ByJancy Richardson, writer at
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

In case you didn't know, the Catacombs of Paris are 400 miles of underground passages, layered with human bones. Some of the 300-foot-deep tunnels are so tight, the only way through is to crawl on a carpet of the dead. Despite this, hundreds of people go exploring the caverns - and some never return.

Filmmaker Francis Freedland discovered an abandoned video-camera in the catacombs. He set out to investigate what happened to the lost explorer. All quotes are from Francis himself, trying to solve the dark mystery.

In the found footage, a man walks through the catacombs, following arrows made of human bones

'The person begins to walk faster and faster. Then he begins to run. We hear his breathing get louder and louder, as if something was scaring him.'


'He's frightened.'

'He's running faster and faster, deeper and deeper into the catacombs. Then all of a sudden, he drops the camera.'


'The camera keeps rolling until it runs out of tape.'

Film-maker Francis Freedland and his crew then delved deep into the catacombs, looking for the missing man. What they found was...pretty CREEPY.


...A wall painting, supposedly marking the Gates of Hell

This is where Freedland loses hope for the lost man, 'this is far too deep for an amateur to be messing around - he must have lost his way and died.'


I know there's a horror movie set in the catacombs...

As Above, So Below - terror in the catacombs
As Above, So Below - terror in the catacombs

Now I'm thinking that movie is maybe a... biopic? Freedland says of the dark tunnels, 'If you go down deep enough, you can find the gates of hell. Perhaps this person found it.'


Shaken, the film crew emerged 12 hours later. Freedland never found the missing man.

'He could still be down there. Maybe he found a way out. Nobody knows.'


The catacombs are open to the public, but tread wisely.

Freedland says, 'We didn't solve the mystery. I don't think anybody ever will.'


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