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'The Ghost and Mr. Chicken' is a universal calling card to many a film fan, be they horror lovers or not. In 1966 Universal Pictures hit a home run when they plucked television veteran Don Knotts to play the roll of bungling newspaper man Luther Heggs in this horror/comedy classic. Both frights and slapstick combine to make this an unforgettable experience for all ages to enjoy.

The story is a simple one. Take one haunted mansion, mix in a gory unsolved murder, add small town histrionics, and a legend is born. Throw in one nervous nebish with a reputation to build and the rest is cinematic history. Don Knotts is Luther Heggs. We feel his fear as he explores The Simmons house looking for the murderous evidence he needs to prove his case, and when the bloody organ begins to play we are giddy with comedic fear. 'The Ghost and Mr. Chicken' may be one of the best dark comedies of all time.

With the new year just around the corner and the promise of a better tomorrow always hopefully possible, why not go back in time nearly fifty some odd years to take a look at a gem from the past.

Director Alan Rafkin would be proud to know that so many years later he can bring both a chuckle and a chill 'The Ghost and Mr. Chicken' to a whole new generation of film fans. Attaboy Luther!


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