I know what you are going through right now. Your Mom told you to, “Go to bed” and you aren’t the slightest bit interested in doing a single thing that witch tells you to do. Well, that’s what I am here for. Allow me to help you stay awake, because I like you a lot. Also because the system your Mom has created for you is bogus and you of all people deserve to do what you want. So go ahead and party all night like it’s 1999! And to help fight off the sandman from sprinkling those magical dust particles in your eyes, I have compiled a list of the top 10 most frightening videos on youtube designed to keep you wide awake all night long. Just remember to turn the lights out before you begin. Are they out yet? Good. Let’s have some fun.
1. Unbelievable Poltergeist Activity
This video entertains me as it manages to create a tense scene without turning the lights off. The camera remains stationary throughout as it catches a bunch of spooky shit happening in this house; all the while those dogs keep wondering what the hell is going on. Some have said this video is a fake (what else is new) because some point in, the lighting changes implying a passing of time to create fake ghost effects. I myself question the almost-too-obviously-spooky choice of music the Poltergeist plays on the radio (seriously, who has a song like that set up to play on their home entertainment system?). But despite my doubts of its authenticity, it still managed to make my spine tingle in a way very few youtube ghost videos can do. Some of the simplest scares are the most effective after all.
2. Dorm Room Ghost
This video is especially creepy, as the ghost manifests itself from the shadows around it and nothing more. Granted, a lot of the mystery behind this ghost seems to come from the low quality of the camera, but it is tough to just write off how this spirit just appears and disappears without opening any doors or using any video effects. Real or not, this is one hell of a spooky clip.
3. The Old Tape
This is a creepy online horror artifact, first shared on Redit in April of 2013. Supposedly it was recorded off of a radio broadcast by the Redit poster Ravenmouth (the youtube poster is AD10669sh, presumably the same person) back in 1995 and until 2013, the recording had been sitting in a desk drawer. It is of creepy ambient noises, followed by an echoed choir of female voices reading off a list of names and dates. The trusty diehards of godlikeproductions.com (link to the discussion) took some time to study up on some of the names recited in the recording and found they all belong to dead people and the dates are of their deaths. But some of the names are of these deceased individual’s next of kin. The word on the street is The Old Tape may have your name listed in the recording too. So take a good hard listen when you play this…You know…If you’re brave enough.
4. Japanese Ghost
Few cultures are as creative with their horror as the Japanese. This has a lot to do with their rich, diverse background and belief system, which incorporates a platoon of supernatural creatures, ghosts, gods and demons. It is easy for us to forget that the world we live in today is manufactured to provide us with more comfort than our ancestors were able to provide themselves. But sometimes the old world likes to sneak up on us and shake us out of our comfort zone as a reminder that the same threats our ancestors had to face are still relevant today. Such is the case with this fantastically frightening video, in which a happy group of individuals are interrupted by a Yūrei; a tortured spirit whose body was not put through the proper rights of passing. If you had to pick a ghost video to watch to keep you from falling asleep, this is probably the one you are looking for.
5. Body of a Pig
Despite what I just said about the Japanese, don’t write off the British as just a bunch of tea sipping swootilypoopers. They are hardcore with their myths and legends of ghosts and demons as well. Body of a Pig messes with your head, as it anthropomorphizes one of the most delicious creatures in the animal kingdom and makes it a threat to these curious paranormal investigators. The EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) is creepy enough. But the money shot is what follows the EVP.
6. Real Demons Caught on Tape
Arms, arms everywhere but not a gun to shoot (sorry, it’s not a creative joke). Whoever made this video is sick. And I want his autograph. Seriously, what could be more frightening than being locked in a room with a million arms reaching out at you from nowhere? How about a gaggle of tiny baby arms grabbing at you from underneath the doorframe, or the doorknob turning into an eyeball? Or how about a giant finger monster ready to turn you into tasty tasty finger food? I don’t know, but I do know I practically crapped my pants the first time I watched this.
