Often times we complain about a recycled plot point used relentlessly in horror movies. Maybe instead of focusing on the terror that made one movie successful, we should be outsourcing to the frightening minds of our viewers! There are some who have created stories just as renown as Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees without ever having made it to the big screen or the published page. And they are just as, if not more, nightmare inducing.
In no particular order:
Of course our favorite slim n' slender grey scale octopus would make the cut! But just because our modern day boogeyman is so popular does not make him any less frightening! He was created in 2009 by Victor Surge on Something Awful Forums as part of a challenge to create a paranormal image and since has spread to new heights as one of the most recognized internet horror stories in existence. He is described as a tall (never stated how tall) man with impossibly long slender limbs and a number of black tendrils sprouting from his back, wearing a black suit and a blank canvas for a face.
He is said to only pray on small children, but most stories written about him revolve around late teen to middle aged victims. The only other prey he seems to have is those who become overly obsessed with studying his existence. He is to frighten them to near insanity before finally taking them. It is also said that once he opens his arms to you, you are put into a hypnotized state, walking willingly into his arms. What happens when you get there no one can say. You can read about his historical information here.
He has been compared to foreign fairy tales known as "The Dark Man" in Scotland, "The Branch Man" to the Dutch, and "The Tall Man" in Germany. His own American stories are too great in number to discuss here, but rest assured some of them could turn your hair grey. Some interesting ones are Slenderman, The Tall Man and Follow The Leader. It even has a hit in video already with an interesting and terrifying youtube project Tribal12. And there's the well known Marble Hornets. And we all know about the Endermen from Minecraft.
It's easy to see how Slenderman depicted on the big screen could be terrifying. It doesn't need to follow any one creepypasta so long as it keeps true to the Slenderman creation. A completely original story in the making!
9. Mr. Widemouth
Mr. Widemouth is a lesser known (but not unknown) creepypasta posted in 2010. It is about a small creature similar to an imaginary friend who likes corrupting children into seemingly silly but fatal games. It looks like a furby with very wide features, the widest being his mouth. I imagine it being a cross between the lorax and a Mogwai who's eaten after midnight. It's been narrated here by MrCreepyPasta. The original story is by Perfectcircle35.
I can't say much about Mr. Widemouth without giving away the ending, but Mr. Widemouth is an innocently sinister friend for a sick little boy with no one else. With the twist ending on this one, it stuck with me and I honestly had a nightmare or two about it. Twisted with a bit of movie magic, I could easily see this being a terrifying blockbuster masterpiece.
8. The Devil's Mimic
The Devil's Mimic is mostly unheard of, though it has been narrated here by Mr CreepyPasta. It was written by YoungCrunchFelix and posted in 2013. What would you do if a pet started exhibiting demonic tendencies? If all signs pointed to a demonic possession? This story paints the image of uncertain spooky paranoia bent around a favor to watch a demonic prayer repeating myna bird.
Mr. Stevens and his wife take on a lot to help others. They watch a toddler every Thursday, take the lady across the way shopping and offer free piano lessons to kids. Then, they agree to watch after Mrs. Stevens aunt's myna bird, much to Mr. Steven's dismay. Everything seems ok at first, until the bird repeats something it never should have heard. The Devil's Mimic, fleshed out a bit, would make a perfect feature length film with a hair raising twist. One that will hit closer to home than you know.
7. Anansi's Goatman Story
It's not posted on the creepypasta site, originally posted on 4chan in 2012 by Anansi, but it can be found on the creepasta wiki. Anansi's Goatman Story is a terrifying tale (despite the greentext) about a group of kids who camp out in the wilderness, only to be assaulted by a strange creature with the head of a goat that can imitate seemingly anyone and infiltrate their numbers. What it wants is not completely clear, but one thing is certain: It can do whatever it wants and they cant stop it.
The fact that I have lived in the woods a majority of my life made this story all too real for me. You can make what you want of it but it wold make a PERFECT addition to the growing list of screen adapted horror stories! Each turn in the story can make your hair stand on end.
Penpal is another story not technically posted on the Creepypasta Website (it IS on the wiki) but it deserves a place on this list. It was posted on Reddit in nosleep by 1000vultures in 2012. It is a long long story full of details and intricate, unique terrors, each chapter housing a brand new twist. The ending is very morbid, disturbing and a little bit heart wrenching. What do you remember from your childhood? The main character learns to connect seemingly unrelated terrible instances from early childhood to his mid-teen life into one impossible story. Is it as it seems? And it's ending will leave you with no feeling of peace.
It could easily be a movie, especially if filmed as an interview with flashbacks. It was posted in six story length parts and has since been turned into a full length novel by Dathan Auerbach which I encourage you to buy here.
