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''THE GATES OF HELL''

As we have investigated in great detail, every Culture and Religious Belief System of Earth – has some form of ''Underworld'' mythology. In Western Culture (and a few Ancient Ones as well), ''Hell'' is the most appropriate nomenclature given. Much of what ''We'' perceive (in both Literature and in Art Form) of ''Hades'' was very much influenced by early Medieval Art and The Church. As the dominant form of religious belief and instruction, The Catholic Church had Hell portrayed as a place of ultimate punishment and eternal damnation, for those who transgressed against God. As such, Hell was (and is) seen as a place of ''eternal fire and suffering''. The Resident aggressor of course, is Satan. Both He and His Minions (Demons), take great pains to inflict all manner of deprivation to ensure that One truly suffers for their Sins on Earth.

However, while much had been written in Literature (and later interpreted in film), no clear cut proof of just what Hell looks like or even is. But much as our Ancestors portrayed their visions of damnation, one constant seems to be found in all version. Hell is accessed via a series of Gates or related Entrances. Since Medieval Art firmly showed great ''stone and iron'' constructs to represent just ''how'' One accessed damnation, The ''Gates of Hell'' are so envisioned. Often ''guarded'' by Demons (guards who are tasked to ensure all so condemned enter), such images were still seen as elements of a particular Writer or Artist.

Several Religious Clergy (and a few Lay Persons as well), have either come close to death or reported the psychic experience of ''going to'' Hell. Often, these persons ''came back'' to relate their ''journey'' so that others might ''learn'' of it and correct their ''wayward life''. Several of these ''journeys'' were even bound into whole volumes of works (Sr. Faustina or Sr. Emmerick being two comparative examples from both the 20th and earlier 18th Centuries). Both seem to establish much of what One would expect of the ''suffering of Hell''. As with most belief systems in conclusion....it is up to your own beliefs to either accept or deny any such claims!

 

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''THE THING THAT COULDN'T DIE''

A 1958 Black and White Universal Pictures release, ''The Thing That Couldn't Die'' isn't as bad as the Title would make one think. Another ''mass production'' Horror Film of the late 1950s – the premise deals with a lost treasure supposedly guarded by the remains of a 400 year old Warlock (who was beheaded, with His head and body separated as part of His punishment). Finding the treasure (and the remains of The Warlock's Head), ''It'' comes back to life and seeks to be reunited with His Body in order to exact His revenge of The World.

Eventually (as one expects), The Head and Body are brought back together – with the evil Warlock (somewhat) no worse for wear after 4 centuries. His ''possessed'' Henchman comes to to realize the horror He has helped unleash on The World and gets a Cross. The Warlock is pushed back inside His coffin and the religious symbol thrown in after. The now complete body begins to decompose rapidly (with passable special effects). The World is safe. It could have been better, and just as worse for a Horror Film, but ''The Thing That Couldn't Die'' is still worth a look.

 

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''THE MAD GHOUL''

During Universal Studios ''heyday'' as ''Monster Capital of The World'' – several of it's films were overlooked, when most audiences were more interested in Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy and The Wolfman. 1943s ''The Mad Ghoul'' is a worthy Horror Movie, well worth a look even today. Black and White and filmed well to capture ''atmospheric effect'', the premise deals with a Scientist who has discovered an Ancient Mayan ''formula'' (in gaseous form) for not only life extension, but for bringing back The Dead it seems. Using the chemical on a recently deceased Assistant, ''He'' resurrects but is unaware that He is Dead. Further, a problem with the chemical finds that while it re-animates, it does not stop (only slows) – decomposition.

The Scientist begins to ''use'' the hapless Zombie Assistant to procure bodies (murder), to refine His discovery. Soon, The Assistant become aware that he is a decomposing Zombie and revolts against The Doctor. Killing Him, The Assistant also finds that the Mayan Gas is slowly wearing off. Without infusion, ''He'' will finally ''die'' – a mission that happens when The Zombie Assistant retreats to a local graveyard. Half-heartedly accepted by then Critics, ''The Mad Ghoul'' nonetheless features purposeful acting for a ''B''-Grade Film, and is well worth watching – if nothing else for the Universal ''formula'' of creepy music and creepier camera placement to enhance a scare.
 

