Tuesday, 26 April 2016

V - Dr Richard B. Vannacutt & Vigo the Carpathian of Moldova - Fictional Phantoms #AtoZChallenge 2016

Welcome to my blog to share the letter V on the AtoZChallenge. My apologies this was not up at midnight - somehow I totally forgot to schedule it :). Today I have two nasty ghosts for you who were bad in life and bad in death.

Dr Richard B. Vannacutt (House on Haunted Hill)

In life Dr Richard B Vannacutt was a cutting edge doctor and a despicable human being.

He ran an asylum for the mentally incompetent and performed grotesque experiments on his patients in the name of science. In many cases he killed them, because whose going to miss a few mental patients? He even rigged his asylum with iron gates that could be activated to make sure no one could get out.

In the end his patients escaped their cells, killing almost the entire staff and setting fire to the hospital.
Rather than be defeated, Vannacutt, activated the security measures, dooming himself and the patients to death. However he was not spared in the afterlife. He haunts the asylum along with all those others he doomed to die.

Five members of staff were not their when the disaster took place and so their descendants must pay the price for them. Vannacutt is part of the Darkness which controls the whole building, waiting to kill in its rage.

Vigo the Carpathian (Ghostbusters II)

Another nasty man in life Vigo was not satisfied with death. In the 16th Century, Vigo the Carpathian was a tyrant and a powerful sorcerer. Among his other names are:

  • Sorrow of Moldavia
  • Vigo the Cruel
  • Vigo the Torturer
  • and more
He used his power to live to the unnaturally old age of 105, at which point his subjects rebelled and executed him in every way they knew how.

Unfortunately as his head died he uttered a prophecy that he would be back.

In 1989 he possesses his portrait which is now in the Manhattan Museum of Art. Vigo wants back into mortal life and to do this he needs to possess a child. He picks the son of Dana Barrett, ex-girlfriend of Peter Venkman, member of the Ghostbusters.

Thanks to the mood slime Vigo is able to channel all of the negative emotions of the people of New York, making him incredibly powerful. The city and possibly the world's only hope is the Ghostbusters.

So, who is more despicable, Vannacutt, who took an oath to first do no harm, or Vigo who tortured and killed thousands of those he conquered, just because he could?

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  1. No contest for me, it's a draw in my eyes, they're both vile!

    I honestly can't choose today as there's so little between them...

    Although if I had to, Vannacutt for pretending to be good in the first place to help people, Vigo was honestly vile all the way through.

    Mars xx
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    1. I think I'm with you - at least Vigo was a product of his time - Vannacutt has no excuse.

  2. They're both despicable but I think Vannacutt is really scary and a horrid person. He preys on the mentally disabled and if that isn't the height of despicable, i don't know what is...
    Vigo sounds pretty awful too, but Vannacutt seems evil to me.

    Michele at Angels Bark

  3. Hi Tasha - Vannacutt - monstrous ... thank goodness it's daytime ... too terrible to think about ... otherwise I'd be having Nightmares ... not good - H

  4. I'll go with Vannacutt because it's hard to take a ghost from Ghostbusters too seriously.

  5. That is an interesting story about Vannacutt--I did not know any of that. I spent several years of my early life working in mental hospitals and, though it was nothing like that, it was scary enough.

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  6. I love Vigo... it's sad he doesn't get the prop's for being a great baddie.

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  7. Ghostbusters 2 scared the shit out of me when I was little. Not so much now, thankfully.

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  8. The remake of the House on Haunted Hill was one of the first movies where I noticed the use of a ghostly figure moving not quite normally on a monitor(before it became supremely overused). It freaked me out, and for that reason I'll always remember that particular film. I also really enjoy the atmosphere of an abandoned facility.

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  9. I would say both characters are despicable. I did not see these films and now I know why.

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    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

  10. Equally horrible. Neither has a redeeming feature. I would send them both packing.

  11. Have to agree with others, both ghosts are despicable although don't remember either. Saw Ghostbusters II but Vigo the Carpathian didn't make a lasting impression. Something else distracted me I suspect.

  12. Asylum ghosts are the creepiest. There is a museum here in BG that is said to have a bunch of them.
    Also, however badly Hungary fares in American fiction, I think Moldavia got an even rougher deal... :D

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  13. I couldn't get into Ghostbusters II. Hopefully the new one will be great like the first.

  14. These are two nasty fellow, let me tell you. I've never seen Ghostbuster II, and I've never really imagined this was the plot. Sounds quite intersting :-)

    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

  15. I remember The House on Haunted Hill. I actually though it was a little creepy! But I'd take Ghostbusters any day :)

  16. I prefer the Dr. Vannacutt story, since it has so many great elements of a ghost story.

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  17. I think they're equally horrid in they're own way. Both nasty bits of work.

  18. Too hard to tell. They seem equally abhorrent.

  19. Vigo the Carpathian was one of my favorite villains! Another movie I watched a million times.

  20. The house on Haunted Hill was probably one of the first spooky movies I ever saw.

  21. They're both despicable. Great villains!


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