Disturbing Images From The Dark Side Of The Entertainment Industry

By Sophia Maddox | January 24, 2024

"Has anybody seen my keys?" Director David Cronenberg and James Woods on the set of "Videodrome" (1983)

We've got something for every ghoul and boy in this assortment of 60 of the most bone-chilling images from pop culture, sure to whip you into a spooky frenzy -- click on, if you dare. Proceed with caution -- you don't want to be the first dude who goes out to investigate the ruckus in the barn, but you don't want to be the Final Girl either, if you know what we mean. Ready, set -- boo.

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Director David Cronenberg (left) is famous for the unsettling things he does to human bodies in his films -- and Videodrome (1983) is a classic example of Cronenberg's make-you-squirm corporeal invasion. The main character Max Renn (played by James Woods) runs a sleazy television station and has a girlfriend who finds pain and mutilation sexually arousing. Woods hallucinates that he's grown a VCR slot in his lower torso, and then the dream comes true. Yes, it's a VCR slot -- a VCR was a recording/playback device they don't make anymore into which one would insert VHS tapes. VHS tapes were these big clunky things we used to watch movies at home before DVDs and streaming. See, the movie was on a tape and you could rent tapes from a place called Blockbuster, which doesn't exist anymore -- oh dear, this movie might not be aging well.

Christopher Lee and comely co-stars of "Dracula A.D. 1972" (1972)

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Today we know the late Christopher Lee as Saruman from the Lord of the Rings saga and Count Dooku from Star Wars -- but in the '60s and '70s he was one of the iconic actors of the horror genre, portraying Dracula in feature films 10 times. Seven of those Dracula movies were made for Hammer Film Productions, the British production company that specialized in stylish, gothic films about classic horror characters played by creepy actors (Peter Cushing and Oliver Reed were also Hammer stars). Hammer films were also famous for their alluring female cast members, who were sort of horror's equivalent of Bond Girls. Here, Christopher Lee is enduring another day at the salt mine with (clockwise from top left) Stephanie Beacham, Marsha Hunt, Janet Key, and Caroline Munro. Munro actually was a Bond Girl in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Hunt appeared in Never Say Never Again (1983), but is more famous for being the subject of the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar."