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The Croods is a story all about a caveman family who live in a cave and are the only humans on Earth, well at least that’s what they think! They hardly ever leave their cave unless they are hunting for food. The heroin of this story is the teenage daughter called Eep, meaning stone. She lives with her crazy grandma, her little baby sister, her younger brother, her Mum and her over protective Dad! Eep gets annoyed with her dad a lot as she wants to do more with her life, but her father wants them… to well stay alive! One night, Eep sees a bright light coming from outside the cave and, being her usual self, she is keen to follow it. She crawls out the cave, watching out for any predators ready to eat her, she sees more and more little sparks of light and there finds a fire! She meets a new character in her journey to freedom and he leads them to a large mountain to escape the destruction of the earth! Will they make it? Will her father let them go through those risks? Eep is told to follow the light to not be afraid but will this work with her father telling her “new is bad”? The Croods has a great movie with a contrast of excitement, worry, happiness, sadness, and most of all action! Have you ever had to choose between friends and family? Well in this movie poor Eep has no hope. She is stuck with her family for a long time, that is until she finds someone that’s not just a blood relative, but someone her age, someone that looks like her and someone that isn’t just an animal trying to eat her… but he’s a boy! This boy is the opposite of staying safe. He brings the Croods on an amazing adventure, telling stories, setting traps, finding shelters and becoming very popular with the Croods. Although you could say that the Dad was a little jealous, and at times it kind of gets out of hand! I found the story is disappointingly vague at times as to why The Croods and this boy keep running, putting it all under the general heading of “going where the sun goes”. However, the colours in the movie, the plants and the animals, were the icing on the cake! You could say their world changes when this boy ‘Guy’ enters the picture. He is a rank higher in the adventure chain, having travelled far and wide, learnt to make clothes and shoes out of animal skin, and more importantly, learnt how to make fire. There is a magical scene when Eep sees fire for the first time, the sun that she always saw now apparently at her command. Guy is a man of “ideas”, pitted against the father, the man of brute force. So why don’t you take a visit to the land of cinema and snuggle down with a bucket of popcorn and a can of coke, and there you have it, you are watching one of the best children’s movies around. So go and visit Eep, Guy and the wonderful Croods and watch their amazing adventure to follow the light and save themselves before the world crumbles at their feet. It’s a must see!
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The Filipino term for a ghost is multo, which is derived from the Spanish word muerto, meaning dead. The multo is the soul of a dead person that has returned to the mortal world. It may want to finish an incomplete task or promise, or take revenge, it may return because of in improper burial or an unusually violent death or suicide. The ghost may be seeking a replacement so that it can live again.
The Manananggal is a vampire who can separate her upper torso from her lower body in order to fly in the night with huge bat-like wings to prey on unsuspecting, pregnant women in their homes, using an elongated proboscis-like tongue to reach their unborn fetus. The Manananggal has some similarities to the Penanggalan of Malay legend, a floating female head with trailing entrails. Beliefs in the origin of manananggals vary. One story says that heredity or contamination by physical or supernatural means can turn someone into a manananggal. For example, contaminating someone's meal with an old manananggal's saliva or human flesh can pass it on.
In some ways the manananggal resembles the tik-tik, a type of aswang that takes the form of a black bird which makes a "tik-tik-tik" sound. It has a long proboscis that reaches through the roof and sucks the fetus inside the womb of pregnant women. The tik-tik may be related to the Indonesian Kuntilanak, a vampire bird that makes a "ke-ke-ke" sound as it flies.
The tiyanak is a malevolent creature that may be found in remote grassy fields. It appears as a helpless infant. When someone takes pity and picks it up, it turns into a demon, scratching and biting or devouring its victim. In the south, the tiyanak is known as a patianak or muntianak, and is thought to be the ghost child of a woman who died in the forest during childbirth. In Malaysia and Indonesia it is the pontianak, or the mother who died in childbirth, who appears as a normal person, then turns into a fiend when the passerby approaches.
Common themes in ghost legends include the White Lady, the headless priest and the phantom hitchhiker. The white lady appears in lonely places, dressed in white, with no visible face or with a disfigured face. Apparently she has died a violent death and is still haunting the vicinity, but with no ill intent. The headless priest prowls at night in a graveyard or ruined place, either carrying his severed head or searching for his head. One of the hitchhiker stories tells of three boys who pick
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