10 Perfectly Macabre Abandoned Buildings, by ANDREW HANDLEY

As seen on ListVerse.

We live, work, and play in buildings designed to shelter us from the outside world. These structures are one of the hallmarks of human civilization, and they’re so commonplace that you never really give them a second thought. But once a building’s purpose becomes unnecessary, once the life has drained away from years of neglect and disrepair, you’re left with nothing more than an empty shell—a twisted metal corpse where shadows lurk and nature creeps back to claim its own, one cracked cinder block at a time. These 10 buildings, once vibrant with life and activity, were all abandoned for one reason or another—and in many cases, some disturbing things were left behind.

10 Spanish Doll Factory


This doll factory in Spain has an uncomfortable way of getting under your skin. It was abandoned sometime in the ’80s, but for some reason everything was left behind—boxes of doll parts, machinery, half-finished dolls still lying on the assembly line—everything. It’s as if everybody just vanished in the middle of the work day. At the time the factory was in operation, porcelain dolls were commonly made with human hair, which somehow makes these things even creepier.

The three-story building remains largely unchanged to this day, except for the floor in one wing, which collapsed at some point. There isn’t even much graffiti to show that other people have explored it. According to one photographer who visited the factory, the entire third floor was covered in a mountain of ceramic arms and legs. This was followed by the unintentionally creepy “the heads and bodies were much more rare.” This place is a horror movie waiting to happen.

9 Pula Hospital


Pula is a city in Croatia best known for a scattering of ancient ruins from the Roman empire, including a large amphitheater built in the first century A.D. and the famous Gate of Hercules. But it also has at least one ruin of a different type—a massive abandoned hospital, hurriedly closed down in 2003 and still littered with rusting medical supplies, peeling wallpaper, and collapsed hospital beds that once held the sick and the dying.

Nobody seems to be sure why this particular hospital was abandoned, but one thing is certain: It’s not alone. Before 1991, Croatia was part of Yugoslavia. After the new government was set up, a lot of the old government-controlled facilities (hospitals, schools, military installations) were either phased out or abandoned completely. This hospital appears to be a throwback to earlier days, even though it was still apparently running for another decade. Interestingly, hotels and resorts in Croatia are now heading down the same path—there are over 100 abandoned hotels throughout Pula and other cities.

8 Okunoshima Island Chemical Weapons Plant


Okunoshima Island is a small speck of land off the coast of Japan—so small, in fact, that it didn’t appear on most maps until 1988, when the Japanese government constructed a museum on the island in memory of the people who worked there during World War II. But despite its size, the island played a surprisingly large role in the war. Specifically, it was the location of a top secret chemical weapons factory that mixed together more than 6,000 tons of mustard gas between 1927 and 1945.

Half a century later, the derelict chemical plant is still standing, and, although the island is open to the public, visitors aren’t allowed to go inside because of the risk of contamination. It’s believed that there are still hastily hidden stores of mustard gas dotted around the island, but nobody really knows because all the records from the plant were burned at the end of the war.

7 Riverview Hospital


Riverview wasn’t your normal hospital—it was an insane asylum. And thanks to decades of horror movies, that means we’re already terrified of it. It opened in 1913 and finally shut its doors for good in 2012, when the last remaining patients were transferred to a nearby hospital. Although it hasn’t been abandoned long, the image above shows the state of disrepair that the building had fallen into over the years. Even before it closed, many of the buildings on the grounds were crumbling, abandoned, and neglected.

Because of its unique architecture and the fact that it’s, well, an insane asylum, Riverview has been used as a filming location in over 50 movies and TV shows, such as the X-Files and Fringe.

6 Garth Hill Mine


Folklore and superstition are well ingrained in Welsh history, so you’re bound to get a few ghost stories with something as creepy as an abandoned iron mine and a horrific suicide in a caretaker’s cottage. It practically writes itself. The suicide in question supposedly happened in 1930 when a one-armed mine worker killed himself in the cottage, leaving his ghost to haunt the grounds for all time. The cottage itself is still standing, hidden in the hills and covered with ivy, and you can visit it via a short hike near Garth Mountain.

But underneath the cottage is the mine itself: Miles and miles of abandoned tunnel, a vast subterranean maze where centuries of men worked and died in harsh conditions. Although it’s been abandoned for decades, the machinery is still down there, including a blacksmith shop and an entire steam plant, not to mention countless rusted rail spikes just waiting to reach up and give you a hug and a puncture wound. Many of the tunnels and caverns have filled in with water over the years, creating surprisingly beautiful underground lakes.

