an unnecessary backstory for a creature that’s meant to exist as a pure metaphor, but some horror writers don’t even wait for a sequel to wreck a perfectly fine film and provide a sad-sack story for the creature handing out ironic punishments to sexy teens in the original property.

If you’re the kind of audience member who wants a backstory for the characters you’re watching onscreen, that’s totally fine. It’s human nature to be curious about why something is happening, but the horror genre is meant to create tension by asking questions, not answering them definitively.

Most of the backstories that are given to horror villains seeks to provide a reason as to why they’re cutting up strangers, but these are characters you don't need sympathy for. They’re meant to act as sign posts that say “go the other way,” not “love me and my knife hands.” Continue reading to explore the worst origins of some of your favorite characters. And, to the writers who ruined a good thing, don't quit your day job.


25 MORE Super Gory And Mentally Disturbing Horror Movie Practical Effects (For The Horror Fans)

25 MORE Super Gory And Mentally Disturbing Horror Movie Practical Effects (For The Horror Fans)

The 34 Objectively Worst Decisions In Horror Movies


The 34 Objectively Worst Decisions In Horror Movies


Running upstairs to escape a killer. Locking the only door to a theater during an all-night rehearsal. Pausing while running away from a killer. These are all terrible decisions people make in horror movies.

Some bad decisions make sense - characters do dumb things when they’re under duress, just like real humans. However, there are plenty of other cases where it feels like writers just got lazy and needed to kill off a character so they had them walk directly into a creepy basement where a killer’s hiding.

Some of your favorite horror films probably involve at least one objectively bad decision that doesn’t make logical sense. In the moment, it's easy to gloss over what are arguably scary movie plot holes, especially if the surrounding action has you gripping the edge of your seat in terror. Even when you notice characters' awful choices, it can actually make the movie more fun (if less immersive).

For the love of Wes Craven, please stop running upstairs.



Is The Deep-Web Puzzle 'Sad Satan' A Creepy Art Project, Or Something Far More Sinister?

Is The Deep-Web Puzzle 'Sad Satan' A Creepy Art Project, Or Something Far More Sinister?


The Sad Satan game is one of the most terrifying internet mysteries this side of Mariana's web. But what is Sad Satan? The fact of the matter is that no one really knows for sure; it's not even clear whether the game actually exists outside of YouTube videos. The first person to post a playthrough video was Obscure Horror Corner, who claimed to have received the game from an anonymous subscriber who discovered it on a deep web forum.

The mysterious origin story only adds to the allure of the deep web horror experience; no one knows who made it or what its about. Maybe it's a Satanic cyber curse. Maybe it's the confession of a deranged serial killer. Or maybe, just maybe, it's some poor software design student's failed final project.

One thing's for sure though, the game is loaded with encrypted messages. While this might be enough to scare most people away, a few special individuals are attracted to macabre enigmas, and love the uncertainty of the deep web. Thanks to these brave souls, the public has been able to unravel a little more about the horrifying mystery that is Sad Satan.



28 Plot Holes That'll Ruin Your Favorite Horror Movies

28 Plot Holes That'll Ruin Your Favorite Horror Movies

We love scary movies and the rush of watching characters go through hell on-screen from the safety of our seats. A lot of horror movies have fantastical elements and require a suspension of disbelief to be enjoyed, otherwise we wouldn't accept the existence of demons, zombies, unstoppable killers and magical puzzle boxes that open the gates of Hell. But even with their outrageous plots, horror movies still have to make logical sense and follow the rules they lay down or they lose credibility.

Did you ever wonder how Michael Myers learned how to drive in Halloween? Or why Ash seems to have no memory of Evil Dead in Evil Dead II? Or why does A Nightmare on Elm Street seem to take place in Los Angeles only to be referred to as Springwood, Ohio in later sequels? Can you explain where that egg came from at the beginning of Alien 3? We can't either.

Browse through these petrifying plot holes from horror movies and vote up the ones that you think almost ruin the movie for you. Which ones are just scary bad? Vote now!



15 People Share Horrifying Moments That Deeply Disturbed Them

15 People Share Horrifying Moments That Deeply Disturbed Them


Reddit is filled with creepy stories. These ones - which consist of disturbing, strange, and just plain weird tales of horrifying moments - tell tales of things that the commenters simply will never forget. The true experiences described here are the stuff of horror stories - only worse, because they actually happened.


10 Horror Legends' Favorite Movies

10 Horror Legends' Favorite Movies



We all have our favourite horror films and directors, but have you ever wondered what their favourites are? These 10 filmmakers absorbed plenty of films themselves before going on to create iconic work of their own.

The film that gets mentioned the most is Blow-up (1966), with its director Michelangelo Antonioni been mentioned a few times by name. The second most common is Citizen Kane (1941), which may not come as a surprise as it's already considered to be the greatest film by all time by many due to how it revolutionised storytelling.

Some other directors that come up by name and/or film mention frequently are other well-known pioneers of the horror genre. Find out who else they said...

10. Takashi Miike (Master Of Violence)


Whilst Takashi Miike has made some family-friendly films in his career, he is widely recognised for his extremely violent and gory horror films.

His films have caused controversy and have gained him a cult following. Some of Miike's most talked about films are Audition (1999), Ichi the Killer (2001) and Lesson of the Evil (2012), which all feature strong gore and violence.

Surprisingly, Miike has said his favourite film of all time is Starship Troopers (1997). He has also expressed admiration for directors Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Gosha, David Lynch, David Cronenberg and Paul Verhoeven.

9. Guillermo Del Toro (Godfather Of Monsters)


Guillermo del Toro is best known for his fantasy films which feature memorable monsters and their connections with romance.

He has worked in the horror-fantasy, sci-fi action and gothic romance genres, and his lifelong fascination with fairytales and monsters is no secret. Del Toro has directed Mimic (1997), Hellboy (2004), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Crimson Peak (2015) and The Shape of Water (2017).

Del Toro is always gushing about his favourite films and has listed many throughout his career. They include the likes of Freaks (1932), Häxan (1922), Goodfellas (1990), Nosferatu (1922), The Seventh Seal (1957), Eyes Without A Face (1960) and Sullivan's Travels (1941).

8. Eli Roth (Master Of Modern Gore)


Whilst he's no Cronenberg, Eli Roth has been dubbed part of the 'Splat Pack' for creating violent and gory low-budget films.

His films Cabin Fever (2002), Hostel (2005) and Hostel: Part II (2007) has been praised in the horror community, but have been noted to contribute to the torture-porn sub-genre. Although he didn't write it, Roth also directed The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018), which is his first family PG-13 film.

Roth has listed some of his favourite horror films as Sleepaway Camp (1983), Troll 2 (1990), Creepshow (1982), Zombi 2 (1980) and Pieces (1982). He also praised directors Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Tobe Hooper, George A. Romero and Stanley Kubrick as influencing his career.

7. Dario Argento (Master Of The Thrill)

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Although Mario Bava is associated with the creation of the giallo film genre, Dario Argento is known for his influential contribution to giallo and the horror genre in general. Films such as Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1972), Deep Red (1975), Suspiria (1977) and Inferno (1980) have given him the nickname ‘Master of the Thrill’. Many of his films from the 70s and 80s have gained cult status.

Argento has famously said it’s hard to choose his favourite film because he’s seen way too many. However, he said his favourite directors are Alfred Hitchcock, Michelangelo Antonioni, Luis Buñuel, Ingmar Bergman and Fritz Lang. Some films that have inspiredArgento are The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Cat People (1942), Blood and Black Lace (1964) and The Witches (1967).

6. George A. Romero (Godfather Of The Dead)


George A. Romero is widely regarded as the pioneer of the modern zombie due to his zombie apocalypse series. It began with Night of the Living Dead (1968), which had a massive impact on popular culture and its influence is seen in places like Shaun of the Dead (2004) and The Walking Dead. Romero also directed The Crazies (1973), Creepshow (1982) and Season of the Witch (1973), the latter of which Romero considers to be a “feminist film.”

In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Romero has listed his favourite films, which are all from the early 50s. They are On the Waterfront (1954), The Thing From Another World (1951), The Quiet Man (1952) and Othello (1945).

He has also credited Tales of Hoffman (1951) as his favourite film of all time, and the one that inspired him to become a director. Beyond the 50s, Romero’s key influencesare Casablanca (1942), Dr. Strangelove (1964), North by Northwest (1959), Repulsion (1965) and Carnival of Souls (1962).

5. James Wan (Master Of Modern Horror)


Over time, James Wan has proven himself as the master of modern horror. He had his directorial debut with Saw (2004) which gained a cult following.

He later went on to direct Insidious (2010) and The Conjuring (2013) which also became successful film franchises. These three film series have revolutionised modern horror. More recently, Wan has directed the upcoming Aquaman film.

Wan listed some of his favourite horror films in an interview with Loaded Online. They are Jaws (1975), The Exorcist (1973), Poltergeist (1982) and even The Terminator (1984). He has also mentioned Lost Highway (1997) and Ringu (1998), and says he finds inspiration in lots of movies, including those outside of the horror genre.

4. John Carpenter (Master Of Horror)


John Carpenter has as career spanning five decades and is mostly known for his work in the horror and science-fiction genres.

He’s created some of the most iconic films within these genres, such as Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982) and In the Mouth of Madness (1995). Lots of Carpenter’s films have become cult classics, even the ones that didn’t do so well upon initial release!

In an interview, Carpenter listed the following as his favourite films: Vertigo (1958), Blow-up (1966), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Rio Bravo (1959) and Citizen Kane (1941). He says Howard Hawks, director of Rio Bravo, was very influential on him as a young filmmaker.

3. Alfred Hitchcock (Master Of Suspense)

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Alfred Hitchcock is considered one of the most influential filmmakers in cinema history, but his speciality in the psychological thriller genre gave him prominence amongst the horror community. He’s known for majority of his filmography, including classics such as Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958) and the iconic and influential Psycho (1960).

Having entered the film industry during its early stages, Hitchcock was around to create the first ever British “talkie” which was Blackmail (1929). However, there were still films that inspired him. Some of Hitckcock’s early influences are Thou Shalt Not Kill (1914), Forbidden Fruit (1921), A Ride on a Runaway Train (1921) and Destiny (1921).

He also enjoyed Un chien andalou (1929), Bicycle Thieves (1948), Les Diaboliques (1955), Peeping Tom (1960) and Blow-up (1966).

2. William Friedkin (Godfather Of Possession)

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William Friedkin is known for directing The Exorcist (1974), which is based on the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty. The fact it’s inspired by a real life case of demonic possession in 1949 makes it even scarier.

It’s classed as the scariest film of all time due to its impact on audiences in the 1970s. Friendkin, however, has said he and Blatty “never set out to make a horror film”, but more “a story about the mystery of faith.”

Friedkin has listed many favourite films during his lifetime. Some of them are Psycho (1960), The Birth of a Nation (1915), Citizen Kane (1941), Alien (1979) and Rosemary’s Baby (1968). He’s also a big fan of Michelangelo Antonioni, the Coen Brothers and Vincente Minnelli.

1. Wes Craven (Master Of Horror)


Wes Craven is known for having a massive impact on the slasher sub-genre, especially when it comes to meta horror. He is credited with bringing back to life the slasher genre with Scream (1996) and Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) has become one of the most recognised horror icons of our time.

In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Craven cited his favourite horror films as The Virgin Spring (1960), To Kill A Mockingbird (1962), Red River (1948), Night of the Living Dead (1968) and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). He’s also mentioned Don’t Look Now (1974) and Blow-up (1966).

The Haunting Of Hill House: 10 Scariest Moments

The Haunting Of Hill House: 10 Scariest Moments


Back in October this year, Netflix streamed its adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic novel. Anticipation had been low, even in horror circles, since horror remakes and re-imaginings rarely receive critical acclaim. So when the show turned out to be brilliantly terrifying, word soon spread.

The Netflix show isn't exactly an adaptation - rather, it's an amalgamation of the novel that can be viewed as a sequel. For example, Steven and Shirley aren't characters in the book, although it was written by one Shirley Jackson. And whilst adult versions of Theodora, Eleanor, and Luke do appear in the book, they're not siblings, meeting for the first time at Hill House.

It's the work put into those characters and others that elevate it. A jump-scare can still be effective on its own, but it's far more effective when the audience is emotionally receptive to the victim's plight.

The words of Steven Crain in episode one hold a lot of truth: "When I say I've never seen a ghost, it's not exactly true. I've seen a lot of ghosts — just not the way you think. A ghost can be a lot of things — a memory, a daydream, a secret, grief, anger, guilt."

It's not just Hill House that's haunted; the Crain family's hearts and minds are, too.

10. The Bent-Neck Lady Floats, Too


Episode: 1x1 - Steven Sees A Ghost

With this scene, the show makes it clear - children are fair game.

For many horror stories, modern or not, children are off-limits. There's a seemingly unspoken rule that many writers abide by - don't hurt children in any way. Perhaps that's why some of the most powerful horror movies of all time feature children coming to harm. A young girl is tormented in The Exorcist; a young boy is haunted in The Shining; and a young girl is abducted by poltergeist in, uh, Poltergeist. Suddenly, a line is crossed, and the fear factor is multiplied.

Earlier in the episode, Nell wakes up her dad with her screams. She complains that someone she calls the Bent-Neck Lady appeared again, standing at the foot her bed, and with some reassurance, goes back to sleep. We get a brief glimpse of the Lady.

Later in the episode, Nell spends the night in another part of the house to escape the Lady's presence. It's no use. She wakes up paralysed, the Lady floating above her, eerily reminiscent of a phantom from Japanese horror. As Nell and the audience come to learn, the Lady will shadow her, literally and figuratively, for the rest of her life. All the more heartbreaking is the realisation later in the series that Nell herself is the lingering object of her fear.

Interestingly, the apparition of a dark, shrouded woman is a common sight among those who experience sleep paralysis.

9. Apartment Visit


Episode: 1x1 - Steven Sees A Ghost

In the final scene of the first episode, Steven returns home to his apartment. After running into Luke on the stairs - and sending him on his way to score heroin with some of his equipment and money - Steven finds Nell in his apartment. While talking to her, his phone rings. It's his dad, Hugh. It's revealed that Nell has committed suicide. Steven - and the audience - both realise that it's Nell's ghost who's been waiting in his apartment.

He turns around, and Nell in his standing before him. She opens her mouth, her face twisting in agony, and just before she can scream... she disappears. The first episode ends. Time to catch your breath.

There's also a nice bit of spoken foreshadowing when Steven first sees Nell after turning on the lights. "Thanks. I needed a good scare."

8. Escape From Hill House


Episode: 1x1- Steven Sees A Ghost

At this point, we aren't too familiar with the Crain family so don't care for them as much as we come to, but the show still manages to quicken our pulse despite that. It does so by tapping into one of man's greatest fears: the unknown.

The scene begins with dad Hugh waking up eldest son Steven in the middle of the night. Warning bells already: a child witnessing an adult in such a state of fear is powerful enough, regardless of any supernatural phenomena. Parents are meant to be fearless. What would scare your dad?

Hugh picks his son up, stressing that he should keep eyes shut. The viewer's mind spirals: what on earth warrants such fear to simply see it is a bad idea?

What follows, after a tense moment in which something on the other side of the door tries to get into the bedroom, is a mad dash for safety. Not too long to become boring, not too short to leave the audience underwhelmed, it's a masterclass in tension in the dreamlike environment of Hill House. It all passes with just enough time to hold your breath and let it out.

Father and son escape just in time. In a nice bit of symmetry, the final episode would feature Hugh leading Steven into the house, rather than away from it.

7. A Grave Meeting


Episode: 1x7 - Eulogy

The shock of this ghostly encounter is twofold - not only is this the first time a member of the Crain family has encountered a spirit in broad daylight, but they are then instantly surprised by another.

Nell's friends and family attend her funeral, a sombre affair. Luke, last to throw earth on his twin sister's grave, looks up to see her ghost, the Bent-Neck Lady, standing before him. It certainly makes sense for a ghost to appear at her funeral, in a cemetery, but we the audience aren't used to the ghosts of the show making such brazen arrivals. Even now, 7 episodes into the season, the show still manages to challenge our assumptions about horror fiction tropes.

And then Luke's mum appears and tries to drag him into his sister's grave. The torment is relentless. But Luke's cries and ravings only invite Steven to admonish him. Nowhere is safe, and sympathy runs low.

6. Rude Awakening


Episode: 1x2 - Open Casket

This scene is one of the few that largely takes inspiration from the novel.

Theo enters Shirley's room in the dead of night, waking her up by accusing her of calling her name. Shirley is mystified. She's adamant she didn't. The sisters' bickering is then interrupted by the sound of barking dogs - dogs that only make their presence known at night - before a loud bang sends Theo jumping into Shirley's bed, the sisters cowering in fear.

What follows is a series of booming, jarring banging noises coming from the walls of the room. The sisters' screams lead to their father coming in to comfort them. What are they talking about? There's no noise! But he believes them.

And then THOHH pulls its first switcheroo. Safety seemingly assured, dad Hugh then begins placating his daughters with soothing words before his face turns dark, his mouth elongates, and he lets out a hideous drone.

Smash cut to adult Shirley waking up.

5. The Tall Man's Introduction


Episode: 1x4 - The Twin Thing

This scene perfectly captures the sense of isolation and gloom that comes with waking up all alone in the middle of the night, when silence lays steadily, and seconds feel like hours.

As a child, Luke's mum, Olivia, finds a bowler hat in the attic, which he claims as his own. It turns out that was a bad idea.

During the night, Luke wakes to a soft thudding sound. He ventures out into the corridor where he first sees the Tall Man - a floating ghost using its cane to pull itself along in its search for its bowler hat. Luke, momentarily paralysed with fear, quietly steals back into his bedroom and hides under his bed, where the worst thing that can happen next, does. The Tall Man enters the room.

The Tall Man finds his hat and begins to leave, only to seek Luke out when he lets out a premature breath of relief. The Tall Man bends down. Luke lets out a piercing scream. End scene.

The Tall Man would continue to plague Luke throughout his drug-addled life. If only he had been taken seriously and believed, perhaps things would have turned out differently for him.

4. Poppy's Rhyme


Episode: 1x10 - Silence Lay Steadily

It's a shame that the ghost of Poppy Hill - insane past inhabitant of Hill House - only made a few appearances on the show towards the end of its first season. The character oozes malice and charm, stealing whatever scene she's in. But perhaps her few appearances are a positive, since she's absolutely bloody terrifying to behold in her ghostly, rotten form.

After finding himself separated from Steven following their return to Hill House, Hugh finds himself with Poppy's undivided attention. She "entertains" him with a macabre rhyme before being shooed away by Olivia Crane's ghost. The scene doesn't serve anything other than to creep out the audience, but it works.

Sometimes, simplicity is enough.

3. Car Jumpscare


Episode: 1x8 - Witness Marks

After Luke disappears from Shirley's funeral home following a storm, taking her credit card with him, Hugh and Steven follow, initially searching for him the places he used to buy heroin. Shirley soon gets a notification on her phone, telling her that her credit card has been used at a petrol station near Hill House. Luke is on his way back there. She and Theo then decide to travel there themselves.

So far, so normal. The sisters' subdued conversation on the road moves from Luke, to what Theo and Hugh saw at the funeral home, to the issue currently driving the sisters apart - Shirley catching her husband, Kevin, apparently cheating on her with Theo. As Theo tries to explain what really happened, the tension mounts. Voices rise. Verbal sparring ensues. And out of nowhere comes the show's greatest jump-scare.

But it's more than that. It's as if Nell was trying to stop her sisters from arguing. Her appearance compels Shirley into admitting that she's been seeing things just like the rest of her family has, and prompts Theo to explain her promiscuous behaviour.

It is an unparalleled, well-earned fright. So why is this only entry #3? Because of what comes next.

2. Theo's Monologue


Episode: 1x8 - Witness Marks

After the previous scare, the audience has time to catch its breath. Shirley's car veers off the road, and she follows Theo out of it as she makes her way to a field by it, where she explains her reasoning for trying to kiss Kevin.

By now, viewers are aware of Theo's psychic talent. By touching people, she can read their feelings, as well as gain impressions from inanimate objects. What she learns is too much to bear, however, so she's thankful when she's gifted a pair of gloves by her mum. She uses her gift - curse? - as an adult to become a successful child psychologist, and earlier in the series we see her horrified by what she feels when she touches Nell's dead body in the morgue. We don't learn what see saw or felt; we're just left with her howl of pain.

Theo now explains the sense of nothing, of numbness, that she's been feeling since touching her younger sister's corpse. What happens is the show suddenly pivots from supernatural horror to the existential. Up until this point, the evil forces working against the Crane family had been tangible (even if they are ghosts.) But by questioning what happens when we die, and Theo's absolute conviction that what she 'felt' might be indicative of that, we are invited to look beyond spectres and into the very absurd, nihilistic nature of death itself.

Ghosts don't exist. When an episode of the show ends, we can move on. But our inevitable demise is very really indeed, and something we can spend our lives meditating on.

1. Luke Meets The Ghoul In The Basement


Episode: 1x3 - Touch

It really is no wonder Luke Crain turned to drugs to cope.

Not only has he had to deal with a ghost no one else can see in the form of the Tall Man, but he's faced with yet another ghost that only has eyes for him.

In the 1992 timeline, Theo finds Luke in the dumbwaiter in the kitchen. He can't get it working by himself, and so does what any good little brother does, and begs his sister to help him. Reluctantly, Theo agrees to. But the dumbwaiter doesn't go up like expected. It goes down.

At this point, only three episodes in, the audience is well aware that Hill House doesn't hold back when it comes to scaring children. But up until now, the house hadn't been openly hostile towards one of its younger inhabitants.

Not only is there the terror caused by the thing in the basement, but there's also Theo's panic at not being able to help her brother after unintentionally putting him in danger - a vicarious horror anyone can relate to, ghosts or not. And that seems to exemplify one of the show's major themes - being witness to, but powerless in the face of, a loved one's pain.


10 Families Who Lived A Real ‘Haunting Of Hill House’

10 Families Who Lived A Real ‘Haunting Of Hill House’ -



The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson tells the story of several people in one of the most haunted houses in the country. The novel has recently been reworked as a hit series on Netflix; reports of viewers passing out with fear from watching the show have circulated.

The horror Jackson’s characters witnessed is a work of fiction. However, the following families all experienced something that felt very much real to them. These families were driven from their own homes, leaving behind a legacy of pure fear.

The Smurl Family

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When Janet and Jack Smurl first moved into their family home on Chase Street in West Pittson, Pennsylvania, they knew it was a fixer-upper. The property needed repainting and refixing, but what they didn’t know was that the renovations would be the least of their problems.

Over a period of 13 years, they were tormented by the ghosts that haunted the place. Janet also believed she was molested in her sleep by a demon, and Jack said he was sexually attacked by an unknown force as he watched a baseball game on TV. They also witnessed the family dog being thrown violently against the wall.

Demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren identified four ghosts at the property—a harmless old lady, a violent young girl, a man who had died in the home, and a demon who controlled the other three spirits. In 1987, the Smurl family had had enough of the attacks, and they fled their home with no intention to return.[1]

The Perron Family

Photo credit: The Paranormal Scholar

The real-life haunting of the Perron family was so terrifying it inspired the 2013 horror film The Conjuring. In 1970, Carolyn and Roger Perron, along with their five young children, moved into a farmhouse in Rhode Island known as the Old Arnold Estate, built in 1736. The previous occupant issued them a cold warning: “For the sake of your family, leave the lights on at night!”

