13 Of The Most Unintentionally Terrifying Children’s Characters That Have Been Created

When children get scared of seemingly innocuous things, it’s easy to assume that they’re just quick to frighten.

I remember getting really creeped out by some of the movies I watched as a kid, and I had previously chalked my fear up to the same reason. However, as I’ve revisited a few of the TV shows and films that I used to love so much, I’ve realized that my younger self had every right to be afraid — some children’s characters are seriously disturbing.

Whether they’re terrifying in their looks or behavior, it’s clear that these freaky characters really aren’t meant for little ones to see.

1. This absolute creep is from a Slovakian children’s show.

2. Fofão is from a Brazilian children’s show in which he is a magical alien that came down to Earth to start a band and sing with a bunch of young kids. His horrifying face really says it all.

3. Even the beloved “Sesame Street” has a super creepy character called Nobody.

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4. Téléchat is a French satirical news show with unsettling puppet animals, one of which has human breasts.

5. Oobi is a show on Nick Jr. that features a family of hands with eyeballs glued on top. Seriously, who comes up with this stuff?

6. The Greedy from “Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure” is definitely going to give me nightmares.

In the movie, Raggedy Ann and Andy are on an adventure to rescue their toy friend. Along the way, they fall into a taffy pit that is actually a living being who can’t stop himself from consuming everything he comes across. After Raggedy Ann mentions that she has a candy heart, he goes crazy and tries to cut it out of her so he can eat it.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that the way he moves around is absolutely disgusting.

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7. When Courage from “Courage the Cowardly Dog” feels guilty about something he does in one episode, this inexplicable fetus-like blue nightmare randomly pops up.

8. The puppets used in the Australian kids’ show “The Wiggles” look like they want to eat your soul.

9. Not much is known about this terrifying creature other than his name, which is Morso. He’s from a Finnish children’s show.

10. Karbonkel is from a show in the Netherlands that aims to teach kids how to read. However, it goes without saying that he instead gives a lot of them nightmares.

11. A ’70s kids’ show called “Pipkins” has a character named Hartley Hare who, besides being generally creepy, gets extremely inappropriate in one episode.

He pulls out a glove puppet and says to the viewers, “You can be naughty with a glove puppet.” Then he proceeds to heavily imply that this means doing sexual things with the puppet.

12. The puppets from the ’80s show “Peppermint Park” have been aptly described as coming straight from Hell.

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13. The educational show “Wizbit” is about a magical talking wizard’s hat, and could definitely double as a horror movie with its unnerving characters, music, and settings.

(via Cracked)

Even as an adult, I feel really disturbed right now. I can’t even imagine the terror that the kids who see these characters must feel!

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Apparently, ‘The Exorcist’ Doesn’t Even Need Sound In Order To Be Terrifying

Most people who have seen “The Exorcist” agree that it’s one of the scariest movies of all time.

Even for the most jaded horror lovers out there, the film does a great job of leaving you feeling very uncomfortable and afraid. Everything about it is creepy, including the behind-the-scenes footage that didn’t make its way into the final cut.

This compilation of outtakes and superimposition tests on the movie set is silent, but that definitely doesn’t make it any less unsettling to watch.

Right after the three-minute mark is when it gets especially disturbing for me.

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Somehow, I’m even more unnerved by the fact that Linda Blair actually suffered a back injury as a result of the scene above. Like I said before, this film is just oozing with creepiness.

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15 Creepy Movies Whose Inspirations Are Even Creepier. No Sleep Tonight!

All fiction is, on some level, inspired by the truth, and sometimes the truth is just as weird–and creepy. Despite all the crazy things that people can come up with to make a horror move, sometimes you don’t need to make up all that much. Do a little digging, and there’s usually a trove of eerie stories involving deranged killers, supernatural beasts and the unquiet dead, along with lots of people who will swear up and down that it’s all 100% true. All places have their share of myths and legends, and the more modern ones are usually called “urban legends,” although they can take place in rural areas, too. 

