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While The Conjuring 3 Bases Its Plot on These Characters, They’re Not Actually Real

By | June 7, 2021

As its title suggests, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (aka The Conjuring 3) deals with the real 1981 case involving Arne Cheyenne Johnson, a young man who claimed that demonic possession caused him to kill his landlord. The movie connects Johnson’s case with that of two girls named Katie Lincoln and Jessica Louise Strong as Ed and Lorraine Warren search for clues relevant to Johnson’s investigation. While very creepy, the story of Katie and Jessica isn’t grounded in reality – they’re both included in the movie to drive the narrative forward.

In real life, the Warrens first met Johnson when his girlfriend’s brother, David Glatzel, started showing signs of demonic possession. Eventually, the evil spirits supposedly came into Johnson himself. In the movie version of the events, the Warrens take it upon themselves to investigate Johnson’s case after he stabs his landlord Bruno Sauls 22 times. While poking around leads, they come across the brutal murder of Katie Lincoln, a young girl who was stabbed 22 times. When the Warrens hop onto the case, police are still trying to locate her best friend Jessica. Inside Jessica’s home in Danvers, homicide detectives find a witch’s totem similar to the one Lorraine discovers beneath the Glatzel home, the artifact Father Kastner claims is set up by an occultist. In a vision, Lorraine sees how Katie’s friend Jessica murdered Katie before jumping off a cliff. Touching Jessica’s corpse, she gets a feel for where the occultist is operating.

While they add layers to the Johnson case, Katie and Jessica aren’t real, and neither is the occultist. Their appearances give the movie’s plot structure and portray the Warrens as the protagonists in the story. The actual Warrens did indeed assist with managing David Glatzel’s supposed demonic possession, but their involvement wasn’t always welcomed by the Glatzel family. Lorraine Warren later helped Gerald Brittle write The Devil in Connecticut, a book that unpacks the “Devil Made Me Do It” case. Johnson and Debbie Glatzel have backed up the Warrens, but David and his brother Carl have asserted that the demonic-possession claim was a hoax exploiting David’s mental illness. Suffice to say, The Conjuring 3 takes a lot of creative liberties despite being rooted in reality.

There Is So Much Mischief and Madness in the Trailers For Disney+’s Loki Series

By | May 17, 2021

Loki fans have been anxiously waiting for news on their favorite trickster since his violent death in Avengers: Infinity War seemingly wiped him out of the MCU for good. Luckily the events of Avengers: Endgame offered another solution to everyone’s Laufeyson withdrawals: a Loki from an alternate timeline escapes S.H.I.E.L.D.’s capture during the Avengers’ time-travel mission. This brings us to Disney+’s upcoming series Loki! On Dec. 10, 2020, Marvel finally dropped a teaser for the crime thriller on Disney’s Investor Day, giving fans a look at what’s to come in June on Disney+. Now we have the official trailer and an exclusive sneak peek from the 2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards, which have so much mischief and madness, we can barely keep up.

In the first clip, we see Loki’s story continue in an alternate universe as the God of Mischief is now a prisoner of the Time Variance Authority (TVA). They’re basically the time police in Marvel comics, and since we last saw Loki escaping in 2012 with the Tesseract, it’s safe to assume he got caught while causing trouble in different timelines.

The streaming service previously gave a glimpse of Loki in its Super Bowl trailer back in February 2020, in which fans received sneak peeks of three Marvel TV series, including WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The Loki teaser was incredibly brief, but it gave us plenty of clues on what will go down. In the video, the God of Mischief is handcuffed to a table in a dark room as he ominously promises, “I’m going to burn this place to the ground.” Watch the trailers ahead!

Daniel Kaluuya and Fred Hampton Jr. Shared an Emotional Oscars Moment You Didn’t See on TV

By | April 27, 2021

Daniel Kaluuya’s momentous Oscars win on Sunday night was meaningful for many people, but perhaps for no one more than Fred Hampton Jr. Daniel took home the best supporting actor award for his portrayal of the activist’s father in Judas and the Black Messiah, and after the show, the two were able to reunite and share an emotional moment together.

In a video captured at what appears to be an afterparty, Daniel and Fred shared a tearful embrace following Daniel’s win. (Fred Jr. is the Black Panther Party leader’s only child.) Fred kept his hand firmly on Daniel’s shoulder as the actor wiped his eyes – likely an important evening for both men.

Daniel made sure to honor the late Fred in his acceptance speech earlier in the night, saying, “To Chairman Fred Hampton, what a man. How blessed we are that we lived in a lifetime where he existed.” Fred was assassinated by Chicago police at the age of 21 in 1969 while Fred Jr.’s mother, Akua Njeri, was pregnant with him. The 1960s civil rights leader’s legacy lives on, thanks to his son and the memorial efforts of people like Daniel.

Things Heard & Seen: Netflix’s Twisty New Thriller Is Based on a Book - Read the Spoilers

By | April 16, 2021

As a bookworm, I take pride in the fact that I can usually say “Eh, the book was better.” However, after viewing the trailer for Netflix’s upcoming thriller, I’m not so sure that will be the case with Things Heard & Seen. The movie already looks like it’ll be more fast-paced than the book it’s inspired by, All Things Cease To Appear by Elizabeth Brundage. While the trailer amps up the suspense and mystery right away, the book takes a more lackadaisical approach in weaving the eerie tale. If you’re curious about Things Heard & Seen, coming to Netflix on April 29, here’s what to know about the book version.

