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Abandoned Places Perfect For Any Horror Movie

Updated on November 5, 2014


They say beauty can grow out of ugliness and when it comes to abandoned places, there is nothing so ugly yet so beautiful at the same time. When it comes to the scary meter, there is nothing more terrifying than walking in a wasteland with no other signs of life and all that is left is decomposing buildings and cars. Put everything together and it is a experience that is truly out of the world. Come travel with me as we explore some of the most daunting abandoned towns, amusement parks, and even full islands to learn what it used to be and what drove people away.

A sign of caution for anybody wanting to find this place. It is extremely unstable
A sign of caution for anybody wanting to find this place. It is extremely unstable | Source
sinkholes and cracks give release to stream from the fire underneath the ground. It is still burning 60+ years
sinkholes and cracks give release to stream from the fire underneath the ground. It is still burning 60+ years | Source

Centralia, Pennsylvania, USA

In 1980, Centralia had over two thousand residents, and was one of the most promising small towns in this part of Pennsylvania. By 2010, it is a wasteland with only eight civilians left. If you go there now all you will see is a place plagued with sinkholes, stream, fire, and cracked roads. It got so bad that the town was taken off maps, zipcode was removed, and warning signs littered amongst the road to warn people to stay out.

What caused this town to turn from a beautiful small town into a wasteland? The answer lies in the mines under the ground. It is unsure how the fire started, but somehow a fire started in the coalmine. There are rumors of a guy who threw a lit cigarette into a mine that started it, rumors about a previous fire from 1932 that somehow went under the radar until it expanded beyond control in 1982. After many accidents of sink holes, high levels of methane gas leaking into homes, and the ground cracking, the town began relocating.

Two things to note about this town are that Silent Hill’s town was based on Centralia and also the coalmine is still burning leaving fumes to rise out of the ground. Sinkholes are a common occurrence due to the unstable nature of the ground. Regardless many individuals travel to Centralia every year to experience the creepy silent town that looks almost just as haunting as Silent Hill. Unlike Silent Hill however there is no zombies and if you see one than the fumes are getting to your head. Remember masks should be worn at all time here.

Disney's River Country, Florida, USA

What was once a thriving massive water park is now decaying slowly against the backdrop of swampy water? Let’s back up through. Said to be based upon the natural beauty that surrounds it, the park was built to look like something out of the Huckleberry Finn books including a old-fashioned swimming hole and the wilderness theme. It was such a beautiful place that it was even featured on a local Mouseketeer television show that showed the young singing sensations having a grand old time at the waterpark.

There are three reasons why the park shut down. One including a poor water purification system that failed to protect the visitors from deadly parasites including the Naegleria fowleri. The parasite caused the death of eleven year old boy. They closed the park down and got a better filteration filter and reopened the park however the amount of visitors were never as high as it was before the parasitic accident. The second reason is the opening of a new waterpark with more thrill-seeking rides. Still, the number of visitors was still striving. The third and final reason came with the terrorist attack of 9-11 when threats of terrorists’ next targeting amusement parks drove travelers to every amusement down. Being a small waterpark, the Disney company thought it would not be worth the price to reopen the park and it has been closed every since.

bird's eye view
bird's eye view

Hashima Island, Nagasaki, Japan

Nicknamed the "battleship ghost," Hashima Island is a strip of land with concrete walls to surrounding it to protect against Tsunamis which is way it got its nickname. It was a coal mining facility holding over thousands of workers between 1887-1974.

In the peak of its life, the island had apartments, school, hospital, shrine, retails, and even restaurants. In fact by the 1950’s, it had the world’s record for having the most densely populated place in the world. However, by the late 1960’s, coal mining operations started to lessen and by the 1974, stopped completely, leaving the residents to all move out of the town, leaving it abandoned.

Now it is a tourist attraction, however due to no upkeep, many of the buildings have collapsed due to storms and other weather-related problems. During Typhoon season, it is seen unsafe to travel to the island and many ferries will close dock.


Dadipark - Dadizel, Belgium

Although sadly demolished in 2012, Dadipark was a recreational attraction from 1950’s to 2002. It was made by a pastor who wanted to let poor children experience expensive theme parks for a low cost. However the rides were small and focused primary on children. So no huge rollercoaster. Instead it had a series of slides, water rides, swings, and other such rides. Unfortunately in 2000, the park was having a lot of health hazards and accidents including the worst where a boy lost a limb while riding on a water ride. Due to that accidents and a other accidents, people started to complain and the owners closed the park for renovations. The park never reopened.

It was found there was a lot of asbestos in the buildings which slowed down the demolition process. So far the only thing left is the giant slide and the bridge and the shells of some buildings.

Pripyat, Kiev, UK

One of the most well-known abandoned towns, Pripyat was a booming city with over 49,000 citizens at the city's peak. Named one of the most upcoming nuclear city, many of its citizens worked in the Chernobyl powerpoint nearby the city. In 1986, everybody was excited because there were just getting a new amusement including a Ferris wheel and some rollarcoasters but little did they know that they would never get the chance.

Before the amusement park opened, there was an explosion at the powerpoint, killing many workers instantly as well as sending toxic radiation into the air. The people of Pripyat was evacuated almost immediately, having no time to even pack any belonging leaving the city exactly as they left it. Due to the high radiation, people were not permitted to return. Just recently in 2012, the radiation in some of the parts of the city is low enough to allow tours and journalist to come in and see what happens after so much destruction.

Why this town is so important is not because of the disaster but because scientists can see how life moves on. There are whole animal families living throughout Pyprat, even in the highly radiated areas and they are adjusting living in the habitat. Actually, the city is used in a lot of 'life after humans' documentaries to showcase how life always finds a way to survive, even in the roughest of areas.

In Conclusion

In conclusion,these are five places that all have seen its fair share of loss, betrayal, and being forgotten. There are so many more out there that should be addressed, even a volcanic small Japanese island that even through it is still populated, the citizens have been evacuated more than once and has to wear masks at all times. There are abandoned hospitals/insane asylums/houses and farm houses that have been standing like some sinister creature, egging people to enter. The next hubpage will be of the ten scariest abandoned hospitals found throughout the world so stay-tuned for that and thank you for reading.


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