The World’s Most Haunted Hotel Asks You To Sign A Waiver Before Staying In It

By Soham Nag

While there are many people in the world who refuse to accept the existence of ghosts, there are many who firmly believe and are ever-so-curious about the topic. And if you belong to the second lot, the Haunted Shanley Hotel in New York, is the place where you need to be at least once in your lifetime.

To start with, the Haunted Shanley Hotel, located in the city of Napanoch, does not carry the tag ‘Haunted’ for attracting tourists but because it has been the topic of interest among paranormal investigators for quite some time. The structure which was originally constructed by a man named ‘Thomas Rich’ has had a whopping 20 owners in time.

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However, the most significant tragedy that took place in the hotel was that of James Louis Shanley and Beatrice Shanley who purchased the hotel in 1906. All of their three children, who were born there, named Kathleen, James, and William died within 9 months of coming to life.

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James Shanley took the deaths extremely hard and lost his life in a heart attack a few years later.

The deaths did not stay restricted to the members of the family itself but also the people related to it. In 1911, the daughter of the barber of the hotel fell into a nearby well losing her life. In 1918, Beatrice’s sister, who lived in one of the apartments attached to the hotel, lost her life after giving to her third child.

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There are many paranormal activities that are prevalent in the Shanley Hotel. From rocking chairs seen rocking on their own to piano music, from creepy clock bells to the laughter of children, visitors have experienced them all.

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People have also claimed to have seen a misty apparition, resembling the look of James Shanley, roaming around the establishment. They have also heard a woman mourning and it is likely that this is Beatrice crying over the loss of her three children and sister. A woman donning a Victorian dress has also been spotted on occasions. You can also smell various scents which do not have an explanation. These scents include those of burning pipe tobacco, perfume, and food.

Expectedly, the hotel is not for everyone but only for the brave hearted who agree to abide by the rules. You must be of at least 16 years of age to book a stay. You will also have to sign a waiver, makes you responsible for what the ‘ghosts’ might do to you.

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Man says there’s a ghost trapped inside his creepy-looking doll

By Harley Tamplin

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With her blank stare and ever so slightly tilted head, it’s safe to say this doll is pretty freaky. But her unsettling facial expression isn’t the only reason why you should be terrified – because she’s actually haunted.  Ben Canham, who unwittingly became the owner of the ghost trapped inside the child’s toy, says he has experienced some mysterious activity since it fell into his possession. The 21-year-old said: ‘It’s very spooky. ‘The weird thing is, some days you walk into the room and the box lid is opened and some days it is closed. It’s very strange.

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‘According to the note, previous owners have experienced the box opening and closing by itself just like I have.’ Ben, from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, volunteers at a paranormal museum and regularly buys old boxes of junk.   And his interest was piqued by a doll wearing Victorian era clothing alongside a wooden box containing a note that said ‘read me’. The note warned that the doll and box were found in an abandoned car in 1990 and were possessed by two spirits, lovers Sarah and Richard, who were bound to them. Ben said: ‘I’ve experienced tapping, knocking and other strange sounds. Once my bathroom light began flicking on and off, on and off, but the switch wasn’t even moving.

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‘It is scary but at the same time it is interesting. Interestingly scary.’ Ben has been interested in the paranormal world for years, but began investigating it after the tragic deaths of both his parents when he was in his teens.

He says his encounters with the paranormal have been a source of comfort for him, knowing that there is a spirit world where his parents will be. Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Centre in Hinckley, where he volunteers, has given him a cabinet of unusual items to look after.

 

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Article Source – Metro.co.uk

7 Paranormal Experiments That You Didn’t Know Were Actually Led By Governments In The Past

By KC Archana

Everybody loves to believe in the paranormal and even those who are in absolute denial about its existence might just freak the hell out if they happen to come across something even remotely ‘ghostly’.

