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  • The year was 1995, and Summer had crept into Fall.

  • As October was just around the corner, local children were already fantasising about Jack-o'-lanterns

  • and Halloween Candy.

  • But behind all the rubber witch noses and plastic vampire teeth, a real monster lurked.

  • Something terrifying and dangerous, hiding where few dared to tread.

  • Among those few were Kyle Ellis and Johnny Rogan, two teenage boys who were about to

  • experience a horror beyond imagination in the dusty halls of their local dead shopping

  • mall.

  • In a previous video, we've explained Sirenhead, the 40-foot-tall humanoid entity that can

  • make whole families disappear without a trace.

  • Now, we've got an even more dangerous creature from the twisted mind of Canadian Master of

  • Horror, Trevor Henderson.

  • This is the story of Cartoon Cat, the ferocious feline that can turn childhood dreams into

  • living nightmares.

  • (Use this image: https://tinyurl.com/ycdhypry) Let's see if we can peel away the layers

  • of mystery and find out what this monster really is, and why you should be so afraid

  • of it.

  • Despite its whimsical name, Cartoon Cat is the furthest thing from child-friendly, seeing

  • as it's responsible for a huge number of unexplained disappearances.

  • While Henderson himself has described the being's form asmalleable”, it's

  • most commonly seen as a large, black, cat-like humanoid around nine or ten feet in height.

  • But it doesn't bear any resemblance to an actual cat.

  • If anything, it looks more like the stylised, black-and-white cartoon animals depicted in

  • old silent cartoons like Felix The Cat, or early Mickey Mouse, complete with spiffy white

  • gloves.

  • If you're unlucky enough to run into this creature, you'll also notice its huge, glaring

  • eyes, and its giant, crooked teeth, often stained with blood.

  • Cartoon Cat has been in our dimension in this form since at least 1939, when the obscure

  • cartoon from which the Cat takes its form was believed to have been quietly discontinued.

  • Whether the end of the show itself released him, or if this was pure coincidence, we may

  • never know.

  • But what we do know is that Cartoon Cat is pure evil.

  • While the minds of entities like Sirenhead are a mystery, it has been confirmed that

  • Cartoon Cat is fully aware of the moral implications of what it's doing, and even worse, it enjoys

  • it.

  • Cartoon Cat is not a being that hunts humans out of hunger; it hunts because it takes pleasure

  • in the suffering and fear that it causes.

  • Its tendency towards unspeakable cruelty makes it more like a human serial killer than an

  • animalistic predator, but Cartoon Cat can do things that no human serial killer could

  • ever be capable of.

  • According to Henderson, Cartoon Cat is merely a physical representation of a far more powerful

  • and incomprehensible beingand he's able to take a number of other forms based

  • on the popular conception of what a “cartoonis.

  • One such form is theCartoon Dog”, with that same unsettling, rubber hose appearance.

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  • Rubber hose was the first popular animation style standardised in the US, and would have

  • been what the Cartoon Cat was originally animated in.

  • The name is derived from the fact that the characters' limbs would move as though they

  • don't have bones, more like rubber hoses.

  • Cartoon Cat's long, stretchy, boneless limbs are no exception.

  • However, as people expand their definitions of what a cartoon can be, Cartoon Cat can

  • theoretically take almost any formfrom Spongebob Squarepants to Homer Simpson.

  • This shapeshifting ability has led to comparisons to similar beings like the legendary Boogeyman,

  • and Pennywise The Dancing Clown, also known simply asIt.”

  • Though we can't be certain if there's any actual relation between these shapeshifting,

  • child-snatching beings.

  • The true extent of Cartoon Cat's power is unknown, and it's possible he's capable

  • of many more atrocious feats we don't even know about.

  • As Cartoon Cat encounters rarely leave survivors, there are plenty of blank spaces in the mythology

  • of this frightening internet urban legend.

  • Cartoon Cat is said to stalk and make rudimentary lairs in abandoned places such as homes, warehouses,

  • and malls, but he could conceivably turn up anywhere.

