Film photography is inherently difficult to control in regard to exposure and quality, and the photographer can't determine if an image is too creepy until after the development process. But when photography first emerged, those creepy photos from history likely didn't seem so nefarious.
Now contemporary artists work hard to create truly terrifying pieces that decorate the homes of modern horror fans. Their work, however, pales in comparison to old snapshots of the Venzone Mummies or black-and-white clown pictures. These twisted images serve a dual purpose, though. They frighten, but they also expose the intricacies of life before digital photography.