If you will be asked about what significant change you have noticed in the past few years, what will you answer? Well, everyone in the globe are now involved in the interactive world of Internet and its addictive “offspring” — the Social Media. Social Media will go down in history as one of the most innovative gifts of the Internet. But what would you do if it also goes along with a “curse” and it is not just a simple one. What if the curse will cost you your own life? Just like the popular urban legend from Japan — “The Red Room.” Red Room (赤い部屋 Akai heya) is an interactive Adobe Flash horror animation, entirely in Japanese, about an urban legend called “the Red Room“. The protagonist searches on the Internet for proof of its existence, only for the results to go horribly wrong.
WHAT IS THE “RED ROOM” ALL ABOUT?
Well, it looks like the desire of monsters and paranormal entities are upping their game in order to satisfy their human flesh cravings. These entities find delight in murdering innocent teens in Japan and now, they have gone online as well. The Red Room is a very famous example of this so-called phenomenon. It is an internet pop-up that announces your forthcoming death, and you can do nothing about it since no pop-up blocker can ever stop it from claiming its victim. So, if you are chosen as the Red Room’s next victim, the best thing you can do is compose a good goodbye letter to your loved ones, for death is sure to come shortly afterwards. Isn’t that creepy?
HOW WILL THE “RED ROOM” CLAIMS ITS VICTIMS?
To enlighten you more about this legend, the dreaded pop-up that goes with a curse instantly appears as a red window with Japanese lettering that translates to, “Do you like … ?)” accompanied by a cute but sinister voice reading it aloud. Of course, you will want to escape it by closing it but apparently, there seems to be no escape with the red room curse. When you try to exit the window, things get worse; no matter what you do, the window cannot be closed. Each click of the mouse reveals more letters until the message will finally read, “Do you like The Red Room?” Once the full message is revealed, the computer screen is swathed in red and a list of names will appear on the red backdrop — names of the victims of the Red Room. What follows soon afterwards is the victim’s death, by suicide.
THE ORIGIN OF THE “RED ROOM”
Why is it called the Red Room? There are many theories about it. First one, they say it is a room that has many victims dying in it. Second, it is like the theory in the movie “The Shining” wherein Red Room or Redrum translates to Murder in reverse. Third, IT IS THE COLOR OF HELL’S ENVIRONMENT. Well, but here’s the more famous reason, before the master of the red room claims his new victim, he paints his room with his own blood. How does he do it? No one knows. Now, do you dare to anticipate to receive the message from the infamous “RED ROOM?”
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