Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gypsy Curses

Top Ten Gypsy Curses in Film and Television « Cinematropolis: Seeing the trailer for Drag Me to Hell got me thinking, "it's been a while since we've seen the gypsy curse in action." I started wracking my brain trying to think of other examples, but the only other ones I could remember were Angel, the gypsy fortune teller machine in Big, and Lon Chaney's Wolfman. Yet, the gypsy curse seems like such a famous device it must be more common. That's when I went searching and found the Cinematropolis link, which arose from the same prompting. Aside from King's Thinner, which I'd forgotten, I don't think I'd even so much as heard of the other references. (I'm not convinced the X-Files one is accurate and am years removed from having watched and episode of The Simpsons.) There must be other notable gypsy curses, perhaps in comic books, that I'm forgetting? For some reason Abbott & Costello keeps coming to mind, but dang if I can recall why. Maybe there was a gypsy in A&C Meet Frankenstein?
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