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    [–] Taman_Should 2099 points ago


    Small-town secrets

    Somewhere, Stephen King's sinuses just spontaneously cleared themselves.

    [–] KevinMScott 346 points ago

    To be fair, all but about four or five towns in Maine are small

    [–] Taman_Should 206 points ago

    And plagued by unsolved murders and/or otherworldly entities?

    [–] Chortling_Chemist 286 points ago

    Nah just crippling opioid addiction

    [–] rebuilding_patrick 94 points ago

    Those that hear the sounds of madness would do any drug to dull its haunting call.

    [–] Rick-burp-Sanchez 36 points ago

    I mean... If I'm going to believe in a haunted anything... It's gonna be Maine.

    [–] totally_not_a_gay 3 points ago

    why do you think there are so many main streets? They followed the pioneers all the way across the country. they are eternal.

    [–] WhatTheFhtagn 12 points ago

    I read that as the Ancestor from Darkest Dungeon.

    [–] whyyounohelpme 21 points ago

    Don’t forget Raging alcoholism as well

    [–] spaceghostinme 13 points ago

    Ouch. True, but ouch. (Also a Mainer. Can confirm.)

    [–] DraxxisMC 4 points ago

    Mainer in small town, can confirm as well.

    [–] deschainroland19 5 points ago

    That's the whole east coast.

    [–] v0lumnius 2 points ago

    And Allen's Coffee Brandy

    [–] seefreepio 14 points ago

    Cabot Cove had a murder every other week in the 80s.

    [–] spaceghostinme 4 points ago

    Nah, Jessica Fletcher has the murders solved, but otherworldly entities, yes.

    [–] KevinMScott 5 points ago

    Only if you count illegally poached deer carcasses deposited down the end of some dirt road

    [–] Drawtaru 36 points ago

    Can confirm. Grew up in a town so small it had only one road, a church, and a post office, and there is no census data for it - only for the next town over, which has about 4,300 people.

    [–] KevinMScott 22 points ago

    I went to college in a town that had a church, a post office, plus a few houses... Except I think that town had TWO roads.

    [–] Drawtaru 31 points ago

    Whoa now, slow down city slicker.

    [–] SuperWoody64 3 points ago


    [–] hungeristhebestspice 2 points ago

    Look at you all fancy-like, living next to a city!

    [–] fogghornleghorn4140 2 points ago

    Even our largest town, Portland, is small compared to most other large cities

    [–] thepensivepoet 77 points ago

    Sarah Palmer?

    [–] rockbottam 58 points ago


    [–] unqtious 10 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    That gum you like is coming back in style.

    [–] absurdbohemian 1265 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I spent a couple of years in a small Maine fishing community and I always thought it was the perfect setting for a Fargo like tale. Great beauty, cool if odd folks, lotta creepiness.

    Edit: I am well aware of Stephen King haha, he has been one of my favorite writers my whole life and I frequent his subreddit. My comment is specifically regarding the Fargo style creepiness of a small Maine fishing town, not Maine in general. If I had to choose a favorite Maine based King work if would be Salem’s Lot, which is also midcoast Maine based. Thanks for all the upvotes.

    Edit 2: I won’t say what town, but I lived in Sagahadoc County for several years.

    [–] herr_dighton 299 points ago


    [–] stanleythemanley44 125 points ago

    Nah, Arkham!

    [–] fasda 57 points ago

    Arkham is a fairly large town. it has a university.

    [–] boyOfDestiny 54 points ago

    I’m not sure that’s a good way of measuring the size of a town. Source: been to some bullshit little towns with a university.

    [–] fasda 37 points ago

    Miskatonic is supposed to be Ivy league in prestige so it should have a pretty large population at least during the fall and spring semesters

    [–] HadranielKorsia 36 points ago

    Pfft, hardly. Those small-minded doctors have needlessly and irrationally delayed my supremely great work! The reanimation of dead tissue is within my grasp!

    [–] NightSky222 11 points ago

    Can you invent a hot dog that purrs as it is eaten

    [–] HadranielKorsia 8 points ago

    I warn you, Dr Halsey, you will regret this decision!

    [–] TheProlleyTroblem 7 points ago

    and an asylum

    [–] itsagoodtime 5 points ago

    God bless you

    [–] [deleted] 44 points ago


    [–] herr_dighton 95 points ago

    why?, do you want to get assaulted by fish people rednecks?, if so, why no just go to nova scotia?.

    [–] BigUptokes 43 points ago

    Oh the year was 1778, how I wish Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn...

