We all remember being freaked out by some of these when we were younger. These urban legends are still going strong today...
Walt Disney frozen?
This is one of those urban legends that never goes away. Was Walt Disney actually cryogenically frozen after he died so he could come back in the future? The answer is no! The urban legend originates from the late 60s and early 70s, when people were interested in the futuristic science of freezing bodies. But there is no truth behind the legend as Disney was cremated soon after his death.
Perhaps the most famous myth, which came from an old folklore that states Mary Worth was executed because she was a witch. Chanting the name Mary three times in front of a mirror placed in a candle lit room would make the witch Mary appear in the mirror and cause the death of the person who summoned her.
We have more than likely all experienced this urban legend in one way or another. You get sent a message suggesting that if you don’t pass it on to a certain number of people there would be terrible consequences. They spook even those who don’t believe in them. Would you be willing to break to chain?
The Slender Man
A modern day urban legend, the Slender Man began online as part of a Photoshop competition. Victor Surge created the faceless, suited, unnaturally tall figure, which went viral, and the urban legend was born. Stories of the Slender Man usually involve him stalking, abducting and traumatising people, often children.
A call coming from inside the house
The moral is most certainly clear: Protect your children! There are variations of this legend. One version sees a babysitter being tormented by threatening phone calls, she calls the police who trace the call and find out that it’s coming from inside the house. The children in her care tend to be killed.
In this tale, a young man meets a beautiful woman who seduces him. The following morning, he wakes up in a bathtub full of ice to find one of his kidneys has been removed.
Robert the doll
The doll was once owned by Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto. Robert the doll is supposedly cursed and possessed by spirits. Many claimed to hear giggling coming from the doll or have caught a glimpse of him running up the steps and even staring out the turret-room window at them. Robert was the inspiration for Chucky, the doll in the 1988 horror film Child’s Play.
The missing bride
Otherwise known as Bride and Seek. According to the legend, a young woman was about to get married in the farmhouse where she grew up. Everything went perfectly and afterwards the guests played a game of hide and seek. The groom was ‘it’ and the bride wanted to win the game. She went to the attic and hid in an old trunk. She was never seen again…
This classic urban legend involves a young couple out for a drive when the radio informs them that a serial killer has escaped from a nearby institution and that the killer has a hook for a hand. The couple make their way home and find a hook attached to the back of the car.
Which of these urban legends did you believe? Let us know…