305 – Ori and the Blind Forest (2015 video game)

Ori and the Blind Forest is a platform-adventure Metroidvania video game developed by Moon Studios and published by Microsoft Studios. The game was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One on March 2015. In the game, players assume control of Ori, a white guardian spirit, and Sein, the “light and eyes” of the Forest’s Spirit Tree. To progress in the game, players are tasked to move between platforms and solve puzzles. The game features a system called “soul links”, which allows players to save at will, and an upgrade system that gives players the ability to strengthen Ori’s skills.

A sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, was announced during Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017. A Definitive Edition was released in 2016.

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274 – It Follows (2014)

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It Follows is a 2014 American supernatural teen horror film written and directed by David Robert Mitchell. It stars Maika MonroeKeir GilchristDaniel ZovattoJake WearyOlivia Luccardi, and Lili Sepe.  The plot follows a teenage girl, Jay, who is pursued by a supernatural entity after a sexual encounter.

The film’s monster, shot composition, and overall aesthetic were influenced by the work of contemporary photographer Gregory Crewdson. Director of photography Mike Gioulakis said: “We’re both big fans of the still photographer Gregory Crewdson and David had him in his look book from day one. [Crewdson’s] photographs have the same kind of surreal suburban imagery that we wanted for It Follows.”

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

255 – Lost (TV Series 2004–2010)

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Lost is an American drama television series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 episodes. The show contains elements of supernatural and science fiction, and follows the survivors of a commercial jet airliner crash, flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, California, on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. The story is told in a heavily serialized manner. Episodes typically feature a primary storyline set on the island, augmented by flashback or flashforward sequences which provide additional insight into the involved character(s).

lost 2lost 4The television show Lost includes a number of mysterious elements that have been ascribed to science fiction or supernatural phenomena, usually concerning coincidencessynchronicitydéjà vu, temporal and spatial anomaliesparadoxes, and other puzzling phenomena. The creators of the series refer to these as part of the mythology of the series. (read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mythology_of_Lost)lost 5Lost, Evangeline Lilly Freckles Kate Austen, Matthew Fox Jack Shepard, Jorge Garcia Hurley Hugo Reyes, Elizabeth Mitchell Juliet Burke, Yunjin Kim Sun Kwon, Terry O Quinn John Locke, Josh Holloway Sawyer James Ford, Naveen Andrews Sayid Jarrah, Emilie de

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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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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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