Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Tribe That Smokes Their Corpses

The KuKu tribe from New Guinea have a really unbelievably ghoulish way to deal with death and loss. They smoke the corpses of their relatives and prop them up as if they never died.

There are 4 days of mourning, while relatives wail, throw themselves on the corpses, eat dirt, tear their hair, and beat their foreheads until they bleed. Once the fire is lit, the body dries out. Once it's nice and dehydrated, they put it on display in a memorial. 

To some, letting go of their loved ones is too tragic to contemplate, but no matter how much my son loves me, please do not dehydrate mama. I might end up something like this - 

Movies About Crazy Neighbors

It's impossible to avoid the freaky neighbor issue in real life. At some point, all of us have had ones that baffled, confused, grated, annoyed, and generally pissed off. For years, I had a neighbor who was so hidden, it was like living next to a vampire. For years, we never so much as a caught a glimpse of them except to hear them stirring at night in their back yard. We came to call them the "Klopeks" from the movie "The Burbs."

Here's some awesome scary and funny movies about the issues with neighbors and I give them star ratings for watch-ability of 1-4 (4 being best)-

The Burbs ****
This 1989 film starring Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher is one of my all time favs! It's a comedy with dark tones. Curious neighbors wonder at the new hermit neighbors in the creepy house on the block. Their obsession takes the best of them and they cause lots of goofy mistakes as they try to uncover what the Klopeks are up to.

Neighbors ***
This 1981 movie is a cult classic funny one. Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi at their goofy best. Staid and boring neighbor is not comfortable with the intrusive weird new guy next door screwing up his orderly dull life and the sexy wife that is coming onto him. This is a totally dark humor commentary on suburban life and a fun ride!

Disturbia ***
This 2007 movie starring Shia LaBeouf is a new take on "Rear Window" and a pretty fun one too. Kid is under house arrest and has nothing to do but watch the neighbors from his window when one particular neighbor concerns him as matching the description of a killer. This is fun, great soundtrack, and good climax.

Rear Window ****
This 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly is a cinematic wonder. When a man used to be in the field photographing in dangerous places is hung up with a broken leg, the back window is the only view of the world he misses. He starts to study a neighbor whose wife suddenly is no longer the apartment and is certain he has a killer in view.

Lakeview Terrace **
This 2008 movie starring Samuel L. Jackson is a chilling movie about an LA police officer who doesn't like the interracial couple who moves in next door and torments them to no end.

Fright Night ***
A 1985 campy horror movie about a vampire (Chris Sarandon) moving in next door to a teenager who is very suspicious of this odd character. He adds up that the man is a vampire, but can he get anyone to believe him?

Stepford Wives ****
A 1975 classic movie making a dark statement about perfect wives. A couple moves to a quaint town, but something is wrong; the women seem to be changing into caricatures of the perfect wives.

Bay Coven **
This 1987 movies starring Pamela Sue Martin and Tim Matheson is a chilling one about a couple moving to an island that seems quite idyllic but harbors some kind of evil sorcery cult.

The Dark Secret of Harvest Home **
This 1978 film starring Bette Davis involves a couple moving to a New England village and getting mixed up in mysterious rituals.

The Sentinel **
This 1977 movies is about a model who moves into an old building renovated as an apartment complex. Her neighbors are quirky and not all together real.

Bad Ronald **
A teen nerd gets harassed and kills his tormenter. His mommy locks him up in a part of the house and then dies. The new owners don't realize the house comes with its own hidden freak.

Hider in the House **
A crazy man hides in the attic of a new house and becomes obsessed with the family that moves in.

This 2010 film has a woman certain her neighbors are up to no good.

A family moves into a new home and the neighbors seem nice enough, but after the daughter is injured on a playdate, the mother begins to notice something not right about the neighbors.

Funny Games***
Naomi Watts stars in this film about a couple guys who take a family hostage.

Pacific Heights***
Melanie Griffith, Michael Keaton and Matthew Modine star in this tense thriller about people who sublet an apartment in their home and the man ends up being a psychopath who wants to have squatters rights to their home.

Body Double****
An out of work actor house sits in the Hills and while obsessed with a beautiful neighbor, sees her being murdered. 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Psychos Next Door

Come on, admit it, it scares you to think of running into weird locals in some backwater roadway or small town, maybe a stretch of the desert while driving alone, or perhaps right next door....

LeLeyon: Misanthropic Wanderer

Some countries know how to have a legend. Switzerland is definitely one of them. This photo above supposedly is the first picture taken of LeLeyon in his 10 year reign of terror.

This cryptic figure wears a military uniform, a thick clock, and an antique gas mask covering his face.

