Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Diver’s Shocking Discovery

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly invokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks from the intro to Twilight Zone: The Movie: On a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

There’s a whole subculture dedicated to creepy dive videos made by underwater enthusiasts using Go-Pros while exploring ponds, lakes, quarries, and shorelines; the best turn up oddities like mannequins, dumped vehicles, discarded guns & knives, and even bones. The muffling effect of liquid submersion along with the raspy hiss & release of SCUBA gear adds to a specific mood & aesthetic, resulting in some compelling and unnerving footage. Filmmaker Jason Eisener tapped into this spooky vibe and upped the terror considerably when he produced One Last Dive.

As part of a promotional push for The Conjuring, Vice commissioned a series of horror shorts from up-and-coming filmmakers worldwide. The 3:07 AM Project is named after the time all the clocks suddenly stop in the original Conjuring (which has since spawned a sequel and spinoffs), and One Last Dive is the best of the bunch, packing a serious punch in 60 seconds flat. Brace yourself, and have a look!

Official Synopsis: With only 20 minutes left, to investigate an underwater crime scene, a diver goes for one last dive.

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

What if I told you a scene very similar to what you saw in One Last Dive played out in real life? The major difference, however, only makes the discovery more shocking. When a salvage crew explored a vessel sitting on the ocean floor off the coast of Nigeria, they were prepared to find bodies; but no one could have imagined that, after almost 3 days, they would find a survivor. The video below shows the moment a diver grabbed what he thought was a corpse—and it grabbed him back!

Anyone with at least an average amount of empathy has to shudder just imagining what Harrison Okene, the man trapped for over 60 hours in an air pocket, must have endured; it’s a level of terror few have lived to retell. The look on his face is haunting! Not only had he been trapped half underwater and alone, he had been surviving in total darkness—which must have been maddening. Did he even believe what he was seeing?

Once back on dry land, he was kept in a decompression chamber for 60 hours before being reunited with his family. Whether the footage of Okene’s rescue inspired One Last Dive is opened to conjecture; the recovery occurred in May of 2013 and The 3:07 AM Project aired the following July.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

Wanna See Something REALLY Scary

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Josh Millican head writer at Horror Freak News; his work can also be seen at Blumhouse.com.

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