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Monday, October 31, 2016
Halloween originally started as nothing more than an autumn harvest festival. It was originally called Samhain meaning "end of summer" in ancient Celtic Ireland. Today, the holiday is associated with ghosts, costumes and candy. And practically as long as there has been a movie industry, it has tried to capitalize on the popularity of this ancient holiday.
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Today's Random Fact:
Boris Karloff, who starred as Frankenstein, had to wear 22-pound size 24 boots. He also donned two pairs of pants with steel struts shoved in them, and a double-thickness quilted suit.
Karloff's facial makeup was one-sixteenth of an inch thick, and the bolts on the side of his neck left long-term scars.
Bette Davis wanted the part of Mrs. Frankenstein, but was turned down because she was "too aggressive."
Among the lighting tricks in the classic film Dracula: Twin pencil-spotlights were shined in Bela Lugosi's eyes to give Count Dracula his legendary hypnotic stare.
The Castle Dracula and Carfax Abbey sets were so expensive to build that Universal Pictures kept and reused them. You can spot them in numerous Universal films of the '30s.
In Boris Karloff's second big monster flick The Mummy, he had to be wrapped every day in linen and gauze, and was covered with mud.
Lou Chaney, Jr.'s werewolf makeup in The Wolf Man took five hours to apply every day.
The werewolf costume was actually made of yak hair.