Posts Tagged ‘horror’

I am going to do a weekly ‘This is YOUR Horror’ post where you can share your real life paranormal experiences. If you want to be a part of this and you feel like you have something to share then please email me lea.burnam@hotmail.com.

Pictures and soundbites are welcome as i know spirits like to communicate in a variety of ways 😉

 

Leanne

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If you feel sick, full of dread, or uneasy looking at this picture then you are not alone.

This  painting was created by artist Bill Stoneham in 1972. It depicts a young boy stood next to a sinister doll against a glass door, if you look closely you can seen small hands behind the door reaching towards the boy. According to the artist, the boy in the painting is based on a photograph of the artist when he was 5 years old.

The painting was originally purchased by actor John Marley, and sometime after Marley’s death, the painting was found on the site of an old brewery by an elderly Californian couple. Shortly after, the painting then appeared on the auction website eBay in February 2000.

According to the seller the painting carried some form of curse. The eBay description made a series of claims that the painting was haunted. Included in those claims were that the characters in the painting moved during the night, and that they would sometimes leave the painting and enter the room in which it was being displayed. Also included with the listing were a series of photographs that were said to be evidence of an incident in which the female doll character threatened the male character with a gun that she was holding, causing him to attempt to leave the painting.

A disclaimer was included with the listing absolving the seller from all liability if the painting was purchased.

News quickly spread about this haunted painting and the eBay page received over 30,000 views and the painting eventually sold for $1,025.00. The buyer, Perception Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, eventually contacted Bill Stoneham and related the unusual story of its auction on eBay and their acquisition of it. He reported being quite surprised by all the stories and strange interpretations of the images in the painting. Stoneham recalls that both the owner of the gallery in which the painting was first displayed, and the art critic who reviewed it, died within one year of coming into contact with the painting. 

Now, when i was doing some research about this painting i entered ‘The Hands Resist Him’ into google and my computer froze. Then the internet wouldn’t work for me and disconnected, even though my partner was on his computer next to me and his internet was working fine. 

Quite a bizarre painting to look at, not something that i would particularly want in my house for decorative purposes. Think i will just stick to some flowers or  some candles.  

Annabelle

Annabelle

Annabelle Review.

1hr 35min

Cast: Annabelle Wallis. Ward Horton. Alfre Woodard.

Director: John R. Leonetti

Producer: James Wan

 

 

So I should be writing up a review for the newly released Annabelle, describing the jumpy scenes and character development. Unfortunately the only thing I can describe right now is the inside of my hands, as my hands were in direct contact with my face for 99% of the film.

But in all seriousness, this film was the scariest film I have seen since The Conjuring and I have a very high threshold for horror films as I pretty much grew up with Freddy and Jason while other children my age cooed over Barney the Bear and Elmo.

Anyway, I digress; this film is set in 1960s America and focuses around John and Mia Form. Mia is heavily pregnant with their first child and as a gift John presents her with a doll to complete the collection in the nursery.

Laughter erupted around the cinema as Mia exclaimed how thrilled she was with the doll. A mutual chorus of ‘Fuck That’ filled the dark room as the camera focuses in on the creepy, horrible looking doll.

I do not want to give the whole plot away as that is not the point of a review, you can watch the movie yourself to find out what happens next, and I am adamant you need to watch this movie……now.

What I was most impressed with was the unpredictability of the jumpy moments. There was so much room for clichéd horror movie scares but the director steered away from the obvious tactics and left the audience unprepared for the mini heart attack which was about to take place.

There was an obvious lack of cheesy horror techniques in Annabelle, and it was the first film in a long time that I didn’t actually roll my eyes in annoyance at the predictability of the script or characters.

What I also loved was the very brief appearance of the original Annabelle doll in the antique store, during the last scene of the movie. Look real close – you might just spot her.

I must add that this is NOT the real story of how Annabelle came to be possessed. The first and the last scene of the film are the only scenes that are factual and are based on the real story of Annabelle. If you want to find out the real story check out my previous blog post here: https://thisismyhorror.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/haunted-dolls/

I left the cinema after watching Annabelle wanting to pray and bathe in holy water. I could almost feel Annabelle’s beady little eyes watching me as I walked in the pitch dark to my car. Bloody Annabelle. It didn’t help that I was coming back to a house full of suspected haunted dolls.

