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In horror movies, people use places that are creepy to give off an eerie feeling such as Camp Crystal Lake from Friday the 13th, the cabin from The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2, and the bathroom from Saw. But these places are nothing compared to the creepy places that are really out there. So to help you lose a little sleep tonight here are 10 Creepiest Places On Earth.
10: Aokigahara Forest
Also known as "Suicide Forest", Aokigahara is a forest on the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Every year people come here to commit suicide for reasons unknown. When coming to this forest you don't just find nooses and bodies but you can also find notes saying, "Life is a precious thing, maybe you should reconsider." and "Think of your loved ones." Some even come to Suicide Forest to loot dead bodies but, seriously though, why would anyone do that? I mean people come here to commit suicide, which is a tradition that should die.
9: Island of the Dolls
Littered with old and deformed dolls, this island belonged to one man named Don Julian Santana Barrera. The story goes that a little girl drowned in a river and her spirit now haunts the island. He hanged up her doll in remembrance of the little girl, soon enough more dolls washed up on the island and he hanged them up all over the island as well. Eventually, he died. Some believe he committed suicide due to insanity or met the same fate as the little girl. Other spirits are said to haunt the island as well, and possessing the dolls on the island. In order to please the spirits and visit the island, you must give them offerings such as candy, candles, and a new doll for them to possess.
8: Hell Town
In the northern part of Summit County of Ohio, there's a town that locals call Hell Town and, unlike most hauntings, this town didn't have one specific haunting site but several. It was originally called "Mutant Town" back in the 70s because the government bought most of the land to create a recreational area. Most of the houses were boarded up and no trespassing signs were planted all over the place because chemicals were being dumped in that area, so everyone thought mutants were running around killing people. The Satanic Church or Church Of Sorrows had upside down crosses (St. Peter's Cross) on it. Animal mutilations and satanic symbols were also found. There were also reports of midnight satanic gatherings in the basement of the church. The upside down cross is not really a symbol of evil but a feature of gothic revival architecture and a symbol of St. Peter as Peter requested to be crucified upside down because he thought he was not worthy to be crucified the same way Jesus was. In the edge of the woods of Hell Town, there is said to be a haunted school bus with no seats in it. Legends say that kids were on their last trip and were killed by a serial killer/group of killers. Sometimes you can see the kids or the killer or even the killer sitting in the back smoking. One of the creepiest things about Hell Town is a road called Standford Road with a dead end. People call it "The End Of The World."
7: The Underground Furnace
One of the worst U.S. mine fires took place in Centralia, Pennsylvania. Centralia was a mining town with stores, houses, saloons, etc. The residents of the town used the abandoned mines as landfills. In 1962, a group of miners burned a huge chunk of landfill which happened to be on top some very flammable coal and started a fire that spread throughout the town. For 7 years it burned. They tried dousing it but that didn't help and carbon monoxide was being released into the air. People just decided to leave Centralia to burn and it still burns to this day. An underground furnace that will never go out.
6: Doorway to Hell
The Doorway To Hell is a 230-foot wide crater near a the village of Deweze. In 1971, soviet researchers were drilling for materials such as gas and oil. They stumbled upon a crater filled with methane gas and tried stopping it by setting it on fire hoping it would go out in a few ours. They actually made it worse and it is still burning to this day. The country's president tried to have the crater filled in 2010 but that never happened. Now I kind of want to go to this place.
5: Matsuo Ghost Mine (The Real Silent Hill)
The Matsuo Mine was one of the largest sulfur mines in northern Japan. It was populated by almost 15,000 people and had a workforce of 4,000. The mine was abandoned back in the 70s and the residents abandoned the town soon after. The weirdest thing about this place is that it's covered in a dense fog and some people have even reported seeing strange figures walking around in the fog.
4: Overtoun Bridge (Suicide Leap)
The Overtoun Bridge is a bridge in Scotland where several men, women, and even animals come to commit suicide. About 15 dogs commit suicide each year on this bridge. It's 50 ft high from the bridge down to the ground covered in rocks. People and dogs who survived the fall come back up the bridge to jump off again. In the 90s, a man named Kevin Moy threw his own son off the bridge and attempted to jump off the bridge as well but his wife stopped him. Kevin claimed he was the anti-Christ and that their son was the devil.
3: Maunsell Sea Forts (Silent Guardians)
In the early 1940s, these forts were designed to defend the United Kingdom during World War ll. These forts were used as army and navy forts, and named after the designer of these forts, Guy Maunsell. They no longer served a purpose after World War ll and were decommissioned in the late 50s. These forts have been the site of many war casualties and even accidental civilian deaths due to those unlucky to visit these forts. They are open to the public but it's highly recommended to not visit these forts as they are architecturally unstable. Now they are a chilling reminder of war long abandoned but always on the horizon.
2: Hoia Baciu Forest
Known as the Romanian version of the Bermuda Triangle, this forest is located in Transylvania and is world famous for its paranormal phenomenon. People who entered this place reported having nausea, anxiety and migraines for no reason at all and even when they leave the forest strange burns appear on their bodies. Sightings of ghosts and UFOs have taken place here and screams can also be heard with no source. The trees are also affected, growing in warped ways, and having charred markings on their trunks. People have come to believe that the devil himself lives in this forest.
On April 26, 1986, one of the most devastating tragedies took place in Chernobyl, Pripyat. An explosion occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant killing about 62 people, most of them died from radiation poisoning and 2 died from the blast effects. Most of Chernobyl was evacuated due to high radiation levels but since radiation levels went down, it is now open to the public. Government officials still have visitors wear hazmat suits and have an official go with them to make sure radiation levels are stable. Some say the spirits of the residents still haunt Chernobyl. A movie was made about Chernobyl called The Chernobyl Diaries, which features mutant animals and humans who were affected by the nuclear radiation. There was an amusement park that was actually scheduled to open a day before the disaster but instead of children laughing there is forever a creepy silence.
One of these days I'd like to visit these places. I've always been fascinated and more drawn to the more creepy or darker places of the world. If you would like to hear more about places like these I'd recommend looking up some of these places. Honorable Mentions: Sedlec Ossuary, The Catacombs of Paris, Winchester Mystery House, and the Jewish cemetery of Prague. I may write another article like this one in the future, so stay tuned. You guys stay creepy.