On March 31st, 2013, the Louisville Cardinals faced off against the Duke Blue Devils. In the first hald, guard Kevin Ware attempted to block a three-point shot from Duke player Tyler Thornton, and landed wrong, which at first went unnoticed by the commentators. For those at home that didn't catch the incident right away, the first sign of trouble came from Thornton who looked at Ward, and then suddenly grimaced and turned away; this led to an instant replay which made the situation all too clear. Ward had broken both bones in his shin instantly upon landing which sent his fractured tibia through his skin. This is widely regarded as the worst sports injury to ever have been broadcast live on television,and for good reason.(WARNING: THESE LINKS ARE HIGHLY GRAPHIC.) What makes it worse is that this happened right next to the Louisville bench, and you can see Ware's fellow players scrambling to cover their eyes or even run from the sight of his bone sticking out. One person tweeted that the players vomited, which is easy to imagine.
Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash at the 2001 Daytona 500 on the last lap as his drivers Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 1-2. The indications that something was horribly wrong can be seen when watching the footage, as Ken Schrader, collected by Earnhardt's car, climbed out of his own car uninjured, walked over to Earnhardt's driver's window, and it probably gives chills today seeing him peer inside and immediately signal frantically for paramedics.
There's the last lap wreck at the 2013 Auto Club 400 where Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, former teammates and now Ax-Crazy rivals after a post-race confrontation the week before at Bristol, were battling side-by-side for the lead on the last lap (which if it had stayed that way all the way to the checkers would have repeated the dramatic finish of Kurt Busch losing to Ricky Craven by inches in 2003 at Darlington). They refused to lift in turn 3, which caused both to wreck, while allowing Hamlin's teammate Kyle Busch to slip by on the outside and cruise to victory lane. Logano brushed the outside wall, but Hamlin smashed head-on into a wall that did not have a SAFER barrier. The result was that he hit so hard he actually had a compression fracture which would sideline him for four races (Martinsville, Texas, Kansas, Richmond), with Mark Martin and Brian Vickers substituting for him. That something bad had happened was indicated by Hamlin lying down immediately after climbing out of his car.
The Nationwide Series' 2013 DRIVE 4 COPD 300 at Daytona had a really good example. On the last lap, Regan Smith was leading the 15 car lead pack to the checkered flag when Brad Keselowski turned him into the wall. A chain reaction occurred as the entire pack, with the exception of race winner Tony Stewart, piled in. Several cars took very violent licks (for example, Alex Bowman spun through the grass, struck the outside wall, and then Dale Earnhardt, Jr. submarined under him, jacking the back end of his car in the air), but none will match the hit for rookie Kyle Larson: his car went airborne, and hit the catchfence with such impact that the front tires and the engine of his car were sheared off and the fence was partially torn down. 28 spectators were injured, 14 of whom were treated at the infield care center and 14 of whom were taken to nearby hospitals, including seven taken to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, six more being taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Port Orange, and one being taken to another area hospital. Six of those spectators sustained serious injuries. There are some graphic home videos that can be found on YouTube, although NASCAR seems to be trying to censor them as much as possible, and the tone in Allen Bestwick's voice when watching the telecast indicated how serious the accident was. It also put a damper on Tony Stewart's mood in victory lane, which was not helped by the fact that he crashed early in the Daytona 500 the next day.
The 2012 Pure Michigan 400: On lap 64, Mark Martin was leading with Kasey Kahne right behind him and they were about to catch and lap Bobby Labonte and Juan Pablo Montoya. Labonte suddenly spun, and Martin and Kahne had nowhere to go. Kahne, Montoya and Labonte managed to spin into the infield grass (Kahne would rally back to a third place finish), but Martin's crash has to take the cake for one of the scariest wrecks in NASCAR history: his car spun down pit road, and caught an opening in the wall behind Kahne's pit stall, hitting hard enough that the wall actually impaled the car on the driver's side and punctured the oil cooler right behind the driver's compartment.
The 1977 Formula One crash in South Africa that claimed the life of driver Tom Pryce & a young track marshal, Fredrick Jansen Van Vuuren. Another driver, Renzo Zorzi was on the side of the track with his car on fire. Van Vuuren and another marshal ran across the track to extinguish the flames. The surviving marshal made it across by the skin of his teeth. However, Van Juuren was hit and literally torn in half by Pryce's car. At that same moment, Van Juuren's fire extinguisher hit Pryce in the face, busting it up horrifically & partially decapitating him (due the the force & the chin strap of his helmet). Pryce's car with his now-lifeless body continued to careen down the track at top speed until it smashed into a wall.Here is an angle focusing on Zorzi & his car (but Van Vuuren is seen flying across the bottom of the screen...yes that 'debris' is Van Vuuren himself). The video showing the whole thing from another vantage point is even worse. It won't be linked here but I'm sure you'll see it listed.
Macbeth (aka The Scottish Play) by William Shakespeare. Jeez, where do we start? Bearded hags, apparitions of creepy, dancing children, potions brewed from dismembered animal and people parts, murder, madness and general mayhem. Fun for the whole family.
The spectre from Hamlet. We don't even know if it really is the soul of the dead king; it could be a demon planning to damn Hamlet. If so, it succeeds.
In Julius Caesar, the scene where Cinna the Poet is killed. An innocent man is literally torn to pieces simply because he shares a name with an assassin. This is something that could happen to anyone.
Pippin. Most musicals don't end with the main character nearly succumbing to the peer pressure to immolate himself, resulting in the narrator's screaming tantrum when he refuses. The narrator and most of the cast then proceed to peer over the stage, noting that there are many people in the audience who must feel the same, and if they're ever so tempted, "we're right here in your heads", implying that the whole thing was the hallucination of a young man building towards suicide. Then they remove all the trappings of a musical comedy leaving the protagonist and the woman who helped him half-naked and vulnerable on a darkened stage. "How do you feel?" she asks him. "Trapped." THE END. Licensed versions try to make it a little cheerier, but it's still a musical "comedy" about how most young people have no role models or direction, and must learn to either accept their soul-crushing mediocrity or literally destroy themselves. Thanks so much, guys!
