Weird NJ

Mike Matei / June 21st, 2014


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    June 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm


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    • June 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm

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        July 28, 2014 at 7:49 pm

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  • greedo

    June 21, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Wow, a little lonely in here. Oh, well, never mind. I’ve always been fascinated with unsolved mysteries. UFO’s, strange creatures, (i.e. Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, etc). And weird natural phenomena like the type that James was describing, so this would be right up my alley. As for the Jersey legends, sounds like a great idea! I hope that James is somehow able to make those films, someday.

    • June 22, 2014 at 5:28 am

      yea man that paranormal stuff gets to me too just the possibility of these mysterious things. life isnt so boring if you go looking for a good mystery.

  • Conner St.Laurent

    June 21, 2014 at 3:46 pm


    • mason saltalamachea

      June 22, 2014 at 12:52 pm


      • mason saltalamachea

        June 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        *Ditto. I’m not stupid, I swear… …. .

  • Nicholas Taylor

    June 21, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Great vid James! I love urban legends so I’ll have to check out this magazine. I was born in NJ and I live in Philly, so I’m not too far from some of these locations. Interesting.

  • An Heroic Hippo

    June 21, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Cool stuff! There’s an abandoned prison not far from the city I grew up in. I’ve always wanted to visit it, but yeah it’s probably illegal and very dangerous what with unsound structures, rusty, twisted metal, who knows what else.

  • June 21, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    next cinemassacre movie, in NJ ? 🙂

  • frostare

    June 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I should have known that N.J. was full of weird stuff. The Jersey Devil appears as an enemy in Castlevania Order of Ecclesia. I should visit the U.S. sometime…

  • Pablo1989

    June 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Few kilometers from my house, there unfinished multi floor houses.

    I dont idea did someone lived here and later decied abandon this place, but some oldman says its was gangsters hideout and leter demolished.

    But my parrents says they plan finish this budlings before 1986, but later declined because houses stays on hills and can easliy colapse.

  • Smokingspoon

    June 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Itchy chin, James? I kid xP..

    Hell yeah, early Halloween! More, more!

  • JayRam

    June 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    This video fascinated me to no end; I’m a huge sucker for urban legends. I have to pick up a copy of Weird California/Hollywood to read.

    James, do you still plan on continuing The Jersey Odyssey series? I’d like to see what other New Jersey legends you’d like to adapt into a film.

  • culwin

    June 21, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Weird that between New York & Philadelphia on the east coast, there are still such remote, empty areas.

  • Weldin Dunn

    June 21, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Weird is right! These look like interesting mags. I live right near that area (one that is similar), and it’s exactly like this.

  • Ozar

    June 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    James, I just checked your wikipedia page. You were born in Haddonfields… That’s why you dig horror movies so much xD !

  • Travis McNabb

    June 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Dude, that whole stop your car and it goes up hill, we got that shit down here in Lake Whales Florida right down the road from me. They call it “Spook Hill”. I’ve been going there since I was about 8-9 years old, lol! Maybe Jersey is where it came from.

  • Ron

    June 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Awesome, sir. Never expected this video.

  • June 21, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Those black and white pictures of the dilapidated houses are all wicked creepy. I love it.

  • Don Skiver

    June 21, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I like urban myth stories…they’re fun to listen to or read, but I don’t think they’re actually true. I don’t believe in ghosts or any of that kind of nonsense. My girlfriend (who is from the Philippines; apparently there’s a lot of superstition there) *absolutely* believes in ghosts and even claims to have seen them before in real life…I’m still skeptical. I don’t doubt she *believes* she saw ghosts, but I don’t know if they were actually ghosts or not.

    Perhaps James is right…only certain people that have that “6th sense” are able to sense and see ghosts and those of us who don’t have it are the skeptics, lol.

