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SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-APRIL, 2014-RAQUEL WELCH

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Look at the photograph of Raquel Welch at the age of 26 in the now iconic outfit that she wore in Hammer Films production of One Million Years B.C.

She’s pretty damn stunning, right?

Now look at the photo below of Raquel Welch in 2013 at the age of 73.

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Yep, she’s still stunning.

Sure, you could say that anyone could be stunning with the right diet, personal trainer or plastic surgeon; but you would be wrong and would also run the risk of looking liking a colossal douchebag. Let’s face it; Raquel Welch is stunning, period.

Born Jo Raquel Tejada, Raquel blew into this world on September 5, 1940 in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois. Her parents were the Bolivian Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo, an aerospace engineer; and the Irish-American Josephine Sarah Hall, daughter of architect Emery Stanford Hall. The family moved to San Diego, California when Raquel was two years old. As a young woman, she won a number of teen beauty titles including “Miss La Jolla”, “Miss Fairest of the Fair” and “Miss San Diego”. She studied at San Diego State College in 1958 and married her high school sweetheart James Welch the following year.

She first began to make waves on the small screen in minor roles on Bewitched, McHale’s Navy and The Virginian. Her first role in motion pictures was as Call Girl in A House is Not a Home (1964). Other film credits include the Elvis Presley vehicle Roustabout (1964), A Swingin’ Summer (1965), 100 Rifles (1969), Kansas City Bomber (1972) and Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976). Her genre work includes Fantastic Voyage (1966), One Million Years B.C. (1966) and Bedazzled (1967).

As a businesswoman she has succeeded with her own line of wigs and was also chosen in 2007 to be the new face of MAC Cosmetics Beauty Icon Series.

Raquel Welch was beautiful yesterday, she is beautiful today and she continues to be beautiful well into the future. I’ve got a huge crush on her and my wife is well aware of it and quite amused. It is with great pleasure that I present to you the April, 2014 Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Month, Raquel Welch.

LA TRIVIA DE LA BELLA MISS WELCH (THE TRIVIA OF THE BEAUTIFUL MISS WELCH

Mother of Tahnee Welch and Damon Welch.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#18).

Mentioned in the theme song of the 1980s television series The Fall Guy (1981).

Auditioned for the role of Mary Ann Summers in Gilligan’s Island (1964), which went to Dawn Wells.

20th Century Fox wanted her to change her name to Debbie Welch, because they thought Raquel was too difficult to pronounce.

As of 2013, celebrity spokesperson for Foster Grant sunglasses since the 1960s.

CUANDO RAQUEL HABLA (WHEN RAQUEL SPEAKS)

Being a sex symbol was rather like being a convict.

I couldn’t stand that my husband was being unfaithful. I am Raquel Welch – understand? (From 1973)

Americans have always had sex symbols. It’s a time-honored tradition and I’m flattered to have been one. But it’s hard to have a long, fruitful career once you’ve been stereotyped that way. That’s why I’m proud to say I’ve endured.

[20th Century Fox] said it ["Raquel"] was difficult to pronounce, nobody’s going to remember it. And they had a point. In school, nobody could pronounce my name. They just called me Rocky. But school kids are one thing, your career as an adult woman is another. I took it as a challenge. I was like, “Well, let’s see what happens.” You either embrace your identity or you let them force you into homogenizing yourself.

Every day, every day. I have people that handle my fan mail, and every day tons of photos come in, with requests for autographs. The fur bikini [from One Million Years B.C.(1966)] is the perennial one. I do feel very fortunate, because I had no suspicion that a dinosaur movie would ever pay off for me as an actress. I figured, it’s going to be swept under the carpet, nobody will ever see it. I had a couple of small children at the time, and I used to take them over to see Ray Harryhausen. He did all the special effects on the movie, all the stop-motion animation, and he’s pretty much a science fiction legend. Ray would show my kids all the little figurines he used, all the dinosaurs. And then he’d show them how the animation was done, and they were fascinated. So that’s what it seemed like to me. It was great stuff for kids, but maybe not the ideal way for an actress to enter the movie-making scene. I even complained to the studio. I was like, “Please, please don’t make me do the dinosaur movie.” They were like “No, Raquel, you don’t understand. It’s a classic. It’ll live on forever.” Turns out they were right.

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NORMAN REEDUS-THE WALKING DEAD’S DARYL DIXON-GETS PRANKED AND IT’S HILARIOUS!

