Whether it's a swarm of cockroaches ambushing a commercial flight, or this bathing suit emblazoned with Guy Fieri's face, there is clearly unabashed horror lurking around every corner. But because the United States is no stranger to courting the paranormal, this map of the 31 (allegedly) most haunted places in the country should give you a good reason to get scared online, even if you aren't locking eyes with Guy Fieri.
Parsing through the listings, which extend across much of the country's haunted landscape, you'll find some places you've known were haunted since grade school:There's the Alamo, teeming with very dead and angry Texan soldiers for nearly two centuries, and Salem Massachusetts, which literally coined the term "Witch Hunt." There are others that don't fit the bill for a traditional horror show, though, such as the White House. Yes, the very same one that is home to the Oval Office.
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This map, which initial reports first said was the handiwork of Google, actually turns out to be the product of a random Google Maps user who's chosen to remain anonymous. "It looks like the creator of this particular map has chosen to remain anonymous - sometimes creators choose to show their name in association with the map," a Google spokesperson told Thrillist in an email.
The anonymity certainly adds to the general eeriness associated with America's haunted sites. So with less than a week to go before human sized memes descend on the bucolic neighborhoods of America, it might be as good a time as any to venture out into the terrifying void and provoke some angry ghosts. You've clearly got ample fodder for doing so.
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Moments of catharsis on HBO's Sharp Objects, an eight-part miniseries based on Gillian Flynn's novel, are few and far between. The mystery is all about how pain lingers and recurs. In one of these rare moments, 15-year-old hellraiser Amma (Eliza Scanlen) gets her older half-sister Camille (Amy Adams) to take a cocktail of pills, including ecstasy, and starts dancing wildly to "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." The scene segues into shots of the pair roller-skating around town as the Frankie Valli classic performed by Engelbert Humperdinck melds into something stranger -- a mashup of the recurring musical themes, with appearances from the Acid and Led Zeppelin. This blend of styles is disarming -- the ebullience of the retro pop blending into something more dire as Camille's haunting memories flash through her mind.
In any of director Jean-Marc Vallée's projects, music stands out. Take, for instance, Big Little Lies, which features a six-year-old with preternatural tastes and jokes about Sade. But in Sharp Objects the soundtrack feels more psychological. The songs used here are an excavation of memories: In some cases, they are a healing salve. In others, they are precise reminders of what has been lost. Certain artists pop up as recurring themes, among them rock icons Led Zeppelin, female-fronted indie folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff, and electronic outfit the the Acid. "You have all this Led Zeppelin and then you have this release with Hurray For The Riff Raff," music supervisor Susan Jacobs says. "It's this change of energy. We're composing because we don't have a composer. [Vallée is] really literally manipulating energy." Thrillist spoke with Jacobs to dissect the sounds of the series.
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With zero humidity and palm trees in the rearview mirror, cruising down the Pacific coast to San Diego from Los Angeles is summer. Of course, LA traffic can make it less cruiseworthy and more bumper-to-bumper. But with authentic taquerias, whale watching, and iconic surf breaks, there’s a quintessential SoCal pit stop just about every mile of the ride to distract you. Here’s seven summer getaways you can easily hit on the way to San Diego -- just don’t forget the sunscreen and a swimsuit.
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It's the three-decades-old shot that everyone remembers: up-close on the villainous Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) as he falls to his death from the Nakatomi building at the hands of John McClane (Bruce Willis) in John McTiernan's 1988 action thriller Die Hard. The shock on Rickman's face -- reportedly the result of being released slightly early as part of the fall -- is one of the stand-out stunts from 1980s action films.
It's also a shot that took advantage of what was then cutting edge optical -- not CGI -- special effects technology and some ingenious mathematics to bring the stunt to life. Here's how the special effects wizards back then from Boss Film Studios made it happen.