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ALIEN

The main Monster of the widely successful Sci-Fi/Horror franchise Alien. Originally seen in the original 1979 film, there were 4 direct spin-off movies as well as a side story line series (crossover) of 3 more. The creature has worked it's way into popular modern culture. In the original storyline, these creatures are classified as Xenomorphs. They have a a reptilian-semi skeletal exo-skeleton. They feature a large primary maul with rows of razor sharp fangs. In addition, they have a secondary maul capable of extending away from the mouth of the creature by over 1 foot. The also possess a long sharpened bone-like tail, very similar to a Scorpion's striker. Some species can reach up to 12 feet tall (with Queens being much larger). Aliens have a final defensive method in their blood. Their blood is a viscous green material that is much like acid, and can burn through all types of material very quickly. Aliens possess basic intelligence (although it has been thought that they retain some of the instincts and abilities of the species they compromise. Aliens reproduce via an embryotic parasite called a Face Hugger. These hand-shaped creatures are much smaller than their full sized relations. They possess a tubular extension that is used to inject a fetus (for developing inside their host). The Face Hugger will wrap itself around the face and head of it's victim and push it's tubular injector into the mouth and down the throat of the unfortunate. Injecting the egg, the Alien will begin to grow into a large 12 inch semi-fetal Alien. Upon birth, these forms are called Chest Busters - due to their birth via exploding through the chest cavity of their Host. They will then go and hide while they grow (very rapidly) and their exo-skeleton hardens. There are 3 types of Alien species. Workers, (that tend to a Queen), Soldiers (that defend the Queen and Hive) and finally The Queen herself. Alien Hives are very similar to most insect communities. The Queen will produce the eggs (in which Face Huggers are born). She can produce as many as 20 eggs per hour. Aliens communicate via a series of growls and have not advanced communication abilities. They can exist in just about any environment in the Universe. It had also been said that Aliens were actually genetically engineered as a Prey species by another alien race known as The Predators.

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MATILDA DIXON

Matilda Dixon was the main creature featured in the 2003 American Horror film Darkness Falls. Her backstory goes as such. Set in 19th Century Massachusetts (in the Town of Darkness Falls), Matilda was a kindly old woman who loved children. She suffered however from a disease, making it impossible to go out into the daylight (lest he suffer horrible burns). When she did, she had to wear a mask to protect her face. Children still loved Matilda, and would often take their baby teeth to her  in exchange for a gold coin. Matilda quickly earned the title of The Tooth Fairy. Most of the Town's adults did not like Matilda. When one of the children went missing (and presumed dead), they blamed Matilda. The adults stormed Matilda's home, and burned it down (with her in it). Therein lays her curse. From that day forward, if you loose a tooth  Matilda will come to you in the dark of the night. If you see her (and make eye contact with her terrible visage) -  she will kill you (most horribly). Matilda is still hampered by her disease as well. Any form of light will cause her to run away (least she burn).

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CHANDARIAN DEMON

The main creature from the American Cult Horror Classic of 1982, The Evil Dead, these are ancient (and evil)  spirit demons. Having no form of their own, they trace their origins to Ancient Sumeria. Invoked by The Book of The Dead (a collection of spells), they will possess humans and use their bodies for their own ends. A type of undead, zombie-like creature, they will not readily give up their Host (until it is dead). The only way to rid someone of a Candarian Demon is to totally dismember them. In this form, the Demon cannot move around (or control their Host body). They will move on to the next. They must inhabit another form within several hours, or face going back to their Netherworld. The creatures appear in 4 sequels.

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C.H.U.D.