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''THE RETURN OF COUNT DRACULA''

1958 was a ''rush'' Year for Horror Movie Makers. With the success of British Hammer Studios ''Horror of Dracula'' just about everybody began to film Vampire movies. United Artist Studios of The US was not passing on the idea either, with it's bad production of ''The Return of Dracula''. A modernized Dracula Story, Our Count (in Europe), kills and assumes the identity of an American Artist (Painter), and travels to America under that guise. Painting by Night and drinking the blood of His Subjects as well, the Black and White film was noted for it's single Technicolor ''blood scene'' – designed to produce ''shock'' effects. His identity eventually discovered, good old Sunlight becomes this Dracula's ultimate demise. Somewhat well acted for what it is, ''The Return of Dracula'' didn't make as much press or monies thought, due to Hammer's ''Horror of Dracula'' – in The US. The film slowly faded from overall view, but is worth a view.

 

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''THE LEECH WOMAN''

American Universal Studios refused to let it's title of ''Monster Maker'' (earned in the 1930s and 1940s). ''The Leech Woman'' was a 1960 attempt to keep that idea alive. It tried and equally failed in that attempt. Some cite the film as an ''awful example'' of over campy and cheap Monster Movie making and a worth inhabitant of ''Schlock Horror'' Lists. The tale deals with a Young'' Woman who approaches a Doctor – stating that ''She'' has found the secret of Eternal Youth. This secret deal with injecting the secretions of a strange plant into a Male (Human) only pineal gland. The ''victim'' is then killed (when the gland is removed naturally). The (it is revealed the Woman is 140 years old later) – consumption of which will give temporary youth and beauty. Seeing a chance to get World honored, The Doctor agrees to help commit murder in the ''name of Science'' to aid the ''Leech Woman'.

In an accidental dose taken from a woman (who ingested the plant), The ''Leech Woman'' mistakenly consumes the gland fluid of this victim. She immediately begins to show Her ''true age'', shrinking into a horribly disfigured human-like creature (and now able to be arrested by Police investigating the many murders in Town).

 

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''THE MONOLITH MONSTERS''

1957s most ''unusual'' (and cheaper) Monster Movie forays – ''The Monolith Monsters'' is a Black and White Sci-Fi/Horror Film – dealing with a mysterious meteorite that crashes into The Earth (out in The Desert of The US Southwest). The fragments of which (black, glassy pieces) – begin to ''grow'' to massive sized crystals that break off – falling to the ground to allow more of ''them'' to grow (intelligent crystals!). To make maters worse, the ''fast moving'' Crystals – if the ''touch'' Humans, causes them to become petrified! Obviously, The Military ''blowing up'' the Invaders would do nothing but advance their Race and hasten them ''taking over'' The Earth.

Scientists determine that salt water causes The Crystals to break down (and die). In a last ditch effort to stop the advance of The Crystals, a nearby Dam is treated with Salt and exploded. This destroyed nearby Cities, but ''drowns'' The ''Rock Monsters''. End of Story.

The Cast was made up of famous (or would be) Stars, such as William Schallert, Troy Donahue and the ''Voice'' of many Walt Disney ventures – Paul Frees. While seen as ''luke warm'' in Critic reviews (then), the special effects were somewhat clever (as was the premise). A ''Drive-In'' staple, ''The Monolith Monsters'' is worth a quick view (at just over 70-minutes long).

