Four of us from work got together and went inside the hospital to test our courage. I got separated from the rest of them…
…I think I saw something red… –Anonymous source
I swear, I’ve been sitting through WAY too many J-horror shorts lately to make sure I have enough ‘scariest short horror film of the week’ entries for the next couple of months. At this point, I’ve got almost a dozen stand-out scary ones. Now would be a smart time for me to stop watching the creepiest ones I can find, and quit while I’m ahead!
Right off the bat, this one begins with more of a statement than a warning: The images that follow have reportedly driven many viewers to insanity or suicide. Since it’s a very cleverly put-together found footage ‘mockumentary’, we don’t have to worry about that*, but when you’re watching dozens of these after dark, in a fairly jittery mood (presidential elections do that to me, though this isn’t as bad as 2004) it slows you down just a tad. I wasn’t scared, but it sure as hell got my attention fast. At the very least, they’ve got balls to start with it right out of the gate. BAM!
Spirit photographs are creepy enough (especially if you’ve seen the original Shutter ). When you’re watching “Haunted Hospital” and you get to a card that says THIS:
…and even the tiniest part of your brain speaks up in a polite, cautious voice, asking uh, do you really want to watch this? Unless there’s a warning about animal violence, if I’m watching horror deliberately (which is 99.9% of the time, I don’t watch horror accidentally) this usually never slows me down for a second. Now that’s what makes an impression on us horror fans. Not too shabby!
*though many comments on You Tube from younger (well, I hope they’re younger) viewers of this piece swear it’s real – from reading the comments, they’re not trying to start anything troll-ish , they really seem convinced. Though I suppose if you watch past the part warning that people who have seen these images have gone insane and/or blind, some doubt exists (that or they’re really, really bored and decide to take their chances). If I thought it was real (on really scary short movies, the majority of people on You Tube, including me, scan the comments to make sure we’re not wasting our valuable minutes) from reading comments that repeatedly said so, seeing a message that The images that follow have reportedly driven many viewers to insanity or suicide would make my brain call Whup! Time out. How about you sleep on that and maybe check back in the daytime? Actually, Brain, that’s a good idea. Thanks.
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