5. The Rake
The rake, much like slenderman, was an internet creation from Something Awful (presumably) and it's creation date is unknown, but the rake was first posted on Creepypasta in 2009. It has had many adaptions, but the core character always stays true. What can only be described as a naked bald grey man hunched like a dog with a not so human face and prying, piercing black eyes. Eyes that show you terrible things. It is over 6 feet and thin as a skeleton. His hands (massive claws) are what earned him the name "The Rake".
It it said to enter your room in the night and watch you sleep. Sometimes it just stalks its victims, allowing them to wake and see it watch them, showing them terrible truths in it's eyes. Sometimes it hunts and stalks you, tearing it's victims to pieces and ripping their insides out. The Vigil is a really good example of the psychological effect of The Rake.
The rake could easily be twisted into a new night stalker double feature. If they can make movies like Sharknado and Grave Encounters 2, I have no doubt in my mind that The Rake would be a successful hollywood terror. Two more creepy Rake stories I enjoy are The Sandman and Skinwalker
Now Ubloo JUST came out, so unless you frequent creepy Reddit boards or avidly watch Creepypasta.com while the submission period is open, you likely haven't read it yet. It came out in April of 2015 on both nosleep and creepypasta as a four part story. It has two different endings because of nosleeps story rules but each is good on it's own with small differences. A psychologist tries to help a boy fighting a sleep demon before becoming afflicted by the being himself. A strange elephant like creature with empty reflective blank eyes that shows you your most terrible brutal heart-and-mind breaking nightmares before speaking one word -Ubloo- as you wake up. The only way to avoid it is to not sleep and even then......
If you fleshed out this four part story (or if the writer writes more like he claims on nosleep) then this could easily be the new dream scream! Not to be confused with A Nightmare On Elm Street, it has it's own twist and story in a completely different direction.
3. No End House
No End House was presumably written in the last few years, most probably in 2012 but the author is unknown. There is a mysterious house, location unknown, where if you can best all 9 of it's terrifying rooms, you can win $500! Each room more terrifying than the last, it's horrors personalized just for you! Seems like an awful lot for only $500 if you ask me.
A bit reminiscent of 1408 but with it's own spin and at least eight other rooms, No-End House would easily be a full length movie. And like all the others listed here, the twist at the end is worth waiting for.
SCP stands for Secure. Contain. Protect. SCP is a foundation that finds and houses creepy beings and items from the rest of the world (some are near impossible to contain) while doing experiments. The website is an EXTENSIVE listing of all creatures/items/beings that are or were contained in the various facilities and what they do. There have been several creepypastas and one very popular game (which you can download here) based off of this facility.
It is very likely that The Rake was loosely based off of "Shy Guy" - SCP-096 - or vice versa. There are several creepy characters to beware, such as SCP-173 (the original SCP) who is reminiscent of the Weeping Angels of Dr Who. Blink and it's all over. He is one of the most terrifying parts of the computer game if you aren't careful! And my personal favorite, the plague doctor, or SCP-049, who zombifies his victims in an eternal attempt at curing everyone of "the plague".
If not a full length movie, then maybe a series of TV movies about each SCP OR a TV series based around catching and gathering the SCPs. Though I would settle for one movie based around the game events.
Tulpa was created in 2012, author unknown. Tibetan for "Conjured thing", it is a consciousness parallel to your own that is self-aware, can think, has free will and memories.
Tulpa is about a paid experiment to imagine yourself. Literally. As another sentient person. It would be amazing to be able to discuss your own subconscious, remembering impossible things and picking up on social cues you missed. But what if that other you was not so nice? What if it wanted to be more real than you?
Especially with the built up interactions between the main character and his Tupla, plus the building scenes at the hospital and the terrifying message at the end, this would definitely form a truly terrifying horror movie!
0. GO TO SLEEP - Jeff The Killer is missing?
During research for this article, I came across many who would have liked to see Jeff The Killer on this list. Here is the reason he is not. Jeff the Killer is a very good story and the photograph is very frightening. But no where in the original story or any that followed could a solid platform be found. Take a second and think about the story from start till finish and tell me how that would be executed to simultaneously be frightening and not reveal the obvious ending at the same time. The best that could be hoped for would be a cringe-worthy origin movie like Rob Zombie's "Halloween". He is also too heavily romanticized. Not to mention, the heavily edited above image is that of a girl who was cyber-bullied into suicide. So... uh... Yeah. Romanticize that. There is also the unfortunate mary-sue add-on of Jane the Killer which would undoubtedly be a tag along flick. These are, however, just my opinions.