If you are anything like me, you love creepy things. Stuff that go bump in the night, ghosts leaving trails of creepy sounds and pictures, any sort of horror movie that pops up on the big screen, that feeling that you’re being watched, etc. For whatever reason, I love those kinds of feelings. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I am the kind of person that bursts into laughter after being scared. In honor of how badly I am longing for colder weather and for the creepy season to come back around (a.k.a. October, my favorite month of the year), I thought I would develop a list of five things that have given me the worst goose-bumps in my twenty-one years of life.
- Stranger Things, an original Netflix series.
Okay, so, I confess now. Maybe the whole reason I came up with this list in the first place is this amazing show. Chances are, if you have any sort of social media, you have probably heard whispers about it, if you haven’t watched it yourself. The show isn’t that old, only a couple of months in fact, and it has taken the world by storm. Here’s a little bit about it: a group of four, adorable, twelve-year old boys are shattered when one of them goes missing in their quite, dull town. But this quite, dull town is not all that it seems, as they never are. This is something a recovering sheriff, grieving mother and brother, and three remaining friends discover as they desperately try to find the boy who is missing, all the while uncovering a massive government secret that has gone terribly, terribly wrong.
Basically, guys, this show is a big shout out to the eighties classic horror films. If the summary wasn’t even to tickle your fantasy then that fact right there is enough to get you going. If you know anything about horror films, then you know how the genre got so popular in the first place is America in the eighties. Out of this time period arises Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Poltergeist, The Evil Dead, The Shining, Gremlins, Alien, E.T, and so many more. This show does a graceful bow to the films that started it all.
If you appreciate fantastic characters perfectly blended with flaws and heroic qualities, a wonderfully developed setting complete with a fantasy world, jaw-dropping acting, realistic dialogue and experiences, anything that makes you think “oh goodness somebody somewhere did some wonderful writing” then there is no way you can’t enjoy this show. Let me try and convince you even more. If you are a fan of jump-scares, magic, government conspires, romance, monsters, sassy people, the eighties time period, female characters who don’t need no man, memes (oh Barb!), bad guys versus good guys, crazy action scenes, D+D, then go watch this. Please. Now?
If you couldn’t tell, I love this show. I will stop rambling about it now, I promise, but I will leave you with this: the show is a lovely mix between Alien, E.T, and The Goonies.
- Buzzfeed Unsolved YouTube Series
This YouTube series created by one of the many sub channels of Buzzfeed discusses the details and theories behind many popular unsolved mysteries in the world. They discuss things such as The Black Delilah, the Zodiac Killer, the Hinterkaifeck Farm killings, the Illuminati, and things similar. The host, Ryan, has an outstanding voice and a gift for presenting research. He and whomever is co-host for the day make a fantastic pair, filling the creepy shows with humor and a perfect blend between those who believe and those who don’t. So, there’s even a little something for those non-believers out there.
I mention it because the series is just very well made. The history is intriguing the hosts are charismatic, and the subjects are tantalizingly creepy. One episode did manage to keep me up all night.
- Until Dawn
I am a huge nerd about video games. There are so many that I love, but this one is my favorite. A group of ten friends take a holiday vacation at one of the kid’s father’s ski resort, which is usually abandoned at this time of year. However, one night turns into tragedy when two of them go missing, and, eventually, die. The group of friends, now eight, return a year later to work through the horrific accident together. However, things take a sinister and seriously creepy turn when they realize they are not alone on this mountain.
The story is so much fun to play, as you take turns playing each of the eight friends. But it also plays with a psychological idea called the butterfly effect. You might have heard of this concept before. In the game, this means any sort of decision you make with a character, such as how fast you take to get to one place versus what you choose to say to a different character, has a major affect on the outcome of the game. That’s right, you can have different outcomes for your game play. It is completely up to you whether any number between eight to zero of those characters survive until dawn. See the meaning behind the name of the game?
Not only is the concept of this game really wonderful, the design of the game follows suits. It is seriously beautiful: the animation is outstanding, the movement natural, the characters and setting so realistic looking. Seriously, sometimes I couldn’t even tell that the game was, indeed, a game.
But, oh man, look out for those jump scares. It is a completely different ballgame watching something with jump scares versus playing them.
It’s a game for the PS4, but don’t fret, if you don’t own one of those pieces of technology they are many, many play-throughs you can watch on YouTube (I recommend Pewdiepie’s).
- This America’s Life Podcast
I wonder if any of the TGNA readers are also TAL listeners! This is a wonderful podcast that focuses on the many stories, the many people, and the many fascinating things about American life. There was one in particular that they published around Halloween in 2006 that sticks with me even today. It includes multiple stories following real life people experiencing real life horrors. From an early 20th century classic haunted house, to parents tricking their children, to teenage boys being kidnapped and tortured.
Seriously, that’s some creepy stuff right there.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
A lot of you guys might have heard about this book! It is very popular in the young adult literature world, but is also about to come out as a movie. I picked this book not because of the plot or characters in the book, but it’s on my list because of the visual elements behind the book. The book is filled with authentic, creepy, realistic polaroid’s of people. They could be just standing there, staring at other people, or pointing a gun at the camera. These polaroid are just the perfect thing to add to an already creepy story.
There you have it! There is my list! I tried to be diverse and include one thing from different formats. You’ve got your binge-worthy TV show, your creepy YouTube videos, a magnificently built video game, an enchanting podcast, and a beautiful book. Do you agree with this list, or do you have your own list? Comment below some of the creepiest things you have ever encountered! I would love, love, love to hear them!