  • Jcr3ws

    June 21, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    If its weird its creative. Most of the time if its a creative artistry, creative story or time taken a major toll on something creatively its weird to the eyes of the majority. The ones that find this weird stuff interesting sparks creativity like a movie or song. Ive had alot of ghostly happenings in my time and I dont think I have a 6th sense just a creative mentality. Im sure when the first programmed game appeared on tv it was weird. Either way I dig weird stuff like James does, hence me being a fan of cinemassacre.

  • June 22, 2014 at 12:17 am

    I love this kind of stuff, more than anything. There’s a show with a similar premise called Wierd or what, hosted by William Shatner

  • RandyPan

    June 22, 2014 at 12:50 am

    That’s strange, man. I’ve seen the Weird New England book around here; didn’t realize it was a national thing.

  • Jonathan Schoonmaker

    June 22, 2014 at 12:51 am

    The show apparently has 8 episodes. Here’s a wikipedia link:

  • Tross

    June 22, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Interesting. I live in BC Canada, and Victoria in particular is known for its ghost stories. Ghost tours are among the possible tours in that particular city on Vancouver Island. I live in the Lower Mainland, mind you. I’m sure there are plenty of stories based in my area, including other occult stuff that isn’t about ghosts, but I don’t seek this stuff out, so I’m not really the one to ask about that. Victoria’s definitely where it’s at though, for all sorts of supposed ghost sightings.

  • June 22, 2014 at 1:39 am

    This video has definitely piqued my interest in terms of getting a hold of one of these magazines. Thanks for sharing, James!

  • Uncle Sporkums

    June 22, 2014 at 1:47 am

    One of the writers was a guest on the Danny and Mike podcast and he told some pretty interesting stories.

  • June 22, 2014 at 2:02 am

    bring back the jersey odysseys, y’all must have 10 years plus of great ideas for that shit knocking around.

  • June 22, 2014 at 2:42 am

    I feel like we’ll be seeing you return to the jersey odyssey and making it a series, because this video drips insipration for weird and spooky stories.
    Ah, never thought i would have this but i’m scared to go into NJ since that video. I admit that i get scared pretty easily, for a time i had the fear of Slenderman…i know, i’m a puss.

    • mason saltalamachea

      June 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      You’re scared to go into New Jersey just now?

  • renshous

    June 22, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Freaky shit… Apparently there’s an abandoned Land of Oz themed park in NC. I’d love to visit some of those creepy places now that New Jersey’s getting some exposure on Travel Channel shows.

  • Deathbringer

    June 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Man I’ve loved these for years, living in PA right next to NJ I’ve had the local knowledge lol.

  • June 22, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    lol gayboy

  • June 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Looks like Weird N.J. has their own YouTube channel.

  • June 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    James, you should make a film about the Jersey Devil for your next release. I’m sure you’d do it better than it’s ever been done.

  • tylerdurden389

    June 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I totally relate to what James is talking about regarding NJ being completely different than what people think it is (even before “Jersey Shore” came around). I’ve lived in Brooklyn, NY my entire life, and even as a child I knew I didn’t like it, as well as LOVED getting out to Jersey to visit relatives. I didn’t know why of course and couldn’t put into words as I can now. But yeah, I always loved getting out into the woods and hearing the crickets instead of horns and sirens. Seeing woods that go on forever instead of streets that did. Smelling that wonderful scent in the air that I only seem to notice right before the sun comes up, or right after it sets, instead of smelling, well, everything else you gotta smell daily when you live in a city.

    It’s the one thing that’s never left me as I became an adult. I’d always wished I lived either out there, or a similar setting (suburban/country vs. city). This video, hearing James’ thoughts on this stuff, only adds more evidence to my feelings on this.

    My childhood may have had a lot of great things living here in NYC, but there is SO MUCH that I’ve always felt, and will always feel like I missed out on. This whole “Jersey Urban Legends” topic is just 1 of many great examples.

