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Is CGI Becoming C-G-Ugh-God-This-Is-So-Lame?

Is CGI Becoming C-G-Ugh-God-This-Is-So-Lame? | Horror | Scoop.it
A YouTube video makes an argument explaining why films these days seem to have lost the magic we once felt, placing the blame on CGI.
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My own short answer is "Yes". Yes, yes, yes... Too much CGI turns movies into crap. There's a reason why Jim Henson's movie genius has rippled, and cause cult followers to flock through generations of emo kids and purists and hipsters. Because seeing actors, real people, interact with real environments and effects, --is awesome. Watching CGI animation is sort of a buzz kill. It's blurry, at the worst of times, and at the best, it looks cartoonish. We all know it's there, we just choose to ignore it when we can.


Think of the last ten horror movies you saw, and which ones were the best? Shit, the last three? I loved The Pyramid, --it had sphynx cats (historically misrepresented, however), and I have a sphynx cat. Plus it was a return to monster movies. But... our monster was a blurry, animated, gelatinous mess, and it looked like something Pixar made as a creepy joke. It Follows had little or no CGI, and it was so disturbing, we had trouble getting through it. So yeah, CGI sucks... and I think it's time to move away from it as a medium, and maybe put the work in again like we used to, guys. 

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'Interesting New Spin' on Stephen King's 'Cujo' Coming Soon: 'C.U.J.O.'

'Interesting New Spin' on Stephen King's 'Cujo' Coming Soon: 'C.U.J.O.' | Horror | Scoop.it
Stephen King's 'Cujo' is getting remake as 'C.U.J.O.', which stands for "Canine Unit Joint Operations.
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 Doesn't that sound just completely, utterly effing stupid? It's destined to be a B-movie... well, it was originally a bit of a B-movie though, wasn't it? And now, we have like, a C-movie follow-up remake. Totally effing unnecessary. I mean, if we were going to see a Cujo remake, couldn't it have been like, call me crazy, but why wouldn't Sunn just sell the rights to someone else, make a lot more money that way, and surely some other, way better production company, would like to remake the movie and stay much more true-to-form than whatever the hell this pukefest is going to be...?


Yes, I'm backing up: Cujo was originally produced and distributed by Sunn Classic Pictures, and there's a reason you haven't heard of this place. It's because they've been milking the "classics" they made back in the 70s for so long, it's ridiculous. Check out their website. The whole company is "under new management" --and it looks like their website was designed ten years ago, and they just stuck with what they had on hand. The whole operation looks totally fly-by-night, folks, and I'm not impressed. If they manage to pull something decent off, for the first time in decades, then we'll see. But DJ Perry, F-List actor, King of the Movies No One Has Heard Of, Distributor of Film Garbage... he's going to be the star. His IMDB page is a testament to films sent straight to DVD... without passing go, or collecting $200, and generally, I wouldn't say that was like, a bad thing. Plenty of movies out there are indie, splatter, and made with like, $0. And they come out watchable. Like Wolfcop, for example: it's hilarious, fresh, and cheap as hell. But none of DJ Perry's credits are in that list. Sowwy.

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Will 'Zoo' Be Scary & Stupid... Or Scary & Smart?

Will 'Zoo' Be Scary & Stupid... Or Scary & Smart? | Horror | Scoop.it
The new CBS thriller "Zoo," about what happens when animals start attacking humans, may be more silly than sensational, but it does have the benefit of likable performances by James Wolk, Billy Burke and Nonso Anozie.
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There will always be plenty of people terrified of animals; that's why the killer animal horror genre works so well. Because the vast majority of TV watchers and moviegoers are uneducated and easily spooked... think of all the people out there afraid of dogs, let alone lions. And yes, getting it out there right now: if you have an unreasonable, unexplainable fear of domestic dogs and house pets, and you're over 10 years old, you're an idiot. 