  • Anywhere at all

  • Back to Kyle and Johnny, and their terrifying Cartoon Cat encounter.

  • Like most fourteen-year-old boys in the mid-1990s, the duo believed they were invincible, and

  • felt the need to constantly prove their fearlessness.

  • They'd picked up spiders, played Bloody Mary in the dark and laughed off the results,

  • and even approached and knocked on the door of the localhaunted house.”

  • But the jewel in the crown of teenage machismo would be daring to venture into the local

  • abandoned dirt mall, and take pictures to prove their courage.

  • This would be at least a decade before the Urban Exploration trend would take the internet

  • by storm, so in a sense, the boys were real trail blazers.

  • Though neither of them had any idea what was in store for them at their intended destination.

  • The duo may have had more bravery than sense, but they weren't stupid.

  • As they prepared to take on their most ambitious expedition yet, they packed two flashlights

  • and some spare batteries, a Polaroid camera generously and unknowingly donated by Kyle's

  • mother, and most serious of all, Johnny's dad's revolver.

  • Johnny knew that he'd be grounded until he hit his forties if his dad found out, but

  • he didn't expect his dad would even notice.

  • After all, they'd only be in the mall for an hour or twoand the gun was good insurance

  • if they ran into a crazed meth-head while they were inside.

  • They never expected that their lives would ever actually depend on them using it.

  • As the afternoon bled into evening, the two boys snuck into the dirt mall via a broken

  • back entrance.

  • The mission was simple: Get in, take some pictures of all the abandoned stores, and

  • then get out.

  • Easy.

  • They probably had more to worry about from asbestos left in the building than anything

  • malicious, or so they thought.

  • The two boys began exploring the dusty old husk of the building, everything covered in

  • cobwebs and shrouded in complete darkness.

  • Were it not for the flashlights, they probably wouldn't have been able to see a thing.

  • Occasionally, they heard quiet skittering sounds echoing out in the dark around them.

  • The boys just wrote it off as rats.

  • Nothing to worry about.

  • Kyle snapped a few Polaroids of the crumbling food court, and an old Macy's with a few

  • dusty racks of moth-eaten clothes.

  • Johnny could swear that, during the camera's flashes, he could see the shadows moving in

  • the corner of his eye.

  • Maybe it was just his imagination, or a trick of the light.

  • But every now and then, he couldn't quite escape the thought that the two of them weren't

  • alone in the dirt mall.

  • Even with his dad's revolver, he didn't feel quite as safe as he hoped.

  • But neither of them had any idea of just how much danger they were in.

  • Soon enough, the boys felt that they'd hit the jackpot: An abandoned arcade.

  • These things were huge in the 1980s, and many of the classic machines were still there - from

  • Street Fighter to Double Dragon.

  • Of course, power to the machines had been cut off for years, but Johnny figured that

  • if they kicked a few open, they might be able to score enough quarters to keep them in bubble

  • gum until the turn of the Millennium.

  • They kicked away at the lockbox on the back of a Space Invaders machine, having no idea

  • that something was moving towards them in the dark.

  • While Johnny continued kicking, Kyle stepped back to take another Polaroid and mark the

  • occasion.

  • One more quick flash in the dark, and already, the photo was developing in Kyle's hand.

  • Their expedition into the abandoned mall seemed like it was shaping up to be a phenomenal

  • success, but when the picture fully developed, Kyle's face fell.

  • It took him a second to even process what he was looking at, but when the image came

  • into focus, he almost screamed: As Johnny kicked away at the lockbox, a huge, looming

  • figure was leaning over the machine.

  • Its staring eyes were the size of baseballs, and it was packing more long, white teeth

  • than a piano.

  • Its stretchy, rubber hose arms were beginning to coil around the machine, white gloves reaching

  • for a distracted Johnny.

  • Without even knowing it, these two poor kids had wandered into the domain of Cartoon Cat.