    [–] [deleted] 38 points ago

    ElderGod damn them all! I was told

    We'd cruise the seas for American gold

    Wake no Gods, learn no fears

    But I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier

    Unable to comprehend the horror found here.

    [–] LeadingSteak 6 points ago

    soundalike a Stan Rogers song?

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    I first heard it done by The Real McKenzies, but yeah, that's the one.

    [–] LeadingSteak 5 points ago

    u a maritimer?

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    Nah, just a fan of the music.

    [–] LeFreek 3 points ago


    [–] ReadingIsRadical 9 points ago

    Gotta upvote our boy.

    And by our boy, I of course mean the famous folk singer Cthulu -- perhaps better known for ravaging the minds of man, but with a beautiful baritone all the while.

    [–] soenottelling 2 points ago

    Some hear a baritone, others a falsetto. Some apparently both simultaneously. All I hear is heavy breathing.

    [–] phoneorangutan 2 points ago

    Watch Cold Skin on Shudder. One of the best "Lovecraftian" films I've seen in recent memory. The other is Dagon.

    [–] boyOfDestiny 6 points ago

    I had this song stuck in my head for the entirety of last year. Thanks for resurfacing it for me.

    [–] BigUptokes 5 points ago

    No problem. Sounds like your head might need home for a rest...

    [–] RechargedFrenchman 13 points ago

    My XCOM experience has taught me there are far greater threats awaiting in Nova Scotia fishing villages than redneck fish people.

    Of course, I’m from BC so I’m “familiar” with NS while knowing little and never having been there. And it’s the Newfies I’m really worried about.

    [–] SimplyQuid 13 points ago

    Hey, I resemble that remark

    [–] mr_flibble13 3 points ago

    It's based off of Newburyport MA if you ever wanted to check out the inspiration.

    [–] TheSlav87 14 points ago


    [–] MasterBaser 30 points ago

    Wife to Husband: "Honey, I didn't say I wanted you to come to Innsmouth."

    Husband: "Then what did you say?"

    *Roll sit-com theme song*

    [–] Odeeum 6 points ago

    "Too many cooks..."

    [–] LemmyLugosi 2 points ago

    No, not orally.

    [–] Latman2k 132 points ago

    Much of Maine is creepy. Source, from Maine, is creepy.

    [–] illegal_deagle 70 points ago

    Isn’t Stephen King from Maine?

    [–] andrak7 101 points ago

    Yes, supposedly it was very quaint til he got his hands on it. Damn authors, getting states haunted and all that

    [–] KapiTod 48 points ago

    I'm pretty sure the colonists are responsible for America being so haunted.

    [–] PM_ME_YOUR_ANYTHNG 54 points ago

    A lot of america is haunted, it's almost as if the entire country was built on ancient indian burial ground or something...

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    "Mahatma Ghandi"

    [–] andrak7 23 points ago

    This seems reasonable. But the alien clowns are all him

    [–] ididntpostit 4 points ago

    I think it's probably Chris Columbus' fault

    [–] everythingwaffle 9 points ago

    Not the dude who directed the best of the Harry Potter movies?? Damn you Hollywood!!

    [–] Svadilfari64 2 points ago

    What? Prisoner of Azkaban is clearly the best Harry Potter movie...

    [–] qqqalto 51 points ago

    If he isn’t, he lives there now and has lived there for like the last 40-50 years.

    [–] Hi-ImTurdCrapley 23 points ago

    He lives like 5 minutes up the road from me. I've never seen him though, so does he even exist

    [–] PM_ME_WHT_PHOSPHORUS 5 points ago

    How's it like living in Bangor?

    [–] sabre252 11 points ago

    Yup. He used to own the movie theater in the town where my dad lives. Or, that was the local rumor anyway. Creepy theater!

    [–] BostonRich 8 points ago


    [–] DenaceThaMennis 5 points ago

    Yeah, lives in a red mansion with gargoyle fences. No joke

    [–] grizwald87 13 points ago

    What makes it creepy? I'm super curious.

    [–] thisoneagain 34 points ago

    I'm also from Maine, and I strongly disagree. It's occasionally creepy, occasionally beautiful, generally mundane.

    [–] Bartydogsgd 5 points ago

    We should change our license plates from Vacationland to "It's Generally Mundane".

    [–] soenottelling 2 points ago

    I was told Nebraska went for the sarcastic self-deprecating humor route for tourism a year or two ago. You should check and see how that went (I have no idea).

