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The appeal of horror movies is that they give people a way to experience the thrill of terror without actually having to put themselves in harm’s way. For the vast majority of us, the movie theater will be the closest we ever get to genuine horror.

For others, though, the horror of demons, ghosts, and murderers has real-world significance. These are the people who look closely at real life and realize just how chilling it can be. For evidence of this, look no further than the following pictures, stripped right from the headlines. The world is a scary place indeed.

Warning: A few of these are NSFW.

#21. Aerial view of the Jonestown mass suicide.

JONESTOWN, GUYANA - NOVEMBER 18: (NO U.S. TABLOID SALES) Dead bodies lie around the compound of the People's Temple cult November 18, 1978 after the over 900 members of the cult, led by Reverend Jim Jones, died from drinking cyanide-laced Kool Aid; they were victims of the largest mass suicide in modern history. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)

#20. This woman in this photo is actually dead. Her husband took it two days after she passed away. There’s no word on what her cause of death was.

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#19. A little Polish girl who grew up in a concentration camp drawing a picture of “home.”

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#18. This man is unable to get off the subway tracks in New York City with a train bearing down.

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#17. A group of friends in Beirut, Lebanon, moments before a car bomb explosion, and then moments after. (The bomb was in the gold car you see in the first photo.)

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#16. 23-year-old Evelyn McHale’s body after leaping from the Empire State Building and landing on a United Nations limousine. Some call this picture “the world’s most beautiful suicide.”

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