The disturbances began almost immediately. Carolyn was awoken in the middle of the night by the ghost of an old, gray lady named Bathsheba, whose head hung loosely. The apparition warned the family to leave. The children also bonded with the spirit of a little boy they affectionately named “Manny,” who watched them through the windows as they played outside. Then there were the malevolent spirits that tossed them out of bed, pulled at their legs, and filled the house with the smell of rotting flesh many mornings at 5:15 AM.

To this day, the Perron family struggle to talk about what happened. Andrea Perron, now a grown woman, said, “Let’s just say there was a very bad male spirit in the home—with five little girls.”[2]

The Enfield Poltergeist

Photo credit: Graham Morris

Between 1977 and 1979, there was one ghost story that gripped the world—the Enfield Poltergeist. At 284 Green Street in Enfield, England, sat a suburban family home on a quiet street. Within this home, single mother Peggy Hodgson and her two young daughters were tormented by a violent poltergeist.

Sisters 13-year-old Margaret and 11-year-old Janet complained of menacing voices, loud banging, and chairs being overturned in the house. Janet would also become possessed and speak in a deep, demon-like voice belonging to 72-year-old Bill Wilkins, who had previously died at the house.

Press photographer Graham Morris, who was asked to report on the disturbances, recalled, “I thought it was an ordinary job until I walked into the house.” Morris managed to capture a famous photograph of young Janet purportedly levitating out of her bed as her face twists in horror.[3]

The Lemp Family Curse

Photo credit: Paul Sableman

Built in 1868, the Lemp Mansion in Benton Park, St. Louis, Missouri, boasted a cave where the Lamp family brewed their own beer. In 1901, William J. Lemp was left devastated when his fourth son Frederick Lemp died of ill health. In 1904, William committed suicide by gunshot, and William J. “Billy” Lemp, Jr. took over the family business.

In 1920, Elsa Lemp Wright, the youngest Lemp child, shot herself following her divorce. As a result of Prohibition, the family brewery was sold at auction after hitting hard times, and Billy Jr. also shot himself in 1922. Years later, in 1949, Charles Lemp, the third son, shot himself in the head after killing the dog. The only surviving son, Edwin Lemp, died of natural causes, and his dying wish was for every family heirloom to be destroyed.

Not surprisingly, the Lemp Mansion, now a restaurant and inn, is said to be haunted.[4] One legend is that there was another Lemp son who was born deformed and hidden away in the attic—his spirit is believed to haunt and torment the house.

The Snedeker Family

The Snedeker House inspired the book and horror film The Haunting in Connecticut due to its chilling legacy. In 1986, the Snedeker family—Allen and Carmen, their three sons and daughter, and two nieces—moved into the house on Meriden Avenue, Southington, Connecticut. While exploring their new home, Carmen found mortician’s tools in the basement, and she soon discovered that the property was once a funeral home.

It wasn’t long before their eldest son experienced visions of evil spirits, and both parents claimed to have been sexually attacked by demons. Demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren agreed that the Snedeker house was infested with demons. Since the family moved from the home, there have been no further reports of any paranormal activity; it is believed that the evil within was drawn to the family rather than the house itself.[5]

The McPike Mansion

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Alton in Madison County, Illinois, is considered one of the most haunted places in the United States, as many ghost stories plague this town. However, one building stands out among the rest—the McPike Mansion. Businessman Henry McPike built the 16-bedroom mansion on Alby Street for his family in 1869.

In the 1900s, the mansion was sold to Paul Laichinger, who rented the rooms to boarders. However, those who did stay here soon began to hear strange noises, including children talking and laughing together, although children weren’t on the grounds.

Following the death of Laichinger in 1945, the mansion sat vacant until 1994, when Sharyn and George Luedke purchased the property as a restoration project. Sharyn soon noticed that a ghost-like man would stare at her from the window as she was gardening. Other disturbances included orbs being caught on camera and heavy metal doors opening on their own. Ghost hunters have confirmed that the most paranormally active room in the house is the wine cellar.[6]

The Sprague Mansion

Photo credit: Michael Bell

In the mid-1800s, Lucy Chase Sprague lost her fortune and died penniless at the Sprague Mansion on Cranston Street in Cranston, Rhode Island. The property has stood with a dark cloud over it ever since. In 1967, Robert and Viola Lynch moved into the 28-bedrooom mansion that featured its very own creepy Doll Room.

In the late 1960s, night watchman Bob Lynch Jr. and a few of his friends had the blankets thrown off their beds. Using a makeshift Ouija board, they contacted a ghost that spelled out: “Tell my story!” Another entity that haunts the place is a ghost by the name of Amasa Sprague, whose body was discovered bludgeoned to death close to the house in 1843.

Since the Lynch family moved away, paranormal experts who have visited the mansion captured the dolls’ eyes in the Doll Room moving on camera. The wine cellar is also a place of much paranormal activity, including orbs and unexplained lights.[7]

The Danny LaPlante Killings

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In January 1987, teenagers Annie and Jessica Andrews heard loud knocking sounds coming from their bedroom walls. They also found blood-red writing on the walls: “I’m back. Find me if you can.” The girls had recently lost their mother and believed there was a spirit trying to make contact. When the girl’s father found a young boy standing in the house wearing a dress belonging to his deceased wife and holding a hatchet, he chased him from the house. Police later found a crawl space in the house and that the “ghost” was 17-year-old Daniel LaPlante.

Following a short sentence in a juvenile detention center, La Plante was released, and he turned his attention to a different family. On December 1, 1987, he assaulted and shot 33-year-old Priscilla Gustafson and then drowned her children, seven-year-old Abigail and five-year-old William, in their family home in Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He was sentenced to life behind bars for his horrendous, deplorable actions.[8]

The Lutz Family

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On November 13, 1974, at 112 Ocean Drive, Amityville, Long Island, Ronald “Butch” DeFeo Jr. murdered his parents, two brothers, and two sisters with a .35-caliber rifle while they slept peacefully in their beds. Butch claimed he was tormented by voices that ordered him to kill his family.

A year later, George and Kathleen Lutz moved into the Amityville house with their three children after purchasing the five-bedroom property for a low price. George reportedly then began to awaken at 3:15 AM every day—around the time Butch was known to have massacred his family. They also saw a pig-like creature with red eyes staring from the windows of the house, and the young children would levitate from their beds.

Both George and Kathleen passed lie detector tests about what they experienced in the home, and eventually, they fled from the property. 112 Ocean Drive is still known as one of the most haunted houses in America.[9]

The Winchester Mystery House

Photo credit: Ben Franske

Located at 525 South Winchester Boulevard in San Jose, California, is the Winchester House, which was first built in 1884. Following the death of her husband, William Wirt Winchester, and with a $1,000-a-day inheritance at hand (the average daily wage at the time was $1.50), Sarah Winchester sought the help of a spiritualist to deal with her grief. Sarah had also lost her only daughter when she was just six weeks old.

The spiritualist warned Sarah that she was cursed and advised her to “build a home for [herself] and for the spirits.” The spirits in question were said to be those killed by Winchester rifles. Sarah sold her home in New Haven, Connecticut, and began work on the Winchester House. “If you continue building, you will live. Stop and you will die,” advised the spiritualist.

Every day for 38 years, Sarah continued building.[10] The property ended up with 160 rooms, 47 fireplaces, trap doors, secret passages, and staircases that lead to nowhere. The labyrinth-like mansion attracts paranormal experts from all around the world.

10 Scariest Cursed Items In Horror Movie History

10 Scariest Cursed Items In Horror Movie History


Thinking about renovating your home anytime soon? Well, that's nice and all, but don't go to any second-hand shops, or garage sales, or old dusty attics, or anywhere else you can't get yourself a solid sales receipt and a refund guarantee should there happen to be a centuries-old demon lurking inside. Because unfortunately - if films are anything to go by - pesky creatures from the underworld have a habit of infesting these things.

Unfortunately, the characters in these movies learned the hard way: if it's a beautiful antique that will really set off your dining room, there's probably something deeply, demonically wrong with it.

Over the years, there have been some incredibly powerful horror artefacts uncovered and more often than not, they lead to some seriously bad things happening...

10.  Lament Configuration - Hellraiser

Dimension Films

A box not dissimilar to a Rubik's Cube, this charming little contraption is not for the faint-hearted. If you manage to solve the puzzle, instead of the warm feeling of pride as you chuck the thing to one side never to be touched again, you instead get a host of interdimensional demonic creatures intent on inflicting nothing but pain appearing in your living room.

The Cenobites and their leader Pinhead are intrinsically connected to the Lament Configuration, and cracking their code is enough to bring them forth from whatever plane they so happen to be inhabiting.

You'd think they would offer up a prize for managing to get them out, but the clue really is in the name here with 'Lament.' They could be clearer by calling it the 'Tear You Apart With Hooks Puzzle You Shouldn't Solve', but that's hardly as catchy.

9. The Video Game - Brainscan

Coral Productions

Turns out, video games can really rot your brain, so you should probably ring your mother up and apologise.

Brainscan's premise is that of a video game that plays out its horrific violent actions in real life, meaning any murderous actions undertaken on screen actually happen to the people of a local town. Ruling over the game is Trickster, some creepy cyber-ghoul with a taste for nasty actions and sticking his fingers into electric sockets, who consistently pushes the player to continue wreaking havoc.

Once the disk gets a hold on you, it doesn't let up, and neither does its eye-gouging, finger-breaking, demonic possessing host. Just don't go hunting out hyper-realistic horror games and you should be safe from this one, unless Trickster gets a taste for Viva Pinata. Then we're all f*cked.

8. The Tape - Ringu


Remember video tapes? Sadako does, and like any self-respecting retro hipster, she's a real big fan.

Tying her consciousness to an old VHS and haunting anyone that comes into contact with it, watching the creepy images bound to the little black box results in death exactly 7 days later. The physical tape itself is nothing frightening on the surface, just a simple plastic box: but playing it results in an eerie collection of short clips both intriguing and disturbing in equal measure.

Honestly, there's better home movies to be found on unmarked VHS tapes which I'm sure the seedier side of the internet could direct you to. It's just unfortunate that this innocuous, unmarked tape has such dire consequences - but at the very least, the advent of streaming should keep us safe. Netflix will distract you from any creepy viral sensations if Rings is anything to go by.

7. The Monkey's Paw - The Monkey's Paw

TMP Films

Adapted to film both in 1948 and 2013, The Monkey's Paw is a story that many will have experienced even if not on the cinema screen. From The Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, to Are You Afraid of the Dark?, to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the idea of a cursed monkey's paw able to grant three wishes has appeared on screen for generations. And so has it's crazy consequences.

The paw will give you anything you want, at the price of an unknown punishment for meddling with fate. Wishing someone back from the dead as people so often do in these stories seems to be the one that really goes wrong, with creatures not intended to walk the Earth climbing out their graves and upsetting everyone in the process.

That such an innocuous item has so much power is the scariest thought here, and that you never really know what price you'll pay to get your wish. It really goes without saying: don't trust a piece of magic monkey jerky.

6. 1958 Plymouth Fury - Christine

Columbia Pictures

If anyone can make a possessed car scary, it's Stephen King, the writer who conceptualised the 1958 Plymouth Fury with a mind of its own. Christine in the film adaptation is a jealous lump of metal, taking out anyone that gets too close to her owner or defaces her showroom quality exterior, revealing herself to be more and more powerful as the movie unfolds.

Whilst a self-driving car intent on destruction actually seems like a nifty thing to have if you can control it, Christine's owners all meet the same grisly fate after being pretty much *driven* insane. She's a strong, independent car who don't need no man, and as such, it's far better to stay away from the evil vehicle unless you don't really value your organs staying inside your body.

As impressive as the Plymouth Fur is, you're better off riding a bike.

5. Room 1408 - 1408

Dimension Films

As far as items go, room 1408 is a big one. An entire hotel room in fact, on the 13th floor, who's internal numbers add up to 13, and is therefore the most cursed and evil room ever to exist.

When professional skeptic Mike Enslin decides to test just how spooky 1408 can get, he obviously gets more than his money's worth: meeting ghostly victims of the room as well as facing up against the traumas of his own past.

If the room isn't attacking him with zombie corpses, trying to drown him in an ocean sprung from a painting, or offering him up his own noose - it's supernaturally letting him think he's escaped before pulling him right back into its dated decor once more. Take the cognac and go if you're ever in this situation, dear reader, the credit card charges for flooding your room with a literal sea aren't worth it.

4. The Mirror - Oculus

Relativity Media

A problematic mirror isn't a new concept. Amityville: A New Generation, From Beyond The Grave, and of course the inventively titled Mirrors all toy with the idea of a mirror being a gateway to something insidious, and Oculus joins their ranks with an evil iteration that turns those reflected into the worst versions of themselves.

Supernaturally implanting hallucinations that cause them to lose their minds, the Russell family each succumb to the mirror's dark intent - though it's never actually clear what its presumably demonic origin is.

In any case, unless you're dedicated to looking a mess, a haunted mirror really is an issue. For one so easily to reach out and warp the minds of those simply near it is pretty terrifying: even if it does really make the room look bigger and add some antique chic, it's best to just get yourself a store-bought instead of a frame forged in the fires of hell.

3.  Necronomicon - Evil Dead

New Line Cinema

An item integral to potentially hundreds of horror movies over the years, the Necronomicon has gone by many names, but The Book of the Dead is its most appropriate.

A tome, a grimoire, a generic old and sacred text found in the grotty depths of basements the world over, the Necronomicon has appeared in plenty of horror movies over the years, with the Evil Dead franchise being its most infamous. Of course, it originally was born from the mind of writer H. P. Lovecraft, but has been bastardised in excellent fashion ever since.

Able to conjure up the living dead as well as being full of plenty of other icky business, the evil book causes nothing but trouble for those that decide to do some light reading from a giant leathery book with a literal screaming face on the front. Can't really say it doesn't warn you.

2. Dybbuk Box - The Possession


Like any self respecting scary movie, The Possession borrows from 'a true story' to tell its terrifying tale of a box containing an evil entity intent on taking over a little girls body. Unlike most scary movies however, this one is ACTUALLY true. Or at least, about as true as these things get.

The dybbuk box has long captured the attention of the amateur paranormal investigator community (yes, that's a thing), cited as a wine cabinet that contains a malicious spirit, the dybbuk, that wants to possess the living. In The Possession, the creature from Jewish mythology is discovered by young Hannah at a garage sale, whispering through its confinement in a sealed box before attempting to inhabit her body as its own and infesting her house with moths.

Purposefully messing with the supernatural is one thing, but simply opening a kitschy box and having your body taken over by some unpleasant slippery creature is just unfortunate. If it's too good to be getting as a second-hand discount, just don't buy it.

1. Costume - Clown

Dimension Films

Now, this cursed item would is truly quite horrible to encounter. What appears to be a clown costume, worn by a desperate father trying to impress his son on his birthday, actually turns out to be the hair and skin of an ancient demon. Because of course it is.

Wearing the suit means that the creature becomes one with its wearer, fusing all parts of its outfit into one's own skin as two become one. The only way to stop it is to consume five children, or get decapitated, neither of which is particularly appealing.

Clown plays out as the devolution of dad Kent as the costume takes over his mind and body, transforming his blood to rainbows and rendering suicide impossible. The contrast between no-one else taking him seriously in his outfit and his hunger for flesh is a chilling one - and a warning to not put anything you find in someone's old basement on your face. If it's not got people germs, it's got a sadistic demon living in it.

10 Dark Facts About Robert Pickton, The Pig Farmer Killer

10 Dark Facts About Robert Pickton, The Pig Farmer Killer -



The date is February 6, 2002, and police are descending upon a pig farm in British Columbia to execute a search warrant for illegal firearms. What they were about to uncover would go down in a tale so horrifying, bizarre, strange, and macabre that it would be the stuff of films and nightmares—but this was no nightmare or horror movie. This was real life, and the belongings of many women who had gone missing were about to be uncovered.

The man who owned the property was a pig farmer by the name of Robert “Willie” Pickton. Born in 1949, Pickton came from a family of pig farmers for three generations. In the mid-1990s, he and two siblings sold parts of the farm they’d inherited for few million dollars, and Pickton was left with sole control of the remaining land.[1] Pickton would go down in history as one of Canada’s worst serial murderers after his house of horrors would be uncovered and his murderous crimes found out.



Photo credit: An-Nahar

Like they always say, it’s the quiet ones you’ve got to watch, and Robert Pickton was no exception. Quiet, reserved, and seemingly well-behaved, “Willie” was the last person authorities would assume was a maniacal serial killer. But behind the simple farm-life exterior was a madman with a dark, twisted secret, who went undetected in his serial killing spree for years. He was someone who no one would suspect was butchering women.

History is replete with quiet, unassuming murderers, from the gentle nurse’s aide Donald Harvey to the Japanese Celebrity Cannibal Issei Sagawa, Many murderers are outwardly calm and collected, but behind their friendly eyes reside complete and total bloodthirsty psychopaths. An old neighbor even described Pickton as a “good natured little bastard.”[2]

Party Animal

Although his demeanor was that of a friendly, reserved pig farmer, Robert Pickton wasn’t without a wild side. He converted a building near the farm itself into a party palace where he would host wild, illegal parties for himself and all his friends. He appropriately named the nearby building “The Piggy Palace” and would often have gatherings there where he would drink and use illicit drugs. Pickton took his party life seriously enough to set up a nonprofit charity called the Piggy Palace Good Times Society. It is said that his parties were attended by as many as 1,700 guests.[3]

It should be noted that it wasn’t all good times at the “Good Times Society,” as these parties were entirely illegal, and Pickton and his brother sold liquor at the events illicitly. They would also charge an entrance fee to raise money, which presumably went right back into the ongoing parties at the property. It’s very possible that the Picktons never raised any money for any real, decent cause but rather used the society as a front to party and charge people money while proclaiming it all went to some public good . . . or maybe the nonprofit organization was just a front to rake in serious cash.


The Farm

The Pickton pig farm, located near Vancouver, was a disheveled, creepy place that proved suitable grounds to scare the living hell out of anyone, especially once news of the massive killing rampage came out. As mentioned, Pickton and his siblings sold most of the farm, and when all was said and done, he was left with a 6.5-acre piece of property where he would do his dirty work. The property was strewn with scrap metal, nonworking cars, random trucks, and the like; in short, it was a scene out of one of the modern remakes of the Texas Chainsaw Massacreseries.[4]

There’s something about eerie, rustic scenes of death and violence that makes us cringe, and the Pickton pig farm was definitely that. It’s reminiscent of Ed Gein’s house of horror and dismemberment in Wisconsin. Scrap metal, blood, and rust always seem to make for the darkest scenes in real-life horror, don’t they?

The Beginning

There is no definitive line for Robert Pickton where authorities can say for certain that he began killing. The possible time frame for his murders is a long stretch, starting way back in 1978 and ending in 2001, though he would be convicted of murders that took place between 1997 and 2001. A bare minimum of 65 women disappeared from Pickton’s preferred Vancouver hunting grounds between 1978 and 2001, and even after the largest investigation in Canadian serial killer history, we’re still uncertain which was the first Pickton murder.[5]

Diana Melnick was a young Canadian woman who disappeared in 1995 and is the earliest victim that police connected to Pickton, though authorities didn’t have enough evidence to ever bring the pig farmer killer to trial for her murder. She was 158 centimeters tall (5’2″) and 45 kilograms (100 lb), a drug user, a partier like Pickton, and probably a prostitute. Melnick’s DNA would be found at several locations throughout the Pickton farm, though a search of the entire grounds of the pig farm would turn up no remains of Diana’s body.

Downtown Eastside

The Downtown Eastside district of Vancouver was where Pickton took most of his victims, usually prostitutes, from.[6] Downtown Eastside is sort of like the red-light district area of Vancouver, where lots of illicit drug use, particularly of opiates like heroin, goes down. And with this underbelly of inter-city crime comes pimps and prostitutes, leaving the pig farmer killer with no shortage of victims to prey upon. Most of the people Pickton killed and is alleged to have killed had a history of legal problems pertaining to prostitution.

Like many serial killers, Pickton chose these women because the majority of them were from out of town and would not have families they would be in contact with regularly. In other words, the chances were low that anyone would immediately notice if they went missing.


Pig Fodder

Robert Pickton had an unusually bizarre method of disposing of his victims, which, in the end, made it extremely difficult for authorities to convict him: He fed their corpses to pigs. Pickton was suspected of luring women to his pig farm and killing them, strangling them with a piece of wire or shooting them with a firearm in a rural pig farm with no one around to hear the poor women scream.[7]

Having a pig farm turned out to be very handy in this endeavor. Pigs will eat through a human corpse without much of a problem, but having the pig farm meant that Pickton had his own meat processing facilities on his property. Pickton had the means at his disposal to get rid of a corpse quickly and easily, with little, if any, trace of them to ever be found.

In 2012, an elderly Oregonian pig farmer was eaten by the pigs on his estate. (It is unclear if the pigs actually killed him or simply ate his body after he, say, had a heart attack while in their pen.) Initially, the man’s dentures were found alongside the pigs, and then later, the rest of the farmer was located—the very little of him that was left. Pigs have absolutely no problem eating a dead body. Sometimes, people are attacked while alive, which adds a whole new layer of terrifying thought to the equation: What if Robert Pickton fed some of his victims to pigs while they were still alive? We may never know.

Unwitting Cannibalism?

Now here’s where the story takes a particularly gruesome turn: Not only did Pickton dispose of his victims in one of the most grisly fashions imaginable by feeding them to pigs, but he also is alleged to have done something else with their bodies, something so vile and unthinkable that it’s straight out of a work of fiction. Robert “Willie” Pickton reportedly ground up some of his victims into mincemeat, mixed them with pork, and sold the meat to unsuspecting people.[8]In a strange twist of events, he is said to have even possibly sold this meat to local police officers.

It would be a tragic, dark, and twisted irony if the very people who were supposed to be catching this madman were unwittingly eating the victims of his crazed murder spree. The rumors of Pickton’s human-laced meat were written off by local police as just hearsay. Considering Pickton’s character and weird, strange demeanor, described by an old employee of his pig farm as erratic even when signs of substance abuse were not present, is it too hard to believe that Pickton found macabre humor in the idea of feeding his victims to both pigs (the animals) and “pigs,” the derogatory North American slang for police?

Known Victims

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Because of his particular methods of disposing of the corpses, Pickton left very, very little in the way of evidence for police to collect and use against him. His methods were so effective that while he himself claims to have killed 49 people, he was only convicted for six murders.

After authorities descended upon the property to execute the search warrant, police would spend the next several weeks investigating the scene, and on February 22, 2002, they took Pickton into custody on two counts of first-degree murder, for the deaths of Mona Wilson and Sereena Abotsway.[9] He would be brought up on charges again on April 2 for three more victims and again for a sixth on April 9.

Nine more murder charges would follow over the remainder of 2002. Later, in 2005, 12 more counts of murder would be raised against Pickton as the evidence seemingly began to pile up. In 2007, one charge was dropped due to lack of evidence, and Pickton’s six convictions came in December. Authorities would eventually stay the remaining 20 cases in 2010. Pickton only saw six convictions in the end.

