Beyond the most popular horror YouTube channels, these are scarier parts on the site. 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..
No Through Road
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.
Mister Peeper's Stalking Footage
YouTube user Pacemaker Studios offers this compilation of another YouTuber's supposed "web series," featuring clips of a stalker following and possibly killing numerous women. The original uploader, aptly named Mister Peeper, claimed 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 has since been deleted "due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube's policy on nudity or sexual content."
Fake? You decide.
Creepy Tape Found in Croatia
This tape was supposedly found in 2005 and features a pair of Croatian teenagers who have been missing ever since the night this tape was made.
In the video, the two kids are fooling around with a camera that the person filming says he has just acquired.
They soon spot a man who is wandering about with a hood on his head. They initially approach the man, thinking he's drunk. He begins staggering towards them and continues to follow them without saying anything. The teens run away and think they've left him behind, but he soon reappears. Though they discuss staying and recording him, they ultimately get scared and flee again.
And just when the teens think they've made it home…Is there any evidence to suggest these two kids really went missing? Not really. But the last few moments of this video are super creepy, nonetheless.
Lost in the Paris Catacombs
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.