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In the late 1800s, the Wild West boomtown of Tombstone, Arizona, was a place where outlaws, gunslingers, and violent shootouts were all too common. Tombstone's past is also riddled with bizarre supernatural stories, including tales of strange creatures roaming the frontier that spread like wildfire in the 19th century. One such story that has fascinated people for over a century is the legend of the Tombstone Devil, a flying reptile that looked suprisingly similar to a pterodactyl. According to local lore, in 1890, two ranchers reported seeing a giant flying creature in the sky above them. They not only feared it, but they tracked it down and killed it, attempting to take a photograph of it sprawled out. The story was reported in the Tombstone Epitaph, and a photograph of the strange creature was even published in the newspaper. Perhaps the answer can be found by examining accounts from Native American folklore of a creature known as the Thunderbird. The Thunderbird is one of the most widespread and powerful creatures and symbols in Native American mythology.
The dawn of the home video age in the late 1970s was a magical experience. The VCR became a bona fide extension of the Hollywood experience in the comfort of your own living room. Video stores were houses of wonder, in that innocent pre-internet age, there was simply no way to determine what many of these strange movies were, or where they had come from, nowhere more so than the Horror movie section. Low budget productions with lurid artwork on oversized boxes stared down from the top shelf, charging already frenzied imaginations with the nightmarish possibilities of what those forbidden films might hold in store. The 1970s produced numerous critically acclaimed horror films including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, Jaws, Carrie, The Fog and Halloween, but the advent of home video unleashed oddities galore, most of which were low budget entries that gleefully pushed the boundaries of good taste. Usually based on monster folklore or real life ‘sightings’, they tapped into the cultural zeitgeist and were destined to become cult favourites. Supported by a burgeoning network of mom and pop video stores, the release of these movies would be accompanied by promotional t shirts and posters designed to mesmerise and engage the viewer. These ‘straight to video’ films would become vehicles for a new wave of countercultural creativity. Art house directors could now experiment with avant garde concepts that big movie studios would never fund, musicians and bands could release concerts and documentaries, it became a new medium of subcultural communication.
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