516 – Annihilation (2018)

 spacetime coordinates: 2010’s U.S. government’s Area X facility (The Shimmer, a mysterious jungle that appeared on a United States coastline after a meteor strike.)annihilation_xlgAnnihilation is a 2018 science fiction horror film written and directed by Alex Garland (imdb), based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. The film stars Natalie PortmanJennifer Jason LeighGina RodriguezTessa ThompsonTuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac, and follows a group of military scientists who enter “The Shimmer,” a mysterious quarantined zone that is full of mutating landscapes and creatures.



The book Lena is seen reading during a scene with Kane called ” The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”  is a book about an immortal cell known as HeLa, which was taken from Lack’s cervical cancer cells in 1951. (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (film)


486 – The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

cabin-in-the-woods-poster-hi-resThe Cabin in the Woods is a 2012 American horror comedy film directed by Drew Goddard in his directorial debut, produced by Joss Whedon, and written by Whedon and Goddard.  The film stars Kristen ConnollyChris HemsworthAnna HutchisonFran KranzJesse WilliamsRichard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford.



Goddard and Whedon, having worked together previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, wrote the screenplay in three days, describing it as an attempt to “revitalize” the slasher film genre and as a critical satire on torture porn. The special effects, monster costumes, special makeup, and prosthetic makeup for the movie were done by veteran horror film actress Heather Langenkamp, her husband David LeRoy Anderson, and their company AFX Studio.


460 – Gok-seong / The Wailing (2016)

spacetime coordinates:  village in the mountains of South Korea  August 31, 2014 – February 28, 2015The_Wailing-p1The Wailing (Hangul: 곡성; Hanja: 哭聲; RR: Gokseong) is a 2016 South Korean supernatural horror film directed by Na Hong-jin about a policeman who investigates a series of mysterious killings and illnesses.

According to director Hong-jin Na, the movie was made on the base of folk religions in Korea, Shamanism in Nepal  and Catholic faiths.



spacetime coordinates: 19th-century England, Yorkshire >  the Amazon and its tributaries > the Andes of Peru and Ecuador

Richard Spruce and the Trials of Victorian Bryology

21544745863_f0e66a587a_c21979008949_de52a1ebf9_c” Pushing against its scientific reputation as downright boring, moss in particular served to create some botanical, aesthetic sense of a setting that allowed for illicit sexual encounters and for primal yearnings. The reasons for this strange dual identity of bryophytes as both mundane and as primal are relatively clear: realistically, moss provided a soft bed for sexual romps that had to take place outside of stuffy Victorian homes. Serving, perhaps predictably, as a slang term for pubic hair, moss was understood to be consistently moist and jewel-like, glittering like emerald colonies under light. (…) Although tropes of sexual encounters occurring in gardens and forests far predated the nineteenth century, both realistically and literarily, these hidden moss grottoes conjured up an image of something semi-religious, some secret refuge from the trials of urban — and overwhelming imperial tropical — life.”