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Title: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 12, 2013, 12:08:09 PM
We have threads for UFOs, serial killers, and crypto shit, but I felt the sphincter clenching nature of this one deserved its own new thread.

Just click the link, read the article, and watch the video. Make sure the lights are on.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/mysterious-case-elisa-lam/ (http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/mysterious-case-elisa-lam/)
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on November 12, 2013, 04:47:46 PM
That is creepy... Not only the talking to herself, but there are a few moments where her eyes are fixed on something.

A few sites are pointing out that the elevator has a "door hold" option that temporarily holds the door. Can't find any good pictures besides here: http://websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?p=8917431

She presses every button in the middle row -- which would include the door hold button.

Still, though...
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on November 13, 2013, 04:03:27 PM
How far down the conspiracy hole have you gone, RC?

Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 14, 2013, 01:22:37 AM
Okay, I fell in that hole a bit last night, but that is probably the weirdest thing I've seen on this topic.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 14, 2013, 04:22:16 AM
I haven't had time to dip into the conspiracy hole, but that's indeed pretty weird. I wonder what happened during the missing 50 seconds?
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on November 14, 2013, 08:26:05 AM
I wonder what happened during the missing 50 seconds?

Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 15, 2013, 06:40:10 PM
I have a feeling this thread is really going to get a workout.

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Man Finds Horrifying Secret Room in His Home

http://imgur.com/gallery/zChSf (http://imgur.com/gallery/zChSf)
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 15, 2013, 08:25:02 PM
Follow up...

http://imgur.com/gallery/fUou2

I think it's a hoax.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on November 16, 2013, 09:33:06 AM
Yeah...I don't buy it either. The guy's done up his parent's panic room with all the requisite "creepy secret room" paraphernalia. Too bad the crawlspace isn't big enough for an old rocking chair!
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on November 20, 2013, 03:55:03 PM
Need more scary, unexplained stuff, guys!
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on December 16, 2013, 02:19:51 PM
I haven't had time to dip into the conspiracy hole, but that's indeed pretty weird. I wonder what happened during the missing 50 seconds?

Apparently, uh, Tila Tequila knows….

http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2013/12/tila-tequila-anti-semitic-paul-walker-elisa-lam-conspiracy-theories
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on December 16, 2013, 02:24:35 PM
Wheee....
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 17, 2014, 05:58:32 PM
www.redflagnews.com/science-headlines/something-strange-under-antarctica (http://www.redflagnews.com/science-headlines/something-strange-under-antarctica)

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Something Strange Under Antarctica?

A 10+ page public forum (http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2457981/pg1) is now having an in depth discussion over what the forum moderator is calling ‘something strange being activated under the ice of Antarctica’. Our forum mod claims to be a geologist sent to Neumayer Station in Antarctica to study ice core samples. His introduction to this topic is summed up as below and discussed much further in depth in the newly released video report below. Surprisingly, this claim may have more credibility than one might think:

About 2 weeks ago we started hearing rumors that strange microwave transmissions were being detected. Eventually it was discovered that these transmission were coming from about 100 feet below the ice about 15 miles from the station. An expedition was sent to that location to investigate the area. What they found were not only microwave transmissions, but also radioactive activity as well as a tremendous amount of heat originating below the ice which was melting the ice.

This is when it all got really strange. Within days a team was sent from the US with heavy earth moving equipment. It was all classified and only a few members of the station are privy to was going on. That team and their equipment was sent to the location probably to dig up whatever was under the ice. About 4 hours after their team and equipment went to the site they all came back. There were 18 of them and 7 of them had to be treated by our doctors for some sort of radiation poisoning.

What is more disturbing is the look on the faces of those team members as well as the look on the faces of the few guys at the station that are in the know when they returned. They all look like they saw a ghost. Totally scared and acting erratic.

