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Analog Archives is a series of horror-themed videos on YouTube, created by Aidan Chick.
The videos are recovered tapes that are set in the Tempest Universe. Each tape starts off as normal, if not a little eerie, before escalating into something much more sinister.
Seven tapes were recovered to this day, although the series is still ongoing:
- Safety and Information: a series of federal instructions required to be shown to all television owners by the law.
- Amber Alert: an EAS about a series of child kidnapping broadcast in Hansen County.
- Mall of the Future: an extended ad about Moonview Hall.
- Physics: a Fort Silver Community College that documents about a very special kind of light dubbed “spectral frequencies”.
- Prayer Service: a satanic mass broadcast on the sixth channel.
- Nature Show: a documentary about the picturesque town of Pleasant Springs and its dark secrets.
- Home Surveillance: a series of cameras filming a house.
- Travel Guide: a footage recovered from a dashcam.
Warning: strong content ahead, and the spoilers are all unmarked. Read at your own risk.
Provides examples of:
- Ambiguously Human: The antagonist of Amber Alert as well as the one in Travel Guide. They might be the same individual though.
- Arc Words: GOD IS AN ILLUSION. It also doubles as Nightmare Fuel.
- Ax Crazy:
- The killer of Amber Alert, assuming he's even human.
- The FSCC's scientist(s) seemed to have turned demented at the end of his/their experiments, possibly under the red light's influence.
- The “lunologists” are unhinged Satanists who practice child sacrifices and cannibalism.
- Blatant Lies: “Nothing happens on the night of July 12”, even though you're forced to take sleeping pills that might give you internal bleedings so you can skip the night.
- Brown Note: The so-called “spectral frequencies”, which seem to cause tremendous damages to anyone exposed to it, and may even brainwash people.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: What the FSCC inflicts on their poor human guinea pig.
- Cosmic Horror Story: The whole saga seems centered into something otherworldly and profoundly evil.
- Crapsack World: Sadistic cultists and eldritch abominations are everywhere, red light is a mortal danger and the TV is regularly hijacked by malignant organizations, usually with the intent to brainwash people into their cults.
- Cult: A strange, satanic-like cult seems to be featured in each tape from one way or another.
- Eldritch Abomination: Two enormous tentacles emerging from the ground are briefly seen at the end of Prayer Service.
- Eldritch Location: Hollow Lake, which becomes a lake of blood that gives birth to monsters during the night of July 12.
- Emergency Broadcast: In Amber Alert and Nature Show.
- Facial Horror:
- The dead subject from Physics.
- The recurring, white face with bleeding eyes.
- Faux Affably Evil:
- The FSCC of Physics looks like genuine professionals, but will not hesitate to experiment on their unwilling test subject until he gruesomely dies.
- The “lunologists” featured in Prayer Service, who maintain a semblance of decency all the while partaking in atrocious sacrifices.
- For Science!: In Physics.
- Found Footage Films: In Travel Guide.
- From Bad to Worse: In Amber Alert, residents are noticed that children are abducted. Then, it seems that the authorities are themselves Satanists before an announcement reveals that six kids were killed.
- Gorn: Each tape contains a sensible amount of gore, except in Prayer Service, although the twisted ten commandments are chilling and in Travel Guide.
- Hell on Earth: Summer County on the night of July 12.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The cultists of Jackson Crossing are invited to feast on their neighbors following Lunology 5:14.
- Inferred Holocaust: Not so many Summer County's inhabitants will be able to survive the events of the night of July 12 since they're all forced to sleep while being attacked by zombies and other abominations (assuming the EAS is right and these creatures are hostiles), even though police sirens can be heard in the background during the EAS, hinting an armed resistance from the law enforcement.
- Karma Houdini:
- The FSCC seems to get away with their deadly experiments documented in Physics.
- Whoever emits these strange red signals on TV, assuming they're not emitting themselves on their own, has gotten away with quite a few deaths, notwithstanding all those who died off-screen.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: The kidnapper of Amber Alert is eventually shot down, as told by the TV's announcement. However, it's not clear to what extent the TV can be trusted at this point.
- Mad Doctor: The scientist(s) of Physics.
- Mood Whiplash:
- In Prayer Service when the sixth commandment comes up.
- In Nature Show when the viewer is asked “What can you see?” while a grotesque creature is on screen and the peaceful music stops, moments before the first EAS occurs.
- No Name Given: No character is named.
- Paranoia Fuel: Danger is everywhere and TV is unsafe to watch, as confirmed in Home Surveillance where a man loses his upon stumbling on red static.
- Serial Killer: The child kidnapper of Amber Alert is confirmed to have killed at least six of them.
- Stylistic Suck: Justified, given that the tapes are old and in a bad state.
- Town with a Dark Secret: Jackson Crossing. Everyone there seems to be a satanic psychopath who would gleefully sacrifice kids or eat people for kicks.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Summer County's authorities seek to genuinely protect their people from Satanists and wandering abominations without turning them mad from the revelation, even though they have to take draconian measures for this and may endanger them in the process.
- Would Hurt a Child: The killer of Amber Alert.