Desi Nostradamus is wrong. The zombies are already here – The Times of India Blog

Apocalyptic, unimaginable, impossible, preposterous, dystopian, anti-utopia

I havent looked up a thesaurus for these words, yeah ok for the last one I did, but the rest are adjectives gleaned from reading newspapers, social media platforms and WhatsApp forwards on the pandemic. Little wonder that my mother was sending me a stream of concerned messages, including a voice note. I thought perhaps this one might be to wish her granddaughter a happy birthday. I intended to open it later, but it was followed by more messages and a phone call asking whether I had heard the voice note or I read her messages. If only she gave me time to do so. She kept insisting that its important and I should hear it. My curiosity was piqued so I did listen to it. There was a man speaking with the confidence of Nostradamuss arguably disputed step-great-grandson. Of course, all his predictions which he could have recorded 10 days ago but claimed were a few years old said that there would be a situation like the pandemic that we all are in. With his expertise and knowledge perhaps, he could be anointed as a part of the intelligentsia that actually let the Kumbh Mela happen. After expounding about all the planets and their positions of crossing each others paths, he finally came down to predict the next thing thatll happen. Hold your breath for this one. He predicted that there would come a zombie phase. Sorry desi Nostradamus, Hollywood and the Indian film fraternity got there before you. Raj and DK, the famous director duo of the zombie movie Go Goa Gone, can proudly proclaim: humne toh kaha tha.

But in my opinion, this crisis has already turned us into zombies. Zombies lying outside hospitals crying for a bed. Zombies going crazy trying to arrange for oxygen. Zombies seeing their loved ones die in front of them but unable to find time to cry because another one is still battling in the ICU and they still have to arrange doses of Fabiflu. Then there is another category of zombies selling medicines in the black market, scamming people desperate for oxygen and life-saving drugs, hoarding Remdesivir without being infected and trolling people who have lost loved ones. Heck, I personally know of a friend in Delhi who asked her neighbours for an oximeter to check her suffering mothers oxygen saturation since hers wasnt working and the chemists had run out, but no one shared theirs. So, in panic she took her mother to a hospital in Meerut as Delhi was becoming scarier by the moment. Not just because of the scarcity of resources but because humanity was at its lowest. And please lets not make it a Delhi, Mumbai or any other city thing. This is what some of us have become, and if thats not being a zombie then what is? But of course, there are some humans left who refuse to let the zombies bite them showing incredible kindness to strangers who need help with anything from tiffinsto tocilizumab.

In my own world, I am seeing some impossible things that no astrologer could have predicted. Like seeing my boy and the puppy we got have dinner together at the dining table though he has never been a dog lover and today he spends more time with Peanut than me. Like Chotu Maasi not knowing that muting audio doesnt mean muting video and letting 20 of us see her pluck her nose hair on a Zoom call, like my boy getting acquainted with the term stay put at his age though the kids already know about it as the only thing they have been doing is staying put at home. Like my best friend in Chandigarh whose lockdown baby is six months old but has only seen his father, who needs to step out for work, in a mask. Flying kisses and different types of masks, from N-95 to surgical to sometimes cloth ones with cartoon prints to amuse the little one thats the relationship between the two of them. As much as our heart melts for father and child, I prefer to see the situation in a positive light. Perhaps when the baby grows up and we are out of this mask phase, hed be convinced that his father is a superhero who just puts on a Clark Kent face for the world. But there was another impossible situation for me, a tough one, losing my dearest nani-mama last year who always had a vishesh tippani on everything. I wonder what she would have to say about this Jombie land (thats the way she would have pronounced it). I am sure she wouldnt have shied away from giving a few cuss words to the virus and the idiots who are still going about life not wearing a mask, but would have ended her ire with compassionate words from the Granth Sahib like sarbat da bhalla, meaning happiness for one and all. The Japanese Buddhist phrase for the same is Kosen-rufu. How long will it take for all of us zombies to realise being human means not just working towards our own happiness but also towards others as well? Till the time we dont get it the attack of the jombies is inevitable!

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This place in Lancashire is deemed one of the least likely places to survive a zombie apocalypse – Lancashire Telegraph

A PLACE in Lancashire has been ranked one of the worst locations in the country to survive a zombie apocalypse.

According to data released by SaveOnEnergy, Preston is one of the least well-equipped places in the UK to live should zombies start spawning second worst only behind Oxford.

And while much of the population believe that a zombie apocalypse is little more than a fictitious scenario, a number of Brits still fear the possibility, with pop culture leading some to believe that a zombie takeover remains a reasonable explanation of how the world might end.

Each city was ranked and awarded points out of 100 based on eight different factors: solar energy produced per year, farming area, the number of farmers per city, air quality, outdoor space, recycling centres, wind farms, and the number of electric vehicle charging points.

The cities with the highest total scores were deemed most likely to survive.

Preston was deemed the second least likely city to survive a zombie apocalypse, with just 104 points out of 700.