 

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''THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS''

The US made 1946 ''Horror/Thriller'' – ''The Beast With Five Fingers'', is an unusual piece of ''mass produced'' Horror and related Thriller Films made right after World War II. Part Horror and mostly Psychological Thriller, The Film deals with a former World known Pianist, who suffers a stroke and loses His ability to play. Withdrawn and recluse, the wealthy Pianist is surrounded by ''greedy'' friends and relatives, eager to impress and eventually ''cash in'' on His Will. When His Will is ''changed'' to reflect the least favored Relative, Our Pianist is found dead from a fall down the stairs (assuming it was an accident). Soon after the reading of The Will, strange things start to happen in The Mansion. Relatives begin to be found attacked and killed by a disembodied Hand (wearing the Signet Ring of the former Pianist). ''Crawling'' along The House, ''It'' will eventually be destroyed by fire after the last of the Family Relatives are dead. It is determined by Police that several conspiring Family Members did in fact murder The Pianist, and the murderer used a ''robot Hand'' to terrorize the others. But survivors cite that with the murder avenged, The ''Beast'' was now at rest. A different type of Horror Classic, filmed well in Black and White to enhance ''atmosphere'', as well as the ''creepy'' Piano music in the background.

 

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''ABE SAPIEN''

A Major character from The Hellboy Film Series, ''Abe Sapien'' is as mysterious and His Alien appearance is. Adapted from the earlier Graphic Novels – He had a different origin that that first put forth in the 2004 Film version of Hellboy. Discovered in 1864 by an American Naval Expedition, the ''Fish Man'' was taken back to The Smithsonian Institute and studied. His ''name'' taken from then US President Abraham Lincoln and the marriage of the species identifier ''Sapien''. Unclear as to His origins (or even exact age), ''Abe'' must remain in water (breathing thru His Gills). Becoming part of the ultra secret Paranormal Defense Agency that protects The US (and The World) from ''Evil Magical Forces'' bent on taking over The Planet, ''Abe'' can walk around around wearing a specially designed suit. He has the ability to ''sense'' other paranormal Entities, as well as the ability to swim at great speeds. ''Abe'' also possesses great intelligence (genius level). His character is given a much more in-depth development in the Graphic Novels, and remade Movie (2019).

 

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''A VERY SCARY BABY''

The Vermont State Asylum for The Insane was first opened in that American State in 1891. Located near The Town of Waterbury, until it's unofficial closure as a physical detainment facility in 1963 – it was used mostly for Administrative Offices, with all of it's ''Tenants'' moved to a more modern facility. The Old Asylum saw storm and flood damage throughout it's existence, much of which was never properly repaired. By 2012, The Site was declared a Historic Place (thanks to grass-roots preservation moves).

However, as with all types of these ''places'', reports of many Paranormal and unexplained activities have been reported over the years. The facility saw many poor unfortunates, so disturbed – that any form of long term treatment was seen as impossible. Many who died there, with no family to claim their remains, found themselves interred in The Hospital Cemetery.

One such tales of the strange, comes from a former Nurse at The Hospital. A woman Patient had lost Her infant child at birth, and the event drove Her insane (1930s). as a means of placating Her, The Staff gave Her a toy baby doll. The Woman treated the doll as if it was a ''living child''. So attached, she would behave violently if any one tried to remove the ''toy. When She died, the Nurse saw no need to waste the doll, and gave it to Her Grand-daughter (big mistake it will seem).

The rather creepy doll was greatly cherished by the young child – who played with it often. However, at night – the sound of ''singing'' (a child's voice) was heard. The girls Parents rose at night, ready to admonish the girl for being up late at night. When they entered Her room though, The girl was fast asleep. Only The Doll, sitting in a rocking chair – seemingly staring at the child, was seen.

Soon the girl seemed to act ''strangely''. She would behave quite violent if anyone tried to take away the baby doll. She would often be found sitting in Her rocking chair, gently rocking and singing to the figure. When Grandma Nurse came by to visit, she was somewhat shocked to see Her Grand-daughter acting ''almost like Her former Patient'', slowly rocking Her ''child'' to sleep.

