Why the Victorian mansion is a horror icon Why danger symbols can’t last 2 days ago   05:01

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The Gilded Age left a legacy of decay on the American landscape.

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Haunted houses are often depicted with similar features: decaying woodwork, steep angles, and Gothic-looking towers and turrets. The model for this trope is the Victorian mansion, once a symbol of affluence and taste during the Gilded Age - a period of American history marked by political corruption and severe income inequality.

After World War I, these houses were seen as extravagant and antiquated, and were abandoned. Their sinister relationship to the troubling end of the Victorian Era in America eventually led to their depiction as haunted and ghostly in both fine art and pop culture, and is now an unspoken symbol of dread.

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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
Alex Warmouth
Who else saw 3/4 ghosts and is terrified to try and find the remaining one
Zenix Zenix
You never showed the house from American horror story
Juan DelaCruize
4:50 thats fun
hmack1998
What was with that jump scare?
luverizimo
Bullshit The Victorian Look was a Romantic Style of a Beauty Era .
Jack
Only BIG houses are haunted.
Peach Syrup
Headphone users waited for a scream in the end.
isays
probably helps that old people lived in those houses, and wore old fashioned clothing...
and witches were typically depicted as old and wearing old fashioned clothing.
Howard Henriquez
Now I see why there’s so many Victorian houses in Connecticut
ᴍɪʟᴇs ᴇᴍᴍᴀɴᴜᴇʟ
disliking because of that freaking jumpscare at 4:50
adrienne
My town has a victorian mansion (look up Brucemore Mansion) and rumor has it that its haunted. Anytime I go on the tours there I always feel uncomfortable like someone is watching me
Brandon B
Is that the 'Cuse Hall of Languages
Mignon
why is this video scary?
Shorty Sunny
I think of a haunted house I see my home
Rachel Gonzalez
I hope to own a Victorian home one day
Barış Özkaya
4:50 i didnt even flinched
K S
The jump scare was extremely uncalled for. Especially masked as a documentary video. People with anxiety do not appreciate this at all. I think that was a bad and unexpected addition
pooch
It was a Photoshopped ghost right
turquoise green
'Victorian' is a too broad a term, most houses in horror a examples of the Queen Anne style specifically.
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Why danger symbols can’t last Why the Victorian mansion is a horror icon 2 days ago   07:04

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