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Dracula At Discount Prices

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Universal's original plan was to make a big-budget adaptation of "Dracula" that would strictly adhere to the Bram Stoker novel. However, after the stock market crash of 1929 and the beginning of the Great Depression, Universal chose not to risk an investment on such a sprawling film. Instead, it adapted the much less expensive Hamilton Deane stage play. Related: Tomb of Dracula #1 (1979 Magazine) October 1979 Marvel Comics Grade NM Bela Lugosi was so desperate to repeat his stage success and play the Count Dracula role for the film version, that he agreed to a contract paying him $500 per week for a seven week shooting schedule, an insultingly small amount even during the days of the Depression. Before he was cast as Count Dracula, Bela Lugosi acted as an unpaid intermediary for Universal Pictures in negotiating with the widow of author Bram Stoker in an attempt to persuade her to lower her asking price for the filming rights to the Dracula property. After two mo

Things That Go Bump In The Night La Llorona

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The tale of La Llorona is a Mexican folk story about a woman trapped between this world and the afterlife, searching for what she has lost. From donQuijote.org "Both a condemned woman and a Goddess bearing an ominous message." It is often said that one way to summon La Llorona (the weeping woman) is to light red candles and enclose yourself in a room whose walls are decorated with mirrors while repeating her name. Others say she is likely to make herself present around disobedient children, and still others have reported sightings of her estranged silhouette endlessly navigating Mexican lakes and rivers, wailing "Ay, mis hijos!" or 'Oh, my children!" Related: Unknown Worlds #40 July 1965 ACG Comics Grade VG A prominent figure in folkloric horror, the main character of the La Llorona legend is doomed to an eternity of searching different bodies of water for her children, who met a tragic end with a watery grave. The tale of La Llorona begins with

Grimm Fairy Tales Vol. 2 #22 Sneak Preview

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Lady of the Lake Of all the fabled swords of legend, none hold more power or mystery than Excalibur. Now, Skye Mathers will learn her connection to the legendary sword once wielded by King Arthur, when she falls under the spell of the magical and deadly Lady of the Lake. Writer: Joe Brusha Artwork: Lucas Meyer Colors: Jorge Cortes Letters: Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios Editor: Dave Franchini Production and Design: Christopher Cote

Things That Go Bump In The Night The Slave Woman Of Highway One

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Travelers of Highway One in Louisiana, which traverses the rural woodland areas between Baton Rouge and Shreveport, should be on the lookout for a ghostly apparition that haunts the the area. The ghost of what witnesses describe as a black woman in 'slave era' clothing has been seen alongside or near the road between Lettsworth and Simmesport. The woman is dressed in a tan or peach colored blouse, a long white skirt and a traditional head wrap. She has no facial features and seems to have no feet. On many occasions the spirit appears to move toward the road waving her arms. Anyone who stops or looks back for the woman in their rear view mirror will discover that she is nowhere to be found. The apparition simply vanishes. Related:  Ghost Manor #7 (1971 Series) October 1972 Charlton Comics Grade Fine Other haunted locations nearby: Myrtles Plantation - A crying woman and a vengeful slave are both said to haunt this plantation. Ghostly Hitchhiker (Port Barre) n the to

Long Lost Ray Harryhausen Concepts To Be Used In "Force of the Trojans"

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The foundation established by legendary special effects visionary Ray Harryhausen is pleased to announce a joint effort with Morningside Productions, the company of late film producer Charles Schneer. Discovery of new materials in the vast archives of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation will be the basis of a spectacularly new and original theatrical motion picture in the style of such Harryhausen/Schneer classics such as Clash of the Titans, the duo's most significant box office collaboration from 1981. Stop-Motion Magician Ray Harryhausen Cinefantastique Magazine Vol. 11 #4 Published Jan 1982 by Frederick S. Clarke Grade VF This project, tentatively entitled Force of the Trojans,is based on a screenplay by Beverley Cross, and original production art and sculptures conceived by Ray Harryhausen that are on par with some of his most iconic screen creatures. Force of the Trojans will embody the spirit of the original Harryhausen films with all the fun, vibrant action, e