When it comes to the paranormal, you would assume the government would be the last organisation to endorse such beliefs. On the contrary,  the government actually sanctioned some projects driven by the paranormal, and if you think it’s hogwash, here’s proof:

1. Nazis obsession with witchcraft

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Apart from being infamous for committing unspeakable crimes against humanity, the Nazis are also known to have had a deep-seated interest with occult and paranormal practices

It is said that Heinrich Himmler, one of Hitler’s right-hand men was an ardent believer in black magic. He followed many evil ritualistic traditions, which included necromancy and ancient Germanic paganism. According to reports, Himmler’s ordered the SS officers to ransack museums in Poland, Ukraine, and the Crimea for mystical texts.

2. Project Stargate

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Project Stargate involved a number of investigations into the paranormal by the CIA and partner organisations such as the DIA and INSCOM. Commonly found in the Stargate documents are handwritten records of remote viewing sessions with simple sketches and graphics. Also known as clairvoyance, remote viewing is the ability to use extrasensory perception (ESP) to “see” or “sense” a far-distant object, person, or place.

3. Soviet Biological Communication

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During the Second World War, both the US of A and USSR were sharpening their claws in the field of paranormal, but there was a fundamental difference in the way they approached the paranormal. While the US focused more on the physical aspects, the USSR invested in telepathy, so much so they tried to communicate with submarines deep in the ocean using telepathy. This was their way of preparing for the worst case scenario wherein radio communication could be obliterated after a war.

4. Russian woman’s psychic powers ignited a paranormal arms race

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Nina Kulgina was the subject of Soviet psychic experimentation. Her psychic abilities were allegedly so powerful that she once made a frog’s beating heart stop using only her mind. She could also move objects with the power of her mind. The USSR tapped on to Nina’s unique ability and employed scientists to see if she could kill enemies using only her mind. And to this day no one knows anything about the success of those experiments nor the whereabouts of Nina.

5. Uri Geller Experiments

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The CIA ran a number of experiments with Uri Geller, a well known psychic from Israel. The experiments with Geller took place for 8 days back in 1970 and it was done to test Geller’s clairvoyant abilities. In one of the experiments, scientist picked a random word from a dictionary while Geller was locked up in a different room. The words they chose was fuse and Geller allegedly came out with the drawing of a firecracker! Geller is also said have had the power to detonate a nuclear bomb with the power of his mind.

6. Project Blue Book

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This is one of the most controversial study on UFOs. The US government led an elaborate study into UFOs between 1952 and 1970, and some say the study is allegedly still ongoing. But the data they collected during that period, was very controversial. Their main motive was to determine if these objects could threaten national security, the answer to which is still a moot point.

7. The Philadelphia Experiment

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The Philadelphia Experiment is an alleged military experiment that was supposed to have been carried out by the U.S. Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia. The Experiment is an event during 1943 in which the United States Navy allegedly teleported a Navy destroyer escort.

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Spend the Night at One of the Most Haunted Places in Wichita Falls

By Stryker

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Get your proton pack ready, because you may run into a ghost over the summer in Wichita Falls.

If you’re someone who would love to experience some paranormal activity, now is your chance. Sign up for the one night only event at the Kell House on June 30th. You will be the first ever group to do an overnight ghost investigation at the house. The Kell House is a landmark in Wichita Falls that has stood for over 100 years. We have actually featured a part of this haunted legend in our Most Haunted of Wichita Falls series.

Specifically, a statue of Flora Kemp, who was the daughter of Joseph Kemp, the brother-in-law of Frank Kell. People have claimed to see this statue crying at Riverside cemetery. Flora’s monument is known as ‘The Crying Bride’ because, according to legend, Flora broke her neck on her wedding day when she tripped as she walked down the curving stairs of the Kell House. Although, some reports say Flora died of typhoid in 1910, one year after the Kell House was built.

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People have also claimed to see people or shadows within The Kell House even when the house is locked up.

Other creepy things that have allegedly happened are doors opening or closing on their own, people hearing strange voices, items moving on tables, or lights flickering on. Hopefully, you get to see something like this on this ghost hunting adventure.