The city had one of the lowest farming populations and had some of the least parks per 100,000 population, leading data analysts to believe that they people living in the city will fare badly in the event of a zombie-induced collapse of civilisation.

Oxford was revealed to be the least likely city to survive a zombie apocalypse, with a final score of just 82 out of 700.

Meanwhile topping the list with a score of 348 out of 700 is Cambridge. According to the index, the city is most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse after being awarded the highest number of points available for the number of onshore wind farms and recycling centres, and scoring highly for the percentage of farmland available.

Following closely behind in second is Swansea. When taking into account each of the eight survival factors, the Welsh city is not only home to the most outdoor space per 100,000 population, it also has vast amounts of farmland that could be used in the event of an apocalypse and farmers, thus resulting in a score of 341 points out of a possible 700.

Rounding off the top three cities most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse is Belfast, with a final score of 329 out of 700. Research found that the Northern Irish capital is home to the third-highest number of onshore wind farms, has a large farming community and some of the most farmlands of all cities studied.

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The 10 Best Alien Invasion Movies – Cinelinx

With the upcoming release of A Quiet Place II, we take a look at the ten best alien invasion films released so far.

The premise of an alien invasion film is quite simple. Aliens invade Earth, or are attempting to do so and the protagonists of the film are either trying to stop them or just survive. Generally these aliens will have vastly superior technology and so our Earthly weapons stand no chance. Sometimes these aliens will invade in secret, disguising their intentions in plain sight in order to take over our planet without conflict. Other times, the films are heavy in destruction because the aliens are a bit trigger happy and were standing in the way of the precious natural resources they want to extract out of our planet.

To be considered for this list, the aliens featured in the film had to be actively trying to take over the planet by hostile means. Some people may consider films like Predator or District 9 to be alien invasion films, but it isnt enough for just one alien or a group of aliens to land on Earth and cause some trouble. The films can depict either the beginning of the invasion or the end result of it. The invasion can be in secret, or in the open.

#10 10 Cloverfield Lane

The sequel to 2008s seminal Cloverfield didnt really start as a sequel. But because it is created as an alternative to typical alien invasion films, with a unique perspective, the producers adapted it into a sequel. Indeed, 10 Cloverfield Lane sets itself apart because the main conflict is not humans vs. aliens, its humans vs. humans. The alien invasion situation completely changes life for humanity, and people are desperate as a result. This makes the film very unique in the realm of alien invasion films. It is also very well made and well acted, which is why it earns a spot on my list.

Who Wins? The Aliens

#9 Signs (2002)

Another alien invasion film which evades the typical perspective of the genre is Signs. This one doesnt focus on the action or destruction, but is instead a horror-thriller. Again it is more interested in the human element than the alien element. The core of the film is the family and the problems they have to face and overcome together, the alien invasion is just another problem they have to overcome. But unlike most of the films on this list, this one shows all of the stages of an alien invasion. The signs of their arrival, the panic and struggle to survive once they are here, and the aftermath and relief once they are gone.

Who Wins? Humanity

#8 Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

This at first seems like your typical alien invasion film. The extraterrestrials are waging an all-out war with humanity and our weapons and technology are inferior to theirs. Our only hope for salvation is a fluke occurrence which grants two soldiers the opportunity to get a second chance when they die. The film plays out like Groundhog Day, but the impending doom caused by the alien invasion gives the premise more urgency. Add in the shock of reliving days and battle deaths over and over again, and you have an innovative, exciting, and smart action thriller.

Who Wins? Humanity

#7 Marvels The Avengers (2012)

Maybe you dont think of The Avengers when you think of alien invasion movies, but technically it is one, and that is why it is on this list. And since this film is the hallmark of what all later superhero crossover movies would be judged against, I had to include it. (Endgame is a better film, but less of an alien invasion movie, so I did not include it). S.H.I.E.L.D. is essentially an organization trying to protect Earth from aliens and their superior technology. To do so, they have to umborrow some of that technology, and in doing so it puts Earth in danger from the aliens who want it back. But besides all that, it is a fun, and entertaining film. It really elevated the MCU to the next level and is probably one of the most important blockbusters of the 2010s.

Who Wins? Humanity (for now)

#6 The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

The Day the Earth Stood Still doesnt have a traditional alien invasion. Instead it has a single alien who arrives with a warning. Humanity better behave or else the powerful aliens will come and destroy it. Of course, in our hubris we dont believe the alien. Our fears get the better of us and cause us more harm than if we just listened and trusted. The film is a nod to the cold war and our cruel indifference to others who are not like us. It is a very poignant film which has an important message that is delivered firmly and in an interesting manner. It is also a classic because of the way it uses science fiction not just for mindless entertainment, but to provide helpful insight into our lives.

