Monsters obtain new life on the internet. These days, it does not take too long before we can pinpoint the hoax and its origin. For some reason, this photo was reported to freak people out a bit in New Mexico.
A Facebook picture circulating Thursday has a lot of people up there worried. The post was shared thousands of times within a few hours and had a lot of people uttering the word skinwalker, a well-known legend in Indian country.
The picture shows an unexplained being lurking on the side of a road.
According to the legend, a skinwalker is a person with the supernatural ability to turn into any animal and walks on all fours.
But everyone can rest easy. It didn’t take long for the picture and story to be debunked.
It apparently comes from a 1980s science fiction move “Xtro,” where a creepy being is born, then goes on the prowl and is spotted by a couple driving along the road.
Here is the scene in question. Watch out at the 12 second mark. Look familiar?
Wanna read more about X-tro? Here’s the IMDB page.
Wonder if the film makers were inspired by Ella Harper, a.k.a. The Camel Girl, who suffered from congenital genu recurvatum, a genetic disorder that leaves the ligaments severely weakened and causes the knees to bend backwards.
Also, the creature is a person in a bridge position with its head on backwards. A skinwalker is supposedly a person who can assume any animal shape. This doesn’t look like any animal, so, it’s a bad example anyway.