5 Friar’s Walk Shopping Center


There’s no denying the post-apocalyptic atmosphere that goes hand-in-hand with an abandoned building, but while that comes standard with most rotting architecture, the owners of Friar’s Walk Shopping Center actively encourage it, in the form of zombie-themed warfare. For the past year, the crumbling shopping mall has been the host of Dawn of the Dead-esque games played with Airsoft rifles—spring-powered guns that shoot plastic BBs.

The mall itself is unchanged. After all, the point is that it’s supposed to look like an abandoned mall. Plate-glass shop windows, dead escalators, even a tattered indoor playground—all add to the ambiance of the shopping center. When the lights go down, you really could believe that a zombie might jump out from behind a corner.

4Mingo Junction Steel Mill


With a population of only about 3,500 people, the town of Mingo Junction, Ohio isn’t likely to win any awards for being interesting. But at one time, it was an important artery in the so-called Rust Belt that stretched across the central northeastern US. The town and the steel mill grew together—most of the families living in Mingo Junction were only there to work at the mill.

But in 2008, after several decades of slow decline, the Mingo Junction steel mill finally closed its doors, leaving behind a twisted framework, a rusted relic leftover from the industrial revolution. Its fate is still undecided, though it will probably end up being demolished to make room for restaurants and hotels along that stretch of the Ohio River.

3 Carrie Furnace


For some reason, when a factory or steel mill, closes most of the machinery is left inside, giving the unshakable sense that the whole thing could come alive again at any second. At least, that’s the impression you get from Carrie Furnace, another throwback to the Rust Belt days of the early 1900s. Located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the factory was built in 1884, and spit out roughly 1,000 tons of steel per day for nearly 100 years.

The 28-meter (92 ft) structure looms over the Monongahela River like a sleeping giant. Most of the original brickwork from 1907 is still intact, though covered in a blanket of ivy, and much of the machinery inside is practically antique. Two of the remaining blast furnaces were built before World War II and provided steel for the war.

In 2010, parts of the dilapidated steel mill were reopened for public tours. Extensive rebuilding allows visitors to walk on catwalks over two vintage blast furnaces capable of reaching 1,500 °C (2,800 °F).

2 Baikonur Cosmodrome


Now located in Kazakhstan, the Baikonur Cosmodrome was an integral part of the Soviet side of the space race. This is where Sputnik One, the first rocket to orbit the Earth, and Vostok One, the first rocket to carry a human into space, were launched. The installation was so large that an entire townwas built around it to house the workers and their families.

Fast-forward 68 years, and most of the facility is a ghost town. The towering, steel scaffolding rigs are nothing more than silent sentinels, keeping watch over launchpads packed with dust and scattered leaves. Control rooms that once buzzed with activity now sit in shadow, empty and silent. There’s even a space shuttle, just sitting there, like an old truck on cinder blocks in a redneck’s front lawn. Russia has been non-committal over their plans for the facility—although the land now belongs to Kazakhstan, the Russian government has a lease on the property until 2050.

1 Middle School Number 3


Following the meltdown of the Chernobyl Power Plant in 1986, the Ukraine government set up the Exclusion Zone, a quarantined area that extends 30 kilometers (19 mi) in every direction from the site of the reactor. Nearly 100,000 residents were evacuated from the Exclusion Zone, leaving behind their possessions, their homes, and, in many cases, their loved ones.

Now, most of the Exclusion Zone is still uninhabited, although all of the buildings are still standing. One of those buildings, known simply as Middle School Number Three, is almost frozen in time at the moment of the disaster: Gas masks cover the floors, and chairs and desks still stand exactly as they would have on a school day 27 years ago, except for a few that were knocked out of the way as the students fled. If you want, you can actually visit the area right now with a guided tour, although this tour has certain rules you don’t normally hear on vacation—like stay on the concrete walkways, because the radiation is lower there, and don’t touch literally anything.

ANDREW HANDLEYAndrew is a freelance writer and the owner of the sexy, sexy HandleyNation Content Service. When he’s not writing he’s usually hiking or rock climbing, or just enjoying the fresh North Carolina air.

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WILLOW CREEK (2013) – Director: Bobcat Goldthwait. Review By Greg Klymkiw.

As seen in THE FILM CORNER with Greg Klymkiw.

WILLOW CREEK, Review By Greg Klymkiw

It’s Official, Bobcat Goldthwait is one of America’s Best Living Directors & his new film is as hilariously brilliant as it is chilling and crap-your-pants terrifying as anything I’ve seen in years. The picture DEMANDS big-screen exposure!