Now this are is totally off limits to us an is being guarded by the US military. Rumor is another team from the US is coming to resume the investigation from the Army Corp of Engineers.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 17, 2014, 08:45:05 PM
Yeah, check out the 10+ page forum discussion:

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message2457981/pg1

One guy saying the above and everyone else mocking him.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on January 19, 2014, 11:21:15 AM
Here's the actual story!

http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/news/260991/massive-canyon-found-under-antarctic-ice
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 19, 2014, 02:26:26 PM
I like the paranoid freakout version better.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on January 19, 2014, 03:38:20 PM
Dinobots!
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 19, 2014, 05:35:24 PM
OMG. I bet that's a Transformers 4 viral thing.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 18, 2014, 06:38:17 PM
Mommy...

http://www.fearnet.com/news/news-article/spirit-suicidal-student-haunting-texas-high-school (http://www.fearnet.com/news/news-article/spirit-suicidal-student-haunting-texas-high-school)
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on February 18, 2014, 11:53:29 PM
So they actually should have used info from this article to make it more realistic:

http://www.elpasotimes.com/nie/ci_20555514/visitors-tour-el-paso-highs-legendary-mysterious-tunnels

Tunnels under the high school from the 1800's!! Dead bodies from the Spanish Flu!?! Much better!!

This is where the picture of the "sealed up" classroom comes from.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 28, 2014, 10:04:16 PM
We have threads for UFOs, serial killers, and crypto shit, but I felt the sphincter clenching nature of this one deserved its own new thread.

Just click the link, read the article, and watch the video. Make sure the lights are on.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/mysterious-case-elisa-lam/ (http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/mysterious-case-elisa-lam/)

They're making a movie.

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Mysterious-Story-Elisa-Lam-Get-Horror-Movie-Makeover-Treatment-41900.html
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on March 01, 2014, 05:12:02 PM
Her real story is like 14 other movies...
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 22, 2014, 08:06:47 PM
Put this list here instead of crazy links because *shudder*...

http://diply.com/i-love/10-eerie-mysteries-that-this-day-remain-unsolved/31000 (http://diply.com/i-love/10-eerie-mysteries-that-this-day-remain-unsolved/31000)
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 22, 2014, 09:38:22 PM
Put this list here instead of crazy links because *shudder*...

http://diply.com/i-love/10-eerie-mysteries-that-this-day-remain-unsolved/31000 (http://diply.com/i-love/10-eerie-mysteries-that-this-day-remain-unsolved/31000)

Missus RC fell down an internet hole rafter reading about the Ourang Medean, which disappeared in the Strait of Malacca off the western shore of Malaysia. Sound familiar?

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2011/11/death-ship-the-ourang-medan-mystery/

We now have every light in the house on.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on March 22, 2014, 10:51:11 PM
So it's the same aliens in both instances!!
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 22, 2014, 11:16:54 PM
 :drama!:
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on March 23, 2014, 09:36:02 AM
Put this list here instead of crazy links because *shudder*...

http://diply.com/i-love/10-eerie-mysteries-that-this-day-remain-unsolved/31000 (http://diply.com/i-love/10-eerie-mysteries-that-this-day-remain-unsolved/31000)

Missus RC fell down an internet hole rafter reading about the Ourang Medean, which disappeared in the Strait of Malacca off the western shore of Malaysia. Sound familiar?

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2011/11/death-ship-the-ourang-medan-mystery/

We now have every light in the house on.

Fucking Unit 731 was the internet hole that got me...
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 23, 2014, 02:02:25 PM
It sounds like a Star Wars stormtrooper battalion.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 11, 2014, 10:43:53 AM
Not exactly unexplained, but this is a nice op-ed on the Slender Man, and urban folklore in the age of the internet. I keep meaning to fall down the rabbit hole when I'm not busy.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/technology/personaltech/slender-man-story-and-the-new-urban-legends.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/technology/personaltech/slender-man-story-and-the-new-urban-legends.html)

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Urban Legends Told Online
‘Slender Man’ Story and the New Urban Legends

In early June, two 12-year-old girls in Waukesha, Wis., were charged with attempted murder in the attack on a third girl, a classmate whom they had invited for a sleepover. Prosecutors say the girls lured their victim into playing a game of hide-and-seek in the woods. When in the woods, the prosecutors say, they attacked her with a knife, stabbing her 19 times. The victim was discovered by a bicyclist and rushed to the hospital; she is said to be recovering from her injuries.