Who Wins? Neither

#5 They Live (1988)

The first John Carpenter movie on this list is an underrated classic. This one features the secret type of alien invasion, where they have infiltrated society without us normal folks knowing about it. The reason these aliens have invaded earth is because they want to control us, and they do this by feeding us subliminal messages infiltrated into our consumerism! Its a campy poke at 80s Reaganomics, but it works today just as well as it did back then. Luckily, we get saved by a drifter who isnt really a part of society. He becomes this underground hero chewing bubblegum and kicking ass. Yeah, its silly, but the message resonates.

Who Wins? Humanity

#4 War of the Worlds (1953)

While Spielbergs 2005 film may be the most entertaining version of H.G. Wells story that started it all, I have to acknowledge the original feature film version. First because it has stood the test of time and established so much of the foundation we take for granted in both alien invasion films as well as science fiction in general. That harrowing unnerve of extraterrestrial invaders, a focus on special effects as an element of entertainment, widespread destruction but also focused narrative. Theres a reason we saw an explosion of alien-invasion B-movies in the 50s. They all wanted to capitalize on what this film accomplished. In many ways, this was as much of a turning point for science fiction films in the 1950s as Star Wars was to cinema in the 1970s.

Who Wins? Humanity

#3 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

The reputation of remakes is that they arent very good, and yet this is the second remake on this list that is considered to be better than the beloved original film and a hallmark of the genre. This film has the horror and shock of a zombie movie, but positioned as a sort of glimpse into American uncertainty after the collapse of public trust into the government following Vietnam and Watergate. It is the shock that even those people who you think you can trust are not who you thought they were. As an alien invasion movie it is one of the most frightening. It gets close to camp, but the excellent direction and choice to mimic the noir tendencies of its predecessor make it an indomitable experience, and one of the greatest alien invasion movies ever made.

Who wins? The Aliens

#2 The Thing (1982)

The Thing is a remake of a remake, something that usually has quality like a copy of a copy. Yet, The Thing has transcended its origins to become one of the most appreciated science fiction films ever made. Everything about the film works from a stellar star performance by a grizzled young Kurt Russel, to an array of very impressive and surprising special effects, to a setting which is a perfect place for this type of film. Director John Carpenter is at the top of his game, and the usual limitations of his campy style dont seem to apply here. The dingy, constricted spaces his films usually inhabit dont work against the narrative, but instead enhance it with a sense of panic and desperation. It isnt the most overtly alien invasion movie out there, which is why it doesnt rank higher, but it is certainly a spectacular example of a science fiction film about hostile aliens landing on Earth.

Who Wins? The Aliens

#1 Independence Day (1996)

Its hard to believe this film is 25 years old, but I feel like it broke the mold for the blockbuster science fiction experience. It took the disaster-film approach popular in the 70s and blended it with Star Wars. Everything about this film is designed to thrill its audience; a diverse and interesting cast, some of the best special effects of any film in the 90s, and those iconic scenes of destruction that represent the excitement of modern moviemaking. When I think of modern alien invasion films, this one comes to mind first. It has a straightforward approach, but the adventure and journey it takes you on through the intersecting stories makes it endlessly rewatchable.

Who Wins? Humanity (until the aliens come back in the sequel!)

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40 Years Ago: ‘Friday the 13th Part 2’ Makes Jason a Killer – Ultimate Classic Rock

Following the runaway, yet totally unexpected, success of Friday the 13th in 1980, producers were eager to make a sequel to a low budget horror flick. Just shy of a year after vengeful murderess Pamela Voorhees had her head severed in the closing moments of the first film, Friday the 13th Part 2 arrived in theaters May 1, 1981.

Filmmakers faced a quandary from the outset, with almost the entirety of the original cast cinematically dead, including the main antagonist, Betsy Palmers aforementioned Mrs. Voorhees character. Director Sean S. Cunningham wasnt keen on the ideaof making her son, Jason, the new killer. Though he was used in the stinger ending of the first film, jumping out of Crystal Lake and pulling Alice (Adrienne King) from the canoe in which she was floating, Jason was meant to be a figment of her imagination.

Cunningham thought perhaps the next entry could be an entirely fresh story with no carryover roles or connection to the original other than in the title.Dissatisfied with the planned path of the story and his ideas for an anthology rebuffed,the filmmaker stepped away from the project, passing it on to friend and collaborator Steve Miner, whowould make his directorial debut.

Victor Miller, writer of Friday the 13th, had suddenly found himself a hot commodity in Hollywood in the wake of the movies success and he was now out of the price range for the studio.Besides, he had little interest in making a follow-up so closely aligned with the original and decided to explore other avenues. That opened the door for Ron Kurz, an uncredited co-writer on the original, to pen the sequel's script.

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Friday the 13th Part 2 begins a couple of months after the last one ended, with Alice trying to move on with her life following the horrific slaughter of her friends. One night in her apartment, she opens up the refrigerator only to find the decapitated head of Mrs. Voorhees for which she was responsible and, as she recoils in shock, is stabbed in the temple with an icepick by an unseen assailant. Cut to five years later and a whole new crew of fresh faced camp counselors in training arrive at Crystal Lakes Packanack Lodge, across the way from the infamous, condemned and campfire story ready Camp Blood where the murders took place a half decade prior.

