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The Vampire’s Ghost

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When I was younger my whole idea of what vampires were like was based on Bela Lugosi’s version of Dracula. You know, the fangs, the cape, the widow’s peak, occasional bat transformations…that sort of thing. It turns out, though, there are many different styles of cinematic vampires. The one in our film today, in fact, doesn’t look garish at all. He’s just your average guy running a nightclub in the middle of an African jungle. Have your crucifixes ready for 1945’s The Vampire’s Ghost.

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The story focuses on a region of Africa known as Bakunda, where there has been a series of unusual murders in which the victims appear to have been bitten in the neck and drained of their blood. Obviously, we have a vampire on the loose! Some folks aren’t so sure, though, including Roy Hendrick (Charles Gordon), his fiancee Julie (Peggy Stewart) and her father (Emmett Vogen). Still, Roy decides to investigate a bit by visiting a local nightclub owner named Webb Fallon (John Abbott) who knows a lot about voodoo and other creepy things. Three guesses who the vampire is.

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It soon becomes clear that Fallon is, in fact, a blood sucker when he survives being stabbed through the chest by one of the natives with a huge spear. Since he can’t let his secret get out, Fallon makes Roy his slave, but soon sets his sights on the lovely Julie. Every vampire needs and undead bride, after all. That means that somehow Roy has to break free of the vampire’s spell, save the girl, and destroy the vampire in the only way that will make him dead for good…burning him alive!

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The Vampire’s Ghost is one of the earliest writing gigs for Leigh Brackett, who would go on to write screenplays for such films as The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo, and The Long Goodbye…not to mention contributing to the screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back shortly before her death. This is very much a B picture with moderate production value and a paltry running time of 59 minutes, but it manages to have some intriguing elements. You’ve certainly got to admire that it does something very different with the whole vampire mythos. Fallon doesn’t hang out in a coffin all day, only to come out at night…he’s out and about during the day, somehow fully protected from the sun by just a pair of sunglasses. He doesn’t even wear black! White slacks and a white shirt are more his style. There’s nothing terribly creepy about him, he’s just a guy who happens to be a 400 year-old vampire. So the film certainly gets some points for creativity.

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However, the film could’ve used a lot more creep to make it more worthy of the horror movie moniker. There are no real shock moments that deliver the kind of atmosphere most viewers want to see in a horror film. The closest we get is a sequence toward the middle of the film where Fallon kills a dancer (Adele Mara) who works in his club after she has helped one of the regulars cheat Fallon out of some money. The scene is actually one of the film’s best moments, but it still doesn’t provide anything unsettling or disturbing for the audience. The film does try to lean a bit on the idea that the region of Africa where this story takes place is a hotbed for voodoo. I tend to think of voodoo more in the Caribbean context, so throwing that term around didn’t really seem to fit here. It doesn’t help that in the big climax of the film, some of the imagery being used seems more like it was borrowed from Hinduism. It’s a hodgepodge, to say the least.

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I guess it seems like The Vampire’s Ghost is a film that claims to be a horror movie but doesn’t seem like it really wants to be listed in that category.  Check out the original poster online…it makes the film look like a romance.  The film really needs to commit more to the whole horror vibe.  John Abbott is solid as the titular vampire. He has a real command of the screen, but it also feels like he’s being held back. He needed to be let loose and allowed to create a more intimidating villain. Even when his (spoiler alert) death scene comes around, it’s all played way too politely.

Though there’s nothing terribly spectacular about The Vampire’s Ghost, it is a decent enough way to spend 59 minutes. There’s enough here to appreciate what the filmmakers were going for, even if it falls far short of making full use of its horror opportunities. At least I was moderately entertained enough that I wasn’t too bugged by the fact that despite the title, there are not ghosts of any sort in this film! What gives, man!?!

Note: The Vampire’s Ghost was released on DVD and BluRay by Olive Films.  Thanks to them for letting us check out the film.

 

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People Rally Behind Cancer Survivor With Facial Deformity Who Was Asked To ‘Cover Up Or Leave’

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A man named Kirby Evans was deeply hurt when a store manager told him to cover up his face or leave the store, saying that he was scaring away customers. The South Carolina man was a cancer survivor who had lost both his left eye and nose and could not afford reconstructive surgery. He also cannot wear an eyepatch because the skin around his eye and nose is sensitive.

According to CBS News, he was pulled into the manager’s office immediately upon walking into the store to be told to cover up or leave. In tears, he ventured on home to tell his daughter what happened. His daughter, Brandy, took to Facebook to expose this store owner and tell of her dad’s story and pain.

Hello every one! I wanted to make a quick post about the Forks Pit Stop here in Walterboro, S.C. On 10/8/2018 my…

Posted by Brandy Evans on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Facebook post told of the discriminatory story that Kirby faced upon walking into the store. Brandy even called out the store manager by name.