The alternate (and current) ending is potentially even worse. After Pippin and Catherine decide to content themselves with their ordinary life, her son Theo starts singing the chorus to "Corner of the Sky." The Lead Player and the chorus return to the stage and surround the boy, implying they'll start pushing him down that same suicidal path. Creepy.
Anything and everything by Sarah Kane. She wrote five plays in her short life (she committed suicide at the age of 28) - all including absolutely horrific happenings. Examples: a soldier sucking out and swallowing a man's eyes, a dead baby being eaten, a man's genitals being cut off and barbecued, several instances of brutal rape (one concerning a man being sodomized with a metal pole), and people being eaten alive by rats. Her last play, 4:48 Psychosis, is a disjointed nightmare even just to read on the page, with no stage direction or indication of character at all. It gets worse when you read about her life and realize that the play is basically her suicide note.
The murder scene in Christopher Marlowe's Edward II is absolutely harrowing to watch; the deposed King Edward is deprived of food and sleep and imprisoned, basically, in a sewer, and his murderer is friendly and comforting before he impales him through the anus with a hot poker.
The song "Molasses to Rum" in 1776. Edward Rutledge describes out the slave trade quite brutally, acting out an auction to show the Northern colonies their hypocrisy—it is, after all, Boston ships that sail to Africa. It horrifies the Congress, and it'll probably horrify the viewer at home, too, given what we know about how utterly inhuman the industry was. Especially the film version, which is sung by John Cullum of the awesome baritone.
"Put them in the ships! Cram them in the ships! Stuff them in the ships!"
Fort Edmonton Park's Spooktacular is bound to be rife with it more often than not, but they topped themselves in 2013 in more than one area:
"The Haunt", which was a Paranormal Activity style tour that relied heavily on Nothing Is Scarier in all three examples and actually worked. The entire 1885 Street area was used for it, and drifting from one building to another was nothing short of uncomfortable when it was that dark out. The story concerned a woman who had been abused by the whole town and committed suicide, and the hosts brought you to where she frequented. At one point you were brought to a bridge where the ghost of said woman appeared behind you and screamed at you... and as a nice Surprise Ending, you were brought back to Egge's, where you were trapped in a house full of screaming children and strobe lights.
The Dollhouse on 1905 also relied on Nothing Is Scarier and achieved it to a chilling effect. An old woman lives in a house full of dolls, some of which are actually living humans. Before you enter, you are asked if you've seen two girls and are shown a photo of them. The woman's daughter makes her entrance by shouting, "MOMMEEEEE!!! I DON'T LIKE THIS DOLLY ANYMORE, HE IS UGLY! I WANT A TALL ONE!". You are then brought to the kitchen, where said two girls are sitting at the table, and one utters, at one point, "help me...". The little girl soon grabs a syringe, and goes for you... before the lights turn out and you hear a scream. There's also a surprise ending here too; a SWAT team bursts in to seize the premises, which happens so quickly it caused some people to doubt it actually happened.
The rovers on 1905 street were worth a mention too; one being an adolescent boy who was a zombie and would literally charge after some people down the whole street, and a burn victim who spoke in a Walter White voice and threatening tone, while limping in a menacing manner.
The Boyg in Peer Gynt. Peer is fighting an entity in pitch darkness, no substance whatsoever - and it is always avoiding direct confrontation. On stage, this has been solved in a number of ways, usually with smoke effects and a deep and ominous voice coming from the shadows. Or just a black stage with the main actor struggling alone. It becomes even more scary when considering that Peer takes up some of the traits from the Boyg, effectively becoming like it at the end of the play.
The scene discussing everyone's reaction to Elphaba post-melt down doesn't give much detail, only that it was horrifying, vomit inducing, and that they aren't going back into that room to clean it up any time soon.
The Wizard's mechanical head contraption. It was deliberately meant to be creepy and loud.
The Wizard's head contraption: I am OZ!!! THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE!!!!!
After "As Long As You're Mine," that screaming sound Elphaba hears before she sees the house... Is that supposed to be Nessarose as she's dying? Either way, it's chilling.
Three words: "Cannot Load OS".
Blue Screens of Death. Particularly the unfortunate experience of seeing a BSOD that simply read, "Windows protection error. You need to restart your computer. System halted." No "Press any key to terminate the program, press CTRL+ ALT+ DEL to restart" stuff, just two lines telling you that your system has come to a complete stop.
The version of the BSOD used in versions of Windows based on Windows NT (this includes 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and all server versions) is worse for two reasons: the fact that those versions' improved stability means it appears far less often than in Windows 9x/Me (whose BSOD could possibly just be merely annoying to people who have used those versions enough to see it often), generally only appearing during more severe errors, and the fact that it includes far more text, with said text containing information related to memory dumps and error messages that's bound to look bizarre to someone who doesn't know what to do with it.
Don't forget the early Macintosh's equivalent, the Sad Mac. If your system disk was corrupted, or if you hit the interrupt switch, instead of a smiling Macintosh icon on a warm gray background, you'd get one that looked as if it was dead from a stroke on a stark black background with nothing else but some weird HEX code, and you'd hear the "Hawaiian Death Chimes". "Doo do da dooo! Da doooo doooo..." * shiver*
The first generation of Power PC-based Power Macintosh replaced the Death Chimes with Stock Sound Effects of a car's tires screeching and then glass shattering. It's also kind of loud. Anyone who would find it funny would stop laughing the moment they realized that $3,000 of hardware had a critical failure.
Kernel panics (like BSODs in Linux/BSD) can be scary enough. Just imagine all your system going down with lots of cryptic error messages.
Averted with Windows 8's Blue Screen of Death. This version of BSoD uses cerulean background, and the text basically sounds like it's saying "we're sorry," and has a sad emoticon :( on top.
Avast Antivirus usually detects viruses on sight, however whenever that happens, a dialogue window pops up with a pulsing atomic symbol, a siren sound, and a creepy voice that says "Caution: A virus has been detected". Then again most antivirus programs have something creepy in them.