When The girl outgrew her ''toy'', The family removed the toy. It wound up in a local Antiques Store and was eventually purchased by a Private Owner. Incidentally, The Doll was up for sale on The Internet recently for a remarkable fee of just $100 USD.   Any Takers..........?

 

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THE CONJURE CHEST

Located in the vaults of The State of Kentucky's Historic Society, located near Frankfort – is a rather unusual Chest of Drawers. No Museum in The State wants to display it due to it's equally unique curse. Built by slaves in the 1830s, their Master was a particularly cruel taskmaster. So enraged by His treatment, that The Slaves brought in a ''Conjure Man'' (Witch Doctor). The Chest was covered in Owl's blood as a sacrifice and the ''curse'' was laid.

While The Master himself did not suffer, He watched as His Family did. A newborn child would die soon after birth and another who grew to manhood would be stabbed to death. Wife, Brother and others of The family – all met with violent ends. The Chest was locked away in an Attic and stayed there until the 1890s, when later Family Members found it and began to place their clothes inside it's cursed drawers.

This branch of The Family were like wise cursed. Again a newborn baby died under ''mysterious causes'' and others suffered marital infidelities and death from ''strange illnesses''. All this was attributed to The Chest. Eventually it was given to The State (in an Estate Auction). The State did research on The Chest. No doubt many laughed. But to make sure, the piece is NEVER loaned out to other Museums and is securely locked away......as a precaution?

 

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ENI AYUWOKI

An disturbing Internet Urban Legend, ''Eni Ayuwoki'' is a term given to a series of even more disturbing Videos. The term is a take on the late Pop Singer Michael Jackson's song ''Smooth Criminal'' (which features the phrase ''Annie Are You Okay?). Most Videos show an often mutated ''version'' of Jackson. The Face is either very misshapen or down right ''frightening'' (depending on which version you watch).

Now for the bad part. ''Watching'' or even staring at this image – at 3 am (it seems), will conjure a very annoyed Spirit – named of course, ''Eni Ayuwoki''. Appearing in your Room, ''It'' will kill you and take your Soul.......Supposedly!

 

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CLASSICAL ELEMENTS

Also known as The ''Five Elements'' are a concept of Ancient Alchemy and can be found in many Cultures throughout History. The adaption of which, was also embraced by Practitioners of various ''Earth'' Forms of Magic (Wiccan, Pagan etc.). The various Elements used of Earth were seen to enhance particular spells or formulations. The Elements were: Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Spirit. In terms of ''Spirit'', this was seen as the actual essence that all inanimate objects have (or maintain) – perceived or not. By way of example, a Tree is seen as a living organic organism that ''breathes and reproduces'' hence it too must possess some form of Soul (hence Spirit). Various colors have been used as well to identify The Classical Elements, as have the addition of other meanings (depending on Cultural Belief). Typically, when drawn – The Elements were placed in a 5-pointed Star, relative to the points of The Earth.

 

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AESIR

As we have seen in Ancient Greek Mythology, The Gods were actually a Race of both Old and Young Deities. The Older – being The Titans (First Rulers) were eventually defeated by The Olympians. In Ancient Norse Mythos, a similar development existed between The Vanir (Old Gods) and Aesir (Young Gods). Split into Clans (as speculated due to a lack of writings), the two also entered into a Celestial War for supremacy.

The Aesir (Odin, Thor, and most other readily identified Norse Gods) – were seen as Power and War, while The Vanir were Fertility and Cultivation. The duration and final battle between The Two God Clans have survived only in sketchy prose. What is known is that The Aesir won. Norse Mythos almost forgot The Vanir in lieu of the more warlike Aesir (by which The Norse began to emulate in not only their Culture, but in their Warrior ethos as well.

 

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BRAGI

Seen as The Norse God of Poetry and maintaining oral history – Bragi was a Male God upon whom if One swore an Oath, One was bound by the Honor of Bragi to never break. Doing so would incur His wrath – which would carry down form many generations – according to legend. Bragi was also responsible for maintaining the History of The Aesir Clan of Gods and Goddesses. Bragi also made sure (with proper worship), to maintain His Believers own Family or Personal History. Bragi was said to understand all languages and had all knowledge. Often The King of The Gods – Odin would consult with Bragi (who was also associated with Wisdom by The Norse).