C.H.U.D. Stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers and were the source for a 1984 Horror/Sci-Fi film (with several sequels). Based on an Urban Legend from the 1970s regarding pet store brought baby alligators flushed down the toilet (and the pets making their way to the sewers  where they grew to amazing sizes), the theory with CHUD is that the many unknown homeless of New York reside in the deep subway tunnels. Many of these tunnels were built in the 19th Century. Whole communities of people could live there and never see the light of day. Centuries of pollution (some radioactive), have caused these denizens to evolve into an entirely different humanoid life form. When their food supply runs out, CHUDS begin to hunt above ground humans. C.H.U.D.s are around 6 feet tall with ecoplasmic skin. They feature long arms with talon-like claws. Their eyes are much larger and better suited for seeing in the dark (than light), and emit a yellow glow. The term CHUD was worked it's way into modern language usage as a slow witted or mentally under developed person. The movie was so popular, that many people thought it was based on a true story!.

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HARPY

From Ancient Greece (and later Rome), comes The Harpies. These mythical creatures are always in the humanoid form of a female. The are part-bird (usually a Raptor species). They are the offspring of the Gods Thaumas and Electra. They are known to steal the food of their victims (while they are eating). They also have the task of taking wrongdoers to their Cousins - The Furies (for judgment and disposition). They are known to be harassers of Oath breakers, but unlike their Fury relations, they take no direct actions (other than taking truly evil violators to The Furies). The Harpies featured prominently in Medieval literature primarily in Dante's Inferno. The Harpies occupy The Seventh Ring (Circle) of Hell. They are in charge of persons who committed suicide.

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SQUONK

From 19th Century America, come The Squonk. These are small creatures with very loose, ill-fitting skin. They are covered in warts and they do not like to be looked at (realizing that they are so ugly to behold). They were known to live in marsh lands deep in many woods in Pennsylvania (US). They are known to cry loudly (almost as a small child). They have an escape tactic that involves their copious crying. The more they cry, the more they seemly melt (until they become but a pool of tears (water). Hunters of The Squonk will walk right by them.

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CENTAUR

From Ancient Greece (and possibly older), come The Centaurs. These mythical creatures come in both male and female species. The upper portion of their body is that of a human (with head, torso and arms). The lower portion is that of a horse. Centaurs are considered benevolent in that they are often seen as teachers of human children. Said to be the offspring's of Nephele and Ixion (Gods), male Centaurs do have a militaristic nature at times. Their human component is generally no stronger than a mortal man, however. They were involved in mythical war against Lapids (mythical Herculean peoples). They though the Centaurs to be deformed by nature and needed to be killed. The myth of The Centaur was used heavily in early Middle Ages art and illumination of manuscripts. Pictographs depicting them have been found in Pictish Scotland.

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GRIFFIN

Possibly pre-dating Ancient Greece, The Griffin was a legendary monster that was a composite creature. Composed of the body, tail and back legs of a Lion, they also had the head and wings of an Eagle (as well as an Eagle's talons). Giffins were considered to be at the apex of all other Monsters.They were once considered Kings of All Monsters. In Medieval times, Griffins were shown without wings. Some variations go back as far as Ancient Egypt (3,000 B.C.) In their mythos Griffins mated for life. If a Griffin's mate died or was killed  the surviving Mate would continue without taking a new spouse. Many feel that The Griffin marital story was picked up by the early Church as an example of faithful marriage. Griffins were primarily employed to guard gold mines and the riches of ancient Kingdoms. Roughly 3 times the size of a normal Lion,  Griffins were huge creatures. Although difficult to kill, they could be slain just like a normal beast. Griffins were incorporated into many heraldry and insignia for many European Kingdoms and Nations (symbolizing strength and power).

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MOMO

Momos are said to be of the same species as Bigfoot or Sasquatch. Seen in Missouri (US), these creatures reach 7 feet tall. Completely covered in think fur, Momos have a large head with no neck. They have glowing eyes. They have a terrible and foul odor (often seen as a defense mechanism). Momos have human-like hands with long claws. Momos like to eat dogs and cats. Momos are also seen as far South as The State of Louisiana. Exactly when Momos first appeared is a mystery. Some documents mention them as far back at the 18th Century. Momos have been reported as lat as the 1980s.

