Author Archives: scottmarkus

Dissecting Urban Legends & Horror “Rules” in Candyman

I need to make one thing insanely clear before you click ‘play’ on this video:  I did not create it.  I’m making this so very clear for one reason:  to give credit where it’s due (something I ALWAYS strive to do, no matter how big or small).  The creator of this video is Serge of Cold Crash Pictures, a former film student who lives in Chicago and makes videos about film appreciation.  Through my work with the International Screenwriters’ Association, I end up watching a lot of film analysis videos, several of which may also fit on this site.  However, this one really digs into the history of Chicago and the Cabrini Green projects as well as, as is the subject of the film, how urban legends take hold.

And if you’re in the mood for more discussion of “movies shot in Chicago,” this is a must-watch:

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Stranger Things…The Cards!

We are super excited about “Stranger Things” season 3, coming out this week!  To get ready, Wendy Lynn Staats & I tore open a blaster box of Stranger Things season 1 trading cards.  If you want to buy some for yourself, you can do that directly from me on eBay here.


E is for Elizabeth Short, Elisa Lam & Emma Voelcker

We take a look back at three females who’s lives were cut tragically short.  In two of the instances, their deaths are still surrounded by mystery.


D is for Diana of the Dunes

 


C is for (haunted) Cemeteries!

Among the haunted cemeteries I cover in this live stream are…

Mountain View Mausoleum, Altedena, CA

Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, CA

Archer Woods Cemetery, Summit, IL

Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, IL

Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL

 


B is for Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery

We cover some of the MANY paranormal tales associated with Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery.

…but the YouTube Gods were not on our side, so we pick it up after getting cut off here.


A is for Archer Avenue (A to Z Blog Challenge)

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I decided to take part in the A – Z Blog Challenge, where I will tackle a new topic everyday, going from A to Z in the subject.

In this first video, I talk about the many haunted sites around Archer Avenue, including telling the story of Resurrection Mary, the Willowbrook Ballroom, Chet’s Melody Lounge, St. James Cemetery & the mafia history of the Irish Legend Pub.