Unknown Victims

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In total, there was a massive discrepancy between the amount of people Pickton claimed to have killed, not to mention the amount of DNA of missing persons found on the pig farm, and the total number of convictions he ultimately received. The vast majority of the families of the victims of this pig-farming serial killer would never get closure, and most of the victims’ bodies would never be found. This is a testament to the power of the pigs and their gluttonous appetites.

In all, the DNA of one woman would be found on Pickton’s saw, the belongings of 20 missing women would be found on his property with no other trace of the victims, the DNA of ten women would be found in Pickton’s freezers, and ground meat containing the DNA of several others would be even found frozen inside the freezers.[10]

1Twist Of Fate

In a bizarre twist of fate, Pickton would unwittingly give a confession while in custody after his arrest on February 22, 2002. At this point, Pickton had only killed 49 women, or so he said when he began talking. In a video-taped interaction, Pickton started confessing to all of the horrific murders that had taken place on the pig farm to his cellmate. Little did he know that the cellmate was actually an undercover officer.[11] Pickton was angry, furious, and disappointed with himself that he had only killed 49, saying he wanted to take one more life and “make the big five-O.”

Even more disturbing is that after officers withdrew the undercover cop who was posing as his cellmate for a few minutes, he stripped naked and began to masturbate after having discussed his sick, disturbing crimes in detail. Often, serial killers become sexually aroused after thinking about or remembering their past murders. All in all, Robert “Willie” Pickton, the man who is also known simply as “The Butcher,” was one of the most terrifying and brutal serial killers to ever walk the face of the Earth.

25 Creepy Details We All Missed In Horror Movies

25 Creepy Details We All Missed In Horror Movies -

Do you remember this janitor from Scream? You probably recognized the sweater and hat combo as Freddy Krueger’s attire, but the man wearing it is Wes Craven, creator/director of both Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street.


You can also see this lovely note during the credits of Scream. Craven had a verbal agreement with Santa Rosa High School to film there. After constantly delaying and requiring more and more paperwork, the school backed out of the deal citing it “conflicted with exams”.

The Shining


For the scene in which Jack breaks down the bathroom door, the Props Department built a door that could be easily broken. However, Jack Nicholson had worked as a volunteer fire marshal and tore it apart far too easily. The Props Department were then forced to build a stronger door.


The monsters in The Descent pop their heads out early in the movie before being introduced.



While in the hospital before we know this patient is the Jigsaw Killer, we see plans for the Reverse Bear Trap.


In Jaws, Quint names his boat ‘Orca’. Orcas, commonly known as killer whales, are the only predators of great white sharks.


In Insidious: Chapter 2, they thought they were super clever.


Less “movie detail” and more “fun fact”, The Exorcist was filmed before the steadicam was invented, so they rigged this design to catch this shot.


In Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, Janet Leigh plays a smart part. She is most known for playing Marion in Psycho, and even drives the same car in this movie.

She is also the mother of Jamie Lee Curtis, who is the star of this film and other Halloween movies.


“Who’s your daddy now, bitch?!?” -Fight Attendant who just microwaved a snake from Snakes on a Plane


In the 2017 remake of It, Pennywise appears consistently in the background throughout the movie. One example is here where he appears in the mural behind them.


In the openning scene of It you can see Pennywise’s eyes change color. This is a detail from the book, where he turns his eyes the same color as George’s brother. Probably to lure Georgie into a false sense of “I’m not about to fucking bite your arm off”.


Rose, from Get Out, has photos of all her ex-boyfriends hanging up over her bed. This would be more noticed, if it wasn’t for the truly sociopathic way she eats cereal in this scene.


In Donnie Darko that pumpkin carving looks awfully familiar.


A Quiet Place

The pharmacy is mostly empty, besides the potato chips because they are too loud to eat. Eating Sun Chips is probably equal to suicide here.


Final Destination has each character foreshadow their eventual death during the plane disaster.

Later Tod is strangled to death by his shower curtain wire.


Terry gets smashed to bits by a bus.


And Stiffler gets some scrap metal across his head after surviving a train crash.


4 movies later, the subtly of the franchise is all but gone, as shown by a large orange sign that reads “CAUTION” and shows a broken bridge. Can you guess what happens next?


The Cabin in the Woods is a love letter to all things Horror, and the money shot of all the different monsters in their cages really could fill its own post.

But for now, I’ll point out that the Boomer, Witch, and Tank from Left 4 Dead are visible for a hot second.


Ok, this one isn’t a “horror” film, but it fits well enough.

In Addams Family Values, Pugsley can briefly be seen in the background trying to hang himself.

Extra detail is that if you look closely, the rope is not actually wrapped around the tree, just slung over it in case the actor were to fall.


In Gremlins (1984) while the dad talks to the mom in the phone booth, there’s a large machine in the background. The scene cuts back to the mom, then back to the dad, the machine is gone. The machine is from the classic movie The Time Machine.


In I Am Legend, Will Smith rightfully freaks out when he sees his buddy, Fred the Mannequin, out and about.

You can see the mannequin move its head, and people debate whether or not Smith’s character is seeing this because he is going crazy, or if the monster’s are the ones who set the trap and are moving it to catch his attention.


In The Conjuring 2, we see the name of the demon, Valak, written a few times throughout the film.


Shaun of the Dead gives us the entire movie in one of the first scenes.

10 Horror Movies On Netflix That Don’t Suck

10 Horror Movies On Netflix That Don’t Suck



Halloween is approaching rapidly, which means you need to get all of your scary movies in before December hits. (Then it’s time to start binge-watching Christmas movies). So raid your video cabinet, hit up some midnight showings, and check Netflix. Not so keen on that last option?

This list details ten movies that can all currently be found on Netflix and aren’t cheesy scary! Seriously, some of these films have actually made some of their viewers faint. Don’t worry, though, this article includes a variety of movies with different types of horror within. From blood and guts to demons and ghosts, this last packs a scream!


The Conjuring

Directed by James Wan, the story of The Conjuring has terrified people since its premiere date back in July 2013. The story is based on the case files of Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren, two demonologists who take on the cases most people avoid. Ed and Lorraine help a family whose home has been infested with a nasty demon that just won’t go away. When the family realizes who the demon is targeting, things get harder to handle.

Netflix can tell when people stop watching a movie. The Conjuring is on their list of movies people often can’t finish due to its horrifying story, with many stopping after 70 percent of the movie has been played.[1] (Netflix believes that if viewers simply didn’t like the movie, they’d have stopped watching sooner.) Thankfully, Netflix has this movie for us to enjoy as much as we can before we turn it off out of fear.

The Boy


Many people have a fear of dolls—because why wouldn’t they? Their lifelike glass eyes, painted-on smiles, and ghostly stares are enough to make the hair on anyone’s neck stand up. Director William Brent Bell gave us his masterpiece of a movie, The Boy, back in January 2016. The Boy takes place in a remote English village where an elderly couple are in search for a nanny for their young boy. However, things take a turn when the main character (Lauren Cohan) meets their son, who is really a life-sized porcelain doll.

Staying away from demons or gore, The Boy has a way of scaring the crap out of you just by the use of the doll.[2] Oh, and the music. Make sure you hide anything that resembles a doll in your house before streaming this movie on Netflix.



Imagine living in a house alone, surrounded by woods. Now, picture all of that but not being able to hear. In the movie Hush, directed by Mike Flanagan, the main character Maddie (Katie Siegel) is in for a terrifying night when a man decides to break into her home and terrorize her. Maddie is deaf and unable to hear a single thing going on around her. She has to try to use the element of surprise in order to attempt to rid herself of this intruder.

This intense thriller even managed to earn an 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Many people agree that this movie is unique, chilling, and something that continues to keep you guessing until the very end.[3] Search for Hush on Netflix if you’re looking to enjoy this unique thriller.

The Unborn

Going back to demons and possessions, The Unborn takes us through a terrifying experience. Directed by David S. Goyer, this movie is one hour and 27 minutes of pure horror. The main character Casey (Odette Yustman) seeks help after countless nightmares and visions suddenly start coming to her. When she finds out that her nightmares are actually the result of a family curse dating back to Nazi Germany, things go from bad to worse. Casey begins to see the demon that is trying to take over her life, that is getting stronger and stronger with each possession.

Goyer takes full advantage of using a child to make the movie scary. After all, thanks to many horror films beforehand, kids have without a doubt been proven to be downright terrifying if they are used in the right way.[4] Netflix has this movie for all of you who are dying to be terrified for an hour and a half.

It Follows

Everyone knows what it’s like to have that “first love” type of romance. Most of the time, this kind of thing would fall into the romcom genre of movies. However, for director David Robert Mitchell, this fell in the horror genre. The movie It Follows hit theaters March 2015 and has had people questioning every person they see ever since. The film is focused on the young teenager Jay (Maika Monroe), who decides to sleep with her boyfriend Hugh (Jake Weary) for the first time.

Kind of romantic, right? Well, this turned out to be the worst decision she could have made. An evil (and creepy) entity was attached to Hugh, and the only way he could get rid of it was by having sex. Jay, who is now stuck with the creepy, shape-shifting demon following her, is on a mission to find someone to pass it onto. Viewers agree that this movie has you questioning every character until the very end, and then you get to question everyone you see as you leave the theater.[5] It Follows is now on Netflix for anyone looking to be scared while falling in love.


The Collection

Okay, now we’re getting into the gory stuff; grab your buckets and brace yourselves. Director Marcus Dunstan gave us his horrifying film The Collection in November 2012. The movie introduces us to the main character, Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick), sneaking off to join a very exclusive party. Of course, things don’t go as planned. We get taken through the Collector’s dungeon of horror, where we (unfortunately) see what he has in store for Elena.

With pop-outs coming at every chance partnered with the intense chase scenes, this movie has every viewer at the edge of their seat until it’s over. The Collectionis actually a sequel to Dunstan’s 2009 film The Collector,[6] and on top of that, Dunstan was the one who brought us four Saw movies! The man has a knack for making us hurl our lunches. For all of you gory movie lovers, The Collection is streaming on Netflix now.

The Shining

“Here’s Johnny!” Oh, did I say “Johnny?” I meant here’s Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Based off the Stephen King novel, the classic horror movie hit theaters in May 1980. Jack Nicholson plays the main character, Jack Torrance, a writer who becomes a winter caretaker for a hotel located in Colorado to try and focus on his writing. During the winter, the hotel becomes completely isolated, which would drive anyone in their right mind insane. Jack begins to see and hear things that make him lose all sense of reality.

Although the movie has received mixed feelings due to the changes Kubrick made from the book,[7] most people can agree that the chilling looks Jack Torrance gives his family throughout the entire film are enough to have you running for the hills. Netflix has this available for anyone looking to enjoy a horror classic.


In the 1987 classic horror movie Hellraiser, directed by Clive Barker, we all learned a little something about opening up portals to different dimensions. Okay, maybe you’ve gotten lucky and opened up a box you got from your trip abroad and nothing happened. But when the main character, Frank (Sean Chapman), opens up his souvenir, he is met with a man who has the face of a pincushion and is ready to terrorize him and turn his life into Hell.

Just like The ShiningHellraiser got mixed reviews, depending on what people were looking for. If you’re looking for something classically horrifying, with the suspense setting your heart rate through the roof, Hellrasier is the movie for you. Even Stephen King agreed that Barker was to be considered the future of horror.[8] And who are we to argue with the King of Horror? Netflix has this classic available for streaming, so what are you waiting for?

Would You Rather

Would you rather watch a scary movie with demons chasing the characters or one with people trapped inside a mansion with a psycho guy making them do horrible dares to themselves and others in order to win a big pile of cash? Well, if you picked the second one, David Guy Levy’s Would You Rather is the film for you. In the 2012 thriller/horror movie, the main character Iris (Brittany Snow), along with other people, are forced to join a game where they have the chance to win a large bucket of cash. The only catch is that they have to perform seemingly deadly tasks to themselves or other people in the room in order to stay in the game.

This movie is something you can’t start watching lightly. In other words, if you can’t handle blood and screams, perhaps you should turn to one of the other films mentioned in this list.[9] However, for those of you who can sit through a thriller like this and keep your lunch down, this movie (now available on Netflix) is the right choice for you!

Gerald’s Game

What better way to end our list than with a Netflix original movie, Gerald’s Game, based off the novel written by Stephen King. Director Mike Flanagan took it upon himself to bring this story to life. Staring Carla Gugino as Jessie Burlingame and Bruce Greenwood as Gerald Burlingame, this movie starts off with what everyone thinks is going to be a sexy, romantic moment. However, once the you-know-what hits the fan, nothing about this movie would lead anyone to think it’s going to be anything other than a horror film.

Gerald and his wife Jessie go on a weekend retreat to try to rekindle their sex life. Unfortunately, Gerald unexpectedly dies, and Jessie ends up being alone in the isolated house, handcuffed to their bed. Yikes, talk about a rough weekend.

Unlike most horror movies, Gerald’s Game uses the sounds of Jessie’s wrists and legs popping and creaking as a way to scare the viewers instead of intense music. This was reportedly enough to cause some viewers to faint.[10] Obviously, this movie is available for all of you who want to “Netflix and chill” during the Halloween season.


6 Creepy Stories To Give You A Case Of The No Sleeps

6 Creepy Stories To Give You A Case Of The No Sleeps



The Mercy Brown Case, One Of History’s Craziest “Vampire” Incidents

In the late 1800s, New England was in the midst of a vampire fad—but it was nothing like the Twilight vampires of today. No, these New England vampire scares were a bit too real. Not so real that the supposed vampires were, in fact, vampires, but real enough that a disease was spreading and consuming humans. Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Vermont were all suffering from outbreaks of tuberculosis, called consumption at the time. Its cause was still unknown at the time, although people knew that once one family member got the disease, others were soon to follow.

The popular theory of the time was that the first infected member of a family was draining life force from their relatives, functioning as a sort of living dead. Those who died from consumption were exhumed and examined. If their body seemed “too fresh”, it was assumed to be still feeding on the living.There were a number of ways proposed to stop this vampiric feeding. The simplest and least gruesome was turning the body in its grave, so it faced toward the earth. Others would burn the organs of the body. Sometimes, this was combined with decapitating it. Some even believed that inhaling the smoke and ash from the burned organs would cure their tuberculosis. Mercy Brown's was perhaps the most infamous case of exhumation. Her family did not agree that vampires were to blame for consumption and did not want her body exhumed. However, when the other villagers insisted, her father capitulated, wisely noting his neighbors’ mob mentality. When Mercy was dug up, her body showed signs of “fresh blood”. It had also turned, seemingly by itself, in its grave. The villagers panicked and burned her corpse. They reserved the ashes made by the heart and mixed them with water. Then, they forced Mercy’s brother, who was currently suffering from consumption, to drink those ashes. Although the villagers thought that this would cure his illness, brother Edwin died two months later. Some people suggest that Bram Stoker’s Dracula character Lucy Westenra was based on Mercy. The story has remained popular in Exeter, the Rhode Island town the Browns called home.

The Enduring Mystery of the Sodder Children’s Christmas Disappearance

On the night of Christmas of 1945, a fire started at Sodder’s family home. Husband and wife George and Jennie Sodder were able to escape with 4 of their children, but 5 were left inside the burning house. After the event, the bodies of the five children were not found, not even their bones. A few days after the fire George Sodder plowed over what was left of his home and planted flowers there in memory of his children though the Fire Marshall advised against doing so. George and Jennie believed that their children had been kidnapped and that the fire was intentionally set to cover the crime scene. And there were witnesses and rumors that supported that belief. They died without knowing what truly happened.

The shocking case of Dr. Carl Tanzler

Carl Tanzler was a German doctor who was morbidly obsessed with a tuberculosis patient called Elena Mliagro de Hoyos. Two years after her death, Tezler removed her body from the tomb and took it to his home. He attached the bones with wire and made glass eyes. As the skin had already decomposed, Tanzler replaced it with silk cloth. He made a wig and filled the chest cavity with rags to imitate the original form of Elena’s body. He dressed Hoyos in stockings, gloves, and jewelry and kept the body in his bed. He used perfumes and disinfectants to mask the odor. The man was discovered by the authorities in 1940 and was arrested.

The mysterious man of Taured

The year 1954 was hotter than normal in Tokyo, but at Haneda Airport it was business as usual. That is, of course, until one unknown date when a routine European inbound plane dropped off its passengers. As the crowd made its way through customs, a neatly-dressed middle-aged Caucasian man stepped up and told officials this was just a normal business trip or him, one of three so far this year to Japan. His primary language was French, yet he spoke Japanese and several other languages. In his wallet was a variety of currencies from various European countries, as if to verify his frequent flyer tendencies. When they asked him for his country of origin, things became strange. He casually stated that he was from Taured, on the border between France and Spain. The officials told him that Taured didn’t exist, but he presented them with his passport—issued by the nonexistent country of Taured—which also showed visa stamps corroborating his previous business travels to Japan and other countries. Yet when they called the company he said he was having a meeting with, they had never heard of him or his company ever before that moment. The hotel he had reserved a room at had no reservation for such a person, and the bank listed on his checkbook appeared not to exist.

The mystery man was detained by customs and given a room at a nearby hotel for the night while officials tried to figure out what was going on.

The following morning, the mystery deepened. Taured’s one and only known resident completely vanished from his hotel room which had been guarded by immigration officials all night long. And to make matters worse, all of his personal documents—including his passport and drivers license issued by the mystery country—vanished from the airport’s security room. Police and airport officials searched in vain for the mysterious man. It was as if the whole encounter had never actually happened.

No documentation verifying this story has yet surfaced, but it was mentioned in several books, including The Directory of Possibilities (1981, p. 86) and Strange But True: Mysterious and Bizarre People (1999, p. 64). And given its puzzling ending, I doubt that any official would have written up a report concluding that the man and all his documented evidence simply vanished.

Armin Meiwes, The German Cannibal.

Armin Meiwes has become known as the real-life Hannibal Lecter after it was revealed that he had killed and eaten Bernd-Jürgen Brandes, who had volunteered himself as victim after answering a message on a cannibalism website. Brandes gave Meiwes permission to amputate his penis. The two then attempted to eat Brandes’s penis together, but the penis was “too chewy” to be consumed. Before the attempt to eat the penis, Brandes took 20 sleeping pills with half a bottle of schnapps. After the amputation, Meiwes set up a bath for Brandes, whom he checked on every 15 minutes.

After some time, Brandes got out of the bath and became unconscious due to his immense blood loss. At this point, Meiwes began to waver over whether or not he should kill Brandes. Although the man had given Meiwes permission to cut off and eat his penis, he had not said that he could be killed. Meiwes did eventually kill the man, stabbing him in the throat, then hanging the body on a meat hook to begin to prepare it for eating. All of the events of the night up to this point were recorded by the pair. Meiwes continued to eat from Brandes’s corpse for 10 months after the killing. A year and a half later, he was reported to the police by a college student for soliciting more victims online. When the police searched his home, they discovered the videotape and body parts. Since his conviction, Meiwes has apologized for his actions and become a vegetarian.

The Baffling Death Of Gloria Ramirez, The Toxic Lady

When Gloria Ramirez was brought to the Riverside General Hospital on February 19, 1994, the staff assumed her issues were simply related to her advanced-stage cervical cancer. She was in pain, confused, suffering from poor breathing and an incredibly high pulse.The nurses on staff took their usual action, giving Ramirez sedatives, and eventually resorting to defibrillating her. It was around this time that they began to notice something even stranger about their patient.

Ramirez’s body was covered in some sort of oil, and she smelled of fruit and garlic, which some of the staff blamed on her breath. One of the RNs in the room tried to draw blood from Ramirez, only to notice an ammonia smell from her blood. Smelling ammonia under normal circumstances is bad enough, so noticing it coming from someone’s blood? A bit alarming for even the most seasoned of nurses.The RN passed on the syringe, blood still inside, to a resident. The resident noted particles floating around in the blood, just before the RN fainted and had to be removed from Ramirez’s bedside. Soon after, the resident began to feel nauseous. Moving outside to sit at a nurse’s desk, she also passed out. Soon, a third person assisting passed out.

After 35 minutes of a crew continuing to work on Ramirez despite these alarming occurrences, she passed away due to kidney failure related to her advanced cancer. Some scientists later said that the staff were simply suffering from mass hysteria, but the staff fervently deny this. The resident affected spent two weeks in the ICU, developed hepatitis, and had breathing problems. Another scientist believed that Ramirez may have been using a home degreaser as a pain reliever, which could have created a gas in the room, causing the workers’ pain. To this day, Ramirez’s family, the workers, and investigators have not settled the debate.






10 Best Under-The-Radar Horror Movies

10 Best Under-The-Radar Horror Movies -



Horror movies have been around since the advent of film and somewhere along the way, studios realised you could make a scary flick for cheap and reap the benefits of teens and sadists looking for a quick thrill.

As such, we've been inundated with so many crappy horror movies that one could easily begin to believe the entire genre to be... a bit crappy.

Well that just isn't true. By God it isn't! Horror is alive and well, ironically, and amidst all the soulless cash-ins and maddeningly misguided missteps, there are more than a few hidden gems; you just gotta wipe some blood off of the diamond to see it!

These movies represent some of the best the genre has to offer. From idiosyncratic zombies to nosey neighbours, hair-raising aliens to Neo-Nazi nut-jobs, this list has all the horror and macabre your twisted mind could ever ask for!

10. The Serpent & The Rainbow


Bill Pullman is a pretty famous actor, best known for his roles in Independence Day, Casper, Lake Placid, While You Were Sleeping, and Spaceballs. However, in 1988, Pullman teamed with famed horror director, Wes Craven, for the bizarre zombie movie you probably haven't seen, The Serpent & The Rainbow.

Pullman stars as anthropologist Dennis Alan, who travels to Haiti to study a drug that is supposedly raising the dead. Not only is the location of a war-torn Haiti an interesting backdrop for a movie, but the twist of a radical drug seemingly causing the dead to rise adds a spin to the tired zombie genre.

Of course, all is not as it seems and there's some shady characters, a love interest, and even some voodoo; which all ties together to make a fun, albeit very odd, bow.

This under-the-radar horror flick truly is a deep cut from both Pullman and Craven's catalogue, especially considering it came after A Nightmare On Elm Street, but it's well worth a watch.

9. Devil

Universal Pictures

A true hidden gem from M. Night Shyamalan's résumé, Devil shows him dipping back into his horror roots in 2010 after some failed blockbusters.

Devil is set in a high-rise building, with five strangers stuck in an elevator together, the caveat being one of them is the Devil! It makes for claustrophobic and tense viewing, watching as the inhabitants of the elevator slowly start turning on each other and freaking out when weird things happen. It gets pretty damn grim in that elevator as the cops rush to set them free, all the while discovering that it's not just the five people in the elevator.

Devil is a simple movie, and a fairly short one at 80 minutes, but the budget of a mere $10 million shows that Shyamalan is at his finest when he's under some constraints. It's certainly one of his better movies (although The Visit may be even better again) and it's genuinely unsettling.

8. The Fourth Kind

Universal Pictures

One of the most unique and chilling alien movies ever made, The Fourth Kind was said to be based on a true story about abductions in a sleepy Alaskan town, and it makes for a harrowing experience.