The Clare Family

All Things Cease to Appear centers around an old farmhouse in Upstate New York with a gruesome past. George Clare claims his wife has been murdered and that he needs someone to call for help. Catherine Clare is discovered with an axe in her head in her bedroom; she had been home alone with her 3-year-old daughter, Franny, all day. Who murdered Catherine? Well, the book won’t tell you because it frustratingly bounces between several timelines. George is questioned by the police, before skipping town with Franny the next morning.

The Hale Family

The book jumps to when Cal and Ella Hale are living on their old family dairy farm. They have three sons: Eddy, Wade, and Cole. Life isn’t great, but they’re making the best of it. Like other farms in the area, they’ve fallen upon hard times. Cal takes out his frustrations on his family and turns to drinking and abusive behavior to cope. Ella knows her husband isn’t faithful, and frankly, she doesn’t seem to care much. She knows she is a good mom, and that her sons will grow up to be good men.

When life becomes too much, Cal dies by suicide and kills his wife by leaking gas into their bedroom. When the bodies are discovered, the brothers are swept away to live with their uncle in the nearby town. The boys can’t seem to give up on the house they love. They come by the house and offer to do chores around the farm. Catherine (yes, the one who is later murdered) finds it incredibly helpful, and the boys find comfort being back on the family farm. Cole becomes their babysitter, entertaining Franny while the older two boys do the harder physical labor. They spend a lot of time with Catherine and they make her feel useful and wanted.

Getting to Know Catherine

The story jumps once again to Catherine’s perspective. As a city girl, she finds it incredibly hard to settle on the 200 acres of farmland they purchased. She feels uneasy in the house but can’t figure out why. Eerie instances abound; chills go down her spine when she walks through certain areas, she finds someone else’s (Ella Hale’s) rings near the sink while doing dishes, and she sees another woman’s reflection in the window. The reader learns that George knows of the house’s tragic past, but Catherine does not.

Getting to Know George

George appears to be a pitiful, helpless widow, but through a series of flashbacks, you discover that isn’t quite the case. He gaslights Catherine at every turn. In fact, George and Catherine had actually broken up when she found out she was pregnant but they get married to “do the right thing.” He forges a letter and his qualifications in order to get his job at the college. He becomes involved with Willis, a 19-year-old from California. He sexually and verbally abuses Willis, at one point cutting all of her hair off, just to establish control over her. He is and unfaithful, manipulative sociopath.

The Chilling Conclusion

It’s a snowy day when Catherine works up the courage to leave George. She packs some suitcases and Franny in the car, then is unable to pull out of the driveway. Catherine goes back inside dejected and quickly loses steam with her entire plan. She admits to George that she was planning on leaving when he questions her about the suitcases. From there, we’re led to assume that George murders Catherine, drugs Franny with sleeping medicine, and goes to work the next day.

The story concludes with an epilogue years in the future. Franny is in med school as a surgical apprentice, hating life. She is sleeping with a married man, renting a small, sterile apartment, and doesn’t have much zest for life. She receives a call that her father’s real estate agent has sold the old farmhouse and needs Franny to come clear out their personal belongings. George is an old man at this point, going blind from diabetes and unable to help at all. When Franny steps back in the house she feels a chill and a sense of calm all at once; she feels like she’s home. She makes her rounds around the town and the book awkwardly ends with Cole and Franny making out.

Overall All Things Cease to Appear is slow burn. It’s got some great bones, just as George says in the trailer for Things Heard & Seen, but the story might actually make for a better film.

The Serpent: Why Charles Sobhraj Was Known as the Bikini Killer

By | April 15, 2021

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Netflix’s The Serpent takes a chilling look at some of French serial killer Charles Sobhraj’s most infamous crimes. Cunning and manipulative, Sobhraj was an expert at deceiving strangers and evading the police across Europe and Asia, which earned him the nickname The Serpent. Sobhraj was also known as the Bikini Killer among media and police due to the clothes his victims – usually tourists on vacation – were often found wearing.

Sobhraj’s first known victim, Teresa Knowlton from Seattle, was found drowned in the Gulf of Thailand wearing a floral bikini in 1975. While Knowlton’s outfit during the time of her death was altered in the Netflix mini series, she would be the first of Sobhraj’s victims to be found dead in a bikini. Following the deaths of Turkish traveler Vitali Hakim and Dutch students Henk Bintanja and Cornelia Hemker, Sobhraj’s fifth known victim Charmayne Carrou was found having drowned under similar circumstances as Knowlton while wearing a floral bikini. At the time, investigators did not connect the two murders, but Sobhraj was referred to as the Bikini Killer from then on.

The serial killer continued his crime spree for several years following Knowlton’s death and eventually retired to France to live life as a free man after serving 20 years in prison. In September 2003, Sobhraj returned to Nepal, where the warrant for his arrest was still withstanding, and he was arrested. On Aug. 20, 2004, he was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Kathmandu District Court for the murder of Connie Jo Bronzich, and an additional 20 years were added to his sentence in 2014 after Sobhraj was found guilty for the murder of Laurent Carrière. As of December 2020, the Bikini Killer continues to serve his sentence in Kathmandu.