10 Classic Movies or Fairy Tales that have Dark origins

10. Pinocchio is based on a story from 1883 by Carlo Collodi. This story shows a dark side to Pinocchio and how he treats his cricket companion.

9. The Little Mermaid, in the telling of Andersen, the mermaid was silenced by having her tongue cut off and there is not a happy ending resulting in the mermaid marrying the human, instead she ascends to heaven with her sisters and smiles at her love as he marries his human bride.

8. Cinderella, a 1950 Disney movie stays pretty close to the original story, “Cinderilla or the Little Glass Slipper” written in 1697 by Charles Perrault. This story has Cinderella getting the life she deserves and forgives her wicked stepsisters. However, the 1812 Grimm version, “Aschenputtel,” is pretty horrific compared to the original story. The wicked stepmother instructs her children to cut her toe off and pigeons help save the prince by plucking out the stepsister’s eyeballs.

7. A famous tale that we all know Grimm took a stab at is, “Little Red Riding Hood.” In the Grimm version the wolf does indeed devour Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, but the hunter arrives, cuts the wolfs belly open and Red Riding Hood and her grandmother escape without a scratch. Oddly enough, the Grimm version is less violent that Perrault’s version, where the hunter allows Red Riding Hood to be eaten.

6. Hansel and Gretel, in the Grimm’s 1812 version the old woman traps the duo and starves Gretel but fattens Hansel up. She decided to eat both of them anyway, but is outsmarted by Gretel who, at the right moment, pushes the witch into the oven and burns her to death.

5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the first Grimm story Walt Disney would turn into a beloved child’s movie has a pretty dark start. For example, in the Grimm version Snow White’s evil stepmother is invited to Snow Whites wedding where guest head a pair of iron shoes on burning coals and she is forced to step into the burning footwear and dance in agony until death becomes her.

4. Rumpelstiltskin, I’m sorry, but there is no version of this story, either in film or text that is not utterly terrifying. Having a creepy man demand your first-born child and then being ripped into by the very ground he stands on, is scary no matter the context. For a good scare check out the Rumpelstiltskin movie starring Amy Irving.

3. The Snow Queen is obviously different from its Disney Counterpart “Frozen.” In the Anderson story portrays a little boy named Kay who gets shards of broken magic mirror glass embedded in his heart and eyes. The glass turns to ice and this leads to him being abducted by the Snow Queen and Kay’s sister Gerda then has to retrieve him from the queen’s palace that is guarded by bears, snakes and porcupines.

2. Rapunzel, the original story has the prince climbing the town and then he impregnates her, then cuts her hair and abandons her in the desert. When the prince returns to the tower where he is confronted by the witch who taunts him and tells him he will never see Rapunzel again. The prince, in despair, jumps from the towner and lands in a bush whose thorns pierce his eyes, leaving him blind. He wanders around for years as a homeless blind man, until he reunites with Rapunzel, who is a single mother struggling with twin and for whatever reason forgives him, heals him and for an even weirder reason goes on to marry the man who humiliated and abandoned her.

1. And for the darkest of all Sleeping Beauty. This story has had many versions from 14th Century France “Perceforest” and Basile’s 1634 story “The Sun, the Moon and Talia.” Both versions end up with Snow White being violated and in the 1634 version the Queen is a cannibal.

The Different Types of Ghosts

Whether or not your walking through and old structure and feel a cold spot, or see a shadow out of the corner of your eye and then it disappears when you turn to it, or perhaps you feel for a split second some normalcy because you thought you saw a deceased relative. Believe it or not, all of these different situations could be ghosts. Like the living, ghosts come in many shapes and forms, so let’s explore five different types of ghosts.

  1. The Interactive personality: This can be a visit from a past family member or friend, sometimes even a historical figure. These ghosts tend to carry over their personalities they had when they were among the living. They can also emit odors that they believe you will associate with them, such as perfume, cigarette smoke, baked goods, etc. Mosts often these ghosts come about when they sense a loved one needs them, or they need you to know something.
  2. Ectoplasm: Yep! Sounds like ghostbusters, but believe it or not, this is a real type of ghost. These are your typical ghosts sightings that occur outdoors, likely in cemetery’s. What you will see with these ghosts are a swirling cloud that appear a couple of feet off the ground. They can be white, gray, or even black, and many times one will see the Ectoplasm before a full body apparition.
  3. The Poltergeist: This is the most widely known type of ghosts, due to pop culture. Poltergeists are referred to as “Noisy ghosts,” they have the ability to manipulate objects around them. They can open and shut doors and cabinets, move furniture, turn lights on and off, etc. This activity is normally harmless and ends as quickly as it started , however they have been known to become dangerous.
  4. Orbs: The balls of light that you believe it to just be bad lighting when taking a picture, could actually be a spirit, you have caught on camera. These orbs can be blue or white, they move very quickly and this is often the form they take before becoming an apparition, similar to the Ectoplasm.
  5. Funnel Ghosts: These ghosts can form a cold vortex. So, when you’re touring a historical structure that gives you the creeps and you walk through a cold spot in the upstairs walkway, more than likely you have passed through a Funnel Ghost. 

