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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now a horror game, thanks to fans

Blood, murder, and sinister rituals

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A macabre scene in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Image: Nintendo / Twitter via Liz England

Animal Crossing: New Horizons might appear to be a cutesy title about having a good time, but really, the game can have whatever feel you want depending on your aesthetic. Some folks are making chic rooms that would score plenty of points with the Happy Home Academy. Others, meanwhile, are making their islands feel like something straight out of a horror movie.

Perhaps this shouldn’t be a surprise. When The Villager was announced for Smash Bros. Ultimate, folks noted that the character’s blank, creepy stare made him perfect for the roster — especially because he carries an axe. And of course, making scary themed rooms has a long lineage, appearing across games like New Leaf and Happy Home Designer. It just so happens that New Horizons gives people updated graphics, new tools, and a better photo mode to show off their devilish creations.

One of the most common trends is pretending that your character is an axe murderer:

Another thing folks like to do is make blood spatter patterns, which can be used to line the walls and floors ... or can be used to cover your face and clothes, if you want to make it look like you got away with something.

Granted, patterns can more generally be used to make spooky clothes and prints, as the players below have.

Other darkly creative types are making ominous symbols around their islands, or setting up patterns that set up a disturbing scene:

For some island residents, it’s all about adding disturbing ambiance to the town:

Many villagers are taking the time to set up elaborate themed rooms that tell a grotesque, gory, or sinister story.

There’s even cute horror in this game!

Some things that folks aren’t sharing definitely isn’t real, but it doesn’t matter — it’s still fun to pretend that a happy-go-lucky game is hiding something much darker beneath the surface. Even if it’s just for social media.

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