The story made national headlines both for the brutality of the crime and for the unusual motive cited by prosecutors. According to a criminal complaint, the two girls told the police that they had been planning the attack for months. They bore no animus toward their victim. Instead, the girls said, they had tried to kill their classmate to impress a shadowy villain who haunted the woods. They called him Slender Man — or Slender, for short.

Slender Man is a horror figure for the selfie age. You can think of him as a web-based, crowdsourced urban legend. He was born in 2009 as part of a Photoshop contest on the web forum Something Awful. From there, Slender Man stories, videos, and pictures — all fictional — began to spread online. In many of them, he’s pictured as a disproportionately tall, skinny man dressed in a dark suit who often stands in the background, silently stalking his victims.

Today, you can find shards of the Slender Man myth across the web. But one of his primary haunts is the Creepypasta Wiki, a popular forum where people work together to create spooky stories. According to prosecutors, the girls first discovered Slender Man on the Creepypasta Wiki, and what they saw there convinced them that he was real.

The terribly sad case has drawn Creepypasta into the familiar controversy over what is and isn’t appropriate for children to see online. There have been calls for the forum to be taken down or blocked, and for parents to prohibit their children from looking at it, although the site itself has long urged parents to monitor how their children use the site.

But for many people, the attack and the coverage surrounding it also provide an introduction to a rising genre in fiction, one that illustrates the power of the Internet as a literary tool. As an administrator on the Creepypasta Wiki who on the site goes by the name Sloshedtrain, wrote shortly after the stabbing: “We are a literature site, not a crazy satanic cult.”

Online crowdsourced fiction like the stories on the Creepypasta Wiki is the subject of increasing study in literature and mass media academic circles, where the form is seen as a novel take on an ancient human pastime. Shira Chess, an assistant professor of mass media arts at the University of Georgia who has studied the Slender Man phenomenon, says that crowdsourced fiction bears similarities to the folklore that was once passed down orally, through generations — only now, the myths are minted online, in a matter of hours or days. Examining Creepypasta reveals something much deeper than any sort of cultish community, she says. It is home to a thrilling new form of immersive, interactive human storytelling.

And Creepypasta isn’t alone. Multimedia, crowdsourced fiction is finding root across the Internet, from social-fiction apps like Wattpad to call-and-response videos on YouTube to stories told in serialized Tumblr posts, one picture or snippet of text each day. Some of these stories take the form of fan fiction — readers working together to puzzle out and add to the story lines of established fictional characters. (For instance, if you miss the HBO show “True Detective,” why not read more stories about Marty and Rust?) But there are also troves of sites like Creepypasta, where wholly new stories are constantly being invented by the crowd.

“A lot of people are now saying, ‘How do we stop kids from reading this online?’ ” Dr. Chess said. “Well, that’s not really the right question. This story is no more threatening than vampire stories or zombie stories. Like those, it’s just articulating specific cultural fears in online spaces.”

She added: “Places where adults and children are creating fiction are important. They’re important for writers — it gives them a space to experiment with their voice and become good writers. And it gives readers a chance to understand a lot of different kinds of stories that we need to tell ourselves about the world.”

The Slender Man myth, one of dozens on Creepypasta, illustrates this utility. He is often seen on the periphery in photographs and videos captured by people who are obsessed with documenting their lives. When he appears, Slender Man seems to come out of nowhere; after causing vague, unknown terror, he vanishes. One other thing: Slender Man has no face. When you get a look at him, his visage is horrifically blank.

“There’s something to this story that’s tied up in the self-sharing generation,” said Eric T. Newsom, a professor of media studies at the University of Central Missouri who researched the spread of the Slender Man myth as part of his Ph.D. thesis. “We only see him because we’re self-surveilling. We have pointed the camera at ourselves, and only in pointing the camera at ourselves do we see the horror character behind us.”

If this sounds like too pat an explanation, it’s important to remember that Slender Man isn’t one story — he is a character who is freely appropriated by many storytellers, and his depth emerges from the collection. One of the defining features of interactive fiction is something scholars call the “rabbit hole”: the initial site, picture, story or video that leads a viewer into the puzzle. Once you fall in and begin to explore, you’re hooked.