The characters are the now-classic horror film tropes of horny teens, partiers who unwittingly get themselves into a nasty situation. Taking Alices place as the upstanding, morally conscionable final girl is Ginny Field, played by Amy Steel. Her boyfriend Paul (John Furey) is the head camp counselor imploring everyone to walk the straight and narrow, a seemingly impossible task. Oblivious to any real lurking danger, everyone is looking to drink, get stoned, laid and engage in fun like skinny dipping.

Watchcamp counselors tell ghost stories in 'Friday the 13th Part 2'

Clad in an outfit straight out of The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Jason wears denim overalls, a flannel shirt and a burlap sack over his head with one eyeholeand begins to pick off the counselors one by one, along with anyone else who gets in his way. Town drunk Crazy Ralph, who warned the "doomed" kids to stay away from the campgrounds inbothFridays, is choked to death by barbed wire against a tree. The local sheriffs deputy sees Jason crossing the road and chases him into the woods, only to get a claw hammer to the head for his troubles. But its the teens who are the main attraction, especially those getting intimate like those neglectful ones from all those years before who let Jason drown while they were fornicating. Most importantly though, he's intent on avenging the death of his mother.

Jasons weapons of choice vary,at one pointusing a spear to murder a couple having sex, impressively piercing both of their bodies, the bed and straight through to the hardwood floor in a scene heavily inspired by Mario Bavas Bay of Blood a decade earlier. Wheelchair bound Mark receives a machete to the face on the porch in one of the most memorable kills in the series, with the chair then rolling in the rain and down a lengthy flight of outdoor stairs backwards.

Wielding a pitchfork, Jason chases Paul and Ginny, who are returning from a night out on the town. The latter stumbles across the killers shrine to his dead mother, puts on her blood-soaked sweater and pretends to be Mrs. Voorhees to confuse him. She then buries a machete into Jasons shoulder, ostensibly killing him, only to have him attack her later by jumping through a cabin window sans the sack, displaying a horribly disfigured head and face. For whatever reason he doesnt kill her and Ginny is shown the next day being loaded into an ambulance. Pauls fate remains unclear. The final scene lingers on the altar to Mrs. Voorhees with the bodies of dead victims strewn about. Thankfully a cheesylast shot where the head opens its eyes and smiles was decided against.

Watch Jason attack Ginny in 'Friday the 13th Part 2'

Stuntman Warrington Gillette played the role of Jason, sitting in a makeup chair for seven and a half hours to have his face made to look deformed for the climax where he crashed through the window. The scene was filmed early on and he quit the movie after just two weeks, to be replaced by actor Steve Daskawisz, who suffereda fair share of injuries, including a broken rib and nearly losing his middle finger when he was cut by Steel with a real machete. After all that, he faced the ignominy of being referred to in theend titles as Jason Stunt Double as Gillette wouldnt relinquish the rights to or share the Jason credit.

Filmed in the small Connecticut town of Kent, Friday the 13th Part 2 wasnt the most pleasant shoot as it turned to fall in 1980 and the weather had begun to change. The majority of the scenes took place in the chill of night and there was no heat in the cabins where the cast and crew were staying. At one point, the former held a work strike to protest the conditions and were eventually moved to a hotel.

When filming completed, the movie was submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America 10 times in an effort to garner an R rating instead of an X. One minute of footage in total was cut, nearly all of it crucial shots of violence, leaving many horror fans to criticize the movie for its lack of gore. Ironically, the strictness levied by the MPAA is considered to be a measured response of sorts to the backlash the graphic nature of Friday the 13th received. The reduction in blood and guts wouldnt be the only complaint, as some notedFriday the 13th Part 2 feels more like a remake than a sequel overall. It replicates much of the original thematically, but with better acting, cinematography and on a grand scale is much more visually appealing since its budget was higher.

The movie took $6.4 million in its opening weekend but didnt have the staying power of its predecessor and ultimately grossed less than $22 million. None of that dampened plans for afranchise of films, with the nextFriday the 13th installment released thefollowing summer.

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Will Gould talks Salem, falling in love with vampires, and what’s next for Creeper Kerrang! – Kerrang!

Will Goulds been abusy boy. Not content with Creeper releasing one of last years best albums, Sex, Death &The Infinite Void, barely six months after the release of his other band Salems self-titled debut EP, theyve done another one: Salem II. Its out on May 7, and its lead single, DRACULADS, not only has the best title of 2021 so far, the video is an inspired goth-punk tour around 80sManchester.

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So, Draculads that title came before the music, didntit?No, actually! Well, yes. My housemate Alex and Iwere playing Jackbox, and he named me that in the game. It was my avatar. Iwas like, Thats pretty funny, Im gonna use that for something. Anyway, Iwrote the song and just thought, Ive got to call this DRACULADS. Its too much of agood fit for the song and the vibe of it. Obviously its silly, but its such agood title.

