Why the Victorian mansion is a horror icon


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  • Vox
    Vox   1 years back

    Victorian mansions aren’t the only backdrops for the horrific and macabre — check out our video on the dollhouses of death that revolutionized forensic science forever: http://bit.ly/2Tb56ui

    • Gabriel frost
      Gabriel frost  3 months back

      Vox that jumpscare was quite unnecessary, you don't need those Cheap tactics.

    • Rohan Zener
      Rohan Zener  6 months back

      @Vox Explain why nobody of today would suspect these mansions of being McMansions?

    • Rohan Zener
      Rohan Zener  7 months back

      You got any ideas on why Victorian, a dialect of English, is also a thematic horror element?

    • Honey Bee86
      Honey Bee86  9 months back

      A big reason these homes started getting rundown was because a lot of them were built close to, or just outside of, city centers. As cities grew and started developing around the old mansions, the wealthier people wanted to move further away. A lot of the old rich families lost their wealth also, and couldn't maintain such giant houses...either way, they were sold and left behind.

      A great number of them were divided up and turned into low income apartments and boarding houses. That unfortunately usually leads to overcrowding, crime, vermin, etc. And the lack of "pride in ownership" meant, that since those people didn't own the house, they were less likely to care about it's upkeep. The sad thing is, no one seemed to give a damn about historical preservation around the middle of the last century and so many beautiful mansions were demolished to make way for ugly modern eyesores.

      A good example is Downtown Los Angeles. The Bunker Hill neighborhood was full of giant *GORGEOUS* Victorian mansions, some of the most beautiful homes ever built! As the city grew, the rich left. All of the mansions were demolished by the 50's and most of the downtown area was completely leveled and rebuilt in the 60's.

      *If you have time look up some of LA's old buildings (the Bunker Hill mansions, the old vine-covered Courthouse, the neighboring Hall of Records, the old Le Grande Santa Fe train station... to name a few).*

    • BobEckert56
      BobEckert56  12 months back

      It's a gross inaccurate generalization to say that the entire Victorian architecture type imparts dread and death. There are many restrained beautiful historic buildings all over the US of the Victorian style, wonderfully preserved. Typical Vox, "throw the baby out with the bathwater" babble.

  • Jesse Mitchell
    Jesse Mitchell  22 hours back

    I want a house like that . With dark wood walls and dark gothic ,old world ,
    Victorian interior design

    • Geo
      Geo  4 days back

      I guess with so much detail for the eye to look at our brains think we might miss something, something spooks.

      • Gil Edwards
        Gil Edwards  4 days back

        I like the video but the clip of Pennywise was totally outta place and ridiculous

        • Rosie
          Rosie  1 weeks back

          Because ghosts always have to be some 150+ year old dead person.
          What if the ghost haunting you is some frat boy from 2012?

          • Marianna Smith
            Marianna Smith  2 weeks back

            I live in a Victorian home and its not bad

            • kell
              kell  2 weeks back

              The americans are guilty

              • nakea simone
                nakea simone  2 weeks back

                I love Victorians my dream is to own a Queen Anne one day

                • Dark Abyss
                  Dark Abyss  4 weeks back

                  I still want to own one though.

                  • Shieldmaiden Lagertha
                    Shieldmaiden Lagertha  1 months back

                    Contrapoints brought me here.

                    • Karen Mullen
                      Karen Mullen  1 months back

                      Veerrry interesting, thank you

                      • Charles Aurand
                        Charles Aurand  1 months back

                        Another interesting fact is that in the depression era, when these homes were abandoned, folks told stories and spread rumors, to keep kids from going in.

                        • joe phillips
                          joe phillips  1 months back

                          Victorian homes are absolutely beautiful, woodwork alone is outstanding and underappreciated

                          • pendoe1
                            pendoe1  2 months back

                            What is the music/song that starts at 00:53?

                            • Ellajane Isme
                              Ellajane Isme  2 months back

                              At 1:57 there’s a woman in the room

                              • Jane Doe
                                Jane Doe  2 months back

                                I never associated victorian houses with the death or anything else gruesome... That’s why when I grew up and could afford my dream house I bought an victorian house in New Jersey with five fireplaces. Although it was very stressful renovating the outside because, they’re were so many rules and regulations and specific do’s and don’ts. All the way down to your choice of color, it had to be historically correct.

                                Besides, the obvious ghost in the window I only saw two others. Whoever saw all four of them, my hats off to you!

                                • DetroitLives313
                                  DetroitLives313  2 months back

                                  I grew up in a neighborhood full of Victorian mansions and homes. The were scary looking at night. You actually showed one that is in the neighborhood where I grew up!

                                  • ツNiky Neko
                                    ツNiky Neko  2 months back

                                    I immediately thought of The Suspicions of Mr Witcher

                                    • Daniel Myers
                                      Daniel Myers  2 months back

                                      Ok but that dead man by the curio cabinet at 1:57 though

                                      • Burnt Chicken Nugget
                                        Burnt Chicken Nugget  2 months back

                                        GEEZ THANKS FOR THAT JUMP-SCARE AT THE END!!

