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Scary movies depend on viewers taste of fear

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Dear Ken: As it is close to Halloween, what are some of your personal favorite scary movies?

Well, that question is pretty personal and, obviously, subjective. I’m not a fan of the blood-and-gore chillers that hit full force in the 1980s. The first horror flick I ever saw was “The Mole People,” starring John Agar and Hugh Beaumont (Ward Cleaver on “Leave It to Beaver”). That film sent me crawling beneath my parents’ bed as I fantasized the mole men coming to get me. Among my favorite true spooky movies would be “The Haunting,” “Freaks,” “1408” and “Night of the Demon.” But it is still awfully hard to top “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.”

Dear Ken: What can you tell me about actress Kate Beckinsale?

Born in London, Beckinsale, 36, is simply marvelous. Both of her parents were actors, but her father died before she was 7 years old. Married, she has a 10-year-old daughter. I highly recommend her film “Cold Comfort Farm,” but you can also enjoy her work in “Pearl Harbor,” “Emma,” “Van Helsing,” “The Aviator” and “Haunted.” She currently stars in “Whiteout.” 

Dear Ken: Where was “Saturday Night Live” and film comedian Chevy Chase born? What is he doing now? Does he have children?

Chase, 66, was born Cornelius Crane Chase in Woodstock, N.Y. a 14th-generation New Yorker and has been listed in the Social Register since he was young. His father was a magazine writer and book editor and his mother was a concert pianist.

He has three daughters, Cydney, Caley and Emily, all in their 20s. Besides appearing in the TV series “Chuck” and “Community,” he appears soon in three movies, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Not Another Not Another Movie” and “Hot Tub Time Machine.” There is a 2007 biography on the actor titled “I’m Chevy Chase and You’re Not.”

Dear Ken: Was there a real life model for the original Mr. Clean in those TV commercials that I first saw in the 1960s?

House Peters Jr., who died in 2008 at 92, played the Procter & Gamble symbol. He was a character actor that appeared in many film and TV westerns and such TV series as “Lassie,” “Perry Mason” and “The Twilight Zone.”     

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via where you can also find classic films and TV shows on DVD or visit Sherlock’s Book Emporium in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson  County, has recently become a contributing writer for Main Street Media and its local newspaper, "The Wilson Post."

Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with "The Tennessean" where he edited the Nashville paper’s “Sunday Showcase” entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.

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