Hynek and Quinn head to Utah to investigate an incident at a fictionalized version of the Skinwalker Ranch, which in real life has been the site of many and varied reports of paranormal events including UFO’s, cattle mutilations, invisible magnetic anomalies, and sightings of creatures that look like skinwalkers. UFO researcher and billionaire Robert Bigelow bought the ranch in late 1996 for $200,000, and set up continuous surveillance there, but reported finding nothing. In 2016, Bigelow sold the Ranch to a shell corporation called Adamantium Holdings for $4.5 million. Adamantium has since secured the ranch with guards and barbed wire and all roads leading there have been blocked.
The first X-file, which according to Mulder was created in 1946, dealt with skinwalkers, but Mulder didn’t investigate it until that show’s 19th episode. Titled “Shapes”, the story was (for unknown reasons) set in Montana. Here, Mulder surprises Scully with a piece of skin shed by a skinwalker.
The owners of the fictitious ranch are Rex and Laura Chapman (Jesse Hutch and Spencer Grammer), and since moving to the 488-acre property, their son Billy (Liam Hughes) has taken to sleepwalking. As they followed Billy on one of his nocturnal wanderings, they spotted the alien that let to Project Blue Book’s involvement. When Quinn and Hynek arrive, they discover a skeleton wrapped in animal skins hanging from a tree, which is probably what the Chapmans mistook for an alien. A creepy neighbour (Christopher Heyerdahl) is responsible for the hanging figure, and there are more of them. He says they are wards against skinwalkers, but if they are, they are noticeably ineffective. As Quinn put it after they find little Billy cowering in a cabinet hiding from “the alien”: “Blue lights in the woods, could be ball lightning. Effigy hanging from a tree. But boy in the cupboard?”Continue reading →
Billy MacLellan (Temal Danker in “Wish I’d Spaced You When I Had The Chance“) is The Reverend in John Leonetti’s horror film THE SILENCE, based on the 2015 novel by Tim Lebbon about a plague of mutant bats. (After being attacked by a parasitic organism, the bats morph into a new lethal species called Vesps, which rapidly increase in number and attack the human population.) The story follows Ally (Kiernan Shipka), a deaf teenager, whose heightened senses enable her to know when the Vesps are nearby. She and her family retreat to the woods where they must live in total silence, because even the slightest noise attracts the creatures. Filmed in Toronto, THE SILENCE will premiere in Germany on 6 September.
MacLellan will also be Arielle’s father John in ICE BLUE, a film about the unexpected return of Arielle’s mother, Maria (played by Michelle Morgan). Maria had vanished some ten years previously, and her return causes Arielle (Sophia Lauchlin Hirt) to question everything that her father has ever told her about their family. Director Sandi Somers told Jessica Melnychuk of Local Drop Magazine: “One of the last times I saw my mother before she died, she asked me if I’d heard this message. She didn’t tell me what it was – she said ‘I’ll tell you about it the next time I see you’. And I still don’t know what it was. What was it she wanted to spend focused time with me to tell me about? It triggered the inspiration for some of the film’s themes.”ICE BLUE had its premiere last September at the Calgary International Film Festival. Continue reading →
The webseries NAUGHT FOR HIRE, which did not premier as expected at this year’s Comic Con, will now not be online until sometime in 2012.
It’s about a future in which artificial intelligence chips have been placed in everything mechanical or electronic, but have not been programmed well. A world where answering machines talk back, digital watches lie, parking meters rip you off, bombs are bi-polar and technology in general is dysfunctional.
The series has in its cast someone from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Juliet Landau), someone from Xena Warrior Princess (Jennifer Sky), someone from Star Trek (Chase Masterson), and someone from The X-Files (Freddy Andreiuci was Inspector Norman in ‘The Host’). Jennifer Sky also made an appearance in Buffy. She was one of ‘The Pack’ who ate Principal Flutie in Episode 6 of Season 1.
NAUGHT FOR HIRE will be shot as a feature film and divided into episodes for the web.
Here are some early pictures of Jennifer Sky.
Jennifer Sky and Brian Gross about to eat Principal Flutie in Episode 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Jennifer Sky in her 1994 TV debut as a shop girl in SeaQuest DSV