When the movie begins, it not only says the movie is based on real events, but also features some split-screen interviews; with one side supposedly the real-life victim of the abduction. Suspending your disbelief and thinking this is all 100% makes The Fourth Kind one of the most terrifying movies ever made. If you believe in aliens that is... and you should.

The movie features a relatively unknown cast (minus Milla Jovovich in the starring role), and features some bone-chilling scenes that make you never want to sleep again. Go into this one with an open mind and you won't be disappointed.

7. Disturbia

Paramount Pictures

There have been dozens of movies about the secretive neighbour, who may or may not be a serial killer. However, there's only one masterpiece in this regard: Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. That classic movie starring Jimmy Stewart is a masterclass in suspense, editing, and angling. So any homage to a Hitchcock movie is rightfully met with sceptical eyebrows, and most of them are terrible.

One that was pretty darn good however, was the 2007 movie starring Shia LaBeouf, Disturbia.

It follows the same basic plot as Rear Window, with LaBeouf's character on house arrest as opposed to injured and, although the movie leaves his bedroom a few times, it still does a fine job of building suspense and tension in the same way Hitchcock did.

6. Trick 'r Treat

Warner Premiere

When you're in the mood for a horrific Halloween movie that's fairly quick viewing, Trick 'r Treat is the way to go.

The movie is set in a small suburban town on Halloween night and follows multiple characters in separate plots that eventually intertwine in supremely gory ways. Due to the disconnected nature of the plot, it takes a while to get into Trick 'r Treat, but when everything starts overlapping it really steps-up. It's also a movie that gets better with repeated viewings.

Despite being straight-to-DVD, Trick 'r Treat featured some heavy talent behind the scenes. It was produced by the man behind the original X-Men movies, Bryan Singer, and directed by Michael Doughtery, who went on to craft Krampus, X-Men Apocalypse, and the upcoming Godzilla movie.

This movie has become a bonafide cult classic and a Halloween tradition, but it is not for the faint of heart.

5. Hush


How can you defend yourself from a predator breaking into your home when you're deaf? That's the premise of Hush, and it's genuinely horrifying.

The movie sees the hearing-impaired protagonist living alone in the woods, soon to be the victim of a masked killer. As she sits unaware on her couch, with the masked man tapping the window behind her, you can't help but feel the hairs raise on your arms and neck. It's one of the few horror movies in which you really root for the protagonist to beat the killer, which immediately makes the stakes infinitely higher than normal.

Speaking of whom, the bad guy here is not some freakish, unstoppable monster, he's just a normal man who wants to commit a horrible crime. And that is far scarier.

Hush is a devilishly smart house-invasion movie that pays homage to classics like Halloween while imbuing it with new life.

4. They Live


"I'm here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum." A famous line from a not-so-famous movie.

Starring the legendary "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, They Live is an underrated John Carpenter movie that needs some attention. It's got some memorable dialogue, one hell of a fight scene, and a really cool story.

The plot sees Piper's character as a nomad who is basically homeless in Los Angeles. He gets roped into a worldwide conspiracy that reveals half of the world's population to be of alien origin, and the actual humans being manipulated into obeying and consuming. It's a great story with some smart visual tricks and Piper is the perfect everyman to lead the charge.

Carpenter may be most famous for Halloween and The Thing but They Live is right up there with his finest works. This is a must-watch for all horror fans, even if it isn't scary.

3. Dark Skies

Dimension Films

Dark Skies is a great alien movie starring Keri Russell and J.K. Simmons. It kind of ties the haunted house tropes with a possession storyline, and it's pretty darn affecting.

Dark Skies comes to you from the geniuses over at Blumhouse Productions, and serves as a fairly unique take on the alien genre. The plot revolves around The Barrett Family, who live in idyllic American suburbia. The mother is a real-estate agent, the dad is unemployed, and the two sons are... well, kids.

Strange things befall the family, like birds flying into the house and killing themselves. As the family start to discover mysterious beings watching over them as they sleep at night, they are desperate to find answers and a solution.

It's chilling stuff and Keri Russell gives a predictably captivating performance as the mother trying to hold everything together as it falls apart. Then there's the J.K. Simmons cameo that will give your goosebumps goosebumps.

2. Green Room


Green Room came out in 2015 and blew critics away with its claustrophobic and timely storyline about Neo-Nazi's. It also stars the late Anton Yelchin, as well as Patrick Stewart, Imogen Poots, and Alia Shawkat rounding out the star-studded cast, yet it's seemingly flew under-the-radar thus far.

Green Room is the metaphorical blue moon: a horror movie that's Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. It features the stars of the movie as a struggling punk band, who take a gig in a dive bar, only to realise it's a Neo-Nazi hideout. Upon realising this, the band (with their major cajones) flip off the Nazi's and almost start a riot. They're sent back to their dressing room to cool-off and avoid being killed, but then things take dark turns and murder is afoot.

Green Room is fantastic at slowly raising the stakes, heightening emotions with nuanced performances, and making you feel like you're in the room with the band, terrified to leave. It's a cramped and nerve-wrecking ride, befitting of the punk overtones.

1. It Follows


Arguably the best scary movie since Scream, It Follows plays on all the genre tropes and creates a horror far worse than any slasher or ghost.

As you know from the myriad of terrible slasher movies out there, creating a new and memorable monster is very difficult - hence why so many movies revert to ghosts and possession. Which is why It Follows's mysterious entity is so damn scary and enthralling.

The story focuses on Jay, a college student who ends up on a date with a guy. Jay makes the decision to sleep with him, after which he then drugs her and ties her to a chair. He explains to her that he passed on a curse to her, and now there will be a thing following her: it can take the form of anyone it wants, stranger or otherwise, and will kill you in a gruesome fashion.

That means Jay is suddenly on the lookout for anyone walking directly towards her, even her best friends. It's an ingenious way to keep you on your toes and always guessing, and rather than the tired virgin horror trope, the only way to move on is to have sex. Post-modern brilliance.

19 Terrifying Facts About Horror Movies

19 Terrifying Facts About Horror Movies -




13 People Share The Creepy Urban Legends That Ended Up Being True

13 People Share The Creepy Urban Legends That Ended Up Being True -



12 of the Scariest Places You Can Find On Google Street View

12 of the Scariest Places You Can Find On Google Street View



Google street view is weirder than you think...

You can find some pretty strange things on Google Street View, from people having sex on the hood of a car to people accidentally tripping on the sidewalk, forever frozen in a humiliating mid-fall. But among the funny and *ahem* amoral shall we say? photos available, there also happens to be an abundance of creepy things captured by that little Google Car's camera (how did they even get Google Cars to these places?!). And some of these things might chill you to the bone.


"Try Nagoro (AKA the village of Dolls), Japan. I won't give you specific co-ordinates, it's only small. Just wander round looking at the dolls. An old lady makes a new doll every time someone in the village dies."

"It's a remote village that's slowly becoming empty. For years, a woman called Ayano Tsukimi has been populating the village with dolls, each representing a former villager. Around 350 of the giant dolls now reside in and around Nagoro, replacing those that died or abandoned the village years ago. It's ridiculously creepy."
Additional Google Pictures

"'El Bronx' in Bogota, Colombia. I remember reading that it was raided last year and found torture chambers that were known as 'chop houses' and used to dismember human bodies. You can read about it here."

"La Isla de las Muñecas in Mexico, just a normal Island in the Swamp with creepy dolls hanging around....
Edit: there are 2 photosphere inside the houses If you dont want to sleep tonight
Edit2: link to the 2 photospheres: https://goo.gl/maps/ZrnsRf6mYup and https://goo.gl/maps/Ae3aYLJRW2C2"

"I can't seem to find it, but I remember seeing this image of an intersection somewhere in Asia where if you take a step in one direction the camera goes black and a strange figure can been seen in the darkness.
Edit: It's Brazil and it's been found"

"Gunkanjima (an abandoned coal mining facility on an island in Southern Japan)
Maybe not scary per se, but this is town is fully deserted and it's pretty well documented on Maps."

pretty big fan of this one from the last thread:
"Luník IX, Slovakia. Large Roma community in Slovakia where poverty and disease are extremely high, heating, water and gas is cut off from homes, and unemployment rates are at 100%."


"The Gate of Death, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Over a million Jews were killed in this camp, along with 86,675 Poles, 15,000 Soviet POWs, 10,000 to 15,000 peoples of other nations. Few places on earth have seen as much evil as this one."

"The Aokigahara suicide forest. Aokigahara is one of the world's most popular destinations for suicide, and signs at the head of some trails urges suicidal visitors to think of their families and contact a suicide prevention association. The forest also has a historical reputation as a home to ghosts of the dead in Japanese mythology."

"Plenty of reasons to be scared of your fellow humans in Choeung Ek.
Edit: Since some people seem confused, this is the killing tree at the killing Fields hear Pnomh Penh. Children were executed like this as it saved time and bullets"

"This stupa in the middle of the field is filled with human skulls that were recovered from the site. The blunt-force trauma is evident on a lot of the skulls as they're cracked and missing pieces.
If anyone has the chance to go, I would definitely take it. As you're walking along the paths, you can see white bone fragments on the ground. Every few years, there are people who come and pick up the bone fragments that have come to the surface due to moisture. Also visit S-21 in downtown Phnom Penh as well."

Reddit (deleted account):

"Get ready to shart yourself"

Found in Alberg, Vermont is a close up of this creepy pixelated man staring right at you from your computer screen.

"Hill of Crosses"

In the city of city of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania is a hill filled with crosses. When and why they were placed there originally is unknown, but it's thought to have something to do with 1831 Uprising that occurred there.

10 Of The Hottest Horror Movie Villains Ever (According To Science)

Most horror movies will put a lump in your throat. A special few will leave you with a lump in your pants. These movies have sultry and sexy villains that are pure gasoline for your fear boner. Now that we are in spooky movie season, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of the hottest horror movie villains – for research purposes. I also learned about a fetish I didn’t know I might have. We’ll call this, “When jump scares cause more than our heart rates to rise.”


Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) — American Mary (2013)

Asami (Elhi Shiina) – Audition (2001)

Ginger Fitzgerald (Katharine Isabelle) — Ginger Snaps (2001)

Molly (Gretchen Lodge) — Lovely Molly (2011)

Jennifer Check (Megan Fox) — Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) — House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) — All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2013)

Zoe (Olivia Wilde) — The Lazarus Effect (2015)

Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek) — From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) — Bride of Chucky (1998)

26 Contact Lens Horror Stories That'll Seriously Freak You Out

26 Contact Lens Horror Stories That'll Seriously Freak You Out

Roughly 71 million people around the entire world wear contacts. That's a lot of daily frustration brought on by tiny little discs that you jam in your eyes in order to see.

Contact lenses come in various forms: soft, hard, vision correcting. You can buy cheap contact lenses online or pay a ton of money for the best of the best. But it seems the annoyances are the same in every form. They're dry, sometimes dirty, easy to drop, easy to tear, and very easy to hate. But we torture ourselves regardless because who would ever actually want to deal with the alternative: wearing glasses?! Or even scarier: lasers!!

Our list of contact lens horror stories covers some of the worst places you can drop your contacts, as well as some of the worst things that can happen if you don't clean your lenses carefully. Seriously, clean your lenses regularly and often! Three words: eye-eating-amoeba. Also, it's probably not a good idea to buy those cheap Halloween contact lenses to finish off your costume. Your color contacts might look great, but chances are that won't end very well.

So lean in and take a closer look at our contact lens horror stories! Whether you're all about discount contact lenses or are still scared of your contact lens solution, these stories will terrify you and gross you out. But don’t strain your eyes! We don't want to cause you any more contact lens pain.



18 Examples Of Creepy Bedding to Inspire Anything But Sweet Dreams

18 Examples Of Creepy Bedding to Inspire Anything But Sweet Dreams



 Amazon is great for ordering stuff you always forget at the grocery store like dog food, vitamins, and dish soap. It’s less great for ordering bedding. Well, unless you’re very creepy. Then it’s great. Super great. What I’m trying to say is, here’s some creepy bedding you can find on Amazon.

10 Scariest Opening Horror Movie Scenes Ever

10 Scariest Opening Horror Movie Scenes Ever


The first five minutes of a movie are everything. Whilst you don't want to set a precedent the film can't then live up to, the opening sequence is what is going to get your audiences to stick around, and in the case of horror movies: the bigger, the badder, the gorier - the better.

We want to know exactly what we're getting ourselves in for when it comes to the spooky central arc of the story, with filmmakers consistently delivering sample-sized scares to get a taste of the action coming up. More often than not, horror movie openings act as their own mini-narratives, delivering a separate precursory story to explain what our protagonists are coming up against without giving the game away entirely.

It takes time to build up intensity for monsters and to get us to care about the characters - so might as well bin some unknown off in the opening to sate the bloodlust for a while. We're a sick bunch.

For some truly bite-sized terror, there's nothing better than a eye-popping (sometimes quite literally) opening to get you going before you're knee deep into the good stuff: so you better bring your wellies along for the ride...


10. Trick 'r Treat

Warner Premiere

Following Halloween tradition and the unfortunate fate of those that decide to go against it, Trick ‘r Treat is a film featuring four intertwining tales of horror unfolding in a neighbourhood: linked by one strange, burlap-sack wearing little creature with a penchant for gory murder. Aww, what a sweetheart.

Before we get stuck into such menial stuff as school bus massacres and sex parties however, we’re introduced to the black comedy in dramatic fashion, starting with two Halloween revellers returning to their heavily decorated home.

Frustrated and wanting to finish up cleaning to make the job easier for the morning, Emma decides to start taking down the spooky ghost sheet props there and then - but punishment always comes for those that break Halloween rules. As it turns out, taking decorations down before midnight is one them.

This is useful information to know, considering she gets her throat slashed by a broken lollipop after an attack by an unseen force, then hung up on her own ghostly prop frame. It seems a bit of a lose-lose situation when it’s the choice between a raging house fire caused by unattended jack-o-lantern or bloody crucifixion via candy death, but hey.


9. Ghost Ship

Whilst not necessarily worth it after the opening scene, Ghost Ship will at least give you a good ride for the first five minutes, functioning as a campy introduction to a mediocre movie. If you’re squeamish, this maybe isn’t the one for you.

Ghost Ship opens to a sultry Italian song performed to a ship of cruise passengers, idly dancing away and generally having a lovely old time. With pink cursive credits gracing the screen and a young girl dancing with the ship’s captain in a mushy display of family friendliness, it isn’t long until the film decides to f*ck that, and slices everyone in half with a rogue metal wire set loose by a mysterious saboteur.

It comes quite out of nowhere, with even the passengers themselves taking a moment to be shocked before their torsos slither apart and they spend their dying breaths clutching their separated body parts. It’s scary in the same way as Final Destination, utilising freak accidents to make something that is fine to laugh at until you realise that it could, in a very unlikely, but still plausible scenario, actually happen. Then you just laugh so you don’t cry instead.




8. Scream


Probably one of the most infamous horror openings of all time, Scream is the ultimate show of selling a character’s star power short within the first ten minutes, knocking Drew Barrymore off before 15 minutes of the movie has even played out - and that’s to say nothing of her poor boyfriend.

Acting as a spoof movie that blew the tired slasher genre wide open again in 1996, the opening remains one of the most ingenious of all time. A man rings up a lonesome Barrymore whilst she prepares for a night in watching a ‘scary movie’, and she’s soon forced to live out her own when the mysterious caller subjects her to a surprise test with dire consequences. I mean, it’s one way to make Trivial Pursuit interesting, at least.

With a surprising amount of bloodshed and questions that will have you screaming at the screen, the opening scene is one that has branded itself as one of the best in the horror hall of fame. You won't want to answer the phone without caller ID for a good long while, at least.


7. It Follows


Built on the concept of creeping dread in more ways that one, It Follows is a cult favourite of the genre for all the right reasons; its slow-burning, intense, inescapable narrative spearheading the trend for spooky smart movies like we’ve never seen before.

The film itself is one that follows a terrifying, invisible entity that stalks those like an STD, attaching itself to a host that it relentlessly walks after when they have sex with an infected person, and moving onto the next when they boink someone new. In the opening, we see the terrifying effect of being a part of the string of sexy targets, in which a young girl flees an unseen pursuer and says goodbye to her family, before turning up crumbled like a ryvita biscuit on the beach.

It’s a gripping opening and one that’s terrifying for the unknown quantity of the attacker - but becomes all the more deeply upsetting when you’ve seen the film and rewatch. The stark rationalisation, death of hope, and grisly end become all too real by the end of it all.



6. 28 Weeks Later

20th Century Fox

Any zombie movie worth its salt will have an opening packed full of gnashing, bloodied, undead bad boys - from Dawn of the Dead to Zombieland, and 28 Weeks Later is no different. Coming as the sequel to Danny Boyle’s genre-sparking 28 Days Later, Weeks had something to prove very quickly if it was going to live up to the heady heights of its predecessor.

Going in on claustrophobic, instantaneous nightmare fuel when a horde of undead nasties breaks into the home of a group of survivors, it isn’t long until almost everyone is effectively wiped out in the space of ten minutes: setting the scene for Robert Carlye’s cowardly escape and subsequent attempt at redemption throughout the rest of the movie.

Seeing the terror on the inhabitants faces paralleled with the uncomfortably well-designed harbingers of the rage virus makes for an incredible opening, all the more so for establishing such a tight-knit group of friends, complete with sweet old woman, prior to the attack. No one wants to see old granny smith take a bite of those apples.



5. It

Warner Bros.

It’s almost hard to decide which iteration of It is more effective, as whilst the 1990 mini series has definitely not aged well - looking at you, giant deadly spider showdown - Tim Curry remains one of the most intense character creators on screen. His version of Pennywise is something that has haunted poor, unsuspecting adults and children for generations, but it’s Bill Skarsgard’s fanged maw that wins it by the skin of his teeth.

Drawing down an unsuspecting child into his sewer lair after a paper boat falls into the drain, Pennywise the clown takes his time to convince young Georgie that he isn’t a threat, and has simply been blown into the sewer along with the circus. Reaching in to collect his lost boat, Pennywise tears off the poor thing’s arm without a second thought, resulting in some special effects work that will have you keeping your hands to yourself for the forseeable future.

It’s a brilliant set up for a continuously horrifying movie - but don’t worry, just don’t go making friends with sewer dwelling demons and you should be okay. Maybe move somewhere it never rains for good measure.



4. Suspiria


Suspiria’s opening scene is undeniably effective from its synth-heavy soundtrack, as jangling, uncomfortable music interwoven with eerie whispers dominates the frames from the outset and throughout.

Telling the story of a prestigious dance academy with a dark secret student Suzy slowly uncovers, Dario Argento’s influential horror masterpiece isn’t to be messed with - and it makes it clear right from the opening sequences.

After being locked out of the building she’s supposed to stay in after arriving late at night, Suzy sees student Pat burst out and run away as quickly as possible. Fleeing an unknown terror, she makes it to a friend’s apartment - though it isn’t much help. Pat ends up launched through a sunroof after getting stabbed repeatedly in her still-beating heart, and the falling glass from the ceiling all but slices her pal’s face off. Leaving something to the imagination then, this one.

Don’t let the bright red paint blood fool you - this film is the grandaddy of modern horror, and all but inspired the earlier Scream entry at the very least, if you correlate the visuals.

3. A Quiet Place


What better way to introduce an almost entirely silent film than with some… well, silence? Very clearly setting the tone through a raid in an abandoned shop for medicine, a family executes their movements with painstaking precision, letting us know that the ‘who can stay quiet the longest game’ is actually a serious endeavour and not something dire to entertain their children. Car trips, bus rides, apocalyptic nightmare alien invasions - it’s all the same really.

Of course, the one time a toy comes with batteries included leads to the break-neck speed death of the youngest child, executed with terrifying speed and visuals that will make your stomach turn. What started as a movie that you’d assume to build slowly and carefully suddenly comes crashing in with all guns blazing, and the quietness you sit through afterwards becomes an exercise in self preservation as much as dramatic tension.

Honestly, it’s just a bloody scary opening, and one that keeps you on your toes for the entirety of the feature.



2. The Stepfather

Shout Factory

Bringing an eerie calmness to mass destruction and death, The Stepfather's opening is one that will send shivers down your spine - building up as Terry O'Quinn goes about his daily routine with a remarkable ease considering what's waiting for him downstairs.

After seeing his face covered in blood, we watch as he changes and takes a shower, altering his appearance in the process by cutting his beard and hair. Dressing smartly and cleaning up the corridors as he travels around the house, it isn't until he descends the stairs that we truly see the extent of the man's actions: a room littered with the remains of his family and a home destroyed in the struggle.

The Stepfather's narrative then goes on to reveal a man that repeatedly makes a whole new identity for himself, remarries, settles into a family, and then brutally murders them; leaving it up to one particularly spunky stepdaughter to spot the man's violent tendencies before it's too late. Brings a whole new meaning to family man, really.



1. Jaws


The granddaddy of shark films, the big guy of horror movies, the cool dude of Steven Spielberg’s long and wonderful filmography, and now titled the bad boy of scary openings: Jaws is still the ridiculously high-set bar for movies to aspire to. And apparently, the gold medalist of badly titled but appropriate accolades. It’s just a damn good movie.

Opening to some carefree youths swimming on a beach at night, the water isn’t safe for dear skinny dipping Chrissie - which to be honest she should know since the naked ladies are always first to go in these films.

Expertly switching between unknowing prey and lurking predator, the camera tells us that something is coming, but not exactly what, creating a masterclass in tension until the very first bite. After that, Chrissie’s all too real reaction as she’s sloshed around the surface before blipping into non-existence is something that will stay with you long after watching.

No thank you, I shall now live out my life in a high rise apartment building as far away as possible from the sea.



19 Of The Scariest Things People Have Woken Up To In Middle Of The Night

19 Of The Scariest Things People Have Woken Up To In Middle Of The Night -






















Mother Who Let Men Rape And Molest Her Two Young Daughters Jailed For 20 Years

Mother Who Let Men Rape And Molest Her Two Young Daughters Jailed For 20 Years -


A mum who allowed men to rape and molest her two young daughters blew kisses to family members as she was jailed for 20 years.

Morgan Summerlin, 25, would take her girls - aged five and six- to the homes of men where they'd be sexually abused in exchange for cash.

Summerlin admitted first degree cruelty to children, trafficking a person for sexual servitude, and enticing a child for indecent purposes in May.

She has now been sentenced to 20 years behind bars with another 10 on probation. Prosecutors said the mum will not be eligible for parole, USA Today reports.

As she was led out of the courtroom on Monday, Summerlin waved and blew kisses to relatives watching the sentencing.

The children are now in the care of a family member.

They had told police their mum would take them to men's homes where they'd be molested and raped.

They said she took them to 78-year-old Richard Office's house, who touched them inappropriately and raped one of them, Fulton County District Attorney's Office in Georgia, US, told.

The sisters called Office 'Pop,' and he paid them $100 (£73.72) which they gave to their mother.

They knew him as a man who would give their mum drugs, Fulton County District Attorney's Office said.

The girls said that in 2017 Office took them to his bedroom where he sexually abused them while their mum waited in the living room.

Office was convicted of rape, child molestation, sexual battery, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and trafficking a person for sexual servitude.

