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The Backrooms


Added 4 years ago by Adam • Updated 6 days ago by Brandon
Added 4 years ago by Adam • Updated 6 days ago by Brandon

The Backrooms
The Backrooms

Category: Meme Status: confirmed Year: 2019 Origin: 4chan Region:
Type: Creepypasta
Tags: 4chan creepypasta /x/ paranormal yourdndguy @gearboxgunman @dst_000 @lucaslayton4

Additional References: creepypasta.com

About

The Backrooms is a creepypasta inspired by a comment on a picture of an "unsettling room" on 4chan's /x/ board. The comment inspired an expanded creepypasta and YouTube videos reading the creepypasta.

Origin

On April 21st, 2018, an anonymous 4chan[6] user posted the image in the /x/ forum in a thread about cursed images (shown below).


View Same Google igdb SauceNAO Trace * 1523164430760.jpg, 59KİB, 640x480 Anonymous Sat 21 Apr 2018 21:27:11 No.20669208 Report

On May 12th, 2019, an anonymous 4chan[1] user started a thread in the site's paranormal board /x/ inviting users to post pictures of "disquieting images" that just feel "off." The user posted a picture of a yellow room at an off-center angle (shown below). A user replied with a narrative about the picture, writing:

"If you're not careful and you noclip out of reality in the wrong areas, you'll end up in the Backrooms, where it's nothing but the stink of old moist carpet, the madness of mono-yellow, the endless background noise of fluorescent lights at maximum hum-buzz, and approximately six hundred million square miles of randomly segmented empty rooms to be trapped in
God save you if you hear something wandering around nearby, because it sure as hell has heard you



Spread

On May 14th, another thread combining the picture and the comment appeared on /x/.[2] Two days later, the post appeared on /r/greentext[3] under the caption "Worse than any creepypasta out there," gaining over 32,000 points (shown below).


Anonymous 05/14/19(Tue)20:29:30 No.2267 The Backrooms If you're not careful and you noclip out of reality in the wrong areas, you'll end up in the Backrooms, where it's nothing but the stink of old moist carpet, the madness of mono-yellow, the endless background noise of fluorescent lights at maximum hum-buzz, and approximately six hundred million square miles of randomly segmented empty rooms to be trapped in God save you if you hear something wandering around nearbv. because it sure as hell has heard vou

On May 18th, Redditor yourdndguy[4] posted a creepypasta inspired by the post on /r/creepypasta, gaining over 200 points. Another was posted to the creepypasta wiki.[5] On May 19th, Twitter user @GearboxGunman posted a computer-animated video of walking through "infinite" backrooms, gaining over 950 retweets and 4,400 likes (shown below).




Some others on Twitter began making jokes about the area. User @DST_000 posted about the positive qualities of The Backrooms (shown below, left). User @LucasLayton4 posted a What If We Kissed In joke about The Backrooms (shown below, right).


ni DANİ STONER @DST_000 Follow v Good heavens, I wish I lived in the "Backrooms": Comfy carpet that lets you walk barefoot or with socks Yellowed green rooms with 90's styled wallpaper Good light that lets you do important things when needed Without unnecessary furniture, less is more You're alone 1:52 PM -18 May 2019 i am become honk, destroyer of w... @LucasLayton4 Follow hat if we kissed in the backrooms o 6:03 PM 19 May 2019

TikTok

In March 2020, the images of The Backrooms were shared in conjunction with images that seem creepily familiar on TikTok (shown below).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6802822723669118213
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6809811829422869765
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6812136416911412486

The Backrooms (Found Footage)

The Backrooms (Found Footage) refers to a series of found-footage analog horror videos based on The Backrooms creepypasta showing people experiencing strange phenomena and going missing while exploring the location, as well as showing people in hazmat suits studying it. The first video was uploaded to YouTube in early January 2022 by Kane Pixels, who uploaded two more videos in the series that month. The series received praise for its overall quality, particularly for the animation of the backrooms location, becoming the subject of reactions and discussion online.




Movie

It was announced on February 6th, 2023, that Kane Pixels would be directing a feature film of The Backrooms, with principal filming taking place during the summer of 2023, leading to a lot of excitement from fans of his and of the series mythos.