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Signups for this ghost hunt are going on right now So if you’re interested, I would hop on board as soon as possible. The cost is $89 which includes a paranormal investigation class and use of actual ghost hunting equipment. After some time with the group, you can go investigate on your own. Also, free snacks and drinks will be provided. I will be really disappointed if Ecto-Cooler is not the drink provided.

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5 Horror Movies Based on True Stories

By Kevin Anthony Carney

Haunted MoviesHorror movies often give us the thrill of experiencing suspenseful and life-threatening situations without putting ourselves in danger. But they can be especially terrifying when you learn that some of them are based on true events. Reality has no shortage of horrifying stories, and some of them have been brought to the world’s attention on the big screen.

THE CONJURING AND ANNABELLE SERIES

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Lorraine Warren (played by Vera Farmiga) investigated over 10,000 cases of alleged paranormal activity.

The Conjuring recounts Ed and Lorraine Warrens’ investigation into the Perron family of Rhode Island. In 1971, they claimed terror at the hands of Bathsheba Sherman, a 19th Century witch who cursed the land. The Conjuring 2 takes basis from the Enfield Poltergeist, which may have haunted the North London-based Hodgson family in 1977.

The spin-offs take inspiration from another Warren case. Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation are both inspired by a story about two roommates who claimed that the spirit of a young girl named Annabelle Higgins possessed their Raggedy Ann doll. They contacted the Warrens’ due to the doll’s malicious behaviour, and it resides in their Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut to this day.

WOLF CREEK

Mick Taylor terrorises a hostage in Wolf Creek.
‘Wolf Creek’ is based on several Australian kidnappings and murders.

The 2005 Australian movie Wolf Creek follows three backpackers who suffer through torture at the hands of the sadistic Mick Taylor. The story is based on the real-life murders and kidnappings carried out by Ivan Milat and Bradley John Murdoch.

Milat, known as the Backpacker Killer, murdered seven travellers and buried them in the Belanglo State Forest between 1989 and 1993. Murdoch captured British tourists Peter Falconio and Falconio’s girlfriend, Joanne Lees, in 2001. He killed Falconio, but Lees managed to escape.

THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT

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In 1986, Allen and Carmen Snedeker and their four children rented an old house in Southington, Connecticut. The house was once used as a mortuary, and the family claimed to suffer great horrors. Among these were the seeing water turn blood red, smelling rotting of flesh, and demons assaulting them. They contacted Ed and Lorraine Warren, and Ray Garton chronicled the events in his 1992 book In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting.

The 2009 movie, The Haunting in Connecticut, takes a lot of liberties from the accounts of the story. The movie tones down many of the horrific elements, it changes the names of the people involved, and it excludes the Warrens’ role altogether. As a result, both the Snedeker family and Garton have distanced themselves from the film.

THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES

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In 1966 and 1967, several people claimed sightings of a large grey man-like creature with glowing red eyes and ten-foot wings plagued the city of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Many theories have attempted to explain the phenomenon of the Mothman, but the creature is often connected to the collapse of Silver Bridge on December 15, 1967.

The most noteworthy theories originate from John Keel’s 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies, adapted into a movie in 2002. Richard Gere plays a reporter who travels to Point Pleasant following the death of his wife. His attempts to solve the mystery behind the creature lead him into strange and disturbing situations.

THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN

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‘The Town that Dreaded Sundown’ immortalised the Phantom Killer of Texarkana.

Over a three month period in 1946, a mysterious serial killer terrorised the city of Texarkana, Texas. The Phantom Killer attacked several couples under cover of darkness and killed five people and wounded three others. Police never caught the killer behind these attacks and remains unidentified to this day.

Thirty years later, The Town That Dreaded Sundown immortalised the case. The movie stayed true to real events despite changing some names and switching the setting to Arkansas. The film made a major impact on the horror genre as the killer’s use of a burlap sack to disguise himself may have inspired Jason Voorhees’ appearance in Friday the 13th Part 2.

