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Werewolf stories are found in Folklore of many different countries. The American Indians had werewolf tales. In Africa, leopard men were the nightly beasts. In Russia, a bear that walked like a man was their monster. Bewitched people that turned into "weretigers" was the story base in India. The Greeks had legends of men who turned into wolves. The greek words for "wolf man" is the base for the term, lycanthropy which refers to a type of insanity where the victim imagines that he is a wolf.
The first werewolf film made was a silent movie debuting in 1913. Later, in 1941 a classic werewolf movie called THE WOLF MAN kept audiences riveted to their seats. And also THE WEREWOLF OF LONDON made in 1935 had people monster happy. Movie-goers loved going to see monster favorites like DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, and THE MUMMY as a way of forgetting the real-life terrors of World War II.
Most werewolf movies have similar themes. A man gets bitten by a werewolf and then becomes one himself. They always transform during a full moon. They seek to kill someone they love. It requires silver bullets or some special weapon to destroy the animal, and the animal usually dies, instead of being cured. In the two werewolf movies mentioned, a flower was an important ingredient or tell-tale sign of the wolfs prowling. The wolf character as a man is desparately searching for a way not to become a wolf, or if knowing that the change is coming on, he tries to restrict his movement so as not to hurt anyone. The common reaction of the movies is that although people are terrified of the werewolf, they also feel sorry for the character. It makes for a good mix of emotions for the movie-goer.
Werewolf movies are still being produced. People continue to be entertained by the idea of a person transforming into a fierce beast. Halloween just wouldn't be Halloween without the scare of a werewolf somewhere lurking about waiting for it's next victim. HAPPY HAUNTING!!
The story about Frankenstein is about a scientist who tried being God by making a man. The story began at a graveyard. Henry Frankenstein was a scientist. He had a helper, Fritz. Henry and Fritz hid behind a tombstone. Soon, they started digging up a coffin. After they dug they put the body on a cart. Henry said, "He isn't dead. He's just waiting for a new life." He was planning to bring the dead body back to life, but for him to do that, he needed a human brain. Henry sent his helper, Fritz, to steal one from a medical school. Fritz found two jars, each with a brain. One jar was labeled "NORMAL Brain." He dropped the brain in the jar. The brain was ruined, so Fritz had to take the other jar. The brain inside was that of a criminal, a murderer. Fritz always obeyed Henry.
Fritz arrived at Castle Frankenstein.
It was located on a mountain in Germany. Henry got the brain and put it
in the body. Henry and Fritz got the life-giving machine ready. The machine
had to have lightning to make it work, so it was a storming night. That
stormy night there was a pounding at the door, someone was demanding to
be let in. There were three people at the door. One of them was Henry's
teacher from medical school, Professor Waldman. The other one was his friend,
Victor Moritz. The third one was Henry's lovely, beautiful bride to be,
Elizabeth. They had learned of his strange experiments. They thought he
had gone mad. Henry said, "You will see whether I'm crazy or not!"
The three of them watched Henry's experiment. The table was raised to the
top of the tower. There, lightning struck the body with a blinding flash.
The machine did its work. Henry lowered the table to see if his experiment
did work. Then...a finger, a hand, an arm moved. Henry screamed, "It's
alive." Elizabeth, Victor and the Professor tried to calm Henry down. Henry
said, "Now I know what it feels like to be God!"
There was a hut near a lake. A woodsman lived in the hut. He had a daughter named Maria. Her dad told her to play awhile. So she went to the lake to pick daisies. Then a big figure came near her. She asked, "Who are you?" The figure didn't answer. "Play with me," she said. It was the monster who came out of hiding. Now his mind was like a child. They both played and toss daisies in the lake. The monster didn't have any more flowers to toss in the water. He thought, "I'll put pretty Maria in the water and she would float."
