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Mysterious Forces are at Work in Netflix’s ‘Requiem’

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Requiem debuted this past week on Netflix, and promises viewers a paranormal mystery worth sinking their teeth into. Who doesn’t love a good ghost story with an intriguing conspiracy to unravel?

Here’s a quick description of the show’s plot:

March 24, 1994: 4-year-old Carys Howell’s disappearance sends shockwaves through the small village of Penllynith, Wales. Flash forward 23 years later, an up-and-coming cellist in London named Matilda has her world turned upside down when her mother inexplicably commits suicide. Matilda searches her deceased mother’s home looking for answers, and discovers a box containing possible evidence that her mother had some connection in Carys’ cold case. Dark forces seems to be calling Matilda to Penllynith, and she intends to find the truth about her mother, her past, and what happened to Carys Howell.

Netflix’s newest horror series combines the supernatural with the psychological in the vein of classic films like Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and The Changeling (1980). The quiet village of Penllynith clearly wants the past to stay buried after the media frenzy that followed in the wake of Carys Howell’s disappearance. Carys’ mother Rose is still haunted by that fateful day, feeling the eyes of her community and probing outsiders upon her at all times.

Shortly after Matilda arrives in Penllynith with her friend Hal in tow, they manage to take up residence at the mansion she discovered in one of her mother’s photos. The Gothic estate has a personality all its own because of the gorgeous architecture and the darkness that seems to inhabit it.

There is an unseen force ever-present in Requiem that is stalking those connected to the conspiracy this village is hiding. It bumps in the night, blows like a cold wind, and resides in the reflections of mirrors out of the corner of your eye. Something doesn’t want to stay buried much longer.

Even with the desaturated color palette and somber aesthetic, the show boasts some beautiful locales as Matilda makes her way from the streets of London to the rolling hills of the European countryside. The historic village defined by the tragedy of Carys’ case feels like a place stuck in time in more ways than one. There is a somber, dreamlike quality to the cinematography. Couple that with the haunting score and the show takes on an enigmatic and ominous atmosphere.

Netflix’s Requiem looks to pique the interest of horror fans who enjoy a good mystery and eerie drama. If creepy mansions with billowing drapes and locked doors, scandalous conspiracies, and things that go bump in the night are your kind of horror, then be sure to add it to your queue. The first season is a meager six episodes long, and could easily be binged in a night or two.

Have you seen Requiem yet? What did you think of the first season? Check out the trailer below:

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Another Creepy Spider Movie Hits Shudder This Month

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Good spider films are a theme this year. First, we had Sting and then there was Infested. The former is still in theaters and the latter is coming to Shudder starting April 26.

Infested has been getting some good reviews. People are saying that it’s not only a great creature feature but also a social commentary on racism in France.

According to IMDb: Writer/director Sébastien Vanicek was looking for ideas around the discrimination faced by black and Arab-looking people in France, and that led him to spiders, which are rarely welcome in homes; whenever they’re spotted, they’re swatted. As everyone in the story (people and spiders) is treated like vermin by society, the title came to him naturally.

Shudder has become the gold standard for streaming horror content. Since 2016, the service has been offering fans an expansive library of genre movies. in 2017, they began to stream exclusive content.

Since then Shudder has become a powerhouse in the film festival circuit, buying distribution rights to movies, or just producing some of their own. Just like Netflix, they give a film a short theatrical run before adding it to their library exclusively for subscribers.

Late Night With the Devil is a great example. It was released theatrically on March 22 and will begin streaming on the platform starting April 19.

While not getting the same buzz as Late Night, Infested is a festival favorite and many have said if you suffer from arachnophobia, you might want to take heed before watching it.

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According to the synopsis, our main character, Kalib is turning 30 and dealing with some family issues. “He’s fighting with his sister over an inheritance and has cut ties with his best friend. Fascinated by exotic animals, he finds a venomous spider in a shop and brings it back to his apartment. It only takes a moment for the spider to escape and reproduce, turning the whole building into a dreadful web trap. The only option for Kaleb and his friends is to find a way out and survive.”

The film will be available to watch on Shudder starting April 26.

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Part Concert, Part Horror Movie M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Trap’ Trailer Released

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In true Shyamalan form, he sets his film Trap inside a social situation where we aren’t sure what is going on. Hopefully, there is a twist at the end. Furthermore, we hope it’s better than the one in his divisive 2021 movie Old.

The trailer seemingly gives away a lot, but, as in the past, you can’t rely on his trailers because they are often red herrings and you are being gaslit to think a certain way. For instance, his movie Knock at the Cabin was completely different than what the trailer implied and if you hadn’t read the book on which the film is based it was still like going in blind.

The plot for Trap is being dubbed an “experience” and we aren’t quite sure what that means. If we were to guess based on the trailer, it’s a concert movie wrapped around a horror mystery. There are original songs performed by Saleka, who plays Lady Raven, a kind of Taylor Swift/Lady Gaga hybrid. They have even set up a Lady Raven website to further the illusion.

Here is the fresh trailer:

According to the synopsis, a father takes his daughter to one of Lady Raven’s jam-packed concerts, “where they realize they’re at the center of a dark and sinister event.”

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Trap stars Josh Hartnett, Ariel Donoghue, Saleka Shyamalan, Hayley Mills and Allison Pill. The film is produced by Ashwin Rajan, Marc Bienstock and M. Night Shyamalan. The executive producer is Steven Schneider.

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Woman Brings Corpse Into Bank To Sign Loan Papers

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Warning: This is a disturbing story.

You have to be pretty desperate for money to do what this Brazilian woman did at the bank to get a loan. She wheeled in a fresh corpse to endorse the contract and she seemingly thought the bank employees wouldn’t notice. They did.

This weird and disturbing story comes via ScreenGeek an entertainment digital publication. They write that a woman identified as Erika de Souza Vieira Nunes pushed a man she identified as her uncle into the bank pleading with him to sign loan papers for $3,400. 

If you’re squeamish or easily triggered, be aware that the video captured of the situation is disturbing. 

Latin America’s largest commercial network, TV Globo, reported on the crime, and according to ScreenGeek this is what Nunes says in Portuguese during the attempted transaction. 

“Uncle, are you paying attention? You must sign [the loan contract]. If you don’t sign, there’s no way, as I cannot sign on your behalf!”

She then adds: “Sign so you can spare me further headaches; I can’t bear it any longer.” 

At first we thought this might be a hoax, but according to Brazilian police, the uncle, 68-year-old Paulo Roberto Braga had passed away earlier that day.

 “She attempted to feign his signature for the loan. He entered the bank already deceased,” Police Chief Fábio Luiz said in an interview with TV Globo. “Our priority is to continue investigating to identify other family members and gather more information regarding this loan.”

If convicted Nunes could be facing jail time on charges of fraud, embezzlement, and desecration of a corpse.

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