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BRUJA

From Spain, comes The Bruja. These evil female creatures were part vampire and part witch. Capable of powerful magic spells, they could assume the form of a beautiful woman to lure their prey (mostly men). Prior to the enchantment wearing off, The Bruja would revel her horrible hag-like appearance and VERY sharp teeth. Bruja legends are also found throughout South America (or most Countries with a heavy Spanish or Hispanic culture. Unlike most vampires however, The Bruja can be killed by most normal methods. IF one can enslave The Bruja -  she will use her powers to grant you any wish you desire (so long as you can keep her enslaved).

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LOOGAROO

From The Isle of Haiti, come The Loogaroo. This legend goes back to the 14th Century (when most of the Island population were ex-African slaves). According to them, The Loogaroo was a part-wolf and vampire combination. Preferring to drink the blood of innocents, The Loogaroo would take on the pleasing form of a young and beautiful girl (if out victim was male)  or that of a handsome man (if the victim were female). Upon draining their unfortunate prey of their blood, the creature's beast state came out. The wolf form would consume the rest!. Capable of being killed by either wooden stake or blessed bullet (not necessarily silver)  a trick to stopping a Loogaroo, was to throw a small sack of rice in front of them. A Loogaroo MUST stop and count each grain. This gave the average meal a chance to escape!

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KAPPA

From Ancient Japan, come The Kappa. This strange creature is part human and part turtle. His arms and legs are like a frog. The top of his head is hollow. Any water that stays inside this area (if drank), makes a person unusually strong. The Kappa is very smart (and very aware of his special ability). One must trick The Kappa into bowing deeper than you (so you can drain his head). After several attempts -  The Kappa will hop away!

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GELIN

The story seems to go back to 19th Century Greece. The Gelin is a female demon, often seen in a wedding dress (or simple white gown). Sometimes she rides a horse. Her goal is to kill men. Generally, she is an evil spirit who avenged women who have had their hearts broken by men (usually men who jilt them or leave them at The Altar). She will also avenge women whose men have cheated on them. She will use her initial beautiful visage to lure her victim -  at which time she will reveal her true form (so horrifying that it is unknown). Some variations of The Gelin legend has it being the spirit of a girl who had committed suicide due to being pregnant (and her intended abandoned her).

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THE GHOST OF ANNE BOLEYN

Although The Tower of London in England has it's fair share of haunts in it's long and tragic history, none is more known (and perhaps seen), than The Spirit of Anne Boleyn. 2nd wife of King Henry VIII, she was charged with treason (as a way of removing her from her position as Queen Consort). It appears Anne (although she gave birth to Queen Elizabeth I)  could not produce a living male heir for The King. He created the treason charge to have her executed. She was beheaded in 1536. Since that time, Anne has been seen regularly wandering The Tower  with her head tucked safely beneath her arm! In fact, The King (and several other removed wives are seen as well.

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BLOODY MARY

An extremely popular Urban myth in England and America -  is Bloody Mary. Her legend is as varied as her origins. Originally though to be linked to Queen Mary I (nicknamed Bloody Mary for her harsh treatments of Protestants), sometimes is associated with her known miscarriages (at least 5), and her sometime visualization as a pregnant woman. Activation of the curse is accomplished by placing oneself in front of a mirror (in the dark with a single candle). The chanting of her name Bloody Mary (at least 3 times)  will summon her into the mirror . The wrathful  murdered teenager version (in America) causes scratches to be initiated onto the face and arms of those brave enough to call her name. In The 19th Century, calling Mary (if you are a woman), would reveal the image of the man you were to marry. Psychologically speaking, the experiment of staring into the mirror will cause one to self-hypnotize themselves (especially when done under the influence of alcohol or other substances). Bloody Mary had become the fodder for all sorts of horror/thriller movies, attaching a more evil and supernatural connotation to her legend.Oh go on....just TRY it!

