15 of the Scariest Urban Legends From Around the World

  • May 06, 2015
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Everyone loves a good old fashioned urban legend. People love getting a good scare, and something about urban legends just makes it feel like these things could have actually happened at some point. It’s not like a zombie story or a vampire tale, which could obviously never have been true; instead, these are stories that, in most cases, could certainly have happened to someone at some point, and that just makes them vastly more horrifying. Here are some of the most disturbing urban legends from around the world.


Bloody Mary

One of the all-time classics, the legend says that if you say Bloody Mary three times in front of a mirror, she’ll appear behind you, covered in blood, and you’ll soon be joining her in the afterlife.


The Hook Man

Another one of those classic urban legends that gets told around campfires, telling the story of a man with a bloody hook for a hand who torments a pair of teenagers trying to make out in peace.


The Call Came from Inside the House

A girl is being tormented by a prank caller, and when she contacts the police to report it they trace the call to reveal that those frightening phone calls are being made from inside the house and that she should, you know, get the hell out.


The Clown Statue

One of the creepier legends around talks about a babysitter who asks the parents of the kids she’s watching if she can cover up the creepy clown statue in the corner, and after the parents urge her to take the kids and run, it’s explained that they don’t actually have a clown statue.


It's Not the Dog Licking You

If you want to get some serious chills, just imagine a scenario in which you feel your toes or hand being licked in a dark room and assume it’s your dog – only you realize that the dog isn’t actually in the room.