Best of YouTube: from Wizard of Oz horrors to Ed Gein & much more

Time for another wrap-up of some of the best YouTube has to offer for fans of the paranormal, lost or macabre history, and fans of horror movies! Actually, I’m way overdue, so here’s an epically long list!

First up, our favorite wanderer has made it to Texarkana, the site of the famous “phantom killer,” whose crime spree lead to a number of urban legends we know today when it comes to lover’s lane killers (either the hook on the car door or scratching on the car roof legends).

One of the greatest storytellers & researchers YouTube has to offer is Kaz Rowe. What an amazing treat to find out she’s covered the topic of the history of ghost hunting! You might remember previous videos of hers I’ve featured on this site on the Winchester House & the history of celebrating Halloween.

You can experience a festive October season without watching some horror movies! And if you’ve seen “Stranger Things,” you’ve seen a great series that’s constantly referencing great horror. Check out the “Wired” interview with the show creators below.

Sticking with horror, JoBlo covers horror movies as a great admirer, does great behind the scenes mini-documentaries of horror movies. Honestly, if you are a horror fan, you’ll enjoy everything on this channel. For a sample, a look back at Children of the Corn:

…and one last check-in with Mobile Instinct…. this time in Plainfield, Wisconsin. A town famous for one thing and one thing only, its ghoulish former resident, Ed Gein. For a man who, in some ways, inspired the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho & a character in Silence of the Lambs, you’d assume he was a prolific serial killer. However, his ‘hobbies’ still resulted in one of the most gruesome scenes imaginable. This video takes a look at what locations connected to Gein look like today.

And let’s finish with a skip down the yellow brick Road as we head to the magical land of Oz!

Kaz Rowe takes a look at the intense and dangerous conditions surrounding the production of the Wizard of Oz (BTW – happy 100th birthday to Judy Garland, who would’ve hit that milestone in June of this year).

As someone who lived in Culver City for a big chunk of time, I know how important the film is, not just to Hollywood history, but also to local history. I was fortunate enough to work on a show that filmed on the same soundstage and just knowing the Yellow Brick Road was in the same location where I was working, kinda made those days a little more magical. Naturally, I brought a camera in one day and also told (with an attempt to debunk) the ‘hanging munchkin’ legend.


…and finally a look at the final resting places of those who created the classic film:


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