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19 Paranormal College Campus Stories That Will Mess You Up For Days

By Francesca Rea

1. The room in Trinity Hall:

“I go to Texas Lutheran, and supposedly a girl died in one of the rooms in Trinity Hall. Ever since then, her room has been closed off, and no one is allowed in except residence life staff. One day I heard a ton of banging above my room and called my RA. We went upstairs, and maintenance opened the door. We saw very human-like scratches and blood-looking stains all over the walls. The ceiling was completely black, and there was about an inch of water on the floor and dripping down the walls. Totally unexplainable.”

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Ghost Stories2. The man in the window:

“One night, I had come home from my internship and sat down to watch some TV. The couch faced a large window, and the TV was off to the corner. It was during the winter, so it was dark out, and I decided to look out the window at the forest. Not only did I see my reflection, but I also saw the reflection of a man standing behind me, bent over, staring at me just inches from my face. When I looked back, he was gone.”

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3. The haunted mansion:

“I went to Williams and Mary right by Colonial Williamsburg. It’s a common thing for students to visit the Peyton Randolph house where a number of odd deaths have occurred. I went with my friends one night, and I got dizzy and suddenly had a terrible stomachache. Later, my friends showed me pictures they took and there were odd shapes in the windows, almost like faces. We went back one night, around Christmas, and all the windows in town had electric candles in them. As we peered into a window, suddenly every candle went out.

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4. The little girl in the mirror:

“I went to the second-oldest seminary in the country, which used to be a Civil War hospital. One night, I had a dream of a little girl laughing at me in the bathroom, looking out at me from the mirror. When I woke up, I was no longer in bed, but standing in the bathroom in front of a mirror.

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Ghost Stories5. The girl with long black hair:

“I went to Woodridge College in South Africa, and there is a story about a girl named Cassandra who died on campus about 30+ years ago. One night I went to the bathroom and heard the tap dripping, so I walked over to close it. I looked up, and in the mirror behind my shoulder was a girl with long, black hair in a white nightgown. I really didn’t see her face because I ran out so fast.”

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6. The head between the mattress and the wall:

“I live on-campus at Chapman University, and one of my roommates has a tendency to talk and giggle in her sleep. One night, I woke up to the sound her talking and climbing out of her bed. In the darkness, I could just barely make out her adjusting her mattress. The next day, she said she was woken up by a head located in the crack between the wall and her bed asking her if she could move her mattress because it couldn’t breathe.

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7. The room:

“I attended a weekend conference with my cousin at Loyola Marymount University where my aunt worked. As soon as we got off the elevator, I immediately felt an overwhelming sensation come over me. When we got to our room, I felt as if I had no control over my own body and began to tremble as I uncontrollably cried. We changed rooms down the hall, and I never had an issue unless we passed that room or was near the elevator. A few weeks later, my aunt received a letter from nuns who stayed in that room, stating how they also felt the same overwhelming rush and they thought there was an evil spirit there.

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8. The dark, crawling figure:

“I lived in Wells Hall at the University of Wisconsin, which is considered the most haunted dorm on campus. It was around 2 or 3 a.m. when I looked over at my roommate and saw a dark figure crawl out from under her bed and then crawl back under. I was nearly in tears and couldn’t breathe because I was so terrified.”

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9. The crouching man:

“I attended Flagler College, and one of the women’s dorms is located in what used to be an old hotel. Once when I came back to my dorm, every single closet and dresser door was wide open. When I left, everything was closed, and my roommate had been out of town that weekend. Also, my roommate told me she saw a man crouching by my bedside in the middle of the night. He stayed for a minute or two before standing up and disappearing.”

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10. The bathroom stall in Keating Hall:

“Keating Hall on the Ringling College of Art Design campus, previously a hotel, was famously haunted by Mary, a prostitute who hanged herself in the ’20s. A student told me that they were doing a self-portrait in the mirror of the communal bathroom one night. He knew someone was in the stall behind him because their feet were sticking out. They were taking a long time so he turned around, but the stall was empty. The creepy part? When he looked back in the mirror the feet were still visible.