 

 

Now that Game of Thrones is over and we still have a few months until The Walking Dead starts up again, i have a fun new game for you and your friends to try out. By fun i mean ridiculous and weird.

But bear with me, this game sometimes has spooky and scary consequences. So if you are brave enough, and don’t burst into a fit of laughter, give it a go.

Preparation:

The game needs at least two players. One person sits on the floor with their legs crossed and another person lies down straight, with their head on your lap with their eyes closed. If there are more players they must sit in a circle around the first two people.

The person who is crossed legs should gently rub the temples of the person lying down and tell either, or both, of the following stories.

Cat Story 1: 

There once was an old lady who owned a Cat.

The cat was very nice.

It meowed and purred.

One day, the cat got hit by a car and died.

Catscratch, catscratch, catscratch.

poep peop peop

 

The old lady got a new cat.

The cat was very mean.

It hissed and clawed.

Catscratch, catscratch, catscratch.

 

One day, the cat got hit by a car and died.

The old lady decided not to get anymore cats.

Catscratch, catscratch, catscratch.

 

Cat Story 2:

You are walking through a dark alley late at night.

You are the only one there.

The ground is slick with rain.

The alley is filled with garbage cans and litter.

But then you hear something.

A movement in the garbage cans.

You pick up your pace.

You want to get out of the alley fast.

But then you see something.

Red eyes. Glowing red cat eyes.

They are the eyes of an enormous cat.

You run, but the cat chases you and jumps on you.

It scratches you, one, two, three.

Cat scratch, cat scratch, cat scratch!

 

Immediately after you have finished the story/stories, get the person who is lying down to quickly stand up and lift up their shirt. There should be scratches on the person’s back. Scratched from the cat……

In February of 2013, after residents of Cecil Hotel complained to managers about low water pressure, the body of Elisa Lam was found inside the rooftop water tanks. Elisa was a 21 year old Canadian tourist who traveled to LA on January the 26th, she was last seen 5 days later on the 31st of January.

Officials ruled out any foul play as autopsy reports concluded she died from drowning and there were no drugs on toxins in her body. It has also been reported that Elisa suffered from no previous mental health issues, so this leads us to the question ‘What happened?’

Footage has been released of Elisa acting very strangely in the hotel lift, pressing all the buttons and standing sheepishly in the corner, as if trying to get away from someone.

The video is very creepy considering, just a few minutes after, Elisa met her untimely death.

What is even more suspicious is how 5ft 1″ Elisa managed to access the 8 ft tall metal water containers on an alarmed rooftop, climb inside and close the lid….Do these look easy to climb in to you?

 

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Another weird connection to the Elisa Lam death is the uncanny similarity to the 2005 film Dark Water. It tells the story of a young woman found drowned in a hotel water tank. A scene in the movie depicts an elevator malfunctioning, and a character is named Cecilia. Elisa Lam was staying in the Cecil Hotel.

What is even MORE strange is just days after Elisa Lam’s body was found, national health experts were called into Skid Row near the hotel to investigate a deadly persistent tuberculosis outbreak that local health officials called the largest in a decade. More than 4,500 people may have been exposed to TB and scientists linked the outbreak to a TB strain unique to L.A. A test used to diagnose tuberculosis, particularly in patients with advanced immunosuppression, was used on residents. The name of the test – LAM-ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay).

Many question whether the Hotel (which is now closed down) is actually cursed with evil. The Cecil Hotel has a long history of violence and death, including suicide and murder. Notable serial killers – Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker, who lived on the hotel’s 14th floor for several months and used the hotel’s dumpster to dispose of his victim’s clothes, and Jack Unterweger, a crime journalist who unceremoniously killed three prostitutes in Los Angeles both commited these crimes while living at the Cecil Hotel

There are so many possibilities to this mysterious death and i sincerely hope for the family of Elisa Lam that more comes to light about that fateful night. I think the paranormal fanatic in me is questioning all these spooky connections, i would be interested to know what you all think is going on.

 

Forget TellyTubbies and Barney the friggin Bear, i watched Childs Play, IT and Nightmare on Elm Street. I turned out Okish.

Ok so i watched this film a few years ago and i have never been able to get it out of my head. I thought i would share it with all you horror lovers.

It is called Bedfellows.

I dare you to turn out the lights and watch it alone……