Urban legends usually reflect a society’s fears. They usually involve revenge, insanity and violence, and often serve as warnings to stay safe and be on your guard. Like, don’t go home with a hot stranger because you might end up in a bathtub full of ice with a kidney missing. 

So we’re taking a look at movies that are inspired by urban legends. And just like the movies are based on the legends, the legends are often based on reality–or some version of it anyway. Take a look and creep yourself out. You might want to read this under the covers, though. 

1.) The Hook Hand of Woodland Heights (1990)

We all know the urban legend about the hook hand guy: A young couple is making out in a car at night, despite warnings of a crazed, hook-handed killer on the loose. They hear something at the door and get scared, but laugh it off on the way home as just an animal. When they get home, they find a sharp hook caught in the door handle. This horror short leaves out the bit about the car, but hits all the other notes with slaughtered teens and pointy prosthetics.

2.) I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

Also using the hook hand legend is this 90s thriller about a group of teens who recklessly hit a pedestrian, try to cover it up, and pay the price. The storyline is kind of convoluted; it seems they used the hook legend as a jumping-off point (the killer in this also wields a hook hand), but developed an original story.

3.) When a Stranger Calls (1979 and 2006)

The legend is that someone, typically a teenage girl, is babysitting alone. The kids are asleep and the phone rings. She answers to hear a creepy voice asking if she’s checked on the children. Some versions feature multiple calls, getting more and more threatening as they progress. She finally calls the cops and has them trace the call, only to learn that the call is coming from inside the house, presumably from a second line. (This legend made its debut well before cell phones.) The legend was made into a film in 1979 and a remake in 2006.

4.) Black Christmas (1974)

This Canadian slasher flick was inspired by both the babysitter-and-caller legend (the heroine receives ominous phone calls) as well as a string of actual murders that took place in Quebec around the Christmas season.

5.) Bloody Mary (2006)

The myth of Bloody Mary is that if you stand in front of a mirror with the lights out and chant “Bloody Mary” three times, her spirit will appear. While modern interpretations almost always cast her as malevolent, she isn’t always. Historically, young women would invoke Mary at night, and she would show them their future husband, or, if they were fated to die before marriage, a skull. More recently, Bloody Mary is said to be a ghoulish creature appearing in the mirror, who can sometimes physically attack the people who summoned her.

6.) Candyman (1992)

Similar to the Bloody Mary myth, this film features a malevolent spirit who can be summoned by repeating his name in front of a mirror. He also kills people with a hook that serves as a prosthetic. Sound familiar? In fact, this movie takes a meta turn and deals with urban legends as part of its story, exploring how they arise and how they shape communities.

7.) Carved (2007)

This film centers on the Japanese legend of Kuchisake-Onna, the “Slit-Mouthed Woman,” whose face was mutilated by her husband. Wearing a surgical mask (which is not uncommon in Japan), she approaches children and asks them if they think she’s pretty, then removes the mask revealing a mouth cut from ear to ear. Needless to say, things don’t end well for the child. The legend started sometime in the late 1970s.

8.) The Exorcist (1973)

This film, which features lots of swearing, head swiveling and green vomit, was based on a novel. The novel, in turn, was based on an actual case that involved the supposed demonic possession of a Maryland boy (not a girl, as in the novel and film) in the 1940s. The case of “Roland Doe,” as the boy was called to protect his identity, is regarded as one of the most convincing cases of possession in recent history, but of course, there’s no proof.

9.) The Entity (1982)

This film follows a woman whose life is being torn apart by demonic entities and poltergeist that assault her on a regular basis. The movie makes it so that the demonic being is the real culprit, but the real-life story behind this is probably much sadder. The film’s writer (who also wrote the novel on which it’s based) created the story around the claims of a woman who said she’d been raped by an invisible entity that was haunting her. The woman, however, was found to have a turbulent past, involving an abusive childhood as well as abusive relationships, and likely had a severe mental illness.

