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10 Monsters from Cryptozoology and Folklore That Need to Make it to the Big Screen



Bored with Bigfoot? Zombies giving you the ZZZ’s? It’s a shame that with an entire world full of monsters from cryptozoology and folklore that Hollywood keeps going to the same old well for their big bads. Don’t get me wrong I love a good Bigfoot movie as much as the next guy, but I also like variety. So I dug deep into the realms of folklore and monster sightings to find the monsters I think would benefit from a movie.

10. Octo-Squatch

One night back in the summer of 1961, two truckers were driving through the Basque mountains in Northern Spain when they saw something on the side of the road. In the truck’s headlights was a rust-colored hairy octopus with glowing eyes. After several minutes of the two staring at each other, another truck would pass and it was then that the truckers took off into the night.

“The Octo-Squatch,” as it has been named, has not been seen again.


9. Real life Gill-Men
It seems that The Creature from the Black Lagoon may have a few real-life counterparts. The most famous being the Loveland Frog-men. First seen in 1955 on the outskirts of Loveland, Ohio, a businessman driving home claimed to have seen three large frog-like creatures at the side of the road. That same year in Indiana, a woman was attacked by The Green Clawed Beast while swimming in the Ohio River. Over August of 1972 in Canada, several people were attacked by a Fin-headed Gillmen.


8. Devil Monkeys
Devil Monkeys are said to roam across North America. Standing at around five feet, and looking like a cross between a baboon and a dog with the jumping ability of a kangaroo, Devil Monkeys are extremely aggressive and are strong enough to tear through steel.


7. The Gorbals Vampire
In September of 1954, a Glasgow cemetery known as the Southern Necropolis was invaded by hundreds of children. A local police officer was called to the area by people who lived by the Victorian cemetery. Only expecting a few children partaking in minor vandalism, the officer was shocked by the hundreds of kids running around. Armed with sticks and knives, the children claimed they were hunting a vampire with iron teeth that killed two boys.

Despite the officer’s best efforts, the story spread like wildfire, the newspapers got wind of it and added fuel to a fire already burning strongly. Comic books were blamed for the hysteria and as a result, parliament passed a law banning comics. This law is still on the books but has never been enforced.


6. The Flatwoods Monster
The Flatwoods Monster is possibly the best-known monster on the list. The story goes that a group of kids and one of their mothers went into the woods looking for what they say was a UFO that landed as a fireball. They then ran screaming from the woods claiming to have seen a monster.


5. Goatmen
According to urban legend, satyrs are hiding out in the backwoods of the U.S. and they will attack and kill anyone who gets too close to their territory. The best known of these creatures is the Goat-man of Maryland, the first reported sightings happened in 1957 and then nothing until 1962 where it’s claimed that the Goat-man killed fourteen people with an axe. The Goat-man’s cousin in Louisville, Kentucky known as the Pop-lake Monster is said to live under an old railroad bridge. It is also said the Pop-lake Monster used hypnosis to lure people out onto the bridge to be hit by oncoming trains.


4. The Enfield Horror
In 1973, the Illinois town of Enfield was sent into a frenzy by the strange events that happened one night. It started when a child claimed to have been attacked by a “smiley gray three-legged beast with red eyes” while playing in his back garden. Half-an-hour later the being attacked a house. It was driven off by the home owner with a shotgun. Afterwards, the man whipped the town into a frenzy, with news reporters and monster hunters descending on the location in great numbers. The furor quickly died down and the Enfield Horror was never seen again.


3. Fearsome Critters
A collection of oddball beasties, the Fearsome Critters come from old lumberjack stories. Whilst on their own the critters aren’t really that impressive, however, in a group, they would be the weirdest petting zoo ever! In the ranks of the Fearsome Critters are the Fur- Bearing Trout, The Squonk, The Hugag and the Hodag. I smell a Syfy anthology film somewhere in here!


