Disturbing Images From The Dark Side Of The Entertainment Industry

By Sophia Maddox | July 17, 2023

JoBeth Williams annoyed by an uninvited guest at the pool party in "Poltergeist" (1982)

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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In 1982, the word "poltergeist" wasn't one most English speakers were familiar with -- then the movie Poltergeist hit theaters, and suddenly everyone knew about these troublesome spirits. Poltergeist is a German word that translates to "noisy ghost," and the evil forces that torment the Freeling family in this film start out as annoying. Then a tree grabs one of the kids and the other is sucked through a portal and into the TV. OK, we're dealing with something a little more serious here. Given all the chaos, the revelation that the house was built on a cemetery is not all that surprising -- but JoBeth Williams is certainly shocked when she ends up bobbing in her swimming pool with dead bodies.

Britt Ekland as the mysterious Willow in "The Wicker Man" (1973)

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A girl has gone missing on Summerisle, an isolated island community off the coast of Scotland. When police sergeant Howie (played by Edward Woodward) comes to visit, he finds the locals unhelpful in his investigation, and unconcerned about the missing girl. And then there's Willow (Britt Ekland), the gorgeous innkeeper's daughter, who of course catches our gumshoe's eye -- and gets under his skin. At night, as he mulls over the case alone in his room, he hears her singing from the other side of the wall. She's over there doing a creepy naked dance, of course, to disrupt his snooping. Howie prays to his god, but this is Summerisle, home of The Wicker Man -- the "old gods" are in charge here.