The zombie apocalypse and paranormal activity are undoubtedly terrifying enough to keep us up at night.
But the scarier things in life are the things grounded in reality.
I remember going over to a friend's house for a party back in college when all hell broke loose.
My friend's older brother – who I never met – was there with a couple of his buddies. To this day, I still have no idea what prompted it but an argument turned physically violent, and there was a gun involved.
People were screaming and scrambling in different directions from the living room. It was complete pandemonium.
Long story short, I found myself hoisting my body over the second floor balcony along with three others to flee from one of the brother's friends wielding a knife.
The four of us ran to one of our parked cars and managed to pile in after struggling with the keys to unlock the door – just like in a horror film.
The pursuer tried smashing the rear window with his bloodied knuckles as we were all screaming and crying from inside the vehicle. And that was when the cops arrived.
There were severe injuries sustained but no fatalities. I still shudder thinking about that night and continue counting my blessings that I was okay.
Being pursued by disturbed individuals, witnessing death, and even unwelcome animals were others examples shared by strangers of the internet when Redditor LauraPalmerIsNotDead asked:
"When I was maybe 19 or 20 I nearly got run off the road on my way home from work one night. No actual accident, but it shook me up so I pulled off on the shoulder to calm down before continuing to drive."
"A windowless van pulled up behind me and a man got out, and approached my car. He asked if I was okay, and I told him I was fine, just gathering myself after a scare. He offered for me to wait in the van with his 'wife and kids'. He insisted multiple times that I get in his van. Luckily my door was already locked and I had only cracked the window to speak with him."
"Since he parked his van right behind me and I could see in my rear view there were no visible passengers in his van."
A Parent's Agony
"The scream of a parent realizing they lost their child is a different kind of scream you never forget."
"I heard my mother's scream after she found out my brother died... Still sends shivers up my spine."
"One night of college, I heard a woman screaming for help. I looked out my window and saw her right next to the street. Keep in mind this is a popular college town and the street was busy and there didnt seem to be anything immediately attacking or endangering her. After a few minutes I was about to go down when a car pulled up and three guys got out. I could overhear the convo since it was right out of my bedroom but she said no one was paying attention and they should 'try' some other apartment. They all jumped in and drove off."
"A month later an apartment got broken into and four people were caught, 1 women and three men. Apparently she was in the house and left the door unlocked and the men then came in and robbed the place."
All About Timing
"Something similar happened to me. My parents told me they'd be home in 30 minutes. They were totally lying and were like 2 hours away. When 35 minutes went by and someone knocked, I just opened the door. They just shove the door open, but luckily I had forgotten the latch."
"It was some lady and a really thuggish dude. I shove the door closed and lock the deadbolt. They're yelling at me that they need to use my phone ASAP because her kids got abducted. I call the cops but she wants me to go outside and let her use the phone. Luckily I live 60 seconds tops from a police station. Within 1 minute there is 4 cop cars outside. The dude had a weapon and was just trying to get in the house. Scary stuff."
"Having the police station so close has saved my a** so many times. One time two guys was trying to break in through the back window. I call the cops again. I swear hardly a minute passed before I saw flashlights. They had to call a helicopter because the guys jumped a few fences."
The Blood-Curdling Scream
"SO I wouldn't say this belongs here as a 'horrifying experience' in the end, though it was for a brief moment, but your story reminded me of it."
"I was living alone on a fairly quiet back street of a larger city. One night I was in bed and heard a woman screaming outside, like really screaming, a raw guttural scream like she was fearing for her life or something. It happened a couple of times and I went to look out the window, I was on the 5th floor of a large apartment building. I looked around to see if other people were showing concern or looking out of their windows but nothing. It happened again and sounded like it was coming from directly beneath my window, there was a small enclosed car park there but it was dark, I shone my phone's flashlight down there but couldn't see anything."
"I thought about calling the police. Then it happened again loudly and I made a split second decision to rush down there, I ran down there as quick as I could, already partially regretting the decision, and crept around to the rear of the building where the scream was coming from. It happened once more, like a blood-curdling scream. I shouted 'HEY!' as loud and intimidating as I could. Nothing happened. I was terrified, my heart was beating out of it's chest, adrenaline pumped, hands were shaking. I couldn't see anything, I put the flashlight on on my phone and shone it around. Nothing."
"Then, two foxes darted out from behind one of the cars. I watched them scurry off down the street with a wave of relief thinking 'It can't have been that?.' I looked around a little more and then went back up to my apartment and got on Google, and yes it was foxes."
"I had no idea, but the sound that foxes make when f'king or fighting or whatever they were doing sounds like witches being burned at the stake, and it's a horrifying thing to hear if you don't know what it is in the middle of the night."
Dude Looked Like A Demon
"After getting evicted from our apartment, my sister and I lived in a station wagon with our mom for almost a month. One night, we were parked in a lot kind of hidden behind some dumpsters. It was just my sister and me, trying to sleep when we woke up to someone tapping on the window. It was an old man with a scraggly beard and these wet lesions all over his face. He smiled at us and told us in this raspy voice, 'Hey, roll down the window.' In the dim light from the streetlamp, he looked like a demon pressing his face against the window glass. We shook our heads and held each other as he went around the station wagon checking each door to see if it would open."
"Eventually, he came back to the rear and this time he wasn't smiling but looking really angry and demented. He started slamming on the back window and telling us to 'Open the f'king window!" I remember being terrified that he was going to break the glass with his fists."
"He suddenly stopped and walked away when an SUV pulled in and shone its headlights on him. I don't know if it was a cop or a security guard or just someone driving by, but it was enough to scare him away. My sister and I jumped out of the car as the SUV pulled away. We went to the laundromat and sat in there for the rest of the night."
Like A Horror Movie
"I was driving home from Target at around 8PM at night and got the feeling the car behind me was following me. I started taking a very weird, circuitous way and they stayed behind me...not tailgating, but close enough to not lose me. Finally, they turned and I breathed a sigh of relief..."
"...until I turned on a side street, saw an idling car with its lights off, and the HEADLIGHTS CAME ON and they started following me again. I was freaking out and drove as fast as I safely could to the small-town police station. When they saw me turn into the parking lot, they sped off. I sat there until my adrenaline calmed down a bit, and then I drove home and promptly burst into tears. Closest I've ever come to living out a horror movie."
The Church Next Door
I've seen a lot since I used to live in a bad part of town, but the one that really stood out was when one of the wiremen was literally burnt into a crisp.
We were at the church next door which was at the 2nd floor and had a big window, from the back you could see the wireman doing something, but then suddenly he grabbed hold on a live wire, he tensed up started shaking and he couldn't let go, people tried getting him down using wooden sticks but it only caused him to fall down still clinging on the live wire, I didn't see anything else after him falling down but our neighbors said his clothes were burnt off and he was literally charred and unrecognizable.
Back from Wendy's
My grandmother and I got some fast food for dinner and on our way back to our neighborhood. A good 10ish miles away from the restaurant that involved getting on and off a freeway. I noticed the car behind us was the same as the one behind us in the drive thru. And was making all our same turns.
We thought what are the chances they were a fellow neighborhood resident who also picked up Wendy's for dinner. But as they turned on our specific street, we knew something was up. We immediately kept going and left our neighborhood and got back on the freeway to go to our local police station.
About another 15 miles of freeway of following us in various lanes they abandoned their mission and violently drove across 3 lanes and onto an off ramp leaving us on the freeway. Good thing too because around then we realized we were really low on gas.
Our theory was these people saw an elderly woman with a handicap license plate picking up food and going home to eat it as an easy target for a possible home invasion/kidnapping etc.
I was on my way home from work and there was a car parked sideways in the road, blocking both lanes. I stopped and waited a couple of minutes, waiting for the driver to go, he didn't move, so I honked my horn. At this, he pulled around and tried to ram me. I was able to get around him and head for home, but he kept chasing me, trying to run me off of the road. I am a fairly good size guy, about 35 years old at the time, but there was no way I was going to confront this crazy butt hole.
So I sped away, trying to get home without being rammed, I couldn't lose him, and there was no way I was going to lead him to my house, so I drove to the police station, and went inside and he sped off. He must have been from out of the area because he didn't know that only the lobby was open at that hour, and there were no cops there. He very well could have followed me in, there was no one there to help me, just a phone that rings the county police dispatcher.
When I was 19 I was 7 months pregnant with my oldest daughter. I still lived with my parents and came home after work around 1130pm. I usually checked that the vehicles were locked before going inside. But this night I was overcome with a sense of immense fear. I wouldn't even look towards my parents vehicles and hurried into the house. Twenty minutes later a guy is knocking on our door telling us that my parents SUV was on fire and to get out of the house, saving our lives and we called 911.
There was a serial arsonist on the loose in our town and when he was caught and he confessed he admitted to watching me come home that night and how he was preparing to hurt me in case I had caught him, but I never looked over his direction as he was sitting in my parents SUV when I had arrived home. It took years before I was able to be out at night alone.
B (said friend) and I were meeting at the local abbey's to say hi to friends in the parking lot because that's what you do in a small town. As we left we drove through the small neighborhood that was behind the pizza place, we came up to a four way stop, and stopped like one does. Then as we start to pull through, this man in a huge truck blows the stop sign and almost hits us. We were shook up but wrote it off an an accident and kept driving. About a mile down the road B noticed that the guy was behind us, thinking it may be a coincidence he took a random turn to drive in a circle and he followed us. He kept yo-yoing behind us trying to act like he was going to hit us with his truck. We start driving towards the police station and turned off into another neighborhood to try to lose him in. As we were driving around we took a wrong turn onto a dead end street.
The man in the truck blocked us in, got out of his truck and was just absolutely screaming and trying to get us out of the truck. He kept going to the back of his truck and yelling he would show us a real lesson. I called the cops and we waited. It took the cops 20 minutes to show up and the man just kept escalating, I was on the phone screaming to the operator because he was making it very clear he was going to shoot us every time he came up to our window. I have no doubt he would have if the cops didn't show up. I'm so sorry you had to experience what you did... I'm so glad that you're safe!
When I was about 6 my parents dropped me off at this swimming lesson class. now this was back in China over 2 decades ago, i remember that class had a lot of students. anyways i was scared of the water and didn't want to go in and the teacher got frustrated and just tossed me in the deep end. to this day i remember clearly the panic i felt, the sheer fear as i choked and gaged on the pool water as i sunk lower and lower. it felt like ages before the teacher shoved a long pole into the pool for me to grab onto to pull me out. i remember the sensation of panic and edges of my vision getting dark.
For several years after i was so terrified of water going over my face that i had trouble showering and washing my hair. i had to force myself to take a deep breath, go under the water and scrub as fast as i can and step out. every time my heart rate would go crazy and i would be on the edge of a panic attack.
anyways it wasn't till i was in my mid 20s that this even came up during a family visit and my grandmother told me that when grandpa found out, he got so mad he called in favors from his army buddies (literally old revolutionary soldiers from Maos days) to go in there with high ranking government officials to scare the hell out of that swimming school/teacher.
Duck and Cover
It's more creepy than horrifying. This was right after the mass Las Vegas shooting. I was at my sister's keeping her company (her husband was out of town) and we had her two young children. We were talking about the shooting and how probably a lot of people don't run away at the start of a mass shooting b/c gunfire in real life doesn't sound like it does on TV.
At that very moment, we heard this BANG BANG BANG and I thought it was someone trying to kick in her door. We took the kids to the bedroom and hit the panic button on her security system. It wasn't someone trying to kick in the door. Someone had shot through her front door.
To my Throat
One time my mom put a knife to my neck and told me that she'd rather see me dead than to have a child who would not do everything she demanded. my mind went blank and i wasn't feeling anything. it left such an impression on me that i still heard her voice screaming my name even after i moved away from home.
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18 years ago I was flatting with someone, she had a trip she went on, which left me in the house by myself.
I woke up in the middle of the night, it was almost pitch black and I looked over and saw someone in my room.
I had a huge dose of adrenaline and I tried to yell out in the toughest voice I could "WHO ARE YOU???" but I was half asleep and it came out like a pirate "OOO ARRRR"
It sounds funny to type that, but in the moment it was terrifying.
I rolled over in my double bed to gain about 10 inches of distance between us and tried again "WHO ARE YOU!" but again I said "OOO ARRR!!!"
At this point I realised any attempt at sounding like a tough guy had just gone out the window and the panic was rising, until I woke up a little bit more and realised I was yelling at my towel that I'd draped on my computer chair.
I find it hilarious now, but at the time it was horrifying.
it's not supernatural or weird, but I was with my dad when he died. He had cancer (sarcoma), and towards the end his body just started failing. He was in a medically-induced coma for the last week of his life, and my mother made the difficult decision to pull the plug when it was determined the cancer had taken over and he wouldn't pull through. In the small hospital room when it was time there was myself, my mother, my older sister, 4 of my dad's closest relatives, a doctor and nurse, and a woman who was there to read his last rites.
It was shockingly quiet apart from us softly crying and the woman reading the religious stuff (I'm not religious, so I'm not sure what the proper terminology is here). My dad's face turned a purplish-blue shade and his body lightly convulsed... and then it was just over in a couple minutes. At the time I was 17, probably in shock, and very sad, but I didn't think I would linger over the memory as much as I do even now as a 24 year old.
My son having an anaphylactic reaction while we driving down a major interstate in Atlanta. I had to pull over on the side of 285 (the interstate) and give him an epipen injection. I called 911 and told them I was driving to CHOA (Children's Healthcare of Atlanta) emergency department and coming in hot, and to be ready. Thankfully, we weren't far from the hospital. I have never been so terrified in my entire life.
This happened just a few weeks ago, and maybe it will get better with time. But I literally watched my mom die. She was on hospice care for multiple medical issues but the major thing was she had a stroke leaving her paralyzed and kept developing pneumonia. Back in October, she was sent home from the hospital and we were told that medication was no longer working to treat it and that, she shouldn't be brought back in for it. Fast forward to the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and she was sent to the ER for a basic procedure that Home health just couldn't do. So she gets to the hospital, and they run tests and everything that could be wrong is, high potassium, signs of heart failure, signs of liver and kidney failure.
They told us she wouldn't make it through the night. We knew my mom wanted to die at home but the doctors didn't think she would survive the EMS ride back. Her PCP which is the greatest doctor ever personally came in, (without anyone asking) had the ER do a few things and they agreed she was stable enough to be sent home. Hospice came that night, and my mom did okay for a few days but then went downhill fast. My dad asked me to stay with him and luckily I was working remote. On December 3rd I woke up having a panic attack, I don't remember a dream or anything, and I just knew that was the last day we'd have her.
She was doing okay that morning but was in a steady decline. We were giving her big morphine doses and doing our best but she just couldn't breathe. She sounded funny almost like she was snoring, but her oxygen and heart rate was fine. My dad went to check on her 5 minutes later, and I was in there too. At first, we thought everything was okay but then her pulse was really low teens and her oxygen dropped to 10, my dad held her and told her "it was okay to let go and her eyes opened and stared directly at me.
across the pavement...
In 2016 I laid my motorcycle down going about 45mph. When I knew I was going to wreck, I had just enough time to realize that this was not going to be good. Everything went black and I 'came to' standing in the middle of the road watching the crash. I watched my body flop across the pavement and didn't really care.
Everything was more 'real' than I've ever known. The colors were brighter and just more, the birds chirped in the most beautiful way you could imagine. Everything was super focused body and bike, they looked different somehow. I don't know how to describe it.
I noticed a male presence (that I never saw) silently pushed me and I was back in my body. I sat up in the ditch, wiped the blood from my eyes and slowly got up and started walking for help. (I was by myself, couldn't lift my bike, and hadn't told anyone where I was going.)
I made a lot of mistakes that day, going alone without having my license, taking back roads I wasn't familiar with, not wearing gear, not wearing a helmet, etc. I was dumb but that experience changed my life.
Slept through but my roommate told me about it. I was asleep while he was playing video games when I suddenly sat up and said " Screw this thunder, yo" and laid down immediately after. 2 seconds later a jet flew overhead and created a sonic boom.
I was out to eat with my family, and my dad, who is usually super calm, while about to eat a Cubano sandwich he always orders at our spot, yells "holy S**T!" and turned white. I asked what happened, and he stammered that some guy just fell. I turn around and there is a man on the pavement motionless. Without thinking, I darted out of the restaurant and crossed the street without even looking to try and help him. I am lucky I didn't get hit by car doing so. Well, it was too late. He was dead. Blood was absolutely pouring out of his mouth, head, nose. I shouted at him to try to get him to respond and he laid motionless. I then turned my back on him and called 911. Someone must have already called, or by chance, a fire truck was nearby. They rushed over, but it was too late. Threw immediately threw a white sheet over him. A week later, a detective called me.
They ruled out suicide, so, it may have been an accident, or a homicide. He had fallen from the 5th floor around dinner time. I saw his face for weeks randomly. I still have no idea what happened. Haven't been back to that restaurant since. The messed up thing, was his blood strain was on the pavement for months after, faintly there, people walked right past it likely unknowing. The red tape that clung to the pole remained barely attached, weathering away. No one ever put flowers out for this guy. I wonder if he could hear me, screaming at him, or if he was already dead.
I had a step-dad and he was heavily on drugs. My mom finally decided to leave him after 6 years when he threatened our lives. We had to go into hiding and get a restraining order. We later moved in with my nana, not so far from the area where we originally lived. There was nothing more scary than seeing a car that looked similar to his or going to the store and seeing someone who looked like him. You would basically freeze in fear.
When I was a kid I was woken up by what I thought was an explosion. I thought maybe the furnace exploded or something. I got up and crept around but nothing was amiss. I found out the next day it was a sonic boom from an AF base probably 15 miles away. The pilot wasn't supposed to do that so it's not like something that regularly happened.
Mom's U-turn Save
It was the creepiest thing to happen to me.
When I was 15, my mom dropped me off at our town center's library to meet with my friend. We were supposed to meet there for a school project. She dropped me off and left to do errands.
As I was heading in, there was this homeless guy sitting on the nearby bench. I froze (strange feeling came over) and speed walked in without looking at him much.
While looking for a book for the project, my mom popped up out of nowhere. Less than two minutes had passed. She makes pleasantries with me and taking me through the sections.
She tells me to pretend to look for a book on the bottom shelf. Weirded out, I do. She then tells me,
"You're being followed by the same homeless dude. He's not alone."
Low and behold, the dude is pretending to look around, but still trying to keep me in his line of vision. With another person. Couldn't tell if it was another guy or woman. My mom noticed this as she was pulling out of the library parking lot and pulled a U turn. I don't remember how we got out of his sight. My friend luckily couldn't make it that day.
Finding my 49 year old mother dead of an overdose when I was 17. I did CPR on her but didn't realize she'd been dead for 4 hours already by that point.
Senior year of college I was living with my brother and came home to find him dead. He had ODed that morning while I was in class. We lived about a half hour out of town and I had been certified as a Wilderness First Responder that spring through NOLS. In hindsight I wish I had slowed down and not put myself through the hell but the training kicked in and I did everything I knew to try and revive him. There is a recording somewhere of me screaming at the 911 dispatch knowing he was already gone because his body was already in rigor mortis.
But that dispatcher kept coaxing me to keep doing CPR until other EMS arrived. They got there and I walked out. A sheriff showed up as I was walking out of the house and asked who I was and what I was doing. Almost attacked him and then went into the front yard and broke down. I was the one that called my parents to tell them. I know I will have bad days again in my life but I really just hope nothing will ever be worse than that day.
When I was around 13 I had a tendency to stay up late and try to beat my current n64 game of choice over a weekend. One night I had decided to move my stuff to the living room, now keep in mind our house had a hallway connected to the bedrooms but the hallway had a door for some reason, so after moving everything to the living room I closed the door for the hallway to not wake up anyone, about two hours into my gaming session I started hearing tapping noises, so I paused my game and the noises stopped, then for ten minutes it got louder yet this time coming from the sliding glass door in the den.
At this point I ran to get my dad, he ran out of his room and went out back only to see someone jump the fence.
Turned out that a local mental hospital had an escape early that evening according to the police who arrived, what was more creepy was the glass on the window was very close to breaking. I never once played video games in the living room again and now I suffer from night terrors and a severe fear of looking out Windows or doors at night.
A few years ago I was sleeping then all of a sudden I wake up, then start hearing sounds in my room. It's kinda hard to explain but something like the sound of your furniture when you put something on it? Or like the sound it makes during an earthquake? Like that. In this case, I was hearing it all around my room, like there was something jumping across everywhere. I was terrified lol I was aware some crap was happening but I was too scared to peek around (at this point I was hiding under my blanket).
Eventually the sounds stopped and I gained enough courage to stick out my arm and reach my phone which was on my nightstand. I turn it on and notice it's... steamed?? Like, it had condensation all over the screen. Nothing else seemed out of place after that, and I had a really hard time going to sleep again that night.