Discussing Film @DiscussingFilm A feature film adaption of 'THE BACKROOMS', based on the viral YouTube horror series, is in the works at A24. Kane Parsons will direct the film over his Summer vacation, with James Wan & Shawn Levy set to exec produce. 11:49 AM - Feb 6, 2023 9.4M Views ⠀ 11.3K Retweets 7,515 Quote Tweets 100.2K Likes

Various Examples


Gonna hita random button lol N----- BE TRAPPED INTHE ENDLESS BACKROOMS FOR THIRUE STRAIGHT MONTHS LKE BRUH IS THERE WALL OUTLET AROUND HERE Mothership Loudspeakerz @mamaship2 Follow Are these the b a ckr ooms? 8:57 AM-21 May 2019




Search Interest

External References

[1] 4Plebs – unsettling images

[2] 4Plebs – redpill me

[3] Reddit – Worse than any creepypasta

[4] Reddit – The Backrooms

[5] Wiki – The Backrooms

[6] 4Plebs – /x/


Comments ( 54 )

  • Brand New Member - 4 years ago

    I might be remembering wrong, but i'm almost sure the stanley parable had an area very similar in concept to this.

    +8
    • inkoalawetrust - 4 years ago

      Considering how devoid of any life besides the narrator the Stanley Parable is, i'd say that the whole game is similar to The Backrooms.

      +45
    • Mistress Fortune - 4 years ago

      It also sounds somewhat similar to some SCPs, like the cabinet that takes you through a near endless maze with a monster inside (the creepypasta attached the image says if you hear something in the backrooms is likely not human), and the old fashioned IV drip that has the strange supernatural ability to warp whomever comes into contact with it into a dimension that looks like a deserted version of Earth.

      +7
    • Firebug - 4 years ago

      Yeah, if you tried to activate sv_cheats via console then you would be teleported to The Serious Room, a small room with a very serious table and no way out. The narrator scolds you for a while and leaves you there for something one hundred billion million years. You end up back there with a new, seriouser rant if you try to activate it again a few times, then he just stops.

      +5
    • A Concerned Rifleman - 4 years ago

      In one of the endings, you can fall into an old beta area that looked similar to this, though it's more the starting area made with stock Source assets.

      0
  • Commodore V - 4 years ago

    There is a way out of the backrooms, but you will need to build up speed for 12 hours.

    +124
    • ObadiahtheSlim - 4 years ago

      That's the old way of doing it. Just take down a ceiling tile and use it to "box clip" your way back inbounds.

      +16
    • Tentacles - 4 years ago

      God fucking dammit! I planned to make that exact joke.

      +1
    • Todokete - 4 years ago

      Can't you just BLJ? That should save some time, surely.

      +2
      • Giygas-DCU - 4 years ago

        The backrooms lack the necessary geometry to BLj.

        Probably. It is just as likely that there is some misaligned wall somewhere, and thus a way to BLJ.

        +2
    • Giygas-DCU - 4 years ago

      The backrooms lack the necessary geometry to BLj.

      Probably. It is just as likely that there is some misaligned wall somewhere, and thus a way to BLJ.

      +2
    • man weed - 4 years ago

      yknow everyone be thinkin of mario 64 speedruns but i was more thinkin of

      0
  • inkoalawetrust - 4 years ago

    Considering how devoid of any life besides the narrator the Stanley Parable is, i'd say that the whole game is similar to The Backrooms.

    +45
  • ObadiahtheSlim - 4 years ago

    That's the old way of doing it. Just take down a ceiling tile and use it to "box clip" your way back inbounds.

    +16
  • Mistress Fortune - 4 years ago

    It also sounds somewhat similar to some SCPs, like the cabinet that takes you through a near endless maze with a monster inside (the creepypasta attached the image says if you hear something in the backrooms is likely not human), and the old fashioned IV drip that has the strange supernatural ability to warp whomever comes into contact with it into a dimension that looks like a deserted version of Earth.

    +7
  • Kommando_Kaijin - 4 years ago

    So, if you were to just stretch your body into one of these things like Mr. Fantastic and keep everything hips-down outside of the entrance to the backrooms, would you be able to explore freely without getting lost or otherwise unable to return?

    +1
  • Tentacles - 4 years ago

    God fucking dammit! I planned to make that exact joke.

    +1
  • SomeGuyNamedDavid - 4 years ago

    Don't forget the "infinite IKEA" SCP

    +1
  • moathon - 4 years ago

    I wanna go to the backrooms, looks nostalgic.

    +2
  • Todokete - 4 years ago

    Can't you just BLJ? That should save some time, surely.

    +2
    • Giygas-DCU - 4 years ago

      The backrooms lack the necessary geometry to BLj.

      Probably. It is just as likely that there is some misaligned wall somewhere, and thus a way to BLJ.

      +2
  • Pee Pal - 4 years ago

    That moist carpet smells like R. Kelly's sheets.

    +8
    • Jellopy - 4 years ago

      (PISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS)

      +6
  • Giygas-DCU - 4 years ago

    The backrooms lack the necessary geometry to BLj.

