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Forget M3GAN, This Life-Size Mannequin is a “Real” Creepy Doll

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For some reason, Mexico is like an epicenter for paranormal activity and other legends that defy science. From their cryptozoological oddities to UFO sightings to a variety of ghostly legends, the country seems to sit on some sort of portal to hell.

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But it is not just the metaphysical horrors that plague Mexico, it’s also their lore. Take for instance the story of Pascualita, a life-sized mannequin that stares into the real world from the confines of a dress shop window. People have reportedly seen her come to life, doing things that inanimate objects aren’t supposed to do.

For nearly 100 years, Pascualita has given her curious onlookers something to talk about. In 1930, local shop owner Pascuala Esparza purchased the wax figure to display in her bridal boutique window in Chihuahua. Since then it has become a supernatural folklore phenomenon. Even TikTok creators have their theories:

@horror_v.i.p OMG 🥶🥶🥶#horror #fyp #hot #viral ♬ Creepy and simple horror background music(1070744) – howlingindicator

But before we get into Pascualita‘s alleged ghostly abilities, let’s look at the figure itself. She is so realistic that people have speculated she is not a mannequin at all, but a real person mummified in wax.

From her realistic hair, fleshy skin tone, and expressive eyes, it seems this oddity belongs in the uncanny valley and not in a storefront showcase. But what people really focus on is her hands and fingernails which are so anatomically correct they look like they could reach out and grab you.

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One legend surmises that the figure is actually the preserved body of Pascuala Esparza’s deceased daughter. You see, her engaged daughter died just before her wedding, and the figure appeared in the display a little while after that. A “Corpse Bride” if you will.

Although I am no expert, keeping a dead person perfectly preserved for nearly a century would require constant upkeep. And it’s probably more labor-intensive to keep a wax figure conserved, not to mention Pascualita is standing in the sun all day. A corpse would rapidly decay in the heat, and the wax would melt. Just listen to what YouTube’s resident mortician, Caitlin Doughty, has to say:

But, even if science denies her corporeal existence, there is still that pesky word “supernatural” to get around. Stories have circulated that Pascualita‘s eyes move, or cry. Some people have even reported that the white figure will follow you home if you stare at her too long.

Whatever you believe, this is another one of Mexico’s most popular mythical folk tales. Maybe not as terrifying as their most famous phantom, La Llorona, Pascualita literally stands as a manifestation of such legends that, unlike other ghouls, can be seen in the light of day.

@imnotawizard7861 They even say that her hair, is real human hair… #legend #creepy ♬ Mysterious – Andreas Scherren
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‘Children of the Corn’ Adaptation Headed to Theaters and Shudder

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It’s been almost 40 years since Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton got into it with “He who walks behind the rows,” in Fritz Kiersch’s Children of the Corn, based on a story by Stephen King.

Today, Deadline reports that director Kurt Wimmer’s film will finally get a theatrical release on March 3, with a Shudder streaming release on March 21. But don’t get too excited, because this isn’t a remake or even a reboot. Wimmer has said this version has “almost nothing to do” with King’s original short story or the ’84 movie.

“We went back to the story and free-associated from there,” the director told Variety.

You may also notice the dateline for production is 2020. It was big news at the time that Wimmer was going to shoot his movie in Australia during the height of the COVID pandemic. Through safety protocols including social distancing, they managed to get through it.

Producer Lucas Foster said at the time, “You can theorize all you like about safety protocols, but until you get on set, you don’t really know. But I can now tell you it is impossible to keep a camera crew 1.5 meters apart.”

This updated take on King’s short story doesn’t appear to involve a married couple on a road trip at all. Instead, it is an origin story about how all the adults in the small town met their murderous ends.

Children of the Corn follows a 12 year old girl in Nebraska who is possessed by a spirit in a dying cornfield. She recruits the other children in her small town to go on a bloody rampage and kill all the adults and anyone else who opposes her. A bright high schooler who won’t go along with the plan is the town’s only hope of survival.” — Deadline

Make sure to keep checking back to iHorror for the trailer once it drops. And let us know whether you like the concept of moving away from the original story, or if you would have liked it to follow King’s short story more closely.

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Drew Barrymore Welcomes Allison Williams By Dressing Up Like ‘M3GAN’

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Allison Williams star of the breakout hit, M3GAN. The film has brought in a huge and unexpected amounts of money and continues to climb. Right now it is sitting at $125 million and counting. In order to welcome Williams, Barrymore got in full M3GAN gear and served up some dance moves, and acted out other qualities the doll brings to her home.

Barrymore hilariously begins to have technical difficulties with her contact lenses leading to a moment that rivals the contact lens malfunction in Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and that is saying a lot.

The synopsis for M3GAN goes like this:

“M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll that’s programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. Designed by Gemma, a brilliant roboticist, M3GAN can listen, watch and learn as it plays the role of friend and teacher, playmate and protector. When Gemma becomes the unexpected caretaker of her 8-year-old niece, she decides to give the girl an M3GAN prototype, a decision that leads to unimaginable consequences.

M3GAN is now playing in theaters everywhere.

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Wes Craven’s ‘Red Eye’ is Getting a 4K UHD Release

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Wes Craven is a true master of horror. He gave us A Nightmare on Elm Street and a few other timeless classics. Right around the time he dove into Scream he also took flight with a big thriller that scored well with audiences who were all on the edge of their seats. Craven’s Red Eye did well at the box-office and had that word of mouth that kept it in theaters for weeks. Red Eye is now coming to 4K UHD and it is coming with some rad special features.

The synopsis for Red Eye goes like this:

“In the wake of her grandmother’s funeral, hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) is waiting to fly back home when she meets charming Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy) at check-in. She thinks it luck that they’re seated together on the plane, but soon learns otherwise. Jackson hopes to assassinate the head of Homeland Security, but to do so, he needs Lisa to reassign the official’s room number at her hotel. As insurance, Jackson has kidnapped Lisa’s father (Brian Cox).

The special features for Red Eye break down like this:

The special features for Red Eye goes like this:

New 4K Restoration of the film

Dolby Vision/HDR Presentation of the film

NEW Audio commentary by editor Patrick Lussier

NEW Filmmaker Focus – Wes Craven and Red Eye

NEW Wes Craven: In His Own Words – Featurette

Audio commentary by Wes Craven, Producer Marianne Maddalena, and Editor Patrick Lussier

The Making of Red Eye – Featurette

Wes Craven: A New Kind of Thriller – Featurette

Gag Reel

Optional English SDH, English, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature

Collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments

Are you excited about Red Eye coming to 4K UHD? Paramount Home Media Distribution releases Craven’s classic on March 21.

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