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Even the best Hollywood set dressers in the biggest budget horror movie can't outdo real life. As part of our continuing effort to find real-world locations that you wouldn't want to spend a night in regardless of the number of shotguns and Bibles you were allowed to bring, here are some of the creepiest places on Earth. In case you missed them, here are Part 1 and Part 2.
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Matsuo Kouzan in northern Japan used to be the biggest sulfur mine in the Far East, but it closed in 1972. Today, the only things that remain of it are the abandoned apartment complexes that were used by the mine's workers, cut off from the rest of the world high in the mountains. Those abandoned buildings, however, are not what make the Matsuo mine truly creepy -- it's the fact that you can't even see them through the ghostly mist that envelops the place like an ethereal death shroud.
In Cracked's continuous effort to make your local haunted house look like a boring pile of dog turds, we once again present the creepiest real places on Earth. Whether it's due to their bizarre histories, suspicious coincidences or good ol' human insanity, these are the locations even the die-hardest of atheists wouldn't venture into without a crucifix and a Super Soaker full of Pope-blessed water.
Gunkanjima (literally Battleship Island) is another name for Hashima, an uninhabited island 15 kilometers from Nagasaki nicknamed for its apparent resemblance to a battleship. From 1887 to 1974, Gunkanjima was a coal mining facility, but the coal mine shut down and everyone left. Still, abandoned islands aren't that uncommon in Japan. Even Gunkanjima is only one of 505 uninhabited islands near Nagasaki. But it's by far the creepiest.
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A maze of cracked concrete, crumbling plaster and snapshots of frozen lives, Battleship Island in Japan resembles a long-forgotten war zone. It was deserted overnight after the closure of its coal mine in 1974. Fallen facades of buildings expose abandoned places littered with reminders of their inhabitants: shoes remain where they were kicked off, half-read newspapers litter the floor and once-loved posters slowly peel off bedroom walls.
Although one of the spookiest abandoned places in North Carolina, Henry River Mill Village has largely made a comeback thanks to the movie, even if the owners denied access for the sequels after realizing the production team blew up one of the dilapidated houses without permission.
Ghost towns aren't only found in movies. All across the world, there are mysterious abandoned cities that stand as ominous time capsules capturing the imaginations and vacation days of thousands of tourists.
The staple of every horror film; the last thing you want to see on a walk in the woods; the pinnacle of human mortality: shivers down your spine, and instant goosebumps spring up at the mention of abandoned places.
What if mankind disappeared completely from the earth? Through the pages, you will see the floors covered by dust, walls cracked, wood rotting, and nature invading slowly those places that used to be full of life, reminding us of the necessity to live in harmony with our habitat.
Situated in the southern Italian province of Matera, in one of the world's most beautiful countries, Craco must be among the unluckiest villages in the world. After decades of bearing the brunt of Mother Nature, the town was finally abandoned in 1980.
This next abandoned outpost has been described as one of the most dangerous and contaminated places on the planet. Located in the dry, dusty climes of Pilbara, the unassuming small town of Wittenoom belies a toxic surprise hiding underground...
This mining community was founded by Sweden in 1910, but sold to the USSR in 1927. It has the most northerly statue of Lenin in the world, which was abandoned, along with the rest of the town and its infrastructure, in 1998.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium is an architectural masterpiece and, apparently, one of the most haunted places in America. The Tudor Gothic-Revival building started life as a tuberculosis hospital in the 1920s, but was decommissioned in the 1960s as treatments for TB improved. After a stretch as a care home for the elderly, it was finally abandoned. Book onto a tour or ghost hunt to explore the creepy building.
One of America's best-known abandoned theme parks, this Six Flags location (formerly Jazzland) operated right up until 2005, when Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. It originally opened in 2000, with Big Easy-inspired architecture and plenty of thrill rides, but the hurricane plunged the park under some six feet (1.8m) of water. Now eerie, weather-beaten carousels, cracked dodgems and overgrown tracks litter the forgotten park.
There's something unsettling about forgotten Gibraltar Mansion, whose façade is strangled with greenery and whose bricks are faded by sunlight. You might almost expect to see a figure appear at one of the cracked windows. The once-grand estate, which was built by a cotton merchant in the 1840s, has been abandoned since the 1990s. You can view its exterior from the flower-filled Marian Coffin Gardens, which are open to the public.
Are you a fan of abandoned places and all things creepy? If so, you won't want to miss the abandoned hotel in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote! Located on the southern coast of the island, this once-luxurious resort is now a crumbling, overgrown mess - and it's the perfect spot for a spooky adventure.
Okay, now for the fun part - exploring the abandoned hotel! As you walk through the empty rooms and hallways, you'll feel chills running down your spine. And the graffiti and vandalism on the walls only add to the eerie atmosphere. The grand entrance and lobby, with its marble floors and ornate details, give you an idea of what the hotel must have looked like in its heyday. The empty swimming pool, with its cracked tiles and overgrown plants, is a haunting reminder of the past.
From the empty magical theatres of Detroit to the lost playgrounds of Chernobyl, there are places across the globe that were once a hub of activity, but are now abandoned and in decay. With nature creeping in and reclaiming these spots, we are left with eerie crumbling ruins and breath-taking views of deserted places, that offer us a window into past and capture our imagination. Abandoned showcases the very best photographs from around the world documenting this phenomenon.
The City of Lights is one of the most romantic places in the world, and yet it has a dark side. Paris sits above over 200 miles of tunnels, some of which are lined from floor to ceiling with skulls and bones. Paris cemeteries were overcrowded by the 17th century and the solution was to bury more than 6 million bodies in these ancient tunnels initially built for mining. Today, visitors are only able to tour about a mile of these catacombs.
Wittenoom is one of the most contaminated, and most creepy, places in Australia. The site of a former blue asbestos mine, the city's streets were literally paved with the stuff. The government deemed it too expensive to clean up all the asbestos in the town, so they declared it unfit to inhabit and struck it from maps. Despite this, a few residents still refuse to leave this dangerous, near-abandoned ghost town. For those looking for less toxic vacation spots, try the safest tourist destinations in the world.
The modern hotel is derivative of the 17th-century inn. The medieval hotels manifested in European culture as a means to provided temporary shelter to traveling nomads. Since this conception, many hotels have come and gone, though some of them are still holding fast to their grounds. All around the world, the bones of former hotels lay abandoned with nothing but eerie remnants of their former glory. The sight of these places gives off a creepy essence, with only the imagination to give way to what may have happened in the halls of these hotels.
Like anything old, decrypted, and abandoned, these hotels hold whispers of hauntings with the ghosts of its former occupants roaming the grounds of these abandoned hotels. But ghosts or no ghosts, there is some fascinating history behind these 10 creepy hotels from around the world. Here are a few you need to see.
YouTube documentarian Jake Williams told Nola.com it took five months to get permission from the city of New Orleans to film inside the park. Speaking of abandoned places, "They're like museums," he told the site, "like walking through a period of time."
"Walking into the abandoned amusement park 10 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated it was an eerie experience. Gone was the scent of cotton candy and the sounds of laughter as I walked into the abandoned Six Flags Amusement Park. It was like the whole world had died and I was the only one left. It wasn't just surreal. It was apocalyptic," photographer Seph Lawless told the New York Daily News in 2015. 350c69d7ab