This series has the opportunity to bring to light a lot of issues affecting wildlife in the world today, as the article points out; their habitats and living areas have been reduced substantially, food sources nearly depleted, and most people also don't realize: if we're running out of water, and we're concerned about our food and water resources being polluted, --the same concern is there for animals. So this show has the opportunity to scare us, and provide a message: we should be terrified, because animals are endowed with an ability to understand a lot more than we give them credit for. And how long will it be before the rest of the life on this planet turns against us, to take back their home? If you're religious, think of it this way; have we not broken a covenant with God? We were given the honor of dominion over global wildlife and what have we done with that responsibility? We have been cruel, and so it's only natural that for there to be an equal and opposing force that reacts to all the human opposition and rape that we've inflicted on the planet.

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M. Night Shyamalan's Latest Horror Film 'The Visit' Has Scary Old People! Check Out the Preview!

M. Night Shyamalan's Latest Horror Film 'The Visit' Has Scary Old People! Check Out the Preview! | Horror | Scoop.it
Since directing Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan films have widely been on a negative trajectory. His last flick, After Earth featuring Will and Jaden Smith, was a disaster with the critics. Could things be about to change?
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As if any of us needed another reason to be scared of old people! The preview is available on the source, --it premiered with  Unfriended in theaters, and it looks totally scary. I love my grandparents, and they've been with me long enough to know that I can trust them well enough, without worrying that they're going to go batshit crazy after 9:30 pm. This movie looks a little like The Taking of Deborah Logan which actually did scare me a little, --kind of refreshing for yet another possession film. 


Unlike a lot of.... well, to be frank, pretty much everyone, I actually remain a steadfast hopeful in terms of M. Night Shyamalan's mavie making. The only movie of his that I'd say really disappointed me, was The Last Airbender. The cartoon was great, and he really didn't do the series justice with his film. This movie though, looks completely terrifying, and I really hope it's not to do with a possession or demon thing, I am so over possession movies, omg, it's done, it's dead, it's over, --please let this be scary for some other reason! But we won't know until it comes out, so hang in there y'all, and cross your fingers.

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Under the Dome: Season 3 Preview Video

The two-hour Season of Under The Dome airs June 25th at 9/8c! Only CBS
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I was really surprised by how hooked I was into this show, even though the fact that it was something from Stephen King's mind should have given it away from the start. To be honest though, I don't always jump on board everything Stephen King writes or says or does or screenwrites. Oh I love his work, don't get me wrong, and I love his perspectives and memoirs in the authorship arena. Some of my hardest won lessons, such as how to avoid the adverb, and an appreciation for The Elements of Style alsocame from Stephen King.


But some of his stuff can be a little bit boring; it's the level of detail. He can go on tangents for pages and pages, about the perspective of a fly or bee, or describe a shoelace for what feels like an hour to the reader. Under the Dome is an excellent series though, and I believe it is currently available on Amazon Prime --so do watch! I promise, by the ten minute mark of the first episode, you'll be locked under the dome with everyone else.

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Hemlock Grove Giveaway! Win The Box Set of Hemlock Grove Season 2 On DVD!

Hemlock Grove Giveaway! Win The Box Set of Hemlock Grove Season 2 On DVD! | Horror | Scoop.it

"To celebrate the release of the Emmy Award-nominated supernatural series Hemlock Grove The Complete Second Season - out on three-disc DVD boxset April 20th - we are giving away a copy!"

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My biggest problem with Hemlock Grove is that I never seem to have the time to sit down and just force my way through the second season. I loved the first season, I binged it from start to finish in maybe two or three days. My roommate thinks it's a big deal to watch a couple seasons in a couple weeks... let me tell you something, my binge sessions are legendary. I order Chinese, and I cluster everything I need around me, --cigarettes, reliable lighter, diet coke, Chinese food, and then I get to work, watching my show, and surreptitiously sneaking through Facebook games, or Slack, while I get the party started. 


And god forbid I should have to get up to pee. But this is basically the answer to that problem, especially for those of you without Netflix... The show is about to be released in its third season on Netflix, --which will also, according to the news, be its last season. You can order the box set on Amazon, OR! you can enter to win one of five giveaway copies, by clicking on the source link and signing up through Facebook. If it sounds ridiculously easy, that's because it is. Good luck, and be sure to let us know if you win!

