Paranormal Pop Culture Update – March 13, 2015

Paranormal Pop Culture Update – March 13, 2015

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Here’s your Paranormal Pop Culture Update for March 13, 2015!

In Theaters this Week

Premiering Friday, March 13th is the new horror movie, It Follows. With a unique and intriguing concept, this movie was named the Official Selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

After a strange, yet seemingly innocent, sexual encounter, 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe) finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Jay is able to track down the man that she believes gave the visions to her, only to learn that her only way to survive is for her to pass it on to another person. It Follows is reminiscent of urban legends you hear as a teenager, yet original enough to not get déjà vu. Check out the trailer here!

What’s New on Television this Week

In the new Sci-Fi drama Powers, we are immersed in a world where humans and super-heroes co-exist, but aren’t always on the same side. Homicide detectives Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward) work in the Powers Division, and are assigned to investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities. Despite having his own super-natural powers being stolen from him, Detective Christian Walker is using his expertise to investigate crimes and regain his former glory. Also starring Michelle Forbes, Eddie Izzard, and Noah Taylor, Powers is an adaptation of the Powers comic book series. This series premiers on Tuesday, March 10th on the PlayStation Network, and is the first scripted original program for PSN.

A&E is debuting their new supernatural drama, The Returned. Four years after a fatal bus accident kills over 30 students, they begin to return, un-aged and unaware of their own demise. Set in the small town of Caldwell, Washington, this series focuses on how the returned re-integrate themselves with their families and a world that has moved on without them; in addition to how their families cope with their reappearance. As they attempt to resume their lives, strange events and gruesome murders begin to occur that may, or may not, be related to those who have been resurrected.

This remake boasts a strong cast, including India Ennenga (playing Camille Winship), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (as Rowan Blackshaw), Jeremy Sisto (as Peter Lattimore), and Mark Pellegrino (as Jack Winship). Based on the French series Les Revenants, this strong English counterpart, created by Fabrice Gobert, premieres on Monday, March 9th.

Books

The Fire Sermon is the first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig. Based four hundred years in the future, after a nuclear fire has destroyed the Earth. For reasons unbeknownst to everyone, every baby is born with a twin – one boy and one girl. In each pair, one is the Alpha – physically perfect in every way; and one is the Omega – somehow deformed in a large or small way. The Alphas are educated and live off of the world’s sparse resources; while the Omegas are branded, ostracized, forbidden to marry, and are incapable of reproducing. After the Omegas are thrown out, they are cared for by Omega relatives or left at an Omega orphanage. They cannot be put death, however, for if one twin dies, so does the other.

It’s not always easy to distinguish between the Alpha and the Omega twin, though. While some Omegas are born with obvious imperfections, some are born as ‘Seers’, visibly perfect but with psychic foresight. This Fantasy novel follows one such pair, Cass – the Omega, and Zach – her Alpha twin. Cass dares to dream of a world where Alphas and Omegas live as equals, and out of segregation. The Fire Sermon was available on Tuesday, March 10th.

Image Courtesy of Gallery Books

Image Courtesy of Gallery Books

The Event of the Week!

Fright Nights, The Original Ghost Hunting Company, is hosting a Ghost Hunt at Guys Cliffe House on the outskirts of Warwick in the UK! In the 1900s the site was known for sightings of a woman haunting the garden and avenues. After World War 2, the mansion was frequented by vandals, and was said to give the feeling of oppression and immediate drops in temperature. Poltergeist activity can be witnessed day and night at the manse; footsteps can be heard along empty corridors and fleeting apparitions have been seen.

Image courtesy of Fright Nights

Image courtesy of Fright Nights

The Ghost Hunt at Guys Cliffe House will take place on March 14th and March 15th at 7 PM. It includes a supernatural history tour of the haunted mansion and church, medium-ship and equipment workshops, a walk-round, psychic and ghost hunting equipment, séances, glass divination, ghost hunting vigils and expert discussion. Don’t pass up your chance to stay in a haunted house, and be sure to send us any paranormal images that you capture!

Trailers courtesy of youtube.com

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