THE AMITYVILE HORROR
The films may seem like pretty standard horror fare, but they had their roots in a very real, very bloody reality.
In 1974, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo, Jr. committed an unthinkable series of murders at the now infamous 112 Ocean Avenue home we recognize in the films in Amityville, New York, on Long Island.
Even for benefit of this story, those details are best left to the researchers amongst you. For the purposes of this list, it’s what occurred thirteen months later when the home was finally sold to George and Kathleen Lutz and their three children.
According to the Lutz family, they were plagued with swarms of flies regardless of the time of year, nightmares about murder, unexplained cold spots, glowing eyes in the dark, bite marks, and more. It apparently became so bad that, in 1976, the Lutz clan bolted from the house permanently, leaving their possessions behind.
A book, after which the films get their namesake, was written by author Jay Anson in 1977. While there is much skepticism about their tales, I don’t know a lot of folks that would spend a night at the iconic Dutch Colonial if given the opportunity.
THE POSSESSION OF ANNELIESE MICHEL
2005’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose was loosely based on the events of Anneliese Michel’s reported demonic possession. A young woman from West Berlin, Michel’s was declared possessed after being unable to walk past a crucifix, refusing to drink holy water from a spring, and supposedly speaking in voices that were not her own. Over the period of almost a year, Anneliese was subject to one to two exorcisms a week.
While many claim that she was simply emotionally troubled, many are still convinced there were demon shenanigans afoot.
THE BLACK MONK OF PONTEFRACT
2012’s uber-violent When the Lights Went Out is based off what is considered one of the most aggressive cases of poltergeist activity in European history. Having moved into a quaint home in the town of Pontefract in West Yorkshire, England in late 1960, Joe and Jean Pritchard were almost immediately set upon by something more than a supernatural nuisance. Their small family endured the usual cold winds, weird moving furniture, and basic poltergeist obnoxiousness. They refused to budge, however.
That’s when the black-hooded monk started showing up, and their daughter Diane started getting chunked out of her bed and dragged around the house.
Of course, folks claimed the entire thing was totally faked by the family, laying blame on the Pritchard’s 15-year-old son Phillip, but others felt more inclined to believe it might be the creepy bad-guy vibes left over from a hung monk from the 15th century.
Since the 1930s, reports of a beautiful young woman who vanishes into thin air have been reported in Justice, Illinois. This is a male-centric tale, as she either meets a soon enamored fella at the Willowbrook Ballroom, or along Archer Avenue. Either way, the story always ends the same way. She asks to be driven to nearby Resurrection Cemetery, at which point she disappears from her seat or at the gate, before their eyes. One of the first reports came from a man named Jerry Palus, who not only gave her a ride, but spent the evening dancing with her. He even received a kiss from the spectral beauty. Researchers have tried to narrow down just who Resurrection Mary is, with the current most popular theory being that she is actually a woman named Anna “Marija” Norkus, who died in an accident after departing the ballroom in 1927.
Either way, if you’re a lonely guy but have commitment issues, a girl that’ll give you a friendly smooch before getting all ghosty and ninja-vanishing might be ideal.
Need a little Sasquatch, UFO goodness, and giant snake action mixed in with your regular poltergeist/ghost/demon fare?
Southeastern Massachusetts has your hookup.
Situated over 200 square miles, the Bridgewater Triangle has had a steady reporting of ghost lights, cattle mutilations, bigfoots (bigfeet?), giant pterodactyl-like “thunderbirds”, satanists running around all willy-nilly, and some good ol’ Indian curses to round out the fun.
The Freetow-Fall River State Forest, of which falls within the triangle’s boundaries, even has a smattering of mob-related body dumping going on. Seriously, the Bridgewater Triangle is like the potluck dinner of weird, creepy things.
Have a solid addition to our humble list? We have a comment section; give ‘er a good using and let us know what creepiness you’d have included.