Fate is Lie in Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans – It’s Agonizing!

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans follows the same style as Homer’s The Iliad.

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (2021) - IMDbBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available to view on Netflix
Spoiler Alert

The finale to the Trollhunters, Tales of Arcadia has all the key players–Jim Lake, Tobias, Claire, Binky, AAARRRGGHH, Crown Princess Aja, Prince Krel, Douxie and Archie–not ready to take on the Arcane Order. They’re the next threat in a long line of villains who want to restore the world to its old ways, a time before gods walked the Earth, and magic was pure. However, to do so means convincing one of their own, Nari, that their ways are true. This tale picks up from where Wizards last left off (review and analysis can be read here).

This movie is very crowded and needs that prologue to explain everything that’s happened prior–including why Armageddon must happen. The concept is very much taken from Nordic design (Ragnorak); everything must be destroyed before the world can be remade and this theme plays out anyways, much to my chagrin. This introduction could’ve been trimmed out in favour of new material, but not everyone will know Trollhunters, 3Below and Wizards inside and out. It’s terrific to see all the supporting characters return for even a few minutes, but that finale–a good portion of the fans for this series are angry. Spoilers follow:

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A Scary Way to Cap off the Week with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!

This list compiles everything that’s related to the cinematic creation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Scary Stories in the Dark PosterIt’s been a busy week for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Teaser products have been released in the past five days and herein lies a complete list. I’m excited about this work because of the talents involved in bringing the work of Alvin Schwartz to life. First off, Dan and Kevin Hageman (Tales of Arcadia: Trollhunters, LEGO Ninjago) wrote the screenplay based on the treatment by Guillermo del Toro, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. Also, André Øvredal (Trollhunter) is directing.

Plus, the teaser trailer shows how the terror comes together. A book is discovered, and in what Sarah Billard penned, the creatures found her stories come alive. While the concept feels similar to Goosebumps, this take is more on authentic paranormal instances than Nickelodeon style. Perhaps that tome is worse than The Necronomicon from H.P. Lovecraft‘s world!

This movie is headed to the big screen August 9th, and the release of the trailer shows all is not good in the small town of Mill Valley. The Red Spot and Pale Lady images show what the Bellows family may have to face!


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Teaser Trailer:

Official Synopsis:

It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home.

Loving the LEGO Ninjago Early Halloween Treat, Day of the Departed — A Review

Fans of LEGO Ninjago living in Canada were treated to an early broadcast on Oct 26 of Day of the Departed on Teletoon.

lego-ninjago-masters-of-spinjitzu-season-6-episode-5-peak-a-booBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Fans of LEGO Ninjago living in Canada were treated to an early broadcast on Oct 26 of Day of the Departed on Teletoon. The American broadcast is slated for October 29, and it will most likely be on Cartoon Network. This animation continues after the events of season six where Nya was meant to die (a plot point to recall) but due to a wish, the event was undone. A few months have passed and Sensei Wu, Cole, Jay, Kai, Zane and Nya honouring their fallen comrades and respected ancestors in this world’s version of Halloween.

Technically, the time spent feels very much like Chinese Ghost Month being compressed to a night. During this year’s celebration, the moon is going to eclipse and will take on the look of yin and yang. This omen can bring either good tidings or mourning for all of Ninjago.

In the spirit world, the enemies have gathered to talk about what they want to do to Cole and team. Revenge is on their mind and each of them wants to take their grievance upon their mutual rival who sent them to the Cursed Realm. For example, Wu and Morro have a sordid history together. Wu recruited him and when the young warrior was in training, he believed he would become the Green Ninja. As most viewers know, that honour went to another lad.

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