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19th Feb '17 12:48:22 PM JustTroper
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** The remake ''Film/CarnivalOfSouls2'' also features this, but in a different vein, quite obviously imitating ''Jacob's Ladder''.


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* ''Film/DarkCorners'' has the female protagonist living in two parallel worlds, one of which is a SugarBowl (in it she is known as Susan Hamilton), and another is this trope (in it she is Karen Clarke).
* In ''Film/DeadEnd'', a family was coming to celebrate Christmas with relatives, but made a wrong turn and ended up on a really weird, neverending road with a creepy woman in white and a sinister black car that takes people away.


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* The [[WhatCouldHaveBeen unreleased]] point & click adventure ''[[http://web.archive.org/web/20111009134436/http://justadventure.com/Interviews/GameX/GameX.shtm Game X]]'' was obviously going to be about this, albeit with a comedy touch. As the drunken protagonist Arpy comes home, he encounters all sorts of strange characters and surreal events (like a faceless man in a black coat), and it is unclear how much of this is real and how much is caused by his drunken state.
14th Feb '17 6:44:08 AM JustTroper
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The most creepy part of this trope is how mundane it is. It is really difficult to imagine oneself in an obviously EldritchLocation, but it's easy to imagine that you got lost in your home town and ended up in some district that really gives you chills.
14th Feb '17 4:28:45 AM JustTroper
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* Creator/NeilGaiman's story ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'' takes place in an alternate version of Victorian London in a world that has been overtaken by the Great Old Ones. There's a shoestore owned by the Spring-heeled Jack, a new drug "Jekyll's Powder" which "releases the inner you", and[[Literature/{{Dracula}} Vlad Tepes]] the "[[UnusualEuphemism professional Exsanguinator]]". [[spoiler: Also, in this world Holmes and Watson are the criminals, and Moriarty and Sebastian Moran are the detectives.]]

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* Creator/NeilGaiman's story ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'' takes place in an alternate version of Victorian London in a world that has been overtaken by the Great Old Ones. There's a shoestore owned by the Spring-heeled Jack, a new drug "Jekyll's Powder" which "releases the inner you", and[[Literature/{{Dracula}} and [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Vlad Tepes]] the "[[UnusualEuphemism professional Exsanguinator]]". [[spoiler: Also, in this world Holmes and Watson are the criminals, and Moriarty and Sebastian Moran are the detectives.]]



* The upcoming adventure game [[http://gibbousgame.com Gibbous]] takes place in a Lovecraftian alternate version of our world with death cults, monsters and Eldritch Abominations. {{Subverted}}, since [[LovecraftLite the atmosphere is not really scary]] and much more reminiscent of Lucas Arts classics like ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland''.

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* The upcoming adventure game [[http://gibbousgame.''[[http://gibbousgame.com Gibbous]] Gibbous]]'' takes place in a Lovecraftian alternate version of our world with death cults, monsters and Eldritch Abominations. {{Subverted}}, since [[LovecraftLite the atmosphere is not really scary]] and much more reminiscent of Lucas Arts classics like ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland''.
14th Feb '17 4:28:06 AM JustTroper
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* Creator/NeilGaiman's story ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'' takes place in an alternate version of Victorian London in a world that has been overtaken by the Great Old Ones. There's a shoestore owned by the Spring-heeled Jack, a new drug "Jekyll's Powder" which "releases the inner you", and[[UsefulNotes/Dracula Vlad Tepes]] the "[[UnusualEuphemism professional Exsanguinator]]". [[spoiler: Also, in this world Holmes and Watson are the criminals, and Moriarty and Sebastian Moran are the detectives.]]

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* Creator/NeilGaiman's story ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'' takes place in an alternate version of Victorian London in a world that has been overtaken by the Great Old Ones. There's a shoestore owned by the Spring-heeled Jack, a new drug "Jekyll's Powder" which "releases the inner you", and[[UsefulNotes/Dracula and[[Literature/{{Dracula}} Vlad Tepes]] the "[[UnusualEuphemism professional Exsanguinator]]". [[spoiler: Also, in this world Holmes and Watson are the criminals, and Moriarty and Sebastian Moran are the detectives.]]
14th Feb '17 4:25:59 AM JustTroper
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* The upcoming adventure game [[gibbousgame.com Gibbous]] takes place in a Lovecraftian alternate version of our world with death cults, monsters and Eldritch Abominations. {{Subverted}}, since the atmosphere is not really scary and much more reminiscent of Lucas Arts classics like ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland''.