Fortunately, Avast's detection is no longer so creepy.
There was a time when Kaspersky Antivirus would play the (loud) squeal of a pig whenever it found a virus, scaring the crap out of users every single time. You couldn't even turn that sound off, as the settings were locked with a password.
Some rogue antiviruses use that sound as well.
Norton Antivirus 95 used to have a particularly horrifying failure mode if it detected a virus in memory. Your Windows shell would quit with no warning, you'd get a page or so of DOS and then the screen would go black and display a giant mechanical spider in the middle. After a few moments of staring at that nightmare, the screen would change over to the same spider in a cage, with the legend "Norton Antivirus has detected a virus and has shut your computer down to prevent further damage." or words to that effect.
DOS viruses are particularly terrifying. Not because of what they do to your computer (the vast majority are harmless), but because of the screens they bring up. Just look up "DOS Virus" on YouTube, and prepared to be scared out of your mind. And imagine being an unsuspecting DOS user who opened it not knowing what it was... *shudder*
The fact that Mac laptops have a light that, when closed, blinks slowly in the same rhythm as a person breathes as they sleep makes them just a little too human.
Some laptops (observed from a Dell laptop) will even make a soft whining sound that sounds like breathing as the light is pulsating.
NightMare was one of the first "scareware" programs created. Made for Amiga computers, it would lay dormant for about five minutes when launched, then replace the screen for a split-second with a bloody skull while playing a blood-curdling scream. Witness the terror for yourself.
A lot of hardware in computers produce sounds when things aren't quite working as one expects. While some are tame as the "click of death" on hard drives (which turns into Nightmare Fuel anyway because computer savvy people know what that means), some things like computer fans will produce awful screeching sounds when they're about to go or power supplies will squeal when you start working them (called coil whine... which is perfectly normal).
Rogue antivirus programs (such as the particularly notorious WinFixer) can be frightening, especially if you don't know they're malware. Imagine, if you will, innocently browsing the internet when you get a dialogue box telling you that your computer is full of system errors that can have any number of adverse effects, offering to download and install a program to diagnose and fix these problems. Regardless of whether you accept or deny the offer (all the buttons on the dialogue box do the exact same thing, even the close button in the corner), a pop-up window will appear, showing that the program is being installed. The program then diagnoses several problems in your computer, from registry errors to viruses (almost all lies), but you can't clean up the computer unless you purchase the full version of the software. Not knowing any better, you buy the program, only to realize that the program doesn't do jack diddly, the program itself was the virus, and your credit card information has been stolen! Removing these programs can be a major pain in the ass, especially the afformentioned WinFixer, which will undo every attempt you make to remove it short of formatting your computer.
One virus that has made its rounds in recent years is the "DOJ Virus". The virus locks up your computer, replacing the screen with one telling you that the Department of Justice (or another important agency, depending on the country) has blocked access to your computer on the grounds of having found child pornography on it, and that the only way to unlock your computer and avoid prosecution is to pay a fine using a pre-paid card purchased from Walmart within a few days.
Two simply words: Heartbleed bug. While the bug itself is pretty creepy as it makes your account vulnerable to hackers, what's even more horrifying is that the NSA confessed that they exploited it for years! As if the NSA weren't creepy enough already. note Well, maybe. They've denied it, but whether or not they're honest is debatable.
That "erng" sound in Windows 95 or 98 if a program crashes with an "illegal operation" dialog box.
The "Chimes of Death" on older Macs if they fail to start properly, especially the Power Macintosh and the Performa 6200 and 6300 which prefer to use a three-note brass fanfare.
Not a documentary per se, but this zoology article about fairy wrens and cuckoos makes the latter horrifying:
"In Australia, a pair of superb fairy-wrens return to their nest with food for their newborn chick. As they arrive, the chick makes its begging call. It’s hard to see in the darkness of the domed nest, but the parents know that something isn’t right. Whatever’s in their nest, it’s not their chick."
This YouTube clip about the Tree Manwill require to have a good lie down and some alone time. If you have body horror issues, do not click on the link. It is the sum of all fears. You have been warned.
For those who don't realize what had happened to him... an infected mold/wart turned him into this!!
Nazi propaganda films. One notorious propaganda movie ("The Eternal Jew") contained a scene comparing Jews to rats. Apparently audiences found the scene so horrifying that they ran out of cinemas and the movie had to be withdrawn.
The animated documentary Tales Of The Ratfink.
Newsreel footage of the concentration camps.
The videos of the loss of Space Shuttle Challenger. One minute it's all happy and they're going into space, and the next...
The Zapruder Film, one of the films captured by an amateur cameraman the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
It had quite an effect on Abraham Zapruder himself. He suffered nightmares about what he witnessed - he also became quite upset when asked about it by Jay Watson of WFAA Dallas:
Zapruder: I heard a shot, and he slumped to the side, like this. Then I heard another shot or two, I couldn't say it was one or two, and I saw his head practically open up[places fingers of right hand to right side of head in a narrow cone, over his right ear], all blood and everything, and I kept on shooting. That's about all, I'm just sick, I can't...
A documentary depicting tar literally dripping out of a lung.
The "Alien Abduction" scene in Cosmos. Also the Nuclear Winter parts, but that was sort of the point.
An episode of Unsolved Mysteries where an unidentified man was featured. He had been trying to get a ride on a plane at a small airport, but no one would take him. So he grabbed on to the wing of a plane and held on as it was taking off. Of course, he fell off when the plane was far in the air. The story in question can be seen here.
Unsolved Mysteries is a terrific show, but it contains massive amounts of Nightmare Fuel, since many of the cases remain unsolved.
The E! Channel's special Doomed To Die: 13 Most Shocking Hollywood Curses mentioned some particularly disturbing "curses" related to Hollywood. One worth mentioning is the curse of the Atuk script. Atuk is the story of a fat Eskimo trying to make it in the big city. The first victim of this cursed script was Animal House star John Belushi who the creator had in mind to play the title role, he was preparing for the part when he died of a drug-overdose at the age of 33. The second victim was Sam Kinison- who nearly got around to making it but then freaked out and pulled out of doing it, he later died in a fiery car crash. Third victim was John Candy, who was in the process of reading the script when he died of a heart attack, and the last victim was Chris Farley who died of a drug overdose at the age of 33 much like his hero John Belushi- he wanted Phil Hartman to be his co-star, Phil Hartman later got shot by his own wife.
