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She Finds An Entire Apartment Behind Her Mirror

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This is a story that sends my imagination into overdrive.  The idea of someone living in secret behind my mirror would send shivers down my spine.  I mean, the horror movie writes itself!

Samantha Hartsoe filmed her discovery of a hidden New York apartment that had been behind her bathroom mirror in a TikTok video. To see what was on the other side for herself, she crawled through a small hole to reach the secret flat. She told the BBC what it was like to make the discovery.

There has been an update to this intriguing and honestly unnerving story.  The hidden apartment has a new tenant.

@samanthartsoe DID NOT SEE THAT ONE COMING #nycapartment ♬ original sound – Samantha Hartsoe

Below is the full 4 part Tik Tok video from Samantha Harsoe.

@samanthartsoe seriously never would I have expected to find this… and I documented all of it #mystery #fyp #nyc #secret #foryou #apartment #storytime ♬ Mysterious – Andreas Scherren

@samanthartsoe HOW IS THIS IN MY BATHROOM WALL #mystery #nyc #apartment #secret #storytime #fyp ♬ Mysterious – Andreas Scherren

@samanthartsoe TRULY a new meaning to a “hole in the wall” #mystery #nyc #apartment #secret #storytime #fyp #foryou ♬ Oh No – Kreepa

@samanthartsoe crawled through a wall for this mystery so enjoy the finale ????????‍♀️ #mystery #nyc #apartment #secret #storytime #storytime #fyp #foryou ♬ Mysterious – Andreas Scherren

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A24’s DIY ‘Hereditary’ Gingerbread Treehouse Set Is a Holiday Treat

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Paimon may have a hold on Peter in the movie Hereditary, but, don’t lose your head, because now you can build your own sacrificial treehouse just in time for the holidays.

That’s right, the Ari Aster classic is honored in this new do-it-yourself gingerbread house kit from A24. For just $62 you can possess the halls this Christmas with the edible replica from the Graham’s backyard.

Here is the description of everything your kit comes with:

“Cast iron mold plate, plastic treehouse base, recipe card, instruction booklet, and a tealight to illuminate your treehouse at night.

Cast iron base builds one complete treehouse, as well as a gingerbread Peter, Paimon, and worshippers. 

Made from food-safe ABS plastic, the base includes a forest-floor textured base plate, four ‘birch’ legs, a platform, and a ladder.”

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Looks like the only thing you’re missing is a hot (c)oven.

If you remember in the movie Hereditary, Annie Graham is slowly going insane, or at least she thinks she is. But as she deep dives into her family history, she discovers that not everything is as it seems. In fact, she is from a bloodline of a powerful queen witch whose followers are hellbent on resurrecting an influential demon.

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With a makeshift Garrott made of piano wire, Annie beheads herself and her body is supernaturally transported into the family’s backyard treehouse where the ritual for King Paimon’s re-birth can be performed. Her son Peter, whose soul has been exorcised, is now the new host.

It just screams festive!

One of the great things about this is that some of your relatives are not going to get the reference and then you can explain it to them over the dinner table. Or better yet, why not liven up the squad and do a viewing party with the whole family?! With a little skill, you can even create the head of the turkey and lay a pair of scissors next to it. What a theme!

Now that’s one get-together no one is likely to forget.

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Artist Recreates 6 Famous Horror Houses Like ‘Fright Night’ Poster

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Adam Perocchi calls himself “the artist of things” on Instagram. And that broad moniker appears to be true especially if you see the array of collectibles he has made on his eBay page.

Recently on his Instagram; handle called readfulthings, the artist posted some illustrations that seem familiar, but a little off:

“I’ve been making these Fright Night style poster things lately – not for any particular reason, it’s just fun,” he wrote.

Adam Perocchi: Instagram

It didn’t take long for his followers to commend him on his creativity. They even threw out some pitches of movies they would like to see made into Fright Night posters.

“All of these are so freaking cool my friend. Please make more! Maybe Shaun of the Dead, The Frighteners, Young Frankenstein, Casper, Dracula, Pumpkinhead, and/or Child’s Play?” one poster asked.

“Can’t wait to see a Nightmare on Elmstreet (sic) version!” exclaimed another.

And the suggestions just kept coming: “Can you do The Shining? And then can I buy it?”

“Make one for Return of the living dead 2 ;)”

Here is the original 1986 one-sheet for Fright Night (1985):

You will notice that the Barbarian image is spoiler-free since revealing it would ruin the movie for some. “Thank you for the ‘no spoilers’ sticker. Very thoughtful. And brilliant posters,” replied happyembalmer.

Although some people aren’t a fan of the original movie, Perocchi’s subscribers appear to love the concept, “Such an awesome idea, and *brilliant* execution. The Halloween and the Psycho ones are my favorite,” wrote astro.toaster.

Perocchi admits that it’s “just fun” making these clever mockups. Some of his fans are asking to buy prints. We at iHorror, unfortunately, couldn’t find any on sale through his eBay store. But you can enjoy them here and while you’re at it, check out his shop. He has got a few neat things such as a Halloween and Halloween III action figure up for bids.

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This Is Literally a Killer Garden That Morticia Addams Would Love

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This might be the world’s deadliest garden. The rules are that if you visit you are not allowed to smell, touch, or taste any plants. But you run the risk of fainting from the toxic fumes, at least that is what they say on the website.

Visitors to the Poison Garden must walk through a tunnel to enter.

This is called the Poison Garden and it is a small attraction of live plants on the grounds of the beautiful Alnwick Garden located in Northumberland, England.

Fortified with large iron gates and a skull and crossbones warning, this plot of land contains 100 potential organic killers that come in a variety of colors.

Alnwick Garden

Whose idea was it to cultivate such a toxic environment? That accolade goes to the Duchess of Northumberland, Jane Percy, who inherited a castle after the death of her husband’s brother. The expansive estate also included a large garden. At first, she envisioned a paradise of roses and other pretty innocuous flora, but a trip to Italy motivated her to do something morbid.

Inspired by the Medici poison garden in Italy, the Duchess decided that example was just what her garden needed to set it apart from others. On another trip to Scotland, her mind was made up. She learned about how certain poisonous plants such as opium and hemlock were used to anesthetize patients before surgery.

The seeds of the Ricinus communis plant produce castor oil, but also contain the deadly toxin ricin. 

“I thought, ‘This is a way to interest children,'” she told Smithsonian Magazine. “Children don’t care that aspirin comes from a bark of a tree. What’s really interesting is to know how a plant kills you, and how the patient dies, and what you feel like before you die.”

Alnwick Garden

One of her favorite varieties is the angel’s trumpet which is a part of the deadly nightshade family. “It’s an amazing aphrodisiac before it kills you,” says the Duchess, noting that some Victorian ladies would place a bit of the flower’s pollen in their teat to get an LSD-like high.

“[Angel’s trumpet] is an amazing way to die because it’s quite pain-free,” the Duchess says. “A great killer is usually an incredible aphrodisiac.”

In Victorian England, women used to put pollen from the angel’s trumpet flower in their tea to induce LSD-like hallucinations. In large doses, Angel’s Trumpet is deadly.

The Alnwick gardens aren’t just filled with malevolent plants. It also has an innocuous rose garden, a pavilion, a grand cascade, and an ornamental garden.

From deadly nightshade to hemlock, the only way a plant can take root in this garden is if it is lethal to humans. This is one garden where you won’t want to stop and smell the flowers.

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