Brittany Murphy: A Controversial Death
In the long list of celebrities who have been taken away from us too soon, Brittany Murphy is surely at the top. At just 32 years old, Murphy died under mysterious circumstances in 2009. Recently Investigation Discovery released an hour long special examining her case.
The young starlet’s mother, Sharon, found her daughter in the bathroom of her Los Angeles home unresponsive on the morning of December 20, 2009. Sharon called 911 and Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, attempted to preform CPR to resuscitate his young wife as they waited for medics to arrive.
The death of the successful actress stunned the world. Rumors flew about the cause of her early demise. Even after the medical examiner reported the autopsy’s findings many believed there was something more that had happened. Something insidious.
The death certificate listed pneumonia, anemia, and multiple drug intoxication as Murphy’s cause of death, Yet many, especially those who were close to her, were not satisfied with these answers.
At 17 years old Brittany Murphy was first discovered by many in the movie Clueless. Despite playing co-star to well established Alicia Silverstone, many believed Murphy’s performance had out-shined the blonde bombshell. However at this early age, she was still seen as a plump brunette, and by Hollywood standards this kept her from the leading roles she was so eager to obtain.
Soon after Clueless Murphy dropped the weight and dyed her hair blonde and Hollywood came knocking. Finally she began landing the roles she had always dreamed of and new she had the talent for. Some of her most notable performances includes 8 Mile, Just Married, and Sin City.
Brittany’s mother Sharon quickly moved in with her highly accomplished and successful daughter in Los Angeles. It had been observed the two appeared to have more a friendship rather than the traditional mother/daughter relationship.
While Murphy’s acting career was sky rocketing, she always had a rocky love life. She would date, but not be in long committed relationships. That was until 2006.
In 2006 Murphy met Simon Monjack, writer of The White Hotel, a movie role she was hoping to land. It was during their one on one meetings about the script the two found an instant chemistry. Murphy and Monjack, 8 years her senior, dated for one year before tying the knot.
It was during the time she was with Monjack that many noticed a change in Murphy’s behavior. Those who worked with Murphy on set noticed she was forgetting lines, appeared “out of it”, and was smoking crack with her newlywed husband after being on set.
Soon after her manager and agency dumped the actress. This tumbled Murphy into a world of low budget movies and small roles she was well above in her better days. Once an A list actress, Murphy was now only being offered B movie roles well beneath her acting ability.
This also coincided with Monjack’s behavior of keeping his wife isolated. He took it upon himself to tell her which roles she should take, which agents to talk to, and which offers to decline.
The anguish Murphy faced may explain why she had multiple bottles of medications for anxiety, depression, and pain killers.
Monjack’s odd behavior and controlling ways made many believe he had something to do with her death. However, this theory was quickly put to rest when he was found by his mother in law deceased in his bed.
Eerily Monjack’s cause of death was the same as his wife’s just five months earlier; pneumonia and anemia. The fact Sharon Murphy found both her daughter and son in law deceased in extremely similar circumstances raised many eyebrows by both officials and the media. Yet what would her motive be?
Many believe Sharon Murphy’s motive was the fact she was a third wheel in the relationship, and her daughter and son in law were in the plans of changing that dynamic. It had been reported that the married couple were planning on starting a life in New York City, and Sharon was not part of that future. Sharon declined to respond to any allegations of being involved in her daughter and son in law’s death, and neither of their deaths are currently being looked into.
What do you think lead to the young actress’s early demise? Let us know in the comment below.
Announcement of a ‘Faces of Death’ Remake is a Head-Scratcher
In perhaps one of the weirdest genre news stories to come out since we first reported on it two years ago, The Hollywood Reporter announced Barbie Ferreira (Euphoria) and Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things) will star in a Faces of Death remake.
For those who don’t have the number 19 at the start of their birth year, and may not know what Faces of Death is about, it is a “found-footage” documentary of people and animals dying in a myriad of horrific ways. All apparently non-produced and real. We know now that was a false claim and most of the material was (effectively) manufactured
About eight years ago iHorror talked to Michael R. Felsher, owner, and founder of Red Shirt Pictures, a production company that provides documentaries, director commentary, and bonus content for DVD and Blu-Ray distributors. He went into detail about his experiences with Faces of Death and its director, Conan Le Cilaire (nee John A. Schwartz), who provides the commentary for the Blu-Ray edition.
