You know that saying: A picture is worth a thousand words? Some pictures just leave you speechless. Real or imagined, staged or coincidence, these images brought to mind at least one word: disturbing. In this list, we look at the Top 10 Most Disturbing Google Images. The only criteria here: Be creepy and show up on a Google Image search.
Church of the 9 Ghosts
This one gives us goosebumps. This image shows an abandoned church with what appears to be draped congregants seated, as if listening to a sermon that we, the living, can’t hear. This image comes courtesy of Dutch photographer Niki Feijen, who himself described the scene as “the uttermost creepiest experience ever.” It strikes us as something straight out of Silent Hill.
Game of Thrones gave us the Red Wedding. Billy Idol gave us a white one. The Internet gave us a freaky one. The scene shows a pleasant wedding in a courtyard, observed in the distance by a group of masked and cloaked figures standing on a balcony. The costumed voyeurs appear to be in old-fashioned plague-wear, which only heightens our anxiety. Some forum members have noted the absence of shadows on some of the figures. Regardless, the whole image freaks the hell out of us.
Victorian Family Photo
The Victorian Era wasn’t known for its joy or vibrant colors and this portrait of what appears to be the unhappiest family that ever existed reminds us of that. The image shows us an elderly man, a woman who we presume to be his wife, and a miserable little girl. Look as carefully as you can – you won’t find the hint of a happiness anywhere. Call it bad exposure from antique cameras, we call it freakin’ creepy.
Thank a fire for this one. This photo shows a group of damaged figures stored just after a fire destroyed part of Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in London in 1925. The figures’ realism, combined with their scattered state, gives off a horrifying impression of dismemberment, perhaps an inadvertent inspiration for House of Wax? Think of it this way – Madam Tussaud’s lost a few wax statues, the Internet gained a meme, and we gained a grisly addition to this list.
This photo is like one giant flashback to BioShock and it’s creepy splicers. The mob of eerie figures disguised behind smiley, Mickey masks calls upon the same horrors as the masks worn in the game. Welcome to the a meeting of the Mickey Mouse Club, which gathered in movie theaters across America during the 1930s. Blame the garish masks on the primitive quality of everyday costumes from back then. Either that or Disney was way ahead of the horror curve…WAY ahead.
We’re going retro with this photo taken at the infamous Amityville Horror house in Amityville, New York. Shot during a paranormal investigation hosted by Ed and Lorraine Warren in 1976, the photo seems to a show a young boy staring into the camera from darkened room. Given the house’s celebrity, the photo has generated decades’ worth of debate over authenticity and popular opinion believes the spectral figure to be nothing more than one of the investigators, Paul Bartz, kneeling down. If not Paul, than we may be staring into the lifeless eyes of John DeFeo, one of the victims of the Amityville massacre, or, you know, anyone else that could have been in the house at the time.
Figure in the Fog
Jason Voorhees is REAL – or that’s what we thought when we saw this photo. The photo shows a trio of friends gathered in the middle of some misty woods, unaware of a shadowy figure on the horizon. Could one of them be in on it? Maybe it was a prank, or an eerie coincidence, or maybe this forest hides a dark secret… we don’t know and, frankly, we don’t care to find out.
Maybe M. Night Shyamalan was onto something with The Happening: This popular image shows a little girl next to what seems to be a wind-blown tree surrounded in a fog-drenched landscape. And, wow, is that tree wind-blown: It appears to be pointing at something outside of the photographer’s range. Does the tree know something we don’t, like why the girl is so freaking creepy?
Beneath the Ice
Our next picture is one many of you are probably familiar with: A submerged, antlered creature of some sort pressing up against a sheet of ice. We couldn’t help but recall old episodes of The X-Files and even a little bit of Jacob’s Ladder when we saw this. We get it: A guy in a suit with antlers on his head. Simple enough. That leads to another question, though: Is a man trapped beneath ice, in a skin-tight suit, trying to gasp for air any less disturbing of an image?
The characters of Bert and Ernie are among the best-known characters of Sesame Street, but Special effects artists Nacho Diaz from Plan 9 FX decided to take the time and mold a “realistic” interpretation of one-half of the muppet duo. The result: this monstrosity. Real Bert clearly suffers from serious medical problems, with a cone-shaped skull; bulging, bloodshot eyes; and countless chins. We see a great horror film in the works with this idea, and we’d hate to see what a realistic Ernie would look like. Eat your heart out, Leprechaun.