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So I rarely try to pick current things that are still likely to come out of the woodwork with more but I’ve decided that since I have read a fair bit about it,why not? Where applicable I have linked in as much as I can.

So many of us gamers like a weird addition to our day, the old creepy ones that are indie-made can become very popular. Take Slender Manor Kraven Manor as a couple of examples of this. Games that you can play free and add to your youtube channel etc. So when Sad Satan came up naturally it was going to be played if people could get hold of it…

There’s just one snag, footage of it appears to be rare to find and in fact the first set appeared to be by a youtuber ‘Obscure Horror Corner‘. I am subscribed and he seems happy to play lots of these types but Sad Satan came up and people asked why and where it was coming from.

The basic claim is this, via the Tor/unlisted Surface web down where the bad stuff goes came this game. The game has many references to what we would consider the terrible side of humanity, such as references to Charles Manson, graphic real life horror stock and weird sound-bites (there’s also rumour of child pornography and I am NOT going to look into any of it for this reason).

OHC claimed that he was playing the game and filmed some of it, he then deleted the games and links. The link he said is now a dead one. This story was picked up by the website Kotaku where it gave the information from Jamie (OHC) but later on the supposedly given link was questioned about it’s validity. The reason for this (I am no guru here just summarising) is that the game link had a letter 9 in the link thread, but the way they work for .onion links there is that the digit 9 makes it a false or invalid link.

Not long after the website 4Chan had a user that claimed they had provided the original link to OHC and they gave a link, naturally people of the curious nature went a little click happy downloading it. They found that the files contained some graphic pictures and the aforementioned CP (I feel a little queasy writing that let alone anything else). So there come more stories about it affecting computers to the point of needing to rebuild their windows etc. or strange files occurring.

In response to the link going up OHC responded via Otaku that he had provided the broken link to avoid people downloading the files, that clearly contained content that was not legal or was in fact dangerous to the PC. The scepticism remains given this information and others, they wonder if he hadn’t just done this to prolong his hoax. So far there seems to be a cleaned up version that was made by reddit use /u/blindstark that has been made available for download and removed all the graphic images. To download the cleaned up version a user needs the terror engine and link.

Here is the information if you really want to get a copy

So in fact it seems that the general consensus is that someone created the game, when it was challenged he released a far worse version upon the unsuspecting crowd.

Why is this of interest? Well let’s be honest, if you are reading this you are probably already a curious individual and aware of how these things can end up as their own meme. Look at Slenderman as a comparison for how a story can become something engrained in fact, the lore was birthed and watched on the internet by an avid crowd. This appears to be similar though it’s entire motivation has yet to be (or may never be) resolved.

Audio:

Within the gameplay there are various components, suggesting to me that the creator rather likes the curious as well as the gross. In the first of OHC’s video’s the Numbers Station creation is used, the Swedish Rhapsody. Then part of it is from a song by Lynch Mob, KMFDM which was supposedly the favourite station of the Columbine Shooters. The last one on the first clip is a man talking in Russian which has been reversed and again is a Numbers Station ‘RussianMan‘. I can’t help but think the numbers station thing is more because there’s no one likely to claim copyright on them and they can make an eerie effect for noise. And finally his first clip ends with the use of a Led Zeppelin song, Stairway to Heaven.

On the second part most of the audio seems to be a speech by Hitler that has been slowed down, alongside further use of Stairway to Heaven. The third part uses the phrase “If I started murdering people, there’d be none of ya left” which is part of an MSNBC interview with the notorious Charles Manson. There is also further use of this interview. The other audio source appears to be use of a Chinese song, I love Benjamin Tienanmen, possibly due to being a loose reference to the controversy of Tienanmen Massacre.

So part four audio, not a great deal more in here again but there is a reversed speech from Johnny Rotten, The Sex Pistols, this links into the idea that he was aware of the Jimmy Saville scandal way back in the day. After that is more audio that sounds like an English man in an interview, having listened to it, it sounds like someone saying “Do you think you can just wake me up?” probably Rotten himself, it sounds similar enough. The other part of the audio is that there is someone sobbing/crying and then again it plays more Stairway to Heaven.

