Top 10 cursed videos – nation online
For thousands of years, humans have worshiped and feared the power of curses. Whether brought about by a wrathful god, a rejected witch, or a confluence of bloody history, curses have vexed unhappy souls since the beginning of society. And whether any of these revenge spells have ever been real or simply the product of our innate tendency to adapt models to events, it’s hard to deny their cultural impact. So much so that the word has taken on a second meaning in internet culture, referring to unusually disturbing and mysterious images, video, audio, etc. These “ cursed ” media become a special subset of memes, meant to disturb, scare, or challenge instead of entertaining.
This list examines pieces of video and film that show the full gamut of curses: the supposedly supernatural curses that afflict the unfortunate; the new internet-style cursed videos, which haunt psychologically rather than by magic; and those who blur the line between the two. Here are 10 of the most damned videos.
ten Internet – Rubber Johnny
Johnny Rubber by Chris Cunningham & Aphex Twin (1080p HD)
This is one of the first damn videos to haunt the early days of YouTube, and around this time sneaking it into hidden folders and renaming URLs was a popular way to prank friends. Created as both an experimental art film and a music video for the song “Afx237 v.7” by electronic composer Aphex Twin, the film is wall-to-wall disgust and discomfort.
The focal point is a deformed young man in a wheelchair, his head hanging down. He starts dancing on the EDM track while his chihuahua watches. But the blurry night vision and quick editing with which the scene is presented takes all the joy out of the dance and makes the whole sequence erratic, nauseating, and disturbing.
9 Supernatural – Japanese Kleenex Advertising
The Cursed Japanese Kleenex Ad – Explained
In 1986, a series of three commercials was aired for Kleenex fabrics. They feature Japanese actress Keiko Matsuzaka dressed in white, sitting on a bed of straw next to a young child dressed as an ogre. On paper, this looks like an odd creative choice and nothing sinister in and of itself. But then you look at the actual advertising. A haunting, empty love song plays in the background and gives the whole scene a deeply edgy vibe.
Supposedly, many thought the song was actually a modern makeover of an ancient German curse. Many viewers called to complain and the ad was taken down. But on air or not, the curse remained. Most of the cast and crew are said to have died under mysterious circumstances, the lead actress gave birth to a demon baby, and thousands of people who just watched the clip went crazy. It only gets worse if you watch it at midnight …
8 Internet – My dead great-grandmother’s coffin in my own backyard
My dead great-grandmother’s coffin in my own backyard!
This one is creepy, not just for its content, but because it’s weirdly plausible. In it, a man who communicates only through ASL explains that his local cemetery is so poorly managed and unable to maintain its quality that he has decided to keep his great-grandmother’s coffin in his own backyard. Above ground. Worse yet, the video culminates in him opening the coffin to reveal his partially decomposed body, which he then kisses. On the mouth. He kisses a rotten, rotting corpse on the mouth. And it’s on video. This video. It is difficult to say more because seeing it is enough. More than enough. And it is so possible.
7 Supernatural – Atuk
There is no curse that I take more personally than Atuk’s curse. That’s because, whether it’s by curse or sheer bad luck, the end result is four comedy legends – maybe five – meeting an untimely demise.
Curse surrounds film script based on Canadian satirical novel The Incomparable Atuk. The book tells how an Inuit settles in Toronto and gradually succumbs to the temptations of big cities, becoming as greedy and snobbish as those he initially despises. When it came to adapting the image for American moviegoers, a few big names in comedy were cast for the role.
The first was John Belushi, who died months after being offered the role. Sam Kinison then got the lead role and died attempting to rewrite the role. Next was John Candy, who died months after reading. Then came Chris Farley, and a few months later he was dead too. Allegedly, Farley showed his good friend Phil Hartman the script, which also met his death soon after.
Now all of this is oversimplified and also easily explained. The lead role went exclusively to overweight actors, most of whom had drug problems. But it’s easier to rage at a curse than to accept that these five titans are truly gone for no reason.
6 Internet- Man gets lost in the catacombs of Paris
Man gets lost in the catacombs of Paris, part 1 of 2
While its authenticity is questionable, this clip is frightening. A vast labyrinthine network of tunnels known as the Catacombs of Paris weaves its way beneath the French city. Although about a mile of the structure is open for tours and the rest is off-limits, thrill seekers and ghost hunters often find ways to enter the restricted sections and explore their dark passages.
