This might be the world’s deadliest garden. The rules are that if you visit you are not allowed to smell, touch, or taste any plants. But you run the risk of fainting from the toxic fumes, at least that is what they say on the website.
This is called the Poison Garden and it is a small attraction of live plants on the grounds of the beautiful Alnwick Garden located in Northumberland, England.
Fortified with large iron gates and a skull and crossbones warning, this plot of land contains 100 potential organic killers that come in a variety of colors.
Whose idea was it to cultivate such a toxic environment? That accolade goes to the Duchess of Northumberland, Jane Percy, who inherited a castle after the death of her husband’s brother. The expansive estate also included a large garden. At first, she envisioned a paradise of roses and other pretty innocuous flora, but a trip to Italy motivated her to do something morbid.
Inspired by the Medici poison garden in Italy, the Duchess decided that example was just what her garden needed to set it apart from others. On another trip to Scotland, her mind was made up. She learned about how certain poisonous plants such as opium and hemlock were used to anesthetize patients before surgery.
“I thought, ‘This is a way to interest children,'” she told Smithsonian Magazine. “Children don’t care that aspirin comes from a bark of a tree. What’s really interesting is to know how a plant kills you, and how the patient dies, and what you feel like before you die.”
One of her favorite varieties is the angel’s trumpet which is a part of the deadly nightshade family. “It’s an amazing aphrodisiac before it kills you,” says the Duchess, noting that some Victorian ladies would place a bit of the flower’s pollen in their teat to get an LSD-like high.
“[Angel’s trumpet] is an amazing way to die because it’s quite pain-free,” the Duchess says. “A great killer is usually an incredible aphrodisiac.”
The Alnwick gardens aren’t just filled with malevolent plants. It also has an innocuous rose garden, a pavilion, a grand cascade, and an ornamental garden.
From deadly nightshade to hemlock, the only way a plant can take root in this garden is if it is lethal to humans. This is one garden where you won’t want to stop and smell the flowers.
Aubrey Plaza Wants to be the Next Tim Burton With ‘Hocus Pocus’ Like Film
Aubrey Plaza has long been a self-affirmed “sea hag”. Her dark personality and sense of humor has long been a favorite of ours. Now, with her production company, Evil Hag Productions, she intends to make a family-friendly film that is something like Tim Burton meets Hocus Pocus.
While talking to GQ, Plaza said that she would like to “…fill the Tim Burton slot” by putting together her first directorial effort. The family-friendly affair is said to be a mix of Beetlejuice and Hocus Pocus.
Plaza can currently be seen in Evil Hag Production’s Emily the Criminal and on HBO’s White Lotus season 2.
We can’t wait to see what Plaza has to offer in her directorial efforts. It would be great to see her built a brand and aesthetic as awesome as Burton’s.
M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Finds Danger Right Outside
M. Night Shyamalan’s next film is already on its way. The ominous Knock at the Cabin is incredibly intriguing, especially since the first trailer gave away so little. The first poster for Knock at the Cabin is just as ominous as the teaser.
Shyamalan’s last film Old, played up the Twilight Zone like mystery and took it to Sci-Fi levels. Knock at the Cabin looks to trump that and move far into the horror/thriller genre.
The synopsis for Knock at the Cabin goes like this:
“While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.”
Knock at the Cabin arrives in theaters beginning February 3.
‘Cocaine Bear’ Gives Us One of the Wildest Posters of the Year
Elizabeth Banks has decided to grace our eyeballs with one of the wildest titles, posters and film synopsis’ of the past decade. I’m of course talking about Cocaine Bear. This true story is one of those that you have to see to believe. But, the title is exactly what you think it is.
Kentucky 1985 was the time and place. A really unlucky bear ingested a lot of cocaine that was dropped in the woods by a smuggler. Unfortunately, the bear died from an overdose but not before going on a real rager beforehand.
Deadline’s synopsis for Cocaine Bear is as follows:
“The movie finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.”
The film stars Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Cocaine Bear comes raging into theaters February 24.