Do you often dothat?Well, with Salem, Ilike to keep hold of things for use at alater date, lyrics and things like that. And that was one of the ones Iknew was gonna be perfect. And thats the thing about my other band Creeper: everything can be so serious. But with Salem, things can be so much more playful, and you can do more ridiculous stuff. Have you seen those pictures we just put out? Iprobably wouldnt get away with any of that stuff in Creeper. Its kind of funny and kitschy. And this band kind of allows us to do whatever we want like that the video project is obviously not in the canon of storytelling, the way aCreeper video would be. So you can kind of make up aload of different worlds for each single release rather than one continuousthing.

Whats DRACULADS actuallyabout?A lot of these songs are about love. This one in particular, there were loads of pop bands that were putting records out at the time the music was written, and Ialways think that the funny thing about whats happened over the past couple of years was these bands always trying so hard to be sincere that it comes across really insincere to me. It feels alittle bit corny. And it feels like more of apantomime than some of the stuff that more theatrical bands do. So Ithought, Im not going to write asong about hating my hometown or whatever, its about falling in love with avampire. Were taking everything to the nth degree. Its really over the top. Everythings really high end, but its still this kind of gnarly punk rock love story. Weve taken those themes and the themes of love and obsession and turned them up to11.

Tell us about thevideoWell, we havent got abudget for anything. So its right back to how you started doing music where it was like, Okay, thats my money. And we, me and my friends, were gonna try and find away to spend that money to make something fun. We couldnt film indoors, but then Ithought, I live in Manchester, and theres so much musical history here thatsoutdoors.

Also, my girlfriend Charlottes dad was apunk back in the 80s. All his daughters are really into music because of that. Shes been in loads of videos, but this one was her sister Beth, she loves The Cure, shes atotal Cure-head, and she has all this amazing stuff. So Iwas like, Lets put together akind of This Is England-style period piece. Its an 80s-styled post-punk romance, basically. And we got some good locations Iused to live in Salford, which is right where the Lads Club was, where The Smiths were shot, and around there is [legendary club] The Hacienda, and where alot of [Manchester music movie] 24 Hour Party People was filmed. So we filmed abunch of stuff and had areally funday.

Theres alot of detail. Charlottes dad gave me this old Damned poster that hed ripped off awall in Manchester in 1985, and we scanned it and repaired it and reprinted it. Theres lots of really authentic stuff in there. Its so funny, Ihad loads of trouble getting cigarette packets that have dont have the packaging obscured. Ihad to go and look for them on eBay, so youre spending more than apack of cigarettes now to buy an empty pack ofcigarettes!

Whats going on with Creeper while all this ishappening?We have [a headline] tour in December. Its completely about to sell out, which is amazing. Were so excited. Well be playing the Kentish Town Forum [in London], and weve played there before, supporting, but never on our own. Its our biggest headline tour to date. Ive got this ridiculous production for it. Its the very opposite of the Salem thing Creeper is doing this really all-out, theatrical rocknroll experience. Weve got alot going on, theres always stuff going on behind the scenes. And Ilike to keep Creeper mysterious and quiet until weve got something to say. Its gonna be really fun. We havent played together in so long. Not playing is the weirdest thing, because Im in Manchester and all my friends who Iplay music with, theyre all in the south. So Ive not been able to get together with anybody. When Iwent to Creeper rehearsals, Ihad to print the lyrics, just in case Iforgot them!

Salem II is released on May 7via Roadrunner Records.

Catch Salem at the followingdates:

October 2021

10 Milton Keynes The Craufurd Arms12 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach (downstairs)13 Birmingham Asylum 214 Nottingham Rescue Rooms15 Oxford The Bullingdon16 Swindon The Vic17 Frome Cheese and Grain18 Bristol Exchange21 Leeds The Key Club22 Huddersfield The Parish24 Newcastle Think Tank? Underground25 Glasgow Stereo26 Sheffield Sidney and Matilda27 Manchester The Deaf Institute28 Guildford Boileroom29 Tunbridge Wells Forum30 London The Dome31 Southampton TheJoiners

And see Creeper live with Holding Absence, WARGASM and Static Dress afterthat:

December 2021

15 London O2 Forum Kentish Town16 Brighton Concorde II17 Birmingham O2 Institute219 Glasgow Garage20 Manchester Ritz21 Leeds BeckettSU

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Recap: In Van Helsing 504, the future isn’t what it used to be as Dracula and her enemies struggle with new normals – SYFY WIRE

Hey, remember that time in Van Helsing Season 5 when we dipped into a time portal, got rocketed centuries into the past to a vampire-infested town in the middle of Transylvania, saw Dracula become Dracula (Tricia Helfer), the Oracle become the Oracle (Jesse Stanley), and Jack (Nicole Muoz) literally suck some darkness from the neck of The Dark One and bottle it up into an amulet?

OK, good, so it wasn't a fever dream. Jack really did meddle with the past, and the future she will hopefully someday return to really did get irrevocably altered.