“The story comes to you in fragments, and your reward for piecing all the fragments together is a richer story,” Dr. Newsom said. “There’s a lot of active reading involved. A lot of these storytellers are leaving it up to the audience to figure what’s going on, and a lot of the audience is having to talk to each other to come to terms with the story. ‘What do we think about this? What does this revelation mean?’ ”

Of course, the rabbit hole can be dangerous in addition to thrilling; what if our children fall too far?

There are reasons to temper our fear. Jacqueline D. Woolley, director of the Children’s Research Lab at the University of Texas at Austin, has found that children are far more capable at distinguishing reality from fiction than previously thought. “By the time they’re 9, they’re at adult levels,” she said.

That doesn’t mean that children can always tell the difference between fact and fiction on the web. But to the extent that Creepypasta raises worries about people’s capacity to spot that difference, those fears are best seen as universal: The Internet is teeming with stuff that blurs the line between truth and untruth, and both children and adults can get trapped up by those differences.

Sloshedtrain, the Creepypasta administrator, declined to be interviewed, but in an email, he said, “I would like to say that parents need to discuss to their children the powerful influence the Internet could have on them, and help them understand and differentiate fantasy and reality.”

That seems like wise counsel. Slender Man is a scary fellow; scarier still, though, is the idea that we’d bar our children from a whole form of literature for fear that they just can’t handle what they’re reading.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on July 16, 2014, 05:12:48 PM
http://io9.com/a-dramatic-260-foot-crater-has-mysteriously-appeared-in-1605939738


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Russian geologists are on their way to a remote region of Siberia's Yamal Peninsula to investigate the mysterious appearance of what looks like a gigantic Sarlac Pit. Opinions are divided as to what caused the apparent crater.

As the Siberian Times is reporting, the unexplained hole was spotted by a helicopter flying over the gas-rich region of the Yamal peninsula, a location that translates to the "end of the world." Initial estimates place the width of the puncture at about 80 meters, but its depth is not known. A debris field around the perimeter suggests that the material was somehow thrown out of the crater.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: monkey! on July 16, 2014, 05:23:31 PM
Sinkhole.

Or... Cthulhu's minions stir.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on July 17, 2014, 09:59:37 AM
Sinkhole.

Or... Cthulhu's minions stir.

Not a sinkhole -- it has a debris field around it. It blew outward.

(As the article discusses, it's either some weird ice thing, or a salt something somethign  deposit explosion.)
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 17, 2014, 12:28:58 PM
Yeah, I read that they think it was some kind of natural chemical explosion.

That said, this is textbook "first ten minutes of a horror movie" stuff.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on July 17, 2014, 12:31:50 PM
Yeah, I read that they think it was some kind of natural chemical explosion.

That said, this is textbook "first ten minutes of a horror movie" stuff.

The science team on scene posted a video today. It was probably a methane explosion (due to global warming, yadda yadda...).
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: monkey! on July 17, 2014, 04:08:21 PM
Sinkhole.

Or... Cthulhu's minions stir.

Not a sinkhole -- it has a debris field around it. It blew outward.

(As the article discusses, it's either some weird ice thing, or a salt something somethign  deposit explosion.)

Then it's Cthulhu's minions.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on November 17, 2014, 02:11:19 PM
We have threads for UFOs, serial killers, and crypto shit, but I felt the sphincter clenching nature of this one deserved its own new thread.

Just click the link, read the article, and watch the video. Make sure the lights are on.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/mysterious-case-elisa-lam/ (http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/mysterious-case-elisa-lam/)

Nothing new here... But everytime this story pops up I get chills:

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/elisalam.asp
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 17, 2014, 02:53:49 PM
Me too.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 17, 2014, 03:52:57 PM
Me three.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on December 17, 2014, 12:15:30 PM
The Lam story is getting a movie:

http://deadline.com/tag/the-bringing/

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/27/elisa-lam-movie-the-bringing_n_4869528.html
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on January 09, 2015, 12:26:42 PM
The French Right.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on November 04, 2016, 11:09:04 AM
Mexico's Bermuda Triangle!