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11. The children with black eyes:

“I was awoken in the middle of the night by the sound of kids playing and talking. It was dark, but I saw two kids sitting on my roommate’s bed. They turned to look at me and their eyes were all black! I don’t know what happened after that — I think I fainted because my roommate found me lying on the floor in the morning. Needless to say, I rented an apartment nearby after that incident.”

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12. The unexplained scratches:

“I live in one of the older dorms on campus, and my roommates and I have always heard rustling sounds. We searched the room to see if we could find some kind of animal or source of the noise, but we didn’t find anything. Later on that night, I was writing a paper and out of nowhere two scratches appeared on my arm. The scratches burned for about five minutes and then stopped. I still live in the dorm and I’ve found new, unexplainable scratches on my body almost everyday since then.

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13. The upside-down pictures:

“My roommate and I were convinced that our room was haunted. Things would always fall off of our walls in the middle of the night for no reason at all. Sometimes we’d come back after classes and some of our pictures on the wall would be upside-down. We couldn’t come to a reasonable explanation for any of it.”

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14. The forbidden third floor:

“Legend has it that there was a fire on the third floor of my building, and someone died there. Students were only allowed to live on the first, second, and fourth floors — the third floor was blocked off. One night while I was sleeping, I was awoken by the sound of heavy furniture being moved around on the floor above me. When I called for my roommate, I heard violent banging on the wall by my bed, the ceiling overhead (of the unoccupied floor), and the wall opposite me. When I mentioned the terrifying experience to my roommate, she said she had experienced the same thing before but was too scared to bring it up.”

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15. The girl in the corner:

“I went to Keene State, and I was staying in my boyfriend’s room in Fiske Hall. We were going to sleep when I had a feeling that someone was watching me. He had a habit of giving his room code out, so it wouldn’t be unusual if someone had come in to crash the night. When I opened my eyes, there was a little girl standing in the corner. She didn’t say anything, but just kept staring. I asked her who she was, and she immediately turned around and walked right through the wall. I didn’t sleep after that.

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16. The haunting of Lisa:

“I go to the University of North Georgia and at one point lived on the top floor of Lewis Hall. The story goes that a woman named Lisa was engaged when her fiancé got drafted and subsequently died in combat. Lisa was so distraught that she killed herself in her room. If any of the girls had pictures of their boyfriends up, she would knock them off the wall or desk. I hung pictures of my family, friends, and fiancé on my wall and left for class one day. When I came back, all of the pictures were still there except the ones with my fiancé in them.

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17. The dish smasher:

“I lived in the notoriously haunted Tainter Hall at University of Wisconsin–Stout. I was asleep on the top bunk when I heard a huge crash. I was too freaked out to get up and look, so I just tried to ignore it and go back to sleep. The next morning when my roommate got home, she asked if I had been drunk and angry the night before because all our dishes were smashed around the room! There was no way this could have happened on accident since they were securely placed in the cabinets.”

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18. The angry butler:

“I lived in the notoriously haunted building on campus. It was an old mansion that had been donated to the college. Legend has it that there was a little girl who was murdered by the butler there. I lived in the basement of the building, and one night as I was lying in bed, I turned over when all of the sudden there was this angry male figure rushing toward our window. I thought it was my roommate, so I asked if that was her to confirm, but she hadn’t gotten up in the last five minutes.”

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19. Finally, the little girl in the white dress:

“My friend and I were at our boyfriends’ off-campus apartment. My friend was sleeping in his room when she woke up and saw a little girl in a white dress standing in the corner of the room. A year later, I decided to google haunted places in our college town. I stumbled upon a message board from five years prior. A college student had posted that they kept seeing a little girl in a white dress in their apartment building. I quickly googled the location of the apartments, and they were right next door to our boyfriends’ old place.”

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Film review: ‘Marrowbone’ a moody, emotional story about a haunted family

By Preston Barta

Available Friday on On Demand, Amazon Video and iTunes.