Just how altered are we talking here?

For one, it's got President Dracula working overtime in crisis control mode.

**SPOILER WARNING! Spoilers ahead for Van Helsing Season 5, Episode 4, "State of the Union."**

We find ourselves at the Fort Collins black site army base, where Violet (Keeya King) and Ivory (Jennifer Cheon Garcia) have been detained for their roles in the assassination attempt on President Archer's (Jennifer Cheon Garcia) life. While being interrogated, Violet finds that her motive President Archer is really Dracula is a hard sell, and one that cuts no ice with the army corporal tasked with supervising Violet and Ivory until further notice.

That further notice arrives when President Dracula issues the prisoners' executions and decapitations. Dracula knows she's not batting 1000 these days, ever since Jack sapped some of her strength and bottled it up in the amulet; so rather than trying her luck, Dracula decides it's probably wiser to nip any confrontation with the vampire hunters in the bud.

Violet's ears must have been itching, because back at Fort Collins she's in the middle of faking her own suicide in order to lure a gullible guard into her improvised cell and take him hostage. The commanding corporal and some of her men arrive at the scene and call Violet's bluff. When Violet relents, the corporal tells her and Ivory that they've been marked for execution. When the soldiers leave, Violet reveals to Ivory that the bit of theater she pulled earlier was just a way for her to swipe the guard's keycard, which will give them access to the entire base.

Once out of confinement, Violet and Ivory make for the server room, where they get their hands on backup security footage. They pull up some exculpatory evidence of President Dracula feasting on a human victim and show it to the corporal. It has the desired effect, and the corporal defies orders, fakes the executions of the "traitors," and returns their stuff. Among that stuff is the all-important amulet containing the blood of The Dark One, which is plus a few grams of darkness, as we viewers know.

Unfortunately, Violet does not. She notices that the blood inside the amulet has changed, and opens it up to peer inside, releasing some of that extra darkness when she does. That darkness escapes through the Fort Collins HVAC system and gets lost in the ether.

Feeling her oats, President Dracula goes on live TV to broadcast an ad hoc State of the Union Address. Exploiting a made-up story of a new breed of human-passing vampires, Dracula suspends all civil rights and imposes martial law across the nation. No doubt Dracula can sense her past, present, and future slipping out of her grip, and this latest gambit is her way of reasserting control.

But depriving the body politic of its rights is no substitute for depriving a human body of its blood, and for a post-address snack President Dracula and Bathory feast on flesh of several of the presidential aides in the Oval Office. Only the feast isn't as invigorating as Dracula had hoped it would be, and doesn't sit well with Bathory at all: The Oracle is seized by a vision in which she's dead, rolling on the floor. Could it be indigestion? Sure. But it's likely something that a Pepto can't clear up.

The bad portent has Bathory nervous, and she whips out her trusty tarot set to calm her anxiety. However, it's stacked against her: Not only does she throw Death and The Fool, but cards that read Jack, Vanessa (Kelly Overton), and Violet have somehow crept into her deck as well. Either this is a serious manufacturing defect, or the tarot is responding to the winds of change set in motion all those centuries ago...

Just then, that errant wisp of darkness that escaped the amulet finds its way through an Oval Office window, and right into Dracula's body, replenishing some (but not all) of her power. Will it be enough for her to take on all the entire Van Helsing brood, as prophesied in the Oracle's cards?

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Dracula Is Off the Case – The New Yorker

Come in, Dracula. Have a seat. Can I get you a cup of joe? Oh, I forgotJoes not here. Hes working days now. Would you settle for some coffee? O.K., suit yourself.

I called you in because we need to talk. You know how highly I value you. Just between us, youre the best detective Ive got. Joe is good, but (also between us) he has not been in top form lately. Hes pale, weak, and drained. In fact, the whole department is pale, weak, and drained. I know youve been picking up the slack for everybody, and yet every day you seem to get stronger and grow more into the job. Your work has been irreproachable. I dont know how you come up with some of your leads. What, do you change into a bat and fly around and go into peoples apartments through their open windows or skylights? Youre amazing.

Your performance is not the problem. Its your emotions. You get too involved. Youre too committed to your work, if that makes any sense. And you ride the other officers pretty hardI mean, you climb right up on them, hook the toes of your strange, pointy shoes into their belts, put your cape over them, even give them hickeys when you become upset. I appreciate your passion, but thats just not professional deportment, and I cant allow it.

So, for the time being, I am moving you to desk duty. Im taking you off every case youre working on, as of tonight, which, as I see out the station-house window, is the full moon. Im ordering you to turn in your cape with the huge collar, and that weird medallion or whatever it is you wear on a chain around your neck, and Im also going to need that box of dirt you sleep in. And your gun. You will get them all back, dont worry. This is just a temporary reassignment, so that you can clear your head under that hairdo you apparently drew on with Magic Marker and can come to terms with some of your personal issues. Dont think youre being given a make-work job, either. Your English is pretty good, if not totally there yet, and you are the only native Transylvanian speaker on the entire force. There may be documents for you to translate, and youll be on call as an interpreter, should the need arise.