Willow Creek (2013)
Dir. Bobcat Goldthwait
Starring: Alexie Gilmore,
Bryce Johnson

In the wilderness, in the dark, it’s sound that plays tricks upon your eyes – not what you can’t see, but what your imagination conjures with every rustle, crack, crunch, moan and shriek. When something outdoors whacks the side of your tent, reality sinks in, the palpability of fear turns raw, numbing and virtually life-draining.

There were, of course, the happier times – when you and the woman you loved embarked on the fun-fuelled journey of retracing the steps of Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin who, in the fall of 1967 shot a little less than 1000 frames of motion picture footage of an entity they encountered striding through the isolated Bluff Creek in North-Western California.

Your gal was humouring you, of course. She was indulging you. She was not, however, mocking you – she was genuinely enjoying this time of togetherness in the wilderness as you lovebirds took turns with the camera and sound equipment to detail the whole experience. You both sauntered into every cheesy tourist trap in the area, chatted amiably with numerous believers and non-believers alike and, of course, you both dined on scrumptious Bigfoot burgers at a local greasy spoon.

Yup, Bigfoot – the legendary being sometimes known as Sasquatch or Yeti – a tall, broad, hairy, ape-like figure who captured the hearts, minds and imaginations of indigenous populations and beyond – especially when the Patterson-Gimlin footage took the world by storm. And now, here you both are in Willow Creek, California, following the footsteps of those long-dead amateur filmmakers.

All of us have been watching, with considerable pleasure, your romantic antics throughout the day. When night falls, we’ve joined you in your tent and soon, the happy times fade away and we’re all wishing we had some receptacle to avoid soiling our panties. You’re probably wishing the same thing, because in no time at all, you’re going to have the crap scared out of you.

We have, of course, entered the world of Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek. Goldthwait is one of the funniest men alive – a standup comedian of the highest order and a terrific comic actor, oft-recognized for his appearances in numerous movies (including the Police Academy series). He’s voiced a myriad of cartoon characters and directed Jimmy Kimmel’s TV show and subsequent concert flick.

In addition to these achievements, Goldthwait has solidified himself as one of the most original, exciting and provocative contemporary American film directors working today. His darkly humoured, satirical and (some might contend) completely over-the-top films are infused with a unique voice that’s all his own. They’ve made me laugh longer and harder than most anything I’ve seen during the past two decades or so. Even more astounding, is that his films – his first depicting the life of an alcoholic birthday party clown, one involving dog fellatio, another about an accidental teen strangulation during masturbation and yet another which delivered a violent revenge fantasy for Liberals – are ALL films that have a deep current of humanity running through them. His films are as deeply observational and genuinely moving as they are nastily funny and often jaw-droppingly shocking.

Willow Creek is a corker! It forces you to emit cascades of urine from laughing so hard and then wrenches wads of steaming excrement out of your bowels as it scares you completely and utterly out of your wits. It’s a “found footage” film, but I almost hesitate to use the almost-dirty-word term to describe it, because Goldthwait, unlike far too many boneheads, hardly resorts to the sloppy tropes of the now-tiresome genre.

He’s remained extremely true and consistent to the conceit and in so doing, used it as an effective storytelling tool to generate an honest-to-goodness modern masterwork of horror. His attractive leads are nothing less than engaging (lead actor Johnson reveals a scrumptious posterior for the ladies and, of course, gentlemen of the proper persuasion). Goldthwait’s clever mixture of real locals and actors is perfection and the movie barrels along with a perfect pace to allow you to get to know and love the protagonists, laugh with them, laugh with the locals (not at them and finally to plunge you into the film’s shuddering, shocking and horrific final third. The movie both creeps you out and forces you to jump out of your seat more than once.

Goldthwait is the real thing. If you haven’t seen his movies up to this point, you must. As for Willow Creek, I urge everyone to see the film on a big screen with a real audience. Sure, the movie will work fine at home in a dark room with your best girlie snuggled at your side on the comfy couch, but – WOW! – this is a genuine BIG SCREEN EVENT. Try to see it that way, first!

New Website Tracks How Many People Have Died In Your House, by Lauren Evans

Live in the USA? Great! You’re one step closer to this …

A new website, DiedInHouse.com, will tell you just how many former residents sucked in their final desperate breath in that very spot you’ve selected for your Sodastream.

It’s easy—just enter your address and credit card information (the service costs an eminently reasonable $11.99) and voila—you will be apprised of who has died in your home, when, and more importantly, how they died. It is then up to you and your family to determine who gets the bedroom where the murder/suicide took place, though unfortunately the site does not offer any sort of family mediation service so you’re really on your own there.