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10 Really Creepy Creatures from Folklore

There are many well known examples of creatures from mythology that inspire dread, awe, curiosity or a even a combo of all three. So here’s a list of some of...
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So, counting down:


10. Giant Revenge Cat: Kill a cat, according to the Ainu people of Japan, in the wrong way, and it will come back to life and kill you.

9. Clurichaun: A Leprechaun's drunk cousin; if you treat them well, they protect your wine cellar. 

8. Lausks: A Latvian old man, carrying a crystal or silver axe, wearing a fur coat... apparently walks around touching people in the winter to make their cheeks numb. Eee.

7. Tsukumogami; Karakasa-Obake: In Japanese folklore, inanimate objects can get a life of their own, the broad term is "Tsukumogami" --but the friendly little umbrella in the video is the Karakasa-Obake.

6. The Cockatrice: Like the basilisk, it's half snake-half rooster, and can turn people to stone with its eyes.

5. Padfoot: A variation of the Black Dog in England, its presence is a harbinger of death.

4. Leshi: A Slavic guardian of the woods, appears as a tall peasant, without a belt, or wearing his shoes on the wrong feet. He will literally take you back to his cave and tickle you to death. To death. 

3. Baba Yaga: Classic Slavic witch, lives in a log cabin in the woods usually on chicken legs, and generally agreed by most be evil.

2. Akaname: The 'Filth Licker', a demon from Japanese folklore that sneaks into your bathroom and licks it clean. Looks like a red, warty humanoid-frog thing, and has a long tongue.

1. Bonnacon: Bizarre dragon-esque creature that fights with its own flaming dung, by flinging it at attackers or predators.

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Google Catches Nessie on Camera!

Google Catches Nessie on Camera! | Horror | Scoop.it
The legend of the Loch Ness Monster, known locally as Nessie, dates back to as early as the 7th century A.D.
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You know how Street View works on Google Maps? Like, you can use it to check old addresses or neighborhoods, or your boyfriend’s house… to see if it’s really as nice as he says, or to see who’s living in your old house since you moved out… or you know, whatever you use it for. Anyway, sometimes the Trekker camera, from Google, is used to record photos from all over the world, in hard to reach areas, like the top of Mt. Everest, the bottom of the Grand Canyon… or, for example, the shores of Loch Ness.


On one such expedition, the Trekker camera, snapping shots of the area around Loch Ness captured an anomaly in a photograph, of something unidentifiable on the surface of the lake. Naturally, the Nessie-enthused cryptozoology community is ecstatic, and believes this could be a picture of the long sought after lake monster. There are more details and access to the photos of the potential Nessie sight on the source page, --as well as an in-depth look at why the legend of the Loch Ness monster has persisted for so many years.

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Stills From 'Sweet Home' (2015) Are Especially Bloody

Stills From 'Sweet Home' (2015) Are Especially Bloody | Horror | Scoop.it
Blood-Soaked 'Sweet Home' Imagery
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Sigh. The entire trailer is in Spanish, and not the kind of Spanish that you hear often on this side of the pond... it's Spanish Spanish, like, Castilian Spanish (Spanish spoken in SPAIN!) which makes my North American Spanish quiver in fear and incomprehensible irritation. Damn! Oh well, it will eventually be released with subtitles, probably on Netflix, which will be awesome. Besides, we have the folks at Bloody Disgusting to thank for the basic synopsis.


The film, 'Sweet Home' was produced by the same company that gave us [Rec] (omg, yay!) and Mientras Duermes (Sleep Tight). Sweet Home is about a couple that for some completely demented reason think it would be a good idea to spend the night in a derelict building, and then they have the nerve to act all surprised when it turns out to be home for a bunch of homicidal squatters. Duh. I mean... how the hell is spending the night in an abandoned apartment building romantic? Well, the ax murderer hunting them is probably just as appalled by their tastes as I am, which is why he wants to chop them up into bite size pieces. Check out the trailer on the source post, and let us know what you think!

