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awful-b-movie-horror: The original Addams Fam…

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The original Addams Family set was actually very bright and colorful. As the show was filmed in black and white, the colorful set made it easier to make sure they had distinct colors of grey in their final product.

awful-b-movie-horror: Left to rightThe Annabe…

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The Annabelle doll as it currently sits on display in the Warrens’ Occult Museum in Connecticut; Lorraine Warren holding the doll during the investigation; Annabelle doll from the film Annabelle.

Annabelle the Doll is based on a true (ish?) story of a haunted/possessed raggedy Ann doll. At first the owner believed the doll contained the spirit of a little girl who simply felt comfortable living with the female owner. As spookier things started happening, psychic professionals got involved, ultimately leading to an invitation to the Warrens.

Lorraine Warren determined that the doll did not in fact contain the soul of a young girl, but instead contained a demon. The owner giving the “little girl” permission to stay actually gave the demon more power, which it ultimately intended to use to possess a living person. The Warrens removed the doll, which now lives on display in their occult museum.

Left to rightThe Annabelle doll as it currentl…

Left to right
The Annabelle doll as it currently sits on display in the Warrens’ Occult Museum in Connecticut; Lorraine Warren holding the doll during the investigation; Annabelle doll from the film Annabelle.

Annabelle the Doll is based on a true (ish?) story of a haunted/possessed raggedy Ann doll. At first the owner believed the doll contained the spirit of a little girl who simply felt comfortable living with the female owner. As spookier things started happening, psychic professionals got involved, ultimately leading to an invitation to the Warrens.

Lorraine Warren determined that the doll did not in fact contain the soul of a young girl, but instead contained a demon. The owner giving the “little girl” permission to stay actually gave the demon more power, which it ultimately intended to use to possess a living person. The Warrens removed the doll, which now lives on display in their occult museum.

The original Addams Family set was actually ve…

The original Addams Family set was actually very bright and colorful. As the show was filmed in black and white, the colorful set made it easier to make sure they had distinct colors of grey in their final product.

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Silent Hill, a town as clouded in fog as it is in secrets.  The puritanist cult The Order founded the town of Silent Hill, worshipping a God who thrives on human sacrifices.  In the movie a bastard child, Alessa, is burned in a human sacrifice to “purify” her, but when her restraints are compromised the pyre is knocked over setting fire to the church and ultimately the whole town.

In game play, Silent Hill is a rural town in the Northeastern United States.  The main character in each game either stumbles into the town by freak accident or willingly enters while searching for someone.  For each character Silent Hill becomes the sinister tangible manifestation of their subconscious, their fears, their guilt, their memories, and their emotional states.

Silent Hill has many influences from ancient folklore to modern horror stories.  One of the lesser known influences, but a very interesting one, is the modern ghost town of Centralia, Pennsylvania.

Centralia was an extremely small coal mining town, their population reaching its highest population in 1890 with 2,761 residents.  A fire started in an underground mine beneath the town in 1962, the specific cause of the fire remains unknown, though there are many theories.  The fire continues to burn to this day, literally releasing toxic smoke and gas from the ground into the town.  As of 2010 Centralia had only 10 remaining residents.

I live in PA and went to centralia and let me tell you its a god damn adventure. If you ever get the chance to go, do it. You wont regret it. It’s especially fun at night. Just be careful lmao

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Babysitter terrors

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Most classic horror movie tropes and urban legends have no actual basis in real crime.  The infamous trope of a murderer stalking the babysitter is no different.  Lots of folks have a story from their home town about the local babysitter being raped and murdered while on the job, but to actually find such a case you have to go back over 60 years.

Columbia, Missouri, March 18, 1950: Janett Christman was babysitting outside the city limits.  Someone broke a window on the side of the home and then entered through the front door.  She made a phone call to 911, but was immediately attacked.  The police couldn’t trace the call so they couldn’t do anything for her other than listen to her screams on the other line.  Christman was raped, murdered, and found strangled with an electrical cord.  She was only 13 years old.  Her murderer was never found.

Four years earlier, also in Columbia, Missouri, on February 6, 1946, Marylou Jenkins fell victim to a crime particularly similar to Christman’s.  She was raped, murder, and found strangled with an electrical cord.  A man was convicted for this crime, but some people believe he was wrongly convicted due to the odd similarities between these two crimes.

During this time period, several other women were raped while babysitting by a man wearing a mask in and around Columbia, Missouri.  They were not murdered, but under the circumstances surrounding Janett Christman and Marylou Jenkins some people believe these crimes were also committed by the same man.

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awful-b-movie-horror: The Poltergeist Curse is…

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The Poltergeist Curse is a rumored curse surrounding the three
infamous Poltergeist films of 1982, 1986, and 1988.  The rumor of the
curse surrounded the deaths of several actors, two of which were very
unexpected.

Dominique Dunne, who played the big sister Dana
Freeling in the first film died at the age of 22 in November 1982, only
months after the film’s June release.  Her abusive ex boyfriend
strangled her into a coma which ultimately caused her death several days
later.

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Heather
O’Rourke, who played Carol Anne Freeling in all three movies, died at
the very young age of 12 in February 1988 of septic shock, most likely
caused by complications related to her Crohn’s Disease.  Poltergeist III
had not been released yet at the time of her death.

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other two deaths were not nearly as surprising or tragic (due to the
young ages of the earlier two actors), but since they occurred around
the times of the movie releases they became further proof of the curse.

Julian Beck, the evil spirit Kane from Poltergeist II, died
at the age of 60 in September 1985 after an 18 month battle with stomach
cancer, seven months before the movie’s release.  

Will
Sampson, the good spirit Taylor from Poltergeist II, died at the age of
53 in June 1987.  He had received a heart-lung transplant 6 weeks prior
and his death was likely caused by per-operative malnutrition and
post-operative kidney failure and infection.  Although these two actors
had known health problems before their deaths, they still died at
relatively young ages.

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Silent Hill, a town as clouded in fog as it is in secrets.  The puritanist cult The Order founded the town of Silent Hill, worshipping a God who thrives on human sacrifices.  In the movie a bastard child, Alessa, is burned in a human sacrifice to “purify” her, but when her restraints are compromised the pyre is knocked over setting fire to the church and ultimately the whole town.

In game play, Silent Hill is a rural town in the Northeastern United States.  The main character in each game either stumbles into the town by freak accident or willingly enters while searching for someone.  For each character Silent Hill becomes the sinister tangible manifestation of their subconscious, their fears, their guilt, their memories, and their emotional states.

Silent Hill has many influences from ancient folklore to modern horror stories.  One of the lesser known influences, but a very interesting one, is the modern ghost town of Centralia, Pennsylvania.

Centralia was an extremely small coal mining town, their population reaching its highest population in 1890 with 2,761 residents.  A fire started in an underground mine beneath the town in 1962, the specific cause of the fire remains unknown, though there are many theories.  The fire continues to burn to this day, literally releasing toxic smoke and gas from the ground into the town.  As of 2010 Centralia had only 10 remaining residents.