Urban Legends

Video Tape

The Video Tape is a scary urban legend about a cursed VHS video cassette. It is said that if you watch the tape, you will die within 48 hours. They say that the cursed video tape in the movie, The Ring was based on this urban legend.

Video Tape

Years ago, there was a group of three girls who went to high school together. They were all best friends and one night, during the Summer holidays, they decided to have a sleepover party.

They spent all day planning their sleepover and, because they were all horror fans, they decided to rent a scary movie. It was late at night when the three girls piled into a car and drove down to their local video rental store, but it was closed. The girls spent the next half hour driving around town, looking for a video store that was still open.

Eventually, they found a little shop that was located in a side street and went inside. The girls could not agree on a film to rent, so one of them went over to the woman behind the counter and asked her if she had any suggestions. The woman told her that she had just the thing for them and disappeared into a back room.

While they were waiting, one of the girls noticed a video tape lying on the counter. It didn’t have a box cover or a label and it seemed to be very dirty and stained. She was curious to see what it was and reached out to pick it up.

Just then, the woman came rushing out from the back room and slammed her hand down on the tape, pulling it away.

With a stange smile on her face, she said, “That’s not something you girls should be watching.”

When they asked her what it was, the woman told them not to touch it and all would say was that it was a home movie. Then, she handed them an old horror film and told them it would be much a better movie for them to watch.

Eventually, the girls agreed to rent the tape that the woman suggested. While she was in the back room, searching for the film, one of the girls took the opportunity two swipe the mysterious video tape and stuffed it into her purse.

Later that night, when the girls returned home, the girl who stole the video tape took it out of her purse and convinced the other two that they should watch it.

They put the tape in the video recorder and pressed Play. All of a sudden, the power went out and the room was plunged into darkness. However, the television was still on.

With a crackle of static, the video started playing and, on the screen, they saw a woman tied to a wooden stake. She was surrounded by angry men and women who were carrying burning torches. They were shouting and spitting on her and then they set fire to the wood beneath the woman’s feet.

The woman began laughing maniacally and the people yelled out things like “Burn the witch!” and “This is your punishment for practicing black magic!” As the flames rose higher and higher, licking at the woman’s face, she screamed out a curse, saying that all who witness her death will suffer the same fate in two days time.

There was a screech of static and the VCR began making skipping sounds before it suddenly cut off. The terrified girls sat in the dark for a long time until the power came back on. They tried to convince each other that it must have been some type of prank. After a while, they agreed that they should return the tape immediately.

When they arrived at the location of the video store, it was gone. All they found was an abandoned building and an empty lot.

Two days later, all three of the girls were dead. The first girl was found floating in a swimming pool. Her body was burned beyond recognition. The charred remains of the second girl were discovered in the middle of a park and the third girl’s body was found in a furnace.

When the police were investigating the mysterious deaths, they thought it was a very strange coincidence that all three girls had burned to death on the same day. In each case, the police thought it had been spontaneous combustion, but the weirdest thing about it was that nothing around them had even been singed by the flames.

They found a trash can outside the house of one of the girls. It had been set on fire and was burned out. Everything inside it was destroyed, except for a video tape, which had been inexplicably left untouched by the flames.


  • The Ring is a great movie!!! Also TECHNICALLY the Ring was an American version of the Japanese movie Ringu and Ringu was based off the legend.

  • The ring movie was great one. This story was almost like it.
    I feel so so so… Funny how some of you guys are after I HATE SKITTLES
    You guys take things so seriously… Lol.

  • Um… okay… Did anyone else see the screaming girl on the picture? Anyway, great story, 9 out of 10 charred horror films

  • @Random appearance Good question though…. but we are searching the answer for years…… no found still

  • The big question is, who is the shop owner who owns the freaking tape? Is she the witch or something?

  • remember if you find a video tape and someone warns you about it
    keep to there warning , don’t touch the video tape

  • hahahahhahahahaha stewpid girls! They didn’t know what was in “store” for them!!! HAHAHAHAHA hahaha ha ha ha ha ha…

  • @I SHAT SKITTLES, Yeah we do. It’s because instead of reading what other people can say about the story, we have to endure with that FIRST thing of yours. It could’ve been okay, ya know, if you said something about this story.. But NO. You had to go and say First then go and want a certificate then you act all tough just because Shadow of Darkness told you off? So what if it were your first time doing that? No, we won’t do that. We take what SFK says into account. And trust me, if you still don’t believe that we wouldn’t have done that, re-read the comments. You didn’t see anyone else saying SECOND! Or Third! :3, right? Well, except for YOUR First crap. So please, chill, sit down, read, and comment about the story and not about what place your comment is. ^^

  • I watched that film. here’s a real description. a black-haired woman is tied to a stake and men are cursing and spitting on her. then, a strong man steps forward and lights the stake.(and wood above and below her. she screamed that anyone that see’s her die like this would die with the same fate in two days time.

  • The Ring is such a good film!! @rainingblood518 They didn’t want to kill them quickly, thay wanted them to be in agony as payback.

  • Gosh, why burning of all things? Couldn’t someone have tried something faster? I don’t remember where, but around the 16th century there was a law that witches had to be dead before burning, but many sadists just knocked the accused unconscious.

  • @Pete, actually no one was burnt at the stake during the Salem Witch Trials. Most were hanged or imprisoned but one man was pressed to death.

  • I am a Solitary Eclectic Wiccan who practices Witchcraft. however, I don’t do black magic. Wiccans only believe in light, love, and nature. :PI hate that witches have the bad reputation of doing curses and black magic.

  • @xXxGrrrRawrXx I think she was about to grab it when she saw them messing with the tape and went out to stop them. Also she could have been the witch’s ghost. How else could she have gotten her hands on it? It explains the weird smile, an old lady being in a mysterious store that vanishes, and how a videotape from what was probably the Salem Witch Trials or sometime around that period could have even been made to begin with.

  • stupid humans should learn to listen….
    why did the lady go to the back room again? i thought she had the tape she wanted to give them in her hand already….
    the lady should have took the tape with her when she went in the back room again….then again she probably knew they would disobey and watch it anyways. haha

  • Why everybody is arguing about saying Fiiiiirst.Let’s just comment on the story.
    ME:It’s scary,a little bit of creepypasta.And i want to ask one thing!WHY THE HELL DO WITCHES PUT A CURSE WHEN THEY DIE?They cannot live happily on hell and also make the people on the earth unhappy!!!!!!!

  • You could’ve just said something about the story instead of saying it and still claim the first comment.

  • This is the first time I did it -_- and honestly I don’t care you guys would even do it if I didn’t so I wanted to take the chance so okay? let’s all make peace here I’m not here to start an argument.

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