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Cat pics and animal memes might be internet staples, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. The more time you spend online and the deeper you go, the weirder the content becomes. Eventually, you’re left gazing into the proverbial abyss—and you can bet your bottom dollar, the abyss is gazing back into you.

Human beings have a certain fascination with the dark and bizarre, and the r/oddlyterrifying and r/oddlydisturbing subreddits capture that feeling very well. Both online groups document photos and screenshots of really weird things that can send chills down your spine the longer you look at them. We’ve collected the spookiest pics from the two subs and elsewhere, and you’ll find them as you scroll down. Remember to upvote the ones that creeped you out the most—and don’t forget your holy water!

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The Owner Of The Photo Says: "I Suddenly Woke Up At Night And Found My Cat Sitting Like This And Looking At Me!"

The Owner Of The Photo Says: "I Suddenly Woke Up At Night And Found My Cat Sitting Like This And Looking At Me!"

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Stacy, did you notice the food bowl is empty? No? Guess I'll just wait..."

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#3

This Street Lamp

This Street Lamp

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The r/oddlyterrifying subreddit was created back in March 2021 and currently has 3.1k members. Meanwhile, the r/oddlydisturbing online community has been running since October 2014 and has 2.9k dedicated followers.

Though both groups are fairly niche, the content they feature is enrapturing. The pics that the members of both communities share really manage to capture a deep sense of foreboding and unease. And it’s not always clear why.

While some images are frightening in a more subtle, traditional sense (e.g. creepy masks and scary faces that play around with the idea of the uncanny valley and inhuman predators hiding in the dark), others focus more on creating reactions of disgust and revulsion through allusions to body horror.

#4

The Shining Eyes Of Gators In The Everglades

The Shining Eyes Of Gators In The Everglades

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10 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My grandfather used to take me fishing in the okefenokee swamp and he had to smash the alligators on the head with the oar as they continuously swarmed the boat. Absolutely terrifying, wouldn’t recommend

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#6

Definitely Mothman

Definitely Mothman

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Really pairs well with the animal skull. Hey leatherface I saw the chicken bears you and your family were making, super cute.

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In short, there are very likely to be at least a few images that make you stop and go ‘nope!’, no matter how much of an experienced internet veteran you might be. For instance, yours truly doesn’t mind biological horror all that much. But weirdly inhuman-looking masks and mannequins make me wanna grab my crucifix and speed-dial the local exorcist. Meanwhile, someone who has arachnophobia might find images of hairy spiders with long legs to be far scarier than anything else.

One reason why people enjoy scary stories, creepy videos, and bizarre internet content is that they let them explore feelings of fear and unease without posing any genuine danger. It's all the benefits of a real run-in with danger without the risks. You get to satisfy your curiosity from the safety and comfort of your own home, classroom, or office. That's why the true crime genre is so popular.

#7

Guy Found A Glass Eye Embedded In A Rock At A Beach

Guy Found A Glass Eye Embedded In A Rock At A Beach

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Sign

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The children are slightly transparent and dressed in 18th Century clothing. if you do not wave back, they follow you home.

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#9

Hermit Crab Using A Discarded Doll Head For A Shell

Hermit Crab Using A Discarded Doll Head For A Shell

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We generally feel a greater sense of unease when there’s a sharp contrast between a scary object and a fairly normal background. Or, in other words, we’ll find a creepy mannequin far more horrifying if it’s placed in an otherwise innocent-looking home than in an occult shop, a mannequin factory, or a haunted-looking home. If we know to expect creepiness, we won't be as frightened as when we're taken completely by surprise.

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We Completely Understand The Public's Concern

We Completely Understand The Public's Concern

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why are you busy building something to take care of things that are already biodegradable? Make the stupid things eat plastic

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#12

Just Completed This "Biblically Accurate" Angel Sculpture

Just Completed This "Biblically Accurate" Angel Sculpture

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A while ago, Dr. Stephanie Lay from the Open University explained to Bored Panda how the uncanny valley works and why we might find something like mannequins to be creepy. Her work focuses on mismatches in information and how near-human faces trigger the uncanny valley effect.