3.5 of 5 stars

The Marrowbone family lives in secret.

In 1969, a young man (George MacKay), his three younger siblings (Mia Goth, Matthew Stagg and Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton) and mother (Nicola Harrison) move from their treasured home in England to escape their traumatic past and start fresh. They do so by settling into their mother’s family home in a rural American community. But when their mother suddenly falls ill and eventually passes, their clean slate becomes littered with problems.

Marrowbone, a gothic horror movie so small it almost fell under the radar, is deeply rooted in family struggles and the concept of surviving without adult supervision. Even though the oldest brother, Jack, is 21 years old when he inherits the responsibility in protecting them all, he very much embraces a childlike wonder. He runs around with neighbor girl Allie (Anya Taylor-Joy), a charming librarian, and longs to live a life that’s not restricted by circumstance.

Oh yeah. There are also some hauntings going on in the house. To dive too deep into these hauntings would spoil the ending, because, for most of the two-hour running time, the audience is left in the dark to piece together the mysterious narrative. We get hints and subtle visual clues as to what the stir of echoes may be about. But we’re primarily left to wonder whether the house is haunted, or if the family has a ghost that’s following them. All we know is the family doesn’t like mirrors and some creepy noises are coming from their ceilings. Whatever you’re thinking, those moments prove to be chilling.

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Marrowbone resembles films like Shutter Island and Crimson Peak with its themes of loss and disorientation. It’s got filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s fingerprints all over it — and go figure, because Marrowbone is written and directed by Sergio G. Sánchez, who wrote the del Toro-produced The Orphanage. There’s something very classic about the way the story unfolds. Like a del Toro fairy tale (or ghost story), it takes its time to build its characters and narrative, and doesn’t lean too much into the shock factor.

There are many good jump scares, especially during a sequence where Heaton’s character crawls down the chimney to fetch something he’s thrown down there. But the most horrifying element of Marrowbone is its building unease. The tension winds up like a jack-in-the-box toy. Once all the secrets are revealed, many moments become all the more frightening and devastating because of its grand sense of realism.

Marrowbone may frustrate some due to its confusing structure, but how the film preys on your mind and gets under your skin make the journey well worth the plunge. And like movies like Shutter Island or The Prestige, you just may find it necessary to watch it more than once.

FEATURED IMAGE: From left: Mia Goth as Jane, William Stagg as Sam and Charlie Heaton as Billy in Marrowbone. The brainy horror film is available On Demand and on streaming formats on Friday.

PRESTON BARTA is a member of the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Read his work on FreshFiction.tv. Follow him on Twitter at @PrestonBarta.

Check-in to The Queen Mary’s MOST HAUNTED Cabin Stateroom B340

By Michael Sandoval

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The Queen Mary, dubbed one of the “Top 10 most haunted places on Earth” by Time Magazine, is pleased to announce the notoriously haunted Stateroom B340 will once again be available for overnight guests starting Friday, April 13th. Featured on SYFY Channel’s  Ghost Hunters and the British TV series Most Haunted, room B340 offers thrill seekers and scare enthusiasts the unique opportunity to spend the night in the axiom of all alleged paranormal activity at the Queen Mary. Room reservations will be available at 877-342-0742.

“Several of the cabins onboard the Queen Mary are considered haunted. But, the stateroom with the most infamous reputation is room B340,” said Stephen Sowards, General Manager of the Queen Mary. “The last time the room was occupied by a guest was in the 1980’s. For decades we’ve had thousands of visitors request to occupy the room, and after 30 years, we are excited to once again extend the offer to our guests.”

Stateroom B340 has a large volume of recorded paranormal activity with many stories of haunted encounters noted in the ship’s logs. Reports date back to the final ocean voyage in 1967 and include complaints from guests staying in B340 claiming that someone was knocking on the door in the middle of the night. Other complaints include bathroom lights turning on by themselves, the sink faucet turning on and off on its own, and unexplained bathroom doors shutting. Some guests have reported the covers of their bed being pulled off while asleep and waking to see a dark figure standing at the foot of the bed.