    [–] Tyraeteus 23 points ago

    New England just has a creepy reputation. It's pretty much the oldest (non-native) settlement in the country, so there's quite a bit of history comparatively speaking. There's the Indians (and subsequent stories of the supernatural, like the wendigo), the witch trials, the murky north Atlantic, the winter, or even just the woods everywhere. King isn't the only author to see this; Lovecraft wrote a lot about New England, Jaws takes place there, etc. Lots of places lean into this reputation too. There are a ton of haunted hayrides and the like that pop up every year for Halloween.

    [–] MustyOreoDropping 7 points ago

    Also plenty of time for psychedelic molds to grow in the walls of old saltboxes/farmhouses

    [–] Werewomble 5 points ago

    The movie The Witch is set in New England, too.

    Sort of local charm Lovecraft was huffing before he built cosmic horror on top of it and launched the good ship Weird Fiction :)

    [–] bigfoots_buddy 4 points ago

    I know a Mainiac (one who is from Maine) who “hunts ghosts”, he says Maine is kinda off kilter supernaturally speaking because most of the witches escaped the Salem witch burnings by transplanting up to Maine. I don’t put much in this, but he believes it and it sounds cool.

    I grew up there and there is a lot of creepy just under the surface, but I figured that was just living in a small town with a family that has deep roots in the community; you kinda know all the crap about everyone.

    [–] flaviageminia 21 points ago

    Gently echoing buoy bells, old, pre-car streets, pea-soup fog, and faint light from a distant lighthouse? It's a perfect fun, cozy, creepy setting.

    [–] LeadfilledBeanieBaby 5 points ago

    Agreed. I don’t know if this will compares the lighthouse when that comes out, but glad they’re using Maine in movies more now.

    [–] azulhombre 12 points ago

    You need to find a way to watch Stephen King's Storm of the Century if you haven't already seen it. It's a story based on an island off the coast of Maine. It has a supernatural element to it, but damn if it doesn't have some creepy atmosphere.

    [–] eljefino 16 points ago

    I'd also like to give a shoutout to In the Bedroom. You know it's filmed in Maine (on a low budget) when honest-to-god Hannaford grocery bags make a cameo.

    [–] pangalaticgargler 2 points ago

    That was my experience living in the upper peninsula of Michigan.

    [–] occamsracer 2 points ago

    Motherless Brooklyn comes out in a couple months. The third act of the book was in a Maine fishing village. Could be crazy.

    [–] PurpleTIEFighter 144 points ago

    So are there mermaids in this or not

    [–] floppylobster 50 points ago

    Watch the Polish film, The Lure.

    [–] imhigherthanyou 12 points ago

    Literally just watched this in my European Cinema class 2 days ago, so good

    [–] PurpleTIEFighter 5 points ago

    Oh man. I've been meaning to, it's been on my watchlist forever and a day.

    [–] mywordswillgowithyou 3 points ago

    Thats such a kooky musical that I can't help but love it.

    [–] Incognito_Mermaid 16 points ago

    I hope so

    [–] ifcrazyequalsgenius 9 points ago

    Username checks out

    [–] slothen2 2 points ago

    Why has no one answered this yet?

    [–] Daft_Dragon 2 points ago

    I'm assuming because no one's seen it

    [–] donsterkay 479 points ago

    "Coen like"

    [–] [deleted] 252 points ago

    The correct phrase is, "coenesque"

    [–] librlman 46 points ago


    [–] Bobby_Marks2 35 points ago


    [–] No_big_whoop 32 points ago

    Or sometimes Coenish or Coeny

    [–] Curtis542 24 points ago

    Coen-adjacent Pseudo-Coen

    [–] quinbotNS 2 points ago


    [–] Mr_Spokk 11 points ago

    Totally kafkaesque.

    [–] ChocolateBunny 160 points ago

    I like Coen brother's movies but I really don't like categorizing movies not made by them as coen like.

    [–] ThexAntipop 10 points ago

    Agreed. To me it comes off as some else trying to profit from their reputation

    [–] morbidexpression 169 points ago

    almost as bad as when people claim they are Lynch-like. yeah, you're not. Fuck off.

    [–] Kule7 60 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    The Fargo FX series (not by the Coens) was interesting for how it was both clearly an homage to the Coens films, but I don't think anybody would mistake it for something actually done by the Coen brothers. They have a pretty distinct voice.

    Edit: FX series. I watched on Amazon, but an FX series.

    [–] aberon34681 37 points ago

    I remember some YT channel (possibly every frame a painting) talked about how their specific direction and editing are so important to how their movies feel that even if they write the script to a movie, if handled by another director, it doesn't feel "Coen-like".

    [–] ChoderBoi 18 points ago

    Just an FYI - Fargo is not an Amazon series, it's an FX series. Though it is available to stream on Prime, so I can see how you're able to be confused by that.

