Tag Archives: Cryptozoology

That Ain’t No Fouke (or is it?) In Mytheries

6 Sep

Searching for Sasquatch: Cryptozoologist Lyle Blackburn has new book  featuring Fouke MonsterBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Now Playing on YouTube
The Paranormal Network

A new episode is now online of The Paranormal Network’s Mytheries. This time, the focus is on the Fouke Monster, a local Bigfoot type creature whose base of operations is in Fouke, Arkansas. It came into prominence in the early 1970s and whether it is real is still debated nearly 50 years later.

Jessica Dwyer, the series host, addresses both sides of the argument and, like previous shows, offers a point of view which includes how the monster of the month is ingrained in pop culture. She doesn’t add more to the lore, other than how it’s become part of this town’s livelihood. The addition of how the law is accepting of the influence–instead of discounting–says it all. This sweet update is all I need to know when investigations are infrequent.

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[Fantasia 2021] Cryptozoo Deconstructed in this Movie Review & Analysis

17 Aug

Cryptozoo poster.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Fantasia Film Festival 2021
Available to view on demand Aug 21 9PM and Aug 23 9AM (EST)

Magnolia Pictures
August 20, 2021 (USA)
Please check local listings

Dash Shaw‘s Cryptozoo is a kind of animation that fans of this genre would expect to be released by The National Film Board of Canada rather than Adult Swim. The art style used in this film is something I’d expect from this digital media producer who encourages independent arts. I can see this creator further his trade with more shorts and daring narratives.

Lauren Gray (Lake Bell) is trying to save Baku, an eater of dreams, from the black market. It looks like a tapir from afar, but there’s more to this animal’s snout should it meet a sleeping human. This creature is lurking somewhere in the veil between worlds, and she can’t help this cryptid because it’s unwilling to be caught. Some people fear it and others will embrace it. This creature sucks nightmares (fears) away. 

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Presenting We Want to Believe’s Bigfoot Hunt in Full

19 May

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The Search for Bigfoot has no end in sight in We Want to Believe. JoBlo.com’s channel rebranded as The Paranormal Network some time ago, and after so many episodes of this type of content, perhaps they need a Cryptoid channel too? 

Jason Hewlett, Chris Bose, Shawn Knippelberg, and Peter Renn (who is finally in this latest arc) are part of the team looking for the seminal beast and using everything from a baby’s cry to a spirit box in an attempt to contact him (or her). They got something, but as for what it is exactly, we’ll never know. Bose’s narrative been a lot more compelling throughout this arc because he connects this giant to his aboriginal heritage (the Secwepemc). He talks about them with great respect, not only as spirits of the land, but also in regards to others–the mimics–who can pretend to be like us or anything we can imagine. They are not the type from Dungeons and Dragons lore, but instead are tricksters if I’m understanding him correctly. They’re known as C’eweneytmx. These entities like to play with us. He also smudges the area so no bad energies will follow the team as they go looking for signs of a Sasquatch late at night.

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Daring to Crack Into Linnea Quigley’s Paranormal Truth

7 Apr

vlcsnap-2021-04-06-18h52m52s752By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Maha Films
Coming soon to
Amazon Prime & Tubi

Horror icon Linnea Quigley doesn’t always get to the Paranormal Truth in this new pseudo-documentary series. When considering these types of programs don’t always include a disclaimer the ideas presented are for entertainment purposes only, viewers should be reminded the ideas presented are just theories. A few episodes do offer valid reasons on why these horrors are relevant in pop culture, but not all of them are conclusive. I particularly found the revelation of why some people have adopted a vampiric lifestyle and why we love zombies in film more engaging. The episode about the history of witchcraft is honest than construed (to note: the best look into the origins of this practise is the first episode of Mystic Britain).

It’s tough to be current even when recent research doesn’t have the answers. Not even Paul Beban‘s Paranormal Declassified (2020) have revelations–their best episodes include Cattle Mutilations and the Skinwalkers. On the opposite side of this world is the search for Bigfoot. This show suggests “most recent” sightings occur in Ohio. Paranormal Truth alleges that there are some investigators who would rather hunt down and kill one–which can curse them for life–instead of studying them proper like Jane Goodall.

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We Want to Believe in Part Three of the Bigfoot Hunt!

3 Apr

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The next episode of JoBlo.com‘s We Want To Believe series look for Bigfoot is here. We get theories from Ken Gerhard about why they live alone–sometimes in small packs–and he’s sure they are endangered. Many documentaries said they have adapted their habits so that they can avoid human contact, and after getting newcomers up to speed with common facts, this segment reveals a hamlet a family unit lived in.

It’s well known these creatures are nomads. As for why they are everywhere needs other documentaries to offer ideas too. I’ve been watching a lot of Expedition Bigfoot lately, and an idea this Travel Channel show offered is the possibility they find underground passages (natural or lava tubes) to make travelling further distances easy. This extended series versus the short still has yet to suggest anything concrete.

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