Tag Archives: Cryptozoology

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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We Want to Believe … in Bigfoot!

27 Jan

nullBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Believe it or not, JoBlo‘s paranormal investigative program on YouTube, We Want to Believe, is going Bigfoot hunting! This show is, as long-time supporters know, very compact, and I’m very impressed at how well Jason Hewlett‘s introduction touches on the basics and goes further with the legend.

From Patterson–Gimlin’s creature footage from Northern California to its role within Indigenous beliefs where it’s commonly known as the Sasquatch, the gambit is well covered. The latter is important because we rarely think of this beast as a nature spirit. They protect the untamed land from interlopers, namely developers. When feeling threatened, they will throw rocks and emit foul odours to deter humans from coming near.

Part One re-familiarizes newcomers to the lore, including what makes this cryptid unique in Super, Natural British Columbia. We have to focus on what may be out there in the hills of Kelowna because that’s where this show is from. In the next two episodes, more meat will be offered, and all I know is that they obviously survived whatever they faced in them thar hills.

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Who Needs Ghosts after Halloween when there’s Sasquatch Among Wildmen?

5 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date:
November 10th

Uncork’d Entertainment

Halloween isn’t over yet. Some turn that casual interest in the unknown into a lifetime career. Darcy Weir, an independent documentary filmmaker, is the supernatural explorer who prefers to chase after cryptids than the spooky. Though he grew up in a relatively normal environment, his parents always encouraged him to pursue his interests. Part of it included acting, taking part in local theatre and also working on television. He says Walter Murch is an immense influence, and it shows in the self-made DIY documentaries he made. They have a very story-driven approach. Instead of working in Hollywood, he’s producing his own ventures.

Sasquatch and the Wildman is certainly informational. Two years went into the making of this documentary, and the fact it goes to other parts of the world not as well known to explore the myths, taboos and sightings is terrific. We still have the Pacific Northwest connection, but there’s more to it than simply visiting Cougar, Washington who turned interest with this beast into a tourist type thing. Less is said about this cryptids influence in local culture and it reveals more about its purpose on this planet.

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The Nitty Gritty with William Shatner’s The UneXplained & Episode Guide

1 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The month of October is perfect to get caught up on what William Shatner is up to. The former captain of the Starship Enterprise is now the face of The Unexplained, a History channel program that looks at the paranormal world in all its myriad forms. This new series started mid-Summer and I waited for the season to be over to binge-watch the entire eight-episode run. Had the producers been smart, they should’ve simply called it Weird or What? season five.

This previous version was a much more entertaining show. It had more of Bill’s wit and panache. He would always end the episode saying, “Isn’t that weird… or what?” As much as I’d love to see him in the field investigating these mysteries, my guess his heart may not handle being it.

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