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SOME SPINE TINGLING HORROR MOVIE TRIVIA FOR ALL YOU GHOULES!

1.   The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) was played by two stuntmen. The subsurface Creature was Ricou Browning in a suit, noted for his ability to hold his breath for up to four minutes underwater, an important benefit if you don't want bubbles or a bulky aqualung to ruin the effect. Instead, Browning had access to an oxygen tube available nearby where he could take a breath Besides the suit, Browning also had to wear heavy weights strapped on to him.





2.   It took five hours each day to make Lon Chaney, Jr., up for The Wolfman (1941), his favorite role. The various appliances, including the yak hair for his fur, were applied bit-by-bit for transformation scenes during time-lapse sequences with Chaney remaining in one pose from shot to shot until the change was complete. Boris Karloff underwent four hour makeup sessions for Frankenstein (1931) and seven hours for the more detailed makeup scheme for The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Shooting had to be delayed until 1pm due t…

PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD FROM BELGIUM

The oldest mention of the present procession is to be found in a charter of the Unloaders'Guild (1291). From it we learn that the guilds of Bruges were obliged to participate in the procession. Probably the Holy Blood was exhibited in the chapel on the Burg before 1291. And it is presumably from this custom that the procession originated.
    From 1303 onwards one hears of a Holy Blood procession going round the city walls. Because the relic was town-property the procession was, of course, a civil and an official occasion in which horsemen, guildsmen and artisans, marksmen, city councillors and, naturally, the clergy, in all their splendour march with the relic.





   In 1310,  Bruges' city council decided to combine the festivities around the Holy Blood,  its procession (May 3rd) and the two-week ceremonies, with the annual fair (April 23rd until May 22nd). As a result the numbers of those assisting at the procession and the devotion around the Holy Blood grew.
   In the 15t…