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14th Apr '18 10:17:48 PM jormis29
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* ''[[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire Atlantis II: Milo's Return]]'' has an effectively creepy and chilling version of this which could come straight out of LovecraftCountry: the first tale in the arc consists of a constantly foggy, frigid Norwegian town where all the townsfolk seem to be hypnotized, brainwashed, or under a spell. If the [[NightmareFuel constantly bulging eyes, monotonous voices, and deathly pale skin]] doesn't scare you enough, the so-called leader of the town is [[spoiler:secretly in league with a Kraken, linked to it through some form of telepathic connection which grants him [[ImmortalityImmorality eternal life and power]], as long as he continues to sacrifice hapless travelers to his master/slave. (The...relationship is never quite pinned down as to who really controls whom.)]] And in what may be a clear homage to, or at least an echo, of ''Shadow over Innsmouth'', after the villain and the Kraken are eliminated and peace, sunshine, and happiness return to the townsfolk, a deleted alternate ending shows the innkeeper with her baby...[[spoiler:which extends a Chthulu-like tentacle out of its blanket to caress her cheek, while she lovingly coos and starts talking about it 'growing up big and strong'. Whether this implies FaceFullOfAlienWingWong or simple BodyHorror is up to the viewer to decide]].

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* ''[[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire Atlantis II: Milo's Return]]'' ''Disney/AtlantisMilosReturn'' has an effectively creepy and chilling version of this which could come straight out of LovecraftCountry: the first tale in the arc consists of a constantly foggy, frigid Norwegian town where all the townsfolk seem to be hypnotized, brainwashed, or under a spell. If the [[NightmareFuel constantly bulging eyes, monotonous voices, and deathly pale skin]] doesn't scare you enough, the so-called leader of the town is [[spoiler:secretly in league with a Kraken, linked to it through some form of telepathic connection which grants him [[ImmortalityImmorality eternal life and power]], as long as he continues to sacrifice hapless travelers to his master/slave. (The...relationship is never quite pinned down as to who really controls whom.)]] And in what may be a clear homage to, or at least an echo, of ''Shadow over Innsmouth'', after the villain and the Kraken are eliminated and peace, sunshine, and happiness return to the townsfolk, a deleted alternate ending shows the innkeeper with her baby...[[spoiler:which extends a Chthulu-like tentacle out of its blanket to caress her cheek, while she lovingly coos and starts talking about it 'growing up big and strong'. Whether this implies FaceFullOfAlienWingWong or simple BodyHorror is up to the viewer to decide]].
4th Apr '18 4:22:50 PM Scoutstr295
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** His best known peculiar little towns are Derry (''Literature/{{IT}}'') and Castle Rock (good number of stories), [[LovecraftCountry both in Maine]], which tend to redline the weird-shit-o-meter on a regular basis. In the end, [[spoiler: Castle Rock is destroyed, which is probably for the best]]. Castle Rock [[spoiler: is destroyed by a ''visiting'' evil that took advantage of the secrets and flaws of many of the townspeople so that it could take their souls]].
** Haven -- which is near Derry, in ''Literature/TheTommyknockers''. It starts off as a normal town, but becomes this trope when the alien spaceship is first unearthed and slowly makes everyone crazy and obsessed with it.
** The town Jerusalem's Lot from ''Literature/SalemsLot''. [[spoiler: It's had a family of gangsters that worships demons and consorts with vampires. One of these vampires comes to town and then it really has a dark secret. By the end, the whole town is undead except for the protagonists who burn the town down and leave. A couple of later short stories by King reveal that burning down the town only temporarily halted the vampires.]] And it's hinted throughout both the novel and the prequel story that we ''still'' don't know the worst of its secrets.
** The townsfolk in ''Rainy Season'' [[CassandraTruth try to warn people about]] their annual "bad weather problem," because warning the newcomers is part of the tradition. [[spoiler: As is the inevitable death of the newcomers -- always a young man and woman.]]
** The residents of Ludlow, Maine keep the secret of the ''real'' ''Literature/PetSematary'', the Wendigo, and what lies beyond the deadfall...

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** His best known peculiar little towns are Derry (''Literature/{{IT}}'') and Castle Rock (good number of stories), [[LovecraftCountry both in Maine]], which tend to redline the weird-shit-o-meter on a regular basis. In the end, [[spoiler: Castle Rock is Derry [[spoiler:is destroyed, which is probably for the best]]. Castle Rock [[spoiler: is destroyed by a ''visiting'' evil that took advantage of the secrets and flaws of many of the townspeople so that it could take their souls]].
** Haven -- Haven, which is near Derry, in ''Literature/TheTommyknockers''. It starts off as a normal town, but becomes this trope when the alien spaceship is first unearthed and slowly makes everyone crazy and obsessed with it.
** The town Jerusalem's Lot from ''Literature/SalemsLot''. [[spoiler: It's had a family of gangsters that worships worshiped demons and consorts consorted with vampires. One of these vampires comes to town and then it really ''really'' has a dark secret. By the end, the whole town is undead except for the protagonists protagonists, who burn the town down and leave. A couple of later short stories by King reveal that burning the Lot down the town only temporarily halted the vampires.]] And it's hinted throughout both the novel and the prequel story that we ''still'' don't know the worst of its secrets.
** The townsfolk Willow's inhabitants in ''Rainy Season'' [[CassandraTruth try to warn people about]] their annual "bad weather problem," because warning the newcomers is part of the tradition. [[spoiler: As is the inevitable death of the newcomers -- always a young man and woman.]]
** The residents of Ludlow, Maine keep Ludlow has the secret of the ''real'' ''Literature/PetSematary'', the Wendigo, and what lies beyond the deadfall...deadfall...
** Little Tall Island has a couple. In ''Literature/DoloresClaiborne'', it's the decades-long mystery following the death of Dolores' husband. In ''TV/StormOfTheCentury'' it's the fact that [[spoiler:the entire town surrendered one of their children (the police chief's son, no less) to a visiting demon to save themselves.]]
4th Apr '18 4:11:57 PM Scoutstr295
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* Erwin, Tennessee is primarily known as the location for one of the most bizarre and notorious of animal abuse in history, when Mary the Elephant was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_(elephant) hanged with a construction crane]] as its "sentence" for killing a circus trainer.