10.) The Amityville Horror (1979)

This story came about when the Lutz family described eerie events in their new Long Island home. It turns out that the house they moved into was the site of a mass murder by Ronald DeFeo, Jr. The DeFeos lived in the same house and one night in 1974, Ronald, Jr. murdered his mother, father, two sisters and two brothers. There have been many theories as to what exactly happened that night and why, but it is completely true that the DeFeo family died in that house. The Lutzes maintained that this horrific act left the house haunted, but inconsistencies and errors in their accounts make for many skeptics.

11.) Bunnyman (2011)

The Bunny Man is an urban legend from the Washington, DC, area, and involves a deranged man in a bunny suit who chases people with an axe. Two creepy incidents, verified by the police, involve a man in a rabbit suit wielding an axe and talking about “trespassers.” One couple had their car window smashed and later discovered a hatchet on the floor of their car, and a security guard encountered a young man chopping at the porch of an unfinished house with a longer-handled axe. However, nothing ever came of these, and it was never determined who the Bunny Man was, or if it was the same person at both incidents. We hope it was, because a forest full of Bunny Men is way scarier. The legend grew in the area to involve half-eaten rabbit carcasses dangling from trees and an escaped psychopath who murdered his family on Easter Sunday.

12.) The Burning (1981)

This film is similar to Friday the 13 in that it involves a camp and a lot of killing, and is based on one of the iterations of the New York State legend of “Cropsey,” a disfigured man out for revenge, who alternately shows up as a camp caretaker or a farmer (I personally learned about him as a farmer), although the term “Cropsey” is used to describe any violent, boogeyman-like figure.

13.) Boogeyman (2005)

Speaking of Boogeymen, here’s a movie about him. Almost every culture across the globe has a figure like this. The appearances might change and the figure might stem from a variety of traditions, but typically, the Boogeyman is used to get kids to behave–if you don’t clean your room, the Boogeyman will get you. That kind of thing. Interestingly, the term “boogey” or “bogey” has cognates in many European languages.

14.) The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

The Mothman is a cryptid, or mythical creature, that several people claimed to have seen in the 60s in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia. He’s described as a winged man with glowing red eyes, and due to the fact that the creature was sighted shortly before the Silver Bridge collapsed in 1967, killing 46 people, he’s become associated with ill omens. Skeptics say the Mothman people saw was actually a sandhill crane, whose wingspans can reach 7 feet. Today, the town of Point Pleasant holds an annual Mothman Festival and boasts a 12-foot statue of the creature.

15.) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The legend behind this one is less a spooky campfire story and more a conspiracy theory. It states that on seeing the stunning visuals in this film (and it is a gorgeous movie), the US government approached Stanley Kubrick and asked him to create footage of a lunar landing. Thus, the conspiracy is that the 1969 Apollo 11 landing was actually created in a studio by Kubrick, and that this was the movie that got him involved. Some conspiracy enthusiasts even bring Kubrick’s other well-known film The Shining into all this, saying it’s his veiled confession to the whole thing, but as you can imagine, it’s quite a stretch.

Now that you know the “real” tales behind these films, it might be time to look at some cute cat pictures. And make sure your doors are locked. (Not that it matters…)

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How These 15 Kids Freaked Out Their Babysitters Is Insane. #4 Will Haunt My Dreams Forever.

Children are often used in horror movies as a way to shock audiences.  They may turn into a monster, or tell a scary story, but no matter what, they always leave the biggest impressions on your (future) nightmares. What if instead of a movie though, the kids we see everyday started to tell us things that scared us to our core.  What if the kids you babysit for started seeing monsters at night, told us stories of how they died, or even saw ghosts standing next to you? What would you do? [intra-ad-a]

I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly going to sleep with the light on tonight. H/T: Tickld If you want to freak out your friends now enough to make them agree to a sleepover, share this story below.

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What They Just Discovered In The Harvard Library Will Make Your Skin Crawl. Seriously, OMG.

