Graveyard Shift Creepy Found Footage Videos on YouTube  

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Found footage is defined as a piece of video that has been lost and later found by someone else. This may happen because the creator lost their camera, died during the recording of the video, or was a bad person whose incriminating footage was discovered by law enforcement. The idea of found footage horror rose to popularity with the 1999 film The Blair Witch Project. While some of these scary YouTube videos are most likely creepy homemade videos by filmmakers looking to capitalize on the success of modern found footage films like Paranormal Activity and The Gallows, the fact that we don't know for sure adds an air of spine-tingling mystery.. 
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No Through Road


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As the story goes, four teenage boys in England went missing in 2008 only to be found dead inside their car, parked at an abandoned farm. 

A camera found in their car later revealed footage of the teen's final hours. They joke around while riding around in the car, ultimately coming to an eerie tunnel that leads to Broomhall Farm. A sign warns them that there is no through road. 

Soon, the boys become lost and the GPS on their phones stops working. They find a dead rabbit, and one of the boys claims to spot a masked figure. Things only get weirder from there. No matter how long they drive in a straight line, they end up at the same street sign. After a few hours, they finally seem to make their way out only to arrive once again at the entrance to the farm. 

The end of the video is brutal. People like to argue about whether it's fake or real, but either way, it's creepy! Enjoy.

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Japanese Haunted Hospital


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A Japanese TV crew goes to a haunted hospital to explore, saying that it is a popular place for teenagers to hang out and ghost hunt, and also a hot place for catching spirits in photos.

The reporter interviews a man who claims that he and some friends went into the hospital to test their courage and take photos, but they soon encountered bizarre circumstances and one of them was injured. 

The noticeably scared reporter agrees to explore and begins poking around the hospital. She begins taking photos as she wanders the dark halls. She soon, however, finds the camera that the kids dropped during their own visit. As she looks through the images, she begins to see strange things appear in the frame. Suddenly, she lets out a blood curdling scream. 

The video then explains that they were able to later slow down the footage, and spotted a figure standing in a doorway, reflected in a mirror. 

After the reporter's screams, the camera man goes off on his own, only to encounter some kind of horrifying blob. 

This video, and many other similar Japanese ghost videos, are commonly considered to be fictitious, though feel free to believe what you like when you're watching them at 1 a.m. alone in the dark. 

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Lost in the Paris Catacombs


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In the late 18th century, Parisian cemeteries were far too crowded, so they decided to put some of the corpses into tunnels beneath the city. And by some, we mean the winding catacombs contain the skeletal remains of some 6 million people. While guided tours are offered, much of the catacombs remain closed to the public. Some explorers, however, sneak down into these areas, although it can be dangerous as the tunnels can be unstable and it's easy to get lost.

One chilling video appears to show such a fate befall one unknown man. The video hails from the '90s and features a man who seems to be deep in the catacombs, exploring all by himself. The POV footage shows the man walking around through various tunnels, occasionally encountering chambers full of bones, and a strange painting of a figure with its arms and legs flung open. He also spots arrows, though it's not clear where they are meant to lead.

At one point, the man becomes anxious and then outright terrified. He runs through the tunnels, breathing heavily, and seemingly without direction. He eventually drops the camera, but continues to run and does not retrieve it, despite its usefulness as a source of light. The video ends on a long shot of the ground, right where he dropped it, only ending when the camera's battery dies. 

The camera was reportedly found by another explorer a considerable time later, and the footage has appeared on an ABC Family special about the scariest places in the world (hence the narration in the video as uploaded online). Some believe the video to be a hoax, possibly put on by the person who claimed to have discovered the tape, while others believe it to be real. Either way, no one has ever figured out who the man was or what became of him. 

The film As Above, So Below is a fictional found footage horror film following a group of explorers who head into the catacombs. 

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The Blonde from the Store


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In this short, creepy video, the camera man is seen prowling outside the home of a young woman. He says he spotted her at the grocery store and followed her home. He first creeps around her windows. His narration is warped, as though the audio on the footage has gone bad or as though he's wearing some kind of voice modification device. He enters her home through a back door, and as he snoops around, you get a glimpse of him in a mirror and see he is wearing a mask.  

Later, the woman's doorbell rings. When she goes to see what's going on, she spots a small fire that has been set outside. And that's when our narrator pounces.  

The YouTube user, aptly named Mister Peeper, claims that the segments of video found on his channel were discovered on SD cards, wrapped in plastic, and attached to the roof of a car he found abandoned in the woods. His channel features several other videos, in which the same narrator stalks other women and goes on a road trip with a seemingly bound and gagged companion whimpering in the background. 

Fake? You decide.