“I looked specifically at facial expressions, and found that faces where the expressions we incongruent (such as a smiling mouth but fearful or angry eyes) were most associated with feelings of unease and disquiet, as well as being perceived as less than human,” she explained to us during an earlier interview.

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Pterocarpus Angolensis, Or Wild Teak, Looks Like A Perfectly Normal Tree Until It's Wounded. When You Cut Into It, It Dribbles Long Trails Of Dark-Red Liquid Down Its Trunk. Wild Teak Has Come To Be Known As Bloodwood, For Obvious Reasons

Pterocarpus Angolensis, Or Wild Teak, Looks Like A Perfectly Normal Tree Until It's Wounded. When You Cut Into It, It Dribbles Long Trails Of Dark-Red Liquid Down Its Trunk. Wild Teak Has Come To Be Known As Bloodwood, For Obvious Reasons

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#15

Yup, That Exist

Yup, That Exist

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“So, I think that even once faces start to look more realistic, there will still be an uncanny response if other aspects of the entity’s behavior or appearance aren’t as realistic: for example, even with a well-modeled human-like face, if the entity’s voice, movement or body language don’t convey the same emotional message, we’ll still find them unsettling,” the expert said.

#16

The Face Of A Port Jackson Shark

The Face Of A Port Jackson Shark

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10 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fugly shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo. Fugly shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo. Fugly shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo. Fugly shark!

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#17

This Is What The Nerves Related To The Teeth Look Like

This Is What The Nerves Related To The Teeth Look Like

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Meeting Of The Mickey Mouse Clubs 1930’s

Meeting Of The Mickey Mouse Clubs 1930’s

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Nuno Albuquerque, the Head of Treatment at the UK Addiction Treatment Group, previously told Bored Panda more about how phobias work.

“Phobias are among the most common anxiety disorders and are often developed following a negative or traumatic experience or in some cases, from learned or copied behavior from parents or those close to them,” he said during an interview, earlier.

