Strange and Unusual
Black Mirror Season 6 Trailer is Dialing Up the Terror
You have probably been asking, just as we have, when is there going to be another season of Black Mirror? Well, today we got a definitive answer in the form of the first official trailer. Netflix is calling this “The most unpredictable, unclassifiable and unexpected season yet is arriving in June on Netflix.”
Aside from a few interactive films, we haven’t had a proper episodic season since 2017. It looks like series creator Charlie Brooker is back to frighten us with the evil side of technology in this return to the anthology design.
Brooker talked to Netflix’s entertainment blog, Tudum, and said this season is going to be like no other. ““I’ve always felt that Black Mirror should feature stories that are entirely distinct from one another, and keep surprising people — and myself — or else what’s the point? It should be a series that can’t be easily defined, and can keep reinventing itself,” the writer, creator and executive producer said.
He adds that the audience isn’t going to figure out where each episode is going this season. He is giving this series much broader strokes even though they will adhere to the core ideas of the show.
“Partly as a challenge, and partly to keep things fresh for both me and the viewer, I began this season by deliberately upending some of my own core assumptions about what to expect,” he says. “Consequently, this time, alongside some of the more familiar Black Mirror tropes we’ve also got a few new elements, including some I’ve previously sworn blind the show would never do, to stretch the parameters of what ‘a Black Mirror episode’ even is. The stories are all still tonally Black Mirror through-and-through — but with some crazy swings and more variety than ever before.”
As of now, Netflix hasn’t given any concrete date for the premiere in June. But Brooker is eagerly awaiting how people are going to feel about it once it does drop.
“I can’t wait for people to binge their way through it all and hope they enjoy it — especially the bits they shouldn’t,” Brooker said.
Netflix says: “The cast includes: Aaron Paul, Anjana Vasan, Annie Murphy, Auden Thornton, Ben Barnes, Clara Rugaard, Daniel Portman, Danny Ramirez, Himesh Patel, John Hannah, Josh Hartnett, Kate Mara, Michael Cera, Monica Dolan, Myha’la Herrold, Paapa Essiedu, Rob Delaney, Rory Culkin, Salma Hayek Pinault, Samuel Blenkin, Zazie Beetz.“
Horror Novels Getting Brand New TV Adaptations
It’s summer here in the United States and that means catching up on some reading. Of course, you will have to set down your Tears of the Kingdom Switch game. Speaking of a link to the past, there are a few older novels that are being made into new tv shows; some are already streaming.
Below are five books that, if they haven’t already, will enter the flatscreen digital universe in the near future.
Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
In case you hadn’t heard the news a brand new adaptation of Meyer’s teen supernatural romance fantasy Twilight is getting a series. Yes, you heard correctly. It’s only been 15 years since the first adaptation starring Kristin Stewart and James Pattinson was released, and now we are getting a small-screen series. Lionsgate TV is producing, but thanks to the writer’s strike it might be a while until we get details on just where it will air.
The Minds of Billy Milligan, Daniel Keyes
This is a story about a killer who blames his multiple personalities for the crimes he committed. Apple TV+ has made a miniseries out of it called “The Crowded Room” starring Tom Holland. That series will premiere on the streaming service starting June 9.
Triptych, Karin Slaughter
The ABC series “Will Trent” is based on this book and its sequels which feature 10 mysteries beginning with Triptych. Starring Ramón Rodríguez as the detective of the title, the show has just been renewed for a second season.
The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe
What’s Mike Flanagan going to do once his Netflix contract runs out? Thankfully it won’t be before his adaptation of this Poe chiller releases on the streamer. The IMDb page insists that the miniseries is in post-production and refuses to give a drop date, but we speculate that Halloween 2023 is when we will get it. This is a perfect seasonal offering.
The Changeling Victor Lavalle
Speaking of delayed releases, this Apple TV+ series was ordered back in 2021. It stars LaKeith Stanfield . NPR describes the story thusly:
“Apollo Kagwa is a rare book dealer and new father, in love with his wife, Emma, and their infant son Brian, named after the vanished father who haunts Apollo’s dreams.