                                        • Anastasia's Journal
                                          Anastasia's Journal  2 months back

                                          Victorian homes are elegant & beautiful.

                                          • montex66
                                            montex66  2 months back

                                            I love looking at intricate Victorian houses like the ones in San Francisco, but I'd never want to own one or pay the high costs of maintaining it.

                                            • lester andes
                                              lester andes  2 months back

                                              The MODERNIST architects killed architecture itself. Any building aged a hundred or more years that still stands today still amazes people. Old modern buildings are only best for graffiti and human manure. Modern buildings only look good when new.

                                              • grim
                                                grim  2 months back

                                                cool video but cant believe gothic romanticism wasnt mentioned at all

                                                • Greg Edmonds
                                                  Greg Edmonds  2 months back

                                                  Get outta here, Victorian houses are awesome!

                                                  • brokenstarships
                                                    brokenstarships  2 months back

                                                    If you're a coulrophobe, you might wanna stop watching at 4:48.

                                                    • Linda Easley
                                                      Linda Easley  2 months back

                                                      Victorian mansions give off a creepy , dark vibe . I think I would suffer from severe depression and become suicidal if I was forced to live alone in one for a couple of months

                                                      • ひめ いちご
                                                        ひめ いちご  2 months back

                                                        I wanna live in one. One day. So beautiful.

                                                        • Dean Buzchniss
                                                          Dean Buzchniss  2 months back

                                                          Kinda sad no?

                                                          • Vincent Mileto
                                                            Vincent Mileto  2 months back

                                                            I love old victorian houses! If I was rich I would live in one!

                                                            • Vault Bean99
                                                              Vault Bean99  2 months back

                                                              I'm surprised anybody survived the Victorian Era.

                                                              • LynRuiz
                                                                LynRuiz  2 months back

                                                                I like Victorian houses. When they are in pristine condition and with a beautiful paint job and well ventilated they are lovely.

                                                                • CreScent SubliminalS
                                                                  CreScent SubliminalS  2 months back

                                                                  JUMPSCARE @4:49

                                                                  • Anton Antonson
                                                                    Anton Antonson  2 months back

                                                                    These houses are nice. I do not like modern shoe-boxes.

                                                                    • Tammy Nelson
                                                                      Tammy Nelson  2 months back

                                                                      I adore all these old houses, no matter their "style-etc..." I especially love the ones with wraparound porches. I love all the fireplaces, any use of stain glass or leaded windows, and that "special" window which was there for that certain time of day so it made the color dance. Oooh, double front doors, carved wood, pocket doors and libraries.

                                                                      • Randall P. McMurphy
                                                                        Randall P. McMurphy  2 months back

                                                                        I absolutely love Victorian residential architecture of any style. Far too many are falling to the wrecking ball. Sad to see. The modern McMansions borrow heavily from the Victorian styles but upon close inspection reveal plastic shingle siding, faux stone ornamentation and so on. I'll have to say they do look good from the curb!

                                                                        • creativ-LI
                                                                          creativ-LI  2 months back

                                                                          i want one

                                                                          • Miss Telly
                                                                            Miss Telly  2 months back

                                                                            Anybody from my dimension when Adams family only had one D in the name?

                                                                            • Kemkaz
                                                                              Kemkaz  2 months back

                                                                              1:20 ,1:54,1:57, possible 2:19 . Either way they are magnificent works of architecture .

                                                                              • Ashley Maddox
                                                                                Ashley Maddox  3 months back

                                                                                Eh that ending was to much i hate clowns

                                                                                • S.E. LANDEROS
                                                                                  S.E. LANDEROS  3 months back

                                                                                  Probably cause Great Britain is full of them. & everyone likes it.👍

                                                                                  • Maria Mara
                                                                                    Maria Mara  3 months back

                                                                                    Thanks so much for this video, I've always wondered about it

                                                                                    • Byron Ramos
                                                                                      Byron Ramos  3 months back

                                                                                      Mostly i think people were murdered

                                                                                      • Bobert Wiltshire
                                                                                        Bobert Wiltshire  3 months back

                                                                                        In short they are: imposing, old, & frequently abandoned/ decayed.

                                                                                        • Red Pilled Artist
                                                                                          Red Pilled Artist  3 months back

                                                                                          I love those old Gothic mansions. I wish I could live in one...without ghosts.

                                                                                          • Samantha pearlman
                                                                                            Samantha pearlman  3 months back

                                                                                            i personally love the victorian house. it’s been my dream house forever. it is truly beautiful and the space it provides is offers a get away in every room

                                                                                            • Do It Hannah
                                                                                              Do It Hannah  3 months back

                                                                                              I’ve always loved Victorian style houses. They have a wave of beautiful mystery I’ve always loved. It’s one of those houses where you could be there for five years and go oh hey, there is a room here.

                                                                                              • Isaiah Sparkman
                                                                                                Isaiah Sparkman  3 months back

                                                                                                The reason there creepy now is because a lot of mansions had really dark things happen within there beautiful walls concealing the sad true stories.