With a little help from Andrew “Rick Grimes” Lincoln and make-up artist Greg Nicotero, Walking Dead superfan Nick Santonastasso pulls off a successful prank on Norman “Daryl Dixon” Reedus. Enjoy.

Kudos go to Lincoln and Nicotero for setting up the prank, Nick for pulling it off so beautifully and Reedus for being such a cool guy about it.

THE PIT OF ULTIMATE DARK SHADOWS EPISODES 5 & 6

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Episode 7 of The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows coming soon!

Vampires, werewolves and witches! Oh my!

I’m not bastardizing The Wizard of Oz; just trying to get my tag list to grow.

THE PIT OF ULTIMATE DARK SHADOWS EPISODES 3 & 4

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Welcome to Episodes 3 and 4 of The Ultimate Pit of Dark Shadows. We hope you enjoyed Episodes 1 and 2. I brought a couple of friends along to guide you to the other side…I mean the episodes. Enjoy.

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THE PIT OF ULTIMATE DARK SHADOWS-Episodes 1 & 2

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Welcome to the inaugural launch of  The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. If you recall I began a poll last Sunday asking readers if they wanted to see the show hosted by Written in Blood. The polls have closed and the result was an astounding (to me) 18-0 in favor. What I will be doing is presenting episodes 1 & 2 on Monday, 3 & 4 on Wednesday and 5 & 6 on Friday. After that, new episodes will premiere every Friday; illness, work and other monkey wrenches that life throws our way permitting.

So, without further adieu show creator Daryl Wor and myself welcome you to The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows.

Click an episode link to begin:

EPISODE 1

EPISODE 2

From Daryl Wor:

“So, The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows is a condensed re-write of the old 1960′s series Dark Shadows.However, it incorporates a ton of other shows and films, mostly from the 1960′s to help get all the characters into a resolved state so they’ll eventually still be spooky, but working together rather than eating each other alive all the time.

So, a type of Dark Shadows, hosted by Sir Simon Milligan and Manservant Hecubus from The Kids In The Hall skits. The skits were called The Pit of Ultimate Darkness, hence the combined name of the podcast. Then the butler from Clue steps in, later Capt. Gregg fromThe Ghost & Mrs. Muir, eventually the Addams Family and well, the list goes on. So it would appeal to more than one set of fans to these things.  A sort of “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” approach.

And YEP! It’s all me, Daryl Wor… written, conceived, and performed by, though I have the help of sound clips, music and a very patient spouse! After doing all this, I must quote Sir Simon Milligan, “I am a man, possessed by many demons! Polite demons who would open a door for a lady carrying too many parcels… but DEMONS nonetheless.” And yeah, I’m a chick, but I really don’t mind being called Mister. Sure as heck beats “Ma’am“. So, you could call it a one-woman-show, but with all these characters and getting them accurate, I can hardly take all the credit.”

DARYL WOR GIVES US A ONE-WOMAN MASHUP WITH THE PIT OF ULTIMATE DARK SHADOWS PODCAST

It seems like everywhere you look someone is doing a mashup these days. For those of you who don’t know what a mashup is then allow me to explain. A mashup is when you take two or more things, i.e. books, movies, music or what have you. and put them together into one thing. It’s that simple! For instance, have you ever wondered what it would be like to combine classic Star Trek with Bonanza? How about Flash Gordon with the Aliens franchise? The possibilities are endless!

Daryl Wor has thought long and hard about mashups. A devoted Dark Shadows fan, she is the one-woman show that runs the podcast The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows

From archive.org:

A show of darkness with a lot of heart, plenty of chuckles made both of metaphors and bad puns. As Dark Shadows lifted story lines from a zillion old books of the Gothic variety, what would it be like if they shared time with the current classics? And what if these newer characters could help them lift all the curses? (Contains intros delving into the writing process as well as information and commentary about the various programs and key players.)

From Daryl Wor:

So, The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows is a condensed re-write of the old 1960′s series Dark Shadows.However, it incorporates a ton of other shows and films, mostly from the 1960′s to help get all the characters into a resolved state so they’ll eventually still be spooky, but working together rather than eating each other alive all the time.