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/exploring-mexicos-zone-of-silence-where-radio-signals-fail-and-meteorites-crash
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on November 04, 2016, 02:42:12 PM
http://www.blastr.com/2016-11-3/abandoned-1960s-us-satellite-recently-started-transmitting-ghostly-signal

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An abandoned 1960's U.S. satellite recently started transmitting a 'ghostly' signal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxAaVqdz_Vk
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 08, 2016, 03:10:13 PM
You took the VGER joke and left me nothing.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on November 08, 2016, 05:55:46 PM
You took the VGER joke and left me nothing.

You've been gone! I had to post for both of us.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on February 11, 2021, 11:35:57 AM
The Lam story is getting a movie:

http://deadline.com/tag/the-bringing/

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/27/elisa-lam-movie-the-bringing_n_4869528.html

So Netflix did a crime Scene Investigation four part special documentary on Elisa Lam (and the Hotel Cecil in general). It's a fascinating history of the hotel, and deep dives into Lam's life. The result is an interesting (and timely) expose on gentrification, depression, cyber-bullying, police failures, and superstition.

Well worth the watch. It is super creepy at first but, then, they actually piece together the facts and the "twist" ending sort of dispels the spookiness of the whole thing.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 12, 2021, 10:46:39 AM
Anything Lam scares the living shit out of me. I’ll give it a whirl, but *shudder*
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on February 13, 2021, 11:24:50 AM
Anything Lam scares the living shit out of me. I’ll give it a whirl, but *shudder*

The first two episodes fucked me up. But then they sat down with the investigators, they asked all the right questions. The fourth episode unravels the whole thing and...spoils the scariness of the whole thing. They exhaustively piece together her final days.

It's kind of like the Winnebago Man documentary where they finally track down the guy and he's this okay dude who's like, what?
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: Nubbins on February 16, 2021, 03:50:09 PM
We just finished this last night. The creepiness of the elevator video is only offset by the depression that sets in about the whole thing toward the end. It sort of reminded me of this movie my wife and I watched one weekend back when we first started dating: https://youtu.be/QE_RFzXq4Ls

I'm just stuck with the idea of how horrible it must be to die in a water tank hallucinating your balls off.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on February 17, 2021, 09:40:04 AM
We just finished this last night. The creepiness of the elevator video is only offset by the depression that sets in about the whole thing toward the end. It sort of reminded me of this movie my wife and I watched one weekend back when we first started dating: https://youtu.be/QE_RFzXq4Ls

I'm just stuck with the idea of how horrible it must be to die in a water tank hallucinating your balls off.

I regret watching it. This was my favorite creeper mystery story for so long... And now, yeah, it's just sad. The video was edited and slowed down on purpose (and for perfectly reasonable reasons), the internet was simply stupid and illiterate, and no one online bothered to do a lick of research or background. I loved how all the cops were like, well... Yeah, this is nothing.

And super sad to hear about the story of that death metal guy. Jesus.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: Nubbins on February 17, 2021, 02:40:24 PM
Yes! Morbid! I felt horrible for him. But, I mean... if moonlighting as a black metal musician and posting some of the shit he did, I have a hard time believing his shock at the accusations is totally genuine. This is the same genre of musicians from Norway (Mayhem) who set fire to churches and went to prison for murdering one another.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 24, 2021, 11:30:49 AM
Just finished Crime Scene last night. While I’m glad they really leaned away from the supernatural explanations, I found the whole web sleuth phenomenon disturbing. The third episode where they just had them all expounding on theories and getting crazy worked up was almost unwatchable. I suppose they did exactly what we did, but as you guys mentioned, we never hounded a Mexican death metal guy to nearly commit suicide.

The ending was somber but maybe that’s best. I thought the undercurrent of “maybe we all need to stop overreacting to shit” was valid and timely.