Things That Go Bump In The Night The Mill Race Park Monster

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The Mill Race Park Monster is a beast that was purportedly seen in Columbus, Indiana in 1974. It launched what is considered by some people to be the largest monster hunt in US history. It has been described by witnesses as bipedal, between six to seven feet tall, and having a mossy green appearance. Initial Sightings On November 1st, 1974, the police department in Columbus, Indiana received reports from at least two sets of eyewitnesses who claimed to have seen and even possibly been attacked by a huge green-skinned monster by the water inside Mill Race Park. The first report involved four young women whose names were not released by the police department. At about 3 PM, one of the women spotted the monster between two trees in the park. The group was able to escape and immediately reported their encounter to the police. They stated they had seen a "green, hairy, and large" creature. The second report involved a pair of women unrelated to the first group, and who w

ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK #6 - Sneak Preview

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Elvira is riding that Escalator of the Damned all the way down...and she's going to have some words with the Manager. He just wants her to Mephistopholeave him alone. Thrills, chills and more high class puns like that one, as Bettie and Faust go shopping in the Mall of Souls. This month's exciting episode of I Love Luci-fer is brought to you by David Avallone (Bettie Page) and Dave Acosta (Twelve Devils Dancing), the team who brought you Doc Savage: Ring of Fire and Twilight Zone: The Shadow, which were totally great but clearly needed more cleavage on the covers. ON SALE DATE: 12/26/2018 Related: Vampirella #98 - August 1981 - Warren Magazine - Grade NM  

Godzilla Gets Own Constellation

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by Armand Vaquer Above, the Godzilla mural at Toho Studios in Setagaya. Photo by Armand Vaquer. The King of the Monsters was honored by NASA and astronomy researchers with a constellation name. NHK reported: An international team of researchers has given the name Godzilla to one of what it calls the modern constellations. The monster is among the most popular film characters created in Japan.  The team, made up of US space agency NASA and worldwide astronomy researchers, announced 21 new gamma-ray "constellations" to mark the 10th year of operations of its Fermi satellite for astronomical observation. The constellation was named "Godzilla" due to the "monster's trademark heat ray bears a resemblance to gamma-ray jets associated with black holes and neutron stars." To read more, go here .

Strange Humanoid Sea Creature Filmed Off Huntington Beach

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Real Mermaid or Monster? It looks like the Creature from the Black Lagoon was caught swimming off the California coast recently. Related: REAL The Top Male Magazine In America December 1966 Flying Saucer Photos! Mysteries of the Deep Psychic Healers Spacial UFO Issue From Brinkwire.com A BIZARRE creature sparked terror on the shores after beachgoers failed to identify what was heading their way. Video footage shows the mysterious incident that occurred over this weekend. One man, identified as George, was enjoying a day out on Huntington Beach in California, US, when he was faced with an unusual scene. The clip shows the “human-like” animal as it breaches the surface of the water. An arm appears to be raised and you can make out what looks like a face too. “And that is exactly why I never go in the sea,” one admitted. Another added: “Did the Loch Ness Monster go on holiday?” And a third claimed: “Mermaid/Merman. Looks part human. But then again, nowadays, wh

The First Look At Red Sonja #22

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The Witching Hour. In the latest chapter of Red Sonja's travels, the She-Devil almost tramples over an old witch on her way back to Hyrkania, sparking a nightmarish combination of road rage and swords and sorcery. Related: Red Sonja #1 January 1977 Marvel Comics Grade VF/NM

THe First Look At Dejah Thoris #9

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Danger is everywhere, even in the air! Outgunned and outmanned, Dejah Thoris and the crew of the Xataxian battle the legendary Black Pirates of Barsoom. Related: Dejah Thoris #0 Cover A January 2018 Dynamite Entertainment Grade VF/NM

Horror Express (1972)

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This film has the Orient Express, The Yeti, Zombies, Alien Possessions, Rasputin, Count Dooku, Grand Moff Tarkin, Kojak, and a big train wreck, what more could you ask for? Horror Express was a Spanish production directed by Eugenio Martin. It was filmed in Madrid in the years 1971-1972, a low budget film ($300,000) with the luxury of having three familiar genre actors in the lead: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Telly Savalas. The film was co-produced by American film writer/producer Bernard Gordon, who had collaborated with Martin on the 1972 film Pancho Villa (which also featured Savalas in the title role). The filmmakers used both the miniature train and interior train set from Pancho Villa for Horror Express. The challenge was that they only had one set to be used as an interior train car. All of the scenes for each train car had to be shot at once, then the set would be rebuilt as the next car. Related: Vintage 1974 RARE ‘Born to Kill’ Movie Poster Securing Lee and C