Two other "cursed" Hollywood projects had almost the exact same events happen-a film adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces and a biopic of silent film comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Both projects had John Beloushi, John Candy, and Chris Farley all chosen to star as the lead until Actor Existance Failure ensued in all three cases. It doesn't help in A Confederacy of Dunces's case, the novel it was based on was published years after it's author committed suicide...or that when a Will Ferrell-helmed adaptation seemed to be getting off the ground, the film's setting —New Orleans— was trashed by Hurricane Katrina...
And one of the items on the list was the curse of musicians dying at the age of 27. (Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, etc.) The segment ends with one of the interviewees mentioning how Amy Winehouse is only a couple of years away from turning 27, and how she should turn her behavior around to avoid the curse. Two years after the special aired, Amy Winehouse did indeed fall victim to the curse, dying at the age of 27.
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow - a documentary-style movie about Nostradamus' predictions, narrated by Orson Welles.
This, at 8:45. "Rabbit-faced mutant sheep" is exactly as bad as it sounds.
The History Channel documentary "Last Days on Earth", detailing the eight most likely ways for civilization as we know it to be completely destroyed, in increasing order of likeliness.
Ric Burns' 1992 documentary on The Donner Party, as seen on PBS' The American Experience.
The documentary A State Of Mind, following the lives of two North Korean barely-teenaged gymnasts, is definitely in some parts a Tear Jerker, and rather horrifying. The actual politics of North Korea aside, the choreographed gymnastics performances that are so stunning at the beginning of the film become screamingly awful once you realize the sheer scale of the Mass Games. The total hive-mind mindset that kind of training gives you... and that the big-ass pictures that are constantly changing, that in other productions would be video projections or digital transitions like at the Olympics, are made up of extremely well choreographed humans moving in unison. YMMV, of course, but seeing that many people move as one body, totally surrendered to the group will, is hardcore creepy.
Related to the above, National Geographic's Inside North Korea. Everything from the poor living conditions to the sheer magnitude of brainwashing (the patients thanked Kim Jong-Il, NOT the doctors, for the operation) will make your blood curdle.
The History Channel documentary After Apocalypse is pretty much packed of this. It realistically shows how Earth and life itself would look like after they had suffered from some apocalyptic event like a worldlike virus epidemic, like the Black Death in the Middleages, or the one in I Am Legend but without the zombies. The documentary is told from the eyes of an American middle-class family who lived a normal life before a deadly virus from China kills of most of the world's population who is trying to survive the new harsh world that comes after the epidemic. Meanwhile, environmental, sociological, psychological and medical experts are given short interviews from time to time during the documentary telling about the situations the family and the rest of the world goes through.
March of the Dinosaurs made feathered tyrannosaurs horrifying. There's one scene where the Edmontosaurus are ambushed by the tyrannosaurs where one literally leaps (like a raptor) out of friggin' nowhere to tackle one of the poor plant-eaters. Imagine three tons of teeth and death leaping at you.
Violence: An American Tradition, a documentary that is about, as the title says, violence in USA and its history, its culture, its relationship with media and pop culture, its effects on daily life, the politics and motives behind it, the people involved with it, etc. Anyone who believes that Humans Are Good will definitely have their beliefs crushed by this one hour long documentary, specially the part that deals with child abuse.
This article is mostly harmless. But Andy says, with good reason, that searching for "Congo" and "massacre" will keep you up at night. Itt he article was posted on 02 July 2009 CE. As of 23 November 2012 CE, the massacre is still going.
The National Geographic show Air Crash Investigation (aka Mayday or Air Emergency) can be either completely fascinating (on a scientific/engineering level), or horrifying if you're afraid of flying. One episode is particularly creepy, possibly even if you're in the former camp: A plane (Helios Flight 522) takes off normally and starts climbing to cruising altitude. As the captain talks to air traffic control, he starts talking more and more incoherently. The passengers all start feeling dizzy as well, and as the plane continues to climb, almost every one of them passes out. Including the pilots. The plane is still flying, albeit not on the course it's supposed to, and ATC radios military aircraft to find out what's going on. The military radios to ATC that the plane is filled with people who are completely non-responsive—except for one person, in the cockpit, who eventually acknowledges the military planes with a feeble wave. Then, a few minutes later, the plane loses altitude and crashes into the ground. Turns out that a switch had not been pressed which pressurises the cabin, resulting in everyone succumbing to hypoxia after they passed 18,000 feet. The one person who was in the cockpit? A flight attendant who had stayed alive by using the oxygen masks in the cabin, then three tanks of emergency oxygen. He had been calling for help on the transmitter but nobody could hear him. The plane eventually ran out of fuel and crashed, and investigators later found out that everyone had actually still been alive (albeit in a coma) when it did.
Allmost every article about the Judge Rotenberg Education Center and similar behavior modification facilities.
The BBC docu-drama End Day, which depicts five different possible scenarios, in order of the amount of damage they would do to human civilization and the planet in general: A mega-tsunami, a killer asteroid, a global pandemic, the eruption of a super-volcano, and the Large Hadron Collider failing, which eventually results in the entire planet being consumed by "strange matter".
The Science Channel has a few shows that, albeit very interesting, contain plenty of horrifying stories. Their newest one "The Unexplained Files" is just one of them. Featuring such stories as a supposed curse of a frozen corpse of an ancient human, who for everyone who came across it, recording or otherwise, later seemed to die prematurely from unrelated causes...
Tetsuya Ishida, surrealist Japanese artist. Some of the disturbing images include someone climbing out of a lizard's guts, and sauce smeared on people's faces and hands that looks like blood. If you think surrealist paintings are scary by themselves, you'll find these worse. If you don't, you'll find some of these scary anyway.