This, however, is not a joking matter. An extensive FAQ addresses several questions you should have …

Read full article at gothamist.com.


Blog on Blog: On Set @ The Scarehouse

August 12, 2013

Tomorrow I head out to begin work on The Scarehouse. It is written and directed by Windsor-born Toronto-based filmmaker Gavin Michael Booth. I’ll be blogging over the next few weeks during shooting (which starts August 20 in Windsor, ON). Stay tuned for more updates. For now, check out the movie on IMDb.com.

Also, be sure to follow ‘The Scarehouse’ on Twitter: @scarehousemovie and Instagram: @ScareHouseMovie

Plot Summary:

When Corey and Elaina open a Halloween fun house on Devil’s Night it is all fun and games until their former sorority sisters begin to arrive. These six sisters are confronted by their past as the night spins out of control.

August 20, 2013

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August 21, 2013

Insert Macbeth joke here?


September 2, 2013

So. Much. Bad. Luck.


September 5, 2013

Today in Bloody Disgusting:


D Films has provided Bloody Disgusting with the first ever still from their new horror thriller The Scarehouse, which is currently lensing out in Windsor, Canada. The feature film, executive produced by D Films, is being directed and co-written by up-and-coming Canadian filmmaker Gavin Michael Booth.

In the film, “When Corey and Elaina open a Halloween fun house on Devil’s Night, it’s all fun and games until their former sorority sisters begin to arrive. Quickly these six sisters are confronted by their past within the corridors of The Scarehouse as the night spins out of control.

Stars: Sarah Booth, Kimberly-Sue Murray, Dani Barker, Teagan Vincze, Emily Alatalo, Jennifer Miller, Ivana Stojanovic, Katherine Barrell and Jack Ettlinger.

Read full article here.

September 12, 2013

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Visit http://instagram.com/scarehousemovie for more behind the scenes pics!

 September 18, 2013


See more exclusive images from The Scarehouse in today’s feature article from horror mag Shock Til You Drop. Check it out here.

October 19, 2013

Composer: Adrian Ellis

Here’s a demo of the score design elements in action.  There are no commercial samples or synths used – this track is comprised solely of material Adrian recorded on set.


True Crime: John List

… On November 9th, 1971, List had written a note to the principal of Patty’s school, saying she would be out for a few days. Another similar note was written to the other schools. To his boss, he wrote, “I’m sorry that it all had to end this way but with so little income I just couldn’t go on keeping the family together. And I didn’t want them to experience poverty.” He made the same excuse to Helen’s mother, the children’s maternal grandmother. He also mentioned that he could not be sure that their souls would remain pure in the future, giving the impression that he believed he had killed them for their own good. To save his own mother from anguish, he had killed her, too.

It was time to search the house more thoroughly to piece together what had happened on that gruesome day.

Read full article at trutv.com.

The Seasoning House – Director: Paul Hyett (2012)

Met with mixed reviews … The Seasoning House.

The movie follows Angel, a young girl that is forced to work in a house that specializes in supplying young prostitutes to various military personnel. Initially planned to be put to work as a prostitute, Angel instead becomes the assistant to Viktor, who runs the brothel. During the day she is given the duty of cleaning the prostitutes up after their often violent encounters with various men, but at night wanders the walls and crawlspaces of the house. It’s when she befriends newcomer Vanya and witnesses the aftermath of the regular and brutal rapes that Vanya is subjected to that Angel begins to plan revenge, especially after the squad of soldiers responsible for her abduction and the murder of her family arrives.

Per Wiki: The film had extremely mixed reviews. The horror press loved the film and got very positive receptions at many festivals around the world and was selected as opening film at Film4’s Frightfest 2012. However, not surprisingly the UK mainstream press hated it. Empire magazine gave the film three stars calling it ‘stylistically bold and brutally compelling’, it also had rave reviews from HeyUguys who said ‘Beautiful, exhilarating and exhausting’. Radio Times also said ‘Highly effective suspense shocker, this hard-hitter is influenced by Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski’. FearNet said ‘Aggressively entertaining, a stark and ferocious new revenge thriller, both unflinching and compelling’, Dreadcentral also said ‘The Seasoning House is a lyrical, bleak, and deeply wounding exploration of brutality and inhumanity that cries out to be seen’. Brutal as Hell exclaimed ‘In many ways The Seasoning House reminded me of the recent wave of French horror: visceral and unrestrained, but with a fierce intelligence at work behind the camera’. The Seasoning House won the critics award at Fantasporto, Portugal, the critics award at Mile High Horror Festival at Denver, Colorado and best actress for Rosie Day at Fantaspoa, Brazil.