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Bloody Mary is a kind of weird game. Not believing in the "legend" I remember "playing" it when young. Standing in front of a morrior in a dark room and chanting (3 times of course).........Scared the c**p out of me. (Fun times!) :o

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THE ''REAL'' SWEENEY TODD

Yes, (with all respects to Stephen Sondheim)  there may have actually been a Sweeney Todd. The original character appeared in an English Penny Dreadful Novel in 1846 called A String of Pearls. In it, we meet Ben Barker. A mild manner Barber-Surgeon, he and his wife and baby made a modest living in Fleet Street (a somewhat lower middle-class neighborhood). His attractive wife falls under the lustful eyes of one Judge Turpin (a corrupt Magistrate). Shunning his advances, Turpin (undeterred), arranges for Barker to be falsely imprisoned (at Botany Bay, Australia  of all places). The English version of The French Hell Hole - known as Devil's Island - Barker is driven mad in the evil place. His only goal in live is to escape the prison confines and make his way back to England  and revenge. Many years pass. Barker (taking on the alias of Sweeney Todd), manages somehow to escape (on a slave labor ship by falling overboard with a small makeshift raft). Found floating (near death) many weeks later by a passing Merchant Ship (by a sharp eyed young Lookout named Anthony)  Sweeney makes his way back to London  and his plan.Unknown to Sweeney, his daughter is grown up and the Ward of the Judge (who has his own plans for her). Sweeney's wife (driven mad in a suicide attempt) is a dim witted prostitute. Todd sets up shop as a Barber-Surgeon again with the help of an equally sinister Boarding House Owner (Mrs. Lovett). The two conspire to kill Gentlemen wishing shaves (via a cut throat by a straight razor), all the while stealing their possessions and turning them into Meat Pies (for cannibalistic enjoyment by unwitting customers). The rest of the story, you may know. It has been made into a movie at least 6 times since 1936 (and a VERY successful West End Stage and Broadway Musical). What is NOT general knowledge is that it may be a somewhat TRUE story. French Police have a file of similar grisly murders being committed by a Barber-Surgeon in 1800! Their case was known as The Rue de La Harp Murders. It is thought that the writer of A String of Pearls may have read the newspaper accounts and used it much later.Although there is no name listed in Newgate Prison of one Sweeney Todd (or a business owner on the actual Fleet Street), some Historians point to a Case that had some similarities. Famed English Novelist Charles Dickens alluded to it as well. Unfortunately many of these documents have been misplaced (shades of The Whitechapel Ripper!)................... You be the Judge!

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DEMONIC POSSESSIONS

Just about every culture on Earth has some form of belief in possession by demonic or evil influences. In the Christian theology, demonic possession is considered a very real condition, which requires the immediate removal of said demon (lest the death of the person possessed). Linked with The Devil, his minions or Demons, (all different), roam the world looking for the right moment or suitable person to take over. Often, a mental and physical change is documented to occur. In addition, often supernatural occurrences are also prone to manifest in and around the possessed. The only way to remove this invasion is by a specially trained person (preferably religious ordained)  to conduct a ritual known as an Exorcism. In Christian religious, this Exorcist uses a combination of prayers and commands to force the Demon to reveal himself to the Exorcist. Often a long physically and mentally demanding fight, the Demon is vanquished from the possessed. Demons are not killed, they are simply evicted. Hollywood films and books have created many misconceptions with regards to possessions. In The Middle Ages, many (if not all) cases of demonic possession were no doubt a result of severe mental disordered (not understood and not properly explored). Often, these disordered people were tortured and killed. As Psychology advanced as a medical science, so did the understanding of how many of the so-called demonic possessions of the past were viewed. Still, many religions still state that there are such things as Demons and their subsequent Exorcism. The Catholic Church still has trained Exorcist's in most Parishes worldwide. Although in their case, great medical (physical and psychological) testing is conducted before the ritual is even considered. Certain factors must be met before an Exorcism is even attempted. It can take many months of trial and examination before an Archdiocese will authorize the ritual. There are several unusual cases though, that defy logical explanation. One famous case is that of Anneliese Michel. From Germany, the exorcism took place in 1975. It was one of the few cases to be tried in Public Court (due to the eventual death of Anneliese as a result of the ritual). She was diagnosed with a damaged frontal lobe and suffered from seizures. In fact, many of her medical conditions could be construed as red flags. She was a devout Catholic. It was the first time an Exorcism was preformed in Germany since the 18th Century. Afflicted with multiple demonic spirits, the battle took several days. Cleansed of her visitors, Anneliese died as a result of malnutrition and a weakened physical state (heart failure). The case was naturally carried in newspapers throughout the World. No charges were pressed against the Exorcist or Church.Hollywood (as previously stated), has cashed in on the genre. The classic 1973 film The Exorcist (based on William Blatty's novel), made demonic possession mainstream. A host of other films followed (The Devil after all, makes a great Movie Monster!). Whatever your beliefs are (or not), the theory of genuine demonic possession is (and will continue to be)  the fodder for many more books and movies yet to be made.

