A Very Haynes Halloween

Sleepy Haskins

Vigo the CarpathianWho doesn’t love the Ghostbusters!? I’ve seen the movies and the cartoons more than I’ve seen the sun. I know that not everybody loved Ghostbusters II and I agree that it isn’t as good as the original but I still loved the idea behind Vigo.

Vigo the Carpathian (originally known as Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf) was an ancient 16th Century medieval tyrant and sorcerer, who later died in the 17th century.

Vigo was born in 1505 in the small Balkan kingdom of Carpathia in Hungary. He soon rose to power and ruled his home country with an iron fist, and the land itself was in a constant state of spiritual turmoil thanks to his despotic rule, which earned him an infamous name, the “Scourge of Carpathia.” Vigo later conquered another land, the country of Moldavia in Romania which its people while still resenting the psychotic autocrat, gave him another notorious alias, the “Sorrow of Moldavia.” It was said he was a powerful magician and a genius in many ways, as well as a tyrant, an autocrat, a lunatic and a genocidal madman. Because of his evil ways he wasn’t well liked by his subjects and he killed hundreds of them. He was also known as “Vigo the Cruel,” “Vigo the Torturer,” “Vigo the Despised,” and “Vigo the Unholy.” Peter Venkman jokingly adds “Vigo the Butch” to the list of aliases.

He eventually died at the age of 105 in 1610, but not because of his old age. His people had led a rebellion and they tried and executed him in a manner that they saw fit for his rule. He was poisoned, shot, stabbed, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered (to which Venkman commented “Ouch”). Just before his head died, he uttered this prophetic warning: “Death is but a door. Time is but a window. I’ll be back!”

I bought the painting from Etsy and then created a frame just from some lighter wood I bought at Home Depot. Over all he is over seven feet high and one of my favorite pieces. He’ll make a great addition to the haunt. IS VIGO!!! YOU ARE LIKE THE BUZZING OF FLIES TO HIM!!