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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.  

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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.” 

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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.

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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

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Netflix Doc ‘Devil on Trial’ Explores The Paranormal Claims of ‘Conjuring 3’ [Trailer]



What is it about Lorraine Warren and her constant row with the devil? We may find out in the new Netflix documentary called The Devil on Trial which will premiere on October 17, or at least we will see why she chose to take on this case.

The Devil On Trial Official Trailer

Back in 2021, everyone was holed up in their homes, and anyone with an HBO Max subscription could stream “Conjuring 3” day and date. It got mixed reviews, maybe because this wasn’t an ordinary haunted house tale that the Conjuring universe is known for. It was more of a crime procedural than a paranormal investigative one.

As with all of the Warren-based Conjuring movies, The Devil Made Me Do It was based on “a true story,” and Netflix is taking that claim to task with The Devil on Trial. The Netflix e-zine Tudum explains the backstory:

“Often referred to as the ‘Devil Made Me Do It’ case, the trial of 19-year-old Arne Cheyenne Johnson quickly became the subject of lore and fascination after it made national news in 1981. Johnson claimed that he murdered his 40-year-old landlord, Alan Bono, while under the influence of demonic forces. The brutal killing in Connecticut drew the attention of self-professed demonologists and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, known for their probe into the infamous haunting in Amityville, Long Island, several years prior. The Devil on Trial recounts the troubling events leading up to Bono’s murder, the trial, and the aftermath, using firsthand accounts of the people closest to the case, including Johnson.”

Then there’s the logline: The Devil on Trial explores the first — and only — time “demonic possession” has officially been used as a defense in a US murder trial. Including firsthand accounts of alleged devil possession and shocking murder, this extraordinary story forces reflection on our fear of the unknown.

If anything, this companion to the original film might shed some light on just how accurate these “true story” Conjuring films are and how much is just a writer’s imagination.

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[First Photos] ‘The Strangers’ Reboot is Already Made; It Consists of Three Movies



Director Renny Harlin (Deep Blue Sea, Exorcist: The Beginning, Cliffhanger) has been a busy man. He is rebooting The Strangers franchise with a trilogy that he has already completed according to Entertainment Weekly.

Harlin says he shot all of the films in Slovakia at the same time, and production was, “the challenge of a lifetime, but I also really embraced it. On a Monday morning, I could be shooting the second chapter, and Monday afternoon I could be shooting the first chapter, and Tuesday morning I could be shooting the third chapter. it was incredibly demanding for the actors, for the continuity in terms of the make-up and wardrobe, and for my director of photography, because we wanted to create a visual language that develops so that the movies get bigger, more epic, as we go [on]. It just kept all of our juices pumping all the time.”

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He remembers the Bryan Bertino-directed 2008 original Strangers which he says impressed him so much that he never forgot it.

“I remember the experience of seeing it,” says Harlin, “I didn’t really know anything about it when I saw it and I just loved it. I thought it was fantastic and it’s stuck in my mind as one of my favorite horror films.”

He adds: “When this opportunity came to me, the idea of not doing a remake or a reboot but doing a trilogy based on the original film, I thought it was an incredible opportunity.”

Froy Gutierrez and Madelaine Petsch in ‘The Strangers Trilogy’ | CREDIT: JOHN ARMOUR/LIONSGATE via

As for what Harlin’s version is about he says the first movie The Strangers: Chapter 1 pretty much follows the set-up of the original: a couple is terrorized by sociopathic home invaders, and Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 will “explore what happens to the victims of this kind of violence and who the perpetrators are of this kind of violence. Where are they coming from and why?”

The targets in Chapter 1 are played by Madelaine Petsch and Froy Gutierrez (Teen WolfCruel Summer).

The Strangers Trilogy is set for release in theaters next year. Harlin and producer Courtney Solomon will be participating in a panel about the three films at New York Comic Con on Oct. 12.

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‘Terrifier 3’ Teaser To Play Ahead of ‘Terrifier 2’ Theatrical Re-Release



Terrifier 2 is returning to theaters nationwide beginning November 1. 

Director Damien Leone will give a small on-screen introduction that will include the first public showing of the teaser from Terrifier 3. In addition, the first 100 audience members will receive a Terrifier 3 poster.

Terrifier 2 was the little indie(gogo) movie that could. It turned its shoestring budget of $250k into an $11 million windfall.

“This year has been unlike anything we could have imagined,” says Leone. “To see all the love Terrifier 2 has received and the excitement this release has inspired from fans new and old, is truly beyond words. As a thank you to our fans and the many people who worked tirelessly on this release, we want to bring it back to the big screen where it belongs. And more than that, while fans eagerly await the release of Terrifier 3 next year, we want the chance to share what we’ve been working on for the third installment because a year is just too long to wait.”

As for why the film is getting a re-release after Halloween, Brad Miska, Managing Director of Bloody Disgusting/Cineverse, says it’s a fitting adieu to the holiday.

“Terrifier 2’s return to theaters is the perfect farewell to the Halloween season, an event that will have audiences clinging onto their barf bags once again, “said Brad Miska, Managing Director of Bloody Disgusting/Cineverse. “This exemplifies the pinnacle of horror cinema, an experience that etches itself into memory. Between the exclusive Terrifier 3 scene that will only be shown in theaters to the exclusive poster, this is a night you won’t want to miss out on.”

For those who haven’t seen Terrifier 2, here is a brief description:

“Set one year after its predecessor, Terrifier 2 continued the gruesome story of Art the Clown and his insatiable thirst for murder. When a sinister force resurrects Art, he is once again upon the unsuspecting residents of Miles County. Back for another Halloween, Art sets his sights on a teenage girl and her little brother, portrayed by LaVera and Elliott Fullam, respectively, delivering a chilling and relentless tale of horror.”

Tickets are on sale now wherever movie tickets are sold – Fandango, the official website and Atom Tickets.

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