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* The upcoming adventure game [[gibbousgame.[[http://gibbousgame.com Gibbous]] takes place in a Lovecraftian alternate version of our world with death cults, monsters and Eldritch Abominations. {{Subverted}}, since [[LovecraftLite the atmosphere is not really scary scary]] and much more reminiscent of Lucas Arts classics like ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland''.
14th Feb '17 4:21:50 AM JustTroper
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* ''[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes Crouch End]]'', a short story by Creator/StephenKing, is about a family couple who gets lost in an unfamiliar district of London. The district looks almost normal with shops, restaurants, etc., and yet there's something off about it; its inhabitants include a couple of scary children and an ugly cat with a disfigured face. In fact, it gets even somewhat less scary when [[EldritchAbomination the actual monsters]] appear.



* ''[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes Crouch End]]'', a short story by Creator/StephenKing, is about a family couple who gets lost in an unfamiliar district of London. The district looks almost normal with shops, restaurants, etc., and yet there's something off about it; its inhabitants include a couple of scary children and an ugly cat with a disfigured face. In fact, it gets even somewhat less scary when [[EldritchAbomination the actual monsters]] appear.



* {{Downplayed}} in Creator/RichardLaymon's ''Night in Lonesome October''. The protagonists tends to wander his home town late at night, and some really bizarre stuff happens. He ends up on streets he's never seen before, meets creepy passersby and cannibals that live under a bridge; the general feel is that the town at night is some realm completely different from daylight version of it.



* {{Downplayed}} in Creator/RichardLaymon's ''Night in Lonesome October''. The protagonists tends to wander his home town late at night, and some really bizarre stuff happens. He ends up on streets he's never seen before, meets creepy passersby and cannibals that live under a bridge; the general feel is that the town at night is some realm completely different from daylight version of it.



* Creator/NeilGaiman's story ''Literature/AStudyInEmerald'' takes place in an alternate version of Victorian London in a world that has been overtaken by the Great Old Ones. There's a shoestore owned by the Spring-heeled Jack, a new drug "Jekyll's Powder" which "releases the inner you", and[[UsefulNotes/Dracula Vlad Tepes]] the "[[UnusualEuphemism professional Exsanguinator]]". [[spoiler: Also, in this world Holmes and Watson are the criminals, and Moriarty and Sebastian Moran are the detectives.]]



* Most levels of ''VideoGame/{{Sanitarium}}'' are explicitly surreal, but there are a few that seem almost normal (like the asylum courtyard), and yet give a feel of bizarreness. [[spoiler:It was all a part of BlackBugRoom]].


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* The upcoming adventure game [[gibbousgame.com Gibbous]] takes place in a Lovecraftian alternate version of our world with death cults, monsters and Eldritch Abominations. {{Subverted}}, since the atmosphere is not really scary and much more reminiscent of Lucas Arts classics like ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland''.


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* Most levels of ''VideoGame/{{Sanitarium}}'' are explicitly surreal, but there are a few that seem almost normal (like the asylum courtyard), and yet give a feel of bizarreness. [[spoiler:It was all a part of BlackBugRoom]].
14th Feb '17 3:38:54 AM JustTroper
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* ''[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes Crouch End]]'', a short story by Creator/StephenKing, is about a family couple who gets lost in an unfamiliar district of London. The district looks almost normal with shops, restaurants, etc., and yet there's something off about it; its inhabitants include a couple of scary children and an ugly cat with a disfigured face. In fact, it gets even somewhat less scary when [[EldritchAbomination the actual monsters]] appear.


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* {{Downplayed}} in Creator/RichardLaymon's ''Night in Lonesome October''. The protagonists tends to wander his home town late at night, and some really bizarre stuff happens. He ends up on streets he's never seen before, meets creepy passersby and cannibals that live under a bridge; the general feel is that the town at night is some realm completely different from daylight version of it.