7. Real Exorcism of Annelise Michel
All of you know about Exorcisms. If not, I know you’ve at least heard of the movie The Exorcist. Some of you may even know of at least one of the three not-as-good-or-popular horror films in similar vain, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes and Requiem. Those three films were all inspired by the real case and Exorcism of Annelise Michel, a young Catholic woman who believed she was possessed by the devil. In response, her parents secretly organized an Exorcism for her by two priest which took place over the span of 10 months and 67 sessions. She died on July 1st, 1976 from Dehydration and Malnutrition, among other ailments brought upon by mistreatment during the Exorcism rights. The trial of her death received a great deal of press and the individuals responsible for her death were charged with negligent homicide. Needless to say it was an all around fail for those who were responsible for her well-being. The following is an audio recording of the actual Exorcism taking place, juxtaposed to photographs of Annelise throughout that last year. If the ghosts and the demons make you scoff, let the sweet and somber tones of the horned one himself speaking through a dyeing young woman keep you company as you spend the rest of your night huddled nose deep beneath your covers. They won’t protect you of course, but at least you will stay warm when he comes for you.
8. The Scariest Video You’ve Ever Watched In The Name of Science
After all those spooky videos I’d say it is time for a break from the paranormal. Want to learn how to fix a transmission tower? There’s nothing scary about that, right? I mean it’s a pretty blue collar job working with electricity and metal pipes and whathaveyou…Oh yeah, and you also have to climb a vertical ladder that can go up thousands of feet while barely secured to only the most bare bones of safety equipment. If you ever wondered what it was like to climb a 2,000 foot ladder while dragging over 30 lbs of equipment dangling from your belt, feeling the wind blow you back and forth, knowing that just one unpredicted storm cloud or the slightest breeze could knock you off balance causing you to fall hundreds to thousands of feet to the hard, unforgiving ground, wonder no more. But look on the bright side; if you fall at least they won’t need to dig a grave for you. By the time your body hits the earth, it will surely leave a 6-foot deep crater for your broken bloodied carcass. Have fun thinking about that as you sit back, relax, and watch this climb from the safety of a GoPro camera.
9. Robert The Doll
Haven’t got the creeps yet? Bare with me now, I’m not done yet. This video is about one of the most famous haunted artifacts of the 20th century, Robert The Doll. He is to this day one of the most nightmare inducing things ever conceived by mankind. Robert the doll was a gift to the 6 year old Robert Eugene Otto. His maid, who was thought to practice voodoo magic, created the doll in the likeness of the young man himself. You want to know the really scary part? Until his dyeing day, Robert Eugene Otto really believed his doll was alive. And the people in his life including his wife were legitimately affected by the supposed mischievous actions of Robert The Doll. That’s right folks, paranormal or not, everything in this video actually happened. Pleasant dreams.
10. Found Footage Super 8 Reel 8.687687.87: Fragment 7k
I’ve seen a lot of these “guy with a camera checking out a lot of nothing until a pair of eyes stare back at him from the darkness” videos. But I really like this one for a few reasons. Most notably, the idea that the only thing separating you from whatever is reaching through those cracks is a flimsy, rotten bathroom door stall. The youtube poster of this video is Jack Torrance (link in the name), and he has a bunch of these, “found footage super 8 reel” clips supposedly found in, “10 large boxes at an estate sale for 5 bucks a box” in Austin, Texas. If my list wasn’t enough to keep you awake, then as a bonus I challenge you check out all of the videos on his channel. Though this one is particularly scary, they will all aid in keeping you from catching the necessary Z’s for your well deserved night’s sleep.
So that’s it folks. I hope my list has kept you thoroughly entertained. Maybe next time you won’t need inspiration to keep yourself awake, as these videos provide a sufficient amount of nightmare fuel for a lifetime. At least so long as you keep the lights out. And remember. There is nothing in the dark. So there is no need to look behind you. Even when you feel that warm, raspy breathe of air on the back of your neck. Whatever you do. Don’t turn around.