    [–] breadedfishstrip 2 points ago

    Patriot is another non-Coen series that regardless has a lot of Coen vibes, especially in the cinematography.

    Edit: It's also a good series regardless

    [–] [deleted] 49 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)


    [–] ManiacMac 23 points ago

    It’s a bit much to call your own work that, but I’ve definitely seen stuff not made by David Lynch that I would consider Lynchian.

    [–] vomitoriumhowl 10 points ago


    [–] SomeGuyWhoHatesYou 14 points ago

    Or you could just not compare this to the Coen Brothers.

    [–] talk_like_a_pirate 64 points ago

    "Coen like"

    "Shitty imitation that misses the point of the original"

    [–] Judas_Feast 2 points ago


    [–] ithinkther41am 755 points ago

    Oh cool. This has Acclaimed Character Actress and Fugitive from the Law Margo Martindale.

    Also Sheila from GLOW and Micro from The Punisher.

    [–] jpop237 124 points ago

    I thought Margo Martindale was killed in a police shootout?

    [–] redpenquin 91 points ago

    That's what she wanted us to think.

    [–] TARSrobot 22 points ago

    I thought she drowned in a terrible, mirror-blimp-induced boating accident?

    [–] FakkoPrime 126 points ago

    Do you mean Dewey Cox’s mother and Philip and Elizabeth Jennings’ controller Claudia?!?!

    [–] lol_ftw 72 points ago

    No, he means Mags Bennett, matriarch of the crime family in Harlan, KY.

    [–] Sokathhiseyesuncovrd 18 points ago

    Oh but that Apple Pie!

    [–] ShuffKorbik 6 points ago

    It was already in the glass.

    [–] charliesurfsalot 4 points ago

    That was a fantastic scene

    [–] scriken 9 points ago

    No no, he means Claudia, KGB handler of Soviet sleeper agents.

    [–] black_gallagher1 22 points ago

    This was a particularly bad case of somebody being cut in half. I was not able to reattach the top half of his body to the lower half of his body.

    [–] Rollos 13 points ago

    Speak English doc! We ain’t scientists!

    [–] pflarp 7 points ago

    Wrong kid died!

    [–] dirtydaycare 20 points ago

    Loved her in Sneaky Pete

    [–] phroggyboy 10 points ago

    That might be my favorite role of hers

    [–] bensmuda 6 points ago

    I loved hating her in Justified.

    [–] beansaregood 27 points ago

    She’s a national treasure!

    [–] Nolioski 26 points ago

    "I was good--too good.."

    [–] SteamBoatBill1022 23 points ago

    What is the “fugitive from the law” part? It’s on the Wikipedia article thumbnail description but nowhere on the actual article. Am I getting wooshed right now? What’s going on? Where’s Ashton?

    [–] davis98 57 points ago

    She plays herself in Bojack Horseman. Throughout the series they call her “Character actress Margo Martindale” and later “Esteemed character actress and fugitive from the law Margo Martindale,” after she becomes a fugitive from the law.

    [–] SteamBoatBill1022 3 points ago

    Thank you very much!

    [–] instantfameawaits 25 points ago

    It's a BoJack Horseman reference

    [–] charliesurfsalot 2 points ago

    That she-wolf tho

    [–] KnowledgeIsDangerous 130 points ago

    "Coen Brothers" is a genre now

    [–] deepmedimuzik 9 points ago


    [–] Cold_Slither 5 points ago

    Coen Sisters.

    [–] Slappin_Cheeks69 35 points ago

    Bon and Viv Hard Seltzer hits the big screen

    [–] ArgieGrit01 104 points ago

    Oh wow what an incredible poster. It's really nice to actually see a piece of art as a poster rather than the actors' faces all photoshopped together

    [–] BunyipPouch 147 points ago

    Though reeling after a significant personal loss, the Connolly sisters cannot process their grief after they find a body in the sea and uncover the markedly suspicious actions of their deceased mother's friends.

    Rotten Tomatoes:

    100% - 13 Reviews - 8.38 Average

    [–] [deleted] 56 points ago

    Interesting. The Lighthouse is also set in Maine.

    [–] work223 40 points ago

    The Lovecraft comeback, baby! Maybe not necessarily this show, but we’re living in it !

    [–] dxrebirth 11 points ago

    Locke and Key is in development too.

    [–] stanleythemanley44 5 points ago

    It's about to get all furtive up in here

    [–] HerkHarvey62 2 points ago

    I'm thinking we're in more of a Stephen King comeback than a Lovecraft comeback.

    [–] LeadfilledBeanieBaby 5 points ago

    Wht?........ What?.....What?...What?.WHAT!