“One of the things that I found really fascinating about [Faces of Death] was talking to both the special effects crew who worked on the movie and also the editor,” Felsher told iHorror at the time, “who had a really interesting task in that he had to blend stuff that existed at the time, and also sometimes create something out of whole cloth.”
What?! The footage isn’t entirely real? Gen-Xers were duped? For a period of time in the mom-and-pop video rental era, Faces of Death was one of those grails hidden behind the counter and only rented out if you were cool enough to be trusted by the cashier.
The content was so disturbing the film was banned in several countries. One famous triggering scene involves a monkey and a dining table with a small hole in the middle, used as a pillory for the animal’s head. Dining guests then beat the monkey’s head with small mallets until it became unconscious and dined then on its brains. Of course, all of this was fabricated with cauliflower substituting for primate gray matter.
Scenes like this would help the film become fodder for the video nasty era and get it banned in the U.K. The censorship only flamed the hype and Faces of Death became an underground cult classic with a few sequels to follow. But it is the original that remains the jewel in the crown of the franchise, having earned over $60 million in its lifetime.
Schwartz (Le Cilaire) passed away in 2019, but apparently, his legacy will live on in a new “re-imagining” of his original film. There are no details on what that means. Only that it will be written by Isa Mazzei and directed by Daniel Goldhaber (Cam).
We will keep you updated.
In the meantime, check out our story about the secrets of Faces of Death HERE.
Horror Movies & Series Coming to Netflix in December 2022
Coming December 2022
This disaster film comes from Roar Uthaug, the director of Tomb Raider (2018), and The Wave (2015). In the film, a gargantuan creature is terrorizing the Norwegian countryside leaving devastation in its wake. Fun fact: actor Billy Campbell, who played The Rocketeer (1991), has a small role in this film.
Deep inside the mountain of Dovre, something gigantic awakens after being trapped for a thousand years. Destroying everything in its path, the creature is fast approaching the capital of Norway. But how do you stop something you thought only existed in Norwegian folklore?
Based on the novel Hot Skull by Afşin Kum, set in a world shaken by an epidemic of madness that spreads through language and speech, the reclusive former linguist Murat Siyavus, having taken refuge at his mother’s home, is the only person mysteriously unaffected by this disease.
Hunted by the ruthless Anti-Epidemic Institution, Murat is forced to leave the safe zone and flee within the flames and ruins of the streets of Istanbul, where he searches for the secret of his “hot skull” – a lasting mark of the disease.
Get your ticket to the fastest heist ever to take place on a train. This action-packed thriller is set aboard a bullet train in Japan. Directed by David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2), and starring Brad Pitt among a slew of surprising cameos may find a wider audience on Netflix.
Unlucky assassin Ladybug (Brad Pitt) is determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs has gone off the rails. Fate has other plans, however: Ladybug’s latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe–all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives–on the world’s fastest train. The end of the line is just the beginning in this non-stop thrill-ride through modern-day Japan.
In yet another adaptation of the legendary fairy tale, Guillermo del Toro puts his own expertise behind this version. The filmmakers on this project also filled the movie with tons of Easter eggs.
“We paid homage to previous Guillermo films like Hellboy and The Devil’s Backbone by recreating shots,” says art director Robert DeSue. “Way back toward the beginning of the storyboarding process, Guillermo asked that we match the bomb dropping scene from Devil’s Backbone. The framing, camera placement and action within it are all strikingly similar.”
Academy Award®-winning director Guillermo del Toro and award-winning, stop-motion legend Mark Gustafson reimagine the classic Carlo Collodi tale of the fabled wooden boy with a whimsical tour de force that finds Pinocchio on an enchanted adventure that transcends worlds and reveals the life-giving power of love.