So, a type of Dark Shadows, hosted by Sir Simon Milligan and Manservant Hecubus from The Kids In The Hall skits. The skits were called The Pit of Ultimate Darkness, hence the combined name of the podcast. Then the butler from Clue steps in, later Capt. Gregg from The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, eventually the Addams Family and well, the list goes on. So it would appeal to more than one set of fans to these things.  A sort of “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” approach.
And YEP! It’s all me, Daryl Wor… written, conceived, and performed by, though I have the help of sound clips, music and a very patient spouse! After doing all this, I must quote Sir Simon Milligan, “I am a man, possessed by many demons! Polite demons who would open a door for a lady carrying too many parcels… but DEMONS nonetheless.” And yeah, I’m a chick, but I really don’t mind being called Mister. Sure as heck beats “Ma’am“. So, you could call it a one-woman-show, but with all these characters and getting them accurate, I can hardly take all the credit.
Daryl sent me an e-mail asking if I would do a write-up to help her promote The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. I am trying to work with her and see if she wants to post the show here on Written in Blood. All the credit for the show would go to her, of course; I’m just the middle man, so to speak.
So, I’m going to take a poll: do you want to see The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows as a feature here on Written in Blood? The poll will run for one week and then I will discuss with Daryl on which direction she wants to take depending on the outcome. So cast your votes and as always take care…and stay scared.
Here’s a logo I made up for the podcast:
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SNOW BEAST

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John Schneider as Jim Harwood

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Directed by Brian Bough

Written by Brittany Wiscombe

I loved Jaws, both the book and the movie. What’s not to like about it? A monstrous great white shark terrorizes an idyllic fishing and vacation spot and is dispatched by three brave men who have no idea what they are truly getting themselves into. There’s opposition from the higher-ups i.e. the mayor. “You can’t close the beach; people will go somewhere else for their summer fun”, he says. But alas, our brave trio presses on. Perseverance in the face of human and natural adversity; you’ve got to love it.

That doesn’t mean that you have to love the countless films that have ripped off the premise of Jaws in some way, shape or form since the year of its release in 1975. There have been films about killer bears (Grizzly), killer volcanoes (Dante’s Peak; you will never convince me that this film is not Jaws with lava); even The Relic riffs, and rips, from that damn shark movie. Then, there is Snow Beast.

There have actually been two films with this title. The first starred Bo Svenson and Yvette Mimieux  from 1977. The first film played off of Jaws rather effectively and was kind of fun for a low-budget TV movie. The 2011 remake, the film reviewed here, is not.  John Schneider (Eddie Macon’s Run, Smallville) and his team of researchers are studying the behavior patterns of the Canadian lynx when they encounter a Yeti-like creature and find themselves in a struggle for survival. People die because they do stupid things such as go off by themselves; and there is a subplot between Jim (Schneider) and his teenage daughter Emmy (Danielle ChuchranMinor Details), who conveniently comes along on the job. The beast itself looks like the result of a sexual union between Andre the Giant and a polar bear. It attacks with the ferocity of a pee wee league football player and it runs like an anally raped moose. Wait, did I mention that Jason London (Dazed and Confused) is in this movie? He is…for maybe five minutes of screen time. Amazingly, he gets second billing; which goes to show that no one will know, or give a crap, about the rest of the cast.

There’s a bottom line to be drawn here; and that bottom line is that there is nothing to fear or to recommend about this particular Snow Beast.

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A PERSONAL GHOST STORY FOR OCTOBER 10, 2013

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Hello again, ghost story fans! I promised that I would share my own personal ghost story and that is exactly what I am doing with today’s post. Check it out:

I was 13, maybe 14 years old when it first happened; which would be sometime in 1975-1976. My grandmother had passed away about a year before at the age of 97. Grandma was a strange sort, seeing as to how she took to wandering the house late at night, shuffling her slippers on the carpet. Don’t even get me started on the banana peels she would stuff in the heating vent in the floor in her bedroom. There were many times when I would be watching Chief Wahoo McDaniel chopping the snot out of some poor jobber on World Wide Wrestling late Saturday night only to look up and see Grandma, with her Albert Einstein hair and a washcloth in her mouth peering around the corner at me sitting on the couch. She nearly gave me a heart attack every time. I would always just say, “Go to bed, Grandma.” and she would moan and I would hear her feet shuffling as she made her way back to bed.