In case anyone was wondering, he is absolutely not to be confused with Tatsuya Ishida of Sinfest fame. Name's almost the same, but their styles are about as different as night and day.
Giger tells the story of how a customs official once asked if his paintings were photographs. He commented that the only place you could take a photograph that looked like one of his paintings would be in Hell...
Even more chilling is how Timothy Leary, one of Giger's friends, described his work: "Giger's work disturbs us, spooks us, because of its enormous evolutionary time span. It shows us, all too clearly, where we come from and where we are going."
Titian' "Flaying of Marsyas". Just, the calmly blank expression on Apollo's face, the disbelief on Marsyas's, the beginning of the cut so you know it's really going to happen. Museums really should come with warnings...
In his later years, Old Master painter Francisco De Goya retreated to his home and began painting images directly onto the black walls. All of the "black paintings" are disturbing, but Saturn Devouring His Son is pure nightmare fuel.
Peter Paul Rubens' version of the painting, located just a bit further down the page, is also pretty damn freaky.
Tony Oursler projects people's faces, often intoning disturbing dialogue, onto the heads of small dummy dolls. The whole face ones are creepy enough, but he also likes to do the same for things like this. It's particularly chilling seeing them in action on YouTube. * shudder*
Mummies in museums in general.
This picture◊ used to be the page graphic of the main Nightmare Fuel page until people complained. The picture is a composite of this picture◊ and this one◊, both of which are also Photoshopped and both of which are plenty scary on their own.
Perhaps the most horrifying memento mori painting is Juan de Valdes Leal's ''Finis gloriae mundi''◊, which graphically depicts three rotting corpses (including a bishop, and the artist's patron — who was in fact still alive) being eaten by insects, while above their heads hangs a scale full of objects representing sin on one side and penitence on the other. The name of the painting translates to "The End of Earthly Glory."
The photograph posted on the hide page. It is a still photograph, and yet people who have viewed that photograph have noted that they feel as if it is staring at them, or have noticed the eyes moving. This is due to an optical illusion of depth in the way the photograph is set up (his eyes look more deeply set/more prominent due to the lighting and makeup, and if your eyes move in the right way, his appear to move with them due to this) but to anyone unaware of the optical illusion involved, it can seem ghostly...
Many of the paintings of Antoine Wiertz are pretty horrific (subject matter includes people being buried alive, a woman graphically blowing her rapist's head off — although this kind of also counts as a Crowning Moment Of Awesome — a man graphically blowing his own head off, and numerous studies of severed heads), but the creepiest by far is Faim, Folie, Crime ("Hunger, Madness, Crime," which depicts a disheveled peasant woman with a Broken Smile clutching a bloody knife and a mysterious, bloodstained bundle, sitting by the fireplace in a nearly-empty cottage. Hanging over the fireplace is a cauldron...with a baby's foot sticking out of it.
The "Transfiguration" artistic performances, by French painter and performer Olivier de Sagazan, is focused on a man altering himself his face, several times. In truly Nightmare Face ways.
Needs no link. Pripyat, Ukraine. Site of the Chernobyl disaster. To quote Call of Duty: "Fifty thousand people used to live in this city. Now, it's a ghost town."
An episode of Destination Truth actually got to go into Chernobyl, and found that from the looks of things, everybody just dropped what they were doing and took off. It included a short tour of an amusement park, a scene in a hospital, with medical equipment and notes left on the tables, and cars left in the streets. Whether you believe in ghosts and hauntings or not, it was undeniably eerie.
Pripyat also has a nursery littered with cribs and children's toys. Freaky as hell.
It's easy to say it's horrifying just by reading it, but imagine having to live through that day! One moment, things are fine, business as usual; next thing you know, you get orders from the news station to get into your car immediately and leave the city as quickly as you can, with no guarantee that you'll ever be coming back...
There's a team that monitors the reactor, the reactor's containment, and the environmental effects. Physically, they're OK (except for the effects of drinking too much alcohol), but mentally is another matter. The place is just so creepy that many of them go mad in various unusual ways, in addition to a lot of them becoming uncontrolled alcoholics (even by Russian standards, and Russians do have a cultural tendency to drink a LOT). A special public address system was installed to pipe music through the area to reduce the creepiness, which has helped some, but not enough.
Centralia. An abandoned coal mining town in Pennsylvania where a fire has been burning underground for more than forty years. Engineers say that the fire could continue to burn for another century or more and spread to other towns as well. Roads have collapsed into sinkholes, houses and shops have been condemned and abandoned, and the town—now inhabited by only seven people—is filled with smoke and toxic gases. Did we mention that Centralia helped to inspire the creators of Silent Hill?
(Some) abandoned malls, notably the notorious Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, IL (an economically depressed suburb of Chicago), best known for being the mall that got smashed up in The Blues Brothers back in 1980 — when it was already closed. Fast forward to the late 1990s when the Dead Malls website chronicled it and it was STILL standing AND abandoned, with huge gaping holes and a history of being a very dangerous place to be.
Detroit has seemingly endless abandoned buildings, schools, hospitals, community centers, and even landmarks. These facilities have been rotting at an accelerated pace in recent years due to materials vultures breaking into these properties and tearing them apart. This and the freeze/thaw cycle causing the buildings to naturally fall apart makes them dangerous even for urban infiltrators used to exploring abandoned buildings. The crowning example must be a half-mile long Packard auto plant which hasn't been operational since the mid 1950s: numerous buildings connected by skybridges (which are either fallen or rotting), frequently burning in fires that can go on for days since even public safety refuses to enter.
Remember Silva's evil island lair in the film Skyfall? Like Silent Hill, it too was inspired by a very real place. Hashima Island, located about nine miles off shore from the city of Nagasaki. A former coal mining operation on the island, the small city that sprang up on the island was abandoned after Japan switched from coal to oil power in the 1960's and was closed to all for thirty five years After those thirty five years, it was re-opened to the public. The island is full of crumbling concrete multi-story and closely placed buildings. It looks like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie.
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King Inna North wrote  "My coffee table speaks to me".