During voyage years, the space encompassed three third class staterooms, and has since been remodeled to become one large guest room suite. A perfect blend of authentic style and modern amenities, B340 is larger than the average cruise ship cabin. Featuring operable portholes and offering all the modern conveniences of a contemporary hotel, the famously haunted stateroom offers a true ocean liner experience. In addition to standard hotel room amenities, B340 will supply a chest with unique items available for guests to amplify their overnight haunt experience, including a Ouija board, tarot cards, crystal ball, and ghost hunting equipment.

The Queen Mary’s year-long haunted attractions and tours continue to draw thrill-seekers of all ages in 2018 with continued updates and enhancements. Since its soft opening in winter of 2017, the re-inspired Ghosts and Legends Tour has added more frights with a new scene, more ambient lighting, and elevated scare factors all in hopes to strengthen the presence of the Queen Mary’s resident ghosts. Additional haunted attractions offered onboard the Queen Mary include Paranormal Shipwalk, Dining with Spirits, and Paranormal Investigation. The Paranormal Investigation tour invites guests to join ship para-investigator and ParaXplorer Project founder Matthew Schulz as he leads visitor investigators into the depths of the RMS Queen Mary’s purported active locations.

Cabin reservations for stateroom B340 will be available for booking Friday, April 13, 2018 and start at $499 per night. Reservations are available at 877-342-0742.  Please visit queenmary.com for more details.

5 forbidden places you are not allowed to visit

By Omotolani Odumade

Places such as forbidden islands, fragile natural landmarks, and even sites closed due to paranormal activities are off limits to regular people.

5 forbidden places you are not allowed to visit

It is a new millennium yet there are still places that cannot be (legally) visited as they are cut off for various reasons.

Places such as forbidden islands, fragile natural landmarks, and even sites closed due to paranormal activities are off limits to regular people.

1. North Sentinel Island, India

The North Sentinel Island is one of the Andaman Islands that politically belong to India (List24)

The North Sentinel Island is one of the Andaman Islands that politically belong to India. The island is known for picturesque pristine beaches and stunning nature. However, the native tribes are extremely hostile and violent toward any outsiders. They reject any contact with other people and have been even known to kill several intruders. Accessing this island is strictly forbidden.

2. Lascaux Caves, France

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Located in Southwestern France, the Lascaux Caves contain 900 of the best-preserved examples of prehistoric art. (List24)

Located in Southwestern France, the Lascaux Caves contain 900 of the best-preserved examples of prehistoric art. The caves have been banned to the public since 1963 as they have been plagued by a series of unexplained fungal invasions. Any human presence in the caves is regarded as potentially destructive. Normally, the caves are entered only once a week by a security guard for a few minutes at a time.

3. Area 51, Nevada, US

Area 51 is a secret American military base whose purpose has always been unknown to the public. What goes on inside the base has led to decades of wild speculations, including the famous alien conspiracies.

One thing is for sure though Area 51 is not meant to be seen by the public as the access is strictly forbidden.

4. Surtsey, Iceland

The island cannot be accessed by anyone except for a small group of scientists (List24)

A small volcanic island located in the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago off the southern coast of Iceland, Surtsey is one of the youngest islands in the world – it was formed in a volcanic eruption that lasted from 1963 to 1967. The island cannot be accessed by anyone except for a small group of scientists. This serves to allow for natural ecological succession to take place without outside interference.

5. Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway

The facility has a capacity to store about 4.5 million samples of seeds; it currently contains about 1 million of them (List24)

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Pilots report close encounters with UFO over Arizona: ‘Something just passed over us’

MORGAN WINSOR,Good Morning America

I’m sure most of you have seen this already, but wanted to share for those who hadn’t. Very interesting indeed!

Pilots & UFOs

Two pilots on different aircraft reported having close encounters with a mysterious object flying high above Arizona last month, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The sightings occurred within minutes of each other on the afternoon of Feb. 24, some 40,000 feet above southern Arizona near the New Mexico border. ABC News obtained the audio recording of the conversation between the pilots and the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center, released by the FAA.

