Who doesn't have some creepy small town stories? Isolated and insular places can have some of the scariest vibes anywhere. After all, every community is different, and plenty of towns are just plain weird. Maybe it's a history of xenophobia, or a political dispute institutionalized over the years, or possibly a doomsday cult attempting to summon the apocalypse by sacrificing unsuspecting travelers.
Whatever the case, creepy small towns are everywhere, and this list collects some of the most off-putting for you to remember next time you're driving back roads late at night.
From Redditor /u/clownparade:
We found a small town, I can’t remember the name of it now because we didn't end up staying long - but the population sign [said] about 200-ish (can’t remember exact number) and we saw a campground, a hotel, one gas station, and one restaurant. We pulled up to the gas station and while we were filling up we didn’t see a single person on the street or anywhere, and it was early evening, about 5 pm-ish. We are just standing around looking at the old buildings and the gas station garage area. Suddenly we saw movement in a window, the blinds were down but open, and we saw what looked like a child in the corner, but he was bald, and he quickly moved away when he saw we noticed him. We were going to go into the store area to buy some food and drinks, but decided to keep moving. Creepy as hell, it reminded us of being in The Hills Have Eyes or something. Same landscape, same creepy gas station.
We finish filling and then get back in the car and stop about two blocks away at the only restaurant in town. It was a dinky little place named Pat's Diner. There [were] two cars in the parking lot and the open sign was on, so we figured hey it’s the only place here and we gotta eat so let’s go.
As we approach we can hear lots of people talking and laughing inside, seems like a nice place. What happened next was both the most confusing and disturbing thing I've ever been a part of. I feel like I walked into some B horror movie. As soon as we open the door and step in everyone in the whole place instantly stops talking, moving, doing whatever they were doing, and turns around and stares at us. The place was packed; I figure there were probably 10-15 tables but like 50+ people in this place. We just stood there in silence for what seemed like hours but was probably only 10 seconds. All of a sudden this very old lady in the booth right in front of us slooooooowly turns her head around, wearing TWO eye patches... and says in a creepy old voice "What do you want here?"
From Redditor /u/Syrup_Chugger_3000:
I was a teenager driving around with a friend doing god knows what in southern Louisiana. Figured I would take random turns to see if I could find "shortcuts" between cities (again, no idea what I was thinking). Ended up driving through a neighborhood with bars on windows, houses badly damaged (obvious rot damage, one missing a side door to the house, etc.).
As my friend and I started to get a "we took the wrong turn" vibe is about the time a group of people down the long strip of the road showed up. About 12 guys total all seemed to have appeared out of f*cking nowhere, lined up shoulder to shoulder across the road, and just stared motionless at my truck approaching.
I decided we were f*cked if I stopped the truck, so I downshifted and charged straight at them full speed. They ended up moving out of the way about a second before I flew past, and by move I mean they just calmly walked just out of range of my truck and went back to standing at the sides of the road.
From Redditor /u/MightierThanThou:
I was on a motorcycle trip with a couple of friends and we had one person with GPS in front guiding us and we decided to take all the crazy back roads. To be honest, it was kind of a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas-type drug vacation we had all been planning. One reason we wanted to take the back roads was to avoid the cops. We were all high as f*ck when we were riding down a mountain road and entered a small valley where there had once been a very small town. Like... 10-15 buildings all together. We decided to stop and have food but we realized that the town was completely abandoned. Every business on the street was closed. Every house was boarded up. The scary thing was that everywhere there were these weird little sculptures that someone had made out of scrap metal. One would be on a sidewalk, one would be on top of a building etc. Like weird, abstract art type stuff. Also there was a small roundabout that we stopped by and on the island in the middle there was this little hut made out of corrugated metal. We walked up to it and my friend, completely high as f*ck, asks, "What is the purpose of this structure?" in a robot voice and we all started laughing our asses off. A few moments later we heard a tractor coming towards us and decided to wait and see what happened, then it turned the corner and headed towards us and we could see that the tractor had been decked out with weird decorations. There was a deer's head mounted on the tractor's roof and rusty chains were hanging from the sides. We just bolted toward our bikes and noped the f*ck out and went back the way we came.
I checked Google Earth a few days later to see where that place had been and it was a location where there was basically no photo resolution so it just looked like a greenish-brown blur. That place might as well have not existed.
From a former Redditor:
I was working on location, cast and crew stopped in a small town about an hour outside of Dublin for dinner and a beer. The only place that was open was a bar with a chalkboard sign advertising bar food. We walked through the door and it was pretty busy, lots of people in there chatting away to each other.
Until they saw us and didn't recognize us, whereupon they all stopped talking and just stared blankly at us. All of them, perhaps 40-50 men and a woman behind the bar, all just staring at us. The director asked if they had a table for us for dinner and the barmaid, holding a plate of steaming some-sort-of-meat-and-chips, said they didn't sell food. As we left, bemused, three of them came to the door to make sure we drove on.
We drove on. Quickly.