Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t: ‘The Hands Resist Him’

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Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren’t is a series that explores modern urban legends, bringing you a new tale each week.

At 24” x 30”, it is a large painting, and a peculiar one. It depicts a boy. The boy stands in front of a window. He is clad in shorts and a blue t-shirt. Beside him is a girl—though she looks more like a doll than a human—who holds an angular object in her hands. The window behind them both reveals that it is nighttime: A crescent moon hangs in a black sky. But it is what is reaching out of the darkness that is truly unsettling. Outside the window, a number of disembodied hands reach towards the window, some rapping on it, some pressing themselves against it, and some merely held up as though seeking recognition. The boy, however, does not see the hands. He faces the viewer head-on.

The painting is called “THE HANDS RESIST HIM.”

Where did the painting come from? That’s something of a mystery. What we do know is that a family found it behind an old brewery, abandoned. They wondered what such an interesting piece of art was doing all on its lonesome, but they also thought the discovery to be a piece of good fortune; consequently, they took it home with them. After the painting had been in their home for a few days, the family’s four-and-a-half-year-old daughter told her parents that the children in the painting were fighting. More disturbingly, she said that they were coming into the room during the night as well. The family did what any rational human with money to burn would do: They got a motion-activated camera and set it up in the room with the painting. After three nights, they took a look at the footage:

These two images appeared to the family to corroborate what their daughter had told them: The doll-girl in the painting seemed to be menacing the boy with the unidentified object in her hands, and the boy appeared to flee from her, exiting the painting in the process. So what’s the owner of a haunted painting to do? Put it on eBay, of course.

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