Just as disturbing, if not more so, is watching the Saturday Night Live episode that Farley hosted a month or so before his death, and realizing you can see the heart attack coming... he's pale, clammy, constantly out of breath...
It's also kind of frightening that Chris Farley idolized John Belushi and wanted to be exactly like him, and the fact that he died at the same age and of the same cause as John Belushi died is also quite a spooky coincidence.
As far as horrifying celebrity death photos go, nothing beats the autopsy photo of Marilyn Monroe. Her hair is all matted, her face is distorted—if you thought death by sleeping pill would be a clean and easy way to go, think again...
That was taken after Dr. Thomas Noguchi was done desecrating her body. He did a lot more to her than was necessary to discover cause of death, even removing her breasts. Before her autopsy, Monroe in death looked beautiful; he even said so himself years later, quoting Petrarch; "It’s folly to shrink in fear, if this is dying. For death looked lovely in her lovely face."
There seems to be a "curse" involving Playboy centerfold girls dying young. Marilyn Monroe was the cover girl for the first ever issue of Playboy and died at the age of 36; Jane Mansfield was after her and she died young; then Dorothy Stratton was after her and she died young too; the latest victim was Anna Nicole Smith who died at the age of 39.
There also exist photos out there of Grace Kelly's lifeless body in a funeral casket. While probably more Tear Jerker fuel than anything, the fact that the photos are in poor quality and are in black-and-white make them quite chilling to look at it. On an even darker note, the reason she has a rather odd-looking wig on in the photos was because it was put there to cover up the severe head injuries she sustained in the crash.
Dead Kurt Cobain photos.◊ Head is not seen, but the idea that there's NO head after incident makes the situation even scarier.
From some very graphic photos that show his head, (DO NOT SEARCH THIS UP) it's still there...but there's blood everywhere and a massive hole left. That's right. A hole. No skull or eyes or whatever to be seen. Just a big red hole.
This recording of a mysterious Russian radio signal. Aside from the Paranoia Fuel implications of overhearing the communications of an Ancient Conspiracy, the actual sound of this is disturbing. Further more, while that recording by itself is scary and while the whole concept of a mysterious radio signal emitting a buzzing sound for 23 hours 10 minutes a day pretty scary, the fact that some of the clearer recordings have background noises and muffled conversations in the background is quite damn creepy.
What's even more peculiar is that ENIGMA 2000 (which catalogs Number Stations and their ilk) has designated the Backwards Music Station as XM. Now, if you're wondering what's so weird about that, it means that not even * they* know if it's a Number Station or not!. Also, what tends to be bizarre is that often Number Stations seem to change the way they sound occasionally (for example, the Backwards Music Station in a recording on Youtube sounds really freakish (this one was recorded in 2004), while one recording allegedly from September 2009 sounds like the noise a wine glass makes when a finger is moved around its rim while wet. For a nice change of pace, the old favourite, Lincolnshire Poacher (E3 in the ENIGMA 2000 designations, which sadly appears to be defunct) sounds really cheerful.
Also, this. There is some Nightmare Retardant at the beginning with the cute little ditty of "This is a teeeessssttt of the emergency broadcast system! It's only a teeeessstt!" And then it quickly devolves to terrifying.
Calling a bad phone number and getting that creepy-ass tone followed by "We're sorry. The number you called is no longer in service." Sure, it's fine during the day, but alone, at night, when it's quiet...
It's called a SIT tone in case you're interested.
Here's a 1997 recording of a distraught man calling Art Bell's program to describe things he discovered or was told while working for Area51. Two minutes into the call, listen to the silence. No radio program theatrically fakes dead air for nineteen seconds (the silence following the Grover's Mill massacre in Orson Welles' The War of the Worlds was only four or five seconds long). There's controversy whether this was real or not, but in either case, the terror in that man's voice is enough to turn your bones to ice, especially late at night.
In The Seventies, several stations attempted to ease the frightening nature of EBS tests by turning the text into a jingle. The FCC immediately forbade them to continue to do so. From then on, the EBS test was required to be read in a super serious tone against a silent background.
Not to mention the Emergency Alert System of today and the sounds it uses. The first is the three-beep tone indicating an incoming alert, and then the same two-tone alert from the older Emergency Broadcast System. Even more fearful is the fact of such alerts it presents, especially for bad weather where the alerts are always read with a computerized voice.
The sound that always comes on the radio to signal a tornado warning. Not only does it mean a severe storm is coming, but that sound is enough to make young children crap their pants.
Continuing with the "terrifying noises" theme... anyone familiar with "The Hum"? Thousands of people worldwide are plagued by a droning noise, much like the sound of a diesel engine—with an intensity ranging from mildly annoying to ear-splittingly painful. The sound is barely audible, but has been known to cause sleep loss, headaches, sickness, and even nosebleeds. The usual means of blocking unwanted noise—earplugs, playing music—do nothing. Some "hearers" have been forced to quit their jobs due to the mental stress; at least one man is known to have committed suicide. Pedestrian causes (such as industrial noise, domestic electronics, and even tinnitus) have thus far been debunked; worse yet, the noise can't be detected or recorded with audio equipment. The best explanation is that it's being generated by ELF (extreme low frequency) military communications used during secret activities... which, of course, the government flatly refuses to discuss. As if having to share your silence with an invasive, alien noise wasn't already creepy enough.
Old Time Radio Horror shows like Lights Out, Inner Sanctum, Quiet Please, and so on. A mixed bag as often the narrative tropes of the genre, such as the reliance on "Description Through Narration" and their general melodramatic styles can sometimes lead to them being narmy to the point of Nightmare Retardant, but when they are out their best and if you can get yourself in the right mood they build tension like nothing else.
"Groundhog Day" Loop plots can be rather frightening once the Fridge Logic sets in. Not so much the ones where we see every repeat, but the ones where we don't, and it's implied that they go on for extremely long periods of time. On the order of centuries, sometimes. The idea of being trapped in something like that... Gah!