I loved the blonde hotel manager who was just nonplussed by everything. “It’s the Cecil Hotel, man. Dead chick in the water tank barely raises the needle on shit I’m concerned about.”
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on February 25, 2021, 10:01:12 AM

I loved the blonde hotel manager who was just nonplussed by everything. “It’s the Cecil Hotel, man. Dead chick in the water tank barely raises the needle on shot I’m concerned about.”

She was hilarious! I loved them grilling her about the court case and why no one did anything to help crazy-daisy Lam and she was all, well, uh, ALL the residents were dangerously crazy.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on February 25, 2021, 10:49:39 AM
Not “scary unexplained” but we watched Netflix’s Night Stalker series last night. That thing is super well done. Gripping from start to finish.

Well, mostly from start to finish. The third episode of these four part crime docs is where these things start to falter. With Night Stalker, I think it was the part of the investigation they were at. And real life almost never had the narrative roundness that fiction has. So the filmmakers try to apply that “second-act/post-midpoint structure, and it’s always weird to me.

That’s said, the four part “hour Kong” format for these stories very much works for me.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: Sirharles on February 26, 2021, 06:27:57 PM
Just finished Crime Scene last night. While I’m glad they really leaned away from the supernatural explanations, I found the whole web sleuth phenomenon disturbing. The third episode where they just had them all expounding on theories and getting crazy worked up was almost unwatchable. I suppose they did exactly what we did, but as you guys mentioned, we never hounded a Mexican death metal guy to nearly commit suicide.

The ending was somber but maybe that’s best. I thought the undercurrent of “maybe we all need to stop overreacting to shit” was valid and timely.

I loved the blonde hotel manager who was just nonplussed by everything. “It’s the Cecil Hotel, man. Dead chick in the water tank barely raises the needle on shit I’m concerned about.”

Best headline I came across for this.  "Crime Scene Hotel Docuseries is a Crime Story in Search of a Crime"
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: Nubbins on March 01, 2021, 10:19:08 AM
Just finished Crime Scene last night. While I’m glad they really leaned away from the supernatural explanations, I found the whole web sleuth phenomenon disturbing. The third episode where they just had them all expounding on theories and getting crazy worked up was almost unwatchable. I suppose they did exactly what we did, but as you guys mentioned, we never hounded a Mexican death metal guy to nearly commit suicide.

I felt exactly the same way... we almost quit watching after episode 3 because the internet sleuths were so annoying. It felt like they were stretching to fill a four-part series in what easily could have been three episodes.

Night Stalker series was EXCELLENT. For me, something is good if it keeps me up at night and this absolutely did. Of course I'd heard of him before, but I had no idea how crazy violent this was... and on what a short timeline it occurred.

The cinematography was excellent, too... albeit disturbing. It looked to me like they took actual crime scene photos and then built them out in 3D for many of the scenes. At least that's the impression I got from it.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: Nubbins on March 01, 2021, 10:21:17 AM
Just finished Crime Scene last night. While I’m glad they really leaned away from the supernatural explanations, I found the whole web sleuth phenomenon disturbing. The third episode where they just had them all expounding on theories and getting crazy worked up was almost unwatchable. I suppose they did exactly what we did, but as you guys mentioned, we never hounded a Mexican death metal guy to nearly commit suicide.

I felt exactly the same way... we almost quit watching after episode 3 because the internet sleuths were so annoying. It felt like they were stretching to fill a four-part series in what easily could have been three episodes.

Also, with respects to internet sleuths, if you want to watch a great docuseries (also extremely disturbing) check out Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer on Netflix if you haven't already.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: nacho on March 01, 2021, 10:23:27 AM


Also, with respects to internet sleuths, if you want to watch a great docuseries (also extremely disturbing) check out Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer on Netflix if you haven't already.

That one is fucking crazy!
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on March 01, 2021, 01:59:12 PM
Don' F*ck With Cats has long been on my list, but I'm squeamish as I get older and I heard it's gonzo.
Title: Re: The Scary Unexplained Thread
Post by: Nubbins on March 02, 2021, 06:30:12 PM
Don' F*ck With Cats has long been on my list, but I'm squeamish as I get older and I heard it's gonzo.

There is nothing direct that you see, so it’s all left up to your imagination, but there are several very disturbing segments.