#20

Here Are My Marfan's Syndrome Hands

Here Are My Marfan's Syndrome Hands

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#21

Blursed Close Up Of The Cosmos

Blursed Close Up Of The Cosmos

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oh hey D̶̡̛͎͈̳̞̩̠̪͎̰͙͉̰̠̭̙͆̎̾́̒̓͊̐̔̌̒̑̿͛̀̓̅̅̀̾͐̅̂̎̂̓̑̑̍͆͋̏̋͊͑̽̎͋̈́͊̄͐͊̔̎̿̌̚̚̕͘͘͝͝͝͠r̸̛͔͔̪̠̥͙̹͎̜̈́̋̏̀̇̀̈́͐́̉́͗̋̈́͂̔̀̓̃͐̾̊̏̋̄̃͗̊͗̎̑̔̐͋̈̏̂̂̃̑́̈́̋̿̒̆͆̂̉̋̓͘̕̚͘͝͠͠͝͝͝o̸̯̭̾̓́̀̓̀͐̃́̉̇̇̑̏͐̽̏͒̓̀̓̒̓̉́͛̓͐͐̏͊̒͆̀̓̆̐͐͒̓̈́̕͘͝͝g̶̨̢̨̼̖͍̫̗̬̯̤͉̲͙̲̘̘̳̟̗̗̯̻̗̪̯̼͕͈̣̱̲͚̜̟̩̖̖̥̯͎͉̗̺̹͙̲̰͎̠͈̭̟̫̳̻̞͖̩̦̯̰̖̟̻̤̳͇̋͒̓̇͗̍̿̈́̋̄͐̏̈͜͝͝͝ͅḑ̸̢̨̧͈̲̗̗̝͉͈͈̮̙̣̻͍̟͎̩̟͇̑̊͊̈́͌͛̌̓̈́͒̇̂̍͑̎̎̎͌̌́̀́̃͊̎̎̑̐̂͂̈́̽̈́̓̅̆͌̓͠͠r̷̡̨̧̨̢̡̢͍̝͔̝̪͖̯̰̰̠̣͕̗͓̜̗̱͚̯̜̮̗̯͕̲̼̬̬̮̣͉̠̻̫̟̗͓̯͓̂̆̀̓̃͐̽̓̕̚͜͝͝ỏ̸̧̡̨̢̲̘̥̪͈̳͉̺̝̗̬͔̦̲̣͓̻̦̳̺̪̫̞̱̀̓͊̏̎͛̆͑̊͛̓̉̑̉̓̎̉̒̈́̇͘͠͝͠m̶̨̞͖͇̣̬̱̬̩̉̏̓̈́̔͐̓̃̚͝ͅơ̷̢̢͚̳̻̯͍̗̥̭̥̤͕̺͚̬̳̙̥̬̤̮͎͇̻͉̰̣͍̳̝̣̥͚͇̺̘̿̀̓̽̀͌̄̕͜͜͜͝ͅṯ̵̢̨̲͖̫͚̣̩͚̜͕̺̝͎̭̺͙̬͖̣̞̳͕̬̰̼̩̺͕̞̥̖͕̬̦͉̯̤͖̘͍̰̼̙̘̩̰̯̲͍͍̮͕͙͍̬̯̗̥̗͔̓̀͂͂̌̈́̑̋̚͘͜͠ĥ̷̢̧̟̲̲̠̞̯͓̥̱̰͔̩̤̗̠͙̘̙͔̘̫̰̫̪̣̪̳̼̝̦̱̠͚̠͚̜́̓̓́̔̏! how you been?

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“If parents or people of influence have anxiety about dogs, for example, then it is more than likely a child growing up with them will also develop the same irrational reaction around dogs,” he said.

"Unfortunately genetics and learned behavior can trickle into the development of other behaviors and disorders, such as substance misuse, eating disorders, or unhealthy relationships with food, as well as gaming and gambling,” the expert warned.

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Don't Know Where Else To Post This, But This Is The Original Yoda Puppet Today

Don't Know Where Else To Post This, But This Is The Original Yoda Puppet Today

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"Regardless of how a phobia originates, overcoming them can be difficult but is possible. It's important to recognize if more than one person is suffering and encourage all to participate. Gradual desensitization or self-exposure to the cause is encouraged,” he told Bored Panda.

#25

"Bathe In My Milk"

"Bathe In My Milk"

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10 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok, I googled it because someone had to. First of all, check the website because it looks like you're entering the deep web. Anyway, it was a prank created by a man named Alan Wagner, who originally came up with this idea to make a certain drink go viral, but the idea was rejected because it "was too quirky" lol it was all staged and thank god the old lady does not live in this disgusting house

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#26

The Glory Hole Of Lake Berryessa. It Is A Drainage Pipe To Prevent Flooding

The Glory Hole Of Lake Berryessa. It Is A Drainage Pipe To Prevent Flooding

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#27

Looks Like The Bed Is Infested With… Mice? Sperm? Fish?

Looks Like The Bed Is Infested With… Mice? Sperm? Fish?

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“A more complex and long-term phobia may need similar treatment given to someone with an anxiety disorder or mental health illness; counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy or psychotherapy are all good options to explore."

#30

This Jean Bag Chair

This Jean Bag Chair

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Note: this post originally had 70 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

We know which of these pics unsettled us the most, and odds are that we'll be fighting off nightmares for at least a few days now. It's either that or finding some Unsee Juice ASAP. However, we'd like to hear which of these images you found the most terrifying and disturbing, and why, Pandas. If you've got a moment, pop down by the comment section and share your thoughts with us. And if you have any phobias, it would be pretty cool to hear how you're dealing with them. (Yours truly is scared of heights, but desensitization works wonders!)