Posts Tagged ‘Paranormal’

It is labelled as one of the most haunted places in South Korea, but the background may have more sadness to them over the stories of the paranormal. It, like many, carries the stories about doctors as mad as their patients. Supposedly a spate of mysterious deaths contributed to the closure of the institute.

The hospital has really been a victim of ‘fakelore’ which hasn’t done the local area any favours either. It is closed to the public and suffers from people breaking in due to vandalism.

The hospital was closed down mainly due to increased cost and demand on economical levels. Lack of money no doubt led to unsanitary conditions and there was a problem with the sewage disposal unit. The owner then went off the United States and left without doing any paperwork.

The Korean lack of money outside of the larger area often means that buildings are left abandoned. The run down areas and ghost stories then become a detriment to the area as they put off anyone new moving in.

It also promotes criminals to use these places as hideouts, and an example – whilst not Gonjiam – is from 2010 when Kim Gil-Tae killed a 13 year-old and hid out in an abandoned house in Pusan to avoid the police. It is not always just about ghost stories and ghost hunting, there are other issues that should be taken into consideration, especially when they seem made-up to the detriment of those around them.

A beautiful shot here!

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The 2013 film is pretty much the found footage type and I don’t review films often. This was one recommended to be watched via Lovecraft E-Zine. It is directed by Karl Mueller and written by him too, it was to DVD 2nd May 2014 and has a fairly simple beginning.

The characters played by Jon Foster and Sarah Jones are a couple that go into the woods to work on a film, but end up locked into a series of very strange events. It was inspired by the memory of a neighbour; the man lived in a cabin with no running water and who trapped animals and hung them up around the woods. They made up scary stories about him to scare themselves at night, helped by the fact he had a lot of old and unusual looking farming equipment.

The movie itself is one of those types that appeals to those with more of a surreal taste, it is also not for those expecting some sort of splatter gore. This is more about the characters and their discoveries than it is about monsters…

Mr Jones is an elusive character in the story; Penny and her boyfriend Scott are the main characters who are off to make a nature documentary. Penny realises that he has not planned it very well and is annoyed, she gave up her job to help him. They find Mr Jones’ place and the artist is an elusive man that was never identified. As they investigate it more he decides to make Mr Jones the subject of his documentary. Despite the people he interviews telling him to stay away it is inevitable that he does not, the story progresses as more events unfurl and I am not going to spoil it by commenting about the end result.

The two characters do not seem unlikeable so that makes the film watchable, unlike Paranormal activity where I positively didn’t care what happened to them. The interaction with them seems more realistic and if you are into one that makes you watch for the story not the free gore porn you will likely enjoy it.

It won’t be the best thing you have ever seen but as it was streaming on Netflix and I was enjoying it I think I’d say, watch it if you like those genres of film. Out of 5 I give it a 3.5 because I think it’s nothing amazingly new but as far as that genre goes it’s far better than many. If you are looking for a comparison then I would say for unusual films I’d put it alongside the 2010 film Yellow Brick Road.

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Ararat, Australia’s Lunatic Asylum opened in 1867 and was closed in 1998 before reopening again in 2001, as a campus administered by Australian College of Wine. The design was for a town, within a town, with gardens, orchards, vineyards, livestock and at it’s peak had over 500 staff with 63 buildings.

The decommissioning began in the early 90’s when patients began to be transferred to community living or to other facilities. It is now used for wine making and hospitality training but ghost tours operate in various sections of the buildings.

In 130 years its said around 130,000 people died, it was another place that would have used, what are now seen as, barbaric treatments. Consequently it’s seen as one of Australia’s paranormal hotspots.

Nurse Kenry is a ghost who hands around the women’s wing and is said to watch tour groups from one room more often than others.

Old Margaret is a former patient who was forced out in the early 1990’s, supposedly having known nothing else for most of her life, she returned after her death.

Crying, moaning and coldspots are reported throughout and some report banging noises in the former men’s wards despite there being no living inhabitants there any longer.

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Vancouver has an island with the HMCS anchored as a Canadian Naval Base, it’s a pretty looking island with a more sinister name, because there are tales of human sacrifice and slaughter attached to it.

Local legend has it that in the 1700’s two tribes of the North and South Salish tribe were at war, during one particularly fierce battle the Southern tribe took women, children and elders as hostages. They were marked for death, the Northern tribes had hoped for peaceful reconcile but they were cruelly slaughtered and more than 200 Northern warriors were killed.

After a while the stories were forgotten and it was a burial place for the Salish First Nations and then European settlers. John Morton was one of Vancouver’s first settlers to visit in 1862. He discovered 100’s of red cedar boxes tied up in the trees and one had fallen open, it revealed a pile of bones and a tassel of black hair.

The new settlers pushed the Salish away, they used the island and grounds for their own cemetery which meant they were disturbing native grounds. On the grounds they buried suicides, railway casualties, Chinese lepers, prostitutes and all manner of what might be unsavoury types. Victims of the Vancouver Fire and the smallpox epidemic were added there too.

Burials stopped in 1887, ghost strories did not. Tales of inhuman and blood-curdling screams being heard from the island have been recounted. Supposedly figures walking on the island in the fog, with red glowing eyes, are amongst the tales.

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Nocton Hall is an RAF deserted hospital it was built in 1940 but wasn’t used as it was too small for an RAF hospital. In 1945 it was chosen as the local RAF Hospital for Lincolnshire (England) and gained several new buildings before opening in in 1947. By 1983 the hospital was closed and then leased to the army for the Gulf War in 1984, 35 patients were treated there during that time. In 1994 it was officially shut down and has stood empty since 1995.


A grey lady has been said to roam the halls of the building and the RAF hospital grounds are said to be haunted by the patients. It seems less likely as it was not used for a particularly long time and there were few deaths on the site.


The main ghost legend attached to Nocton Hall seems to hold a fairly stereotypical type of history. That doesn’t mean I’ve put my ban-hammer on the idea, just that it seems frequent these types come up at large old homes and hospitals.


Nocton Hall had a sobbing ghost before it burnt down, the listed ruins then housed the RAF Hospital. The ghost of a young woman guests were sometimes awoken at 4.30am to see her stood at the end of the bed. She sobbed and mumbled incoherently about a ‘develish man’ and legend has it she was a servant girl who got pregnant by the owner’s son. This did not sit well with the young man so he disposed of her.

2007 May 26 - Nocton Hall Remains