Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Vampires fans marry with a werewolf for a witness

But then most weddings don't see two vampire fans tying the knot in full costume - with a werewolf for a witness.
Bus driver Nigel Harvard and partner Alex decided on the theme because they did not want a big, white wedding.
The new Mrs Harvard, a mother-of-three who bought her £300 red and black dress online, said: ''I've been married before and just didn't want anything traditional.
''Nigel came up with the idea of a vampire theme and was expecting me to say no, but I loved it.''
The couple, from Surbiton, Surrey, toasted their union with goblets of red wine instead of the more traditional glasses of Champagne.
Mrs Harvard, a children's nursery cook, said: ''It was just something different. It was good fun to dress up, because I like that style of clothes anyway.
''It was an absolutely fantastic day. We told all our guests to wear fancy dress, and everyone made such an effort. I couldn't have asked for more.
''We had checked beforehand that it was okay to wear costumes, but the registrar was still in shock when we walked through the doors.
''We had to take the fangs out when we were making our vows though because it was hard to understand what we were saying. Apart from that, we had them in all the time.''
Registrar Anne Wood said: ''I had no idea what the couple had planned before the ceremony.
''It was only when I saw a skeleton and a group of witches in the car park that I knew it wasn't going to be a conventional wedding.
''It is a good job I am not of a nervous disposition as one of the witnesses was dressed as a werewolf, complete with huge hairy hands and a full head mask with fur and red eyes.
''I could see him in the corner of my eye throughout the ceremony.''
Mrs Harvard, who also works part-time at a local pub, admitted she did not have time to read the vampire-themed Twilight series of books before her wedding on October 31, but plans to do so soon.

Hammer reopens House of Horror for teen film fans


Hammer films, once renowned for its gore-splattered classics such as Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein, is back in production nearly 30 years after its last horror film and is ready to frighten a new generation of cinemagoers.
In its heyday, Hammer was the cinematic equivalent of a repertory theatre, launching the careers of Christopher Lee, as Count Dracula, and Peter Cushing, as Baron Frankenstein.
A team of investors, including Charles Saatchi and Neil Mendoza, former chairman of Warner Music, has acquired the company and is underwriting six films to be made over the next five years, targeting young audiences.
Hammer is developing the scripts with Pictures in Paradise, an Australian company led by the British-born Chris Brown, who yesterday said: "A lot of people have tried to talk with Hammer about re-makes, but I'm interested in working with them to create horror films in the 'new gothic' style, and that's what they've found interesting; that's their roots, their trademark. But we're not talking about making slasher films."
Terry Illott, Hammer's chief executive, said: "This deal gives us a terrific opportunity to deliver highly commercial, low-budget, horror movies for a worldwide teenage audience."
Founded in the early 1930s, Hammer began life with The Mystery of the Marie Celeste, (1935) starring Bela Lugosi, who was Universal Studio's original Dracula.
In its heyday it was the most successful British film production company in terms of both output and box office success. Oliver Reed, an expert at acting threateningly, appeared in 11 Hammer films, including the eponymous beast in Curse of the Werewolf.
David Prowse, later to play Darth Vader in Star Wars, was the monster in 1970's Horror of Frankenstein.
The Hammer "women" were also noted as dangerous characters, especially Ingrid Pitt as a bisexual vampire in The Vampire Lovers.
Others whose careers were launched in bodice-ripping gore were Shirley Anne Field (These Are The Damned), Stephanie Beacham (Dracula AD 1972), Joanna Lumley (The Satanic Rites of Dracula) and Susan Strasberg (Taste of Fear).
Martin Scorsese, the director, recalled: "In my early teens I went with groups of friends to see certain films. If we saw the logo of Hammer Films we knew it was going to be a very special picture, a surprising experience, unusual and shocking."
Lee, 81, said The Curse of Frankenstein, his first Dracula, with Cushing as Dr Van Helsing, was made for just £70,000 at Bray Studios in Windsor in 1957.
It had him as a more urbane vampire than Lugosi and his entrance is with such style and warmth that, critics say, his eventual unmasking is even more startling.
Hammer was also renowned for its film of The Quatermass Experiment, a six-part science fiction thriller broadcast live by the BBC in 1953. Its last release was the kung fu horror film The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires in 1974.

Full moon brings out inner werewolf


A study conducted at the Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital, north of Sydney, found that in the year to July, 91 emergency patients with violent, acute disturbances comparable to werewolves were admitted.
And a quarter of these occurred on the night of a full moon, double the number for other lunar phases, according to Leonie Calver, a clinical research nurse in toxicology.
"Some of these patients attacked the staff like animals, biting, spitting and scratching," she said. The patients had to be sedated and physically restrained to protect themselves.
Miss Calver's study, reported in the Medical Journal of Australia, said: "One might compare them with the werewolves of the past, who are said to have also appeared during the full moon."
Werewolf mythology, she pointed out, included reports of people rubbing "magic ointment" on to their skin or inhaling vapours to induce the transformation from man to beast.
The main ingredients of the ointment, said Miss Calver, were belladonna and nightshade - substances that could produce delirium, hallucinations and delusions of metamorphosis.
However the "modern day werewolf" used a different 'potion' - more than 60 per cent of the patients reviewed in her study were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
"Our findings support the premise that individuals with violent and acute behavioural disturbances are more likely to present to the emergency department during full moon," she said.

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