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This is an old story, but somehow it hadn’t found its way to me until this week. A video from Ranker Graveyard Shift brought it to my attention, but the actual events happened in 1984 in the UK.

A doctor named Ikechukwu Azuonye met with a woman who was complaining of hearing voices.  Unfortunately, that’s not uncommon in the world of psychiatric medicine.

This woman, however, was unique.  She reported that the voices introduced themselves before giving her a warning.  From Dr. Azuonye’s article in the British Medical Journal:

‘Please don’t be afraid,’ the voice said in a firm but soothing tone. ‘I know it must be shocking for you to hear me speaking to you like this, but this is the easiest way I could think of. My friend and I used to work at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, and we would like to help you.’

The voice provided her with some information for her to verify.  Unfortunately, the journal article doesn’t detail what this was but says the patient  verified the information and found it to be accurate, despite there being no way for her to know it.

Shortly after, the voice urged her to seek a brain scan, claiming she had a tumor that needed immediate attention.  She sought help for the voices from Dr. Azuonye, thinking she’d gone mad.  The doctor prescribed medication to make the voices stop, and they did.  The woman was so thrilled from the relief that she took a celebratory vacation.

The relief was short-lived.  The voice returned, again urging her to go to a specific address.  She had her husband take her there, to find it was the radiology department of a major hospital.  She sought the brain scan requested by the voices, and after some resistance, Dr. Azuonye agreed to have it done.

Sure enough, a tumor was located.  Despite having no outward symptoms, surgery was performed and the large tumor was successfully removed.  Upon leaving the hospital, the voice returned one last time, saying they were glad they were able to help.  She never heard them again.

What could have been the source for the voice in this woman’s head, telling her things she couldn’t know, helping her seek treatment for an ailment she couldn’t be aware of?  Did the tumor cause her mind to hallucinate the voice?  Was this voice from another time or plane, giving her the warning?


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Blumhouse’s Halloween Wraps Filming

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It was just yesterday that Laurie Strode aka Jamie Lee Curtis wanted Halloween fans to know that we’ll be “very happy and VERY scared” by Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel.

And today we have news that we might be on track to be “very happy and VERY scared” this October as filming has wrapped completely on Blumhouse’s Halloween!

Co-producer Ryan Turek broke the news on Twitter and you can check out his tweet HERE.

Are you excited to know that filming has wrapped on Halloween? Let us know below!

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer of the film as well as the composer.

The anticipated release date is October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Troy Baker and Emily O’Brien Confirmed For Death Stranding

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While there’s still no release date for Hideo Kojima’s mysterious Death Stranding, there have been regular(-ish) updates for the sci-fi/horror game. These little tidbits act not only as seeds of information but also as additions to the overall mystery surrounding the game, which is basically what gets Kojima’s all hot and bothered.

Last night, actress Emily O’Brien posted a photo on her Instagram where she revealed that she has been working on Death Stranding alongside Norman Reedus and another actor who is renowned in the gaming community: Troy Baker. No description of either of their characters’ roles were revealed in the description, which leads to the “mystery” part of the story. With Reedus already being shown as the main character, Mads Mikkelsen as the villain, and Guillermo del Toro having a role of unknown size, I’m curious where Baker and O’Brien fit into the story. With side characters having just as much importance as mains in many games these days, you never know what kind of impact these actors will have on the greater story.

Baker is known for playing Joel in The Last of Us as well as Samuel Drake in Uncharted 4, Booker DeWitt in Bioshock: Infinite, and Bruce Wayne in Batman: The Telltale Series, as well as a great deal more. O’Brien has offered her voice in titles such as League of Legends, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, and Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul, as well as acted in film and TV.

Below is a fascinating dive into Death Stranding from my pal RagnarRox.

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Toy Fair 2018: Storm Collectibles Proudly Display their Mortal Kombat Figures

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One of the goriest franchises in the history of gaming will soon be playable in a different way, because Storm Collectibles have revealed a ton of new Mortal Kombat action figures at Toy Fair.

Fans of the ultraviolent fighting franchise might want to start fighting back their nerd boners, because Storm’s new figure line includes some of the most popular characters from the series, including Ermac, Shao Kahn, Rain, Smoke, Reptile, and Goro, although I was personally a little let down to see that the smooth movie star Johnny Cage appears to be absent.

Toy Ark posted a series of photos of the highly-detailed figures from the event, and we can probably expect them to arrive in stores soon. Since the release of the first game all the way back in 1992, the Mortal Kombat franchise has sold a combined total of 35 million copies in addition to generation over $5 billion in revenue, so these toys will keep the ravenous fanbase happy until the inevitable announcement of Mortal Kombat XI.

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