Welcome to the corner of Reddit known as ‘Oddly Terrifying' that fires up your brain with some tingly sensations. How? Well, the title says it all. This community of a whopping 2M members has people sharing the weirdest, creepiest, and most unsettling pics of random objects, from natural artifacts to computer-generated images.

The whole entertainment of oddly terrifying pictures lies in its paradox—although it’s terrifying, it’s also impossible to look away. The pics captivate you like a horror movie you never signed up for, but still watch until the end with palms obscuring the screen. You look once, you look twice, and go “this is enough for me today,” only until realizing you’d like to see some more. After all, we all need some distraction.

So scroll down through Bored Panda’s new batch of oddly terrifying pics, and be sure to check our previous post for some more when you’re done with this one.

#1

Corn Maze

Corn Maze

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MellonCollie
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7 months ago

That sign is hilarious

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To find out what fascinates us about the unsettling photos and videos, Bored Panda spoke with Lisa Yaszek, a Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech where she researches and teaches science fiction as a global language crossing centuries, continents, and cultures. Lisa shared incredible insights into how our minds are captivated by them.

#2

Best Cinema Ever

Best Cinema Ever

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Community Member
7 months ago

mmm... whoever chose this movie wants to see the world burn

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#3

This Is True Fear

This Is True Fear

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, that's pretty accurate.

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#4

War Changes You

War Changes You

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No you didn't
Community Member
7 months ago

He was in another post recently, along with a bit of his story. Most of the four years he spent in a concentration camp.

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“It’s hard for us to look away from unsettling photos and videos because they challenge our usual ways of perceiving and cataloging the world, disrupting our sense of ordered reality and even suggesting that reality might be something other than we thought it was,” Lisa told us.

She explained that “these photos and videos tend to revolve around grotesque juxtapositions of things that should not be together; they are objects that defy science and rationality and disturb our sense of scientific category. More often than not, they focus on disgusting bodies that are monstrous fusions of things that should be kept apart.”

The professor added that while these monstrous bodies are usually individual ones, they often suggest a larger universe that is seriously out of kilter as well.  

#5

I’m So Disturbed Yet Also Intrigued

I’m So Disturbed Yet Also Intrigued

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No you didn't
Community Member
7 months ago

Pac-lemon.

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#6

This Extremely Disturbing Face Swap

This Extremely Disturbing Face Swap

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
7 months ago

Nope I definitely didn't need to see this. Unsee juice, here I come

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#7

Mahatma Gandhi's Statue After Some Prankster Added Red Lights To The Eyes Of It (San Francisco, 2019)

Mahatma Gandhi's Statue After Some Prankster Added Red Lights To The Eyes Of It (San Francisco, 2019)

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Julieandthephatones
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7 months ago

it is I, Anng, your avatar!!!

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The professor argues that it’s no surprise that humans are fascinated by oddly terrifying images and that there are whole online groups dedicated to sharing them. “Photos and videos are supposed to give us clear and accurate representations of reality; they assure us that we document and thus know the material world around us in methodical and consistent ways.”

But unsettling images can do the exact opposite, Lisa suggests. “They can undermine our faith in reality: either the camera does not lie and it has captured some monstrous rip in our own reality, or it does lie, and we have to recognize that we cannot even trust our own technologies to accurately document the world around us! Either way, it’s disturbing.”

#8

This Statue With A Beehive For A Head

This Statue With A Beehive For A Head

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
7 months ago

'The beeheaded man'

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#9

This Abandoned Hospital Had A Visitor Last Night

This Abandoned Hospital Had A Visitor Last Night

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

It's Dr.Acula..

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#10

Amazing Halloween Costume

Amazing Halloween Costume

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Kawaii user
Community Member
7 months ago

Looking at this picture makes my skin crawl

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So you may wonder why we keep looking at these photos—and disturbing art in general? Lisa has an illuminating explanation. “Grotesque imagery is part of every culture and goes back to the dawn of civilization. Today, we actively seek out terrifying experiences by looking at grotesque photos, watching horror movies, and even going on roller coasters,” she said and added that “as humans, we seek out these terrifying artistic and cultural experiences for at least two different reasons.”

“First, as designed experiences, terrifying art and culture give us a way to engage with things that are disturbing, uncanny, and even utterly monstrous from a safe distance. Our psychological and mental categories for understanding the world are temporarily turned upside down, but we’re not directly, physically threatened by the grotesqueries we are looking at or experiencing, and we know eventually everything will return to normal,” Lisa explained.

#11

Biblically Accurate Angel

Biblically Accurate Angel

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Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
7 months ago

According to Ezekiel.