 

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THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN OF LAKEY'S CREEK

New York is not the only US State to ''boast'' a Headless Horseman Tale. The State of Illinois in The American Mid-West, had a Story as well. It comes from Lakey Creek, near McLeansboro. This tale relates one Joel Lakey, a somewhat well liked Man who lived in the 1830s near The Creek. He built His Cabin near one of the few crossing points on The Waterline, and liked having many people come by to cross ''His'' Property. Somewhat ''well off'' for the 1830s – Joel was the object of a reported feud with a Relative. Although no concrete proof has ever been found (or known), most in the area say that it was this Family Member who perpetrated the following horrible Act against Joel one day.

 

Joel's body was found one morning placed against a tree – His head lopped off. He was buried near the site of His Cabin, and in time – despite the heinousness of the crime – time would forget Joel, until that is – the later part of the 1880s. Those still using the out of the way water lone crossing began to tell tales of ''seeing'' a ''strange phantom'', that looked for purposes as a ''headless man'' – riding around the woods (always never too far from the site of Joel's former Cabin). Unlike His more ''infamous'' Cousin, this Horseman was not seeking other ''heads''. In time, a modern bridge would be built near the old waterline crossing. To this day, after nearly 200 years, People still report seeing the Headless Rider, wandering through the area – perhaps trying to give a clue as to who killed him.

 

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''GOODNIGHT, GEORGE!'' - THE HAUNTING OF FORT McHENRY

In previous Articles, We had looked into the history of and meaning to Americans of Ft. McHenry (Maryland). Built in 1798, it was one of the original Coastal Defense points a new United States constructed. It was over The Fort's walls, that Francis Scott Key wrote his observations of The British bombardment of McHenry – during The War of 1812. This event would be immortalized by Key as His poem (and later National Anthem), known as ''The Star Spangled Banner''.

 

McHenry would long endure as a Coastal Fort. Used at one point as a Prison for captured Confederate Soldiers during The Civil War (1861-1865), to later the same for returning World War I Soldiers from Europe, The Fort would continue into World War II as a Training Post. It would become a National Historic Monument, and serves in that capacity today. But many Employee's of The Fort tell varying tales of ''Ghostly'' encounters with many ''still present'' (it seems), from The Fort's History. One such oft told encounter is with that of George. George William Brown was once Mayor of Baltimore, and a devout Confederate sympathizer (as many Marylander's were throughout The War Between The States). So outspoken in His beliefs, that Brown was arrested and imprisoned by Federal Authorities – at The Fort.

 

Since the 1950s forward, Docents and Guides of The Museum have ''felt'' George's ''presence'' often – especially from The Cell He was kept in. A Female Docent in the 1960s had a particular habit of saying ''Goodnight, George'', before She locked that section of The Fort for the night. She did so for many years, until She retired. But those who came after Her, scoffed at the ritual. One night (it is told), a Man Docent did not say ''Goodnight''. As He tried to leave, the door slammed shut to the outside Halls, and would not open (despite His screams for help and pulling on the door). Finally, He said (it was claimed) – ''Goodnight, George''. The door opened. The ''ritual'' is still supposedly practiced still today.

 

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THE WHITE LADY OF WOPSY

Actually, The Wopsononock Mountain – is a geological feature near the Town of Altoona, Pennsylvania (US). Known locally as ''Wopsy Mountain'', it's whimsical name forebodes a dark Ghost Tale from the 1800s. As the local legend states, a Family (Husband, Wife and Infant), were traveling don a particularly steep grade of The Mountain called ''The Devil's Elbow''. Snow and ice covered the trail. What caused them to lose control is lost to time, but their wagon lost control and tumbled over the side of The Mountain. In the horrible crash, The Husband was crushed and killed instantly. However, the Wife and Baby were thrown clear.

