A ghost is the disembodied spirit of a person or animal that is incapable of moving beyond the mortal world into the afterlife. There are many reasons why a ghost might linger behind. Some stay in order to complete and unfulfilled task. More malign spirits may remain behind in order to mete out vengeance or some other dark pathos against members of the living. Ghosts are usually invisible and are capable of only minimal physical interaction with the corporeal world, though some, such as poltergeists, are capable of making physical contact with the world of the living. Some ghosts are even capable of maintaining some form of visual perception to living humans, though their appearances may vary depending upon their personality.
(See Also: Poltergeist)
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Giallo is a literary genre and style of film making popularized in Italy during the 1930s. It originally referred to pulp mystery or crime noir stories, but later evolved into a brand of gothic horror films. Luminaries of the genre include Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci.
(See Also: Giallo films)
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A giant monster is a creature of great prodigious size and strength and can hail from any of three different origins: Some are extraterrestrial by nature, having been born or created on another world. Many are demonic entities that hail from some netherverse or one of the multiple planes of Hell. More often than not however, giant monsters are mutated variations of humans or animals. In film, giant monsters are a popular genre in the Asian sci-fi market where they are often referred to by the Japanese term daikaiju, or simply just kaiju for short. Kaiju is a Japanese word that means "strange beast," but often translated in English as "monster". In Japanese, daijaiju literally means "giant monster". Notable examples of Japanese daikaiju include Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan. A lesser-known giant monster from South Korean sci-fi is the dragon Yongary. While the Western film market has not embraced giant monster mania to the extent of its Asian counterparts, the United States has produced several popular giant monsters, not the least of which is King Kong, an enormous ape featured in the 1933 film King Kong, which has been remade and retooled multiple times. In 1957, director Nathan Juran and stop-motion wizard Ray Harryhausen presented the world with a giant Venusian alien named Ymir, who appeared in the film 20 Million Miles to Earth. In modern cinema, producer J.J. Abrams gave the world an unnamed giant beast, which trounced New York City in the 2008 film Cloverfield. Fans of the movie have affectionately taken to referring to the creature as "Clover".
(See Also: Known giant monsters; Giant monster films; Appearances made by giant monsters)
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In the True Blood mythos, a Japanese firm developed a synthetic blood substitute called Tru Blood. It provided vampires with all of the nourishment of human blood, enabling them the ability to sustain themselves without feeding from unwilling humans. This led to an event known as the Great Revelation, in which vampires across the globe "came out of the coffin" and revealed their existence to the modern world. Though many preferred the old methods, many other vampires welcomed the chance to live out in the open without fear of reprisal. This practice became known as "mainstreaming".
A groundskeeper is in charge of maintaining the external property of an estate. This includes maintenance, cutting, pruning and seeding of the lawn, as well as plants and shrubbery. A groundskeeper may also be charged with maintaining the family's pool if one exists.
(See Also: Servant)
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