The History of The Ouija Board

“Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board,” had booming sales in a Pittsburgh toy shop in the late 1800’s and never stopped gaining notoriety. The Ouija board was described as magical, promising answers to questions about the past, present and future, never-failing amusement and promising a link between the known and unknown, the material and immaterial. And perhaps the most truthful description was that it was interesting and mysterious. Which even then it was hard to see actual truth in advertising, as it is today, however the advertising of this toy was truthful, it was amusing, it was interesting and very mysterious, and it remains so today. 

The Wonderful Talking Board came out of the 19th Century obsession with spiritualism in the United States of America, believing that we could communicate with the dead. Back then it wasn’t seen as strange or dangerous to try, and sometimes succeed, with communing with the dead, now it’s a different story. We fear the unknown, yet we’re still curious. We fear the danger associated with it, yet we love the rush.  We fear unanswered questions, yet we don’t give it a chance to answer them.

To read more about the history of the Ouija Board visit this link:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-strange-and-mysterious-history-of-the-ouija-board-5860627/

Straight from the Remax site!

How do you tell if your house is haunted?

Here are six things you can do to see if your house is haunted

  1. Use a voice recorder. If you find your house, or a particular room is haunted, take a voice recorder in that room, ask the ghost a series of questions and then leave giving the ghost enough time to answer. Upon reviewing the tape, you may hear your answers.
  2. Ghost apps. There are some apps out there with a radar mechanism that can pick up some bursts of energy.
  3. Communicate via Ouija Board. This is a tried-and-true way to communicate with the deceased, however, if the board starts to spell “hell” or “evil” quickly move the planchette to “good-bye” before the demon has a chance to enter your home.
  4. Take a picture. Take a lot of pictures of your home, and maybe they will appear through the lens.
  5. Energy Audits. Use a thermal imaging camera, this will show you where a spirit can be standing in the room.
  6. Ask your realtor to stay in the house overnight. If you’re currently looking to buy a home and the house gives you an eerie feeling, ask your realtor to say all night, if they can’t make it through the night, neither will you.

Click the link for more info on testing your house for ghosts.

https://news.remax.com/is-my-house-haunted-6-chilling-ways-to-tell-if-your-house-is-haunted

The Most Haunted Town in America

Rugby, TN founded in 1880 by Thomas Hughes, the author of the first children’s book “Tom Brown’s School Days.” Hughes used the proceeds from his book to buy land on the Cumberland Plateau, with the initial sight to establish a Utopian village, however that didn’t work out and then the typhoid fever took the lives of many residents.

Rugby is settled in the shadow of Big South Fork River and Recreation Area with population that sits at 75 living, and an unknown number of the deceased. Upon visiting you will be sure to see that the Victorian Village hasn’t changed much in the past 120 years. Seventeen of the original Victorian Structures still remain including the Thomas Hughes Free Library, where every book was published in or before 1900.

An especially active building is the Old Newbury House, which is still open for overnight guests, and has been the scene of many unexplained events throughout the history of Rugby TN. Instances include, children’s laughter, uneasy feelings, chills when entering rooms, women who claim to feel a nudge or a touch because the ghost of Mr. Oldfield, who died in one of the rooms, is looking for his wife.  A horse drawn carriage can be seen on an overgrown road, and on your way out be sure to pay your respects and leave some pennies on Mr. Oldfield’s grave.

The Bunny Man

An Urban Legend, called the Bunny Man, originated in Fairfax Co. Virginia in the 70’s. But this legend is said to haunt Washington D.C. as well as Maryland. Legend has it that a man who wears a Bunny costume chases and tries to attack people with an axe. Most sightings occur at the Colchester Overpass, referred to as Bunny Man Bridge, near Clifton VA.

First reports of the Bunny man came from Burke, Virginia in 1970. The first sighting of the Bunny Man came on the evening of October 19 by the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet, Robert Bennet and his fiancée while they were rising family on Guinea Rd. Returning late one evening from a football game, they decided to park the car across the road from a relative’s house to go pay them a visit. While sitting in the front seats, they noticed something in the bushes behind them and before they knew it, the front passenger window was smashed by a man yelling at them about trespassing. They then sped off, and when reporting to the police Cadet Bennet recalled the man wearing a white suit with Bunny Ears, however his fiancée does not remember the ears. It was discovered after they drove off, a hatchet was left in the floorboard.

