227 – Over the Garden Wall – TV Mini-Series (2014)

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Over the Garden Wall is an American animated television miniseries created by Patrick McHale for Cartoon Network. The series centers on  two half-brothers who travel across a strange forest in order to find their way home, encountering odd and wonderful things on their journey. The show is based on McHale’s animated short film Tome of the Unknown, which was produced as part of Cartoon Network Studios‘ shorts development program. The show features Elijah Wood and Collin Dean as the protagonists Wirt and Greg, and Melanie Lynskey as a bluebird named BeatriceOver the Garden Wall was broadcast throughout the week of November 3, 2014 to November 7, 2014.

The series’ environment evokes 19th- and 20th-century Americana, while its digital backgrounds are designed to resemble grisaille paintings.

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3718778/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_the_Garden_Wall

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222 – The Dead Lands (2014)

spacetime coordinates:   pre-European New Zealand – Aotearoa

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The Dead Lands is a 2014 māori language New Zealand action film directed by Toa Fraser.  . The film follows a  young chief’s son seeking revenge for his father’s murder who teams up with a mystical, wiser warrior, to take out a small army of villains. The movie incorporates traditional weapons and fighting choreography.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3399916/

142 – The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015)

spacetime coordinates:  1630s New England

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The Witch (stylized as The VVitch, subtitled A New-England Folktale) is a 2015 historical period supernatural horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers in his directorial debut and stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson. The film follows a Puritan family encountering forces of evil in the woods beyond their New England farm.

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the film was inspired by many folktales, fairytales and written accounts of historical witchcraft, including journals, diaries and court records. much of the dialogue comes directly from the period sources. The production team worked extensively with British and American museums, as well as consulting experts on seventeenth-century British agriculture.

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In order to give the film an authentic look, Eggers shot only “with natural light and indoors, the only lighting was candles.” Eggers also chose to stylize the film’s title as “The VVitch” in its title sequence and on posters, stating that he found this spelling in a Jacobean era pamphlet on witchcraft, along with other period texts.

In the Witch’s Coven scene, the chant is in Enochian which is an angelic language often used in magical rituals. It first recorded by the 16th century occultist John Dee and his partner Edward Kelley. In this particular scene, the witches are using The Eleventh Enochian Key is used to herald the coming of the dead and establish a sustenance beyond the grave. To bind to the earth. A funerary call.

In December 2013, costume designer Linda Muir joined the crew, and consulted 35 books in the Clothes of the Common People in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England series to plan the costumes. The costumes were made with wool, linen, or hemp. Muir also lobbied for a larger costume budget.

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A hare appears frequently in the film. In New England superstitions, hares were considered magical creatures in their own right, but were often associated with witches, either as a witch’s familiar (called a milk-hare), which stole or spoiled milk from the farm animals, or the witch themselves, who was thought able to turn into a hare in order to spy on and influence people.

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082 – Stranger Things TV Series (2016– )

spacetime coordinates: Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s

Stranger Things is an American science fiction-horror web television series created, written, directed and co-executive produced by the Duffer Brothers The Duffer Brothers developed the series as a mix of investigative drama alongside supernatural elements with childlike sensibilities, establishing its time frame in the 1980s and creating a homage to pop culture of that decade. Several themes and directorial aspects were inspired and aesthetically informed by the works of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and Stephen King, among others.

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The official poster for the series was created by Kyle Lambert. It was done in an art style inspired by acclaimed poster/album artwork artist Drew Struzan, who has created official posters for Star Wars (1977), “Indiana Jones,” Back to the Future (1985), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and several others.

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015 – oxenfree 2016 (video game)

Oxenfree is a 2016 supernatural mystery graphic adventure video game developed and published by Night School Studio. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X and Xbox One in January 2016, with PlayStation 4 and Linux versions released later that year.

Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit.
  • Processor: Intel i5 2.5 GHz.
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM.
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / Radeon HD 6750 (or higher)
  • DirectX: Version 11.
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection.
  • Storage: 3 GB available space.
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible.

The game itself also has an alternate reality counterpart. Within the game are radio frequencies that hint to a real phone number. This phone number led players to the Twitter account @xray9169363733. The account posted various cryptic, coded messages, all of which seemed to point to a real world location. On May 7, 2016, Youtuber Jesse Cox posted a video similar to the PS4 Oxenfree trailer, but with several letters highlighted in red. This led players to http://www.edwardsisland.com. Several messages were found, but most important was “MILNER IS WARD”, confirming that a special object would be hidden at Fort Ward, WA. The object was revealed to be a box with letters by Alex from all the possible timelines from the game warning her not to go to Edwards island, and a manually operated tape player with two paper music tapes of songs from the game soundtrack. (wiki)

014 – the OA 2016–

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“Hey, you know why we, uh… why we like to be hugged?
The way I see it, it sets a limit on the pain.
You know? Puts a perimeter around it.
How big can the pain be, really?”

https://www.instagram.com/the_oa/

The OA is an American mystery drama web television series with science fiction, supernatural, and fantasy elements, which debuted on Netflix on December 16, 2016

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The Discovery (2017)  a love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified.

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