I have one more... When I gave birth to my son by c-section, my nurse on shift forgot to refill my morphine drip in the hours after my surgery. So my pain meds completely wore off exposing me to the full pain of having had my abdomen sliced open and I absolutely panicked. The pain was excruciating. I had to lay there suffering while my nurse went to get more for the drip which took quite awhile. The only thing I knew to do was breathe the same way I would in natural childbirth (which I had already experienced), to keep me from passing out from the pain. That experience left me traumatized for awhile.
Trying to get home one day I found the entrance to my road blocked off by several cops with bloody big guns. Turned out the man who killed 51 muslims and injured as many more was knocked off the road directly by my house. The whole area was evacuated because the shooter's car was wired to explode.
In the Sierra Leone
My father was deployed with the U.N. in Sierra Leone during the civil war two decades ago. If you know anything about the subject, I'm sure you can imagine what would happen to a man after seeing the things that went on there. While I was growing up, my father wasn't an alcoholic or addict, but something inside him had snapped. He did a good job of covering it up, but when he was angry it was truly something else.
On one specific occasion I was being a miserable child (as 11 yr olds do) and he grabbed my neck and screamed at me about how he had taken the lives of countless men in Africa, how he had witnessed and killed child soldiers younger than me, how my life could be snuffed out for being an ungrateful sh!t to him. Worst of all, even though this was in anger, he said all these things with pride. He told me that he was three times the man I'd ever be. I still remember the date, February 15th 2014, because I thought I'd one day prove him wrong. Took me a long time to understand that I wasn't the one at fault for what he said.
In the Room
All throughout my childhood whenever I slept in my parents room I had to have the door to their closet shut. If it wasn't shut I would see shadowy figures wall through the door, they would disappear if I shut my eyes for a minute but yeah it was pretty creepy. Fast forward to high school and we have redone our house and a corner of my room now takes up where that closet door used to be. My junior year of high school we got a new dog. This dog would sleep everywhere in my house, except my room. Whenever he was in my room at night he would stand in the center of my room, stare at the corner that the closet was once in and whimper.
I could not get him to calm down unless I let him out of my room. During this time I would also hear scratching coming from this corner, which I know people might say it could be a mouse in the wall or a bird or something, but these scratches were distinctly different from the sound nice make. They also sounded like a much larger thing was making them. The sounds have since stopped and I sure as hell hope they don't come back. I'm sure I'm missing some stuff, I'll add it if I remember it.
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My friend and I dumbly decided to explore an abandoned asylum (one from like the 40s) and got hunted by a guy with a knife and had to jump out a window and landed in a gross disgusting lake... I can still feel that nasty, gross lake water in my nose.
When I was 20, I was visiting my neighbor and helping with a project when his 3 year old came around the corner with a bad head injury. She had fallen off her kiddie swing, and hit the back of her head on a rock. While her parents were wrapping her wound up and getting into the car, I called 911 and informed the operator of the injury, and what hospital they were going to. Even told them what model of car so they could inform police about why they would be speeding.
I still get chills every time I think about it. There was so much blood. It's a particular kind of sinking feeling to know that there's nothing you can do when someone's badly injured.
Tears of Joy
A few years ago I had a relationship with a girl who literally went from waking up in the morning and just sitting in her bed in tears of joy because she was convinced I was her soulmate, planning her future with me, meeting my parents and having her think she was lovely, to essentially just waking up one day and losing all feelings practically overnight. No explanation or even any desire to explore why, and I got the impression she didn't even understand why herself.
Just an incredibly haunting moment of acceptance, like she just "knew" and had to go with it.
The fact that this is even possible within the human condition honestly terrifies me. She was so completely convinced we were meant to be, too. She was always looking ahead towards our future together, right down to details like how she wanted to have a pet fish when we moved in together one day. Then just... nothing.
I Shut Down
My alcoholic brother went into a rage and my entire family had to hold him down. My mother punched him in the face because he wouldn't stop cursing the family and saying awful things.
It doesn't sound special, but I remember in the moment thinking how bizarre my life was. It was an otherwise normal family that was holding my brother down with cops on the way.
I had a panic attack an hour later when my body finally caught up with what had happened. I'm not that type of person who can't take stuff. My whole body shut down.
10 Years On
Family members murdered. It messed me up nice and good.
To add, the party responsible stalked my mother for two years
It's been over a decade and I'm still in therapy.
I love to have my windows and screen doors open on the rare cool evenings that we have in Florida. There was this one night where I heard the unmistakable sound of someone trying to open my back door. The handle is really old and it squeaks loudly when you squeeze the button. Thankfully, I'm pretty paranoid so I keep everything locked. I often wonder what would have happened if it wasn't locked. It wouldn't have taken much to get inside anyway. I'm just glad whoever it was, didn't want to bother.
When I was about 9 years old, I went to the park near my house with my older sister (17) and her boyfriend (18 or 19). My sister and her boyfriend were walking around the track while I played on the playground there. It was early evening/dusk so I was the only one on the playground. After 10 minutes or so a middle aged man walked up and started talking to me. Can't remember the exact things he was saying and asking me, but I do remember him slowly getting closer and closer to me. I was on a platform with one of those bridges connected to it and he was on the ground at the other end of the bridge at first and slowly made it to the platform.
My sister and her boyfriend came into view on the track about the time I started getting nervous and he asked if it was my parents. (They were still a little ways away so I doubt he could tell how young they were) I said no that it was my sister and her boyfriend and he hurriedly said goodbye and left. I can't say for sure that anything would have happened had they not came around then but I'm sure glad that they did.