He is serving a life sentence in prison with no possibility of parole, and 146 years to run concurrently.

On another occasion, Summerlin took the kids to Alfredo Trejo’s house, who raped and molested them.

He also have them cash - which they passed on to their mum, WSVN reports.

Trejo was also convicted of rape, child molestation, sexual battery, enticing a child for indecent purposes, and trafficking a person for sexual servitude.

He is serving 25 years in prison, followed by life on probation.

The victims’ grandmother, Teresa Davidson, also previously pleaded guilty to cruelty to children (second degree) for failing to protect the sisters after they told her they were being sexually abused.

"She was sentenced to five years to serve one commuted to the time that she had already served, with the balance on probation," the Attorney's Office said.

After Summerlin pleaded guilty, Chief Senior Assitant District Attorney Irina Khasin said: “It is difficult to imagine facts that are more horrific than those found in this case.

“I am hoping these two little girls can somehow survive this abuse and grow into healthy adults who can lead a productive and fulfilling life.”

10 True Creepy Cult Encounter Horror Stories

10 True Creepy Cult Encounter Horror Stories

Cults are describe as a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object. These stories tell the tales of those who experienced just that, and lived...

10 Weird And Wacky Zombie Movies You May Have Not Heard Of

10 Weird And Wacky Zombie Movies You May Have Not Heard Of


Poultrygeist is a chicken-themed zombie movie that serves up a lot of gory laughs and stupid funny humor, and it's brought to you by the fine folks at Troma. Teenage fry cook Arbie works at the fried chicken restaurant American Chicken Bunker and dreams about getting back together with his ex-girlfriend Wendy. Unfortunately, the American Chicken Bunker is built on top of a Native American burial ground, and the angry spirits have sent a chicken-possessed zombie demonic alien spirit to kill the fast food offenders. Now Arby and the ACB's staff and customers are trapped inside the restaurant and must fight for their lives against a horde of poultry possessed chicken zombies.

2.Black Sheep

Shepherds don't worry about their herds turning on them, but after watching Black Sheep maybe they should- because when sheep are infected with a virus that turns them into ravenous carnivores they become baaad to the bone! Genetic experimentation has turned Henry's mellow sheep into bloodthirsty monsters, and these sheep turn the humans they bite into demonic human-sheep hybrids. Can Henry overcome his sheep phobia and save the fine people of New Zealand from becoming lunch for a bunch of zombie sheep?


Sometimes it seems like horror movie creators are trying to make sure every type of animal in the wild is represented in a horror movie, and so movies like Zombeavers are made. In Zombeavers a bunch of stupid college kids who are vacationing in a cabin in the woods encounter a bunch of undead beavers hungry for human flesh when they decide to go swimming in a nearby lake. In classic B-movie style the beavers have been turned into zombeavers by a toxic waste spill, and now it's up to the clueless college kids to stop the zombeavers from expanding their territory. Luckily they have local hunter Smyth to help them, because in addition to zombeavers the group must face an even deadlier menace- werebeavers!


Have you ever wanted to own your own pet zombie? Probably not, but after watching Fido you'll be dying to leash up a shambling zombie pet of your own! In Fido the ZomCon corporation has taken all the zombies left over from the Zombie Wars and turned them into pets and menial laborers, like little Timmy's beloved pet zombie Fido. Life with zombie pets is peaceful until Fido goes off the leash and accidentally infects Timmy's neighbor, thereby causing a small zombie outbreak in the otherwise peaceful town of Willard. Can Timmy stop ZomCon from destroying his zombie buddy Fido?


What's worse than one zombie pet hungry for human flesh? A whole zoo full of zombie animals, that's what! In Zoombies the animals in the Eden Wildlife Zoo are turned into bloodthirsty zombie critters by a virus that starts with the monkeys but soon infects every animal in the zoo. Now it's up to the surviving zoo employees to stop these zombie critters from escaping the zoo and infecting the world.

6.Braindead aka Dead Alive

Once the title holder for "most fake blood used in a horror movie" Braindead aka Dead Alive is one of Peter Jackson's first films and is truly a comedic horror masterpiece. In Braindead a rabid rat-monkey infected with a horrible zombie plague bites the main character Lionel's mom Vera while she's visiting the Wellington Zoo, turning Vera into a ravenous zombie. Now Lionel must deal with his mother issues head-on as she becomes patient zero in a zombie virus outbreak.


Kids love to run around accusing other children of being infected with cooties, but according to the movie Cooties this mutant virus is no laughing matter- because it turns kids into flesh-eating monsters. Tainted chicken nuggets infect the students of Ft. Chicken Elementary with the cooties virus, which quickly sweeps through the school turning the students into vicious little flesh-eating monsters. As the students play tag and spread the cooties by sinking their teeth into the uninfected the remaining staff fight for their life and try to escape the school before they catch cooties too.

8.Dead & Breakfast

Dead & Breakfast is an unusual zombie film about a group of young travelers who wind up stranded at a b&b in the middle of nowhere and find themselves fighting an evil spirit that possesses their friend Johnny, which is unleashed when Johnny opens an ancient box containing the "Kuman Thong". Johnny goes on a murderous rampage and uses black magic to turn the townspeople of Lovelock into flesh eating zombies, and the group find themselves stuck at the bed & breakfast fighting off the savage horde.

9.Ed and His Dead Mother

Overbearing mothers drive their kids crazy while they're alive, which is why Ed should have let his mom rest in peace after she died a year ago. But when a salesman named A.J. Pattle shows up at his door claiming he can bring Ed's dead mother back from the dead for a mere hundred bucks Ed decides to take him up on the offer. However, there's something wrong with dear old mom, because she seems to have come back from the dead with an insatiable appetite for the living.

10.Redneck Zombies

There are few zombie movies dumber, trashier or more offensive than Redneck Zombies, another fine cult horror flick by Troma Entertainment. An illiterate redneck discovers a barrel of toxic waste in the woods, which he then gives to a group of armed rednecks looking for a new still. They use the toxic waste to brew up a batch of moonshine that turns the people of the valley into redneck zombies, and just when they thought they couldn't get any hungrier a group of city slickers ripe for the pickin' get lost in the woods. Redneck Zombies is silly, offensive and about as B as a movie can get!

The 13 Worst Plastic Surgery Horror Stories From 'Botched'

The 13 Worst Plastic Surgery Horror Stories From 'Botched'

The doctors on E!'s Botched have seen the ultimate plastic surgery nightmares — and, billing themselves as plastic surgery superheroes, they're often tasked with fixing surgeries done in Mexico or by doctors who seemed to have gotten their medical licenses out of a Cracker Jack box. The horror stories from Botched include a woman with actual concrete in her face — yes, the same stuff from which sidewalks are made — a woman who had giant breast implants in her butt, and plenty of breast implants gone awry.

As cosmetic procedures become cheaper and more commonplace, the potential for a tragedy seems to have grown right along with the market. Many of the people on Botched seem to be addicted to plastic surgery, starting small with Botox or lip injections and moving to multiple implants — and then bigger implants. This mindset increases the risk and potential for things to go wrong... and then, too, there are just lots of bad doctors out there.

The people on Botched often go way beyond wanting Kylie Jenner's lips or Meghan Markle's nose. Some of these plastic surgeries are crimes — and the solutions that the doctors on Botched must implement are almost always risky.

Horrific Moment Friends Film Themselves Drowning In A Pond

Horrific Moment Friends Film Themselves Drowning In A Pond

This is the horrific moment three men accidentally recorded themselves drowning, after setting up a camera film themselves swimming. Chetan Khatik, 28, Sudarshan Chandel, 22, and Radheyshyam Khatik, 27, had stopped for a swim in a local pond during a bike ride through Rajsamand city in Rajasthan, western India.

10 Dark Tales Of Depravity, Vice, And Abuse From Old Hollywood

10 Dark Tales Of Depravity, Vice, And Abuse From Old Hollywood



Hollywood is a place mired in scandal and disrepute. This was just as true back in its early days. It seems that from the very start, the glitz and glamour were just a thin surface layer that hid the filth and vice beneath.

That may actually be part of what makes Hollywood so alluring. People enjoy reading about scandals, and Tinseltown has a nigh-endless supply of them. The seedy stories from the depths of Hollywood’s underbelly could fill multiple lists.

10 Getting Away With Murder

Photo credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Film studios didn’t like scandals involving their stars. In fact, they employed people whose job was to keep such sordid stories out of the papers. They were fixers like Eddie Mannix. He would cover up a drunken hit-and-run or an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, but in 1937, he might have helped Hollywood’s biggest star get away with murder.

There was a time when Wallace Beery was the highest-paid actor at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He reached stardom with productions like The Big HouseBilly the Kid, and The Secret Six. He won an Oscar for his role in The Champ. And on December 20, 1937, he might have beaten a man to death.

That man was comedian Ted Healy, creator of the Three Stooges. Allegedly, the two got into an argument at the Trocadero, which devolved into a fight outside the nightclub. Also involved on Beery’s side were movie producer/mobster Pasquale DiCicco and an unidentified third man. The trio beat up Healy so bad that he died of his injuries a day later.

Of course, this is all hearsay and Hollywood legend. Nobody was ever charged with anything. Beery left town in a hurry on a long European vacation, allegedly at the insistence of Louis B. Mayer, who organized a cover-up to protect his big star.[1]

 9 A Diet To Die For

Photo credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The look of Hollywood stars was important, and studios went to great lengths to keep their actors looking thin. The most notorious example is Judy Garland, who, as an adolescent, was kept on an MGM-mandated diet of soup, coffee, and cigarettes, compensated by a steady supply of amphetamines to keep her energy levels up.

Tenor-turned-actor Mario Lanza signed with MGM in the late 1940s and had a string of successful musicals that spawned million-selling hits. However, he also developed addictions to overeating and alcohol, which caused weight issues throughout his entire Hollywood career. Lanza would go on crash diets when it was time to film and put all the weight back on after shooting was done. This led to numerous health problems, which caused the singer to cancel multiple concerts and other live appearances.

During the late 1950s, Lanza moved to Rome to shoot several films and perform concerts throughout Europe. Like many times before, he had to lose weight, so he checked into a clinic. According to rumors, he underwent a dangerous procedurecalled twilight sleep in which he stayed under heavy sedation and was fed intravenously.

Eventually, Lanza’s body couldn’t take it anymore. He died of a sudden heart attack in 1959. An unsubstantiated rumor quickly surfaced that he had been killed by the Mafia for reneging on a concert they were backing.[2]

8 Innocence Lost

Photo credit: Harris & Ewing

Between 1935 and 1938, the biggest box office draw in Hollywood was a child—Shirley Temple. When she was just six years old, she received an honorary Academy Juvenile Award for her work on Bright Eyes. Unfortunately, her time in Tinseltown was also marked by numerous attempts at sexual assault.

Nowadays, we know of the rampant abuse of child actors in Hollywood. However, Shirley Temple discussed this back in her 1988 autobiography Child Star and wasn’t afraid to name names. She accused various actors and executives of mistreating her over the years, such as comedian George Jessel or producer David O. Selznick.

Perhaps worst of all was musical producer Arthur Freed, known for his work on hits like An American in Paris and Singin’ in the Rain. The two met when Temple moved from 20th Century Fox to MGM. She came into his office, where Freed declared that she would be his new star. Afterward, he unzipped his pants and exposed himself to the actress, who was 11 years old at the time.[3] Maybe out of youthful innocence or just out of shock, Shirley began to laugh. This angered the producer, who then threw her out of his office.

7 In The Garden Of Allah

When actors wanted to indulge their hedonistic sides, there were many places in Hollywood which would cater to their desires. However, few were more notorious in their day than the Garden of Allah.

The place started out as a lavish mansion on Sunset Boulevard called Hayvenhurst. Its owner, William H. Hay, sold it to Russian actress Alla Nazimova. Although married, Nazimova had numerous affairs with women, and the newly dubbed Garden of Allah became known as one of the few places in Hollywood where lesbian and bisexual women could express their sexuality openly. Allegedly, Nazimova also coined the phrase “sewing circle” to refer to this group of closeted actresses.

In 1926, the actress built 25 villas on the property and turned it into a hotel. Already notorious for its outlandish parties, the Garden was now a place where all Hollywood stars could indulge their vices in privacy, away from the public and reporters.

Marlene Dietrich, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Orson Welles, Laurence Olivier, John Barrymore, Greta Garbo, and many more were all devotees of the Garden. Publicist Bernie Woods told a story about bandleader Tommy Dorsey, who ran into fellow bandleader Kay Kyser at the hotel. To show that he was more popular, Dorsey brought out of his bedroom two naked women with their pubic hair cut to spell the letters “T” and “D.”[4]

6 Stuck In Hedda Hell

Photo credit: Photoplay

There were plenty of powerful people in Hollywood, but one name that struck fear into Tinseltown was Hedda Hopper. A failed actress, she began writing a gossip column in 1938. She quickly found success and, at the height of her popularity during the 1940s, commanded a readership of 35 million.

Hopper was not shy about throwing her weight around. Calling herself “the b—ch of the world,” she took delight in ruining careers and marriages with just a few sentences.[5] Louis B. Mayer referred to this as “Hedda Hell.” Her favorite targets were communists and gays. As a founding member of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals (MPAPAI), she was one of the driving forces behind the Hollywood Blacklist, which denied employment to people suspected of communist sympathies.

Some of her most infamous targets included Dalton Trumbo, a screenwriter who was blacklisted until 1960. Charlie Chaplin was also routinely denigrated in Hopper’s columns because she considered him to be living an immoral lifestyle. A quick and easy way to get on her bad side was to give a scoop to Louella Parsons, her competitor and archrival. That’s what happened to Ingrid Bergman, who lied about her pregnancy to Hopper and then told the truth to Parsons.

5 The Story Of Frances Farmer

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Mental illness is a problem which is poorly understood even today. Back in the 1940s, Hollywood stars who dealt with the issue were merely fodder for tabloids. Perhaps there is no better example than Frances Farmer.

A stage actress, Farmer made her Hollywood debut in 1936 and had a string of successful films throughout the decade. During the 1940s, however, the media began focusing more on reports of her erratic behavior than her career. Farmer was sentenced to six months in jail in January 1943. This came following an outburst in a courtroom in which she assaulted two police officers and threw an inkwell at the judge.

From prison, Farmer was transferred to a sanitarium, where she was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. After multiple stays in psychiatric hospitals, the actress mounted a modest comeback on television before passing away in 1970.

You would think this would be the end of it, but in 1978, William Arnold published an account of Frances Farmer’s life titled Shadowland, which asserted that, while institutionalized, she was subjected to a lobotomy. Brooksfilms turned the book into an award-winning movie called Frances and gave substantial credence to the legend, which is still prevalent today. Not as publicized is the fact that Arnold later sued Brooksfilms and admitted in court that his account, lobotomy story included, was fictionalized.[6]

4 The Death Of Lupe

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Rumors have a way of taking on a life of their own. This is especially true in Hollywood, particularly when the rumor is “juicier” than the truth. That is what happened to Lupe Velez.

Known for her lively disposition and fiery temper, she earned the moniker “the Mexican Spitfire.” After a series of affairs and a tumultuous marriage with Tarzanactor Johnny Weissmuller, Lupe became pregnant with the child of actor Harald Ramond. However, after a fight between the two, the actress took her own life at 36 years of age in 1944.

The coroner ruled her death a suicide. Police found Lupe’s note saying she did it because Harald faked his love. It seemed straightforward, but gossip still appeared. One rumor claimed the baby belonged to Gary Cooper, who rejected it because he was married. Another said Velez actually killed herself because she was bipolar.

The most unseemly rumor came courtesy of Kenneth Anger, author of infamous 1959 tell-all book Hollywood Babylon. The publication presented many scandals in all their sordid details but was accused of numerous falsehoods. One of the most infamous, pervasive myths involves Lupe’s death. According to Hollywood Babylon, the Mexican Spitfire’s plan to die of an overdose in her bed was thwarted when she became ill. Running for the bathroom, Lupe slipped on a tile and fell headfirst into the toilet, where she drowned.[7]

3 A Youthful Indiscretion

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Joan Crawford might have had a successful career in Old Hollywood, but her offscreen exploits garnered just as much attention. She had a bitter rivalry with fellow screen icon Bette Davis. She served as Chairman of the Board for the Pepsi-Cola Company before being forced to retire. She was accused by her daughter Christina of being an abusive parent. And she was rumored to have starred in a porno before becoming famous.

These types of early pornography were called stag films. The one starring Crawford went by several names, although it was most commonly referred to as The Casting Couch. There are no known copies or official records confirming its existence. A small number of photographs purportedly showing Crawford in stag films exist online, but either way, The Casting Couch will most likely remain a mysterious piece of Hollywood lore.

If we’re going by legend alone, then not only did such a movie exist, but someone used it to blackmail Crawford. She got MGM involved, and the studio sent its fixers to obtain and destroy every copy. Another version said MGM kept one copy to keep Crawford in line.

The strongest evidence attesting the existence of the film comes courtesy of the actress’s first husband, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. He said to Crawford biographer Charlotte Chandler that Joan told him of the movie before they got married.[8]However, Fairbanks never actually saw it, and Joan was always reluctant to give details.

2 An Obsession Turned Dangerous

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Stalkers and deranged fans are another concern that celebrities have to deal with. John Lennon, Selena, and Dimebag Darrell are just a few entertainers who were killed by people obsessed with them. Many others were put in physical danger. And, as it turns out, this happened in the Golden Age of Hollywood as well.

We go back to Shirley Temple, who had a very close call when she was just ten years old. It was 1939, and Shirley was performing Silent Night on a live radio show when a woman tried to assassinate her. Fortunately, the would-be assassin was subdued in time.

Tragically, the woman’s daughter had passed away on the same day (allegedly the same hour) that Shirley Temple was born. Since then, she became obsessed with the idea that her daughter’s soul was trapped in the child star’s body and that she would be setting it free by killing the actress.[9]

As far as Temple was concerned, she sympathized with her would-be killer. In her autobiography, she said that “the tale seemed understandable to me.”

1 A Mother’s Secret

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Children born out of wedlock were a major no-no in Hollywood, so it was common for movie studios to “persuade” their starlets to have abortions. One actress who went through with her pregnancy was Loretta Young. She gave birth to Judy Lewis in 1935. Young went on “vacation” to England to give birth. Afterward, she transferred Judy to an orphanage and then picked her up again to adopt her own daughter.

Judy’s father was Clark Gable, although she didn’t know this while he was still alive. She was in her thirties when she finally confronted her mother, who admitted it. Afterward, Judy discovered that, while she was kept in the dark, her father’s identity was an open secret in Hollywood.

The most shocking aspect of the story actually came out in 2015, courtesy of Linda Lewis, Loretta’s daughter-in-law. She claimed that in 1998, Young told her that Gable date-raped her.[10] Young only began to understand the concept after watching a segment on date rape on Larry King Live. Before that, her Catholic upbringing made her believe it was her failing for letting a man have his way with her. According to Linda, she also refrained from making this public while Loretta and Judy were still alive.

19 Facts About Madame LaLaurie, Socialite, Slave Torturer, & Serial Killer

19 Facts About Madame LaLaurie, Socialite, Slave Torturer, & Serial Killer

Madame LaLaurie holds a special place in the mythology of the South, and New Orleans in particular. If there ever was a house that was haunted, it would be her mansion, a collection of rooms used for torturing and murdering slaves in the most violent ways possible. Born Marie Delphine Macarty, Madame LaLaurie, wealthy socialite and slave owner, may have been one of America’s first serial killers, with a body count that was rumored to be somewhere near 100.

Many people believe that it was after she married her third husband that LaLaurie's violent instincts kicked in. Whatever the reason, she was known to openly flog her slaves for even the most trivial of perceived slights. Even given the abhorrent standards of behavior towards slaves in her time and place, this was considered extreme, and her behavior got her investigated for cruelty to slaves in 1828, 1829, and 1832.

Some historians believe her worst tortures may have been exaggerated over time as her tale became a legend, but even contemporary news reports of the area paint a terrifying picture. With this collection of gruesome facts, you’ll come to meet one of the most disturbing people who ever walked the face of the earth, and one who never faced any recrimination for the brutal torture that she doled out to her slaves. Actress Kathy Bates depicted a fictionalized version of LaLaurie in the third season of American Horror Story.

There was never any reason for Madame LaLaurie’s gruesome and twisted murder spree, it’s as if one day she decided that she was going to start systematically murdering and dehumanizing her slaves in elaborate ways that would make the creators of The Human Centipede blush. LaLaurie’s behavior was something that made normal slave owners seem cordial in comparison.

Madame LaLaurie has become a part of New Orleans legend, and her house, as it stands now, is said to be haunted by the ghosts of the slaves who met their demise at her hands. Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, you have to admit that if any building is haunted it has to be the mansion where one woman tortured her slaves to death before letting them burn alive in an attic.

10 Gruesome Crimes Fit For Horror Movies [DISTURBING]

10 Gruesome Crimes Fit For Horror Movies [DISTURBING]

Some crimes are so terrible, so grisly, that they sound more like scenes from horror movies than news headlines. With films like Saw and The Human Centipede, that’s a pretty high bar. While not all of the crimes on this list surpass the horror of sewing people together end-to-end, they are nonetheless terrifying enough to make us reconsider exactly how cruel, depraved, and irrational human minds can be.

After all, those plotlines have to come from somewhere, right? Be warned: This list is not for the faint of heart; turn away if you’re squeamish. That being said, here are ten gruesome crimes that wouldn’t have been out of place in the bloodiest of horror films.

10 ‘My Daddy Ate My Eyes’

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Unbelievably, this is exactly what it sounds like.

In May 2009, 34-year-old Angelo Mendoza Sr. went on what may have been a PCP-induced spree of nightmarish acts, the worst of which included biting his four-year-old son’s left eye out of his face and maiming the other. But that wasn’t the end of it for Mendoza Sr. After mangling his son’s face, he made his way to the backyard of an empty house, chained himself to a tree, and asked a neighbor to “look into the Sun and pray with him.” He then began hacking at his own legs with an ax and a ceramic plate. He later tried to tell police that he and his son had been victims of the Mexican Mafia.

Frightened by his father’s crazed state, four-year-old Angelo Mendoza Jr. attempted to hide behind a large dresser, where neighbors later found him naked and unconscious. He shook violently when he awoke as police arrived, and after being taken to a hospital in Fresno, California, he told a volunteer, “My daddy ate my eyes.”[1]

Angelo Mendoza Sr. was charged with mayhem, torture, and child cruelty. In February 2011, however, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Thankfully, Mendoza Jr.’s right eye recovered.

9 ‘Destroying Her Face’

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Speaking of eyes . . .

After getting into a dispute with the mother of his child in September 2017, Michael Roberson attacked the woman in front of their child and a 16-year-old neighbor. At some point during the attack, he allegedly ripped out her eyes. Chattanooga police officers found the woman facedown beside the detached eyeballs.[2] She had also been stabbed in the stomach and chest.

The 16-year-old neighbor, who tried to intervene when he saw Roberson “destroying her face,” was reportedly traumatized by the incident. As for Roberson, he claims to have no memory of the attack.

