• Sat, Jun 11 2011

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t: Tales of the Silver Screen

Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t is a series that explores modern urban legends, bringing you a new tale each week.

When it comes to unsettling stories, a little truth goes a long way. Something can be 99 percent false, but if there’s one little bit of reality somewhere within it, it immediately becomes terrifying. You know it’s fiction… and yet, there’s a little tiny voice niggling at the back of your mind telling you that it could be true, that it could happen to you. Nowhere is this more powerful than in movies. This Friday, Super 8 joined the collection of cinematic tales floating around out there that manage to capture something in its footage that maybe– just MAYBE– could be real. In honor of it, let’s play a little game this week: I’ll tell you a few tales; you guess what they are. They’re all stories you’ll know, if you dig deep enough in that place in your brain that locks away the things that frighten you. Ready? Here we go…

The Tale:
It is 1938. The world is still recovering from the aftermath of one World War, and a second looms on the horizon. You into the news on the radio nightly, trying to stay on top of tumult the world is currently going through. But tonight, it’s different. In a small town in New Jersey, a meteorite has plummeted from the sky and landed in the middle of a field. But it isn’t just any meteorite; it is cylindrical, an extremely odd shape for a meteorite to be. Furthermore, to the surprise of the onlookers, the meteorite opens… and something begins to emerge. Panic. Flames. The broadcast is cut off. And you know then and there that something isn’t coming; it’s already here.

And it’s happening right. Now.

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  • Steph

    Thank you! I was wondering when someone would finally bring up the resemblance /rip-off of “Hunger Games” to the Japanese “Battle Royale”.

    Bit like “Simba the White Lion” and the “Lion King”–oh, no similarities whatsoever:)

  • Adina

    was surprised “Cannibal Holocaust” didn’t make it on the list as it was sort of monumental to the found footage genre.

  • Dr Rotwang!

    As it turns out, the War of the Worlds broadcast was not q

  • Dr Rotwang!

    As it turns out, the War of the Worlds broadcast did not create as much of a panic as was once thought: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds_%28radio_drama%29#Extent