Is The ‘Anguished Man’ A Legitimately Haunted Painting?

In the summer of 2010, UK resident Sean Robinson inherited an eerie painting previously owned by his superstitious grandmother. She kept it locked up in her home out of fear that it was a haunted object that attracted the presence of a shadowy, ghost-like figure. The painting was called "The Anguished Man," and she believed it was inherently evil.

Robinson was skeptical about its horrific origins but kept the painting regardless - he simply didn’t believe in objects that are cursed. However, he and his family started noticing strange things happening from the very day they brought the painting home. They noticed doors shutting on their own, strange ghostly lights appearing around the painting, and the sound of a man crying. They even claimed to witness a dark figure of a man, who accompanied the painting wherever it went.

  • The Anonymous Artist Allegedly Mixed His Own Blood Into The Paint
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    The Anonymous Artist Allegedly Mixed His Own Blood Into The Paint

    According to Robinson’s deceased grandmother, the anonymous artist who originally created the painting was incredibly disturbed. The painter was so obsessed with his creation, he even mixed his own blood into the paint. Tragically, he took his own life shortly after completing the painting.

    She stated she had received the painting as a gift from someone, but she was so creeped out by it, she kept it under lock and key in the attic for 25 years.

  • The Owner's Grandmother Claimed A Shadow Figure Always Accompanied The Painting

    Perhaps the creepiest anecdote Robinson’s grandmother noted about the painting was the fact that it came with a visitor. She said the moment she brought it home, she started to see a dark figure of a man in the corners of the house. She also began hearing strange, unexplainable noises, such as crying and moaning. These all occurred mostly at night. After Robinson took the painting, his family saw and heard the apparition, as well.

    He reported:

    The noises have been getting worse. We have heard crying coming from the corner of our bedroom. We started seeing the dark figure standing at the bottom of the bed, just staring at us. It seems to be a middle aged man, but his features are not very clear.

  • The Painting's Owner Uploaded Footage Of The Alleged Hauntings
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    The Painting's Owner Uploaded Footage Of The Alleged Hauntings

    After the family started noticing strange occurrences around the house, Robinson decided to set up a camera to record it during the night. When he reviewed his footage, he was shocked at what he saw. Objects moved around, weird noises were heard throughout the footage, and ghostly lights kept appearing around the painting.

    He then decided to keep a video journal of the painting and recorded it to see what else it would do. He uploaded his videos to YouTube, where some of them garnered over a million views.

  • The Owner’s Wife Reportedly Refused To Be In The Same House As The Painting

    Due to all the strange occurrences in the home, Robinson’s wife was understandably creeped out. What may have pushed her over the edge was one experience in which she woke up in bed, and a frightening figure was laying beside her. She was so traumatized by it, she didn’t want to be in the same house as the painting.

    As a compromise, Robinson offered to keep the painting in the basement. It didn’t stay there long, however - the basement was suddenly flooded, and they were forced to relocate the painting back upstairs. According to Robinson and his family, the hauntings came back along with it.

  • The Painting Was Taken To A Supposedly Haunted Castle

    At one point, Robinson loaned the painting to a pair of paranormal investigators, John Blackburn and Ian Lawman. The two of them took the painting to various haunted places in the UK. Most notably, they took it to Chillingham Castle, one of the most notoriously haunted locations in Britain.

    Allegedly, during a séance, the room "went icy cold when a large, dark figure appeared in the middle of the séance circle." An alleged spirit then began pushing and throwing a large wooden bench around the room when Blackburn began asking the painting questions.

    It was on the evening of May 18, 2013, at Chillingham Castle that a group of people experienced events that were both terrifying and unexplained. None of the guests were prepared for what was about happen in the early hours of Sunday morning. The room went icy cold when a large, dark figure appeared in the middle of the séance circle.

    A large wooden bench banged on the floor of its own accord in response to John Blackburn's questions to the painting, then suddenly the bench was flipped upside-down violently by what was believed to be John Sage, one of Chillingham Castle's resident powerful spirits, who we think was showing his anger to a foreign, uninvited spirit to his castle.

  • Someone Bought The Film Rights To The Painting

    In 2016, La Brea Pictures bought the rights to make a film based on "The Anguished Man." Tii Ricks was slated to direct, having previously worked on a number of made-for-TV movies. She noted how compelling the idea of a haunted painting was and was genuinely excited to shoot it:

    I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of the Anguished Man on the screen. There is something really intriguing about haunted items and especially haunted paintings - they really appeal to our biggest fears and imagination.

    She announced the title for the film was Anguished; however, not much else has been revealed about the project in the years since.