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It wasn't like a horrifying moment from a horror movie but just generally scary to think about. When I was like 6 or 7 years old, I chocked on a chicken nugget. I remember just trying to call for help but couldn't.
Then a neighbor understood my hands banging on everything and my probably purple face and then preformed heimlich maneuver and succeeded. When I got home (I was at my neighbor's house when eating it) and told my parents they freaked out. My blood vessels above ny eyes had popped, like as if I had freckles and my nose was filled with weird thing which I couldn't find out what it was. As for the neighbor that saved my life, we gave him a nice tea set. He said he enjoyed it. And if you wanna know, when i was chocking I did not have my life flash before my eyes or anything, I just thought that I NEEDED help.
When I was 10 coming back from Guadeloupe, our dc10 of AOM airlines hit some cumulonimbus head during the night and literally stalled sideways for several thousand feet. Everyone was asleep and completely taken by surprise since the flight was so calm until that moment. I hit my head on the baggage compartment since I did not have my seatbelt on (but thankfully no injury). I was dead scared for my life and I only have memory flashes of people screaming and of my mother's face holding me down onto my seat with an impassible expression. We eventually resumed leveled flight until Paris in the morning. I don't have any recollection of how I felt for the remaining of the flight.
My kid's fascination for airplanes completely yielded to severe aerophobia until that pre-9/11 day when a nice British Airways 737 captain invited me in the flight deck after a flight attendant told him there was a scared kid in the back who was on that flight from a couple months ago. He gave me the pep talk, the complete tour of the instruments and systems and had me stay for landing. That cured me instantly. Luckily a kid's fear is like clay. You can reshape it before it sets for life.
One night when I was 10 we were at an away camp. The campsite had other groups there, but we had separate cabins for boys and girls where we were staying (obviously).
One night me and the other boys decided to sneak over to the girls cabin and bang on their windows to scare them.
We waited will probably midnight, then sneaked on over making sure to not wake up counselors.
We rounded the last corner of the cabin and standing at the window peaking in was a man in a white shirt, probably 30s.
We were absolutely terrified it was a ghost or something so we bolted terrified back to our cabins (we'd been telling our own scary stories).
We never got caught leaving, and we never told our counselors because we thought we'd get in trouble for sneaking out. No clue what the guy was doing or would have done if we didn't happen upon him by chance.
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I was out at a pretty secluded lookout near my town you need to drive through some forest and some dirt roads In the hills to get to it.
So I'm sitting there with a friend just taking in the view and this car comes flying down and blocks us in with spotlights turned on and someone gets out and starts coming towards us with a freaking chainsaw. Noped the hell out of there. Started my car and just hit the gas managed to get out of there, they gave chase and stopped once I got to the main highway.
Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?
You're not alone.
Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.
Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.
AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"
Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.
"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015
"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo
"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz
"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades
Take Your Pick
"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100
"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer
"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er
"Lembas" -- Roxwords
"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister
Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.
The One and Only
"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox
"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits
"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo
"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified
"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85
"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy
Get a Big Old Chunk
"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."
Slurp, Slurp, Slurp
"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox
"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM
"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun
Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.
That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.
What's In It??
"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes
"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth
Slice of the Future
"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91
"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros
As Sweet As They Had
"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon
"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes
"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade
Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.
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When a movie rakes in a ton of cash at the box office, the studio that made it has only one thing on its mind: "How do we keep shaking this money tree?"
Unfortunately, that means they make sequels, sometimes sequels on sequels on sequels.
At times, the sequels are solid. They tie nicely into the first film, emphasizing the qualities that brought folks out to the first one, while immersing them into that world for another great couple of hours.
But sometimes, it's wildly clear that the longterm planning behind a sequel was minimal at best. These part two's are truly terrible experiences, made even more disappointing by the excitement created by everyone's love for the first.
Some Redditors shared the worst examples.
Sullivans97 asked, "What is the worst movie sequel ever?"
Plenty of contributions to the thread were noteworthy simply because the Redditors' deep hatred for a sequel spurred them to write a very entertaining review.
"Son of the Mask. Worst sequel. Worst movie. Worst piece of entertainment. Worst experience to sit through as a human being."
Oddly Specific Analogy
"Independence Day: Resurgence."
"What the fu** was that giant heap of steaming camel sh**?"
Two Key Elements
"The plot is mostly driven by Mushu acting like a real piece of sh**, and Shang gets turned into the butt monkey of the movie as a consequence."
"Vastly inferior to the first one."
Just Horrible Decisions Every Step of the Way
"Where is Speed 2?"
"Speeding cruise ship (Zzzzzzz)"
"WTF were they thinking?"
Other people chose to discuss the sequels that, for whatever reason, chose not to include the key attributes that made the first movie so good.
Whether it was the absence of character, actor, or overarching theme, the experience was as puzzling as it was frustrating.
Insert Muscle Here
"Kindergarten Cop 2. Yes it does exist and it is a bad as it sounds. Dolph Lundgren takes over the role of Schwarzenegger." -- TheBassMeister
"Bro, don't be such a jabroni. Imagine, a super ripped, super smart cop-in a mesh tank top-named officer Dolph Lundgren." -- why_not_fandy
"Ugh wtf the movie was great why make another one" -- c_girl_108
"American Psycho 2. It wasn't even originally intended to be a sequel, they just shoved the name on it and added loose references to Patrick Bateman. Awful." -- Mountain_Situation89
"Mila kunas who is in it was told it was a different name and was pissed when they ended up making it a 'sequel' " -- Imfrank123
"Yea, that's the thing. The movie would have been a decent film if it was just a serial killer film and not an AP sequel." -- JennyBean2000
"It had some okay parts, but what they did to Justin Long's character completely undercuts the meaning of the first movie. And no Ryan Reynolds."