 

When The Wife awoke, she found the wreckage and Her dead Husband. However, She could not find Her Baby. She searched in vain in was said, for neither Her or the Child were found. Since then, tales arose of ''seeing'' the distraught Woman throughout The Wopsy Mountain area. Sometimes, ''She'' is seen as a ''full form'', wearing a White Dress and wandering along the road. Looking distressed, it was common for some who didn't believe the tale to stop and offer help. As soon as one did however – the ''Woman'' would simply vanish. Other variation of The ''White Lady'', is that if a car stops and offers Her a ride, She will enter your car. IF you look into your rear view mirror – you will NOT see Her. Should you turn around (physically), you will still find Her in your backseat (shortly before She vanishes for good). She is never malicious in intent and as the story goes – She is simply trying to ''find'' Her ''lost'' Child.

 

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TEMPESTARII

A fixture of The Medieval Era of Europe, the Latin termed ''Tempestarii'' were said to be Human ''Magicians'', who had the abilities to control weather. This control came from invocations (Magic), to create storms (both for good and bad). Those who were seen as Tempestarii, were both honored and feared. Typically a Male vocation, later in time – Females (''Weather Witches'') were included. The term was first recorded by The Early Church around the 8th Century AD. Seen as Pagan by The Church – who cited that only God can control the weather, Tempestarii were naturally persecuted (or at least the though of them being real was). Still, as Christianity took hold throughout Northern Europe, many Regions still maintained their beliefs in persons who could control (and forecast) weather.

 

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MOSES HUMPHREY

As with many American ''Tall Tales'' (eg ''Paul Bunyon'', ''Casey Jones'' etc) – these were greatly exaggerated stories of fictional people, who performed ''superhuman'' feats. Most of these ''Tales'' were told to point out specific ''heroic virtues'' or showcase a particular point or cautionary tale. Some ''Tall Tales'' were based on real persons as well (David Crockett, George Washington etc.) Moses Humphrey was one of these types. A real New York City Fireman who lived in the 1840s – Moses was a Member of ''Fire Company 40''. In the mid-19th Century New York, The City was a Tinderbox. Many such ''hero Firemen'' were known. Just why Moses was singled out may have been simply ''good natured ribbing''. As Moses became known to The Residents of The City (via ''Penny Books''), so too did His ''feats grow''.

 

Said to be 8-feet tall and built of stone, Moses could charge into a burning building and simply blow out the fire with His breath. He was said to have rescued ''hundreds'' – often with ''2 or 4 under His arms''. So mighty in fact, Moses could traverse The Hudson River with ''two strokes'', Moses was also a bit of a crime fighter as well. When a local Gang tried to impede The Fire Department from answering their call, Moses ''ripped up a Mulberry Tree and beat them, as if it were a simple blugeon''. The real Moses was never interviewed as to His opinion of the stories. Perhaps he was annoyed at all the jokes and fun that were heaped upon Him by His fellow Firefighters. Perhaps, His ''feats'' were used as a form of recruitment tool. Moses stories would disappear near the start of The American Civil War (1861).

 

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THE KILLER SHREWS

1959 may be remembered by some for many things, but the Black & White ''Horror'' Film ''The Killer Shrews'' is not one of them. A ''giant'' among ''B''-Movie Classics, the film was an independently made and filmed Production, filmed entirely outside of Dallas, Texas (US). Bad acting and most of all – silly Shrew Puppets that look exactly like their description – ''Shrew Puppets'' (incidentally, a shrew is a Mole-like Mammal). The Plot centers around a remote island, in which a Doctor is experimenting to find a way to save future humanity from over population and a dwindling food source. He feels that if Man were but smaller, He would consume less food. The good Doc picks Shrews as His test subjects (due to their short life span). However, His testing involves radiation and – as you can guess, The Shrews become much larger and very ravenous. So much so, they eat everything and everybody. By the end of the Feature, only a few of the island dwellers escape this ''gnawing'' fate. It is thought that (if lucky) The Shrews will run out of food sources and begin to eat themselves (really). Seen as a flop, in time – The Killer Shrews somehow made it to Cult status. A sequel (why?) made in 2012 (and equally silly), was made. Beware The Killer Shrew Puppets!

