In Wikipedia, the "uncanny" is defined as
the psychological experience of something as strangely familiar, rather than simply mysterious. It may describe incidents where a familiar thing or event is encountered in an unsettling, eerie, or taboo context. - Wikipedia
I don't quite understand what the definition means. In one YouTube video going over the element of Gothic literature, the uncanny is vaguely described as
"...something seemingly new, and nevertheless transports us to an event or emotions own past or harks back to a bygone era ... situations or characters that may appear unfamiliar at first, but soon reveals to be known or recognized by the characters producing an uneasy or even frightening effect." - Features of Gothic Literature, timestamp 9:57.
None of these make much sense to me. What's the significance of this whole "familiar" or "known" element? Can someone explain the uncanny element more clearly with examples from literature?