    Probably. It is just as likely that there is some misaligned wall somewhere, and thus a way to BLJ.

    +2
  • Firebug - 4 years ago

    Yeah, if you tried to activate sv_cheats via console then you would be teleported to The Serious Room, a small room with a very serious table and no way out. The narrator scolds you for a while and leaves you there for something one hundred billion million years. You end up back there with a new, seriouser rant if you try to activate it again a few times, then he just stops.

    +5
  • El piso - 4 years ago

    Reminds me of my old home ;(

    +2
  • kaploy9 - 4 years ago


    HE IS HUNTING FOR YOU

    +19
    • SardonicRainboom - 4 years ago

      It's been way too long since I've seen a 3D Monster Maze reference.

      0
  • Jellopy - 4 years ago

    (PISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS)

    +6
  • Lizard_Drainer - 4 years ago

    But shit, it was 99 cents!

    +6
  • Amongus - 4 years ago

    great meme

    0
  • PastaPower - 4 years ago

    So what's wrong with taking the Backrooms? After all, You'll never know if you don't go & You'll never shine if you don't glow.

    +28
  • SardonicRainboom - 4 years ago

    It's been way too long since I've seen a 3D Monster Maze reference.

    0
  • Abirami Srigangatharan - 4 years ago

    This is where I am when I get sleep paralysis.

    +1
  • El piso - 4 years ago

    bASICALLY BLUE HELL EXCEPT IT IS A MAZE

    0
  • A Concerned Rifleman - 4 years ago

    In one of the endings, you can fall into an old beta area that looked similar to this, though it's more the starting area made with stock Source assets.

    0
  • Lord Trashpost - 4 years ago

    Cool idea.

    0
  • WarLordM - 4 years ago

    Sounds like and scp

    +2
  • Nilo Cyann - 4 years ago

    Hey now

    +4
  • Smol Nozomi - 4 years ago

    The Backrooms actually sounds kind of comfy because imagine all that space for an endless conga-line or room for playing tag/hide-and-seek.

    +3
  • mista_bojjob - 4 years ago

    does anyone know where the original image was taken because this sort of old run down 90s style office block is my aesthetic

    +7
  • B2oo2 - 4 years ago

    make a tf2 ctf map of it, then i'll be interested.

    +9
    • Juicydeath1025 - 4 years ago

      Maybe tomorrow, I might deliver.

      +4
      • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

        A couple of great Backrooms maps already exist on the Garry's Mod workshop; perhaps you could ask to adapt one of those.

        +1
        • Juicydeath1025 - 4 years ago

          I'll see about that, I might promise something over the weekdays but if not, weekend because that's when I don't work.

          0
          • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

            These are my favorites:
            https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
            https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
            https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

            +3
        • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

          These are my favorites:
          https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
          https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
          https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

          +3
      • Juicydeath1025 - 4 years ago

        I'll see about that, I might promise something over the weekdays but if not, weekend because that's when I don't work.

        0
        • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

          These are my favorites:
          https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
          https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
          https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

          +3
      • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

        These are my favorites:
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

        +3
    • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

      A couple of great Backrooms maps already exist on the Garry's Mod workshop; perhaps you could ask to adapt one of those.

      +1
      • Juicydeath1025 - 4 years ago

        I'll see about that, I might promise something over the weekdays but if not, weekend because that's when I don't work.

        0
        • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

          These are my favorites:
          https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
          https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
          https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

          +3
      • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

        These are my favorites:
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

        +3
    • Juicydeath1025 - 4 years ago

      I'll see about that, I might promise something over the weekdays but if not, weekend because that's when I don't work.

      0
      • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

        These are my favorites:
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

        +3
    • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

      These are my favorites:
      https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
      https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
      https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

      +3
  • Red123 - 4 years ago

    A gym I used to go to had a place EXACTLY like this.

    Used to freak me the fuck out, until I found a metal yard stick and started playing with it like a scythe.

    Then it was fun.

    +7
  • Juicydeath1025 - 4 years ago

    Maybe tomorrow, I might deliver.

    +4
    • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

      A couple of great Backrooms maps already exist on the Garry's Mod workshop; perhaps you could ask to adapt one of those.

      +1
      • Juicydeath1025 - 4 years ago

        I'll see about that, I might promise something over the weekdays but if not, weekend because that's when I don't work.

        0
        • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

          These are my favorites:
          https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
          https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
          https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

          +3
      • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

        These are my favorites:
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

        +3
    • Juicydeath1025 - 4 years ago

      I'll see about that, I might promise something over the weekdays but if not, weekend because that's when I don't work.