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* Most levels of ''VideoGame/{{Sanitarium}}'' are explicitly surreal, but there are a few that seem almost normal (like the asylum courtyard), and yet give a feel of bizarreness. [[spoiler:It was all a part of BlackBugRoom]].
28th Jan '17 3:40:19 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Franchise/SilentHill'' features multiple levels of this trope in play. Most games feature the main character flipping back and forth between the derelict, fog-shrouded town and its hideous, blood-and-rust Dark World form. The relatively more normal-looking fog-shrouded town itself may be a Dark World mirror of an ordinary populated town (Purgatory versus {{Hell}}), depending on the continuity and [[MindScrew your preferred explanation]].

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* ''Franchise/SilentHill'' features [[LayeredWorld multiple levels levels]] of this trope in play. Most games feature the main character flipping back and forth between the derelict, fog-shrouded town and its hideous, blood-and-rust Dark World form. The relatively more normal-looking fog-shrouded town itself may be a Dark World mirror of an ordinary populated town (Purgatory versus {{Hell}}), depending on the continuity and [[MindScrew your preferred explanation]].
17th Jan '17 3:27:37 AM REV6Pilot
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It is a twisted fun-house mirror version of our own world, filled with the dilapidated and distorted reflections of normal buildings, decayed into {{Sinister Subway}}s and {{Abandoned Hospital}}s. The changes can even extend to the layout of the city or area, the geography will turn [[MalevolentArchitecture malevolent]] as it gets [[BottomlessPits huge gaping holes]], fences, or other barriers [[InsurmountableWaistHighFence added]] -- or ''[[TheMaze removed]]''. [[AlienGeometriesThe dimensions don't have to add up the way you learned in geometry class]].

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It is a twisted fun-house mirror version of our own world, filled with the dilapidated and distorted reflections of normal buildings, decayed into {{Sinister Subway}}s and {{Abandoned Hospital}}s. The changes can even extend to the layout of the city or area, the geography will turn [[MalevolentArchitecture malevolent]] as it gets [[BottomlessPits huge gaping holes]], fences, or other barriers [[InsurmountableWaistHighFence added]] -- or ''[[TheMaze removed]]''. [[AlienGeometriesThe [[AlienGeometries The dimensions don't have to add up the way you learned in geometry class]].
17th Jan '17 3:26:37 AM REV6Pilot
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It is a twisted fun-house mirror version of our own world, filled with the dilapidated and distorted reflections of normal buildings, decayed into {{Sinister Subway}}s and {{Abandoned Hospital}}s. The changes can even extend to the layout of the city or area, the geography will turn [[MalevolentArchitecture malevolent]] as it gets [[BottomlessPits huge gaping holes]], fences, or other barriers [[InsurmountableWaistHighFence added]] -- or ''[[TheMaze removed.]]'' The dimensions don't [[AlienGeometries have to add up]] the way you learned in geometry class.

Its inhabitants will likely be similarly warped, if not monsters outright or unfathomable spirits. If the real world is also populated with monsters, expect the former to [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil be tougher.]] Perhaps [[GeoEffects they feel at home in the dark?]] It's not always literally darker, but often is. It might not [[DarkIsNotEvil necessarily be evil]], but often is. The nature of the Dark World might never be revealed, but could very well be entirely "[[LandOfFaerie natural]]", or outright hellish.

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It is a twisted fun-house mirror version of our own world, filled with the dilapidated and distorted reflections of normal buildings, decayed into {{Sinister Subway}}s and {{Abandoned Hospital}}s. The changes can even extend to the layout of the city or area, the geography will turn [[MalevolentArchitecture malevolent]] as it gets [[BottomlessPits huge gaping holes]], fences, or other barriers [[InsurmountableWaistHighFence added]] -- or ''[[TheMaze removed.]]'' The removed]]''. [[AlienGeometriesThe dimensions don't [[AlienGeometries have to add up]] up the way you learned in geometry class.

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Its inhabitants will likely be similarly warped, if not monsters outright or unfathomable spirits.spirits outright. If the real world is also populated with monsters, expect the former to [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil be tougher.]] Perhaps [[GeoEffects they feel at home in the dark?]] It's not always literally darker, but often is. It might not [[DarkIsNotEvil necessarily be evil]], but often is. The nature of the Dark World might never be revealed, but could very well be entirely "[[LandOfFaerie natural]]", or outright hellish.
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