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The List of Lists: The Top 25 Horror-SciFi-Vampire TV Shows of Past & Present

The List of Lists: The Top 25 Horror-SciFi-Vampire TV Shows of Past & Present | Horror | Scoop.it
Horror TV series/shows as rated by horror fans like The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and The Secret Circle
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And they're rated according to fans, which means they were voted on... so the order in which they're ranked is pretty genuine. Can you guess which show ended up ranked as #1? Out of all the horror and scifi and ... everything? Angel --as in, the Buffy spin off show! Crazy, right? I have a guy friend who loves Angel, but still acknowledges the superiority of Buffy... she was first... but in this list she ends up in the #2 slot... sigh. #3 is one we all know and are crazy in loooove with:  The Walking Dead ...probably an obvious choice.


Then there's Supernatural and American Horror Story --which again, are obvious choices. I personally think of horror on TV, and immediately begin thinking about that show Dance Moms --that is some scary shit yo. That would be my #1 scariest show, but right behind it would be Clean House with Niecy Nash. That woman looks like she visited a doctor around here (lots of mad scientists in the midwest) for her monthly botox, and they decided to mix her DNA together with a horse's, creating a Darwin's grab bag... Her mouth and teeth are enormous, and the way she ruthlessly goes into people's houses and demand they give up all their shit. That's scary. o.o

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Poll: What's Your Favorite Scene on Grimm So Far?

Poll: What's Your Favorite Scene on Grimm So Far? | Horror | Scoop.it

"...Favorite Scene from Grimm..."  

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You guys have to forgive me, I always thought Grimm was a little too campy for my taste, but the big boss, the HNIC around here, he likes it. It's all the terminology, and genuine Eastern European monster names. I had trouble getting over the whole... Grimm brothers and Grimm legacy being monster killers. I mean... they collected folklore stories and fairy tales. Not all of them were even about magic. I remember one of the stories was about the execution of an abusive husband who chased his wife around the house with scissors or something. 


Anyway, I won't tell you what was voted as the favorite scene in the poll, you have to actually click through the source link and vote. But I will tell you what the least favorite scene is so far: When Hank and Janelle talk to Hector about Simon's spirit quest. Which does sound a bit on the snorefest side. Personally, I liked some of the early episodes, and generally, I like scenes that are packed with drama: stuff that involves explosions or lots of crying and super emotionally charged incidents... like important deaths and so on. What's your unofficial favorite scene?

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Cube Microplex in Bristol Has a Horror Shorts Film Festival

Cube Microplex in Bristol Has a Horror Shorts Film Festival | Horror | Scoop.it

"Bristol-based film-maker Ben Steiner has been touring his short horror film The Stomach around the international film festival circuit...."

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If the photo at the top looks really familiar, that's because, congratulations, you and I have seen The ABCs of Death 2 which I thought was pretty damn good. It had a claymation type short in it called "Deloused" --that's the one you're looking at above us here. It is also available on Netflix right now, if you haven't seen it and have no idea what I'm talking about. It's a really gnarly little piece, and looks basically like something you would experience at least a few times a week if you were in Hell. 


There are going to be quite a few films, another of which is The Stomach as mentioned above, --you can check out the trailer for the short film on the source link.  It looked pretty gross, and there appeared to be some exorcist types involved. Either way, it looks like a cute little, disturbing bite of excellent cinema. Some of the films being screened are from as far away as Cuba, and as close as Scotland, and plenty of gore for those among you who like your blood in buckets and your guts and brains by the pound. The Cube Microplex shows a lot of great indie and art films, and they've got a big summer planned, so check out the source site, and the Cube's site to see what all's playing this summer. If you've seen The Stomach already, let us know what you thought!


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Check Out the Trailer for Poltergeist (2015)!

"Official Trailer for the Remake of 'Poltergeist' (2015) In Theaters July 24th, 2015..."