Aside from the Amber Alert, few things will chill the blood (or churn the stomach) faster than the phrase "Code Adam" broadcast over a PA system. Knowing the story behind the warning system makes it tenfold worse, filling your mind with the potentially hellish fates that await abducted children...
One more in the vein of disturbing sounds: the air raid siren.
The most creepy of all could be considered the British Castle Castings siren, just something about it's overall tone from winding up, wailing and winding down is simply menacing. Possibly stems from it being used to denote a nuclear attack in many works such as When the Wind Blows and Threads.
Unsolved crimes in general. Most of the high octane nightmare fuel on this page stems from the intrigue and mystery surrounding each of them, which would vanish almost instantly when explained. That's one criteria for Nightmare Fetishism.
Cold case missing persons investigations can also be bone-chilling, particularly the ones that happened more than a couple of decades ago where there's been no sign of the missing person dead or alive. The cases of Jaycee Dugard and Carlina White give some hope for a lot of those cases, but for most, the thought that no one will be able to find these people is either extremely sad or this trope.
Anything that PETA posts about undercover investigations. Look them up. Not for the faint of heart.
Online GI Fs. Average online images could be GIF images and they could suddenly move...
Someone posted a YouTube comment describing about how someone tried to replicate something they saw on Rescue911 where a girl was hit in the head with a softball. Note that they intentionally wanted to hurt that kid, and they were less than ten.
TV Tropes in of itself can be nightmare fuel in some ways.
Clicking through the Nightmare Fuel pages can actually be quite terrifying at times, as many of the NF pages feature an especially scary image on them that appear right at the top of the page. This means that when you open up a certain NF page, said scary image will suddenly be displayed on your screen, hitting you straight in the face, and there is absolutely no way to be prepared to what you'll see if you've never been to the page before. In a way, they're basically like silent jump scares.
And it's not just the NF pages. Even the regular TV Tropes pages can open up with a rather unpleasant image. And there's still no warning for which one it'll be.
When you load the front page, sometimes, if your computer is running a bit slow, you can see a subliminal message planted in the top-left corner of the screen just before the main page covers it up. Just one word... "follow"
YES MASTER I WILL OBEY
You wanna know how bad racism was back in the day? During the Little Rock Nine ordeal, there were negotiations that they would let them in if they would allow them to lynch just one.Now you know.
Post-mortem photography, a big Values Dissonance towards the Victorian Era (check out the other wiki for more info). At the beginning, at least the dead ones were photographed with their◊ eyes◊ closed◊, as like the "eternal sleep", but later, photographers started to try to make the bodies look more alive by opening their eyes and making them stand up. The ones who failed are among the most nightmarishfuel◊ thing you'll ever see, but the ones that actually worked aren't that much better. Particularly when you are watching one of them and you can't figure out which one it's the dead one, like in this◊ one. It's the one standing up
Still Life. It's not too bad (compared to the rest of this page) when you watch it, but wait until the next time you see a mannequin.
Over the course of this and the latter half of the last year, strange sounds were heard all over the world. These creepy sounds are coming from the sky, several people heard them and no one can explain them. Here is one of the many videos.
Budd Dwyer's death video. Very, very disturbing. Not least because trolls enjoy using gifs of the moment he put the bullet through his head occasionally when advising people to "an hero".
Perimetr, the Russian nuclear "fail-deadly" system, affectionately nicknamed "Dead Hand". Reports differ, but there is the very real possibility that the world' second largest nuclear arsenal is under the automatic control of a machine. Skynet is real. Let's repeat that. Not only are enough nukes to destroy the world under the control of a machine, that machine can potentially be fooled by screwing with its sensors. This thing is on, armed and operation right now!
It's commonly theoretized that the UVB-76 radio signal, mentioned above, is actually the controling signal of Perimetr. Yes, that creepy buzzing is Skynet's noise. It's also commonly theoretized that it's when the signal suddenly stops you should be afraid, because this will trigger a nuclear attack.
The Golding Institute: Final Relaxation is quite possibly the most terrifying "comedy" album ever released. It's essentially a parody of new age guided meditation albums, but it's billed as "your ticket to death through hypnotic suggestion." That's right, the intended result of the exercise is for you to die. At first, this is played for extremely dark humor, as cliche after cliche of the genre is inverted; for example, instead of a calming voice instructing you to relax your body parts one at a time over soothing music, there's a creaky-voiced old man telling you in excruciating detail how much pain each individual body part is in, accompanied by a low-pitched electronic hum. As the album goes on, however, the imagery and instructions get a lot more unnerving, that queasy electronic hum keeps growing louder and louder, the already creepy narrator gets even more sociopathic, and there's increasingly less there to remind you it's all a joke. To top it off, the inside of the booklet is a last will and testament, with blanks for the listener to fill in.
The alarm siren is tested every Monday at 10am sharp- followed by the all clear siren, and the sound carries for miles around. Nearby schools have a protocol that if they hear the siren at any other time, they have to go into lockdown. Students have to wait until their parents/guardians come to collect them, and even then those parents/guardians have to go through numerous identity checks just to be sure that they aren't going home with a mass murderer. The parents/guardians aren't allowed to walk the student home, they have to come by car or catch a bus.
Imagine being in a nightclub with over a thousand other people. There is only one exit. No sprinklers. No alarm. Now imagine a fire breaking out. That's what happened in a nightclub in Brazil that killed over 200 people. The feature describes people crushed and broken against the grates that were put there for crowd control and kept people from getting out, and other people rushing into a bathroom thinking it was an exit. They ended up being piled as high as a person's chest as they died in the dark from asphyxiation. The dead from that bathroom alone filled an entire truck.
The worse thing is that wasn't an particularly isolated or unique case. In 2004 there was the infamous fire in the nightclub República Cromañón, for exactly the same reasons as the above and with a similarly high death toll, but a higher toll of injured (speculated as many as 1400).
For added horror, there's the "5-7" fire that happened in the French town of Saint-Laurent-du-Pont in 1970. 146 people died in the fire...What makes it truly horrifying? The ceiling was covered in black plastic used for decoration...That melted on the panicking people below while they were trying to exit by the one-way entrance turnstile. Thankfully, new laws have passed since then to keep this from happening ever again. But still...
