Monster movies are escapist, fantasy fun, right? Chewing gum for the brain that's momentarily scary but ultimately harmless because they're fantasy? Hold that thought, because it turns out there are very real diseases that can make a person surprisingly monster-like. And there are diseases that are monstrous enough to seem like they're the product of an overactive imagination.

For example:

Vampire Syndrome Approximately one in a million people have Xeroderma Pigmentosum, which makes them AarwnhE extremely sensitive to UV rays. These peop
Source: NIH

Werewolf Syndrome In the past, people with Congenital Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa (CHL) were sideshow attractions. Fedor Jeftichew, aka Jojo the Dog-fac
Source: EMedicine

Waterhouse- Friderichsen Syndrome Neisseria Meningitidis floods your body with bacteria, causing every organ system to fail. Within a few hour
Source: NIH

25 Horrifying Diseases That Sound Like Something Out Of A Movie
Source: Nature

Stone Man Syndrome With Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), muscle tissue, tendons, and ligaments gradually turn to bone. It spreads from the
Source: NIH

Jumping Frenchmen of Maine In 1878, George Miller Beard noticed that a lot of the French Canadian lumberjacks in Maine were jumping and screaming at t
Source: i09

River Blindness is visual impairment caused by blackfly larvae. The microscopic larvae reproduce aND spread under your skin, producing an intense itch
Source: CDC

Water Allergy Despite the high water content in the human body, some people are allergic to water. Though it isn't a true allergy because it doesn't t
Source: NIH

Tree Man Syndrome Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis causes a covering of brown, scaly warts that get worse when exposed to sunlight. CRACKED COM
Source: NIH

Cold Allergy Cold Urticaria is an allergy to cold temperatures. Exposure causes redness, itching, swelling, anD hives on the skin. Swimming in cold wa
Source: Mayo Clinic

Butcher's Warts Butchers are subject to their own special malady, a variation of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Modern medicine is still not sure why
Source: Discover

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