The news comes amid a series of reports of military pilots coming into contact with what they believed to be UFOs and the disclosure of a secret, but now-defunct Pentagon program to track such incidents.

The pilot of a Learjet 36 belonging to Phoenix Air, with the tail number N71PG, reported the initial sighting. He asks the controller: “Was anybody above us that passed us like 30 seconds ago?

“Negative,” the controller responds.

“OK. Something did,” the Learjet pilot says.

“It’s a UFO,” another pilot chimes in.

“Yeah,” the Learjet pilot laughs.

PHOTO: Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center in Albuquerque, N.M. (Google)

A few minutes later, the controller radios to American Airlines Flight 1095, an Airbus A321. He asks the pilot, “Let me know if you see anything pass over you here in the next 15 miles.”

The pilot seems puzzled and responds, “If anything passes over us?”

“Affirmative. We had an aircraft in front of you at 37 [thousand feet] that reported something pass over him and we didn’t have any [radar] targets, so just let me know if you see anything pass over you,” the controller says.

“All right,” the pilot says.

The Learjet pilot joins the conversation, saying, “I don’t know what it was, it wasn’t an airplane but it was — the path was going in the opposite direction.”

PHOTO: An American Airlines plane takes off from the Miami International Airport, Nov. 12, 2013 in Miami. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

About a minute later, the American Airlines Flight 1095 pilot radios back to the controller to report a bizarre sighting in Arizona’s airspace.

“Yeah, something just passed over us, like a — I don’t know what it was. But it was at least two, three thousand feet above us. Yeah, it passed right over the top of us,” the pilot says.

“OK, American 1095, thank you,” the controller responds.

The controller later asks, “American 1095, can you tell if it was in motion or just hovering?”

“Couldn’t make it out whether it was a balloon or whatnot. But it was just really beaming light or could have had a big reflection and was several thousand feet above us going opposite direction,” the pilot says.

“Roger,” the controller responds.

The American Airlines pilot later radios to the controller again, asking if the unidentified object was a “Google balloon.”

“Doubtful,” another pilot chimes in.

The voice of another pilot adds, “UFO.”

PHOTO: An undated stock photo of an airplane. (STOCK/Getty Images)

The controller was unable to verify that any other aircraft was in the area at the time of the reported sightings, according to a spokesperson for the FAA.

“We have a close working relationship with a number of other agencies and safely handle military aircraft and civilian aircraft of all types in that area every day, including high-altitude weather balloons,” the spokesperson told ABC News in an email Wednesday.

Royal Canadian Navy Lt. Marco Chouinard, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, told ABC News in an email Wednesday that NORAD assets were not involved in the Feb. 24 incident.

Phoenix Air Group vice president Bob Tracey told ABC News he recently spoke with the captain of the Learjet after reading about the Feb. 24 sightings in a local newspaper. The captain said he was flying at about 37,000 feet when the unidentified object flew several thousand feet over his aircraft at a speed that appeared similar to what a commercial airline would travel. The captain said he often sees balloons or airships at these flight levels, but a beam of light shining off the object was so bright that he couldn’t decipher whether that’s what it was, according to Tracey.

“He said the only thing that was different about this was that it was just so bright,” Tracey said in a phone interview Wednesday. “The glare was so intense, they couldn’t make it out.”

Tracey said the captain described the sighting as “rather uneventful,” but he notified air traffic control because he was concerned the object could hit other aircraft.

“He said when he landed, he didn’t give it much thought,” Tracey added.

A spokesperson for X, the innovation lab of Google parent company Alphabet, confirmed to ABC News in an email Thursday that the object seen in Arizona’s airspace on Feb. 24 was not one of its “Project Loon” balloons.

American Airlines referred ABC News’ request for comment to the FAA.

ABC News’ Anthony McMahon, Rex Sakamoto and Daniel Steinberger contributed to this report.