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11 May

The Minerva Monster (VIDEO)

  Minerva Monster kids

Back in 1978, a series of strange events happened in Minerva, Ohio. They specifically happened to the Caytons, a typical small-town American family, and changed their lives forever. 

As the story goes, the Caytons began to experience some odd activity at night on their property on the outskirts of town, which backed up to woodlands and an old strip mine. It started with strange noises and rocks being thrown, and culminated with the killing of the family dog and a visual encounter of a giant, shadowy figure looking in the window of the house. In other words, it's the perfect monster story!

My pal Seth Breedlove thought so too, and decided to make a film about the incident, which blew up and turned the sleepy town into a circus of media and "Bigfoot hunters" descending on the Caytons' property.

I watched the film, entitled The Minerva Monster, and it has a great "monster movie" vibe similar to the vintage Bigfoot film The Legend of Boggy Creek, but without the hokey narration or horror movie cliches.

I asked Seth why he wanted to make the film, and why he chose to make a movie about a monster that isn't your typical monster movie.  Here's what he had to say:

"While I don't consider myself a "believer" in Bigfoot, I do think there is enough evidence to make looking into the subject worthwhile. This particular story, especially, seems to have no easy answers. This is only further corroborated by law enforcement and media personnel who investigated it. 

I grew up in a family where history was a very important part of our lives (my parents owned a historical bookstore). I saw an opportunity in making this film to help preserve something important. Maybe not immediately obvious in terms of importance but certainly important to the city of Minerva and the state of Ohio in general. All history, good or bad, should be told and retold. The Minerva Monster case is no different."

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12 Oct

Don't Cover Your Eyes!: Animal Planet's Scariest Moments (Part 1)

 

Vampire

We don't know about you, but when the weather starts to get crisp and October rolls around, we crave all things scary and Halloween-related. Which is why the arrival of full episodes of Lost Tapes today is perfect timing.

It also kicks off a new effort on our part to share some of the scariest Animal Planet clips with you guys from now til Halloween. The first comes from a Lost Tape episode about vampires (you can see the full episode here). Hold on to your seats - it's scary!

 

 

Be sure to check out the other Lost Tapes full episodes, Zombies and Poltergeist. Need more scares? Check out the top 10 scariest moments from Lost Tapes!

 

21 May

Birthing a Monster - Animal Planet's First Ever Monster Week

Rick-holzman Monster Week is driven by the same creative spark that initially led us to make River Monsters. Monsters have always intrigued us - and have allowed us to tell tense, surprising and suspenseful stories, from shocking creatures of massive size to those that are microscopic (You may recall Monsters Inside Me, a show revealing how a vacation in paradise could suddenly lead to a horrible disease or worms that ate your flesh and brain) and Killer Aliens - about mega-pythons and poisonous lizards in Florida.

Everyone knows that the oceans are full of sharks and that these magnificent alpha predators swim in beautiful bright blue water. There is inherently something creepier and more terrifying about murky water with a bottom that squishes between your toes. As summer nears and we all venture into lakes, ponds and watering holes to cool off on these hot summer days, let’s ask ourselves: What if the places we thought were safe were actually just as scary as the oceans patrolled by sharks?

Monster Week was a simple idea, born in the dark primordial soup of a conference room. But as often happens with monsters, the idea took on a life of its own. It morphed and evolved into what will become be an annual event! What better way to kick off the summer than by celebrating the REAL MONSTERS that live in the great outdoors?

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