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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Mickey Goes to Hell aka Suicide Mouse

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

Today’s exploration is an oldy-but-goody, something plucked from the intersection of cursed videos and Disney-related conspiracy theories. “Mickey Goes to Hell” aka “Suicide Mouse” is a years-old internet enigma, but as opposed to most urban legends associated with lost media, this footage actually exists. Whether it’s authentic or created after the legend became popular is, of course, a topic of fierce debate.

Here’s the scoop on Suicide Mouse in its entirety; this original story appeared in 2010 on a now-defunct chat room, but has been saved  and published (typos and all) by Snopes:

So do any of you remember those Mickey Mouse cartoons from the 1930s? The ones that were just put out on DVD a few years ago? Well, I hear there is one that was unreleased to even the most avid classic disney fans. According to sources, it’s nothing special. It’s just a continuous loop (like flinstones) of mickey walking past 6 buildings that goes on for two or three minutes before fading out. Unlike the cutesy tunes put in though, the song on this cartoon was not a song at all, just a constant banging on a piano as if the keys for a minute and a half before going to white noise for the remainder of the film. It wasn’t the jolly old Mickey we’ve come to love either, Mickey wasn’t dancing, not even smiling, just kind of walking as if you or I were walking, with a normal facial expression, but for some reason his head tilted side to side as he kept this dismal look. Up until a year or two ago, everyone believed that after it cut to black and that was it. When Leonard Maltin was reviewing the cartoon to be put in the complete series, he decided it was too junk to be on the DVD, but wanted to have a digital copy due to the fact that it was a creation of Walt. When he had a digitized version up on his computer to look at the file, he noticed something.

The cartoon was 9 minutes and 4 seconds long.

After it cut to black, it stayed like that until the 6th minute, before going back into Mickey walking. The sound was different this time. It was a murmur. It wasn’t a language, but more like a gurgled cry. As the noise got more indistinguishable and loud over the next minute, the picture began to get weird. The sidewalk started to go in directions that seemed impossible based on the physics of Mickeys walking. And the dismal face of the mouse was slowly curling into a smirk. On the 7th minute, the murmur turned into a bloodcurdling scream (the kind of scream painful to hear) and the picture was getting more obscure. Colors were happening that shouldn’t have been possible at the time. Mickey face began to fall apart. his eyes rolled on the bottom of his chin like two marbles in a fishbowl, and his curled smile was pointing upward on the left side of his face. The buildings became rubble floating in midair and the sidewalk was still impossibly navigating in warped directions, a few seeming inconceivable with what we, as humans, know about direction. Mr. Maltin got disturbed and left the room, sending an employee to finish the video and take notes of everything happening up until the last second, and afterward immediately store the disc of the cartoon into the vault. This distorted screaming lasted until 8 minutes and a few seconds in, and then it abruptly cuts to the mickey mouse face at the credits of the end of every video with what sounded like a broken music box playing in the background. This happened for about 30 seconds. From a security guard working under me who was making rounds outside of that room, I was told that after the last frame, the employee stumbled out of the room with pale skin saying “Real suffering is not known” 7 times before speedily taking the guards pistol and offing himself on the spot. The thing I could get out of Leonard Maltin was that the last frame was a piece of russian text that roughly said “the sights of hell bring its viewers back in”. As far as I know, no one else has seen it.

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You can check out Suicide Mouse in its entirety below. While I haven’t looked at the footage myself (why risk it, am I right?) comments from those who have seen it range from “That’s the scariest thing I’ve ever seen,” to, “It looks like a film school drop-out’s animation project.” If you are truly compelled and dying of curiosity, by all means—explore!

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Gruesome Demonic Possession Video

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

While The Blair Witch Project, released in 1999, didn’t invent the found footage subgenre of horror, it certainly popularized the concept, making it a common trope throughout the 2010s. The idea of finding misplaced film or video that reveals a terrifying truth is instantly compelling, and films like The Ring and Sinister have taken this concept outside of the found-footage arena, promoting the concept of cursed media.