The fifth and final part (so far or possibly the end) uses a slowed down audio of Simon and Garfunkel’s song Scarborough Fair, the next one that is used appears to be a reversed and slowed down version of the Doors song, Alabama Song. Finally another and the last bit identified is that of Jimmy Saville, now more famous for being announced as using his status as a celebrity to engage in under-age sexual acts, amongst other allegations. The extract is an interview, it is here he points out a quote “Haven’t broken any laws have you? None whatsoever “ which given the events is pretty creepy.

Imagery

In the first part there is an image regularly used, of a photograph by Walter Sanders taken of Franz Joseph, 9th Prince of Thurn and Taxis. Other than being a little creepy thanks to the antlers there’s really nothing more to it. Most of the video other than that is exploration. 

In the second part we see an image of JFK before he was shot, there is however reference to the president in regards to loose conspiracy theorists/claims etc. of paedophilia. (Again merely a speculation I have seen come up about the CIA covering this up). An image by photographer Roger Ballen, “Shadow Chamber” is used showing a picture of a child that has their head in their clothes giving a strange impression they are headless. The collection itself is really very interesting – Roger Ballen. 

Jimmy Saville with Margaret Thatcher is seen in another image used, Saville was an English DJ and was also in a show called ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ where he arranged for children’s dreams to come true. Sadly it was seen that he was not always the thing of dreams, facts came to light afterwards that were nightmare fuel. Over 450 people had made complaints about his conduct and Thatcher had tried to get him knighted whilst she was Prime Minister, alongside the idea that she was directly involved in the cover ups. So again the image links into the idea of child abuse. (again if you want more Reddit user Hyper_Reality used sources in their discussions).

In the video the words In Nomine Dei Satanas Luciferi Excelsi show up, this is effectively translated as a In the name of our god Satan, Lucifer on high. Effectively this has been cited as part of a Black Mass ritual. This seems to be more an extract simply lifted because it either sounded cool or they wanted to throw in a bit more of the underground culture vibe. In all honesty the Sad Satan idea seems to be a reason to vaguely link it and nothing more.

The third video provides more, so there are some bits of coded text that were translated into “I can track you”, “U are on my list” and “5 victim” (citation was reddit user Cyberham) and seems to be a suggestion to some that the game has been made with a coded ability to follow and track a user that downloads it, and also that the number 5 is to do with the Satanists of Ash Tree Close. In regards to this it is sometimes also mentioned that Jimmy Page (Stairway to Heaven etc) was was somehow involved.

Are you still reading? I know there’s a lot here isn’t there? So part four then gives an image of Rolf Harris, another man who was brought to the forefront about child molestation charges. For anyone that is in my age generation we grew up with both Saville and Rolf Harris on TV, to see the news was quite an intrigue. I always did find Saville a bit creepy… anyway moving on! He is in the image there and again that’s a strong theme throughout the videos currently available.

In another frame we see Lady Justice, perhaps this is the image that is supposed to be there to point out the abhorrent themes and nature of those things in the game. The idea that this one flashing image offsets the rest, if I am honest, is pretty pathetic but the flash frame does provide at least some incite to the idea that the themes are morally and legally outrageous.

Part Five – it seems very strange that in the fifth one we get an image of Andres Escobar who was famous because he was shot and killed after shooting an own goal back in a football (Soccer) match in the USA. After his death his family started to teach disadvantaged children to play soccer under his name, I don’t know if this is supposed to link to the idea of there being good people for children or the creator is trying to put a sinister light on it.

Further into the last part that got uploaded, there was a picture of Roman Polanski who was arrested for the rape of 13 year old Samantha Geimer, in 1977.

One last image that was involved is that of druids, now this I think might be linked to some of the suggestions that the druids may well have been involved in cannibalism and child sacrifice. Since the links involved mostly seem to include anything to do with child scandals this is where I presume the link comes in.

Recent evidence that Druids possibly committed cannibalism and ritual human sacrifice—perhaps on a massive scale—add weight to ancient Roman accounts of Druidic savagery, archaeologists say. Article this was in is Druids Committed Human Sacrifice, Cannibalism? James Owen, National Geographic News. Related TV show Secrets of the Druids, 2009.