8 Sickening Abuse

In July 2011, ten-year-old Ame Deal died after she was stuffed in a padlocked 78- by 30- by 36-centimeter (31 x 12 x 14 in) footlocker by her family and left outside overnight in sweltering desert temperatures. Why did they do this? Because she took a Popsicle without permission.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this was not an isolated incident. Ame lived with her parents and other relatives, including 11 other children, in a filthy house in Phoenix, Arizona. She seemed to function as the family scapegoat, as she was the only child in the family to suffer such abuse. The other children even intentionally got her in trouble. The range of “punishments” Ame suffered included things like being beaten with a wooden paddle, also known to the family as “the butt buster,” crushing cans with her bare feet, eating dog feces if she missed any while cleaning up the yard, walking along pavement in 46-degree-Celsius (114 °F) temperatures, and being forced to do backbends for hours at a time.

Being locked inside the relatively tiny footlocker (Ame was 122 centimeters [4′] tall and weighed under 27 kilograms [60 lb]) was not an unusual occurrence for Ame, either. Sometimes, her relatives would kick or flip the box, throw it in the pool, or sit on it after forcing her into the cramped space. Witnesses say they could hear her inside, crying.

On the night of her death, one of her relatives forced her into a backbend for over two hours, physically putting her back into the position if she fell. He then told her to run around their yard in the 39-degree-Celsius (103 °F) heat before locking her inside the airtight container, in which she suffocated to death.[3]

The adults in the house were sentenced to prison time ranging from ten to 76 years. John Allen, the man who locked Ame in the box, and his wife Samantha Allen, Ame’s cousin and one of her key abusers, were sentenced to death.

7 Forced Abortion

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This story goes from bad to absolute nightmare.

A 14-year-old girl in Dallas, Texas, became pregnant after a relative sexually assaulted her. Upset by her pregnancy, her family members then beat her until she forcibly aborted the baby.

Between January and March 2013, the victim’s cousins first tried to give the poor girl multiple doses of birth control pills, emergency contraceptive pills, and cinnamon tablets in an effort to terminate the pregnancy. These attempts were, in part, because one of the victim’s relatives, Cecila McDonald (center above), was afraid that Child Protective Services would find out about the underage pregnancy and take her children away. She was overheard yelling at the victim, “[Expletive], you ain’t about to get my kids taken away from me.”

When their first attempts didn’t work, the victim’s cousins then pinned her down in the living room. One of them, Lonnell McDonald (left above), sat on her stomach and began bouncing up and down. Perhaps fearing this wasn’t enough, Lonnell called over assistance in the form of another relative, Cedric Jones Jr. (right above). Upon arriving, Lonnell reportedly told Jones Jr. “he had already been kicking the sh—t out of the b—ch.” The suspects then punched and kicked the victim in the stomach until she began vomiting and cramping, eventually delivering what “she believed was a stillborn baby.”

The suspects then threw the baby into a plastic mop bucket and later attempted to burn it on their charcoal grill.

Four of the girl’s relatives were charged with criminal activity, and a fifth was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. Four of the five received prison time.[4]

6 100 Rodent Bites

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Two parents in Magnolia, Arkansas, were arrested in May 2017 after their 15-day-old baby was found seriously injured. The baby reportedly had between 75 and 100 rat bites all over its body, including a forehead wound so deep that the baby’s skull was visible.

The baby’s parents, 19-year-old Erica Shyrock and 18-year-old Charles Elliot, claimed to have put the baby to bed at around 5:30 AM but awoke to it screaming around two hours later. Contrary to their claims—and a large part of what makes this so absolutely macabre—was that, according to one of the baby’s doctors, the “severe skin destruction” present on the child would have taken hours to occur.

Rats were feeding on this helpless infant. For hours.

And not only were both parents aware of the rat problem in their home, but the baby slept in a bassinet next to their bed—meaning that they either ignored the child’s cries for help, or they weren’t there in the first place. They also did not immediately take the baby to the hospital despite the fact that it was covered in blood, for fear that it would be taken away from them.

Both parents were charged with endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree.[5] They were sentenced to five years in prison.

5 Cooked Alive

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In October 2012, an employee at a Bumble Bee Foods facility in Santa Fe Springs, California, suffered a horrific death. Jose Melena, 62, was performing maintenance on an 11-meter-long (35 ft) industrial oven. Believing Melena was in the bathroom, his coworker then filled the oven with 5,400 kilograms (12,000 lb) of tuna and turned it on.

A search ensued when a manager realized Melena was missing, but by then, it was too late. They found his body two hours later. The oven had reached a temperature of 132 degrees Celsius (270 °F), and Melena had been cooked inside with the fish.[6]

Bumble Bee and two managers were charged with violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules. The company paid $6 million in a settlement over Melena’s unfortunate death.

4 Headless Female Torso

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In a case that received international attention, Danish inventor Peter Madsen was accused of murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall. Wall had planned to interview Madsen and joined him on his homemade submarine on August 10, 2017. She was reported missing the next day.

Madsen was rescued from his sunken vessel and gave varying accounts as to what happened. Initially, he claimed that he dropped Wall off at a Copenhagen port on the evening of August 10. He later changed his story and said that Wall died after he lost his grip on the 70-kilogram (155 lb) submarine hatch and accidentally shut it on her head. Kim then supposedly fell, suffered irrecoverable injuries, and died. Madsen claimed to have buried her body at sea and to have decided to commit suicide by sinking his submarine.

But a few things didn’t add up about Madsen’s story. In the first place, he’s still alive after abandoning his sunken submarine and swimming for help. Secondly, Kim Wall’s headless, limbless torso was discovered on August 21. A pipe had been tied to it, and markings indicated that someone had attempted to press air out of it so that it would sink. An autopsy later revealed that Wall had sustained multiple stab wounds, including 14 to her genitals, and that a saw had been used to remove her limbs—not exactly the traditional sea burial Madsen described.

Madsen’s lawyer tried to give his “she fell” story credibility by pointing to a mark on the partial body that may have resulted from a fall. And then police found Madsen’s hard drive, which contained videos of women being tortured and killed. Madsen tried to claim that an intern previously used his office and that the videos were “not necessarily” his.

On October 6, Wall’s remaining body parts were found in plastic bags. The bags had been weighed down with metal. Within them, investigators also found her clothes and a knife. There were no fractures to her skull to support Madsen’s claims.

In April 2018, Madsen was convicted of Wall’s murder and sentenced to life in prison.[7]

3 Possessed By The Devil

In August 2016, Francisco Merlos went to his girlfriend’s house to try and patch things up after an argument two days prior. His girlfriend, Geneva Gomez, 33, lived with her mother Juanita Gomez, 49, in Oklahoma City. He apologized to Juanita for the altercation and asked where his girlfriend was.

After Juanita pointed him to a room in the house, however, Merlos found his girlfriend lying on her back, a cross placed on her chest, her face unrecognizable.

Merlos frantically tried to leave the house as Juanita Gomez incoherently spoke of “money” and “the Devil.” She attempted to put him in a headlock and lock him inside the house. Thankfully, Merlos escaped and called 911, but Geneva Gomez was already dead. She’d been killed by her mother, who believed Geneva was possessed by the Devil.

Juanita told a first responder that her daughter had spoken in tongues in a demonic voice and threatened her and that her eyes had rolled back into her head. She also claimed that the channels on her TV began to change themselves after she tuned to a Christian channel. Supposedly, a demonic voice also spoke to her from the TV. According to Juanita, the bruises on her daughter’s body were caused by Geneva’s attempts to expel the Devil within her.

But it’s more likely that the bruises were from Juanita repeatedly punching her. Juanita reportedly beat her daughter and forced religious objects, including a crucifix, down Geneva’s throat until she bled from her mouth. Court documents stated that she suffered “severe trauma around her head and face.”

After watching her daughter die, Juanita then arranged her daughter’s body in the shape of a cross, cleaned it, and then placed a large cross atop her chest.

In July 2017, Juanita pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder. She was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility for parole in February 2018.[8]

2 ‘I Ate . . . Humans’

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In August 2016, something provoked 19-year-old Austin Harrouff into committing two vicious murders.

Harrouff was eating dinner with his parents at a local pub when he became angry, stormed out of the restaurant, and made his way to the home of Michelle and John Stevens in Tequesta, Florida. He had no history with the couple. Nonetheless, he proceeded to brutally murder them. He stabbed them multiple times with a switchblade and used various “weapons of opportunity” from their garage in the slaying. He also stabbed a neighbor who attempted to intervene.

Police found Harrouff crouched over John’s bloodied body, growling and making “animal noises” as he bit off chunks of Stevens’s face. According to court documents, officers witnessed Harrouff biting the victim multiple times, spitting out chunks of his flesh, and “chewing on the side of Stevens’s face.” One detective similarly saw that Harrouff had human hair in his mouth.

The officers tried to subdue Harrouff with stun guns and a police dog. When that didn’t bring him down, three to four police officers were finally able to wrench him away from the deceased victim. “Help me, I ate something bad,” deputies later heard him say. When asked what it was, he replied, “Humans.” Harrouff was taken to a Palm Beach County hospital and sedated.[9]

He faces two counts of first-degree murder. His lawyers intend to use the insanity defense.

Harrouff isn’t the first Florida man to bite off someone’s face in a zombie-likefashion. Rudy Eugene infamously bit off the face of a homeless man in 2012.

1 Animal Abuse, Murder, And Dismemberment

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It sounds like the setup for a horror movie, doesn’t it?

In this tragic, unfathomably disturbing case, wannabe Internet superstar Luka Magnotta videotaped himself committing horrendous acts. It (sort of) began when Magnotta posted a video of himself killing kittens with a plastic bag and a vacuum cleaner on YouTube. The video was entitled “1 boy, 2 kittens.” Horrified Internet sleuths attempted to reveal his identity in order to have him punished. In 2012, another video was posted under a different alias, this one entitled “1 Lunatic, 1 Ice Pick.” Some of those same Internet detectives managed to identify the man in the video as the same man who had killed the kittens: Luka Magnotta.

“1 Lunatic, 1 Ice Pick” shows the brutal homicide of 33-year-old Lin Jun, a computer science student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. In it, Magnotta stabs Jun 100 times, dismembers his body, sodomizes it, and eats part of the corpse to the tune of “True Faith” by New Order.[10]

Magnotta had an utterly out-of-control ego and a history of attempting Internetfame. He created dozens of fake accounts on Facebook, devoted videos and at least 20 websites to himself, and had hundreds of (often photoshopped) photos of himself scattered around the Internet. He also tried and failed to become a reality television star.

The grisly details of Jun’s murder and the unfathomable depth of Magnotta’s narcissism are difficult to describe in a few paragraphs. For those who never heeded warnings about curiosity, or for those who simply want to ruin their own day, there are plenty of online resources about the case.


Physiological Factors Behind The Phenomenon Of Sleep Paralysis

Physiological Factors Behind The Phenomenon Of Sleep Paralysis

Usually, people wake up when their brains are in the non-REM phase, but sometimes you wake up when you’re still in REM sleep. …During REM sleep, neurotransmitters like GABA and glycine basically turn off, your muscles to make sure you don’t act out your dreams. So if you wake up before a REM cycle is over, your muscles are still sleeping, so you can’t move, even if you’re fully awake. Your chest muscles are turned off too, with the exception of your diaphragm. That’s why people experience shortness of breath or feel pressure on their chest. … In sleep paralysis, your mind is still partially dreaming, leading to hallucinations that can feel super real.

10 Horror Houses That Really Existed

10 Horror Houses That Really Existed

With the Turpin case in early 2018, the media brought back the phrase “horror house,” which has been used over the years to describe any house where terrible tragedies occurred. Kidnappings, rapes, rotten corpses—the atrocities seem to mirror the worst of Hollywood horror movies.

Some people argue that these events are the fault of society—that neighbors, visitors, social workers, and the police should have seen the clues and stopped things quickly. Was it truly that no one knew anything was wrong . . . or that no one wanted to get involved? Are these events criminal only or a failure of our mental health system as well?

Increasingly, these types of questions are raised each time a new horror house is uncovered. Here are 10 that defy explanation.

10.The Turpin House

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In Perris, California, the Turpins had 13 children in chains all over the house. They were underfed and often beaten in the dark, smelly structure. In January 2018, one of the girls managed to sneak out a window and expose the situation. She had been working on her escape plan for more than two years.

The children were tied up for weeks or even months at a time, were allowed to shower only once a year, and were not provided with any kind of entertainment. They were only allowed to write in journals.

The torture was also psychological. The couple would buy food (including pies) and let it sit on the table or counter. But the children were not permitted to eat the food. The kids had never even heard of medications or dental care.[1]

A disturbing Facebook profile of the couple showed Shining-like family pictures and a fake Elvis for a fake wedding. From 2 to 29 years old, the children were so emaciated that they looked like they were years younger. They did not go to school. The Turpin father handled his children’s education with a perfectly legal home school. Horror.

9.The Small House That Smelled Of Corpses

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In late 2017, the police came across nine corpses in a house in Tokyo’s suburbs. The bodies were mutilated, beheaded, and stacked in cardboard boxes. The 27-year-old suspected murderer was using an arguably efficient technique to cover the smell: He had covered the bodies with cat litter. The neighbors had been complaining about the smell, but they assumed it was coming from the sewers.[2]

When investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman, investigators linked her to the house’s occupant. The missing woman had contacted the man via social media while seeking someone for a suicide pact. The two were captured by security cameras outside train stations near the horror apartment.

The death penalty still exists in Japan. If this man is convicted of multiple murders and sentenced to death, he won’t get the same treatment as his victims because the Japanese don’t use the guillotine. Their death penalty is carried out by hanging.

8.Gizzeria’s Kidnapper

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When kidnapping a young woman, it is not the best idea to go out for a car ride with the child who was born after the woman was raped and who looks so sick that the police notice it. That is what really happened to Aloisio Francesco Rosario Giordano, a 52-year-old Italian man from Gizzeria. He had been sequestering a 29-year-old Romanian woman for 10 years and had had two children with her.

The poor woman lived in a closet in the rodent- and roach-infested basement with no water, electricity, or bathroom access. Giordano had already been sentenced for similar facts back in 1995.

At first, the Romanian woman, then 19, was hired as a carer for the man’s ill wife. It was only after his wife died that he locked the poor carer in the basement. She was repeatedly beaten, tortured, and raped. Giordano would tend to the most serious wounds himself—in a fairly rudimentary way as he was no doctor.[3]

The two children were forced to watch the abuse of their mother. They even had to participate at times if they didn’t want to face a beating themselves.

7.Anthony Sowell And The Rotten Corpses

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The biggest problem when killing people in your own house is the smell.

After some time, Cleveland investigators ended up taking into account the repeated complaints from the people of a backstreet who did not understand why it was stinking so much around their homes. In 2009, law enforcement finally broke into Anthony Sowell’s house.

Sowell was a veteran who had become a serial killer. He had been convicted and sentenced in a rape case in 1989 and was released from prison in 2005. Apparently, he had learned his lesson from his past experience and decided to strangle every new victim after raping them.

Then he would bury the bodies in his garden or cut them into pieces. With one victim, police found only her head in the house. One week before the morbid discovery, the neighbors had seen a naked woman falling from Sowell’s second-floor balcony into the garden, but the police did not take any action. Investigators found six rotting female corpses inside the house and five more buried in the garden.[4]

6.The Fournirets’ Manor

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Michel Fourniret and Monique Olivier had sealed a morbid alliance through their correspondence while Michel was in prison. After he was free, they started carrying out rapes and murders following this process: Monique would reassure the little girls by her presence while Michel raped and killed them. To be able to kill without being disturbed, they committed their crimes in a manor they bought near the French-Belgian border.[5]

During his time in prison, Michel had become friends with a member of the “Gang of the postiches.” Michel would get a share of the gang’s money if he made contact with that inmate’s wife and dug up the money. Fourniret did all this. But instead of taking part of the money, he killed the inmate’s wife and took all the cash. In the manor’s garden, several corpses were found.

5.Great Deal

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In 2017, a couple bought a new house in Houston. The place had supposedly been empty for two years after the previous resident, Mary Cerruti, vanished and stopped paying the mortgage in 2015. She had rarely been seen outside the house since the development of a real estate project around her neighborhood.

Long story short: During the investigation, dead cats were found inside the house. But there was nothing more, so the case was closed and the house was put up for sale. The new owners began some work on the house and found Cerruti’s bones hidden inside the walls. Her skeleton showed signs of animal disturbance, too. The couple who had just bought the house didn’t sleep there.

It was a complete mystery when the discovery was made. Was she killed and stuffed into the wall, or did she somehow end up trapped in the wall and died because of that?

In March 2018, authorities announced that Cerruti had most likely fallen through a broken attic floorboard and become trapped in the wall. At least one neighbor isn’t buying it. Roxanne Davis doesn’t believe that Cerruti’s body could have fallen through a crack that was only a little wider than a one-dollar bill.[6]

4.London’s Guru

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In 2013, Aravindan Balakrishnan, a 75-year-old Maoist guru, was arrested with his wife after two followers of their cult went to the police with rape complaints. As the investigation would prove later, he had been sexually abusing all the followers of his women-only collective, which he had founded 40 years earlier.

When investigators went to the Balakrishnan home, they found that the couple had been sequestering their daughter for 30 years in the cellar. According to the father, the young woman had been beaten since her fourth birthday to exorcise her “fascist tendencies.” She was slapped with slippers or a McDonald’s balloon stick that “Comrade Bala” had kept for this sole purpose.

She never saw her extended family, made friends, or went to school or a doctor’s office. As a child, she became so lonely that she talked to the taps in the bathroom and tried to make friends with the rats and mice in her cellar.[7]

3.Josef Fritzl

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A small—and cute—family house in Amstetten, Austria: That is where Josef Fritzl kept his daughter, Elisabeth, in chains and raped her starting in 1984. Elisabeth got pregnant seven times. One died shortly after birth and was cremated in the wood stove. Three were brought upstairs to live with Josef and his wife..

When the eldest daughter, Kristen fell ill with renal issues, she was brought to hospital. The attending doctor felt something was up, spurring renewed interest in the initial disappearance. When Elisabeth showed up at the hospital, the police were informed and she was sequestered and questioned. In 2008, she bravely agreed to testify on tape for her father’s trial. In these recordings, she explains what her life had been like for those 24 years that she had been imprisoned.[8]

Josef had made her watch pornographic videos with him before forcing her to reenact them. The door to the cellar had been booby-trapped in such a way that Elisabeth would have died if she had tried to escape. The 11 hours of her testimony had to be broken up in short segments so as not to traumatize the jurors.

2.The Natascha Kampusch Case

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Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped when she was 10 years old by Wolfgang Priklopil, who raped her on a regular basis. She lived in isolation in an underground cellar. At age 18, Kampusch managed to break out on August 23, 2006, and was found near Vienna.

After the young woman broke free, Priklopil committed suicide by throwing himself under a train. Kampusch’s vibrant testimony shed light on the life conditions and the feelings of guilt among victims of long sequestrations. Kampusch’s case is also a strong example of Stockholm syndrome, in which a kidnapping victim feels a bond with the perpetrator.

When “Wolfi” died, Kampusch cried and threw herself over his body at the mortuary. In 2008, she bought the house in which she had been confined and still visits it occasionally to make sure that it is kept in order. Now that Priklopil is dead, she seems to have a bond to her horror house.[9]

1.The Garrido House

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In 1991, Philip and Nancy Garrido kidnapped Jaycee Dugard, an 11-year-old girl who was walking to the school bus stop. She was kept in a securely locked garden shed and raped by Philip regularly. Jaycee gave birth twice and thus had to share her small shed with her two daughters.

In 2009, Philip Garrido began to act insane. He wanted to start a church and was looking for funding. While he was raving at the philanthropy office of the local college, a woman there decided to call his parole officer.

When Garrido was ordered to see his parole officer a couple days later, he brought his wife, Jaycee, and her two daughters with him. Jaycee was separated from Philip Garrido and eventually told the police everything that had happened to her for the previous 18 years.[10]

And it was more like hell than anything we could imagine: life in a garden shed with repeated psychological and physical abuse. Jaycee experienced the worst of human nature but managed to pull through it and was finally able to reunite with her family after being deprived of her teen and young adult years.

The Garridos were arrested that day at the parole office. In 2011, Philip Garrido was sentenced to 431 years to life in prison and Nancy Garrido was sentenced to 36 years to life in prison for the kidnapping and other crimes committed against Jaycee Dugard.

4 True Scary Horror Stories From Chicago

4 True Scary Horror Stories From Chicago

4 True Scary Horror Stories From Chicago includes scary encounters from the windy city...

10 True Scary Train Station Horror Stories

10 True Scary Train Station Horror Stories

10 True Scary Train Station Stories includes stories from those who had a bumpy ride...

10 Horror Stories About Viagra

10 Horror Stories About Viagra


As men get older, they can sometimes have trouble, well . . . getting it up. The little blue pill known as Viagra actually came about due to an accident during a medical trial for a new heart medication. When Pfizer found out their drug would get men erect, they decided to slap a new label on it for a different purpose than it was originally intended. Viagra is considered to be a godsend for men with erectile dysfunction, but of course, all good things come at a price.

According to WebMD, Viagra was linked to at least 522 deaths the first year it was on the market, yet men still continue to use the drug.[1] They would rather choose the health risks than a life without sex. Sometimes, however, the risks that go along with taking Viagra use are arguably far worse than death.


10 Monkey See, Monkey Do

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In January 2018, a 27-year old American man named Steve Cho was sitting in Phuket International Airport in Thailand as he waited to board a plane that would take him to South Korea. Maybe he had plans to join the mile-high club when he got on board, because he started taking multiple Viagra pills while he sat in the waiting area. A young man taking Viagra is almost never a good idea. At the very least, it usually results in an erection that will not go down for hours on end.

But these pills didn’t just get Cho aroused. He started to lose his mind. He stripped off his clothes and got completely naked. At some point, he started defecating. When security guards tried to restrain him, he threw his poop at them. He was acting so crazy that it took six men to hold him down. Cho eventually snapped out of it. He explained that he took a lot of Viagra and completely blacked out. He doesn’t seem to remember the experience, but it was all captured by security cameras.[2]

9 What Did You Say?

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Considering that Hugh Hefner lived to be 91 years old, and he always lived with gorgeous women in the Playboy Mansion, it is no surprise at all that he took Viagra for years. This caused him to have sudden sensorineural hearing loss, which apparently happens quite a lot to men who pop the little blue pills like candy. According to some of his former lovers, he was totally deaf in one ear, and the only way he could understand what anyone was saying is if they leaned into his good ear and spoke directly into it.[3]

It turns out that there are at least 47 other cases of men who have gone totally deaf, and they were able to confirm that it was caused by Viagra damaging the inner ear. There were hundreds of other cases of men going deaf while on the pill, but the evidence was inconclusive. Hefner said he’d rather have sex than his hearing; other men might feel the same way.


8 Richard Challen

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British married couple Georgina and Richard Challen, 56 and 61, respectively, were having trouble with their marriage, so they decided to take a break from one another and live separately. For years, Richard worked as a car dealer. His friends all called him a ladies’ man, even though he was married. This made Georgina jealous, and she could only take the open secret about his infidelity for so long before she began to gather evidence.

Richard could not perform at all without taking a Viagra pill before having sex, so Georgina kept a diary of how many pills were left in the bottle after every time they did the deed. She knew that if there was one less pill than before, it meant he had sex with another woman. Sure enough, after counting the pills, Richard was caught cheating, and they separated.

