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“Paranormal Couple” Cody and Satori Aim to Prove They Aren’t Fakes Amid Drama

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YouTubers and ghost hunters Cody and Satori have been through the wringer in the last few months. The popular team was accused of being fake after some of their peers came out against them. After weeks of being silent, they decided to speak up about the controversy and how they are determined to prove their skeptics wrong.

The Start

The couple claim to have a special ability to communicate with the dead by locking hands with each other and in doing so, receive a series of knocking sounds that surround the room they are standing in. This technique is said to be their form of communication between real life and the hereafter, as each knock, like a form of paranormal Morse Code, spells out responses to questions. It’s this, said to only happen between them, that is the crux of the controversy.

Sam and Colby Reacts

It all started in late October when Cody and Satori were guest-hunters on another YouTube investigation channel Sam and Colby. That duo was investigating the real-life Conjuring House in a series and invited Cody and Satori to join them for one episode. In that episode, the couple performed their “Wonder Twin” technique. But some people weren’t convinced and called them hoaxsters, saying they were making the knocking sounds by forcing their ankles to “pop” voluntarily.

The Community Attacks

The Reddit and YouTube ghost-hunting community went on the offense claiming that this knocking method was an old-timey parlour trick and that the couple was scamming their fans.

The firestorm became so bad that Satori’s father, famed Ghost Hunter Jason Hawes, responded in his own video saying that people should never stop trying to debunk claims, but that they should also do it in a way that doesn’t include personal attacks.

Jason Hawes

Sam and Colby also fell under the bus in the controversy and quickly tried to asway any connection they may have had in the accusations. They took to social media to reassure fans they were looking into the charges.

The Response From Cody & Satori

Cody and Satori had remained virtually radio silent about the debacle until December 10 when they appeared on the second hour of Dead Air Full Spectrum Podcast. In that interview, the couple stood firm on their abilities and even conceded to do their special knock trick without shoes on; many naysayers have said their feet are the secret to their “abilities.”

You can hear their responses starting at about 1:01.

The paranormal reality TV series firestorm has jumped the river from cable into the YouTubiverse. While there has been recent dissension among the ranks of cable TV ghosthunters, the ones on YouTube have pretty much been left unscathed.

Whether it’s because those channels are already labeled as disreputable because their owners literally get paid on likes and views and are therefore more open to manipulated exaggeration, or the majority of watchers believe that these amateur investigators are legit, the high-profile drama with Cody and Satori is a platform first.

It remains to be seen whether they can successfully convince the community of their abilities. No word yet on when they plan to do this.

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‘Tales from the Crypt’ Publisher, EC Comics is Being Brought Back to Life at Oni Comics

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After seventy years of being shut down, the iconic EC Comics is coming back by way of Oni Comics. Originally founded as an educational comics brand, it would later become a publisher known for its horror comics and tales to keep you up late at night. William Gaines lead the way and during his time we were gifted with a run of comics such as Tales From the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, and of course Weird Science among others. Founded in 1944 and running to 1956 it was eventually shut down due to claims that comic books were affecting the minds of our adolescents. After reaching Congress the issue was large enough to take down the small comics publisher.

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Original Cover art for EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

Of course, later on, HBO would take Tales From the Crypt and reboot it for television with a whole new generation. However, for comic collectors, it was up to either visiting select digital archives online or purchasing old issues by way of auction. It is exciting to hear that Oni Comics is going to bring EC Comics back to life.

“EC Comics is one of the most artistically important and culturally significant publishers of all time. In ways both artful and shocking, EC confronted the darkness lurking behind the thin facade of American society — a throughline of radically confrontational storytelling that we intend to both uphold and escalate with the first new EC tales in decades. We’re challenging ourselves to evolve EC’s relentless energy and fearless sensibilities in ways never before attempted. These are intense comics for our intense times.“ Oni Comics Publisher, Hunter Gorinson said.

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Cover art from EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

The first two comics under the new partnership are two new anthology titles that both lend themselves to the flair of their classics. First up Epitaphs from the Abyss followed by Cruel Universe. You can check out the cover for Cruel Universe at the bottom of the page.

Although the partnership is said to not be about nostalgia, we are still hoping that following some of these new titles we do get a special revisit for Tales from the Crypt or one of the other classics.

Epitaphs From the Abyss is due out in stores beginning this July. Cruel Universe is set to arrive in August.

What do you think about the Oni Comics bringing back EC Comics? Let us know in the comments section.

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Cover for EC Comics upcoming title.

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Images and a Poster Have Arrived For Eli Roth’s ‘Borderlands’

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Eli Roth’s Borderlands is well on its way to a theater near you. The Gearbox Software game adaptation looks to take its characters, costumes, and the world of Pandora right from the game. So, that is a good sign. However, we are still on the fence with this one. We will have a better idea of what to expect when a trailer drops tomorrow. Today we have our first look at some images from the film along with a hyper-neon fun poster.

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Photo: Cate Blanchett as Lilith in Borderlands. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lionsgate.

The synopsis for Borderlands goes like this:

Lilith (Blanchett), an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas (Ramirez). Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland (Hart), a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis (Curtis), the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap (Black), a persistently wiseass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.

Borderlands stars Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Edgar Ramirez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Greenblatt, Florian Munteanu, Haley Bennett, Olivier Richters, Gina Gershon, Cheyenne Jackson, Charles Babalola, Benjamin Byron Davis, Steven Boyer, Bobby Lee, Ryann Redmond, Penn Jillette, and Janina Gavankar, and Jack Black.

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Borderlands arrives in theaters beginning August 9. Are you excited about this one? Let us know in the comments section.

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Micheal Keaton Says ‘Beetlejuice Beetlejuice’ Feels Like Original Including Practical Effects

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It feels like a ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel has been in the works for over 100 years. However, the timeline for an official production is much shorter and not as cluttered with faux fan posters. We’ve gotten spoilery glimpses of outdoor sets thanks to paparazzi and even seen some characters in costume. Everything so far boasts a handcrafted look. Additionally, it’s a bonus that Michael Keaton himself has said the sequel feels like the original and that it will be practical. Color us intrigued, Michael!

“It’s the most fun I’ve had on set in a long time…On one hand, you’d go, ‘Well, of course it’s the most fun. It looks like fun.’ As you know, it doesn’t always work like that.” Keaton told People.

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It is a well-known factoid that Keaton had more fun on the first Beetlejuice than any other film that he had made. It still stands up as one of his all-time favorites.

“The one thing that (director Tim Burton) and I decided on early, early, early on from the beginning, if we ever did it again, I was totally not interested in doing something where there was too much technology…It had to feel handmade…What made it fun was watching somebody in the corner actually holding something up for you, to watch everybody in the shrunken head room and say, ‘Those are people under there, operating these things, trying to get it right.’”

That sounds like a whole lot of practical magic to us. Plus, I’m sure that Burton himself has become a bit tired of turning to computer-rendered graphics for his films. They have become more and more filled to the brim with nothing but computer-designed worlds.

One of the most incredible achievements I’ve seen lately in terms of returning to practical effects has to be Netflix’s return to The Dark Crystal. If you watch the making of that film, it is incredible to see that even the backdrops were meticulously handpainted. Everything right down to the toenails was crafted. You should certainly give that a watch if you haven’t already. It is incredible and somehow was released at a time in which nobody watched it.

Well, we are pretty excited about what Keaton said concerning Beetlejuice Beetlejuice. Let’s just hope that it is not hype. What do you think about his statement? Let us know in the comments.

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