Tomino’s Hell

WordPress reminds me that it’s been a month since my latest post was published, which is a very long time. I’m very sorry about it but I guess we all have to deal with the fact that I’m the worst blogger in the blogosphere. I swear that even if I’m not posting a lot lately, I’m still working for you and you will see the final result pretty soon (and I’m sooo excited about it!). Now, enough with this chit-chat and let’s get on with this new post!

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Tomino’s Hell (Tomino no Jigoku – トミノの地獄 ) is an ancient Japanese poem written by Yomota Inuhiko in a book called “The Heart is Like a Rolling Stone” and even before, included by Saijo Yaso in his 27th collection of poems in 1919.

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Creepy tales

Giambattista Basile‘s tales feature dismemberments, rapes and killings. Far from being the magical, Disney-style fairy tales we imagine, his works inspired a stunning movie that I recently watched called “The Tale of Tales” (Il Racconto dei Racconti), directed by Matteo Garrone.

I remember as a kid to be an avid reader of fairytales, especially the ones by the Grimm brothers, but of course most of the books I used to own back then were a lot “sugarcoated” because the original versions of the most famous fairy-tales we know are NOT very suitable for children. I’m pretty sure that there’s a sort of moral at the end and scarying the hell out of kids might work to make them understand the “message”.

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Let’s start with The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Andersen), Ariel and her lovely friends having fun underwater (okay, it does sound wrong!). Well, in the original version the little mermaid doesn’t even have a name nor a soul and this is the lesser evil. She falls in love with a charming prince from the human world so she goes to Ursula the Sea Witch so that she can turn her into a human, not only is she voiceless, every step on her feet causes her agony; the sea-witch describes it as “walking on knives.” All this for the prince she loves, who at the end marries another girl. As the little mermaid contemplates dying, her sisters pop out of the water, having traded their hair with the witch for a magical knife so that she can kill the prince but the mermaid throws the knife away and prepares to meet her fate. Her body dissolves into foam, but instead of ceasing to exist she’s rescued by the “daughters of the air,” who tell her that she’s now one of them and that, if she flies around the world doing good deeds for 300 years, she might get a soul after all. What a deal?!

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Now it’s time for Sleeping Beauty, the original version would have terrified even Maleficent! Consider some of the plot devices found in the original story of “Sleeping Beauty” in the days of our distant past: adultery, bigamy, murder, the rape of a comatose woman and even human cannibalism. The young woman is put to sleep because of a prophesy, rather than a curse. And it isn’t the kiss of a prince which wakes her up: the king seeing her asleep decides to rape her. After nine months she gives birth to two children (while she is still asleep). One of the children sucks her finger which removes the piece of flax that was keeping her asleep. She wakes up to find herself raped and the mother of two kids. The king comes back, and despite him having raped her, they end up falling in love. However, another big problem: the king is still married to someone else. His wife finds out and not only tries to have the twins killed, cooked, and fed to the king, but also tries to burn the princess at the stake. Luckily, she is unsuccessful. The king and the princess get married and live happily ever after (despite the fact that he raped her).

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In Charles Perrault’s version of Little Red Riding Hood, included in his 1697 collection Stories or Fairy Tales from Past Times: Tales of Mother Goose, there is no intrepid huntsman. Little Red simply strips naked, gets in bed, and then dies, eaten up by the big bad wolf, with no miraculous relief. In another version, she eats her own grandmother first, her flesh cooked up and her blood poured into a wine glass by our wolfish friend and another version has it that the young girl has sex with the wolf, who was a some sort of a werewolf.

Sometimes I wonder how different would Disneyland be if they stuck to the original endings, I’m pretty sure it would only be a place for some adults fun!

Elle. x

 

Haunted Dolls.

Here it is, as promised, a post completely dedicated to haunted dolls. So, if you suffer from pediophobia you may NOT enjoy this post (Sorry)!

A haunted doll is a handmade or manufactured doll or stuffed animal that is purported to be cursed or possessed in some way. The earliest report of a haunted doll goes back to Egypt where the enemies of Ramses III attempted to use wax images of his likeness to bring about his death.

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Christmas: A Guide for Weirdos!

I’m not a Christmassy person at all and I’m sure I’m not the only one. So I’ve decided to write a “guide” for all the weirdos out there in the world who are in need of an advice on how to “survive” during the most annoying time of the year. I guess the only silver lining is that we can all get drunk and eat A LOT, because you know, it’s tradition! Anyway, whether you celebrate Christmas or another event, or even if you don’t celebrate at all, here’s a list of movies that I watch during this holiday season and that make everything a lot more bearable (especially the dinners with parents you only see on Christmas!).