Summary so far?

Honestly this is probably a lovely hoax written by someone with an eye for a little artistry, and who has spent a little time getting to grips with the Terror Engine. It’s a creepy little thing made more intriguing because the OHC poster claims it came from a site not found on the surface web.

Now to make things a little easier to understand on that level = this doesn’t mean it’s going to be a criminal activity it is more that pop culture and popular opinion sees it that way, thanks to news releases about things like Silk Road being closed down over drugs. Quite often the reason these things are so darkly alluring is because we truly do not understand it, much like medicine in the dark ages, so it frightens us. We assume a great deal of things, ALL of it must be bad, because SOME of it is listed as bad. Not the case… there’s a lovely site there about over 2000 cat facts. Yes it’s open to abuse, clearly, but there’s also a reason it might not be listed that is more mundane, it was never listed to be found there.

Of course now that someone has either created it via a replication of the video’s seen and it has gained interest the abuse factor raises. Downloading the links you see on forums can do one of two things… give you a game that has some files in with with disgusting pictures for the sake of it, OR probably filled with malware and other things to attack your PC. So in summary you can download it at your own risk, but the link I gave above appears to be the safest one so far.

So what facts do we actually have?

  1. OHC has five videos claiming to have found the game, he hasn’t got the original downloaded and yet released videos after the claim he had, either he was editing them or it’s false. Given that there seems to be no editing in the games this might raise suspicion.

  2. The links now found are pretty much the one above from a reddit user that cleaned up the files he downloaded for folks and the other one with CP images and gore.

  3. The overall theme is definitely about children, you could say they might be a victim of this theme or perhaps more disturbingly just find this a great fuel to get people interested, and you know what it has? I mean here I am writing it up as an example.

  4. The Deep Web/Invisible Web blah blah makes it more of a talking point, if it was just uploaded it would likely have even garnered a fraction of this interest.

  5. It actually looks boring… sorry I have to be the one to say this. All my interest was going on about how it might end up being shocking but other than images and loud noises the overall theme is pretty poor, the game has zero direction in the extracts provided so what exactly happens at the end? It seems like someone created an exploration game and threw in as much dodgy dark-subculture as they could to get a rise.

  6. If you are the creator and went to all these lengths to troll and get attention, I say hats off sir/madam. Achievement unlocked.

Got any comments or views on the matter? I’d really love to hear them and if you have got the end then sure send me information. Want to keep yourself anon from posters? Send me an e-mail silentthrillblog@gmail.com

On 22nd November, 1987, an unidentified man came on to two channels in Chicago, USA. He was wearing a Max Headroom mask, this is a character that was created by George Stone as a fictional British AI.

The then independent station WGN-TV was interrupted first, and then the PBS channel WTTW which is where the man was uttering strange remarks and dropped his pants, he was then spanked by a fly swatter before the screen went blank.

To this day no one has put their hands up to the prank or about any motives behind it, if indeed there was one.

I’ve put the video link below of the interruption. It’s a little quirky for sure!

From the 1920’s onwards, stories has been told from North America (and Canada) of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch which is a giant 6-10 foot tall humanoid with shaggy hair, and a repulsive smell.

A miner claimed to have been abdusted by one another man said his group were attacked by an ape-man. The stories were dismissed as hoaxes.

Hoaxes about this seem to come up fairly regularly. In 1958 paw-prints were found at Bluff Creek but were made by wooden feet. A famous film from 1967, by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin showed what looked like a hairy female humanoid that rushed off into the woods. Was it a genuine cryptid, unknown animal or a hoax?

Raymond Patterson (1918-2002) was a big-foot hunter and his friend, Bob Heironimus, claimed it was a hoax as he was the man in the suit. Patterson and Gimli refused to retract the claim as valid footage and the debate goes on.

In 1973 in Illinois a couple parked up were scared out of their wits and described the creature they saw much like that of a Sasquatch. With slime-dripping from it’s body and a foul stench.

