I’ve only gotten to the 1st story in this film & it literally made my boyfriend and I both scream. Dare you to watch it! If you can’t tell I’ve been on a bit of a Bava kick lately & I have not been disappointed in anything I’ve seen yet!
If you’re an animal that enjoys eating mayflies, and you live in the Upper Mississippi River Valley, this is your time to chow down. If (as is likely the case) you are human, you’re out of luck. The annual mayfly hatch along the Mississippi River…
Can you imagine wrecking your care because the street is covered in too many bugs? This make that scene from Indian Jones look tame. Do not want.
Watch the whole movie on youtube. This is one of my favorite from Joan’s horror movie days in the 60s. Wait until the twist, it even blew my boyfriend’s mind the first time he saw it. Enjoy! "Strait Jacket" 1964
When serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, pictured above, was arrested he was assessed by a psychiatrist who was operating under the guise of scientifically understanding the mind of a killer. Chikatilo found this flattering, and opened up to the psychiatrist, eventually confessing to 56 murders - 53 of which were verified, and this number was well above the 36 cases that police had originally attributed to him.
This mannequin has been in a store window in Chihuahua, Mexico for the past 75 years. Pascualita also has a very unique urban legend behind her. Many believe that she is not a mannequin, but the perfectly preserved corpse of the previous owner’s daughter.
Sonia Burciaga, a shop worker says, “Every time I go near Pascualita my hands break out in a sweat. Her hands are very realistic and she even has varicose veins on her legs. I believe she’s a real person.”
Other stories include Pascualita chaning positions on her own, her eyes following you around and the usual superstitions that come with haunted maannequins.
My favorite cemetery by far is Merry in Romania (go figure). The colorful headstones often depicts moments from the deceased life - or death in some cases with poems about them. Here is a collections of gorgeous photos of the cemetery as well as translations of some of the poems. I’m overjoyed I found this collection, thank you Brandon!
The ancient Greeks & Roman’s believed in placing a coin inside the mouth of the deceased. Often referred to as “Charon’s Obol" this coin would be used by the dead to pay Charon, the ferryman, to carry them across the River Styx from the land of the living to the land of the dead, Hades. Those who would not be able to pay would have their soul trapped in limbo, between the two worlds. Some also believed the coin in the mouth would protect the deceased or prevent them from returning from the grave.
Similarly, many cultures placed coins on the eyes of the dead. It was a popularly held belief that if a person died with their eyes open they were looking for some one, usually a family member, to take with them on their final journey. Some believed that if a person died & their eyes stayed open it was the work of evil forces that would not let the dead’s spirit rest. Hence, the reasoning for loved ones placing coins on the eyes to hold them shut.
Though most will undoubtedly always associate you with the horrifyingly awful Captain Spaulding - your name always reminds me of blaxplotation greats like Coffy, Foxy Brown, The Big Bird Cage & The Big Doll House. Not to mention so many other Grindhouse classics.
Thank you for for being such an incredible character actor all these years & for remaining so loyal to the exploitation genre we love, we love you!