We all love a good monster movie, don’t we, even if it’s viewed with just one eye open from behind the safety of our sofas?

Year after year, Hollywood favourites such as Count Dracula and the Wolfman, and other classic fiendish figures continue to draw crowds of eager horror-movie-lovers. But when and where did our preoccupation with the "bogeyman" arise? Is there any basis in truth to the stories of mythical monsters?

Greg McDonald, director of forensic medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, says that like many myths and scary stories, both Dracula and the Wolfman stemmed from a poor understanding of medical maladies.
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I had been very hesitant to post this Boyd Bushman video in Out There because I did not feel that it was truthful, to be blunt. My primary reason for this is that it presents a simplistic and almost childish vision of ‘the aliens.’ Whatever the origin of the experience of UFOs and their apparent occupants, it is very complicated and multilayered, and this is simple, simple stuff. But I had no factual basis for disbelieving it. However, Whitley Strieber, it turns out, knows a respected reporter who interviewed Mr. Bushman in 2012, and came away with two impressions: 1. his story was very weak, as was his description of his background; 2. he and his wife both appeared quite uneasy while the documentary crew involved was there.

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A message from Whitley Strieber: "I would like to welcome Jeremy Vaeni and his new show, the Experience. The purpose of the program is to explore the close encounter experience and everything connected with it, from the lore surrounding it to the science supporting and contradicting it, to, most importantly, how it impacts the lives of those who have it. Like me, Jeremy is not dedicated to any particular theory about what causes it. Instead, he will offer us an open-minded, curious and warm-hearted look at it. He will not be advocating any particular belief about what it is."
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We are all programmed to have strong reactions to the vivid color of the life-giving fluid that runs through our veins. For some, it is a morbid fascination that causes them to watch horror movies, but for others it evokes terror and can often have a deeply profound effect when witnessed; phobia of blood is very common and can cause fainting in those who are particularly sensitive.

Researchers believe that, in fact, this is a deep-rooted reaction that may once have saved our lives in primitive times:
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