3. The Button – Drag Me To Hell
Who knew something as unsuspecting as a button could raise hairs? Hats off to Sam Raimi for turning the everyday into nightmarish, squelching gore. Drag Me To Hell made everyone think twice about putting their own financial gain above those less fortunate, when a gypsy curse turns victims into the devil’s plaything.
While the button itself isn’t the source of the scares, it holds the power to conjure up malevolent spirits which make the owner’s life a literal living hell. From eyeballs in your cake to gruesome old hags vomiting in your mouth, this cursed button is not a gift you would want to receive.
Those who have seen Drag Me To Hell know to turn down any emotionally fraught stranger’s offerings of buttons – it’s definitely not worth the aggro.
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4. The Dibbuk Box – The Possession
Your child finds a box with Hebrew carvings that looks undoubtedly haunted – word to the wise, don’t let them have it.
The Possession was inspired by a true (fake) account of a haunted Dibbuk box which fell into the hands of Kevin Mannis at an estate sale. His eBay listing for the haunted artefact detailed the unfortunate and downright disturbing events that followed when he brought it home. The post gained massive traction and led to a convenient film deal for the creative writer, who also owned an antique refurbishing business.
The Possession was a relatively poor film in both substance and story, but nevertheless the tales of hauntings from the author are unsettling. Any rational person wouldn’t make such a purchase but it has since sparked an internet trend of “Dibbuk unboxings” on YouTube. Some people are just asking for it aren’t they?
5. The Book – The Babadook
An ominous pop-up book that arrives on the doorstep and tells a delightful story of murder and suicide just screams, “hello ghosty!” If there is anything more unsettling than a haunted children’s book, it’s a haunted pop-up book.
While clearly a foreshadowing for deeper messages about mental health and grief, the walking metaphor himself Mr. Babadook isn’t to be trifled with. Donning a long black coat, top hat and sporting makeup that would make Gene Simmons cower in fear, this isn’t an ideal bedtime story.
While it may not lull its readers into a peaceful slumber, it certainly has them cowering under the covers as its devilish depictions come to life. This is one book best left unread.