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No one does horror like Sam Raimi; honestly, no one does any kind of genre film or TV show like Sam Raimi, --and I think it's cute how he almost always manages to get his brother Ted a bit part in lots of his projects. Ted Raimi is best known for being "Joxer the Mighty" on Xena: Warrior Princess. Ted has a lot of talent, and can pretty much play any kind of personality, but imo, he does lovable goofball the best. Anyway, back to the trailer: the movie looks scary as hell, and the opening sequences actually made me jump. A little girl getting stuck inside the flat screen is totally terrifying.


But then you add in that clown, and it's all kinds of "Hell no, absolutely not." The creepy clown in the first Poltergeist movie always completely undid me. I wonder though, if they're going to make a sequel? The creepy old preacher guy from Poltergeist 2 totally kept me up at night for weeks after I saw the movie. I wonder what modern effects could do for him? Oh, and! the movie will be released in 3D, so you get to be extra scared, --like, piss your pants in sheer terror scared. I'm definitely heading to theaters to see this one, and I can't wait!

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What Is Your Most Lied About Horror Movie?

What Is Your Most Lied About Horror Movie? | Horror | Scoop.it
Have you ever known you were going to be lectured for not having seen a certain classic film, so you lied about having seen it? We have!
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I actually... have not. Just because I don't like A Clockwork Orange doesn't mean I haven't seen it. My best friend in the world thinks it's one of the best movies on the planet, but I thought it was.... annoying. In fact, I think it's interesting when people bring up a horror movie I haven't seen, that I should see, because the volume of horror I have seen is pretty damn impressive, --so if there's anything out there I've missed, please, fill me in! 


Most people I asked have concluded, "It's possible," --frankly, the problem I run into is usually the reverse. I've seen movies other people haven't and therefore, can't have movie talks with normal people anymore. And hey, once you've seen a woman shove a steel pipe into a corpse's crotch, throw a condom on it, and go to town, like, for example, in the German "horror" classic, Nekromantik --neither will you. 

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Watch Now! The First 8 Minutes of MTV’s “Scream”!

Watch Now! The First 8 Minutes of MTV’s “Scream”! | Horror | Scoop.it
In my review of MTV’s “Scream,” premiering Tuesday June 30th at at 10 PM ET/PT, I talk about the filmmakers attempt to connect audiences through technology. It works in the opening moment, before falling on its face during the first full sequence.
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Personally, I disagree. I mean, getting to watch the first kill of the new series is awesome, and I do think they successfully connected .... at least to me, via technology. I can generally get a cell phone to function fairly well, when I'm not thinking about it, but the second it turns into something important... like, for example, trying to find something in the city that I've just driven about 30 miles past, and being parked outside a McDonald's at 12:30 am desperately holding my cell phone aloft from the car window, while I desperately try to Google some frickin' directions. Oh, and I'm not being imaginatively dramatic... This actually took place earlier tonight.


So it's not a stretch that in an emergency, your phone would call Pottery Barn. Do I like the new mask? Meh, but it could grow on me. Everything else was pretty cool too, and frankly, I hope the dog survived. Oh.. but, one thing. The severed head was like, ridiculous. Remember how, in the 90s, you could get a bust of Barbie to do makeup on and play with her hair? That toy looked more realistic than the floating head. Check out the video, and let us know what you think! Do you agree with BloodyDisgusting, does it suck? Or are you like me, and holding out hope for better in the future?

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American Horror Story: Hotel - Big Character/Cast List Finally Released

American Horror Story: Hotel - Big Character/Cast List Finally Released | Horror | Scoop.it
A newly published list of "American Horror Story: Hotel" actors and characters revealed several returning stars, including Finn Wittrock, Lily Rabe, Angela Bassett, Denis O'Hare and Michael Chiklis.
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Well, I gotta say y’all, I’m kind of disappointed about Kathy Bates’ being someone’s “agent” --sure, she’s a publicist for Janis Joplin, but I mean… ugh. I thought her character could be so much better, she could have been like Dolores Claiborne meets The Shining --it would have been awesome. In fact, initially, she was supposed to be the one running the hotel, but apparently, whomever’s running the show changed his mind. Boo. She would have been excellent.