But when Emma commits an unspeakable act of violence and disappears, Apollo’s left grasping at the threads of his unravelled life, following them through a labyrinth of strange characters, mysterious islands and haunted forests, all occupying the same space as the five boroughs of New York City.”
This Hellish Preschool is Owned By Lucifer
We have brought you an amusement park from hell. We have brought you a hotel from hell. Now we bring you a preschool from hell. Yes, a preschool.
That’s right, no one is safe from the magic of AI, and now it has set its sights on one of the most innocent places on earth: preschool.
Cipher Dolly has given us another cache of photos made from her keywords fed into the AI machine to produce these glorious images of a demon daycare. School colors? Black and red of course.
Tuition costs are paid in human souls but don’t worry if you can’t afford it, a bargain can be arranged.
Transportation is included and daily activities are comprised of stuffing batting (made from real bats) into voodoo dolls, crafting felt pentagram dreamcatchers, and counting all the way to 666.
Lunch menu items contain pig hearts, ghost pepper chilies, and devil’s food cake served with tiny pitch-sporks.
School hours are from 3:15 am to midnight every day of the week, and please don’t block the fire lanes.
Take a look at all the amenities below:
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YouTube Spotlight: Weird Reads with Emily Louise
The horror genre and conspiracy groups go together like cloaks and daggers. They are both mysterious on their own, but something special happens when you combine them. Horror writers and directors have been pulling from the well of cults and government cover-ups for a long time.
Now, we can look at Stranger Things, one of Netflix’s most popular shows, where the plot revolves around the captivating MK Ultra experiments. There is also a treasure trove of movies that reference Nazi scientists being moved in secret during Project Paperclip.
We catch glimpses and nods to these cover-ups and conspiracy theories all of the time in the media. But what if you wanted to know more, what if you wanted to understand the real-world impact of these ideas? Well, like most things, you check YouTube first.
That’s where the documenter of the strange and unusual, Emily Louise comes in. Over on her YouTube channel, Weird Reads with Emily Louise we get in-depth video essays exposing the web that connect historic practices to modern day movements.
I sat down with Emily Louise to discuss her YouTube channel and to ask what drives her to illuminate the darker side of what many assume to be benign groups of people.
Emily’s freelance documentary production skills shine, elevating her content with unmatched professionalism among her competitors. Her goal is to bring more documentary style content to YouTube, as opposed to the more podcast type of environment we often see.
Luckily for her, there is a large demand for this type of content, and a wealth of sources to shift through. According to Emily “The place that I operate in at the moment is very broad. Fringe culture, weird stories, paranormal, conspiracies, ufology, cults new age. Those things all overlap and intersect with one another.”
If you delve into Emily’s YouTube content, you will swiftly realize that numerous themes observed in present-day spiritual movements can be traced back to a distinct group of historical figures, such as Madame Blavatsky. Emily is aware of just how often these characters pop up remarking that, “These are my ghosts, they haunt me.”
What compels individuals to delve deep into the formation of modern folklore and its bizarre histories? According to Emily “The stories that interest me most are people’s beliefs. Why they believe, how they believe. Folklore and how that influences people’s belief systems.”
Like many YouTube projects, this one began as a boredom response during the pandemic. Once Emily started noticing the intersection between new age and fascist ideology, she became fascinated with connecting the dots.
This YouTube channel distinguishes itself by demonstrating an exceptional level of empathy towards these communities, setting it apart from others. Emily stated that she did not want to be classified as a debunker. Saying “From researching some of these belief systems, it is very obvious to me how a lot of people end up believing this type of stuff.”
Emily elaborates that there is an element of truth to some of the things she discusses. She explains how government past cover-ups can make it easier for people to fall into a sense of distrust. Her goal is to explore and inform people, not to insult the people who may believe in these ideas.
When it comes to UFO encounters, cryptids, and wealthy esoteric groups these aren’t exactly a new topic of discussion. We have all heard the stories and seen them represented in pop culture. Emily manages to take these topics and show people how relevant they are, and how important dissecting them can be.
In a world where political ideology is being discussed more than ever, Emily’s YouTube channel is shining a light on some of the more esoteric ideas out there. If you have ever wanted to know how 19th-century religious movements inspired modern ufology, then you need to watch Weird Reads with Emily Louise on YouTube.