Sunday, November 30, 2008

Screaming Kids Assault Rock Hill Mummy

ROCK HILL, S.C. (UPI) -- The mad mummy of Rock Hill came undone Monday -- and no wonder, what with a bunch of screaming kids chasing him through a darkened theater.

"They tried to kill me!" gasped 16-year-old Charles Norton, whom the management had hired to play a "live monster" to liven up the showing of THE LEMON GROVE KIDS MEET THE MONSTERS.

As thunder crashed and lightning flashed on the screen, Norton stepped onto the stage in a mummy costume, complete with what he describes as a "horrible mask."

But the children in the crowded movie house -- which seats 597 -- didn't scare that easily. They charged Norton, punching and pinching until they knocked him down.

Norton fled through a back door, with a pack of noisy youngsters on his heels, and locked himself in the manager's office.

After a few minutes, he decided his pursuers were gone. He opened the door and discovered he was wrong. The kids chased him to the projection room, throwing paper cups and ice.

"They had to stop the movie and turn on the lights before the kids would settle down," said Norton, who stated he was through with show business.

[reported 8/13 and 8/14, 1969]

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