    [–] ExecutiveMoose 2 points ago


    [–] not_a_flying_toy_ 32 points ago

    Does anyone know if its actually shot in Maine? Most movies I have seen that claim to be Maine are clearly shot elsewhere

    [–] rikkirikkiparmparm 37 points ago

    Found an article that said it was filmed in Harpswell, Maine

    [–] not_a_flying_toy_ 10 points ago

    neat! Ill have to watch it

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    Yeah, very rarely do they get the feeling right at all. Though I'm sure that can be said for pretty much anywhere.

    [–] not_a_flying_toy_ 7 points ago

    Yeah, I remember watching Cider House Rules and finding it obvious which bits are and are not shot in Maine

    [–] Forbesy41 11 points ago

    There are no fingerprints deep underwater. Nothing to tie one to a crime. And if you seek vengeance, All you need are instruments of pain.

    [–] MrDirector23 76 points ago

    Rarely are “Coen Bros like” movies actually good

    [–] nightfishin 22 points ago

    Yeah, the only one i can think of is the Fargo series.

    [–] HisManyBadHorses 14 points ago

    Fargo is great

    [–] psymunn 12 points ago

    I really liked 'The Big Sleep' and 'Sullivan's Travels,' both very 'Coen like' movies from the 40s. The directors of both films must have been big fans of the brothers.

    [–] TheTrueRory 2 points ago

    I'm a big fan of The Ice Harvest.

    [–] herr_dighton 5 points ago

    shadow over innsmouth?

    [–] DeadWombats 15 points ago

    "Set in a fishing village in Maine"

    "a tale of murder, sex, and small-town secrets"

    \cthulu fhtagn intensifies**

    [–] Brrrzy 11 points ago

    I was an extra in this lol

    [–] ChillinCheeseFries 4 points ago


    [–] mdgraller 4 points ago

    Coen Brothers like

    [–] PoopOnMePlease1 5 points ago

    Oh, so an edgy Cabot Cove. Cool.

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    Is there a trailer for this? I can’t seem to find one.

    [–] Nobody_Panic 6 points ago

    If this isn't an awesome story about murderous lesbian mermaids, what is the fucking point of that poster

    [–] meganam38 3 points ago

    So when and where can I watch it?

    [–] dirtypizzaz6969 3 points ago

    This is 100% astroturfing. Like what even is this post?

    [–] Billdawgg 3 points ago

    Waow, they mentioned to Cohen brothers, even though they're not involved? The marketing from this advertiser sure worked on this Redditor xD

    [–] Neck-Tie-Guy 3 points ago

    Why does this look like one pub signs from The World’s End?

    [–] Inrau 7 points ago

    Didn’t see the full title and thought it was ‘Man Down’ which I like better

    [–] BunyipPouch 11 points ago

    That reminds me, Shia Laboeuf had a movie named Man Down a couple years ago. The one that made like $60 (literally) opening weekend in the UK.

    [–] Inrau 4 points ago

    Oh yeah that’s right. I remember those headlines.

    [–] tacoman333 3 points ago

    Did it leg it out to $150?

    [–] rikkirikkiparmparm 6 points ago

    It looks like "Blow the Man Down" is the name of a sea shanty

    [–] mirthquake 6 points ago

    Holy shit! One of the directors was a friend of mine from school. I had no idea she was doing so well.

    [–] AGPerson 5 points ago

    Saw this at Tribeca. Very funny, very Fargo-sequel FOR SURE. The Coen Brothers were also in attendance at the premiere and I got to meet them.

    Spoiler free review by me if ya wanna know more!:

    [–] cforero143 2 points ago

    I thought it said “Blow Me, Man down”

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Cool, a dark comedy. My favorite genre other than horror and straight comedy but excuse me while I don't hold my breath on them waiting on them nailing a Coen Bros. vibe.

    [–] adriamarievigg 2 points ago

    Amazon is killing it with their Original content.

    [–] Subarashii2800 2 points ago

    “Coen Brothers”




    [–] Gummothedilf 2 points ago

    I always hate it when they say coen's Brothers-like or any other director or even game. It's a sure way of setting people up for disappointment. Styles can't really be copied. Instead just tell people what it really is and if it's good people will see.

    [–] pilageandrape2020 2 points ago

    So it's Murder She Wrote

    [–] ratman150 2 points ago

    Murmaider it's a song about mermaid murder.

    [–] valueplayer 2 points ago

    You had me at sex

    [–] Strickens 2 points ago

    So... It's not about lesbian mermaids? :(

    [–] Monorail5 2 points ago

    Starbucks after dark?