He's been reported to wander the woodlands in a certain area, walking the same route over and over again.  Someone recently sneaked up on him and got a photo. LeLeyon stared the person down, turned, and walked off.

Many local families will not go in the woods, parents tuck their children away and women avoid the country roads.

Locals hope to find a way to speak with him/her and ask not to be so threatening, but legends are passed around of a person afraid of the apocalypse, someone horribly disfigured, or simply mentally ill.

The Bloody Benders: Neighbor Murderers

In the small town of Cherryvale, Kansas in the 1870s, a German family, the Benders, built an inn to house travelers.  Unknowingly, the traveler would enter, sit down at the table, seated with his back to a canvas curtain. The young attractive  Bender woman, Katie, would keep his attention while one of the Bender men attacked him with a hammer from behind.  They would then, slit his throat, take his money and possessions and toss his body down a trapdoor under the house.  Later, they would go back and bury him in the orchard.  Katie hung posters in town announcing she was a healer and could cure all kinds of illnesses, as well as talk with the dead. When all was said and done, the family had murdered 11 people. They even murdered a man and buried his daughter alive with his mutilated body!  It took a prominent doctor going missing for people to start to cast an eye at the Bender family.

The family fled and it was never solved as to where they went or what became of them. Many years later, two women were taken to Kansas who were thought to be two Bender women, but there was no way to prove they were. In fact, the family was actually not a family - they were just criminals who posed as a family.

The Leatherman: Creepy Hobo

Since 1862, there have been reports of a wandering hobo who traveled an 365-mile circle from Connecticut to the Hudson River.  He spoke only in grunts and gestures and wore a crude suit stitched together of leather. He slept mostly in caves. Many claim he's still wandering today. He followed this lengthy repeatable circuit in precisely 34 days.  When trekking back his history, he actually began his journey in France in the 1820s. He wanted to win the hand of a young woman and was told he must excel at leather work or leave the country all together.  In his shame at failure, he went missing. Many years later in 1862, this man in Connecticut showed up matching his description.  He had a very strong constitution, but in the 1880s, he passed away in one of his caves. The caves still stand in the woods on the Mattatuck Trail in Watertown, Connecticut.

Peruvian Fat Collecting Gang

No, I did not make this one up! In Peru the cops caught a band of freaks who were stealing people, gutting them like deer and draining them of body fat to sell for cosmetic use. The liquid fat was worth $60,000 a gallon.

Neighbors With Weird Houses

Forget crabgrass, imagine living next door to these - 

Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA 

Coral Castle in Homestead, FL

Shangri-La in Hightowers, NC 

The Peterson Rock Gardens in Redmond, OR

Prairie Moon Garden in Fountain City, WI

Salvation Mountain, San Diego, CA

The Forevertron in South-Central Wisconsin

okay, okay, I admit I'd like to live next door to this huge steampunk dream (above), mostly because no one would mess with my house, thinking it was guarded by a missile system.

Sleeping With the Dead Next Door 

Sleeping with the dead - a 43-year-old widow in Buenos Aires sleeps in the mausoleum with her dead husband to keep him company. She had brought in a bed, a burner, a cooker, and internet hookup.

What's up with Buenos Aires? This man lived with his mom's mummified corpse at the kitchen table for a decade! 

A woman in Belgium slept beside her husband for more than a year after his death.  The body was mummified, and neighbors smelled nothing odd.  She could have kept going on like that, but they hadn't paid rent in a year, so owners came to investigate.

Haunted Towns 

It might not be the freaky neighbors, it might be that you live in a very haunted town. Here's a list of some - 

Baltimore, Maryland
New Orleans, Louisiana
Galveston, Texas
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Savannah, Georgia
Portland, Oregon
Athens, Ohio
Washington, D.C.
Chicago, Illinois
San Francisco, California
Tombstone, Arizona
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Louisville, Kentucky
Weston, West Virginia

And, if all this isn't scary enough, consider this - real life is often times enough to inspire horror movies. The movie "The Strangers" was based on a true event of some people stalked and killed within a cabin.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Second Gunman Found?

MK Davis, going over the Orville Nix film, found something rather interesting. You might want to make a jaunt over to his blog and give it a look. It is quite impressive! Look in the right upper corner of the clip he plays. 

Tonight On Paranormal Geeks Radio: Dr. Gillian Holloway

Tonight on Paranormal Geeks Radio the special guest is Dr. Gillian Holloway.  Dr. Holloway is author of four books and an instructor at Marylhurst University and an expert in dream analysis.  

This awesome show is on at 9 pm EST/8 pm Central/6 pm Pacific.


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