The second sighting of the Bunny man occurred just 10 days later on October 29. Construction Security guard, Paul Phillips, approached a man standing on a porch of an unfinished home. This incidence also happened on Guinea Road, but this time the man was in a gray, black and white Bunny Costume. When Phillips approached the man, who appeared to be a fit 20 something, he started hacking the porch post with an axe and told Phillip’s his head was next if he continued to trespass.

The two instances were investigated by the police, but the cases were quickly closed due to a lack of evidence.

More sightings of the Bunny man:

10/22/1970 – Bunny Man saw in Fairfax

10/31/70 – Bunny Man reappears

11/4/70 – Bunny Man seen

11/6/70 – More Bunny Man reports flood in.

A student at the University of Maryland submitted a research paper on this new Urban Legend that chronicled 54 variations on the two instances listed above, in 1973. Urban Legend or a Halloween Prank gone wrong?

Let’s talk about mirrors

Eisoptrophobia or Catoptrophobia, can result in severe panic and anxiety and is a result from fear of seeing yourself, or something else in the mirror. Many people have fears or phobias that can range from test taking, snakes, speaking in public, flying or water. The difference between those phobias and Catoptrophobia, is that a fear of mirrors can negatively impact your daily life in a professional and social setting. There are many reasons people fear mirrors, from a fear of reflections, fear of your own body image, or fear of the supernatural. Of course, we are going to focus on the supernatural and how that plays into this particular fear.

The fear, imbedded from religious beliefs or customs, is linked to death, ghosts, or even witchcraft. Mirrors are a significant tool in rituals and appear in many superstitions, and an old belief is that a mirror shows a reflection an individual’s soul. Within this belief, the soul regenerates every seven years, and if a mirror breaks that is why you will have seven years of bad luck. Some cultures will cover a deceased persons living quarters with mirrors, so the soul will not get trapped. The mirror has always been portrayed as a portal from one world to another and seeing a reflection in the mirror that is not in your reality, is a bad omen. When it comes to the urban legends, the most famous is Bloody Mary. Saying her name three times to your bathroom mirror can send for an evil entity through said mirror.

Why are we scared of Dolls?

Why are dolls so creepy?

Well as humans we see a face and associate it with mental capabilities. Meaning the face we see can think, come up with plans, feel happiness, feel pain, and bleed. So seeing a doll with a humanlike face, rosy cheeks, glossy eyes, and hair like ours, its difficult to see this thing as inanimate. But, it is. Pedophobia is a fear of dolls. Many movies, TV shows, stories, books, poems, and yes Haunted Houses use this human fear for profit. Guilty! But this topic, discussed in an earlier blog post, humans will literally pay for fear.

Even as children we give dolls a life of their own, we give them dolls houses, cloths, we change them, brush their hair, lay them to bed and take them everywhere with us. In a way it’s really quite sweet to see our little ones caring so deeply for something, similar to how we care for them. Until one day, the child outgrows the doll and it just sits on the dresser for days, weeks, and months on end and you pass it every time you walk down the hall. One day, you take a second look. The doll has moved slightly, this wasn’t your doing or the childs doing. It stays like that for weeks, you start to hear noises, see its eyes following you as you walk in and out of it’s sight. This is when the doll you used to see daily, accompanying your child on every trip is now a neglected toy that get not attention or affection. As humans we have a sense of guilt about that, because we see a small face and it’s hard for us to not see a mental state attached to it. However, many accounts and ghost stories and folk tales, sometimes tells us otherwise. A ghost sees an empty vessel. This vessel has legs, hands with 10 digits, eyes to look around, and the ability to go unnoticed as an inanimate object, the perfect hiding spot and the perfect vessel to move.

Drop us a couple of comments below with some scary stories about your encounters with dolls or puppets!

World’s Largest Ghost Hunt!

Join us at the NSH for a part of the World’s Largest Ghost Hunt. SRS Paranormal will be leading the investigation. There are 139 haunted locations around the world participating. You can participate with us and be a part of the World’s Largest Ghost Hunt! We will be live streaming while investigating. So if you can’t join us watch us on fb live stream. Click here to check out the National Ghost Hunting Day Page for information on other locations participating in the World’s Largest Ghost Hunt.

Ghosts, are they real or a fragment of the imagination?

It’s a great topic of debate among humans, and has been for centuries. The world’s population is divided on this, those who believe ghosts are real and those who don’t. To those who do believe in life after death, the ability to sense ghosts, or the ability to communicate with the dead, these are all topics believers are deeply interested in. And sometimes we do need a little reassurance, especially with the non-believers always chiming in. Some videos posted online are a total hoax, yet some are undeniably creepy and almost impossible to explain.

Check out this website to see what you think…

Share your ghost stories with us in the comments section. If you have audio/or video files be sure to send them our way and we’ll post them on our website and Facebook.

 

 

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