Stranger Things Halloween Special in Stores Now!

28 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics
Available Now

Netflix’s Stranger Things may well be part of your All Hallows’s Eve ritual with this one-off comic book special. This yarn written by Michael Moreci has all the hallmarks of a classic campfire story setup. The air is chilly, and Will’s idea is the type you’d expect to have a clever jump scare. Todor Hristov‘s art sets the tone for that, and Chris O’Halloran‘s colours draw you into the tale within a tale.

The lads are introduced to doing what they do best, goofing off and playing games. No, it’s not Dungeons and Dragons (that release is next week). They’re enjoying the night at the woods, trying to scare each other. Will’s story about the Child-Eater of Hawkins sounds genuine enough. I can hear Noah Schnapp’s voice as he tells this gently spooky legend. It doesn’t get too wildly nasty like the events leading up to their encounter with the Demogorgon–this story takes place before season one–but instead dulls the terror down to the level of Stephen King.

The terror takes place in the late 60s, when Beth Baker disappeared. Other kids–Alex, Bobby, Angela and a quickly taken fourth wheel are involved this time, and are trying to figure out why four children went missing over the years. The concept in this tale is well thought out, suggesting the entire town is in on some terrible secret.

I surmise the real world connections are just that. Specific folks in Hawkins know more than anyone else realizes. Maybe this Halloween special foreshadows an event still to come, but we’ll never know…

Sara Pascoe Out of Her Mind, or Out of her Head?

28 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

New episodes every Tuesday

For more information on Optik, Pik, and TELUS Presents, please visit telus.com/teluspresents.

When powerhouses Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are executive producing Out of Her Mind, starring stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe, you know there’s something to like about this show. This genre defying fourth wall breaking British program made its debut on BBC2 and residents of Western Canada are lucky to get an early exclusive. It’s broadcasting on Telus Presents, and this streaming service is available to OPTIK and PIK TV subscribers.

Unlike The Office or Malcolm in the Middle, this offbeat work is not just about Sara providing commentary on her life. We are literally looking into her mind. She’s chiding her conscious self for those gaffes and explains why her actions are a result of misfiring thought processes and chemical imbalance. No, she’s not going through menopause.

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Get Animated 2020 with TheNFB! and Beyond…

28 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The National Film Board of Canada has been very busy lately. Not only did they have works featured at the Vancouver Film Festival but also they’re following up with Animez-vous (Get Animated 2020)!

Today is International Animation Day, and this company is releasing their 12 best pieces online! Some old favourites–The Cannonball Woman, The Physics of Sorrow and Blind Vaysha–are in this collection, and afterwards, they will have one work, Old Dog, shown during Spark Animation Festival.

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Opening the Doors to The Barn with We Want to Believe

26 Oct

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The latest instalment of We Want to Believe on JoBlo.com shows what happens when authorities are called in when the team is mistaken for miscreants and we get a lesson on how to best deal. Fortunately, the cops are understanding and this episode serves as a reminder of the upcoming Halloween day. The authorities won’t be chasing after anyone who looks shady. Even though the team had the owner’s consent to wander about, the neighbours won’t necessarily know about the ghosts said to hide in “The Barn.”

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