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* Erwin, Tennessee is primarily known as the location for one of the most bizarre and notorious cases of animal abuse in history, when Mary the Elephant was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_(elephant) hanged with a construction crane]] as its "sentence" for killing a circus trainer.
4th Apr '18 4:09:40 PM Scoutstr295
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* Bardstown, Kentucky has been [[https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bardstown-kentucky-deaths_us_583dee13e4b0ae0e7cda6e3a plagued]] in recent years by a string of as-of-now unsolved murders, starting with the 2014 ambush and shooting death of local police officer Jason Ellis. The resulting saga that turned suspicion towards an alleged criminal ring and corruption in the city government.

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* Bardstown, Kentucky has been [[https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bardstown-kentucky-deaths_us_583dee13e4b0ae0e7cda6e3a plagued]] in recent years by a string of as-of-now unsolved murders, starting with the 2014 ambush and shooting death of local police officer Jason Ellis. The resulting saga that turned suspicion towards toward an alleged criminal ring and corruption in the city government.
4th Apr '18 4:08:58 PM Scoutstr295
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* Bardstown, Kentucky has been [https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bardstown-kentucky-deaths_us_583dee13e4b0ae0e7cda6e3a plagued] in recent years by a string of as-of-now unsolved murders, starting with the 2014 ambush and shooting death of local police officer Jason Ellis. The resulting saga that turned suspicion towards an alleged criminal ring and corruption in the city government.

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* Bardstown, Kentucky has been [https://www.[[https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bardstown-kentucky-deaths_us_583dee13e4b0ae0e7cda6e3a plagued] plagued]] in recent years by a string of as-of-now unsolved murders, starting with the 2014 ambush and shooting death of local police officer Jason Ellis. The resulting saga that turned suspicion towards an alleged criminal ring and corruption in the city government.
4th Apr '18 4:07:55 PM Scoutstr295
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* Erwin, Tennessee is primarily known as the location for one of the most bizarre and notorious of animal abuse in history, when Mary the Elephant was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_(elephant) hanged with a construction crane]] as its "sentence" for killing a circus trainer.



* Adamstown, the one and only town in the remote Pitcairn Islands, a British territory in the Southern Pacific. In 1999, a UK police officer serving a temporary assignment in the Islands uncovered allegations of sexual abuse on the island teenage girls. It led to the arrestation of seven men (including the mayor) representing a third of the male population of the town, much to the protest of the overall population.

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* Adamstown, the one and only town in the remote Pitcairn Islands, a British territory in the Southern Pacific. In 1999, a UK police officer serving a temporary assignment in the Islands uncovered allegations of sexual abuse on the island local teenage girls. It led to the arrestation arrest of seven men (including the mayor) representing a third of the male population of the town, much to the protest of the overall population.


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* Bardstown, Kentucky has been [https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bardstown-kentucky-deaths_us_583dee13e4b0ae0e7cda6e3a plagued] in recent years by a string of as-of-now unsolved murders, starting with the 2014 ambush and shooting death of local police officer Jason Ellis. The resulting saga that turned suspicion towards an alleged criminal ring and corruption in the city government.
3rd Apr '18 3:42:42 AM Neige
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* The eponymous town in ''Series/{{Riverdale}}'' is described has having "shadows underneath" its innocent facade. The maple syrup business that the town is founded upon is a front for a drug ring, the authorities are secretly crooked, the powerful Blossom family is connected to a history of familicide and incest, and frequent attacks and murders occur throughout the town. Unraveling the town's dark secrets is the premise of the show and is what kickstarts the plot of the first season.
2nd Apr '18 2:34:35 PM Lanes17B
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* The secluded suburb where ''Film/GetOut'' takes place, where a number of [[spoiler: young African American people have gone missing.]] The locals [[spoiler: are members of the [[{{Cult}} Coaguala,]] with [[BigBadDuumvirate the Armitage family]] as their leaders. The Armitage's run a secret business where they will kidnap a young African American person, [[GrandTheftMe scoop out most of their brain, and implant the brain of an old white person.]]]]
1st Apr '18 3:57:32 PM wuggles
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* In ''Requiem'', the Welsh town of Penllynth falls into this. When Matilda visits the town after finding her mother may have a connection to a local child who went missing two decades ago.
30th Mar '18 12:54:22 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/TheSurvivalist'' series by Jerry Ahern. In a post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarIII United States the title character finds an apparently peaceful village where no-one even mentions the war. It turns out that everyone made an agreement to use up all available resources to keep things going as before, but when the supplies run out they plan to commit mass suicide by blowing up the town. Unfortunately by the time he finds out a woman whose husband has died has tied him up so they can die together.

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* ''Literature/TheSurvivalist'' ''The Survivalist'' series by Jerry Ahern. In Ahern is set in a post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarIII United States States. In "The Web", the title character finds an apparently John Rourke comes across a peaceful village town in the mountains where no-one even mentions the war. It turns out that everyone made an agreement to use up all available resources to keep things going as before, but when the supplies run out they plan to [[SuicidePact commit mass suicide suicide]] by blowing up the town. Unfortunately by the time he Rourke finds out a the truth, the woman whose husband has died he's staying with has tied him up so they can she won't die together.alone.
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