In 2008 a Youtube video surfaced that claimed to show a dead Bigfoot, it was found in Georgia. TV networks clustered around the freezer containing the corpse but it turned out to be another hoax, with a hollow head and rubber feet.

The search continues.

So for a Halloween treat I decided to hire a random film from On Demand. Flicking through I spotted it, expecting the usual cheesy rubber monster or bad CGI but at least it was going to be something new to waste some time on.

I didn’t really have a clue about what the plot was, I’ll try not to spoil anything in this review but I apologise if I inadvertently should. Basically the premise is that a bunch of
teens end up taking a somewhat dodgy tour around Pripyat, the nuclear plant explosion is well known so a quick youtube search will give you amply footage (or check my previous blog for more details about it).

For one reason or another, the tourists and their guide go via an alternative entrance to the area. They find themselves bypassing a rather freaky looking fish on the side of the contaminated river and then land in the town. The history the guide gives is brief but pretty much a quick bite size low-down to tell you how it ended up abandoned. Pripyat footage is stunning in this; I thought the location was a great one including a scene where the Reactor in the background is pointed out from a window in a block of flats. There was a little jumpy bit at the river with the fish but it’s not until things start to go wrong that it kicks into real “life” suspense.

Now I know a lot of people love to give massive criticism to the influx of these types of horrors but firstly, it’s not done in that overused Blair Witch/Cloverfield style.  Personally however I have to say I liked Cloverfield too, but the camera angles are mixed and the lighting used in what I thought was a clever approach of claustrophobia and strange noises. To begin with it looked like it was nature fighting back, dogs in the area scavenging a rather fun section with a bear and then it started to kick into live going very wrong for everyone involved.

My plus points on the film? Okay the fact you don’t see stupidly created models that make it all too fake, no arbitrary bloody scenes of gore that meant nothing in the face of the fears they were supposed to be enacting. The scenes with the dark lighting and the confusion from their actors when they are without a guide and the slow decline of health of the party all made it feel very scary. (I was alone with the lights out too, go me!)

The downsides? Well I guess some parts of the acting weren’t too strong as I didn’t really get too attached to the characters or their stories. The dark shots got a bit annoying at times as they were pretty dark, I am sure I could adjust the settings on my TV but that would have made the other scenes too bright. The ending felt a little bit rushed but I guess the counter argument to that would be that it was meant to be that way due to the events of the story.

Overall I think I’d watch it again if it came up and I wouldn’t put this down as a bad movie, and yes I have seen some terrible ones. I think if you like that type of film you’ll probably enjoy it like I did but if you are already looking at it from a downside you’ll just pick holes and flaws with it. My opinion for a mark out of 5 would be 4/5 purely because when I watched it on my own I did jump a couple of times and the things chasing them were far more realistic than a rubber costumed robot.

Not the kind where you run up and down the stairs until you feel light headed. The genuine practise of banishment of spirits/demons possessions. I won’t go on about the obvious film(s) covering this genre but I will mention that this is something controversial to many people.

Medical studies suggest that the following can be contributing to the delusion/belief that someone is possessed.

  • Automatism, someone acting in a mechanical or involuntary manner.
  • Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome, where victims cannot control their language outbreaks or movements.
  • OCD – a need to continue doing what can be seen as irrelevant acts over and over again.
  • Some form of mental disorder (eg schizophrenia)
  • Xonolalia,. where a person begins to speak a language fluently that was previously unknown
  • deep-rooted psychological problems that have not been addressed correctly

“O sacardos Christi, tu scis me esse diabolum. Cur me derogas?” Latin ‘O Priest of Christ, you know that I am the Devil. Why do you keep bothering me?’

As an example one Father states that of 500,000 referred exorcism’s he believed that 84 of them were genuine cases of possession. According to an independent report hey should refer to a doctor and then only aim for a priest as a last resort.

The practise is not something that is exclusively Christian/Catholic and I believe it’s worth noting this. Most of the horrors we see on our screens involving the subject are based on the Catholic rites but there are rites of this nature in Hinduism, Judaism and Islamic texts.

Which brings me nicely on to a small passion I have outside of the blog, anime and cosplay.  With all the serious posting above I’d like to share a trailer for an anime I am currently enjoying.