One of the main goals of the found-footage presentation is to blur the line between fiction and reality. From this perspective, it’s as though a filmmaker is acting as an objective third party, offering a “discovery” without validating its authenticity. And while there are indeed real-life examples of lost media revealing compelling or harrowing secrets (surveillance footage, lost cameras, etc.) has anything ever been unearthed that compares to the terror induced by movies like Blair Witch.

Perhaps.

The Paranormal Scholar is a YouTube channel dedicated to scientific, academic explorations of supposed real-life supernatural phenomenon. While the majority of their video essays end by debunking popular urban legends and modern creepypastas, they recently explored a potentially legitimate reel of found film—and it’s utterly horrifying.

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According to The Paranormal Scholar, the footage below was discovered in the attic of a newly purchased home in Iowa around 1973. Unfortunately, no other significant details are known—which is convenient if it’s a hoax. The video looks almost too good to be real (meaning it’s genuinely disturbing) but the fact that it can’t be immediately debunked is instantly unnerving.

The subject of this supposedly found footage is one many horror fans find intriguing: Demonic possession. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Do you know anything about this mysterious footage? Do you think it’s real or a clever fake? Let the debate begin!

Warning: Mature Content!

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Sharks Attack Mini-Sub

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

The internet is awash with truly chilling shark footage; from cage-dive encounters to unexpected attacks, there’s plenty to inspire you to stay on dry land—forever! Some recent footage hit YouTube, however, that takes the inherent intensity of an apex-predator attack and multiplies it exponentially!

Imagine going on a mission of exploration to unimaginable depths, where new discoveries come with unimaginable terrors. Such was the case for a team of marine biologists who took a mini-sub into the Abyss to find out what happens to whale carcasses on the ocean floor.

According to BoingBoing.net: “The Blue Planet II team dive to over 700 meters to see what happens to a whale carcass on the seabed. Whilst filming sharks as they feast, the sharks start to take a worrying interest in the submarine!”

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The video below combines the claustrophobic intensity of a horror movie with the primal dread of what lies beneath. It will put you inside a mini-sub as it’s surrounded by gigantic, hungry, territorial sharks! Even when they’re not attacking the sub, the sounds of them beasts chomping on decaying whale flesh is pure nightmare fuel. Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section!

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? La Maison Ensorcelée

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary

“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

Halloween and Haunted Houses go together like graveyards and tombstones, and horror fans delight in manifestations of this enduring genre trope. From huge, destination events like Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios & Knotts Scary Farm to local Ma & Pa operations, October offers brave thrill seekers the opportunity to face a bevy of things that go bump in the night.

One of the most recent haunted house movies, Amityville: The Awakening, is available to watch for free now on Google Play. It’s a surprisingly solid entry in the loosely connected Amityville Horror franchise, one that delivers some serious scares. Peep the trailer and synopsis below.

Official Synopsis: A single mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) moves into a new home with her three children, but the miraculous recovery of her previously comatose teenage son (Cameron Monaghan) leads to a series of sinister events that leave the frightened family fighting for their lives. Bella Thorne and Kurtwood Smith co-star.

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You may have seen the most recent haunted house horror movie, but what about the very first? You’ll have to go back to 1908 for Segundo de Chomón’s La Maison Ensorcelée aka The House of Ghosts. It’s only 6-minutes long, but it packs a surprising wallop! Not only does it ooze with vintage Halloween creepiness, it’s one of the earliest examples of stop-motion animation—a method of filmmaking that never fails to unnerve.

You can find La Maison Ensorcelée in its purest form on YouTube, but I found a version that’s even scarier than the original. Back in 2014, audio expert Enrico Nicola Cascavilla gave The House of Ghosts a chilling soundscape that ups the spookiness exponentially. Not is Cascavilla’s version a perfect bite-sized creeper, it makes an ideal backdrop for Halloween festivities! Having a party or running your own haunt? Play La Maison Ensorcelée on loop in the background!

Happy Halloween, horror fans; have a safe and happy holiday!

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