folklore

REVIEW: Lore (2017 TV Adaptation)

mv5bmja3odqwnzm0of5bml5banbnxkftztgwmjy5mtczmzi-_v1_Lore does the cool thing where it mixes dramatized accounts of real stories with documentary footage while Aaron Mahnke narrates the background of some aspect of folklore. It surprisingly works, really really well. Lore, based on the podcast created by Aaron Mahnke, is a horror anthology that explores the real-life events that spawned our darkest nightmares. Blending dramatic scenes, animation, archival footage, and narration, Lore reveals how our horror legends – such as vampires, werewolves, and body snatchers – are rooted in truth. The first season runs six episodes and covers topics that range from vampires, werewolves, lobotomies, ghosts, fairies, and creepy dolls. It’s worth noting that Lore is a nonfiction series; it’s not one of those shows that tries to convince the audience that ghosts are real or anything. It presents the real-life history behind some of our most famous folklore. How did the modern image of vampires and werewolves come about? What is the significance of Irish fairies? It’s questions like these that Lore seeks to answer. (Mild spoilers follow) 

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REVIEW: “Doctor Who: The Shining Man” by Cavan Scott

shiningSo, I finally managed to finish a Doctor Who book that didn’t involve the War Doctor. And I enjoyed the heck out of it! Doctor Who: The Shining Man is one of the three most recent Doctor Who novels published by the BBC recently. It is written by Cavan Scott and involves the Doctor and Bill investigating strange events that have been happening in a small British town.

The Shining Men are everywhere. You spot them out of the corner of your eye. Abnormally tall, with long lank hair, blank faces, and blazing eyes. If they catch you, they’ll drag you away to who knows where. No one is safe. They’re on every street corner. Waiting. Watching. Shining bright. Of course, it’s a hoax. It has to be, right? It started as a joke, a prank for Halloween. Then it went viral. Idiots dressing up as monsters. Giving folk a scare. Silly masks and fright wigs. No one gets hurt. Because bogeymen aren’t real. Until people start going missing and lights burn in the darkness. Burning like eyes. But help is on its way, in the form of a strange man called the Doctor and his friend, Bill. The Doctor will keep us safe. The Doctor will stop the monsters. Unless the monsters stop the Doctor first… (Courtesy of the BBC summary)

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