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B-Movie Kraken

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The sleep of reasoner breeds monsters. (sic)

« on: September 28, 2023, 09:21:39 AM »

You probably know Roundhay Garden Scene, 1888, by Louis LePrince, is considered the world's first movie: all 1.6 seconds of it. But did you know the tragedies associated with it?

For starters, the woman in the white dress who dances on the far right of the scene, Sarah Whitley, died ten days after the film was shot.

The filmmaker himself, Louis LePrince, was legally declared dead after he mysteriously vanished while taking a train to Paris.

Adolphe LePrince, the young man in black who dances at the movie's left, was later found shot to death in a woods.

What's it all mean? Probably nothing, but I certainly never knew all this blackness surrounded an innocent little frolic in a garden captured on film.

This is a good video about it and in general a fine YouTube channel:

What does not kill me makes me stranger.
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Frightening Fanatic of Horrible Cinema

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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2023, 12:26:52 PM »

I'd never heard any of that.
Frightening Fanatic of Horrible Cinema

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2023, 12:26:22 PM »

I'd never heard any of that.


Seems like back in the old days lots of horror movies were "cursed" or had strange things happening. Poltergeist (1982) is probably the best known cursed movie.

Is it October yet?
B-Movie Kraken

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"Charlie,we're in HELL!"-"yeah,ain't it groovy?!"

« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2023, 01:57:53 PM »

^ the EXORCIST was also said to be cursed.
The CONQUERER (1956) with John Wayne was cursed. By cancer demons.

"Supernatural?...perhaps. Baloney?...Perhaps not!\" Bela Lugosi-the BLACK CAT (1934)

Interviewer-"Does Dracula ever end for you?"
Lugosi-"No. Dracula-never ends."

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B-Movie Kraken

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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2023, 02:20:19 PM »

The SA movie The Last Lion (1972) was cursed AFAIK.

The star Jack Hawkins died before the film was released.
The sound man on the film, James Chapman, was eaten by a lion.
The music composer died before the film was released.
The trainer of the lion which killed James Chapman was arrested for murder.

If you don't know the film's back story, it is quite a good movie.

I know I can make it on my own if I try, but I'm searching for the Great Heart
To stand me by, underneath the African sky
A Great Heart to stand me by.
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