Recently, three strange books were discovered hidden within Harvard’s enormous library. The tomes covered the topics of Roman poetry, French philosophy  and a treatise on medieval Spanish law. But that wasn’t the weird part. The weird part is that the books give off a distinctly creepy vibe. They’re covered in thin, crackling leather. It’s a shiny material that looks familiar and strange at the same time. When researchers discovered what material the books were bound in, they probably had to sleep with the lights on for a few nights.

The strange, leathery covers of the books already had an air of creepiness to them.

But it wasn’t until they were more closely inspected that researchers realized they were bound in human flesh… locking in the creepy factor.

Anthropodermic bibliopegy, using human skin to bind books, was once a fairly common practice.

In the 17th century, professionals would make use of the flesh of cadavers they used in their research.

The books made out of flayed skin garnered so much attention, the university had them tested for authenticity. It seems one of the books was just a horrifying hybrid of animal skins… but the others were legitimately human. Source: Road Trippers If we have learned anything from various horror movies over the years, anyone handling the human skin books should probably avoid reading from them (especially if there is strange Latin inside). When movie characters do that, they tend to summon evil spirits. Or at least sound really, really silly.

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These Vintage Pictures Of Clowns Are The Creepiest Thing You’ll Ever See.

No one is exactly sure why, but clowns are pretty creepy. Even if you don’t have Coulrophobia (the fear of clowns), you have to admit that any clown is inherently disturbing. Most people think it wasn’t that way in the past, but it’s becoming more obvious that clowns have always had a dark side. Nowadays, thanks to shared pictures on the Internet, we know that old-school clowns were even creepier than what we have to deal with today.

Bozo the Clown may have given you goosebumps, but these vintage clowns? They’ll give you nightmares.

1.) Creepy clowns eyes, ready to get you.

2.) I can’t imagine anything worse for a sick person than a visit by clowns. Santa is cool though.

3.) He looks friendly…maybe.

4.) They’re not plotting to kill you or anything.

5.) I’m impressed that no one in the diner is freaking out.

6.) What are they laughing at?

7.) Something is about to happen.

8.) Is that a mask or face paint?

9.) They don’t look very happy at all.

10.) Umm, what the what? This is really creepy.

11.) I bet the elephant is trying to save those girls.

12.) Is this a good clown, or is he just faking it?

13.) Nothing creepier.

14.) She has to turn around right now!

15.) Clown smoking on a rainy day.

16.) They might just haunt my dreams tonight.

17.) Completely expressionless.

18.) Straight from your nightmares.

19.) I wish I knew what the heck was going on here.

20.) That poor dog.

21.) A couple just clowning around.

22.) Clown zombie?

23.) Why would you invite such creepy clowns to your fancy party?

24.) Clowns on the New York City subway.

25.) Those eyes are staring into your soul.

In the past, a clown’s makeup had to be exaggerated so that people in the audience could see their expressions clearly. No matter the logical reason, though, the resulting visage was just…disturbing.

To make matters worse (and inspire more people to be terrified of clowns), the current entertainment industry has cashed in on the “creepy clown” character. 

Society was introduced to the modern terrifying clown with Stephen King’s IT.

Thanks to Tim Curry’s brilliant performance, the nightmares of multiple generations were plagued by Pennywise the Clown.

Now, American Horror Story has perfected the murderous clown character with Twisty, the current season’s big bad.

When you think “terror,” you may think of these current clowns…but it all started with the awful vintage clowns of yesteryear. Good luck sleeping!

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A Guy Found A Hidden Crawlspace In His House. What Was In It Is Either A Cruel Joke.. Or Horrifying.

When Reddit user lmbrjack posted that he found a hidden crawl space in his attic leading to a locked door, the Internet braced itself for massive disappointment. In the past year or two, when people find locked safes or rooms, they seem to either never get into them or deliver a colossal let down when they finally open it. There’s rarely a gazillion dollars or Jimmy Hoffa inside, unfortunately. But lmbrjack delivered. And not only did he do so quickly, but it actually wasn’t a letdown. Well, mostly not anyway.