Despite the Viagra incident, the Challens decided not to get a divorce and to work things out after their separation. In August 2010, just as they were repairing their marriage, Richard called another woman. He brushed her off as “just a friend.” Georgina snapped. She picked up a hammer and smashed her husband’s head in. Then, she drove one of his sports cars to a cliff, intending to commit suicide. She was caught instead and was ultimately sentenced to life in prison for his murder.[4]

7 Bugging Out

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Okay, this next story is not exactly about Viagra, but it’s still one that shows the lengths men go to in order to get an erection. In Nepal, people living in remote areas don’t exactly have access to a pharmacy around the corner. They know of the existence of drugs like Viagra that will help with erectile dysfunction, but they can’t buy it. So they have figured out their own natural remedy to do the trick. There is an extremely rare fungus called yarsagumba that grows on dead caterpillars. For some ungodly reason, someone decided to eat one of these things, and it gave them massive results, which earned yarsagumba the nickname “Himalayan Viagra.”

After realizing that they could eat yarsagumba to help with having sex with their wives, men began foraging to stock up their supplies. In 2011, two rival groups of foragers came face-to-face, and they began to fight over the yarsagumba. One gang was larger than the other, so 19 men beat and killed seven men from their neighboring village. The murderers were prosecuted for their crimes.[5]

6 Better To See You With, My Dear

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We have already established that Viagra can cause people to go deaf, but it has been linked to blindness, too. According to the Food and Drug Administration, there are at least 43 cases of blindness due to a block in the optic nerve that was caused by an ingredient that is present in both Viagra and Cialis.

These symptoms aren’t just happening to elderly men who take Viagra, either. Tom Kaulitz, the guitarist from the band Tokio Hotel, was just 20 years old in 2010 when he experimented with Viagra while he was on tour in Asia. The morning after taking the pills, his head was pounding, and his vision was blurred. He was in so much pain that he couldn’t move. Thankfully, this didn’t do any permanent damage, and he eventually recovered, but an older man probably couldn’t say the same.[6]


5 Party Hard

One of the many possible side effects of taking Viagra is having a seizure. Young men in their twenties who are looking to go to a club and possibly get lucky are buying the little blue pills. There are some black market drugs that are targeted at young men, like one called “Kamagra,” that have similar ingredients as Viagra, except that they are fruit-flavored and chewable.

Sky News interviewed several young men who all agreed that watching porn puts pressure on them to sexually perform like a porn star when they find someone, and they feel that Viagra might be the only way for them to do so. Unfortunately, this also means that the number of young men having seizures in the United Kingdom has skyrocketed. Considering that they are usually chasing the pills with alcohol, it only makes matters worse. Only time will tell just how badly the Viagra partying habit will affect the future health of these men.[7]

4 Dangerous Counterfeits

In most countries, men have to be at least 30 years old to be prescribed Viagra by a doctor. However, since so many young men want to use it recreationally, and not all countries have access to it, there is a massive demand for little blue pills on the black market. There are laboratories all over the world that are manufacturing fake Viagra.

While they are certainly biased, Pfizer’s official website has an entire page and mini-documentary dedicated to the dangers of counterfeits. According to them, they have found fakes that were made with boric acid, which is used as insecticide. They have also found pills containing lead paint (which was used to color the pills), talc powder, ground up Sheetrock, and rat poison. The worst part of all, they say, is that the counterfeits are so well-made that you cannot tell the difference with the naked eye. So the only way to know you are taking an FDA-approved substance is by getting a prescription from a doctor.[8]

3 Love Hotel

In Japan, a lot of young people still live with their parents, or they feel awkward having sex in front of their roommates. Then, of course, there are people having affairs. So they have love hotels, which are tiny accommodations made specifically for having guilt-free sex. Customers can pay for “rest time,” which is only two to three hours, or “stay,” which is for the entire night, and the rooms come with complimentary condoms, toys, and even costumes, if you’re into that sort of thing.

In 2005, an elderly man hired a sex worker in her twenties, and they went to a love hotel for a quickie. He took Viagra, and they had sex. As the woman was leaving, she joked to the receptionist, “Pops really knocked himself out. He’s still resting up.” After hearing this, the staff went to check on the customer, and sure enough, he was dead.

Unfortunately, this story gets worse. The hallways of the urban hotel were so narrow, and the elevator was so small, that it was impossible to get an ambulance stretcher to carry the body downstairs. So the paramedics had to lift up the dead body and waddle it down the hallway standing upright in order to get it out of the building.[9]

2 Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

In 2013, a 66-year-old Colombian man named Gentil Ramirez, who lives in a town called Gigante, decided to take Viagra to spice up his sex life. He also decided to take more than he was supposed to in order to impress his spouse. Unfortunately, this left him with an erection that would not go away. Poor Ramirez was in an excruciating amount of pain, but he refused to get medical attention for several days, during which time he remained erect.

When he arrived at the hospital, his still-erect penis was fractured and starting to become gangrenous. (While there are no bones in the penis, it is still possible to get a penile fracture.) The doctors thought they would have to amputate.

Rumors spread all over the Internet about the man from Colombia who had to have his penis amputated after taking Viagra. Ramirez contacted a newspaper, La Nacion, to let them know that his little friend was still intact.[10]

1 Weapons Of War

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The most horrifying way that Viagra has been used is as a weapon of war. In 2011, Al Jazeera did an investigation in Libya. After interviewing several doctors, they revealed that dead pro-Gadhafi soldiers they had in the morgue were all carrying Viagra and condoms. They believed that the men were under orders to take the pills as part of the process of raping women and children. These same doctors treated countless rape victims and heard horrifying stories of what they had gone through.

This is not the first time in history that rape has been used as a weapon of war. However, Viagra has only been on the market since 1998. After taking Viagra, blood flows where it needs to go, and a man can get an erection without actually feeling emotionally invested or aroused. As soldiers, when they received an order to commit rape, all they had to do was pop the pill and get it done.[11]

10 of the Most Terrifying Horror Stories the Internet Has To Offer

10 of the Most Terrifying Horror Stories the Internet Has To Offer

The Internet is a hotbed of scary stuff – and I’m not just talking about the news (ba-zing!). If you’ve never done a deep dive into the corners of the many, many creepypasta sites and wikis, you’re really missing out. For horror fans especially, it’s can’t miss stuff (check out the SCP site if you ever want to kill a couple of hours). But just in case you don’t want to do your own digging, here’s a few of the scariest short stories the Internet has offer:

1. The Statue

A few years ago, a mother and father decided they needed a break, so they wanted to head out for a night on the town. They called their most trusted babysitter. When the babysitter arrived, the two children were already fast asleep in bed. So the babysitter just got to sit around and make sure everything was okay with the children.

Later that night, the babysitter got bored and went to watch TV, but she couldn’t watch it downstairs because they did not have cable downstairs (the parents didn’t want children watching too much garbage). So, she called them and asked them if she could watch cable in the parents’ room. Of course, the parents said it was OK, but the babysitter had one final request … she asked if she could cover up the angel statue outside the bedroom window with a blanket or cloth, because it made her nervous. The phone line was silent for a moment, and the father who was talking to the babysitter at the time said, “Take the children and get out of the house … we’ll call the police. We don’t own an angel statue.”

The police found both of the children and the babysitter slumped in pools of their own blood within three minutes of the call. No statue was found.

2. This New Old House

We bought an old house, my boyfriend and I. He’s in charge of the “new” construction–converting the kitchen into the master bedroom for instance, while I’m on wallpaper removal duty. The previous owner papered EVERY wall and CEILING! Removing it is brutal, but oddly satisfying. The best feeling is getting a long peel, similar to your skin when you’re peeling from a sunburn. I don’t know about you but I kinda make a game of peeling, on the hunt for the longest piece before it rips.

Under a corner section of paper in every room is a person’s name and a date. Curiosity got the best of me one night when I Googled one of the names and discovered the person was actually a missing person, the missing date matching the date under the wallpaper! The next day, I made a list of all the names and dates. Sure enough each name was for a missing person with dates to match. We notified the police who naturally sent out the crime scene team.

I overhead one tech say “Yup, it’s human.” Human? What’s human?

“Ma’am, where is the material you removed from the walls already? This isn’t wallpaper you were removing.”

3. A Mother’s Call

A young girl is playing in her bedroom when she hears her mother call to her from the kitchen, so she runs down the stairs to meet her mother. As she’s running through the hallway, the door to the cupboard under the stairs opens, and a hand reaches out and pulls her in.

It’s her mother.

She whispers to her child, “Don’t go into the kitchen. I heard it too.”

4. Finger Counting

My daughter woke me around 11:50 last night. My wife and I had picked her up from her friend Sally’s birthday party, brought her home, and put her to bed. My wife went into the bedroom to read while I fell asleep watching the Braves game.

“Daddy,” she whispered, tugging my shirt sleeve. “Guess how old I’m going to be next month.”

“I don’t know, beauty,” I said as I slipped on my glasses. “How old?”

She smiled and held up four fingers.

It is 7:30 now. My wife and I have been up with her for almost 8 hours. She still refuses to tell us where she got them.

5. When Charlie Goes Away

I hate it when my brother Charlie has to go away.

My parents constantly try to explain to me how sick he is. That I am lucky for having a brain where all the chemicals flow properly to their destinations like undammed rivers. When I complain about how bored I am without a little brother to play with, they try to make me feel bad by pointing out that his boredom likely far surpasses mine, considering his confine to a dark room in an institution.

I always beg for them to give him one last chance. Of course, they did at first. Charlie has been back home several times, each shorter in duration than the last. Every time without fail, it all starts again. The neighbourhood cats with gouged out eyes showing up in his toy chest, my dad’s razors found dropped on the baby slide in the park across the street, mom’s vitamins replaced by bits of dishwasher tablets. My parents are hesitant now, using “last chances” sparingly. They say his disorder makes him charming, makes it easy for him to fake normalcy, and to trick the doctors who care for him into thinking he is ready for rehabilitation. That I will just have to put up with my boredom if it means staying safe from him.

I hate it when Charlie has to go away. It makes me have to pretend to be good until he is back or they’ll know it was me.

6. He Stood Against My Window

I don’t know why I looked up, but when I did I saw him there. He stood against my window. His forehead rested against the glass, and his eyes were still and light and he smiled a lipstick-red, cartoonish grin. And he just stood there in the window. My wife was upstairs sleeping, my son was in his crib and I couldn’t move I froze and watched him looking past me through the glass.

Oh, please no. His smile never moved but he put a hand up and slid it down the glass, watching me. With matted hair and yellow skin and face through the window.

I couldn’t do anything. I just stayed there, frozen, feet still in the bushes I was pruning, looking into my home. He stood against my window.

7. White with Red

A man went to a hotel and walked up to the front desk to check in. The woman at the desk gave him his key and told him that on the way to his room, there was a door with no number that was locked and no one was allowed in there. She explained that it was a storeroom, and that it was out of bounds. She reminded him of this several times before allowing him upstairs. So he followed the instructions of the woman at the front desk, going straight to his room, and going to bed.

However, the insistence of the woman had piqued his curiosity, so the next night he walked down the hall to the door and tried the handle. Sure enough it was locked. He bent down and looked through the wide keyhole. Cold air passed through it, chilling his eye. What he saw was a hotel bedroom, like his, and in the corner was a woman whose skin was incredibly pale. She was leaning her head against the wall, facing away from the door. He stared in confusion for a while. Was this a celebrity? The owner’s daughter? He almost knocked on the door, out of curiosity but decided not to.

As he was still looking, the woman turned sharply and he jumped back from the door, hoping she would not suspect he had been spying on her. He crept away from the door and walked back to his room. The next day, he returned to the door and looked through the wide keyhole. This time, all he saw was redness. He couldn’t make anything out besides a distinct red color, unmoving. Perhaps the inhabitants of the room knew he was spying the night before, and had blocked the keyhole with something red. He felt embarrassed that he had made the woman so uncomfortable, and hoped she had not made a complaint with the woman on the front desk.

At this point he decided to consult her for more information. She sighed and said, “Did you look through the keyhole?”

The man told her that he had and she said, “Well, I might as well tell you the story of what happened in that room. A long time ago, a man murdered his wife in there, and we find that even now, whoever stays there gets very uncomfortable. But these people were not ordinary. They were white all over, except for their eyes, which were red.”

8. Mereana Mordegard Glesgorv

There is a video on YouTube named Mereana Mordegard Glesgorv. If you search this, you will find nothing. The few times you find something, all you will see is a 20 second video of a man staring intently at you, expressionless, then grinning for the last two seconds. The background is undefined.

This is only part of the actual video.

The full video lasts two minutes, and was removed by YouTube after 153 people who viewed the video gouged out their eyes and mailed them to YouTube’s main office in San Bruno. Said people had also committed suicide in various ways. It is not yet known how they managed to mail their eyes after gouging them out. The cryptic inscription they carved on their forearms has not yet been deciphered.

YouTube will periodically put up the first 20 seconds of the video to quell suspicions, so that people will not go look for the real thing and upload it. The video itself was only viewed by one YouTube staff member, who started screaming after 45 seconds. This man is now under constant sedation and is apparently unable to recall what he saw. The other people who were in the same room as him while he viewed it and turned off the video for him say that all they heard at the time was a high pitched drilling sound. None of them dared look at the screen.

The person who uploaded the video was never found, the IP address being non-existant. And the man in the video has never been identified.

9. The Woman in the Oven

During the summer of 1983, in a quiet town near Minneapolis, Minnesota, the charred body of a woman was found inside the kitchen stove of a small farmhouse. A video camera was also found in the kitchen, standing on a tripod, pointing at the oven. No tape was found inside the camera at the time.

Although the scene was originally labeled as a homicide by police, an unmarked VHS tape was later discovered at the bottom of the farm’s well, which had apparently dried up earlier that year.

Despite its worn condition, and the fact that it contained no audio, police were still able to view the contents of the tape. It depicted a woman recording herself in front of a video camera, seemingly using the same camera that the police found in the kitchen. After positioning the camera to include both her and her kitchen stove in its view, she turned on the oven, opened the door, crawled inside, and then closed the door behind her. After eight minutes into the video, the oven could be seen shaking violently. At this point thick, black smoke emanated from it. For the remaining 45 minutes of video, until the batteries in the camera died, it remained in its stationary position.

To avoid disturbing the local community, the police never released any information about the tape, or even the fact that it was found. Police were also not able to determine who put the tape in the well, or why the height and stature of the woman in the video did not come close to matching the body that they had found in the oven.

10. Expressionless

In June 1972, a woman appeared in Cedar Senai hospital in nothing but a white, blood-covered gown.

Now this, in itself, should not be too surprising as people often have accidents nearby and come to the nearest hospital for medical attention, but there were two things that caused people who saw her to vomit and flee in terror.

The first being that she wasn’t exactly human. She resembled something close to a mannequin, but had the dexterity and fluidity of a normal human being. Her face was as flawless as a mannequins, devoid of eyebrows and smeared in make-up.

There was a kitten clamped in her jaws so unnaturally tight that no teeth could be seen, and the blood was still squirting out over her gown and onto the floor. She then pulled it out of her mouth, tossed it aside and collapsed.

From the moment she stepped through the entrance to when she was taken to a hospital room and cleaned up before being prepped for sedation, she was completely calm, expressionless and motionless. The doctors thought it best to restrain her until the authorities could arrive and she did not protest. They were unable to get any kind of response from her and most staff members felt too uncomfortable to look directly at her for more than a few seconds.

But the second the staff tried to sedate her, she fought back with extreme force. Two members of staff had to hold her down as her body rose up on the bed with that same, blank expression.

She turned her emotionless eyes towards the male doctor and did something unusual. She smiled.

As she did, the female doctor screamed and let go out of shock. In the woman’s mouth were not human teeth, but long, sharp spikes. Too long for her mouth to close fully without causing any damage …

The male doctor stared back at her for a moment before asking “What in the hell are you?”

She cracked her neck down to her shoulder to observe him, still smiling.

There was a long pause, the security had been alerted and could be heard coming down the hallway.

As he heard them approach, she darted forward, sinking her teeth into the front of his throat, ripping out his jugular and letting him fall to the floor, gasping for air as he choked on his own blood.

She stood up and leaned over him, her face coming dangerously close to his as the life faded from his eyes.

She leaned closer and whispered in his ear.

“I… am… God…”

The doctor’s eyes filled with fear as he watched her calmly walk away to greet the security men. His last ever sight would be watching her feast on them one by one.

The female doctor who survived the incident named her “The Expressionless”.

There was never a sighting of her again.

10 Terrifying Horror Movie Mishaps

10 Terrifying Horror Movie Mishaps


Horror movies remain endlessly popular, and everyone is looking for a good scare. While many new scary movies are coming to theaters, one of the best aspects of the genre is not seeing new releases but rewatching the classics. Whether you watch these movies for thrills or nostalgia, you can always be assured at the end of the night that everything you saw on-screen stays there. Or can you?

Unbeknownst to many, some of the fan favorites have dangerous and even deadly histories. From malevolent spirits to curses and inexplicable bad luck, horror movies young and old have been plagued with weird occurrences that will make the films themselves seem mundane in comparison. And so, dear readers, I present to you: 10 Terrifying Horror Movie Mishaps.

10 Twilight Zone: The Movie

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Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) encompasses four different segments, one of which involves Bill Connor, portrayed by Vic Morrow, and is based on the 1961 episode “A Quality of Mercy.” This specific segment of the film follows Connor as he travels through time to some of the most discriminatory periods in history. Because of this, the bigot decides to change his ways, resulting in him saving two Vietnamese children from American troops. Unfortunately, in real life, instead of lives being saved, lives were lost.[1]

Director John Landis hired two children, aged six and seven, under the table to avoid California’s child labor laws. In the scene where Connor and the children take a helicopter to safety, many explosions occur, and because of these explosions, the helicopter crashed during filming. In turn, both child actors and Morrow were killed. Before the shot was filmed, star Dick Peabody recalls hearing Morrow exclaim, “How did I let them talk me into doing this scene?” along with remarking that he should’ve asked for a body double.

The Crow

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Based on the comics, The Crow (1994), directed by Alex Proyas, follows Eric Draven, portrayed by Brandon Lee, who is brutally murdered alongside his wife and is resurrected from the grave in order to exact revenge on his killers. This film follows an extremely macabre story line, which is mirrored by the devastating tragedies on set.

At the beginning of production, a carpenter was severely burned when his crane hit a live power line. Later, a massive storm surged through the Southern United States, leaving machinery covered in icicles and almost all of the cast ill.

More tragic and severe than the aforementioned, Brandon Lee, son of star Bruce Lee, was meant to enter the apartment building on set, finding his wife attacked by thugs, only to be attacked himself. A thug, chosen at random, was to aim a magnum at Lee and shoot, causing Lee to fall forward. When the scene was shot, Lee fell backward, and minutes went by before anyone realized that he had actually been shot. Investigations were conducted, resulting in a baffling conclusion: a one-in-a-million instance of the wrong gun, wrong blanks, and wrong trajectory leading to Lee’s demise.[2]

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose

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Directed by Scott Derrickson, The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) stars Dexteractress Jennifer Carpenter and follows the story of Emily Rose’s tragic death. Attorney Ethan Thomas (played by Campbell Scott) argues that Emily was plagued by schizophrenia, not demonic possession, and that the church’s unprofessional conduct ultimately resulted in her death. Alternatively, the defense lawyer (played by Laura Linney) argues that science cannot explain Emily’s condition.

While no deaths or outrageously dangerous feats occurred on set, actress Jennifer Carpenter told sources that every night, her radio would randomly turn on, playing “Alive” by Pearl Jam. Other cast members reported the same strange phenomenon, as well as televisions turning on, resulting in the radios on the set being removed.[3]


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As if the few glimpses we got of this creepy doll in The Conjuring weren’t enough, Annabelle (2014), directed by John Leonetti, came to theaters as a prequel to The Conjuring. This movie takes place during the 1960s and follows Annabelle as she enters a new home with expectant parents, as well as all that ensues after. And, just like its fellow movie, Annabelle had its own set of spine-tingling mishaps on set.

For starters, the first day that the actor playing the demon was given full makeup, there was an on-site injury. The “demon” walked down a hallway, and a light fixture fell, severely injuring an actor who was playing a janitor. Coincidentally, the demon kills the janitor in the hallway during the movie.[4]

The Possession

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The Possession (2012) revolves around the Jewish lore of a dybbuk box (a spirit box) and the true story of an eBay buyer who stumbles upon it. While the film itself revolves around the horrifying consequences of the dybbuk box, filming in a haunted location left the cast and crew with some skin-crawling experiences.

Cast member Jeffrey Dean Morgan referred to lights that would explode in the middle of scenes as well as cold drafts that would sweep through rooms, causing doors to slam shut. The odd part is that the shooting location was not a drafty one. Moreover, these mishaps only happened during essential scenes, never between takes or during setup.

Perhaps the weirdest incident happened only a few days after wrapping up filming. All of the movie’s props were put into storage in case anything would need to be reshot. This storage facility abruptly burned to the ground, destroying all of the movie’s props. One of the props destroyed was the dybbuk box that was used during production. Odder still, when investigated, there was no sign of arson or electrical fire.[5]

The Omen

Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

The Omen (1976), directed by Richard Donner, had accidents that many believed to be the work of the actual Antichrist. This movie depicts the adoption of a young boy named Damien, who is surrounded by death. From hangings to murder and miscarriage, this movie is riddled with tragedy—just like what happened behind the scenes.

There were a striking number of lightning incidents, for starters. Both Mace Neufeld and Gregory Peck were on planes struck by lightning, and producer Harvey Bernhard was nearly struck by lightning in Rome. Beyond this, Neufeld’s hotel was bombed by the IRA, Peck’s son committed suicide, and Peck nearly boarded a plane destined for Israel which crashed, killing everyone.

Perhaps the most disturbing event from The Omen is when SFX director John Richardson and his assistant Liz Moore got into a serious car crash. Not so bad, perhaps? Wrong. This crash took place on June 13, 1976, and Moore was cut in half in the accident . . . mirroring the decapitation shown in The Omen.[6]

Rosemary’s Baby

Photo credit: Paramount Pictures

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) centers around Rosemary, a pregnant woman, and her husband, who move to an old New York City apartment building. Rosemary quickly grows to believe that something is not right with her child, something demonic.

The film’s producer, William Castle, received multiple death threats for producing this movie, one of which said that he was a believer in witchcraft and that he would die slowly and painfully from illness. Not long after, Castle was hospitalized for a debilitating sickness and later died of a stroke at only 63. While in the hospital, he was quoted shouting for Rosemary to “put down the knife!”

Director Roman Polanski was not spared from the tortures of Rosemary’s Baby, either. Tragically, his wife and close friends were brutally murdered by the Manson Family. Furthermore, Krzysztof Komeda, the film’s music composer, slipped off of a cliff in LA, resulting in a coma that lead to his death only a few months later. Creepier still, it is reported that Komeda awoke from his coma only once, when “Rosemary’s Lullaby” (which he composed) was played.[7]


Poltergeist (1982), directed by Tobe Hooper and revered as the most successful of the Poltergeist film series, is iconic for showcasing children speaking with sentient beings through their television set. If this movie wasn’t creepy enough on its own, the number of behind-the-scenes mishaps is sure to seal the deal.

