We live in an extremely advance technological era and believe that some mythical characters of horror and fiction movies are creation of technology. But technology too has taken inspiration from some naturally existing and amazing creatures.
Here are four most amazing characters which you might have seen in some horror of fiction movie.
The Camel Girl:
Ella Harper, famously known as “The Camel Girl” got her name because she preferred to walk on four feet.
Ella was born in 1870 with a unique and unusual orthopedic condition that caused her legs to bend backwards. During her life she worked as a circus artist, earning an remarkable $200 a week.
On 28 June 1905 Ella Harper married a man named Robert L. Savely. They also adopted a 3 month old child, but that the child passed away only 18 days later. Ella died of colon cancer on 19 December 1921 in Nashville, Tennessee and she was buried at Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville.
In most of horror movies like UNBORN, 1920 EVIL RETURNS, GRUDGE, MAMA and THE CONJURING somehow depicts her character.
The Ohio Big Foot Lady:
FANNY MILLS was born in England in 1860 and settled to Sandusky, Ohio soon after her birth. Fanny began to show signs of Milroy’s Disease from an early age. Milroy’s is essentially a Lymphedema which is an abnormal collection of protein-rich fluid in the interstitium resulting from obstacle of lymphatic drainage. Fanny was a smart woman, But her weight was about 115 pounds, her feet lengthened to require a size 30 shoe.
Fanny’s feet were said to have measured more than nineteen inches long and seven inches transversely.
According to some rumors her shoes to be made from the skins of three goats and socks were over pillowcase size. She began exhibiting herself at Dime Museums in 1885. She died in 1892.
Big feet of hobbits THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and Hank in X-men FIRST CLASS are a bit inspired by Fanny Mills
The French Angel:
MAURICE TILLET commonly known as ‘The French Angel’ was born in France in 1903 and was completely healthy child. He aimed to become an actor and was highly intelligent, allegedly speaking 14 languages and was pretty gifted
In his twenties, Maurice developed acromegaly which is a rather rare hormonal disorder that occurs when the pituitary gland (an important gland in the body which controls other hormonal glands) produces extra growth hormone. Generally, the condition is caused by a pituitary tumor, and results in bones growing riotously and irrepressibly.
In America, Maurice crafted a new identity becoming his spoiled appearance as a rough and villainous professional wrestler. Renamed ‘The French Angel and often called the ‘freak ogre of the ring’. On April 4th 1954 Maurice died prematurely at the age of 51.
Rumors are all around that Shrek’s character was totally inspired by Maurice Tillet.
The Double-Bodied Man:
Jean Libbera 1936) was born in 1884 in Rome with adjoined twin and showed in sideshows as The Double-Bodied Man. Their family consists of thirteen children, one of whom were also parasitic twin but did not survive.
Jean and his parasitic twin shared the chest-stomach area. Jean Libbera’s twin was so well-built that he gave it the name Jacques and the two were thus exhibited. The twin had two arms and two legs and felt senses; it also had an imperceptible head fixed in Jean’s body.
Jean passed away in 1934, at the age of 50.
In WRATH OF THE TITANS two headed dragon, and in many other movies two headed monsters and double bodied characters show inspiration to Jean Libbera
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