I anticipated that you might want to file a grievance, andcan I give you a tip about that? The grievance office is at headquarters, you have to file in person, and its not open at night. Grievance closes at four in the afternoon, I believe. And, as I understand it, that is not an optimum time for you. Weve given you flexible hours here, and its worked out. Most police officers tend not to like that one-hour-after-sunset-to-one-hour-before-sunrise shift, and I know you love it, so Ive broken some regs to accommodate you and have let you write your own ticket, basically. If you go to Grievance, you would endanger that, plus youd risk turning into a pumpkin or whatever you think might happen to you if youre ever out in daylight. So I would advise you to consider any decision to go to Grievance very carefully.

I understand how you might be feeling right now. You know, I wasnt always a precinct captain. Believe it or not, I was once a rookie like yourself, a little green around the edges. You probably noticed I have a couple of plugs coming out of my head. And did I ever show you this? Thats rightboth my hands are sewn on. Same with my feet, my legs, everything. If you can keep a secret, my birth name was not OHara. In fact, I wasnt even born. I was built in a guys basement. The wing nut who made meno disrespect intendedgave me his own last name, which I changed to OHara when I reached legal age. And years ago my first boss, Captain Mickey Wolfman, God rest his soul, did the exact same thing to me that Im doing to you.

Ill never forget it. One day, Captain Wolfman took me aside, put his big, hairy paw on my shoulder, and said he was sending me to the impound lot to write down engine I.D.s from confiscated vehicles until I could actually talk. Back then, everything I said came out as a kind of preverbal Uuhhnnnh. Captain Wolfman was absolutely right to make that move, and obviously I did eventually pick up regular human speech. I hated the old bastards guts at the time, but today I thank him with all my heart. Maybe someday youll feel the same about me. Now get the hell out of my office, Dracula, and let me go back to work.

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[TRAILER] Bloody Finale with Fangs, Clashing Factions, and Dracula in Fourth and Final Season of Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’ – Rotoscopers

A trailer for season 4 of the adult animated show, Castlevania, was dropped recently. Animation Magazine reports that 10 new episodes will be released mid-May. Check out the trailer!

Note: This trailer features language that may be inappropriate for young viewers.

Wallachia collapses into chaos as factions clash: some attempting to take control, others attempting to bring Dracula back from the dead. Nobody is who they seem, and nobody can be trusted. These are the end times.

Season 4 marks the final season of Netflixs first original anime series which debuted in 2017 to critical success, garnering a big fan base over the years. Based on the classic 1986 Konami video game of the same name, the show, which Animation Magazine calls a dark medieval fantasy, won an IGN award for Best Animated Series in 2018.

As the first hit franchise under the WOW! umbrella, we are proud to have brought Castlevania to Netflix audiences worldwide. Season 4 is the perfect culmination of a storyline that has captured the loyalty and imagination of such a huge fanbase; we look forward to continuing to bring our portfolio of popular franchises to audiences around the globe.

Directed by Sam Deats, Castlevania features Richard Armitage (Hannibal), Alejandra Reynoso, Graham McTavish (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), James Callis (Rick and Morty), Emily Swallow (The Mandalorian), Tony Amendola (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order), Adetokumboh MCormack (Heroes), Theo James (The Divergent Series film trilogy), Jaime Murray (Gotham), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downtown Abbey), Yasmine Al Massri (Quantico), Barbara Steele (Black Sunday), and Lance Reddick (DuckTales).

Warren Ellis, Kevin Kolde, Fred Seibert, and Adi Shankar serve as the shows executive directors. WOW! Unlimited Medias Frederator Studios produces the popular animated series with animation done by Austins Powerhouse Animation.

The fourth and final season of Castlevania will stream on Netflix starting on May 13, 2021.

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Castlevania Season 4 Trailer Promises To End The Gothic Series By Returning To Its Beginnings – Comic Years

Castlevania is quite possibly one of the best anime series ever created. The gothic series featuring stories of Dracula, vampires and demons in a world on edge, is compelling, visually stunning, and has a lot of depth. The series also has the accomplishment of being the first-ever Netflix original anime, before the streamers current status in the anime industry. It was Castlevania that began it all. And in a meta way, the anime series final season returns to those beginnings to finish its tale. The Castlevania season 4 trailer just released, and it teases a story that goes full circle to the story of season 1. Its a fitting end, as the best stories end with a call back to how they began, and its extremely exciting that Castlevania is going the same route.

Castlevania hooked audiences in its first season by beginning with the story of Dracula. A very personal story of Dracula, that others have attempted, but never to much success. The legendary vampire who is in the public domain was the star of this story. At least in the beginning. By humanizing Dracula, and giving him a love story, the Castlevania creators captured the interest of casual audiences with a story thats accessible to everyone. Then, by introducing the more fantasy aspects of the show, like demons and monsters, they kept them engaged.

