Showrunner/writer/director/EP Issa López on the set of “True Detective: Night Country.” If you love to yarn-wall a show, True Detective: Night Country gives plenty of reason to dust off the pushpins. With the premiere episode, HBO/Max has resurrected the dormant crime anthology series, offering a fresh mystery deep in the icy Alaskan terrain. Jodie Foster and Kali Reis star as this season’s titular detectives determined to crack the case(s) of Season 4. And similar to Season 1, there are spirals and other surreal imagery that hints at the supernatural. Fans still debate on how much (and how well) Nic Pizzolatto’s first season of True Detective paid off in terms of its dabbling in cosmic horror. But Night Country isn’t playing by Pizzolatto’s rules; while he has an executive producer credit, this season has an entirely different showrunner, writer, and director in horror indie darling Issa López. For fans of this Mexican filmmaker’s breakout 2017 film Tigers Are Not Afraid , her authorship could be a crucial clue in unraveling the mystery of the missing scientists and the murder of activist Annie K. What’s Tigers Are Not Afraid about? Tigers Are Not Afraid is a modern fairy tale — but not the kind Disney would dare adapt. Set in a Mexican City plagued by a vicious human trafficking cartel known as the Huascas, its “princess” is a young girl named Estrella (Paola Lara), who is granted three wishes by a magical piece of chalk. But in this critically heralded horror film written and directed by López, kids have to be very careful what they wish for. Estrella’s story begins bleakly. After surviving a drive-by shooting at school, Estrella comes home to find her mother missing. Like the Tsalal research facility in True Detective: Night Country , the TV blares, as if her mother left without warning. But a big difference here is that a seemingly sentient trail of blood invades this humble home and blooms on a dress her mother has neatly hung up, a morbid omen. On a quest to find her missing mother, Estrella instead discovers some churlish […]

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