Month: August 2019

Mythology Monday: Japanese Ghosts Don’t Fuck Around

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So, this Monday I’m doing something a little different from what I’ve normally done with these posts, where I’ve summarized stories from various mythologies. This time, I’m more going to discuss the background of a creature from a mythology.

Today, I want to talk about the most terrifying of all Japanese ghosts, the onryou.

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The Trailer Park: Little Monsters

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2019 is looking to be a pretty good year for horror comedies. First, we had a trailer for the Zombieland sequel. Now we get a trailer for a new comedy, Little Monsters.
Not to be confused with the 1989 film of the same name. This one is definitely aimed at a much older audience.
Little Monsters is an American/Australian/British co-production stars Alexander England as Dave, a bit of a burnout who moves in with his sister after a pretty bad breakup with his girlfriend. When his nephew’s kindergarten class goes on a field trip, he jumps at the chance to chaperone, if only to get close to their teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyongo’o). However, he also has to contend with Teddy McGiggle, a children’s entertainer who’s a lot more pleasant on stage than off.
Oh, and also there’s a zombie apocalypse happening.
The trailer is absolutely hilarious. I think my favorite moment is when Miss Caroline leaves a tractor ride to try and investigate a strange person, realizes that said strange person is in fact, undead, freaks out, and runs back to the cart yelling for a the driver to start it back up. Then, when a student asks what’s going one, she immediately goes back to teacher mode and reassures them that everything’s fine, like she wasn’t freaking out five seconds ago.
Also, as I believe I have mentioned before, I think that Nyongo’o should be in basically everything, since she’s just that good.
Little Monsters is directed and written by Abe Forsythe. It actually debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, but is going to see a wider release in the US on November 19th. I really hope that it comes to my local theater, since I really want to see it.

 

Mythology Monday: In Which Hades Kidnaps Himself A Girlfriend

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As far as the Greek gods go, Hades is one of the least dickish. Being the god of the underworld, and thus someone a lot of folks wanted to be around, he mostly just kinda keeps to himself. Of course, that doesn’t stop him from kidnapping Persephone.
Hey, I didn’t say Hades was a great guy, just that he was less of an asshole than, say, Zeus or Poseidon. That’s a very low bar to clear.

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