  • Maelstrom51210

    June 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Oh, yeah, the Weird US series, I love those books. I personally have the Weird Georgia and Weird Missouri ones. They’re great.

    By the way, it’s weird that you find that you find those Chick-Fil-A signs weird. They’re everywhere down here. I guess Chick-Fil-A’s more of a southern thing.

  • AxBunny

    June 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I’m sort of sad that I didn’t get to grow up in such an interesting place as New Jersey. When I saw the picture of the cows on the billboard I was sort of surprised it was in a Weird magazine. Here in the South those billboards are everywhere and very commonplace.

  • June 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    This is a really fun publication. I have never heard of it before. I have known of a website for many years now called Urban Explorers. It is a user based submission forum that has every state. Users take pictures of abandoned places/businesses and explore them. I explored the old Parkland hospital in Dallas, creepy.

  • June 22, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I’ve always thought of Jersey as the armpit of the US lol

    • June 23, 2014 at 4:58 am

      is it really that bad? I mean,the neighborhoods look nice on picture… never went there so i dont know shit about it in practice.

  • PapaSkippy

    June 23, 2014 at 12:26 am

    First time commentator here… James, i’ve been watching AVGN for many years. It wasn’t until recently that I started exploring the rest of the site. All your content is fantastic. Very original and well thought out. Keep up the good work man. I was compelled to comment though due to the fact I grew up a few miles from Shades of Death road. NJ is a crazy place man. Stay the fuck away from Ghost Lake. Lol

  • June 23, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I wonder if there’s anything about the “satanic worshipping hole” under the freeway bridge in Granada Hills in the weird California book.

  • June 23, 2014 at 4:57 am

    what the fuck was that all about… crazy american stuff is crazy

  • Rick

    June 23, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Jaaaaaaaamees! PLEASE make more Jersey Odysseys! 😀 Blue Hole has always been my favorite Cinemassacre film of all time and I know you’re busy (Duh) but, some day, you gotta’ do more. Please?!

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    June 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm

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  • June 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I love what you people done when it comes to stuff like the paranormal,those legends and all that is really amazing.People want to believe to the paranormal everyday and the ones that scared the most are the ones that believe in those more than the others,even though they denied everything.I want so fucking bad to travel to the US but i can’t,at least not now and i would love to come on your haloween there to enjoy more more the place.

  • June 23, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I’m glad you showed the page in (what was that like issue 13 I wanna say?) with the Skillman Asylum. That place is gone now but I busted my hand open there trying to climb out a window when I was in high school.

  • June 24, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Hey James, huge fan!

    I figure you probably already know this but Weird US has a youtube channel as well. Thought you may want to see it.

  • stephen mccord

    June 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Here are some legends that are around Georgia.

    Red Fez Bridge Myth
    A man tied a little girl under it and left her to die it was raining when he did this and as the creek water got higher the girl screamed and tried to fight for life but drowned. On this bridge you park in the middle of it shut the car off walk around it 3 times get back in the car and it will not crank! This is followed by a loud scream. Many have witnessed this, as have I. The car will start back up within 15 minutes of doing this.

    There is one about a church that’s haunted. they say if you go in there that there is a old bible sitting on the podeum and if you move it there is screaming your hands start to burn and the doors rattle most people drop the bible and run out. they say if you go back the next day the bible is back on the podium.

    red eyes.
    There is a road called old stagecoach rd(in carnesville). If you go there after midnight you will see a faint glow around a woman walking around the wood lines, but if you are unlucky enough to catch her gaze, you will be greeted with 2 blood red eyes.

    there is also a house on same road that will light up during the night. Not that strange, except there is no power connected to that house.

    First hand experience on this one. Up in Dalton georgia in the deep woods, and only those who live out there will experience this one.

    You will sometimes hear footsteps outside the house, a few moments later a grunting sound then tree branches crashing down. When you go to look outside the next day there will be no tracks around the house.