2. Popobawa
The Popobawa is nothing sort of a nightmare. Terrorizing Tanzania this is one of the most horrific monsters to stalk the night. The Popobawa is a shape-shifter resembling a one-eyed bat, but it is said that it can also take on human form. The beast breaks into people’s homes at night and sexually assaults anyone in there. After it’s done, the Popobawa will tale its victim that it will come back every night unless they tell others what happened to them.


1. The Nuckelavee
The Nuckelavee is a demon from Scottish folklore, believed to live in the sea around Stornaway in the Orkney Islands. It’s described as looking like a large horse with a man’s torso in the middle of its back. The creepiest thing about it is the legend that it has no skin. The Nuckelavee’s breath is a deadly poison that can kill humans and animals. The smell of burning kelp is believed to make the Nuckelavee go on rampages and the only thing that is known to harm it is freshwater. The Nuckelavee was defeated by the Mother of the Sea, the Scottish pagan Goddess of the sea.



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Want a LEGO Godzilla Set? Here’s Your Chance!



The longest-running franchises in cinema history, the Godzilla films have created a cultural icon in the form of the titular beast. Simply hearing its roar or seeing its silhouette is enough to let us know precisely what we’re looking at. Having ventured out of cinema and forayed into TV shows, comic books, video games, and countless merchandise options, Godzilla still hasn’t managed to break into one of the world’s most popular toy company: LEGO. However, that might change if BRICK_101 has their say via LEGO Ideas, where they submitted a design based on the 1954 original film!

Here’s the description from the site:
This model contains approximately 850 LEGO pieces, stands 9 inches (23 cm) tall, and measures 17 inches (44 cm) from head to tail. Godzilla has had many different designs over the years, but we based ours on the original 1954 movie. The arms, legs, jaw, and tail are hinged to allow the model to be posed in a variety of positions. In addition to Godzilla, the set also includes a small microscale train for Godzilla to stomp on or chomp on and a flame piece to represent Godzilla’s atomic breath.

The website allows people to submit their own ideas (such as this Call of Cthulhu set) and then allow the public to vote on whether or not they want to see it get made. Should the idea get 10,000 votes, it then gets moved up the ladder within LEGO’s headquarters and a decision is made to see if they want to make an official set.

So, if you want to see LEGO make an official Godzilla set, click on the link above and cast your vote!


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#Brainwaves Episode 78 Guest Announcement: Legendary Film Composer Harry Manfredini



The Friday the 13th franchise without the music of Harry Manfredini would be like peanut butter without jelly. McDonalds without the Big Mac. Knetter without Creepy. His music defined a generation of horror fans, and few could have done it better, if at all. Now Manfredini brings his equally as unique voice to Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

Join us this coming Wednesday, February 21st, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.


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Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is available to subscribe to on iTunes and Stitcher.

Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.


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Supernatural Irish Horror Beyond the Woods Hits Home Video and VOD This February



Supernatural Irish horror Beyond the Woods makes its way to DVD and VOD from Left Films!

Shot on location in Ireland, Beyond the Woods echoes the creepy supernatural horror of recent Irish genre hits The Hallow and The Canal, with its eerie and grisly tale of an unknown evil.

Seven friends meet up in the Irish countryside for a secluded weekend getaway but unfortunately for them a fiery sinkhole has opened up in the mountains nearby. It’s burning hot, spewing out sulphur and casting a hellish stench over the local area. Determined to make the most of the weekend, the group decide not to let the noxious atmosphere get to them…but it’s getting worse. Soon the troubling hallucinations begin as an ancient evil starts to take hold. What malevolent force has crawled from the sinkhole and will any of them survive the weekend?

Following a successful run on the festival circuit where it picked up the Best Feature Film Award at the World International Film Festival Montreal in 2017, Seán Breathnach’s spine-chilling low budget nightmare finally makes its way to UK and North American DVD and VOD courtesy of Left Films.

On digital/VOD February 5th, DVD February 19th.



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