Last, some people realized that any film franchise that goes beyond two installments is just asking for things to go downhill in a hurry.
Once you cross three--and even four--your just too far from the source.
What Even Is Home Alone 5?
"Home Alone 3, 4, and 5" -- theWet_Bandits
"I honestly enjoyed 3, sure it made no sense at all, but I can look past that and really enjoyed it. 4 and 5 on the other hand, I barely remember what 4 was about and had completely forgotten that 5 existed until just now." -- botbattler30
End of the Mummy Era
"The third Mummy movie." -- goshawkgirl
"Fun fact: The trailer for Mummy 3 has Brendan Fraser saying "here we go again" and Ben Stiller thought that line was ironically hilarious in terms of cranking out soulless sequels and it inspired the 'here we go again....again' line in the fake trailers at the beginning of Tropic Thunder." -- Call_Me_Koala
Part of the Reboot Frenzy
"Not to repeat others here (hopefully), but the 4th Indiana Jones movie should never have been made."
"For what it is worth, The odd numbers are great, the even numbers are terrible with the last one being one being Steven Segal bad."
So there you have it. A full list of movies to avoid at all costs no matter how bored you are flicking through Netflix lists.
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Oftentimes I like to do my best Ghostface impression and aggressively ask people what their favorite scary movies are. Because I personally have a lot! At the same time, I'm also terrified that at any point, I could end up getting my head punched off by Jason Vorhees (Part 8 of the series--best one IMO).
Real life contains the scariest horrors you could ask for. So aren't we all living in a horror movie, in a way? At least, these people sure freakin' were.
In the words of the legendary Mary Vivian Pierce in the film Pink Flamingos, “Murder merely relieves tension”. I’m sure the following Redditors felt differently.
Nothing scarier than the woods at night.
Went into a real deep woods hike for only the second time in my life.
My gps broke and had to rely on my compass. Got turned around a few times because I couldn't remember the direction I came from, and it was getting dark. Lost the trail way.
But the woods are weirdly silent in the dark and alone.
It was around 2am by the time I found the trailhead.
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My friend and I got lost late on one foggy night in the Italian countryside. There were rats all over and every once in a while we heard someone scream.
I've never been more sure I was about to get murdered than I was that night.
Could've also been a lynx, but they are much rarer in Italy.
At least she wasn’t speaking in tongues.
My mom is quite the sleep talker, but it's usually pretty short and incoherent when it happens. One night as a teenager, I woke up to her scream-yelling the Hail Mary prayer (my bedroom was across the house and upstairs).
Difficult to get back to sleep after that one.
Sometimes scary sh*t ends up just being funny coincidences. Super funny. Right?
Don’t give them any ideas.
I was exploring an abandoned mental asylum and then got the scare of my life when a scary looking person inside one of the rooms was just staring at me without moving. Turns out some joker had left a cardboard cutout there.
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I was driving home on backcountry roads at midnight in heavy fog. Like can't see 10 feet in front of you thick. Suddenly I see an all-white silhouette running in front of the car. Every hair on my body stood up. I immediately think "oh god, oh f*ck, it's a f*cking woman in white, I'm gonna f*cking die"
Nope just a drunk who dove into the ditch.
Gotta love paranoia.
When I was about 12, my parents went out for dinner leaving me home alone. We lived out in the country, on a private road with only three other houses, surrounded by cow fields and wooded areas.
I went into the the kitchen and glanced out the window towards the trees and there in the fading light I could see a person walking slowly through the woods. They were wearing all black, moving slowly and appeared to pause behind trees. My heart started pounding so hard in my ears I couldn't hear anything else and I was weak and shaky from fear. I froze and just watched them. Would they come to the house? Where were they going?
This was before cell phones but I suddenly remembered my mom had left the number of the restaurant by the living room phone. Slowly, I made my way towards the living room, trying to watch this stranger in the woods.
Just as I entered the living room, all the lights in the entire house went out. By this time it was nearly dark outside. I started openly sobbing and in the dark I heard a weird boom like noise. That was it, I ran to my parents room, hid under their bed and sobbed. That's where my mom found me hours later (it felt like).
Well, turns out the stranger in the woods was a stupid cow that had busted through a fence, the lights going out was from an accident a few miles away (hit the power line) and the boom was the pilot light in the gas stove. Man, I have never been that scared in my life though!
I have a lot of questions.
A naked man who was covered in blood chased me across a park at 2 in the morning. I was totally alone. He just wanted money for a bus (????) and luckily nothing bad happened but I thought I was going to die.
But of course, the genuine horrors do exist. And they aren’t scary in a fun horror movie way, they’re actually terrifying because they can happen to anyone.
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I am a "baby" in a car seat in between cousins in backseat. Dad is driving. This is in the 80s and it is my aunt's insistence that I am in this seat even though I am like 5.
A sleeping semi driver is coming over into our lane and there is a cliff on other side. Basically my dad did some amazing driving but semi blew us up. I am uninjured sitting in the seat swinging my legs while everyone is unconscious. They all wake groaning. Dad doesnt wake up.