Who Killed Santa? A Murderville Murder Mystery
Senior Detective Terry Seattle (Will Arnett) is back and this time, the case is critical. Along with his two celebrity guest stars, Jason Bateman and Maya Rudolph, he is on a mission to figure out…who killed Santa? But here’s the catch: Jason Bateman and Maya Rudolph aren’t being given the script. They have no idea what’s about to happen to them. Together, with Terry Seattle (and many surprises), they will have to improvise their way through the case… but it will be up to both of them to name the killer. Based off the BAFTA award winning BBC3 series Murder in Successville by Tiger Aspect Productions and Shiny Button Productions.
The Glass Onion
Daniel Craig returns as the seemingly absentminded detective Benoit Blanc in this stand-alone sequel to the 2019 whodunit. This time the sharp, blue-eyed sleuth heads to the Mediterranean to peel back the clues leading to the truth behind a tech giant Miles Bron (Ed Norton) and his latest invention.
Benoit Blanc returns to peel back the layers in a new Rian Johnson whodunit. This fresh adventure finds the intrepid detective at a lavish private estate on a Greek island, but how and why he comes to be there is only the first of many puzzles.
Blanc soon meets a distinctly disparate group of friends gathering at the invitation of billionaire Miles Bron for their yearly reunion. Among those on the guest list are Miles’ former business partner Andi Brand, current Connecticut governor Claire Debella, cutting-edge scientist Lionel Toussaint, fashion designer and former model Birdie Jay and her conscientious assistant Peg, and influencer Duke Cody and his sidekick girlfriend Whiskey.
As in all the best murder mysteries, each character harbors their own secrets, lies and motivations. When someone turns up dead, everyone is a suspect.
Returning to the franchise he began, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rian Johnson writes and directs Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and assembles another all-star cast that includes a returning Daniel Craig alongside Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline with Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista.
The Witcher: Blood Origin (limited series)
Every story has a beginning. Witness the untold history of the Continent with The Witcher: Blood Origin, a new prequel series set in an elven world 1200 years before the events of The Witcher. Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time – exploring the creation of the first prototype Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal “Conjunction of the Spheres,” when the worlds of monsters, men, and elves merged to become one. The Witcher: Blood Origin will release in 2022, only on Netflix.
At once hilarious and horrifying, lyrical and absurd, ordinary and apocalyptic, White Noise dramatizes a contemporary American family’s attempts to deal with the mundane conflicts of everyday life while grappling with the universal mysteries of love, death, and the possibility of happiness in an uncertain world. Based on the book by Don DeLillo, written for the screen and directed by Noah Baumbach, produced by Noah Baumbach (p.g.a) and David Heyman (p.g.a.). Produced by Uri Singer.
Coming in November 2022
This popular series returns with more unsolved crimes and paranormal mysteries. From a young woman who is found dead on the railroad tracks to a ghost who may have reached out to an apartment tenant to help solve her murder, this series drops wraps ups up its third volume of nine episodes on November 1.
This true crime documentary is set in the world of bodybuilding. On Valentine’s Day 1995, national bodybuilding champion, Ray McNeil, was choking his bodybuilder wife, Sally, when she grabbed a gun and fatally shot him twice.
With a documented history of domestic abuse, Sally claimed it was self-defense, a split-second decision to save her life. The prosecution argued it was premeditated murder, the revenge of a jealous and aggressive wife. They called her a “thug,” a “bully,” a “monster”. The media referred to her as the “brawny bride” and the “pumped-up princess”.
Sally says she spent her life doing whatever it took to survive, caught in a cycle of violence that began in childhood and ended with Ray’s death. This complex true crime story examines domestic violence, gender roles, and the world of bodybuilding. It’s directed by award-winning filmmaker, Nanette Burstein (On The Ropes, Hillary) and is produced by Traci Carlson, Robert Yapkowitz and Richard Peete of Neighborhood Watch (Karen Dalton: In My Own Time, Blue Ruin).”
Enola Holmes season 2
The young detective is at it again in this, the second season of the popular action/mystery series. Enola Holmes takes on her first official case to find a missing girl, as the sparks of a dangerous conspiracy ignite a mystery that requires the help of friends — and Sherlock himself — to unravel.
Capturing the Killer Nurse
This is the companion documentary to the Jessica Chastain Netflix original titled The Good Nurse.
