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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Fright-Rags Announces New HOUSE OF 100 CORPSES Collection!

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“You like blood? Violence? Freaks of nature?!”

Next Wednesday, May 30 at 10 am EST Fright-Rags will be unleashing their officially licensed collection based on Rob Zombie’s splatter classic House of 1000 Corpses.

The collection includes a brand-new Captain Spaulding mini-mask with all the vintage style of the classic Ben Cooper / Collegeville masks, but at a collectible size.

On top of that, the collection includes Wax Pack trading cards available in single packs, factory boxes or larger sealed boxes, featuring official movie photo cards, stickers, special foil cards, parallel chase cards, and more.

This is all in addition to new t-shirts, socks, an enamel pins with art from Justin Osbourn, Kyle Crawford, Abrar Ajmal, Butch X, Sara Deck, John Tatarelli Jr., and Joe Guy Allard.

Check out pics of the merch below and then make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The collection is coming May 30 at 10am EST on Fright-Rags.com

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Trailer: Argento and Bava Inspired Neo-Giallo THE ANTITHESIS

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I don’t know about you, but I love the films of Dario Argento and Mario Bava. And thus, I’m excited about Francesco Mirabelli’s upcoming Italian horror film The Antithesis. Not only is the film inspired by Argento and Bava, but its score is composed by Claudio Simonetti, who some of you may know better as the keyboardist for Goblin.

If you’re as interested as I am in this new film, then you’ll want to check out the trailer below and the poster to the right. After looking through all of that, make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is directed by Francesco Mirabelli from a screenplay written by Mirabelli, Francesco Basso, and Stefano Ricciardi. It stars Crisula Stafida, Marina Loi, and Nives Gaudioso. The score is composed by Claudio Simonetti, keyboardist for Goblin. BayView Entertainment releases the film on DVD July 17th.

Synopsis:

An isolated house in the countryside is beset by strange phenomena caused by bizarre temperature surges. Taking the advice of an architect, a young female geologist agrees to spend the night in the mysterious house in an attempt to identify the strange happenings. Once there, she finds herself trapped in a parallel reality… inside a vortex of horror and delirium.

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Ridley Scott Teases THE TERROR Season 2

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This past week we saw AMC and executive producer Ridley Scott’s horror series The Terror wrap up its first season. And, no spoilers, but the series seems to have come to an end. But no worries, the show was always meant to be an anthology, so what do the powers that be have in mind for season 2?

Well, Scott recently spoke with IndieWire and said the Franklin expedition won’t be followed up on and that they’re looking at several different possibilities for a second season.

You wouldn’t follow this through, I don’t think,” Scott said. “This is complete, but they’re looking for another season of something else. It doesn’t have to even be period, right? It could be modern. So right now, we’re circling the wagons on several things.”

What would you like to see The Terror season 2 cover? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The ten-episode series stars Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Ready, Adam Nagaitis, Nive Nielsen, Ian Hart, and Trystan Gravelle. It’s produced by Scott Free, Emjag Productions, and Entertainment 360 in association with AMC Studios. In addition to Scott, the series is executive produced by David Kajganich, Soo Hugh, David W. Zucker, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert, and Guymon Casady.

AMC hasn’t renewed the series for a second season yet.

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British Royal Navy Capt. Sir John Franklin is nearing the end of an uneven career. Described as “a man everyone likes, but no one respects,” Franklin has seen men die under his leadership on previous expeditions, and now he would like to retire with honors by discovering the Northwest Passage. Guiding the HMS Erebus into uncharted territory, Franklin’s most perilous journey yet pushes his crew to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, the men have been put in horrible danger by their commander’s Victorian hubris. A struggle to survive ignites infighting, and Franklin must try to undo the damage he has caused.

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