The Real Monsters behind the movie legends

Published on 8 October 2023 at 09:47

October is here and Halloween month has commenced!!!!  To start off this Spooky Season here are some amazing movies whose subjects continue to fascinate and whose origins are based on history! 

Diving into a classic is "The Night of the Living Dead".  Zombies go as far back as 1697 in literature, as well as being referenced in the Bible.  In Ancient Greece, archeologists unearthed graves that contained skeletons pinned down by rocks and other heavy objects.  An article, published in 1997, in the British medical journal, The Lancet, described three verifiable accounts of zombies.  This movie does exactly what it is supposed to do and that is to put the fear so close to the surface that you are on the edge of your seat waiting for a moment to feel safe!!  Here is the link to read up on some history and truths behind Zombies!
"Nosferatu" and "Salem's Lot".  What do they have in common?  Vampires!!  While starting out as folklore "Nosferatu" was a silent film adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.  Stephen King wrote "Salem's Lot" based on his teaching of this novel, as a college course.  This movie scared the daylights out of me!!!  It's taken me three tries to finally watch the movie in full.  While the idea of Vampires is intriguing, most wonder if they are real.  There are Vampire Chapters in place both internationally and in the US, including New Orleans, (shout out the "The Originals"!)  Check out this link and see if you don't become a believer!
And honestly, what would Halloween be without "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?  My personal favorite is the one with Jeff Goldblum.  He does an amazing job as Ichabod Crane, running from the Ghost of the Headless Horseman, (played in this movie by none other than football Hall of Famer, the great Dick Butkus).  But who is this mysterious Horseman, and is he real??   A Rhode Island author, Christopher Rondina, has researched who he believes to be the Horseman in his book "The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, the Lost History of the Headless Horseman".  I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.  Christopher's in-depth research is very compelling.  Here is the link!
We know that these are not the only movies out there that put the Halloween thrill of being frightened into your hearts!!  So let us know what movies or books that you love to get scary with!!  Email us at or share a comment!   
  Blessings! Heidi and Jane

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8 months ago

Amazing. I saw all these movies many times!!!!!! Salem's Lot was the scariest of all!!!!!.

John Wilson
7 months ago

All right, I'm back, alive and in one piece after daring to take the tour of the House of Dark Shadows just about three miles South of the infamous Sleepy Hollow, NY, along the eastern shore of the Hudson River. We had such a picture perfect day, not cloud to be seen and about 65 degrees. I arrived a few minutes early for the tour, so I wandered the grounds to see the terrain. If Heidi has a way to post images I'll include them here.
The reality is that this mansion was the home of three different billionaires of the era, stock market barons, etc. All the rooms were festooned with furnishings befitting the status of these people, not to mention the residence of Barnabus Collins. Anyone who lives close enough to the area will be well rewarded for their efforts to visit. This place exudes culture...

7 months ago

Thank you !!! This is amazing!! An Awesome Tribute to Dark Shadows!!!