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THE LIZARD MAN OF SCAPE ORE SWAMP

A South Carolina legend of relative recent origin, it has been described (since 1988), as a large, 6-foot lizard-like humanoid creature. It resembles a giant upright walking lizard. It had rows of teeth and glowing eyes. It is said that the sticky pads on it's paws enable it to climb any surface (very quickly). No one is quite sure just where it come from (although older residents in the area claim that it is actually several hundreds of years old). Apparently disturbed as a result of industrial deforestation in the Region, it (and they, by some accounts)  are seen becoming more and more in contact with humans. There have been several videos and stills of Lizard Man on The Internet. The creatures are free roamers - having been recorded as far north as North Carolina as well.

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IMBUNCHE

From Chile, South America  come The Imbunche. These creatures are troll-like entities that guard the entrance to a Warlock's Cave. Deformed in appearance, they have their head twisted backwards. Their arms and legs are likewise deformed (but muscular). They have been reported to be 3 feet tall and cannot communicate in spoken language (using grunts). Local Shaman (Warlocks) that have powerful magic  have to employ (or create) these creatures to frighten off or protect the entrances to their magical lairs. There are still many who believe that The Imbunche still exist. They are immortal and will outlive their Master.

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THE FOUKE MONSTER

From Miller County, Arkansas (US),  comes The Fouke Monster. A species of creature that may be related to The Sasquatch (or Bigfoot). Sometimes called The Boogy Creek Monster, it was reported hundreds of time in the 1970s. Humanoid in appearance, The Fouke Monster is said to be 7-feet tall and covered (head to toe) in brownish-gray fur. The creature reportedly had a 3-foot wide chest and overly long arms. Footprints found locally were measured at 17-inches in length. Fouke Monster is also described with a horrid odor - similar to a combination of skunk and wet dog. Some reports date Fouke Monster going back to local Native American mythos. These shunned creatures lived in the deep local swamps. The offspring of their Gods, they were considered demons.One of the first reports involving a non-Native American sighting was reported in 1856. Fouke's do not like humans. Most reported close encounters involve them attacking and trying to kill humans. The most recent sighting of a Fouke Monster was in 2010.

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MORAG

Although not as famous has her (or his) more famous relative Nesse (aka The Lock Ness Monster), Morag is another Scottish legend. Living in Loch Morar, Scotland, Morag had reported sightings dating back to 1887. Officially investigated in 1970, there were roughly 34 encounters with Morag by humans in 1981. Morag is described as a long, brown serpentine creature (30 feet long). Seen with 3 hump-like protrusions on it's back, it has a long neck with a lizard life head. The most told story of The Morag sighting is from 1969. Two fisherman reported The Morag surfacing and attacking their boat. One fisherman struck the back of The Morag while his friend  fired a rifle shot into it. The Morag stopped it's attack and sunk back into The Loch. Since the flap of Morag sightings in 1981, there has been no further reports to date.

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