Movie Review

31 Days of Halloween: The Darkness (2016)

Mythology and folklore are often the basis of horror movies. I’m fascinated by urban legends and ancient monster tales. Sometimes the source material is even more interesting than the horror movie itself. A while ago, I watched The Darkness, which deals with Native American folklore in a fascinating way. My expectations weren’t very high, but this one really stuck with me afterwards, which is why I’ve picked it for Day 5 of 31 Days of Halloween.

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IMDB’s Description: “A family unknowingly awakens an ancient supernatural entity on a Grand Canyon vacation, and must fight for survival when it follows them home.”

On it’s surface, it seemed like this was going to be just another ghost/demon story rife with jump scares, but I was so pleasantly surprised. While this wasn’t the perfect horror movie by any means, I really appreciated the fresh take on Native American folklore and mythology. This movie has been skewered by critics and other reviewers, but I honestly enjoyed it just for the explanation of the backstory and origin of the supernatural events.

Book Review

Book Review: The Mists of Avalon

I love mythology and other legendary stories that seem to transcend time. There’s something about these stories that have enchanted us since the beginning of time. Recently, I decided to try to learn more about Arthurian legend, and I stumbled across a great re-imagining of this traditional story from the perspective of the female characters: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

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While this book leaves out a lot of the original legend, it is a fresh retelling, and it was interesting to see the differences in having the stories told from the female character’s perspective. The much-maligned Morgaine is shown in a much more sympathetic light in this version.

I was awed by the expansiveness of this book. It is almost 900 pages long and seems to encompass the entire Arthurian time period. It’s definitely not a light read, but it is an entertaining one. I felt fully pulled into this world, and I loved the historical insertions about Christianity and Paganism, which I somehow hadn’t considered before during reading about Arthurian legend.

I’m not sure how die-hard scholars of Arthurian legend will feel about this as some things are definitely portrayed differently here, but I think the casual enthusiast or someone who is just interested in learning more about these legends will find the book interesting.