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Creepy Fact #2: Zombie Syndrome

When you think of zombies, you probably imagine flesh-eating monsters, the kind of characters made famous in books, movies, and television shows. However, most don’t realize is that there is an actual disease where people think they are truly zombies.

Cotard’s syndrome, also known as “Walking Corpse Syndrome” is an extremely rare psychological condition that affects only a few hundred people in the world. A 2003 report defined the condition as  “the fixed and unshakable belief that one has lost organs, blood or body parts”.

In the case of a British man named Graham this condition surfaced after he tried to commit suicide by taking an electrical appliance with him in the bath. He said: “I just felt like my brain didn’t exist anymore. I’d fried it in the bath.” He stopped smoking, eating, and barely spoke. To his eyes, “there was no point because I was dead.” The hair on his legs eventually fell out, he stopped brushing his teeth, resulting in them turning black, making him look even more like a corpse.

While there aren’t many walking corpse syndrome cases, a PET scan of Graham’s brain showed signs of a person in a vegetative state. The results also showed that the areas in the brain responsible for creating consciousness, theory of mind and the ability to remember past events showed abnormally low activity. After his doctors saw the results, they started Graham on a recovery program of therapy and medication.

Now, Graham says he is not really back to normal, but he can go out on his own and feels a lot better than he was. “I don’t feel that brain-dead any more. Things just feel a bit bizarre sometimes.” But now let me fetch some brainssss!

Elle. x

Cursed Movies

So peeps, what are you going to do on Halloween? Are you a party-person or do you prefer a long horror-movie marathon night? As for me, I love to indulge myself in a good old horror-movie marathon, don’t get me wrong I like parties and having fun but as I’m “getting old” I prefer a more quiet time, not that watching horror/gruesome movies is a relaxing thing anyway!

Talking about movies, some of them have a really particular “background” as they are believed to be CURSED! Here some of my favourites.

POLTERGEIST – 1982

Dominique Dunne starred as the teen daughter in the haunted house, was strangled less than six months after the film came out by her boyfriend, who served only 3½ years after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter. Heather O’Rourke, the famous blonde child, died of a rare disease at age 12, shortly after filming “Poltergeist III,” which was released after her death. Meanwhile, Will Sampson, who played the medicine man in “Poltergeist II” died at 53 of scleroderma; Julian Beck, the evil preacher in the second film, died at 60 of stomach cancer. As you can see there are a lot of deaths, but why talking about a curse? Well, apparently the film makers used real human remains as props in the first Poltergeist movie, which brought some very bad luck.

ROSEMARY’S BABY – 1968

Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 Roman Polanski film about a Manhattan woman whose husband signs a Faustian pact with the Satan-worshipping cult,allowing the devil to impregnate her wife in return for his successful career. The film’s composer died of a brain clot one year after making the film, the same way a character in the film dies. Then producer William Castle suffered kidney failure soon after the film was made. But the curse is mainly built around a terrible event related to Roman Polanski (I bet you all know what I’m going to write about). In March of 1969 Polanski had bought a house for himself and his 8 months pregnant wife Sharon Tate. The previous owner of the house was music producer Terry Melcher, who had previously refused to record Manson’s music. Manson expressed his disappointment by ordering his cult to go to Polanski’s house, there they killed Sharon Tate, her unborn baby and four others, stabbing the victims multiple times. Polanski was in London at the time and thus survived the onslaught. Smaller coincidences related to the ‘curse’: the Manson family nicknamed their murder spree “Helter Skelter” after the Beatles song, later, John Lennon would be murdered outside his hotel ‘The Dakota’. This was the same hotel used in some scenes in the film.

OMEN – 1976

No film in history has had worse luck than The Omen. Star Gregory Peck and the screenwriter David Seltzer took two different planes in to the UK, and both planes were struck by lightning. And if that wasn’t enough, executive producer Mace Neufelds’ plane from Rome was almost struck by lightning as well. Director Richard Donner was even more unlucky, the hotel where he was staying was bombed by the IRA and he was also struck by a car. Gregory Peck was the most unfortunate one – in the Omen, Peck’s character eventually have to kill his own son, in real life, Peck’s son had committed suicide, only months before the shooting started. Numerous members of the crew where in a car crash one day and special effects artist John Richardson were injured in an accident on the set of ‘A Bridge too Far’ and his girlfriend, during the same accident, was beheaded. And rumour has it that when Richardson crawled out from the wreck he saw a road sign: Ommen, 66.6km.

Now, that’s a lot of bad luck…

Elle. x