With the “Ghostbusters” reboot right around the corner, and the inevitable butt-load of cash it’ll pull in the global market, we thought it would be fun to highlight some delightfully terrifying haunted places.
Since this is a global event, why focus only on America? Besides, there’s plenty of time to pick apart the scary-ass reaches of this vast country in the future. For now, check out these crazy places.
Aokigahara Forest is a 35-square-kilometre (14 sq mi) forest that lies at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The forest contains a large number of rocky icy caverns, a few of which are popular tourist destinations. Aokigahara forest is very dense, shutting out all but the natural sounds of the forest itself.
A dark history looms over this place, for all its serenity, the forest has a deep association with “yūrei” or ghosts of the dead in Japanese mythology, and it is a notoriously common suicide site (in which 54 took place in 2010). For this reason, a sign at the head of the main trail urges suicidal visitors to think of their families and contact a suicide prevention association.
On a side note: a less-than-stellar horror movie about the mythology surrounding the suicide forest (starring the fantastic Natalie Dormer) was recently released to little fanfare.
Built in 1908, the Goldfield Hotel is an historic four-story building located in Goldfield, Esmeralda County, Nevada. It is a contributing property in the Goldfield Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 14, 1982.
The hotel has long been of interest in the paranormal community and has been featured on several paranormal reality TV shows but no other footage has been more hotly contested than the infamous “brick throw” captured in the 2004 documentary “Ghost Adventures.” You be the judge.
Site of the infamous “Enfield Poltergeist,” a story also having its own big screen adaptation in the form of the sequel to 2013 horror film “The Conjuring,” that was reported to have terrorized the Hodgson family in the late 1970’s. Although many believed it to be a hoax, with investigators coming to split conclusions, American paranormal investigator Ed Warren claimed that Janet Hodgson, age 11, was once “sound asleep, levitating in midair” and concluded that the children were the subject of demonic possession.
An underground ossuaries in Paris, France, the catacombs are said to hold the remains of around six million people. Founded when city officials were faced with two simultaneous problems: a series of cave-ins starting in 1774 and overflowing cemeteries, particularly Saint Innocents.
Visitors have reported being touched or even assaulted by ghostly hands in the catacombs.
Known as the “world’s most haunted forest,” for good reason, it is renowned for intense paranormal activity including mysterious voices, ghostly attacks, sudden illnesses, UFO’s, strangely shaped vegetables (seriously), and sudden vanishings (is it really any surprise the forest was named after a shepherd who disappeared with his entire flock?). You name it, the Hoia-Baciu Forest has had it.
The locals know to steer clear.