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6 Real-Life Creatures That Will Make You Squirm

Now that summer is in full swing, and the sun is shining on the western hemisphere, it’s time to rise from our coffins, slather on some sunscreen, and become one with nature… or so I’m told. I’ll be hiding in a movie theater somewhere in the darkness with air conditioning. For many, summer is the season […]

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Something Abducted Frederick Valentich… And “It Isn’t An Aircraft”

Since science fiction rose in popularity in the 1950s, there have been an infinite number of reports from people around the world claiming to have seen aliens and UFOs. Some have even gone so far as to allege that they had been abducted by these extra terrestrial beings. With questionable evidence such as crop circles and […]

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5 Real-Life Deaths Worthy Of FINAL DESTINATION Scenes

Despite being an overall happy individual, I spend much of my time pondering death. Death lies in the highest level of life’s uncertainties and stings the heart the most when it happens to a loved one. We all have taken comfort in assuming that we will meet the standard life expectancy of being covered in […]

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Come Sit With Satan On The Devil’s Chair

If you have ever been to a cemetery, you many have noticed intricately sculpted chairs or wooden benches scattered throughout. These resting places (the chairs and benches, not the grave plots) were first constructed in the nineteenth century, are referred to as “mourning chairs,” and have been placed about cemeteries for visitors to have a […]

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Teddy Bear Surgery is the Most Disturbing Thing You’ll See This Week

Like many children, my first toy was a teddy bear. There is something special about a stuffed bear that no other toy seems to have. They are soft, squeezable, and provide endless comfort; their friendly, fuzzy faces always greeting their owners with warmth at the end of a long day in a classroom and on […]

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I Could’ve Been Arrested…For Being A Horror Fan: The Dangers of Horror Fan Profiling

Being a die-hard horror fan comes with a lot of ostracism from schoolmates, co-workers, and society in general. It’s socially acceptable to enjoy the occasional big budget horror film at your local multiplex theater, but many peers find it disconcerting if the bulk of your movie viewings consist of horror titles, you attend horror conventions, […]

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ROSEMARY’S BABY and the War on Women’s Reproductive Rights

Roman Polanski — perhaps the most unlikely commentator on women’s rights — made ROSEMARY’s BABY at an idealistic time. In 1960, the first birth control pill Enovid was placed on the pharmaceutical market thanks in part to Margaret Sanger. While “the pill” was originally prescribed for menstrual disorders and irregularities most women were secretly using […]

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Count Down To Your Death At The One Hundred Steps Cemetery In Indiana

It is not any surprise that cemeteries have spawned dozens of eerie urban legends throughout history. Every time another loved one passes, we push the “pause” button on our daily lives to ponder the unknown. When life comes to a screeching halt, what comes next? When will I die? How will I die? If you […]

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The Frightening Legend of the “Melon Head” People of Ohio, Michigan, and Connecticut

Many of the most famous urban legends in the U.S. are focused on ghost stories, Bigfoot, or that one time your uncle swore that he saw a UFO and little green men. But there are reasons other than ghosts and alien life forms to be wary… at least in Michigan, Ohio, and Connecticut. In the […]

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Amazon’s Crackdown On “Extreme” Content Goes Beyond Censorship

Being an independent filmmaker used to be a much greater struggle before the dawn of the revolutionary DIY age in which works of art can be showcased through online streaming platforms. Having proper distribution was everything and if your film was considered grotesque or too risqué, you were lucky to be granted exhibition in a […]

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The Ghosts of Pike Place Market, The Most Haunted Place In Seattle

Visiting a place and knowing that it has been reported haunted is a thrilling experience. You go there with the expectation that something— or someone— will make you jump out of your skin. The desire for confirmation of the paranormal activity is so strong that you may even begin to exaggerate your experience. However, what’s […]

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The Frightening Story of Kentucky’s Waverly Sanitarium

Are you tired of dragging your family to the same boring vacation spots? Look no further than the lovely historic Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky. Located at 4400 Paralee Avenue, this site has been featured on several paranormal shows such as GHOST HUNTERS and SCARIEST PLACES ON EARTH as one of the most haunted […]

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5 Nursery Rhymes With Not-So-Child-Friendly Origins

In addition to being raised on a steady diet of horror movies and television, my mother also frequently did the normal parent thing and read me fairytales and nursery rhymes when I was a child. Before the poetic stylings of Metallica, Mother Goose was blowing my mind with verses about an old woman who lived […]

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VIDEO: Be Sure to Keep Your Car Running on Crybaby Bridge!

Some of America’s spookiest myths and urban legends come from the good ol’ Midwest — aliens, ghosts, even entire towns haunted by bad luck and superstition. One of the most widespread urban legends that I’ve heard my entire adult life is that of “Crybaby Bridge.” Nearly every state in the Midwest — from Oklahoma to […]