Charlie Cullen was an experienced registered nurse, trusted and beloved by his colleagues at Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey. He was also one of history’s most prolific serial killers, with a body count potentially numbering in the hundreds across multiple medical facilities in the Northeast. Based on The Good Nurse, the best-selling book written by Charles Graeber – to be dramatized in a Netflix feature film starring Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne, premiering this fall – this documentary uses interviews with the nurses who blew the whistle on their coworker, the detectives who cracked the case, and audio from Cullen himself as it unravels the twisted path to his conviction.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated series coming in November is 1899 from the German creators of the critically acclaimed Dark. In this series, a migrant steamship heads west to leave the old continent. The passengers, a mixed bag of European origins, united by their hopes and dreams for the new century and their future abroad. But their journey takes an unexpected turn when they discover another migrant ship adrift on open sea. What they will find on board, will turn their passage to the promised land into a horrifying nightmare.
Dead to Me Season 3
Jen and Judy return for the third and final season. In the aftermath of yet another hit and run, both women receive shocking news, and are ready to risk their lives for a friendship that’s above the law.
Our favorite happily depressed Addams Family sibling is back to create amusing havoc and biting one-liners on the world.
This is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.
Well it is finally here; Halloween! We were made for this month and Netflix is making an effort to show fans like us a good, spooky time. Although the platform is chock full of new and old horror movies already, this October they are adding a few of their own originals to sweeten the pot a little. Take a look:
Nailed It! Season 7
This hilarious competition reality baking show is still going strong. It’s hard to believe that it is going into its seventh season, but here we are. Catch it, when it drops on October 5.
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone
Some connections never die. From Ryan Murphy, Blumhouse and Stephen King comes a supernatural coming-of-age story, starring Donald Sutherland and Jaeden Martell. Written and directed for the screen by John Lee Hancock.
Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes
When Milwaukee police entered the apartment of 31-year-old Jeffrey Dahmer in July of 1991, they uncovered the grisly personal museum of a serial killer: a freezer full of human heads, skulls, bones and other remains in various states of decomposition and display. Dahmer quickly confessed to sixteen murders in Wisconsin over the previous four years, plus one more in Ohio in 1978, as well as unimaginable acts of necrophilia and cannibalism. The discovery shocked the nation and stunned the local community, who were incensed that such a depraved killer had been allowed to operate within their city for so long. Why was Dahmer, who had been convicted of sexual assault of a minor in 1988, able to avoid suspicion and detection from police as he stalked Milwaukee’s gay scene for victims, many of whom were people of color? The third in a series from director Joe Berlinger (CWAK: The Ted Bundy Tapes, CWAK: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes), this three-part documentary features never-before-heard audio interviews between Dahmer and his defense team, delving into his warped psyche while answering these open questions of police accountability through a modern-day lens.
The Luckiest Girl Alive
Luckiest Girl Alive centers on Ani FaNelli, a sharp-tongued New Yorker who appears to have it all: a sought-after position at a glossy magazine, a killer wardrobe, and a dream Nantucket wedding on the horizon. But when the director of a crime documentary invites her to tell her side of the shocking incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Brentley School, Ani is forced to confront a dark truth that threatens to unravel her meticulously crafted life.
Jihyo, who can see aliens, and Bora, who has been pursuing them, search for Jihyo’s boyfriend, who disappeared without a trace, and encounter an “unidentified” mystery.
The Midnight Club
At a hospice for terminally ill young adults, eight patients come together every night at midnight to tell each other stories — and make a pact that the next of them to die will give the group a sign from the beyond. Based on the 1994 novel of the same name as well as other works by Christopher Pike.
A terrifying space horror with story by Hirotaka Adachi (Otsuichi), character designs by Yoshitaka Amano and music by Ryuichi Sakamoto
In the far future, humanity has been driven from Earth and forced to move its population to another galaxy. Members of a scouting team are sent to search for a planet suitable for terraforming. The crew was created through a biological 3D printer, but a system malfunction causes one of the crew members, Lewis, to emerge in a deformed state. As Lewis turns on his fellow crew members Nina, Mack, Patty and Oscar, a countdown to the end of the mission begins in the frightening darkness of the ship.