 

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THE NEANDERTHAL MAN

The 1950s in American Film was noted for it's quickly (and sometimes awfully made) Produced Sci-Fi and Horror Films. These Drive-In Classics, would serve as the foundation of what is termed ''B'' – Movies (''Bomb'' or ''Bad'', depending on your opinion). The 1953 film ''The Neanderthal Man'' fits neatly into the genre of ''silly and bad'' – so much so, it's good. A Scientist creates a ''Regression Serum'', to be used to explore the idea that Man still retains His more ''primitive past'', still buried deep within His DNA. After injecting the serum into a Mountain Lion (which regresses into a Saber-Tooth Cat, ala One Million Years ago – both Doctor and Lab Assistant take the ultimate scientific leap and turn themselves into (you guessed it), Neanderthals (Cavemen for those of you uninformed). After rampaging through the California countryside, ''Monkey Man and Friend'' get mauled by The Sabre-Tooth (getting killed), with ''Kitty'' being shot dead by local Police. Bad Plot and ultimately sillier make-up, make ''The Neanderthal Man'' worth only the time of what a classic 50s ''B''-Movie Fare looks likes, and reminding oneself that people actually paid money to see these things!

 

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STIGMATA

The truly mysterious phenomenon known as ''Stigmata'' (Greek for ''Mark'' or ''Sign''), is indicative to several Christian Religions (mostly The Catholic Faith). It is a process by which certain Faithful manifest the bodily marks of Christ's suffering on The Cross. These are holes in the hand and feet (by which Christ was nailed to The Cross), gouges in the forehead (from which Christ had a ''Crown of Thorns'' thrust upon Him) and finally intense pain on the side of the abdomen (somewhat rarer) – where Christ was pierced by a Roman Spear. The Sigmata appears only on specific persons and in particular those of extreme religious beliefs. First recorded in the 12th Century AD (Francis of Assisi), not all wound manifestations appear. The most common are the wounds to the hands. In cases examined over the centuries, these would are indeed deep gouges into the flesh resembling nail piercings. Often blood flows copiously, other time not so much. Often, pain is not felt – again it is. The manifestation is seen by those Faithful as a ''sign'' of devotion and ''favor'' from God.

 

Another common phenomenon with Stigmata sufferers, is that all share a common ''dream'' had prior to the appearance of the wounds. In this dream, the person is ''given'' a Chalice or cup to drink from (linking them to Holy Communion) or are pierced thru their Heart by a Sword. This phenomenon is known as Transreverberation within The Catholic Faith. Naturally, fakery has been known to happen and has been thus recorded as well over the years. However, several Cases in the 20th Century were thoroughly examined by science and medical authority. These cases show no ''earthly reasoning'' as to just how the wounds were made (or how they can just as quickly disappear). Science had advanced the theory that certain subjects can actually induce the wounds through ''mental means'', known as Neurotic Necrosis. Even this explanation is seen as fringe by many.

 

Skeptics cite other examples of trickery. While the common appearance in Art since The Middle Ages has been that Christ's hands were pierced with nails (thru the palms), this is really a misconception. In reality, His wrists were pierced (as the body weight would had caused his hand to literally rip free of their fastening point. The wrist provided a much stronger point to attach a victim to the cross bar during this uniquely Roman execution form. As stated previously, many Medieval Painters had no idea of this, and simply painted images of Christ's suffering as being ''nailed thru The Palms''. It is advanced, that of Stigmata is in fact ''real'', why then do the majority of those who feature the ''hand wounds'', show them incorrectly thru the palms? It should be noted that of this percentage, only 5 Cases in History presented wounds actually thru the wrist. The Catholic Church has been and still is wary to declare Stigmata as a genuine sign of Godly intervention, although it does have several Cases subscribed to deceased Saints as being authentic. Stigmata is (as with anything out of the ordinary) a matter of One's belief system.