Long story short just minor scrapes and dad has broken leg. But the crunch of metal and those few seconds/minute of being the only "alive" person was quite fear inducing.
Glad they’re all ok now.
Two days after my now boyfriend told me he liked me he fell from a zip line and broke his back. Almost died. 6 months later he got into a car wreck from a drunk driver - almost died. 6 months after that, he passed out and had to have emergency brain surgery, again, almost died. I now have severe anxiety/separation anxiety/and ptsd. That whole year was a f*cking nightmare
Edit: we're both okay now, the brain injury was almost a year ago. But TBIs take a while to heal so he still has side effects. Thankfully our relationship is still strong; he's physically getting better and I'm healing emotionally too. Lucky for him, the trauma of the injuries has caused him to forget the majority of the pain and memories of those incidents.
ALWAYS wear a helmet.
Driving home from work at 23, listening to my favorite song.
I pull up to a red light, and see this guy on a motorcycle coming up next to me in the other lane. I rolled down my window to compliment his bike when he stops. He doesn't, and runs the red light. He hits a car going at least 55mph. His motorcycle shatters apart, he goes flying, hits the hood of another car, and lands on the ground and rolls into the curb (no helmet). The car he hit with his motorcycle was totaled. I had to step over his body to talk to the police. He was still alive when they got there. I regret not holding his hand. It was just a normal day, and all of a sudden it felt like the rug was pulled from out beneath me. He was only 18.
Edit: The song was Sunny by Boney M., for those curious
What did we learn today, kids? Foxes scream like humans, shadowy figures are usually cows or drunken rednecks, and once again, PLEASE WEAR A HELMET WHEN YOU RIDE ANY KIND OF BIKE.
Scary sh*t surrounds us. But where there is horror, there are heroes. So next time you think you see a scary figure in the woods, know that Bruce Campbell is probably right around the corner
I hate hypocrites. They are the bane of my existence. All you have to do is stand behind your words. How hard is that? You said them. I especially get peeved when people bloviate on a topic and condemn and holler but then when it comes to them doing it... silence.Redditor u/ErrForceOnes wanted to know about the moments people chose to curiously "pay no mind" by asking... What is a GIANT hypocrisy that no one seems to mind?
Hypocrisy is everywhere; it's like a disease. And sadly everyone does it. Some of us indulge in smaller doses than others. But some people live their life by it. Like how can you support civil servants, like police, firefighters, etc... yet try to find ways to hide money in order to not pay taxes? Tell me... I'll wait.
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Italian moms that say you're too fat then say I'm making grandma cry by not finishing my pasta.
Celebrities positioning themselves as champions for social justice while launching a clothing line with no comment on the labor conditions their garments are made in.
The Porn Industry
Why is prostitution considered a crime, but it becomes perfectly legal once a camera is put beside them?
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...
You can get away with WAY more crap, in general, when you're attractive.
But we all kind of aspire to attractiveness and it's not like it's attractive people's fault, exactly. So what is there to be done?
So true. Money and beauty are treated like virtues and they aren't. They're luck of the draw. It probably helps you to be a better person if people assume that you are gentle and clever just by looking at your face or wallet.
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People screaming at you if you don't want Kids and Kids are the greatest thing in the World and then turn around and whine how expensive they are and how annoying yadda yadda.
Yeah see... humans are a mess. And too often then not, personal conviction and dignity are just a myth, or a punchline. Double standards have always been a way of life. And many of us have begrudgingly learned to navigate.
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If a skinny person wears something out of the ordinary, it's a fashion statement and awesome. It can even just be something like a crop top or overalls.
But God forbid a fat person wear the same thing.
The hypocrisy hypocrisy. People love to call it out but rarely notice it on themselves and if they notice it then it's something completely different or a distraction.
That's the worst. I hate that I have to hate that. But if I don't hate it, then the hate will just continue. So, really, my hate comes from my love of an end to hate. So anyone who hates my hate hates love. And we must hate anyone who hates love!
My own personal hypocrisy; When I was a lot less well off financially, delivering pizzas trying to get through college, I kept a cup of coins in my car. When a homeless person would approach me for spare change, I gave them the cup. Most of the time it was nearly full, so there was probably 20-30 dollars in there.
Now that I have a good salaried job, even if I've got a few bucks in my wallet, I tend to not even make eye contact anymore. I know it's awful, I know it makes me crappy, but the last 4-5 years have made me a jaded craphead towards people in general. I used to be so hopeful and I wanted to help everyone, and tried to live a life that reflected that.
Now, while my general and political morality is pretty much the same, my personal morality has gotten more grey. I'd jaded, I hate people, I assume the worst of people I used to assume the best of. I don't really care about the strangers around me like I used to, but I still expect everyone else to.
It's so freaking frustrating when it becomes entrenched. "You did this, it's your fault" "you should've known to do x, its your fault" Yeah bro your problems aren't my problems and if all you do is make excuses and blame me for them, it's not going to be my fault when you don't develop as a person and accomplish your dreams. I'm sure they'll find someone to blame though.
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Politicians work part time, are given free housing, education, and health care, and exempt from the everyday violence we experience, but refuse to lift a finger to help us.
Just speak a truth and live it. Yes, it maybe hard. But what part of life isn't? Hypocrisy is just lying. Plain and simple. And it's a sin to lie.
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