Coming in September 2022
Netflix isn’t really giving us anything that scary in the next few months unless they are waiting to surprise us in October. Other than a 1970s classic and a handful of Resident Evil offerings, the horror slate is pretty dry. What we do get are some thrillers and true crime docs, but other than that the biggest “horror” title seems to be The Munsters on September 27.
Here are the titles that are scheduled to release on the streamer this month:
A Clockwork Orange
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn’t go as planned. — IMDb
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Resident Evil: Retribution
Devil in Ohio (Netflix Series)
Synopsis: When hospital psychiatrist Dr. Suzanne Mathis shelters a mysterious cult escapee, her world is turned upside down as the strange girl’s arrival threatens to tear her own family apart.
Indian Predator: The Diary of a Serial Killer (Netflix Documentary)
Find out about the spine-chilling, horrible crimes of the sadistic killer Raja Kolander.
End of the Road
Synopsis: In this high-octane action thriller, a cross-country road trip becomes a highway to hell for Brenda (Queen Latifah), her two kids and her brother Reggie (Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges). After witnessing a brutal murder, the family finds themselves in the crosshairs of a mysterious killer. Now alone in the New Mexico desert and cut off from any help, Brenda is pulled into a deadly fight to keep her family alive. Directed by Millicent Shelton, END OF THE ROAD also stars Beau Bridges, Mychala Faith Lee, Shaun Dixon and Frances Lee McCain.
After a clandestine run-in, Drea (Alpha, fallen it girl) and Eleanor (beta, new alt girl) team up to go after each other’s tormentors. Do Revenge is a subverted Hitchcock-ian dark comedy featuring the scariest protagonists of all: teenage girls.
Synopsis: A storm rages. A young girl is kidnapped. Her mother (Jurnee Smollett) teams up with the mysterious woman next door (Allison Janney) to pursue the kidnapper – a journey that tests their limits and exposes shocking secrets from their pasts.
Whether you’re looking forward to this Munsters reboot or not, it’s still an intriguing concept. A director known for his ultra-violent movies doing a reboot, nee origin story, of a popular 60s sitcom about a family of Universal monsters. What could go wrong?
Netflix in August is giving us 7 titles we’re interested in. Some are returning series, some are original movies, but all are worthy of a watchlist ping. Let us know what you think and if there are some we missed that you want us to know about.
Synopsis via IMDb: Reboot of “The Munsters”, that followed a family of monsters who moves from Transylvania to an American suburb.
Coming in August 2022
The Sandman (August 5)
Here is a highly anticipated live-action version of Neil Gaiman’s comic book classic. At almost 40 years old, the story is getting a Netflix series. The streamer had a successful run with Lucifer, a spin-off character from the comics.
Gaiman himself describes the story of The Sandman: A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power.
I Just Killed My Dad (August 9)
Netflix has been hitting their true-crime docu-series’ out of the park. Often compelling and full of twists, these true crime titles are a popular sub-genre. I Just Killed My Dad is definitely an attention-grabbing title, so it seems we are in for another wild, interesting ride.
Synopsis: Anthony Templet shot his father and never denied it. But why he did is a complex question with profound implications that go far beyond one family.
Locke & Key Season 3 (August 10)
Are you ready to return to Keyhouse? The popular series Locke & Key is dropping its third season, premiering this month. A nail-biting cliffhanger in the season two finale will most likely be addressed.
Not only that but this is reported to be the final season of the supernatural thriller. Don’t dodge this one if you know what I mean.
School Tales: The Series (August 10)
Who doesn’t like anthologies? With Asian horror becoming trendy again stateside, we get this offering from Thailand. There are eight stories in all, each with its own ghost story to tell:
A girl jumping to her death; a haunted library; canteen food made from human flesh; a headless ghost in the school warehouse; a devil-infested room; a vengeful demon in an abandoned building; and a classroom where only dead students attend class.
Will the stories have a wraparound arc? We’ll have to wait and see.
Day Shift (August 12)
Jamie Foxx is a Los Angeles pool boy who just wants to provide for his daughter in Day Shift. So what’s a little side-hustle killing vampires? This highly anticipated action opus is from the creators of John Wick 4 so you know it’s going to be frenetic. The trailer alone is watchlist worthy and we’ve already checked the box.
