Tag Archives: Supernatural

It’s Summer Lovin’ with GKIDs Deji Meets Girl Theatrical Release Next Season

4 Aug

Deji Meets GirlComing this fall from GKIDS is Deji Meets Girl. After its latest screening at Fantasia Film Festival as a compiled film presentation, anime fans who haven’t seen this high school paranormal romance will get a chance later this year. To note, this anime made its debut at the last year’s event, before being shown on Japanese TV as shorts, and getting another round this year. 

The story takes place over the summer, making this appropriately timed debut even more appealing, and there’s nothing wrong with having an innocent fling, ala Summer Nights (Grease). Where this series shares a similarity to the musical is in how the boy (Ichiro) admits to taking an interest in a girl he meets at a beach (Maise). As for whether she’ll change her approach to winning his heart–we’re not certain. In the episodes I’ve seen so far, they aren’t officially dating.

Ichiro isn’t a greaser. But he does have that John Travolta charm to make me think of this analogy. In what we learn about this stranger is that he’s running away from responsbility. Beneath that cool exterior hides a scared interior. What he’s fleeing from isn’t exactly made clear, either, until the later acts.

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Spooked Scotland is Mostly Popcorn Style Scary Shananigans

23 Jun

Spooked ScotlandStreaming on Discovery Plus
New episodes every Friday

Most people know the United Kingdom is the most paranormally active sovereign collective in the world. Here, each separate country is freaky in its own unique way, and it’s about time there’s a show about Spooked Scotland. This series is very similar to other shows. As it is in now mid-season, I can finally remark about which aspects of its production works or not.

The good news is that this paranormal reality tv show offers a lot of interesting locales. Gail Porter is the host, and Chris Fleming is the lead investigator. Tech specialist Ryan O’Neill and parapsychologist Dr. Evelyn Hollow round out their team. Long time fans of this genre may remember the leads from Dead Famous, which ran from 2004 to 2006. However, as with every program that’s out there, they have their fair share of critics. I don’t believe celebrities should be chased down to see if they’re still lingering around. When Harry Houdini can’t make the greatest escape of them all, then some things are best left buried.

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The British Paranormal Society’s Dark Horse Death Defying Debut!

28 Apr

The British Paranormal Society Dark Horse Comics
Available in Comic Stores Near You

The British Paranormal Society is an all new comic book miniseries by Chris Roberson and Mike Mignola, and it has the makings of running like the real life Society of Paranormal Research! The introductions on how they work are very similar and we see the comparison nicely highlighted in the very first few pages.

In this debut, Simon Bruttenholm and Honora Grant are two founding members who’ve set out to investigate the strange goings on at Noxton, England. They aren’t out to find a ghostly haunting. Instead, Honora is looking into this town’s oddball traditions–perhaps on a similar trail as in The Wicker Man–and Simon is searching for his missing assistant. He was last known to have visited this town. But there’s mysterious standing stones nearby that has the man’s attention. 

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Is There the Meaning of Life Behind Sony’s Morbius?

8 Apr

Spider-Man Spinoff Morbius Starring Jared Leto Gets a New PosterSpider-Man is getting a new villain to face and his name is Morbius. From the eponymous Spawn to the enigmatic Mysterio, the gambit of who he has to contend with is well covered. But when the producers think this latest antihero (well played by Jared Leto) deserves a solo outing, there’s simply not enough backstory to fill a movie. 

It could’ve been expanded upon to showcase a classic Golden Age of Monsters showdown between a vampire and lycanthrope. What viewers are getting instead is a man with questionable ethics wanting to do good. Is he bad or just mad? I’d rather see him fight an alternate universe of himself instead of his best friend Lucian (Matt Smith) who has no morals at all. Interestingly, he’s more of a creature of darkness rather than a symbol of light, if I’m to consider the origins of his name. This character’s name means, “Brightness, radiant energy, that which makes things visible.

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She’s More Than A Kung Fu Ghost

6 Apr

Poster

Nameless Studios

Some movies aren’t meant to be deep, and there’ll always be works made to showcase what newcomers to the entertainment industry can do. Jennifer Linch is one of those talents whose first short film project The Dream, won Best Newcomer at the World Film Awards in June 2015, and she’s been hard at work with co-writing, directing and producing her feature length debut, Kung Fu Ghost.

Her goal with this film is to provide a diddy that weaves in her love for the martial arts genre ala Jackie Chan and romance in the same vein as Chinese Ghost Story (but minus the horror). She admires those early films of this talent, and while Vietnamese herself, ethnicities don’t matter in an art that teaches virtue and how to defend yourself. She learned Kaju Kenbo, Kosho Ryo, kickboxing, Taekwondo, and Karate when growing up and we can see that blend of styles (and introducing ninjas into the narrative) in her movie.

Kung Fu Ghost is filled with all that, and more. We see ghosts (of course), history, and folklore also worked into the narrative about a spoiled Vietnamese young lady coming to America to learn about her past instead of back home.

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