Both Dominique Dunne (who played Dana Freeling) and Heather O’Rourke (who played Carol Anne Freeling) died before the release of their individual installments. At only 22, Dunne was strangled to death by her ex-boyfriend. Only a few years later, O’Rourke died at age 12, succumbing to cardiac arrest from septic shock. Doctors reportedly misdiagnosed her condition, resulting in an easily treatable illness becoming fatal. Even more cast members died through more natural causes, only adding to this movie’s eerie vibe.

Oliver Robins, who portrayed Robbie Freeling, nearly died as well. The animatronic clown on set began strangling Robins, who was barely saved by Steven Spielberg’s speedy intervention. It is still unknown why the clown did this. However, it is worth noting that throughout the film, this clown continuously tormented the character Robbie Freeling.[8] Creepy stuff.

The Conjuring

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

The Conjuring (2013), directed by James Wan, is a horror film based on a real-life paranormal investigation by Ed and Lorraine Warren in the 1970s. The Warrens are called upon to help the Perron family with weird occurrences in their new home. Initially, the apparitions are benign. However, as the film progresses, the manifestations become overtly hostile, which is only worsened when the Warrens learn of the farmhouse’s morbid history. While this film gives a good scare, what happened behind the scenes is where the real goosebumps begin.

For starters, it is noted that while screenwriters conversed with Lorraine Warren on the script, weird static and noises would cut off their conversations. Even worse, their connection would go dead only moments later. Not spooky enough? While the real-life Perrons visited the movie set in North Carolina, a strong wind blew through, which isn’t bad, except for the fact that none of the trees moved.[9]

Perhaps the most terrifying event on the set of The Conjuring happened to Lili Taylor (portraying Carolyn Perron). While on set, she began to experience a dark, foreboding presence, much like the actual Carolyn Perron did in 1971. This feeling followed her, and Taylor later tripped, leaving her with injuries that put her in the hospital.

The Exorcist

Photo credit: Warner Bros.

The Exorcist (1973) is based off William Peter Blatty’s eponymous novel. Regan, the daughter of the MacNeil family, becomes possessed, which leads to Fathers Damien Karras and Lankester Merrin performing an exorcism. The film featured heart-stopping visuals, ensnaring demonic possession with Catholic rituals. Yet, what happened behind the scenes proved more terrifying than what happened on the screen.

Before the film even took off, shooting was delayed after a fire scorched most of the set. While the cause was nothing more than a pigeon getting caught up in the electrical work, there was one room spared from the devastation: Regan’s. That’s right, the young demon-possessed girl is the only one whose room was left completely intact.

Once filming finally started (you know things aren’t going well when you have to say “finally started”) Ellen Burstyn, playing Chris MacNeil, was hurt on set. In the scene where Regan throws her across the room in a possessed frenzy, the rigging malfunctioned, resulting in Burstyn injuring her spine. Director William Friedkin actually used this take in the final production, so those screams you hear when she hits the wall? They are her actual screams of pain. This isn’t the only incidence of rigging malfunctions; later, Linda Blair (Regan) was thrown from the shaking bed, leaving her with a back injury of her own.[10]

When the film premiered, there was a 16th-century church across the street. This church was struck by lightning as moviegoers entered the theater, and the church’s large cross fell to the ground. Talk about terrifying.

As if these things weren’t bad enough already, this cake is complete with two deaths. Actors Jack MacGowran and Vasiliki Maliaros died while the film was going through the stages of post-production. Both MacGowran and Maliaros’s characters also died in the film.

Well, if you had trouble sleeping after watcing horror movies before, good luck doing it now. There are many more terrifying and twisted things that happened on these movie sets as well as others. They’re well worth some research if you like being creeped out.

15 Stories About The Scarring And Gruesome Things People Witnessed Firsthand

15 Stories About The Scarring And Gruesome Things People Witnessed Firsthand

Caution to those before you go any further – some of the stories told below are pretty gruesome.

This question posed to those on Reddit asked about the most effed up thing they ever saw. It seemed nothing was off limits to share, and some of the responses were very upsetting. Proceed with caution.

1. Mouthing the Words

I saw a guy get hit by a train as the train was slowing down for the station. The conductor saw him and was screaming at him to get out of the way. I can still see the conductor mouthing the words “OH FUCK” as the train hit the guy and threw him about 30 feet. The guy broke some bones but was otherwise ok. Cops had to find him because he tried to walk away. They found him in a convenience store about a quarter mile away.

2. Nightmare Ride

When I was 4 or 5 I was on a wagon ride with one of my cousins. There was a hole in the wagon floor where it had been built around the tractor for the event…I think it was Christmas in July.
Well this other little girl was sitting with her legs dangling in the hole and she kept putting her foot on the ridges of the tire because she could. She would move it to a lower one at the last second over and over again until one time she didn’t time it right. As a result her leg got caught.
It twisted her leg underneath the make shift wagon between the wood and the tire. It took a few seconds for her to scream and at least a full minute more (felt like longer) for the driver to realize it wasn’t just a kid being a little shit.
By the time they stopped and dislodged the girls leg it has tore all the skin off her ankle and up her leg so I could see all the exposed meat and bone and there was a trail of blood the few feet behind the truck before it had stopped.
I was scared so I got off and my cousin lost me in the chaos. So I was traumatized and then totally lost and terrified for like an hour. Woo. Fun times.

3. Deceased

Watching my dad roll off the couch dead when we thought he was taking a nap.

4. A Face

A face on the street.
A suicide vest bomber had blown himself up in a marketplace in Kandahar. By the time my team got there to do the post-blast analysis, they had cleared out all of the dead and wounded, but not all of the dismembered body parts. And then, off to the side of the street a little way from the blast site, a mostly intact face. Empty eyes, the nose was pretty mangled, only one ear was still attached. Our best analysis was that it was the bomber, and when he’d detonated his vest, the blast wave came up from his torso, cut the skin around the edge of his jaw and just peeled his face off.

5. Kid just needed help

My best friend in middle school was depressed and wanted to kill himself. He decided to invite me over to “talk”. In the middle of us talking, his parents in the other room, MID SENTENCE of me telling him why I felt like his life was worth living he pulls his dads gun out from under the covers, shoved the gun in his mouth and shot himself before I even had the chance to react. His parents came running in, everyone was screaming, all I remember was the world felt like it was in slow motion, my ears were ringing, and how I couldn’t stop looking at him, I was in shock. Felt like I stood there frozen forever but it was probably only a few seconds. I still think about it every day and what stuck with me most was the amount of blood. It’s nothing like you see in the movies and it literally comes out of everywhere….I’ll also never forget his dad screaming at me about how I didn’t stop him. “WHY DIDN’T YOU DO ANYTHING?!?!” “WHY DID YOU JUST LET HIM DO THAT?!?!” I didn’t know….he had me come over for talks all the time before this. I’ll also never forget having to go into the police station to make a statement and how they questioned me as to rather I knew he was going to do it. Like I was in on it. I felt terrible already and that only made me feel worse. I get its a process but I really felt like they were attacking me instead of helping a kid who clearly was in need of a therapist. They also made my parents leave the room and questioned me alone and that was scary.

6. Car Wreck

A wreck where the person was partially ejected through the sunroof before the vehicle rolled.

7. Brain Buster

I saw a motorcycle accident without a helmet. His brains were coated on the asphalt for about 100 yards.

8. Motorcycle Accident

I saw someone die with their guts in their hands once. Big ol’ truck hit a motorcyclist and, well… yeah. It looked like he was trying to put them back in.

9. So sad

Im a bit late, but I saw a lady pushing her buggy/stroller with her wee boy in it, he wasn’t strapped in, she went to cross the road and but didn’t see the bus coming, pushed the buggy down the kerb and the boy fell out and got hit by the bus. Horrible.

10. Falling

Back when I was visiting Pakistan, they had three story houses, some that were even relatively close to each other. A guy deciced it was a good idea to place a ladder from the top of one roof to another and climb across it since he was too lazy to just go down the normal way. He ended up falling and cracking his head open and I had the pleasure of seeing it first hand.

11. Emerald Park Shooting

I live in Eugene, Oregon. I witnessed the Emerald Park shooting in 2016. I was sitting at a bench, minding my own business when I hear a “bang”. I look up, and a kid at the skatepark went down, and there was an older man with a rifle. I hear another bang, and another kid goes down. I take cover behind a concrete pillar. I glance around the corner and see the gunman running away, so I take flight in the opposite direction, and sprint to my house. I heard one more gun shot on my way back. 2 dead, including the gunman, and 1 injured.

12. Haunting

Bunch of bouncers gunned down at a Russian nightclub
Decapitated body on the road after an accident
Not seen but heard in a hospital: the wailing of a mother who’d just lost her son. I’m a father and that sound will haunt me for the rest of my life.

13. Watery grave

I was working along a river as a cleaning crew when I found a rotten dead guy floating in the shallows. He was completely white except with dark purple lips.

14. Ugh….gross

It’s probably cheating because I’m in law enforcement, but here goes…
Got a call of possible shots fired near a big football stadium in my town around midnight. Usually these end up just being fireworks or, less often, a car backfiring. (Protip: Supersonic rounds have a very distinct “crack.” Subsonic rounds will sound pretty close to fireworks. If you hear the latter from a distance, you could be safe. If you hear the former from a distance, take cover!)
It was in my patrol district so I took the call. It was raining, cold, pretty dreary. Now, this was during football season, so there were a lot of these big tents set up all around the stadium.
I made a couple loops around the stadium. Nobody to be seen. I was about to radio it in as unfounded when I saw the silhouette of a man sitting in a folding chair under one of the tents.
I parked, got out, and approached slowly. It was very dark and hard to see him clearly, but it looked like he was slouched over, hanging his head. I didn’t want to use my flashlight for fear of giving my position away if he was up to something. As I got closer, I called out to him several times. He didn’t respond. Probably drunk and passed out, I figured.
I walked closer to him, approaching him from behind. Got under the tent. Put my flashlight on him, and immediately realized why he wasn’t responding. He wasn’t slouched over, hanging his head. His head was gone. Nothing from the neck up but part of his tongue. A shotgun was on the ground right next to him, so it wasn’t hard to figure out what happened.
After I called it in, I noticed that I could still feel raindrops falling on me. I hadn’t really thought about it, considering it was raining, and obviously I had more pressing matters on my mind. But why could I still feel raindrops falling on me under the tent?
Turned my flashlight up and immediately realized it wasn’t rain falling on me.
That uniform got thrown away.

15. Stop, drop, and roll

Playing as a child in my old close, man was burning some stuff on a bonfire. Decided he would throw petrol onto it standing stupidly close. Burst up into flames screaming, my younger brother who was with me at the time was obviously horrified. I sent him to go to the house to call an ambulance.
Whilst I shouted at him to stop drop and roll, i felt a bit useless but I was very young and that’s all I knew that could help..
He survived but had some pretty nasty burns and scars for the rest of his life.

Psychologists Studied Horror Movie Psychopaths And Determined Which Ones Are The Real Deal

Psychologists Studied Horror Movie Psychopaths And Determined Which Ones Are The Real Deal

People have an unquenchable fascination with psychopaths in our movies. At least from a fictional perspective, they're thought of as borderline supernatural, as though they exchanged some portion of sanity for heightened mental abilities. Even more so for horror movie serial killers.

You no doubt have your favorites, and might even have a perfectly folded list in your pocket right now. If you do, today’s your day to augment it with this list containing movie serial killers, diagnosed for your pleasure. Because the truth is, most movie psychopaths are exaggerated, overblown, or just plain fictional.

But not all.

Two enterprising doctors, Samuel Leistedt and Paul Linkowski, decided to study 400 films made between 1915 and 2010 and pulled 126 realistic characters that exhibited some form of psychopathy. Which, by the way, is a fantastic job - who wouldn't want to figure out who the most realistic killers in movies are?

Anyway, the two released a paper with their findings in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, entitled Psychopathy and the Cinema: Fact or Fiction? They, along with senior forensic psychologists and film critics, placed those characters into categories to determine just how accurate and realistic they are in terms of clinical psychopathy.

The first category the characters are put into is based on the primary-secondary psychopathy method developed by Benjamin Karpman.

Both types have clear boundaries between the behaviors that the characters exhibit, for example: if a character is highly manipulative, then they'd be categorized into primary, however if a character has poor impulse control, then they'd be categorized secondary.

They then categorized them further based on the PCL-R, a comprehensive psychopathy test. The categories are: Classic/Idiopathic, macho, manipulative, and pseudopsychopath. They more or less measure just how much empathy the characters lack, with Classic/Idiopathic having the least empathy, while pseudopsychopaths don’t qualify being labeled as psychopaths at all, being more along the lines of a sociopath.

Without further ado, here’s a list of the most realistic horror movie psychopaths, as diagnosed by real psychologists.

35 Former Walmart Employees Share Their Horror Stories

35 Former Walmart Employees Share Their Horror Stories

Lock these crazy customers up and throw away the key! Pure madness running amok throughout these grim stories, man.

5 Iconic Horror Characters That Were Almost Drastically Different

5 Iconic Horror Characters That Were Almost Drastically Different

We’ve told you about how your favorite cinema slashers were almost completely different and, uh, well... there’s more? Horror movies are just FILLED with Easter eggs and behind-the-scenes goings on, so here are five more horror icons that were almost drastically different.


Jason Voorhees wasn’t always going to be named Jason


We know Jason. We love Jason. His grim visage has haunted our nightmares for decades now, and his signature hockey mask has become an icon of an entire genre. The name "Jason" even has sort of an ominous mouthfeel to it these days, you know? It's all a far cry from his original name: Joshua. Yes, mother’s favorite son was going to strike terror into the hearts of camp counselors as Josh Voorhees. I’d be more scared of Josh Voorhees bumming it on my couch and running the heater all day without chipping in for the bill.


Jigsaw wasn’t always going to use a bathroom for a trap


The Saw franchise is known for a lot of things — insanely elaborate death traps that look more like OK Go videos than horror films; an antagonist that died three movies deep in a now eight-film series; and a clever first entry set entirely in a filthy bathroom. One of those things were almost not to be! In a very early version of the movie, Saw was going to be set in an elevator rather than a restroom. But really, it’s not a horror movie until someone has to dig through human excrement in the hopes of finding a clue that might save them from self-amputation. So Jigsaw sent his subjects off to the loo!


Grandpa Hugo Firefly was going to have a bigger role in House of 1000 Corpses


House of 1000 Corpses was Rob Zombie’s 2003 directorial debut and was closer to a 90-minute music video than anything else. One of the small bits of comic relief in the film was the lecherous Grandpa Hugo, played by the late Dennis Fimple. A bright spot in an otherwise unimaginably bleak movie, Hugo was originally going to be revealed as the primary antagonist of the film (a character that would go on to be creatively named Dr. Satan). Luckily, Rob took it easy on us and let him just stay an old creep, and not an old creep that would end up scalping Chris Hardwick underground.


Ash Williams was originally going to be trapped by treasure hunters in Evil Dead II


In Evil Dead II, we see Bruce Campbell’s Ash Williams don his chainsaw hand and boomstick to destroy hordes of "Deadites", but that wasn’t always the plan. One version of the story originally had Ash chained up inside the series’ trademark cabin by treasure hunters. In terms of script changes, it’s not a huge shift, but just the existence of "treasure" in general in this universe is sort of weird. Obviously, once Army of Darknesshappened, all bets were off and stuff got REAL out of hand in the best way possible. But in Evil Dead II, treasure hunters wouldn’t have been much of a match for Ash’s chin.

Freddy Krueger originally wore a different colored sweater


We all know Freddy Krueger, bastard son of 1000 maniacs, murderer of lil’ tykes, invader of dreams, pun enthusiast. One of the most iconic things about Fredward is his hideous sweater, a red-and-green stripey number that is just super unsettling to the eyeballs. It turns out this sweater was originally supposed to be red and yellow, based on the colors of Plastic Man, another famous shape-shifter from pop culture. Luckily, Wes Craven learned that red and green clash more than any other colors on the spectrum, and we were saved from a Ronald McDonald-ass dream killer.





17 F**king Terrifying Wikipedia Pages That Will Keep You Up At Night

17 F**king Terrifying Wikipedia Pages That Will Keep You Up At Night

Wikipedia is a great place for getting information, even if that information is terrifying and ghoulish in nature. Are you interested in serial killers, horrible accidents, and incurable diseases? Well, then this is the list for you. Here are 17 truly scary Wikipedia pages, as chosen by people on Reddit.


1. The Fritzl Case, which was one of the cases that inspired the book, Room. (Via Bayleafqween)

The Fritzl Case, Basically a woman was locked in a basement by her father for 24 years. It's probably one of the most fucked up things I've read.

2. The diving bell accident on the Byford Dolphin. (Via TheCumCatcher)

The byford dolphin, its an oil rig that had an accident in one of its diving bells wherein a man was forced through a small metal opening by pressure...its brutal stuff.

Here's a little excerpt from the Wikipedia page.

Subsequent investigation by forensic pathologists determined Hellevik, being exposed to the highest pressure gradient and in the process of moving to secure the inner door, was forced through the 60 centimetres (24 in) diameter opening created by the jammed interior trunk door by escaping air and violently dismembered, including bisection of his thoracoabdominal cavity, which further resulted in expulsion of all of the internal organs of his chest and abdomen, except the trachea and a section of small intestine, and of the thoracic spine. These were projected some distance, one section later being found 10 metres (30 ft) vertically above the exterior pressure door.


3. The sinking of the U.S.S. Indianopolis. That's the ship that the character Quint from Jaws was on. (Via Emmanuel_Zorg)

There's worse accounts than the wiki, but the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis. Hundreds of men floating in open ocean being eaten by sharks, listen to each other being eaten by sharks in the night and many inadvertently committing suicide by swimming towards hallucinations from exposure.

4. Serial killer Albert Fish, who also stuck pinsinside himself. (Via tron-bonne)

Albert Fish comes to mind.

The excerpt where he sent a letter to the parents of the child he just killed and ate still fucks with my head to this day.

5. Serial killer Robert Hanson who would hunt his victims like prey. (Via neverdox)

Robert Hansen was a serial killer who would kidnap women, then release them in the woods in Alaska and hunt them with a rifle and knife

6. Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, in which the sufferer's bones and connective tissue grow together, eventually rendering them immobile. (Also via neverdox)

Stone man syndrome is a condition which causes your body to repair tissues like muscles with bone, so all movement slowly renders you unable to move. there is no cure

7. The devastating psychiatric disorder Capgras delusion. (Yet again, via neverdox)

Capgras delusion is a condition that makes you believe friends family or pets have been replaced by identicalimposters8

8. Fetal abduction was the subject of the horror movie Inside. (Via ParagonExample)

A terrifying Wikipedia page is fetal abduction. Here is a sample excerpt:

In Philadelphia in November 1974, a 36-year-old woman named Winifred Ransom hacked and shot to death 26 year-old Margaret Sweeney. Sweeney was 8 months pregnant at the time. After first knocking Sweeney unconscious, Ransom cut the fetus out of Sweeney with a butcher knife. Sweeney regained consciousness during the operation, at which point Ransom struck her with a hatchet at least 20 times and then shot her 3 times. Ransom buried Sweeney beneath the floorboards of her kitchen. Ransom's husband eventually alerted authorities roughly 3 days later. Police found the body November 16. The baby girl survived and was cared for by her grandfather. Ransom was acquitted on the grounds of insanity. She was released from Byberry State Hospital mental institution after 20 months.

How do you release someone like that after 20 months!?!

9. The notorious serial killer David Parker Ray, who made his own entire torture chamber. (Via cheesecake_boom)

David Parker Ray aka The Toy Box Killer.

He would play a tape for his victims when he abducted them. This transcript would be the first thing they would hear when they woke up from their ether-induced sleep

10. This list of "unusual deaths." *shudders* (Via protynie)

The list of unusual deaths.

It's incredibly long, and there are lots of weird/quirky/awful deaths. The one that stuck with me was a woman walking along a road to work and a man was mowing his lawn. A piece of metal got kicked up by the mower and hit her in the head. Boom. Instant death. It's not helpful to think about at night.

Also the one where a woman was trying to reach behind her tv stand and she got stuck there and died. Her family looked for her for weeks, all the while she was dead in her own house.

11. Serial killer Nathanial Bar-Jonah was known to eat his victims and even serve them to other people. (Via VictorBlimpmuscle)

The page for serial killer Nathaniel Bar-Jonah is horrific, in which it describes how he abducted, raped, and murdered a bunch of kids, as well as his predilection for eating the remains of his victims, as well as grinding up and grilling them to serve to his friends and family at cookouts. He even started compiling a cookbook of his recipes for dishes such as “little boy pot pie” and “french-fried kid”. The following is an excerpt of how fucked up this guy was:

Bar-Jonah's earliest interest in the taste of human flesh can be traced to his childhood. Beginning at about the age of six, he would pick at his scabs until his skin was festering, then proceed to suck on the blood from the wound. His teachers at Webster Elementary School would call his mother numerous times to notify her that her son's habit was upsetting to the teachers and students. When he was incarcerated in Montana State Prison, many of the guards observed him perform the same habit. One guard reported that once Bar-Jonah had the scab in his mouth that he "appeared to be having sex."

12. Pseudocoma, a condition in which a person becomes completely paralyzed, yet remains awake and aware. (Via Throne-Eins)

Locked-in syndrome. Basically, you're completely paralyzed (save for your eyes...sometimes) and cannot speak, but you're fully conscious and awake instead of being in a coma. Oh, and there's no treatment or cure.

13. Genie, the child who grew up alone in a small room. (Via Aaaaaaaandimdone)


She was a "feral child" kept in a small room for most of her childhood in dark and silence. As a result she suffered catastrophic developmental complications like nothing seen before or since, some related to isolation and a lack of depth perception due to her small quarters. And the system failed her entirely after she was found and rescued from her crazy abusive father.

14. Notorious serial killer Ed Gein, who made furniture and shoes out of his victims' skin. (Via WanderingSwampBeast)

Ed Gein, a serial killer/graverobber who made furniture and clothing out of human remains.

He inspired the characters of Norman Bates, Buffalo Bill, and Leatherface.

15. This tragic, violent story of kids killing a 2-year-old. (Via youmes)

The James Bulger story.

In, 1993, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables beat 2-year-old James Bulger to death. Thompson and Venables were 10 at the time.

16. The murder of Helle Crafts, a.k.a. the Woodchipper Murder, which was one of the inspirations for the movie Fargo. (Via gollumtheweeaboo)

I just found something that disturbed me! The Murder of Helle Crafts is about a woman who was murdered by her husband and, though her body was never found, her husband purchased a chainsaw and a woodchipper after her death. The chainsaw was discovered in the bottom in a nearby lake, covered in Helle's hair and blood. All that forensic investigators were able to recover from her body was "3 ounces (85 g) of human tissue, including a tooth with unique dental work, a toenail covered in pink nail polish, bone chips, 2,660 bleached-blonde human hairs, fingernails and O type blood (the same type as Helle's)."

The reason why this disturbed me was because it happened about 20 minutes from where I grew up (also I'm pretty sure I've gone swimming in that lake before too).

Fun fact: this case was also the inspiration for the movie Fargo!




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