At the Frankenstein castle, Elizabeth and Henry got ready for their wedding. Elizabeth got moody. She said, "I am afraid. Why isn't Dr. Waldman at the wedding?" "You're just nervous," said Henry. "Something is coming between us," she insisted. Victor dashed in. "It's Dr. Waldman," he said. Henry knew what had happened. He locked Elizabeth in her room for safety. Then he searched the castle. The monster returned to his home where he was "born." Elizabeth sat in her room. Soon the monster came in through the window. The monster thought that Elizabeth was very pretty like Maria. In the other part of the castle, Victor and Henry heard Elizabeth scream. They both dashed to her room. They found her where the monster dropped her before running away. She was still alive. She said, "Don't let it come here." The woodsman found Maria. "She's been murdered, drowned!" he said. "Justice will be done." Henry said, "I made the monster with my hands. With these hands, I will destroy him." Henry turned to Victor and said, "I leave Elizabeth in your care, whatever happens."
The villagers went into groups to search for the monster. One searcher took his dogs to the rocks. The monster struck. Henry found him lying down, broken. "Over there..." he said. "This way." Henry walked over the rocks and soon he saw the monster. They were face to face. Henry knew he was going to be in danger, so he went up toward him and put the torch right by his face. This time, the monster was not scared of the flames. The monster came closer to Henry trying to strangle him. Henry yelled. "Turn the dogs loose," yelled the Burgomaster. Henry was in the monster's hands. The monster went to the windmill. Henry and the monster were on the balcony. The monster strangled him right in front of everybody. The creature threw Henry off the balcony. One of the villagers said, "He's alive!" "Take him to the village," ordered the Burgomaster. The creature was looking down to see what was happening. No one was going to go to fight the monster.
A villager said, "Burn the mill down! Burn it down." The mob was throwing torches in the mill. It was a good thing there was dead grass in the mill. The moster was now afraid of the fire. He couldn't get out. Then a beam of fire came down and pinned him to the ground. That was the end of Frankenstein's monster.
The woman behind the monster Frankenstein was made by a scientist, right? But do you know who really created the monster? It was a woman named Mary Shelly. Mary Shelly was the daughter or William Godwin. She came from a rich literary heritage. Books were important to Mary's father, so she read a lot of the classics. Mary's mother died just a few days after her birth. Mary grew up missing her mother. Because of this, Mary was always facinated with the thought of someone being able to come back to life. In 1816, Mary married Percy Shelly. She already had two children by him. One of the children died as an infant. In 1816, Mary had a dream about one of her daughters. Her dream was about someone holding her daughter before a fire and rubbing her vigorously. Her daughter was restored to life. After this dream, she began writing her book, Frankenstein's Monster.
The deadly mantis is a praying mantis that is huge. It
is so big that it's claw is as tall as a full grown man. When they looked
at the top of the claw there was green puss coming out of it. They had
some scientist look at it and they said it was from a praying mantis. Through
the story, people keep saying they saw the praying mantis and people were
disappearing and planes, boats, busses, trains and cars were now not safe
at all. The next moment before they knew it the mantis was headed straight
for the Walloon tunnel . This was they're chance to destroy the beast.
Some people in the city volunteered to help kill the mantis. They all got
gas guns (that spray out gas) and were on they're way. They found the mantis
,and...ready, aim, fire! Good-bye deadly mantis!
People became fascinated with mummies in the early 1920's when an egyptian tomb of King Tutankhamen (King Tut) was found. It was filled with fabulous gold treasure and the preserved mummy of the king's body. A mummy is a dead body treated with chemicals and wrapped in linen with spices and perfumes and preserved in an airtight case. Ancient Egyptains believed after death, their loved ones dwelled in another place,"the land of the dead." They would care for the bodies in this way and bury them with all their treasures for use in their next life. Soon after King Tut's mummy was discovered, the people who found the tomb died. Ideas of the "mummies curse" soon filled story makers' heads. These mummy tales became some of the best horror movies ever made.
A famous old movie called THE MUMMY, made in 1932 was a boxtop thriller. Two British scientists uncover an ancient mummy. Curious about how the mummy died, they ignore a warning about opening the casket. In the lab, the scientist opens the casket, and accindently verbalizes an incantation used by the God Isis that brings people back to life. Boy was he shocked when he brought the mummy back to life! Ofcourse this ghoul wants to bring his girl friend back to life, the ancient princess Ankhesenamon. Wow, the stuff that happens when she enters the scene! This is a classic movie with plenty of scares.
Movie makers are still creating shows about mummies, that have incredible special effects. Be careful because not many of them are suitable for children audiences. But remember this, the curse isn't real,.....or is it?