“My father is a cancer survivor, he lost his left eye and nose to this awful cancer. My father was discriminated against because of the way he looks. He cannot help what the cancer did to him. My father is the strongest man I know but, as he told me what happened to him, I watched tears roll out of his eye. It hurt me to see him hurt like this, especially over something he cannot help. My father is also on a fixed income and can not afford the surgeries it would to take to fix his where his nose was,” the post says.

Every one i Thank You for your support this sure is going to make him smile. In the morning i have to take my son to…

Posted by Brandy Evans on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

“I thank GOD everyone is not as small-minded as Donna Crosby! I promise you he will never ever set foot in that store again! You should never judge a book by its cover until u have walked a mile in his shoes Donna Crosby. You discriminated against MY father (Kirby Evans) for the way he looks. Here are some words of advice for you. DROP TO YOUR KNEES AND PRAY YOU NEVER GET CANCER BECAUSE IT DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE LIKE YOU DID TO MY FATHER,” Brandy emotionally tells through the Facebook post.

Kirby Evans himself spoke up about the situation as well, saying, “It hurt deep inside… I’ve never been treated like that. Never.”

Posted by Brandy Evans on Sunday, October 14, 2018

Many people have reached out via social media to let Brandy know that her father should be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA specifically states that no one should be denied service due to medical disabilities and have been urging Brandy to seek an attorney.

The situation alone inspired Evans to create her own GoFundMe page for her father called “Cancer does not discriminate”. She has raised almost $80,000 to hopefully schedule a reconstructive surgery date for her father to feel at peace once again. Kirby was teary-eyed and incredibly grateful to see how many people around the world care so much. You can donate to Kirby Evans’ GoFundMe page here.

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Be sure to SHARE this article if you applaud Brandy Evans’ loyalty to her father! Check out the full news coverage on the story below.

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Are Your Feet Always Freezing? Try This Heating Pad

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Are your feet always cold, no matter what temperature it is? If you always have icy toes, especially in the winter, you might be looking for anything to warm them up. Sometimes socks, blankets, and other ways to heat up your feet just aren’t enough. People with cold feet found this heating pad for your feet on Amazon and are obsessed.

It is a heating pad but is more like a sleeping bag for your feet. It looks like a pouch and is called the Proaller Foot Warmer. It is supposed to help those with poor circulation and arthritis, but it would work really well if you just have really cold feet all the time too.

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The best part? If you want to snuggle up with someone, it would fit two pairs of feet. It also has a really soft plush flannel cover over the heating pad, it is 22-inches wide and 21-inches deep, has three heat settings, a 10-foot long cord, and a 2-hour auto-off feature for safety.

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You don’t have to just use it for your feet, it works like a traditional heating pad too, so it would be helpful to have around when you have sore muscles or aches and pains.

One review on Amazon says, “Truly, for the price of this item, you can’t go wrong. I’ve tried socks, microwaveable booties, paraffin treatments, and finally these just to calm the pain from the neuropathy. This is the only thing that works consistently and conveniently.”

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Another reviewer states, “This would be the perfect foot warming pad if there were heating elements in the top of the pocket not just the bottom then it would be 5 stars. Because the heat only comes from the bottom of the pad the tops of my feet stay cold and I have to flip the pad over to get the other side of my feet warm, most likely not a problem for people who have good circulation in their feet. That is the only con for this, it is soft heats up quick and is big so I can comfortably get both my feet in it. I would recommend this to anyone who has cold feet.”

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It sounds like it would be great to take to work and have at home for use while watching movies. It also would be a great Christmas gift or an item to put on your wish list. This could also be great for warming up your hands too.

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Do you want a heating pad like this to warm up your feet? Are your feet consistently freezing? How do you usually warm them up? Do you know of another product that works wonders?

If you enjoyed this article, please SHARE with your friends and family who always have cold feet!

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CDC Issues Warning About A Rare Illness Spreading Across The U.S.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about a paralyzing polio-like illness that is spreading like wildfire across the United States. They have stated that it is an extremely rare condition that has been affecting mostly children. So far, 127 cases of confirmed or suggested acute flaccid myelitis have been reported. This is a significant increase since 2017, which causes worry for a disease in which there is little to no information about.

More than 90% of the confirmed cases have been people under the age of 18 and has spread over the course of 22 states. The average age that has been affected is 4 years old. The CDC released this warning to educate and spread awareness about this disease in case their child develops any symptoms.

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— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) October 17, 2018

Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, has weighed in on the frustration of this disease and not knowing much about it, hence not being able to provide the public with much substantial info. “We understand that people, particularly parents, are concerned about AFM… There is a lot we don’t know about AFM, and I am frustrated that despite all of our efforts, we haven’t been able to identify the cause of this mystery illness.”

The slow increase of AFM began in 2014, the year that the CDC began tracking the illness. Every year the spike has increased bit by bit, but the CDC still has no idea what exactly causes this condition. One child with the disease died in 2017.

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— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) October 17, 2018

The main symptoms of acute flaccid myelitis include a sudden weakness or loss of muscle tone in the arms and legs, trouble talking, and facial drooping. Some of the confirmed cases have recovered quickly, while others have required ongoing, extensive care due to prolonged paralysis.

