Is this a ghost? Probably not... but the creepy footage of a supposed encounter with "The Blackburn Ghost" in Blackburn, England, went viral over the weekend, racking up nearly half a million views by Sunday evening.
The video, posted without explanation on Thursday, is taken from a car and shows a hunched figure in white in the distance. As the car tries to back away, the figure keeps approaching.
Someone in the car can be heard screaming in a foreign language. The Daily Record reports that the person is shouting "Move the car backwards!" and "Faster! faster!" in Arabic.
Local historian and author Simon Entwistle told The Citizen newspaper that the "ghost" in the video may be the spirit of a monk who was executed in Turton Tower.
"It's the actual timing that I find quite unusual, this person was executed in early January 1643, and the ghost will only make an appearance in the early January period," Entwistle was quoted as saying.
But Entwistle may not be the most objective expert. As commenters on that page pointed out, he hosts ghost tours of the area.
While most viewers of the YouTube video say they believe the footage is fake, others admitted they enjoyed it.
As for the origins of the clip, one user on reddit claims the footage is part of a student's film. Another, in the comments section of the Citizen, said the same footage was posted before and claimed to be from a different location.