Ghost Stories Can Be Love Stories: The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor — Mike Flanagan’s follow up to The Haunting of Hill House — is framed around the art of storytelling, specifically the campfire delight of unravelling a good ghost story, the kind that gets under your skin and makes you jump at shadows. The show opens with a rehearsal dinner for a young couple about to get married. As family and friends sit around with their after-dinner drinks, they begin talking about the possibility of ghosts, leading inevitably to the telling of stories.

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Running Through a Monster Infested Landscape with ‘Stela’

stela - side scrolling puzzle adventure game

A woman in white wakes alone in strange cavern. She crawls over boulders, up and out, and begins to run — facing a world of monsters all seeking to destroy her.

Stela is a side scrolling puzzle adventure game from SkyBox Labs, available on iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Macintosh.  Playing as the woman in white, you transverse various dark and unsettling landscapes. Along the way, you encounter various obstacles that you need to get around — rocks to climb, traps to evade.

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The X-Files Rewatch: ‘The Jersey Devil’

The X-Files - The Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil
Written by Chris Carter, directed by Joe Napolitano
Season 1, Episode 5


While driving down a wood enshrouded road in 1947, a family is surprised by a flat tower. The father gets out to fix the tire — when something comes out of the woods and drags him off into the dark.

The next day, a team with dogs searches through the woods for the missing man. They find him — partially eaten.

They also find something else, a creature said to be tall as a house. They begin shooting as it rushes toward them. A cacophony of gun fire.

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The X-Files Rewatch: ‘Conduit’

The X-Files - Conduit

Written by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, directed by Daniel Sackheim
Season 1, Episode 4


A family camps by a seemingly peaceful lake. A young boy and a teenage girl sleep by a campfire, while the mother sleeps within the camper nearby. Inside the van, the mother is suddenly jerked away by the violent shaking of the camper and a blinding white light. She scrambles to reach her children, who she hears calling for her outside. Grabbing the door knob, her hand is instantly burned by the hot metal.

Outside, her son tells her that Ruby (his sister) is gone. The woman calls out for the missing girl — eventually tilting her head back and screaming her name up to the sky.

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Brown Girl Comes Into Her Power in a Dystopian Future

Brown Girl Begins

It’s a minor miracle that any movie gets made at the best of times. This is all the more true when the filmmaker attempts something as ambitious as crafting an apocalyptic fantasy on a micro-budget.

For Sharon Lewis, the process of adapting Nalo Hopkinson’s novel Brown Girl in the Ring  was a nearly two-decades long journey.

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‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Strives to Provide Hope

Unsolved Mysteries

The original Unsolved Mysteries began in 1987 and continued for 11 seasons before being cancelled in 1999, being aired first on NBC and then for two years on CBS. It was later resurrected by Spike from 2007 to 2010 (something I wasn’t aware of until just now).

The episodes features a host, who presented stories about cold cases, paranormal phenomena, and conspiracy theories — related through a combination of reenactments and interview segments from witnesses, officers, and other folks. At the end of each episode, viewers were urged to to get in contact with Unsolved Mysteries if they have any new information about the case.

Netflix has now rebooted the show, which launched on July 1st. The reboot features a slightly altered format, eschewing the host in favor of diving directly into the story. It also focuses more on interviews from witnesses and officials than on reenactments. As a result, this new iteration of Unsolved Mysteries foregoes sensationalism, feeling more grounded than what I remember.

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