A man’s video of a “ghost” emerging from a doorway in an abandoned hospital ward has created intense debate on social media.
Sharing on Reddit, the worker posted footage which showed him walking through the hallways of a California hospital late at night.
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The man said he decided to film the hospital after a security guard told him that he’d seen unexplained phenomenons and “thought he was losing his mind”.
The footage shows the man walking down the main thoroughfare of the hospital ward, panning his camera down the various corridors as he passes.
As he continues moving, a dark all-black figure appears to emerge from a doorway towards the end of one corridor.
But when the worker moved the camera back to where the “ghost” had emerged seconds later, it had disappeared.
The man, who does maintenance work at the hospital, said it was only when he was editing the camera footage later that he saw just how eery the dark figure was.
“Security guard [at the hospital] kept seeing things and wanted someone else to see because thought he was losing his mind,” he said.
“It wasn’t until later when I got off work … I was watching the video and then I realised there was a figure.
“It was the creepiest s*** i have seen in my life thus far.”
He added that he also had footage of “one of those big hospital doors” in the hallway “opening by itself”.
“It gave me the creeps too, when I first realised what I caught,” he said.
“What caught my attention at first when i watched this was a blur by the secondish door way… then I later saw the figure which gave me chills.
“It’s pure black with a black aura.”
The video prompted a huge discussion among paranormal buffs, trying to determine whether the video was of a “ghost” or just a random person.
Many felt that the mysterious figure was “too dark” to be a human.
“Not jumping to ghost, but it seemed like most of the lights were on. There should have been at least some colour reflected on the figure, but I couldn’t find anything but black,” said one.
“Even it was a person in an all black costume, the top of them would have been reflecting more light than the bottom.
“While interested in the paranormal, I’m usually pretty skeptical … This is one of the most compelling I’ve seen.”
One more added: “This is terrifying…”
Others felt that it was a “shadow person”, which is described by Wikipedia as “supernatural shadow-like humanoid figures that, according to believers, are seen flickering on walls and ceilings in the viewer’s peripheral vision.”
“This is pretty atypical for a shadow person,” another said.
“Shadow people are usually seen in your periphery passing by or standing this corner. It’s really rare to catch shadow people on camera much less video.
“I don’t know what this is. It’s definitely something, someone needs to investigate that room. It’s a very interesting video.”
Others said that even if the video was fake, it was certainly worth investigating.
“I believe this is edited, just looks too f***ing real,” said a Reddit user. “Like the best ghost capture ever type deal, so that’s why I instinctively believe this to be fake.
“Gave me chills though. If this is edited they should be in the movie industry.”
Another said: “Could easily be faked but it still gave me the creeps. That dark hallway you’re heading into doesn’t look like fun either.”
One more added: “Could be someone in one of those full bodysuits.”
Added another: “It doesn’t look like a shadow to me though. It looks very solid and very black.
“Kind of like a security guard in black clothing making a video with their buddy … isn’t this much more likely?”
The video prompted many to share their own spooky hospital experiences.
“My grandma (RIP) claimed to have seen a black grim reaper type figure (look at the feet in the video, kind of resembles a cloak) outside my grandpa’s room as she was walking down the hospital hallway to my grandpa’s room before he passed,” one said.
Added another: “I worked at an old hospital for two years before I got on the ambulance.
“The amount of scary s*** you run into going to the cafeteria in the basement at 2 am is insane. Kids laughing in empty rooms, people that brush up against you in the hallway that are ice cold, etc etc.”
Others claimed to have seen similar figures in their own homes.
“I’ve seen that, too. Lived in a spooky house, and I would see something/someone in the hallway peeking at me from the doorway at night,” one Reddit user responded.
“It was really hard to tell if it was a real person or not. I would go to the hallway and check, and everyone was sleeping. At one point had all kinds of solid looking shadows, large cat size, and people shaped/size. I don’t miss that house at all.”