Throughout time there have been stories or "urban legends" about pictures, songs or movies that simply by viewing, listening or watching will cause you to go crazy and even in some case commit suicide. For example in 1935 a song was released called "Gloomy Sunday" (also known as the Hungarian Suicide song). Rumor has it that if the song is heard by certain "sensitive" people they will commit suicide and the music has been supposedly linked to countless suicides.
There have been other instances of this sort of thing and I even had a prior blog post on Operation Mk Ultra, where the government itself used a combination of drugs, sleep deprivation and subliminal messages and videos to attempt mind influence. I thought today I would talk about some of the Urban Legends of this sort that are out there now.
The first one is a movie called "The Grifter". This movie supposedly started to circulate in 2009. The video reportedly shows horrifying images; including acts of torture, mutilation and the sacrifice of an infant. Subliminal messages and chanting is accompanied by a soundtrack full of strange sounds, music and tones. Supposedly this video can cause nightmares, seizures, hallucinations, nausea and even suicide. This is from Listverse:
"It has been said that the video was recorded in the 1930s and portrays a collection of strange pictures and sounds. In one part of the movie, the words “Your race is the one that is dying” appears while a picture of a plant rotting is seen. The footage displays close up shots of corpses and people who have been possessed by demons. It has been described as the most disturbing video available on the Internet. However, many feel the tape is a hoax and nothing more than an urban legend. The story of The Grifter has spawned an Internet meme in which threads that discuss hoax videos are considered to be trolling for information on bizarre clips."
"The urban legend says that the Satan’s Sphinx video contains a high pitched audio track that will irritate the viewer. It holds images of blood, death, and murder that are continually run over the screen. The pictures rotate so fast that it becomes impossible for people to individually identify them. At this point, incoherent whispering is heard and the screen begins to flash. People get dizzy, but don’t want to turn the movie off. The footage is said to last 3:49 and will cause the viewer to become depressed and sleepless. After the experiment, the clip was banned by the U.S. government with all traces removed from the Internet."
The interesting thing about this video (other than the still shot above) is that it was rumored to have been intentionally put out by the government. The story states that it was secretly uploaded, but that the results were so intense that the testing went way out of control. This is the same government that can't even get a bill passed to help our veterans without squabbling and infighting, but I don't put anything past them when it comes to the idea that they'd want to control our minds.
"As the story goes, a disgruntled Scottish animator named Andrew Skinner developed an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants in 2004 named Red Mist. He tried to pass the episode off as the official season 4 premiere and sent it to Hollywood for approval. In California, animators watched the tape and discovered a dark secret. The video starts with the picture of a salesman at Squidward’s house. He knocks on the door and says: “the red mist is coming,” in which Squidward is confused. The tape flashes to a picture of Squidward playing the clarinet in front of a large crowd and Spongebob can be seen violently booing the performance.The body language of Squidward is depressed. He returns to his house and sits in a chair with a blank look on his face. The audio turns scratchy and trees can be heard in the background. Squidward starts to cry and the tape begins to flash. At this point a series of real pictures come to view. The images show the body of a dead boy with his face mangled and entrails exposed. The shadow of the photographer is visible and the tape shows pictures of a deceased girl. The song Amazing Grace is played and the video goes into a sequence of frames in which the boy is mutilated. The words “Do it” can be heard, while Squidward pulls out a shotgun and commits suicide.The story suggests the tape was made by Andrew Skinner of Fife, Scotland and delivered to the animators at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California in November of 2004. The event was so horrifying that three of the animators were hospitalized, including Barry O’Neill, Grant Kirkland, Jr. and Alyssa Simpson. One editor named Fernando de la Peña retired and an intern named Jackie McMullen committed suicide. It was reported that the tape was later tracked to Andrew Skinner who was arrested for nine counts of murder, including the two children seen in the video.
After viewing the tape, a copy of the footage was made by an intern at Paramount Studios and released to the Internet. However, it was quickly removed by police and only a screenshot of Squidward’s red eyes remains. Research on the story doesn’t bring many results. Except for one article from 2002 that briefly mentions a man from Fife, Scotland named Andrew Skinner that was arrested for attempted murder."
To me the intriguing thing about this is that there are so many actual names attached to the urban legend. Not only does the story list victims, but it also lists the perpetrator: Andrew Skinner from Scotland. being a Spongebob fan and having kids who loved the show while they were of the corresponding age, I find this story extremely disturbing.
So what do you guys think? Are these simply Urban legends? or is it possible that these videos not only exist, but that they can have such a horrifying affect on the viewer?
My opinion is that it's very possible for images and movies to have a disturbing affect on the senses. Anyone who's seen Batman and Robin with George Clooney knows exactly what I'm talking about. That movie made me nauseous and left me deeply scarred.