The CDC has determined that neither the West Nile virus nor the poliovirus are causes of the illness. Some health officials believe that it might be brought upon by a previous viral infection to the respiratory system, but nothing has been confirmed despite that theory. It is also important to note that it has been confirmed there is no correlation between children receiving vaccines and AFM.

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Benjamin Greenberg, a neurologist who treats children with AFM at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, has said that parents of any child who has been diagnosed with the disease should prepare for ‘extensive physical therapy’. Most children have, thankfully, regained their ability to walk but often need time to heal.

The CDC has not released all of the states affected by AFM due to privacy issues. Some health institutions or families affected by AFM have chosen to make their reports public voluntarily, which has revealed 5 cases of AFM in Maryland and 6 in Minnesota. Be sure to check the official CDC website for more updates on this condition.

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Be sure to SHARE this article to spread awareness about this rare, dangerous disease. Check out some recent news coverage on the condition below!

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You Never Looked At Split Pea Soup The Same Way Again After This ‘Exorcist’ Scene

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The original Exorcist film starring Linda Blair was released in 1973 and remains one of the most disturbing and horrifying classic horror movies to date. Everyone remembers the most iconic scenes from the film that had people running out of the movie theatres in fear. You might have been one of them!

One of the most memorable scenes in the film is when the main character, Regan, is completely possessed by the demon Pazuzu (who disguises himself as the Devil) and spews vomit all over Father Karras. While it actually does look like projectile vomit (ew) it’s actually Andersen’s pea soup mixed with a little oatmeal. Apparently, the cast and crew tried utilizing Campbell’s soup, but it just didn’t have the same effect as the pea soup.

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Another hilarious and fun fact about the cast of The Exorcist includes this pea soup gag. Jason Miller, who played the memorable role of Father Karras, had a completely authentic and genuine reaction to the pea soup. Director of The Exorcist, William Friedkin, apparently told Miller that the pea soup would only hit him in the chest. Well, he got a lot more than that, prompting a completely unscripted reaction.

The scene only required one take!

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This scene, in particular, was actually enough to make a few of the audience members nauseous, too! This became such a frequent thing that some movie theatres even began handing out barf bags with the movie tickets.

This film is truly a classic unlike any other, for many creepy and disturbing reasons. Many of the cast members truly believed that the set was cursed and, with this belief, nine people died during the making of the film. Additionally, the movie has been banned in certain countries for being bought or sold.

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The film, altogether, has grossed a total of $441,071,011 worldwide and it became the second most popular film of that year, right behind The Sting in 1974. The film received a mix of positive and negative reviews, some of the critical ones calling it a ‘practically impossible film to sit through’ by Vincent Canby with The New York Times.

Despite even the harshest of criticism, the film has established itself as a horror classic beloved by millions. The movie itself and several cast members received multiple award recognition for their work, including 10 Academy Awards and 4 Golden Globe Awards. The Exorcist continues to thrive off of sequels, remakes, and parodies that have been produced throughout the years.

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Be sure to SHARE this article if you remember seeing The Exorcist for the first time! What did you think? Don’t forget to watch the full “pea soup” scene below! We hope you have a tough stomach!

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The Original Big Bird Actor On ‘Sesame Street’ Is Retiring After Nearly 50 Years

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Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who has played the famous Big Bird on Sesame Street is retiring. He has worked almost 50 years on the show. Caroll is now 84 years old and will hand over the costume for Big Bird to his apprentice, Matt Vogel. Caroll also played the role of Oscar the Grouch, another iconic Sesame Street character.

He will finish his work on the show this week. Caroll recently said that playing Big Bird has been one of the most joyous things in his entire life. Unfortunately, his balance and physical stamina have weakened and it became too much to play these characters. He has played Big Bird for over 4,000 episodes of the popular kid’s show. He stopped puppeteering Big Bird three years ago but remained the voice, until now.

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The President of Sesame Workshop, Jeffrey Dunn, called Caroll’s work a gift to the world. According to ABC News, “I think it’s fair to say,” Dunn said, “that Caroll’s view of the world and how we should treat each other has shaped and defined our organization.” We would have to agree!

For nearly 50 years you have brought laughter, learning, and kindness to children and adults around the world. Thank you, Caroll Spinney. 💛 pic.twitter.com/zrobg51PGV

— Yellow Feather Fund (@YellowFeather) October 17, 2018

Caroll has received four Daytime Emmy Awards and two Grammy awards for his work on Sesame Street. He has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Library of Congress’ Living Legend award. He received a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award too.

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There is a documentary about Caroll that is called I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story that premiered in 2014 if you are interested in learning more about Caroll and his history on Sesame Street. Have you seen it yet?

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We love Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and Caroll Spinney and will miss him on the show! Who is your favorite character on Sesame Street? Which ones did you love watching as a kid? Do you still watch the show with your kids or grandkids?

Please SHARE this article with your friends and family to give Caroll Spinney a great send-off!

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