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#12

This Is What Running Birds Look Like

This Is What Running Birds Look Like

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Aaricia
Community Member
7 months ago

The vulture was the inspiration for many dragon artists.

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#13

The Black Crack, A 65-Foot-Deep Fissure Along A Trail In Canyonlands National Park In Utah

The Black Crack, A 65-Foot-Deep Fissure Along A Trail In Canyonlands National Park In Utah

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
7 months ago

I did NOT give them permission to post a picture of my butt!

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Lisa argues that it leads us to a second important point. “It’s the pleasure that comes from looking at disturbing images: they give us an opportunity to exercise our minds and to play with reality ourselves. Suddenly, we become storytellers asking ourselves and each other: Where do these grotesque images come from? Who is behind them? How would I react if I encountered this object or situation in real life?”

The professor suggests that at their most provocative, horrifying images can even inspire real-world change: “And how do these images make me see my own reality differently?  What do I need to do in my own world to make sure this never happens? Terrifying and grotesque events are part of the human experience, and encountering them first in safe artistic and cultural spaces provides us with excellent ways to prepare for them,” she concluded.

#14

Sears Tower During A Blackout

Sears Tower During A Blackout

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
7 months ago

Mordor

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#15

Woke Up Scared Stiff Last Night When I Noticed A Victorian Ghost Floating At The End Of My Bed. Took Me A Few Minutes To Realise It Was My Clothes On The Door

Woke Up Scared Stiff Last Night When I Noticed A Victorian Ghost Floating At The End Of My Bed. Took Me A Few Minutes To Realise It Was My Clothes On The Door

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Debbie Barnes
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh my god.. This is why I don't have anything hanging from my doors or have dolls, whose eyes seem to always glow in the dark...

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#16

280 Million Year Old Fossil Found In Western Australia, Photo By Tom Kapitany

280 Million Year Old Fossil Found In Western Australia, Photo By Tom Kapitany

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
7 months ago

Fascinating rather than terrifying.

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#17

A British Tourist Filmed A 'Monitor Lizard' Coming Out From His/Her Toilet Bowl In Thailand

A British Tourist Filmed A 'Monitor Lizard' Coming Out From His/Her Toilet Bowl In Thailand

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Community Member
7 months ago

Ooops wrong room

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#18

A Whale Skeleton Found In The Hot Dunes Of Egypt

A Whale Skeleton Found In The Hot Dunes Of Egypt

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Otter
Community Member
7 months ago

It's Tattooine!

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#19

Mother! I Request Your Soul!

Mother! I Request Your Soul!

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
7 months ago

Highlight the word *REQUEST*

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#20

Was Playing Video Games When I Heard A Sounds To My Left. Looked Over And Saw This

Was Playing Video Games When I Heard A Sounds To My Left. Looked Over And Saw This

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SamanthaStillNotBoredPanda.
Community Member
7 months ago

He just wants to talk to you about rising energy prices

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#21

Fingers Without Nails

Fingers Without Nails

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No you didn't
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

That is surprisingly creepy.

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#22

Imagine Seeing One In The Middle Of The Road While Driving

Imagine Seeing One In The Middle Of The Road While Driving

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Vicious Insect (they/them)
Community Member
7 months ago

This is fake, it was just a model of what it would look like.

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#23

Pregnant With Triplets

Pregnant With Triplets

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Poor woman! Beeing pregnant for 27 month must be hard..

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#24

At Vezio's Castle In Italy There Are Lots Of These "Phantom" Like Statues

At Vezio's Castle In Italy There Are Lots Of These "Phantom" Like Statues

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troufaki13
Community Member
7 months ago

What is it? A depiction of our emptiness inside?

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#25

Eye Injury Causes Man's Iris To Collapse

Eye Injury Causes Man's Iris To Collapse

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Bellala
Community Member
7 months ago

Omg

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#26

Found This In My Apartment While Living In Japan. They Are Fast!

Found This In My Apartment While Living In Japan. They Are Fast!

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Wtf is that?!

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#27

The Tornado Showing Up Because Of The Lightning Strikes

The Tornado Showing Up Because Of The Lightning Strikes

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

And my father shouting about my driving faults in the adjacent seat

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#28

A Webcam Appeared In The Bottom Of My Computer Screen After It Blue Screened

A Webcam Appeared In The Bottom Of My Computer Screen After It Blue Screened

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GenXandEarnedItAll
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like a teenager was hacking into computers.

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#29

A Creepy Standing Goat.

A Creepy Standing Goat.

