In 1999, Blair Witch Project started a wave of films that embrace handheld cameras and home movie-style recording to give an air of authenticity to the horror genre. Not only was the style low budget, it was incredibly effective because of how real it looked and how relatable the format was. The Paranormal Activity franchise, [Rec], Cloverfield, and more picked up the Blair Witch baton and ran hard with it.
Now, thanks to the wonder of the internet, we have a whole new genre to terrify ourselves with -- and it's probably the most unnerving one yet because we have no idea if it's real or not. This year, several extraordinary pieces of footage have gone viral having been placed online by regular, ordinary non-filmmaking folks like you and me -- and it's difficult not to be spooked by them.
A recent one emerged from a high school in Cork, Ireland. It's worth mentioning that the school was founded back in 1828, and has, according to the school's principal, Aaron Wolfe, a history of unusual activity, including cold spots and the sound of voices and music coming from empty rooms. He told Unilad: "If it’s a prank, we don’t know how it was done. Motion sensors were set off at this time; that’s how it was caught."
As you click play, turn the sound up (you're going to get at least one jump out of it). Keep your eye on the door at the rear of the room, then the lockers, and finally, the cleaning sign. Oh, and hold onto your pants as well, because this is actually bone-chilling.