Co-starring Dave Franco and Snoop Dogg, Day Shift is probably going to chart through the roof. Is it going to be Stranger Things popular? Probably not, but it looks like a real good time.
Echoes (August 19)
This Australian thriller is coming up top to the states this month. Not much is known about the plot and that might be a good thing if you like a little mystery with your horror. This comes from the creator of 13 Reasons Why but feels a little more like 2021’s I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Leni and Gina are identical twins who have secretly swapped their lives since they were children, culminating in a double life as adults, but one of the sisters goes missing and everything in their perfectly schemed world turns into chaos
The Girl in the Mirror (August 19)
Anyone else noticing a trend in movie titles that start with “The Girl”? This series is imported from Spain, another country that is rising in quality horror entertainment. With heavy Final Destination vibes, The Girl in the Mirror has us intrigued.
Synopsis: After surviving a bus accident in which almost all her classmates die, Alma wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the incident… or of her past. Her house is full of memories that are not hers, and both amnesia and trauma cause her to experience night terrors and visions that she cannot clarify. With the help of her parents and friends, unknown to her, she will try to uncover the mystery surrounding the accident while struggling to recover her life and her identity.
July means half the year is over and boy, has Netflix had a great one. Stranger things have happened.
But it’s not over yet, and the streamer has more up its sleeve in July as far as fascinating content. In the remaining days they are offering up some intriguing stories and we have picked several that have caught our attention.
We present them here so that you can plan the rest of July in anticipation just like the rest of us.
The Wretched July 31
Even though 2020 sucked for a lot of people there were some decent titles that came out that year to appease the homebound horror fan. The Wretched is one of those titles and it delivers. With an interesting story and strikingly creepy visuals, The Wretched still holds up right down to its final act. If you didn’t get a chance to see this when it first came out, give it a watch on Netlfix and let it cast its spell.
A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parents’ imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand-year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.
Keep Breathing July 28
At first, it seems like Yellowjackets for one, but then it delves into some Stephen King-type territory. Either way, Keep Breathing looks like an adventure in terror and we’ve got our figurative tickets. Scream’s (2021) Melissa Barrera stars as a plane crash survivor who seemingly gets caught between reality and fantasy. The fantasy part might be more damaging than the elements as her will to survive lessens every hour.
When a small plane crashes in the middle of the Canadian wilderness, a lone survivor must battle the elements — and her personal demons— to stay alive.
Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi
Netflix has shown up for foreign filmmakers recently. They aren’t afraid of subtitles even though they seem to love bad dubbing. This offering is based on true events and has some English-speaking interviews. But what intrigues us the most is how one person can dismember so many people and still evade authorities.
One city, one cold-blooded murderer and multiple horrifying crimes. Brace yourself for the most bone-chilling, blood curdling true crime story you’ll ever see. Because this time, evil is closer than you thought it would be.
School Tales The Series TBD
As stated above, Netflix is leveling up on their foreign horror movie game. Earlier this month we got the found footage creeper Incantation, and now we get another Taiwanese horror movie, School Tales; this time it’s an anthology. It has all the earmarks of an Asian horror movie with its curses, classrooms, and evil school girls. But will we hold a grudge if it doesn’t hold up to our standards?
Every school has its tales of horror and mystery… the marching band is staying over at the school for annual camp and the members decide to “test” if some of their school’s ghostly tales are for real.
My Village People July 22
From East Asia to West Africa we get a witchy offering with My Village People. No, it’s not an autobiography about a 70s boy group who are famous for a wedding reception dance, although that might make our 6 Netflix titles we’re interested list. This one’s about a coven of witches who appear unhappy with a man who courts two of them. Will this put a spell on us or drive us into the woods?
A young man’s weakness for women lands him in trouble when he is caught in a bizarre love triangle with witches.
Bad Exorcist Wednesday, July 20
A TV-MA animated series? Yes and thank you very much. This Polish series looks two parts South Park and two parts Beavis and Butt-Head. Apparently, this series is about a freelance exorcist who is fouler than the monsters he’s provoking. Sounds like a regular Saturday to me!
No demon is safe as Bogdan Boner, the alcohol-loving, self-taught exorcist-for-hire, returns with more inventive, obscene and deadly deeds.
