Fact is often stranger than fiction and the unexplained mysteries we have been chilled to the core by in horror movies often have petrifying parallels in real life that still haven't met a logical conclusion.
Below are a selection of unexplained events that have burst from the big screen into real life, but do you think it's art imitating life or life imitating art?
Mysterious Meat Offerings
The real life story: Residents of Gastonia, Georgia were more than a little creeped out when a mysterious hooded figure started dropping hunks of raw meat around children's play areas, and plenty of rumors kicked off about what the gothic nightmare of a figure was up to.
While some suggested a sinister occult ritual, others thought she might have been trying to poison local pets, but any horror movie lover's mind would definitely have instantly strayed to witchcraft...
Read more about the meat dropping figure HERE.
Horror movie parallel: Although we haven't seen the movie yet, could this mysterious hooded figure have been inspired by the chilling trailer for The Witch below?
The hooded garb and fleshy offering have more than a whiff of pagan offerings to me and they are also have a little too much in common with the arcane packages scattered around in The Blair Witch Project.
Masked Scrubland Strangers
The real life story: When some New Zealand based teenager were filming themselves larking around in some dense scrubland, they got more than they bargained for when they were stalked by some seriously unnerving tattooed figures in white masks.
As if that wasn't terrifying enough, one of the unidentified figures also appeared to have a gun and a police helicopter was also circling the area as they filmed. Could these guys have been what it was seeking?
Read more about the masked figures HERE.
Horror movie parallel: Whoever these seriously scary figures are, I would bet my bottom dollar that their disguises and restrained, yet somehow even more terrifying movements were inspired by The Strangers. Check out what I mean in the trailer below:
A Shove from the Otherside
The real life story: In one of the Moviepilot staff's favorite ghost videos, we see the work of a suspected poltergeist as it slams a woman to the floor. Although the footage might seem quite comic, the woman's statement is straight from the realm of horror movies:
"I wasn't aware of anybody in front of me as I passed the reception desk talking to a girl, and as I looked towards the receptionist I suddenly felt two pairs of hands shove me over. I hit the floor but when I looked up I couldn't see anybody, and I thought they probably had run off. When the receptionist told me that there was nobody there, I didn't believe them until they showed me the footage. Now I am convinced that it was a ghost because I felt the hands even though there was nobody around."
Horror movie parallel: Could this be the work of incredibly mild mannered relatives of the chilling poltergeists in Paranormal Activity?
Parisian Catacombs Claim a Victim
The real life story: This chilling video excavated from the bone ridden bowels of the Paris catacombs might just show a man fleeing into the darkness to his own slow and lonely death, but we will probably never know if he survived, or what startled him.
At one point, the man begins breathing heavily, as if he is seriously startled by someone or something, and with rumors the gates of hell can be found within this labyrinth of 6 million people's earthly remains, it's even more chilling.
Read more HERE.
Horror movie parallel: Anyone who has watched As Above, So Below knows that the demonic presences that supposedly dwell down here are no joke...
An Astounding Alien Encounter
The real life story: In 1994, over 60 Zimbabwean school kids ranging from the ages of 5 and 12 reported seeing two humanoid aliens emerging from a UFO that landed on the school grounds.
Children making up fantastical stories for attention or getting carried away by the tall tales of others isn't unusual, but what is dumbfounding is how studies by Harvard psychologist Dr. John Mack revealed that many of the children's stories and hand drawn pictures of the aliens were near identical.
Several of the older children also believed that the creatures communicated with them, sending them messages that humans were destroying the planet and environment, and that this will lead to dire consequences for mankind.
Movie explanation: While the obvious movie that tells us of other creatures warning us of environmental collapse is Avatar, there creepy way all of these children somehow managed to think as one is straight from horror territory.
I'm getting some serious Village of the Damned vibes from the unsettling nature of this situation...