Masks popularly disguise faces in Halloween, Greek and Roman theater, and Mardi Gras type-style celebrations, spiritual beliefs ritual among North American Indians, Mexicans, Africans and India .
Fantasy tales evolved from early fairy tales. Colorful characters appeared in novels and were adapted into film. A favorite theme focused on good versus evil during Halloween and Christmas holidays.
Louisville Kentucky sanatorium was a popular tuberculosis hospital. Suffering patients haunt the place. One nurse hung herself in a room. The sanatorium is investigated by paranormal investigators.
Fleischer animated Koko the Clown with a rotoscope. Disney's Dumbo was the first feature film with an American background and watercolor background. Human cannonball is a favorite stunt in animation.
Key historical events and future Utopian societies are compelling fiction in Science fiction and fantasy time travel themes exploring various methods to journey through time in literature and film.
Haitian Voodoo and a poisonous drug converted corpses into zombies. Hollywood inspired zombie movies included mad scientists in the 30's. George Romero reinvented zombie cannibals in the 60's.
Haitian voodoo drew American interest in zombie making. Davis studied Bokor zombie powder. Pufferfish contains poisonous ingredient used in zombie making. Modern Doctors discredit many Zombie cases.
Edgar A. Poe's scary stories entertained black and white TV. Hitchcock and Serling narrated 30 minute horror TV. Color TV showed viewers bloody gore. Sci-fi horror was popular. Cable TV is uncensored.
Edgar Allan Poe, American master of horror fiction, wrote short fiction and a novel that tried to trick readers into believing they were nonfiction. Some of his six hoaxes were very successful.
New Orleans has eerie haunted mansions, taverns, and mausoleums. Voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau, mixed Roman Catholic faith with African religion. Television shows hook viewers by city's dark past.
Many haunted houses thrill people during Halloween month. Some amusement franchises haunt people yearly, and were influenced by funhouses, dark rides, wax figures, and motion picture special effects.