      0
      • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

        These are my favorites:
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

        +3
    • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

      These are my favorites:
      https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
      https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
      https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

      +3
  • Gabe N - 4 years ago

    0
  • man weed - 4 years ago

    yknow everyone be thinkin of mario 64 speedruns but i was more thinkin of

    0
  • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

    A couple of great Backrooms maps already exist on the Garry's Mod workshop; perhaps you could ask to adapt one of those.

    +1
    • Juicydeath1025 - 4 years ago

      I'll see about that, I might promise something over the weekdays but if not, weekend because that's when I don't work.

      0
      • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

        These are my favorites:
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
        https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

        +3
    • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

      These are my favorites:
      https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
      https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
      https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

      +3
  • Juicydeath1025 - 4 years ago

    I'll see about that, I might promise something over the weekdays but if not, weekend because that's when I don't work.

    0
    • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

      These are my favorites:
      https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
      https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
      https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

      +3
  • Dogman15 - 4 years ago

    These are my favorites:
    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1753490921
    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1749185945
    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1760460106

    +3
  • Juicydeath1025 - 4 years ago

    Interesting…

    +1
  • Weisscream - 4 years ago

    Whoa, this really blew up after Mutahar did a video on it.

    0
  • scp457 - 4 years ago

    can not believe that this became popular so fast

    +1
  • James - 4 years ago

    Oooooh

    0
  • Bill-Stan, Gaijin Supreme - 4 years ago

    Eh, can’t be any worse than the second dimension.

    0
  • tattooedOllie - 2 years ago

    this is just the CliffsNotes version of Danielewski's House of Leaves

    0
  • FHSRWAmbience - 2 years ago

    We have a The Backrooms 24/7 ambience video stream that we have going on our channel that focuses on level 0 (the pictured level with the yellow walls) that I thought the people who are viewing this KYM page may be interested in. We also wrote a small story in the description that adds lore to the stream for anyone who would like to imagine themself there.

    Anyways, here is the link for all who are interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdmdfzJqVu8.

    -1
    • gnbman - 2 years ago

      Video is private

      +1
  • gnbman - 2 years ago

    This might be my favorite "creepy" meme because it's unsettling enough on its own, so you can project pretty much whatever creative consequences you want onto the Backrooms. It can be as immediately terrifying as trying to escape an eternally pursuant monster, or as subtle as slowly losing your mind or dying of thirst. I find it pretty relatable as well, because I grew up in the 90's and therefore remember this 80's holdover aesthetic in actual Backrooms from my childhood, and they unsettled me then.

    +10
    • gnbman - 2 years ago

      Another note: It also reminds me of the novel "The Yellow Wallpaper."

      +3
  • gnbman - 2 years ago

    Video is private

    +1
  • gnbman - 2 years ago

    Another note: It also reminds me of the novel "The Yellow Wallpaper."

    +3
  • EDM1403 - 2 years ago

    I'm a bit disappointed with the lack of a confused John Travolta edit in the gallery

    +1
  • Baggytrousers27 - 2 years ago

    Eeby Deeby.

    +1
  • Know Your OOF - about a year ago

    Mar11_90_ARCHIVE.tar is some images about how the backrooms are made

    +1
  • ijustwantedtopost - about a year ago

    The fact that the backrooms is going to be a movie proves that 90% of shit on the internet wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for 4chan.

    Bravo Anonymous.

    0
  • round - about a year ago

    New information about the photograph.

    An earlier image was posted on 4chan's /b/ board on April 8, 2018. The original file name on that thread was "1342377940136". That is a UNIX code dating back to July 15, 2012. That can mean it was originally uploaded to 4chan in 2012, unfortunately Most 4chan 2012 archives have been lost to time and space.

    +3
  • malerfique - 7 months ago

    The Backrooms the landscapes are copies of familiar places even if they are twisted and mixed and bumpy, crushed, stretched out to become something else the places are often they are a shadow of themselves, even more frightening and dangerous

    if asking questions whether true or not, then read the book House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

    0
  • round - 6 months ago

    Imagine being the original author of the text.

    You posted it on 4chan, as a small little horror description and not expecting to blow up. Then you realize your idea has blew up, and become an internet meme. You later found out the meme attracted all ages audiance internationally, and is getting a film adaption thanks to these "Found Footage" series.

    The worst part, you posted it on 4chan, meaning you were anonymous and nobody knows you.

    It must be PAINFUL to be that guy.

    0
  • tino768 - 3 months ago

    Pretty sure the scariest part of the backrooms is all the asbestos in the ceiling…

    0
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