    Surrency georgia Spook Light. This light has been seen by many, and if you bring a recording device, you will sometimes pick up voices that you can’t/didn’t hear. Also the Surrency family house was haunted.

    Hope you enjoy a small insight into the great south and our legends.

    • stephen mccord

      June 24, 2014 at 8:04 am

      You will sometimes hear footsteps outside the house, a few moments later a grunting sound then tree branches crashing down. When you go to look outside the next day there will be no tracks around the house.

      I forgot to add that you will not find any debris in the area as well.

  • skwij

    June 25, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Cool stories and a cool collection! Thanks for the video!

  • Satnav

    June 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I used to be really into UFO stuff as a kid; I once read up on the Hopskinville alien goblins and had nightmares about them for years. When we went out to stay in the country or in a quiet area, with city noises like I’m used to, my imagination really went wild.

    You should definitely go back to Jersey Odysseys one day, James. Hell, bring it back as a web series for Cinemassacre. It would definitely be an interesting new thing and a change of pace.

  • That Weird Kid

    June 25, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Awesome video James! I live in Eastern PA (coal region), and I’ve always loved stuff such as this. There’s plenty of it where I live, but this video made me go out and buy Weird Pennsylvania and made me want to start buying Weird New Jersey magazines.

  • John Tully

    June 25, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    There are 41 of them now? Damn, I remember when issue #5 came out when I first saw the magazine at a nearby comic shop.

    Was always great seeing all the strange stuff around, though I think more of it’s near the pinebarrens. Always wanted to visit that short people city.

  • nammm3

    June 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Cool stuff James! Very nice selection of creepy music that you featured in this.I’m looking forward to the AVGN movie!

  • captaintyler888

    June 25, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Holy crap! 2:07, I actually live in Hopewell 😀

  • June 26, 2014 at 3:47 am

    We have Bookman’s Exchange here. It’s how we find rare stuff a lot of the time from old school video games to comics and books, damn near everything. I believe I saw these one day and was like, this is odd. Checked it out and was hooked.

  • Shea Moore

    June 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

    gives me goosebumps lol

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    June 27, 2014 at 10:15 am


  • mike420wv

    June 29, 2014 at 10:48 am

    i been to one gravity hill out by bedford pa were i used to live

  • mike420wv

    June 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

    the abandoned turnpike out in breezewood pa pretty cool to

  • July 3, 2014 at 1:07 am

    The Jersey Shore is just fucked up

  • Chris Winters

    July 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I grew up in the suburbs but visited the line barrens a lot. I explored abandoned places and it was great. Also remember seeing a tin man in Egg Harbor City once, and now I know I wasn’t dreaming

  • Andrew Corlett

    October 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Boy this brought back memories. Got my first weird NJ around the same time I started watching AVGN. Back when mom would take us to Barnes & Nobles and we would spend hours in there. Reading these things and eventually taking one home. We lived near Bernardsville and went to explore an apparently abandoned nun massacre mansion. Oh the memory of crossing an overgrown abandoned bridge, laying our bikes down in the thick brush, then approaching lost and overgrown lion head gates. Slowly creeping through the thick trees where the day seemed to become a dank twilight. As the building grew into our sight we slowed and crawled ever closer to the wet earth. Getting closer we noticed a single pumphouse light. Our attention was quickly taken by a toad that had been sitting silently a just few feet away as It hopped off into the forest. We trekked back down this hill to the gates, lifted our bikes through the overgrown bridge, and rode home. Gosh I love that I got to grow up in a place like that. There’s something about the upper east. It’s old and full of mysterious history. There’s a feeling there that is really unique.

  • February 12, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    I’d love to see James and Mike do a play thru of Bionic Commando for NES, it’s one of my favorites as a kid and it’s still fun today. Also Beavis and Butthead for Genesis seems right for a review. It’s kinda fun but has had plenty of flaws. Definitely read a walk thru online before tackling it. Love your videos, thanks a ton fit doing them

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