  • Kyle looked up at Johnny, heart pounding, and saw that the creature was gone.

  • Johnny hadn't even noticed, as he still pounded at the back of the machine.

  • But that didn't mean they were safe.

  • Kyle grabbed his friend, and, without a word, began dragging him towards the exit.

  • There wasn't time for conversation - they just needed to get the hell away from whatever

  • was in that arcade with them.

  • When Johnny tried to protest, saying he was probably only one kick away from scoring them

  • at least fifty bucks worth of quarters, Kyle just showed him the photo.

  • In an instant, Johnny understood the need for urgency and was on his feet running as

  • fast as his legs could take him.

  • But Cartoon Cat wouldn't let these two get away this easy.

  • No, this fatal feline preferred to toy with his prey before devouring them

  • As Johnny and Kyle turned the corner out of the arcade, they were stopped dead by the

  • huge figure standing right in front of them.

  • The Cartoon Cat was back - crooked, bloody smile wider than either of their shoulders.

  • Rubber hose limbs wriggling like snakes.

  • It towered over them, its inky black skin seeming to almost swallow the beams of their

  • flashlights.

  • Johnny reached into his pocket and whipped out his dad's revolver.

  • He was no Clint Eastwood, but surely six bullets would put anything down - or at least scare

  • it off.

  • Johnny drew a bead on the advancing creature and pulled the trigger again and again, gunshots

  • echoing through the hollow expanse of the abandoned mall.

  • Two shots missed, and the four that actually connected just seemed to disappear into the

  • creature's mass.

  • Cartoon Cat didn't even bleed, and it didn't stop grinning, either - not even for a second.

  • It was going to enjoy this.

  • Before Johnny could even scream in terror, a stretchy, cartoon arm shot forward and snatched

  • him.

  • It yanked Johnny's thrashing body up into the air, and effortlessly lifted him over

  • to the Cartoon Cat's huge face.

  • The creature's jaws swung open, revealing a gaping maw with hundreds of teeth.

  • This time, Johnny really did scream.

  • Poor Kyle could only watch, paralysed in fear, as the Cartoon Cat swallowed his unlucky friend

  • whole.

  • It was only when he saw Johnny's kicking legs sinking down the creature's throat

  • that he finally snapped out of his trance and started to run like hell.

  • With one final gulp, Johnny was gone, and Cartoon Cat was ready for seconds.

  • As Kyle scrambled towards the exit, running for his life, Cartoon Cat was gaining behind

  • him - bounding forwards on impossible, spring-like limbs.

  • That thing has just eaten his friend alive right in front of him, Kyle was sure that

  • he was a goner, too.

  • But, as luck would have it, Kyle managed to cross the threshold out of the dead mall mere

  • seconds before his feline pursuer.

  • He kept running, as Cartoon Cat spilled out of the mall behind him and continued the chase.

  • Kyle ran so fast and for so long that his legs and lungs burned, and he felt like was

  • going to throw up.

  • But, in the end, he finally escaped with his life - Cartoon Cat fading into the distance

  • behind him and then disappearing entirely.

  • Probably heading back to the lair to digest, Kyle grimly assumed.

  • As Kyle finally collapsed from exhaustion on a grassy patch about a mile away from the

  • mall, the horrific realisation hit him that he'd just lost his best friend, and nobody

  • would ever know why or how.

  • In his frantic escape, Kyle had dropped the camera and photos back in the mall, and like

  • hell would he ever go back to fetch them.

  • His proof of what happened was gone.

  • Cartoon Cat would only live on in his nightmares, and in the shadows that seemed to move out

  • of the corner of his eye.

  • And so ends the tale of Cartoon Cat, for now.

  • Another terrifying beast in the vast monster catalogue of Trevor Henderson.

  • Of course, it's all make believe, right?

  • You have nothing to worry about.

  • I'm sure those rustling noises you've been hearing lately have a perfectly rational

  • explanation.

  • And everyone sees a shadow move behind them now as then.

  • ...Right?

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