Season 1 of Castlevania (recap here) dealt with Draculas tragedy, his bitterness at the world for killing his love. And how he now seeks to get vengeance on, basically, everyone. The story also featured the few mortals who dared to stand against him. Season 2 expanded on that premise by growing the world from these few characters, to a huge population of supporting roles. New origins, villains, heroes, murder-fodder, only endeared these new characters to audiences. With the Dracula threat dealt with, Season 3 focused on a new adventure and story for our main cast of characters. While the supporting cast had their own side missions and subplots. But seemingly, not without purpose.

The Castlevania season 4 trailer looks to bring everything back to the beginning. It looks like someone is trying to resurrect Dracula back from the dead. As the character themselves open the trailer, they return to where it all began. We see Sypha (Alejandra Reynoso) and Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage) coming back somewhere where the adventures began. While Alucard (James Callis), the son of Dracula himself, seems to have pulled himself out of his self-exile and is now fighting for a cause. With a shiny new outfit, no less. Whether the case is worthy or not is still up for debate.

The villains are also back in full force, ready for their final plans. Vampiress Carmilla (Jaime Murray) has successfully turned Hector (Theo James) to her side, while Isaac (Adetokumboh MCormack) is on his own mission of conquest. It looks like the series is aiming to complete the journeys of all these characters in a successful and meaningful way. Which makes sense, given that we know this is Castlevanias last season.

Things get really exciting in the Castlevania season 4 trailer. Season 3 was more of a quiet fare, with some slower and more disconnected stories about the characters. It felt like we moved away from the season-long arc into something more separate, and individual. But clearly, Castlevania season 4 was planned from before, as those journeys are possibly connecting and intersecting with one another in the shows final season.

Im excited for this final season given that there does seem to be a more connected story this time around. One of the things about the previous seasons is how little a lot of these characters interacted with one another. So it should be exciting to see if they come into contact with each other, and possibly have massive fight sequences? Alucard versus Isaac? Trevor versus Carmilla? And will the ominous Dracula actually return, plunging Alucard back into his vampire-depression? I cant wait!

Are you excited for the final season of Castlevania? Let us know in the comments below.

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Van Helsing Season 5 Episode 4: Jack In A Threatening Position In State Of The Union! What Will Happen Next? – TV Season Spoilers

Van Helsing will finally move forward in time in Van Helsing Season 5 Episode 4. But Dracula has already mapped how to alter the future and everyones life. Now its on Helsings family to come up with a plan to deal with her before it gets too late. However, things dont seem to go in the way that Jacqueline Jack planned out. Even Violet needs her help to get out of this chaotic situation. Now lets see how Jack will manage everything at the same time.

Van Helsing Season 5 Episode 4, titled State Of The Union, will finally return to the present time after exploring the past life. As per the recently released promo, the Dark One aka Dracula (Tricia Helfer), is heading to claim the most powerful position: President of the United States. Well, it could turn out as a big threat for Jack (Nicole Munoz) and her team. Meanwhile, Violet (Keeya King) is forcefully interrogated for her season 4 finales attempted murder of the fake POTUS.

The episodes official synopsis reads, State Of The Union: Julius and Axel awaken in the Sunshine Unit, where a familiar person reveals the reason behind their injuries. Meanwhile, at Fort Collins, Ivory and Violet must convince their captors that they are not traitors.

As we can see in the short trailer, Dracula uses her dark powers to win over the presidential position smoothly. Well, the past events have a little bit shaken up her confidence, and now she seems in a bit of a dilemma to trust someone even from her own clan. However, shes the Dark One and knows what she wants. The promo hints at the biggest plan of this ancient blood-sucker who wants to conquer the mortal world.

Elsewhere, Jack smartly altered the past and stole some of Draculas power. But shes still the major threat in Jacks life. Though Jack changed the past yet, its unclear whether or not she could save the present and the future. Even with Draculas power, Jack seems in a threatening position where she realized that she couldnt escape from Draculas evil grip.

Well, we can clearly see the pain and torture which Violet has been going through. However, the one whos behind everything, Ivory has gone missing. Though Violet tried to deal with the situation yet, it seems her captor isnt in the state to hear any of her sly words. Now it looks like before heading to find Ivory, Violet should first manipulate those captors so they can be on her side. Can she do this?

In the most recent chapter titled Lumina Intunecata, Jack warned everyone to prepare for the battle as Dracula returned from the Dark Realm. However, in this battle, Jack used Bathorys mothers scrolls to summon the Dark One. While Jack and Bathory discussed the cons and pros, Count Dalibor appeared and asked to fight at Jacks side. Meanwhile, in an intense battle, Jack bit Draculas neck leading some of her powers to seep into Jacks soul.

Van Helsing Season 5 Episode 4, titled State Of The Union, will air this Friday, May 7, 2021, at 10 pm ET only on SYFY. You can also stream the first four seasons on Netflix while the first three episodes of the fifth season are now officially available on the SYFY app. So, dont miss it.

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