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SamanthaStillNotBoredPanda.
Community Member
7 months ago

That’s not creepy that’s cute ! I give it kisses , ere come ere I giz you kisses 💃

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#30

The Remains Of This Caribou In Greenland

The Remains Of This Caribou In Greenland

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SamanthaStillNotBoredPanda.
Community Member
7 months ago

😟 It must have been a horrible slow death 🥺

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#31

Oh No

Oh No

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DUN DUN (she/her)
Community Member
7 months ago

I can hear the spider's evil chuckle from here

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#32

My Daughter's Bat Morph Suit

My Daughter's Bat Morph Suit

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Elliot Fowler
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm more disturbed by the fact that the kid seems to like it

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#33

They Are Evolving

They Are Evolving

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Nathaniel
Community Member
7 months ago

Turn back mate, it's not worth it.

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#34

This Jack O Lantern With Mold Growing From Inside

This Jack O Lantern With Mold Growing From Inside

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S D
Community Member
7 months ago

OMG, it’s eaten a cat!!

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#35

Never Letting A Cat Touch Me Again

Never Letting A Cat Touch Me Again

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Pooh Bear
Community Member
7 months ago

I love hairless cats :3

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#36

A Doll Chillin In A Graveyard

A Doll Chillin In A Graveyard

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troufaki13
Community Member
7 months ago

IT"S NOT A DOLL!! RUNNNN

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#37

Just Wait When Night Falls...

Just Wait When Night Falls...

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Helderder
Community Member
7 months ago

I would lovee to sleep here

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#38

Found This In My Girlfriends Loft. She Only Moved In 3 Months Ago And Says She Has Never Been Up There. Guess What My Name Is...

Found This In My Girlfriends Loft. She Only Moved In 3 Months Ago And Says She Has Never Been Up There. Guess What My Name Is...

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Caffeinated Hedgehog
Community Member
7 months ago

Your name is Pentagram?

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#39

Found This In The Basement Of My New House

Found This In The Basement Of My New House

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Daniel Schnitzler
Community Member
7 months ago

That’s free equipment. Take it!

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#40

Spacex Has Robot Dogs Patrolling Their Rocket Factory Now

Spacex Has Robot Dogs Patrolling Their Rocket Factory Now

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oli
Community Member
7 months ago

Black Mirror!

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#41

There Is A Mutation In Frogs Where Their Eyes Grow On The Inside Of Their Mouth.

There Is A Mutation In Frogs Where Their Eyes Grow On The Inside Of Their Mouth.

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Gelato Cat
Community Member
7 months ago

That is a lie, the eyes don't grow from the inside of their mouth because of a MuTaTiOn, they can roll their eyeballs back in to the top of their mouth to clean then with their tongue if they get dirty and so it can help them swallow.

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#42

This Corridor, Man… This Is Gonna Haunt Me On Dreams

This Corridor, Man… This Is Gonna Haunt Me On Dreams

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Daria B
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, it will haunt those dreams where you're desperately looking for a toilet

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#43

Man Goes In Narrow Underwater Cave

Man Goes In Narrow Underwater Cave

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Anthony Nizza
Community Member
7 months ago

Why would he?!!??!!

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#44

All Of A Sudden You Hear Sirens

All Of A Sudden You Hear Sirens

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Izzy Curer
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

I'm guessing the floodplain of a dam? There are signs like this along the Susquehana south of Columbia PA

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#45

The Ants Are Up To Something

The Ants Are Up To Something

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
7 months ago

Moshpit on stoner-rock concert..

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#46

Pov: Polar Bear Is Trying To Eat You

Pov: Polar Bear Is Trying To Eat You

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
7 months ago

The bastards look so cute and harmless, too. I have this horrible suicidal urge to start scratching his nose while saying stupid s**t like "aww, who's a Mister Cuddlebug? Yooou aRRGH!"

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#47

One Of The Last Known Pictures Taken By The Hikers Of The Dyatlov Pass Incident (1959)

One Of The Last Known Pictures Taken By The Hikers Of The Dyatlov Pass Incident (1959)

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
7 months ago

I saw all the pictures (was told) from the cameras at the Dyatlov pass - I never saw this!

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#48

This Happens To My Hands At Cold Temperatures

This Happens To My Hands At Cold Temperatures

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Otter
Community Member
7 months ago

Raynaud's syndrome?

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#49

Well That's Not A Good Sign

Well That's Not A Good Sign

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Saint Thomas
Community Member
7 months ago

It's from the video game "Control".

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#50

Robot With A Face Is Quite Creepy

Robot With A Face Is Quite Creepy

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Izzy Curer
Community Member
7 months ago

I don't really find this creepy

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