In a 2000 episode of the ABC family’s show “Scariest Places on Earth,” allegedly found footage was shown that told of a lone explorer of the forbidden tunnels as he got lost and disoriented in the dark. In the video, the man explores the tunnels calmly, but gradually he begins to move faster and faster and eventually drops his handheld camera and walks away. The camera continues to film once he’s out of sight, showing a dark, silent tunnel that begs the question: did he just lose his focus and panic there, or was he running away from something?
5 Supernatural – The Hungarian Suicide Song
I listened to the cursed Hungarian suicide song: Dark Sunday
Okay, yes, technically that curse is in the song itself and not in any particular video, but that also means any video that contains the song’s full, unchanged audio is a potentially curse-ridden experience. The song is “Gloomy Sunday” by composer Rezső Seress, but has come to be known as the Hungarian Suicide Song. Indeed, shortly after its release in 1935, as many as 20 suicides in and around Hungary were in some way associated with the song.
In many cases, anecdotal reports from those closest to the deceased have claimed that the suicide victims listened to the song just before performing the deed. While these rumors are unfounded in most cases, it’s worth noting that Seress, the song’s creator, also committed suicide years later. Additionally, despite rumors, Billie Holiday’s popular version of the song was indeed banned by the BBC for damaging public morale.
4 Internet – Croatian Stalking Band
This video claims to be genuine found images released by the Croatian authorities to locate the authors of the video. The footage shows two Croatian teenagers testing their new video camera in a park. Finally, they notice that a man seems to be following them. The man is stooped and like an ape, and he has a sack on his head. It would be oddly funny in any other setting, but he gets closer and closer to the teenagers, eventually getting closer to them. They run into a nearby building and appear to have lost the man. Then they call an elevator and when it opens… the video ends with the two screams.
3 Supernatural – Poltergeist
Why the whole of Poltergeist was really cursed
“Poltergeist” is horror movie royalty. Produced by Spielberg at his height, the film was released in 1982, to both public and critical acclaim, and became a commercial success. The story centers on a suburban family who unknowingly lives on top of a Native American cemetery and thus finds themselves the victim of a wrathful and ghostly curse. But, just as the movie’s curse slips off family television, Poltergeist’s actual curse seems to have found its way off the big screen and onto set.
A number of cast and crew have mysteriously and unexpectedly died. Heather O’Rourke, the show’s young star, has died unexpectedly at the age of 12. Dominique Dunne, who played O’Rourke’s older sister, was murdered less than a year after the first film was released. Julian Beck and Will Sampson both passed away shortly after completing their work on the second film. Other creepy rumors about the production persist, such as actual exorcisms on set and real human remains being used in place of aftershocks in the first film’s infamous pool scene.
2 Internet – Video Dating Tape
This one, too, seems oddly plausible. You have to assume it’s wrong like most others, but just asking yourself makes it terrifying. The video is from a VHS on which a man recorded a video dating profile. In a Hawaiian shirt, and in front of a tropical background, he sits down and introduces himself, explaining why he would make a great romantic partner. It’s sadder and more embarrassing than anything. But at one point, a sound comes from off-screen that distracts and angers him. It looks like a woman, possibly gagged, moaning and screaming in pain and terror. He explodes, yelling at her to shut up and get up to take care of her… then calmly starts recording another take of her dating profile. It’s just subtle enough to avoid being immediately dismissed as a more overt horror would be.
1 Supernatural – The Omen
Producer Harvey Bernhard said at the start of the 1976 production of “The Omen” that “the devil was at work and he didn’t want this movie to be made.” Maybe he was right. Just two months before filming began, star Gregory Peck’s son committed suicide. While filming, Peck’s plane was struck by lightning. The plane of producer Mace Neufeld was also struck by lightning. Another thunderbolt nearly struck Bernhard himself. The IRA bombed the hotel where Neufeld was staying.
A plane originally slated to capture aerial photographs for the film, but which was reloaded at the last minute, crashed and killed everyone on board. An animal wrangler on the set was maimed by a tiger and died of his wounds. An assistant to Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson was beheaded in a car accident. Is it a coincidence? … Yeah, almost certainly. But it’s hard to ignore how tragic a coincidence there has been.