The one fire that can hope to outmatch those in horror is the Ykua Bolaños fire in Asuncion Paraguay where over 360 people died...
In February of 2003, a fire at a nightclub in Rhode Island claimed the lives of one hundred people and injured hundreds more. The nightclub, called "The Station", was burned completely down, due to the use of pyrotechnics inside the nightclub. The nightclub was completely in flames in just a couple of minutes. Most deaths were the result of trampling and the majority of club attendees going through the front door where they previously entered, resulting in people being stacked on top of each other at the front door. The worst part of all? A cameraman from a local news station captured the whole thing, producing one of the most horrific videos of all time. Viewer discretion is heavily advised.
Ever wanted to see what it's like to be in a school building as a tornado hits it? You asked for it...
This story about a home in the Canary Islands that seemed to be abandoned. Neighbors called the police & a check was made. Inside was found a roughly 7 foot tall, 22 foot long wasp nest. The sheer size of the thing is horrifying enough, but when you consider how long it would have taken to build & the fact that authorities can't seem to find the owner of the home...
The Pinkie Cooper line of dolls. Basically, imagine an over-sized "cutesy" toy dog head on a Barbie's body, and despair◊.
Reading old medical reports, or anything else that describes a long-dead person in the present tense.
The short film/programme/whatever Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared by the art collective This Is It. As implied by the title, this was a deliberate attempt to create Nightmare Fuel. And it works. Particularly effective for those people who stumble upon the video without knowing the title, and therefore initially believe it is a real children's programme. The sequel is no less frightening.
There's also the promotional video made for the Kickstarter project (which exists to fund an entire series of these kinds of shorts) that just ramps up the fear factor Up to Eleven.
Conspiracy theories. Even if you don't believe them, just the ideas like the New World Order and the Illuminati can be terrifying. The "clues" that back them don't help either. The Other Wiki has a list of them. Sleep well.
A certain website (as shown by Web Pages That Suck owner Vincent Flanders in the linked video) is this because of one really bad choice in background sound effects. Why? Because the site (about guns) had the sounds of someone firing a gun playing automatically as the page was loaded. Basically, imagining loading a new tab, then having the sound of someone firing a barrage of gun shots from absolutely nowhere. As shown in the video, the guy viewing actually leapt underneath his desk because of it.
This youtube video on forklift operation safety. As a way of scaring potential drivers into following safety procedures, many of the images are forklift related deaths and accidents that are extremely gory and hard to watch. Don't watch unless you have a barf bag in hand.
Okay, sing it with me now!
This is the song about the safety movie
Bout how to avoid an accident
How not to get killed by a forklift! Ole!
The antibiotic ceftriaxone, brand name Rocephin, which has an informal reputation of being one of the most painful shots you can get, if not the most painful. For one, the liquid is extremely thick even after being diluted, which requires a large needle and a very slow injection into the muscle, and can leave a large lump at the injection site afterwards.A For two, the way it reacts with the body in general can cause excruciating pain in the limb or region in question, even lingering for days or weeks. And close to this level of pain can still occur even if the antibiotic is diluted using lidocaine (a local anesthetic), as is common to do. For three, it can cause things like chest pain, fever, swollen glands, black stools, and sore throat as common side effects. The only consolation is that it's something of a Godzilla Threshold treatment, so if you're getting stuck with this medication, it's probably still not as bad as the infection you're trying to ward off.
Benzodiazepines (Diazepam and such) are often given as treatment for acute anxiety attacks or disorders. While they work wonders if used properly, they have often carry side effects such as anterograde amnesia (you won't remember much for a period of time after the effects kick in - Lorazepam/Ativan is known for this and commonly administered before surgery for this exact reason) and possible psychological dependence. Some descriptions of it are best described as "being hammered without the alcohol". To top it off, withdrawal for heavily-addicted people can be fatal if usage is not tapered down gradually. There's a saying among drug users that "Opiate withdrawal can leave you wishing you were dead. Benzo withdrawal can leave you dead."
On New Year's Day, 1998, in Trinidad, news broke of the violent execution of Thackoor Boodram, brother of an executed drug lord known as Dole Chadee. How was he murdered? He was shot twice in the head, decapitated and had his severed head stuffed into a small box at the Caroni Cremation site. Scary, to be sure, but do you want to know where the real Nightmare Fuel sets in? The police found out that last detail when they opened the box and Thackoor's head rolled out of it.. The public found out about it when all three daily newspapers not only ran the story, but showed the severed head at everyone's feet right on the cover, making this the first thing Trinidadians saw on their newspapers for the year. Happy New Year, Trinidad! A reporter's account of this horrible spectacle can be found here.
Escaping death in general. For example imagine you get invited to a party but you decide not to go because that Jerk Ass or Alpha Bitch is going to be there... then the next day you hear in the news that there was a shootout at the party leaving everyone dead. Things like that can happen.
Getting horrible injuries. Judging from survivor accounts, the pain doesn't totally hit you, so you're unaware how bad it really is until you get a good look at the damaged (or no longer existing) part of your body and notice all the blood pouring out. Then you start panicking. Or worse, actually expecting it to happen and being unable to do anything about it but prepare for the inevitable.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. Only about 250,000 are properly diagnosed per year. According to a wikipedia description, "It has been described as among the most painful conditions known to humankind." It's also nicknamed the suicide disease.
Any time a massacre happens. One prime example is the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. Imagine that you're sitting eating breakfast, when soldiers storm in and start butchering your family with swords. Around you, you hear people screaming and the sounds of swords striking flesh. You see people getting thrown out of windows with horrific wounds, blood literally running in the streets and bodies everywhere. And all this is happening because you're a Protestant. And worst of all, you can't do anything. You know your friends are dying and your other Protestant relatives are in danger, but you can't. do. ANYTHING.
A lot of lawyer PSA's regarding bad drugs or medicine which typically employee a dead serious sounding announcer and perhaps tense music, even an adult fear if you or someone you know has indeed taken this drug and have indeed experienced the listed side effects.