After moving in just 2 weeks ago, they wondered what this was. They assumed it was nothing but decided to investigate.

For an area meant to just store a hot water heater, it’s surprisingly nice, carpet included.

If you follow it back, there’s a black painted door.

With, of course, a lock on it. Fortunately, lmbrjack wasn’t about to go to sleep not knowing what was in there.

Once inside, the first thing he saw was a big black sentry safe.

Another view of the safe.

The walls, floor and ceiling are covered in soundproofing board and plastic tarp, all white. There are 3-4 outlets in the room with a small raised area the size of a single bed. Strange for a crawlspace.

Oh look, a random briefcase.

Inside: Old wooden box, jewelry box, envelopes with paper money of various countries and origins, 4 1 oz silver ingots.

Now it starts to get a little weird. Inside the sentry safe are some tapes.

“No, no, no, no” … that can’t be good.

6 Tapes in total, labeled I ’94, II ’95, III ’95, IV ’95, V, and one unlabeled.

“Save Yourself” in dripping ink. WHAT? That’s enough for me to get out of there.

As of this post, he’s yet to watch the tapes because he doesn’t have anything that can play VHSC tapes. According to lmbrjack, he’s working on that and will update soon. A lot of people think this is an elaborate hoax. The uploader, so far, is swearing it’s all real. Another user even came forward and said he recognizes the house and knows the previous owners. He claimed it was an attempt to grow mushrooms in the crawlspace and maybe he left some strange things up there. In response to the claims of “HOAX!” the owner of the house said: “I admit it is weird, yes I am a little spooked to sleep in my own home even though I probably only found some home movies and a joke in a failed grow room. I just wanted to share what I would find in this weird place in my crawl space and I knew anything I posted would be scrutinized. If I found a crate of solid gold even it’d be yelled fake. I’m not anything but a 22 year old Illinois suburb dwelling guy who likes working with metal in his backyard forge, playing PC games and making music.” I, for one, will be waiting to see what’s on those tapes. He should be updating that within the next day or two. Share this article with others below…. and investigate all of your hidden crawlspaces.

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This Ghost Town Was Wiped Off The Map Until It Recently Resurfaced. Get Ready For Creepiness.

Back in the 1920s, the lakeside town of Epecuén in Argentina was a tourist hot spot. People came from all over the country to enjoy its lake’s revitalizing waters. Sadly, in 1985, a seiche (standing wave) flooded the town and broke a nearby dam protecting it. The tides began to rise, and the town was submerged at the bottom of the lake. Although residents had enough time to escape the flooding, it was completely devastating and people lost everything.

Nearly 25 years later, the water receded, and parts of the town were still present. French photographer Romain Veillon paid the ruins of Epecuén a visit and snapped some amazing photos of what’s left.  

Here once stood the proud resort town of Epecuén in Argentina.

The remains of an old car.

In 1985, a freak weather event known as a seiche (standing wave) flooded the town. That’s when things began to turn ugly for Epecuén.

The seiche damaged a nearby dam protecting the town, and caused the tides to rise.

The flooding became so bad that the residents had to evacuate before the town was completely submerged.

Strange to think this used to be full of life.

Before the flooding, Epecuén was a huge tourist attraction with hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, playgrounds, and schools.

I wonder what this used to be.

Wow. This is completely desolate.

Recently, the flood waters have receded, revealing the ghostly remains of Epecuén.

Wow… this is really spooky.

Those trees are giving me the shivers.

Flooded streets.

There are no plans at the moment to rebuild or resettle Epecuén.

In the meantime, it will sit and serve as a reminder of the awesome and awful power of nature.

Via: Gizmodo

This is really creepy. Apparently, flooded ghost towns like this are more common than you think. This still creeps me out, though. Maybe Epecuén could have a second life as the perfect place to film zombie apocalypse movies.

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