So that’s it so far; our 6 Netflix titles we’re interested in to round out the month. Even if they aren’t as great as we would like, it’s comforting to know we are halfway to Halloween.
‘The Watcher’ is Based on True Events, Here’s What Really Happened
Ryan Murphy has been having a great month. Not only has he secured one of the most-watched series on Netflix with Dahmer, he then counterpunched that accomplishment with yet another popular series called The Watcher.
Although people may already know that Dahmer is based on a real-life serial killer of the same name, they may not know that The Watcher is also inspired by real events.
The Netflix Series
The series follows a couple Nora and Dean Brannock, played by Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale respectively. They are excited about finding the perfect home in a neighborhood coveted by the privileged and wealthy. Willing to put their life savings on the line, Dean buys the gorgeous mansion much to the disdain of their neighbors.
Suddenly, strange things start to happen around the house that nobody can explain. To further the mystery ominous letters begin to be delivered to the couple saying the house needs “fresh blood” and warning against any renovations. These letters are signed “The Watcher,” and arrive periodically with increasing menace.
The Real Story
In 2018 an article was published in about a house located at 657 Boulevard in Westfield New Jersey. The story was about a family who was being stalked by a person who claimed to be in charge of overseeing the wellbeing of their new house.
The real-life Broaddus family of which the Netflix series is based never moved into the house after they purchased it for $1.4 million. The couple often visited the house with their children to do renovations, check the mail or talk to contractors, but they never officially moved in.
One day, on his many visits to the house, Mr. Broaddus checked the mailbox and what he found was just the first of many ominous letters from the phantom curator who assumed charge of the New Jersey property.
“657 Boulevard has been the subject of my family for decades now and as it approaches its 110th birthday, I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming. My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time. Do you know the history of the house? Do you know what lies within the walls of 657 Boulevard? Why are you here? I will find out.”
From there, the letters started to become more personal, detailing the make of the family car and the names of the Broaddus’ children. The writer even chastised the couple’s renovation efforts:
“I see already that you have flooded 657 Boulevard with contractors so that you can destroy the house as it was supposed to be. Tsk, tsk, tsk … bad move. You don’t want to make 657 Boulevard unhappy.”
The couple called the police and even asked the previous owners who had also received a letter to join them. The police advised them not to tell anyone about the letters as it might hinder the investigation.
Still the letters came. One even teased the Broaddus family about their identity.
“Who am I? There are hundreds and hundreds of cars that drive by 657 Boulevard each day. Maybe I am in one. Look at all the windows you can see from 657 Boulevard. Maybe I am in one. Look out any of the many windows in 657 Boulevard at all the people who stroll by each day. Maybe I am one. Welcome my friends, welcome. Let the party begin” — The Watcher.
The letters became increasingly more threatening and creepy:
“657 Boulevard is anxious for you to move in. It has been years and years since the young blood ruled the hallways of the house. Have you found all of the secrets it holds yet? Will the young blood play in the basement? Or are they too afraid to go down there alone. I would [be] very afraid if I were them. It is far away from the rest of the house. If you were upstairs you would never hear them scream.
Will they sleep in the attic? Or will you all sleep on the second floor? Who has the bedrooms facing the street? I’ll know as soon as you move in. It will help me to know who is in which bedroom. Then I can plan better.
All of the windows and doors in 657 Boulevard allow me to watch you and track you as you move through the house. Who am I? I am the Watcher and have been in control of 657 Boulevard for the better part of two decades now. The Woods family turned it over to you. It was their time to move on and kindly sold it when I asked them to.
I pass by many times a day. 657 Boulevard is my job, my life, my obsession. And now you are too Braddus family. Welcome to the product of your greed! Greed is what brought the past three families to 657 Boulevard and now it has brought you to me.
Have a happy moving in day. You know I will be watching.”
Having had enough, the Broaddus family decided to sell the property in 2019 for well-under what they paid. The new owners have not reported receiving any new letters from the Watcher.
Although the case hasn’t been solved even with the help of the police department, private investigators and the Broaddus’ themselves, it remains open and the Watcher has yet to be identified.