I’m going around the world with this story, but I am getting to the point. After Grandma died I moved into her old bedroom. Her room, and her bed, was way bigger than the previous one I was residing in. One Sunday night I was nearly asleep with my body turned toward the wall when I heard a familiar shuffling behind me. It’s just Grandma, I thought; I’ll tell her to go back to bed.

“Grandma, go back to bed.”

Now, there are two very important facts to consider here. One, Grandma had been dead for at least a year. Two, I was sleeping in her old bed. I heard a moan and more shuffling and you can imagine my surprise when I felt the bed push down behind me as if someone were indeed crawling into bed with me. You can imagine my even greater surprise when I felt them pressed up against me, back to back. As I stated earlier, I was facing the wall; needless to say I was too scared to turn over and see who or what had crawled into that bed with me. This was not the last time that this would happen. It went on for at least six months and then it stopped, cold. I have no idea why it stopped. I asked my parents about it and they looked at me as if I just grown a horn in the middle of my head. All I know is that, aside from the initial incident, I never felt afraid when it would happen; I figured Grandma would never hurt me while she was living and she never would while she was dead, either. That’s my ghost story and I’m sticking to it.

Do you have a personal ghost story to share? If you do, then by all means we want to hear it. ‘We’ meaning me and the people who read this blog. Send your story to:

writteninbloodjrm@gmail.com

Try to make it at least 100 words and remember to let me know whether or not you want your real name, or a nickname, to be used when the story is posted. I look forward to reading the accounts of your experiences. Take care…and stay scared.

A PERSONAL GHOST STORY FOR OCTOBER 6, 2013

We are moving right along with another contribution of a personal ghost story for the month of Hallow-tober, or Octo-ween if you prefer.

This one comes from Misty at Cinema Schinema:

My parents’ house, the house where I grew up, had a friendly (and mischievous) spirit in it.  Odd things would regularly occur such as footsteps on the stairs when no one was there or hearing someone say my voice when I was alone.  There were also times where as I walked down the hall to my room, the door would open on its own.  Stuff like that.  I eventually named the spirit “Harold”, and he/she/it kind of became part of the family.  Oh and Harold eventually took up playing the drums – after I left for college, my brother and parents told me that every night for like 15 minutes my brother’s drum set in the basement would be played.  Oh, that silly Harold.

He wasn’t the only one in the house though, at least not all of the time.  One night when I was 11 or 12, as I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep, I opened my eyes to see a woman with dark hair and a white dress standing in the corner of my room.  She slowly started walking towards me and I, of course, utilized the great childhood theory of hiding under my covers so she couldn’t get me. I eventually came out and she was gone.  I told my mother about it the next day and she said that the description fit HER mother exactly…my mother’s mother, my grandmother, died when my mom was 8 – I never met her and I had never seen a picture of her. It made me feel a little better hearing that.  I figured she was just checking in on her grandkids.

Thanks, Misty!

Got a personal ghost story to share? Send it to:

writteninbloodjrm@gmail.com

Remember, try to make it at least a hundred words and let me know whether you want your real name used or not.

Take care…and stay scared.

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A PERSONAL GHOST STORY FOR OCTOBER 3, 2013

This is the first, and so far only, personal ghost story that has been sent in to me here at Written in Blood. It comes from Melissa. Check it out:

I used to live with my grandmother and my room once belonged to her son who was killed 7 years before I was born. She always said that Alan walked the attic, but I figured all the creaking was just because it was an old house. One night, she and I had a huge fight. I stormed upstairs to my room and slammed the door. Cursing her for being a bitch, I was shocked when a cold breeze swept through my room and my door banged open against the wall, and then slammed shut. I thought it might have been the wind, but I remembered the only window open was mine and it would have kept the door shut, not caused it to open. Shocked, I walked over to the door to open it, but the knob would not turn. Meanwhile my room got colder and colder until I could nearly see my breath. I said something like ‘Man, I will apologize to Gram if I get out of here.” Then the room went back to normal temps and the door opened. I never fought with Gram again after that.

A big thanks to Melissa for sharing her story. When I use the term ‘personal ghost story’ I am referring to a ghost story that has happened to you or perhaps someone close to you. It would be awesome to get more personal ghost stories from all of you. Just send your story with the subject heading “My Ghost Story” to:

writteninbloodjrm@gmail.com

It’s okay if you can’t, but try to make your story at least 100 words. Also, let me know if you want your real name or a user name used whenever I post your story.

Take care and stay scared and I hope to hear from you.

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