 

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''BEAUTY AND FOREBODING'' – THE HAUNTED CASTILLO DEL LAGO MANSION

The 1926, French Grand-style Mansion, which was named ''Castillo Del Lago'' has a checkered History. Built for an Oil ''Baron'', He moved into The Hollywood, California ''Mega Mansion'' with His Wife in 1933. Within 1 week, He sold Del Lago. Why? The broken-hearted Oilman's Wife (without Medical cause), simply died in Her bed. The Mansion would soon become a hotbed of 1930s Gangster lifestyle. Part Casino and Brothel, Del Lago ''catered'' to Crime Bosses and Hitmen, sent to The Wets Coast on a ''Mission'' or simply to relax. Owners came and went, making Del Lago a type of ''wealthy flophouse'', until one Benjamin Siegel brought it. Siegel would be better known by His nickname ''Bugsy'' (for His hair trigger bad temper, ''Crazy as a Bug''). Siegel lived in the Mansion when He planned and executed The Harry Greenberg Murder in 1939.

 

The Mansion remained vacant for many years after Siegel sold it in 1940. The occasional Movie Star moved in and out (oddly), but not too such. Maintained well (due to it's location in The Hills over Hollywood, Castillo Del Lago would have one more famous Owner. None other than Madonna brought The Mansion in 1993. After 5 years She too moved. It has been said by nearly every Owner (who is still alive and will talk of it), that a sense of ''foreboding and dread'' fills every Room in Del Lago. It is known that several prostitutes ended up dead there in the 30s and several more so called ''suspicious'' endings (all Gang related). Even Madonna would joke many years later, She heard ''voices'' at night, from nearly every Room. If The Mansion could talk, what tales would it tell? We may never know, because most Owners and Realtors will absolutely allow NO KIND of Paranormal Investigations of The Property.

 

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THE RABBIT'S FOOT

The Rabbit Foot is a common form of ''Good Luck Charm'', used by many Cultures throughout The World. The origins of The Charm date back perhaps many Centuries. It would become a popular Talisman in The United States in the 19th Century. However, unlike most perceptions, not just any Rabbit or it's appendage can be used. By Custom, especially in The Southern US, the rabbit used must be killed in or near a Cemetery. Only the hindfoot can be cut off. Further, more ''Luck'' is associated with the foot – if taken on a Friday. Properly treated for preservation, The Foot is worn or carried on the person. Some origin story state that The Rabbit Foot must come from a Shapeshifting Witch (when She or He have changed into a Rabbit). This will give ''Her'' magical powers to He who wears ''Her Foot''. Modern Arcane Historians associate The Rabbit Foot with the previously discussed ''Hand of Glory'', as a ''Commoner'' version of that mystical Talisman of Power.

 

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SAVA SAVANOVIC

Another tale of a rumored ''real'' Vampire from History, Sava Savanovic was a Serbian Man who lived in the 17th Century. According to local folklore, He lived near a Water Mill (possibly a Hermit), and was seen as a ''cast down'' person – shunned by all. The overall cause for this may be related to ''His'' condition as a vampire (or simply labeled one out of dislike). Savanovic was rumored to drink blood (although it was said that both Human and Animal would do). Some cite that ''He'' was created as a myth to keep children and the wayward from wandering into the local woods or crossing fast moving rivers, ending in becoming lost or death. His legend changes with the centuries, but Savanovic is still a popular folklore figure, actually embraced for his spookiness. Attempts have been made to reconstruct an 18th Century Water Mill on the reputed site of His ''Liar'', as an attempt to foster tourism (similar to the infamous and equally false, ''Castle Dracula'').

 

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