[CW Warning! This thread will be filled with horror. Which means it could get gory, disturbing, unsettling, anxiety inducing, etc. Let’s try to warn people with what we post just in case.]
Halloween is next month! So I figured it’d be a cool time to look at some creepy internet stuff.
I’m a pretty big fan of online spooky stuff. Creepypasta, videos, twitter accounts… There’s a LOT of great horror out there that is specific to the medium of the internet. To me, this stuff is the new Begotten’s of our generation. This is the best in experimental horror. I remember one of my first forays into online horror was Nine Inch Nail’s ARG for their album Year Zero:
The above videos are a really good example of the tone of the project. Just creepy imagery involved. But be careful looking for stuff relating to the project. A lot of the media releases deals with terrorism, fascism, body horror, and other harsh stuff.
Year Zero had a huge number of websites, audio files, numbers you could call, and video media connected to this story that a resistance group was sending fragments back in time to our current day to warn people about endless war and global warming, along with a number of creepy sci-fi elements as well which included body horror.
There’s a bunch of neat recordings you can find on youtube. I’m not sure if the sites are still up, but I’m sure someone has collected them in image format somewhere.
I honestly think you don’t get stuff like SCP without projects like Year Zero:
Speaking of, there are a bunch of neat projects that have come out of inspiration of SCP. A lot of people connect the game Control to the website. And we’re getting great internet projects trying for the same tone.
One of my favorites is the Local 58 series:
(CW for references to suicide on this one. Sorry, forgot about it until I saw it on a recent viewing.)
Local 58 is a series of small vignettes angled like breaks in broadcast television. They include contingency programs for the fall of the U.S. to some unknown force, a weather report that gets REAL moon specific, and some animation that is down right unsettling.
Next is Petscop. Petscop is basically based around the ‘haunted video game’ idea. A kid starts a let’s play of a game that he found in an attic, and the game starts to get more and more creepy and weird. Note, I’ve only seen a few episodes of this, and I hear it doesn’t get jump scary, but there are a number of connections to disturbing real world stuff.
And finally, a Twitter account that I’ve been enjoying:
A really great little project based on the idea that the sun randomly vanishes one day, and weird paranormal stuff starts occurring in the sky. Great production for what looks like only a few kids making a project.
What horror is getting you all goosebumpy lately? Link some stuff!