Why the Victorian mansion is a horror icon

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • The Gilded Age left a legacy of decay on the American landscape. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOHaunted 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. Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Vox

     7 months ago

    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

  • Rohan Zener

     16 days ago

    @Vox Explain why nobody of today would suspect these mansions of being McMansions?

  • Rohan Zener

     1 months ago

    You got any ideas on why Victorian, a dialect of English, is also a thematic horror element?

  • Weaseling rentler

     7 months ago

    I actually like and want to live in a old victorian house.

  • Zoé Niehues

     20 days ago

    Me too because1 they're gorgeous2 your far away from sun3 people keep away from your home4 they full historySo all in all......When can I move ☺️

  • Chris Wald

     7 months ago

    4:50 So I sometimes watch Vox informational videos to help put me to sleep; thanks for that ending...

  • Yezpahr

     1 months ago

    @Dylan Baer I have tried long and hard to find a single dislike on comments of youtube... Do they even exist? Do they even show? It just feels unreal.

  • Jake Street

     3 months ago

    I agree. It is 2am for me and I've just watch It! because of that....

  • Aaa

     7 months ago

    I think these victorian mansions are creepy because of the feeling of being closed off and the fact that those mansions have so much space inside that they hide- like something must be in there; the mansions disguise that by showing off a beautiful exterior, but it tries too hard and comes off as "grotesque", suggesting something about it is a little off. Like an alien or a robot trying really hard to pretend to be human.They are also kind of similar to houses we already know, they aren't f...

  • Būbbly

     8 days ago

    Yeah, and they also have so many unexplored places that are sometimes hard to get to and no one has touched. They’re just huge.

  • K

     1 months ago

    Aaaah, those things you described I associate with a cozy place

  • Quick Fix - Thought Provoking Videos

     7 months ago

    Because it's spookier than a Mediterranean Villa? 🤔

  • Miss Moxie

     4 months ago

    But why do you consider it spooky?

  • TheJrbdog

     6 months ago

    Challenge accepted!

  • guneet kaur

     7 months ago

    Rich owners spend $$$$ to build mansionsCharles Adams : I will turn them into grotesque haunting houses Rich owners- weird flex but okay

  • LokiLord

     7 months ago

    ghost time stamps:1:20 hanging from the left celling lamp (very faint so is easy to miss)1:55 in the mirror on the left side1:57 behind the glass cupboard2:00 in the second window to the right4:36 in the left window

  • ankith abhayan

     11 days ago

    I dont see 4 :36

  • Brylle Cruz

     2 months ago

    i see what's in the center in the last one but wtf am i looking at? cant se to get the picture

  • shane thomas

     6 months ago

    Ok, dude. Great video, but DONT need the jump scares!

  • mossara

     7 months ago

    I lived in a Victorian house with my family (specifically my grandparents, they raised my dad and his 6 siblings there because it was so big) for a good chunk of my childhood. It wasn’t nearly as large, but it did have all of the ornate details and windows. We were never allowed in the parlor, and my grandfather was constantly painting and repainting the outside. The inside was... musty. It was old and they were old so nothing was ever really changed. I tend to look at them as comforting and homey, but...

  • Harry Goodwin

     7 months ago

    4:50 Come on, man.... This is a vox video, and it should lull me into enlightened bliss.

  • Nurlinda F Sihotang

     7 months ago

    To some people, horror does that tough.