I also have a sort of fear that most of the show is going to revolve around competition between musical talents, which to me, is boring… I mean, Lady Gaga is going to play a lounge singer, competing with Angela Bassett, who is also a lounge singer. There’s also going to be emphasis on the race relations of the era, naturally, and as much talent as there is in the room between Gaga and Bassett (who was an amazing voice in the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It) --I worry that this is going to be more like a dark drama than a horror show. I don’t see a lot of fear in the future, but I hope I’m wrong.

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American Horror Story Actor Struck By Drunk Driver

American Horror Story Actor Struck By Drunk Driver | Horror | Scoop.it
American Horror Story: Freak Show actor Dalton Gray is recovering from injuries he suffered after being hit by an alleged drunk driver
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This may come off as pretentious, but this story struck me on a deep, personal level; I've watched friends and family struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, and for some reason, one of their biggest struggles is understanding just how horribly things can go wrong. Many addicts believe that they are only hurting themselves, until someone else gets hurt. In this case, it was a bright young actor, Dalton Gray, only 17 years old.


He was riding in a friend's car when they were hit by the drunk driver, and suffered trauma to his hip, pelvis, femur and face; he had to have chunks of glass removed for his right eye, but doctors are optimistic, and expect his vision to recover. He shared a photo of himself on Twitter, and what happened to his face in the accident; despite the fact that what happened to the young actor is absolutely heartbreaking, he remains steadfast, keeps his sense of humor, and refuses to let the accident keep him down. Hopefully, the drunk driver will get a prison sentence, and some rehab. 

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'Unfriended' Review: Scary or Not?

'Unfriended' Review: Scary or Not? | Horror | Scoop.it
This unconventional horror flick tells a surprisingly creepy story -- using only browser windows and video chat. CNET's Luke Westaway offers his verdict.
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First, you definitely have to check out the video if you haven't seen the movie yet, --I have yet to see the film but the more good stuff I hear, the more excited I am to watch. Everyone should know the basic premise by now, but just in case there's anyone else out there not familiar, I'll rehash: a semi-popular teen is made even more famous when she passes out at a party and becomes the subject of a lot of jokes, and cyberbullying. The result is inevitably suicide, but the spirit of the girl lives on, and wants revenge for all the crap she suffered at the hands of fellow students. 


The protagonist, a Mac owner (ew), is a fellow teenage girl, and during a Skype video session, everyone suddenly gets a dose of their own medicine. One by one, the kids drop like flies in this supernatural Skype movie. Personally, I think that after the final person dies, it would be absolutely hilarious if a box popped up and said, "How would rate the quality of your call?" I can't wait to see this one, --anyone else care to share their thoughts on the flick?

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'American Horror Story: Hotel' Adds Evan Peters to Its Ever-Increasing Cast Lineup

'American Horror Story: Hotel' Adds Evan Peters to Its Ever-Increasing Cast Lineup | Horror | Scoop.it
Becoming the latest castmember to re-up for the new season of the FX anthology.
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Okies, so all told, we have Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Chloe Sevigny, Sarah Paulson, Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley, Cheyenne Jackson, --and now, Evan Peters. Does it go without saying that we need as many original cast members to re-up as possible to make it through this season, since we're already flying into this storm without Jessica Lange as a leading lady, for like, the first time ever in American Horror Story? I guess it doesn't go without saying after all. Ryan Murphy announced that "Evan Peters will be waiting for you in Room 64..." I wonder if that contains any allusion to an actual plot point...? 


October seems so far away, but trust me, after I turned 25, the years seemed to pick up speed, and time really flies now that I'm approaching 30. So the way I see it, by the time October rolls around, for me, it'll only be a few days, a few minutes, and then poof!  American Horror Story will be right back on the air. The performance I'm most looking forward to is going to come from Kathy Bates, she's always been one of my absolute favorites on the show, and like I said before, she'd make a great head housekeeper... a keeper of rooms, secrets, with her gritty New England country appeal... she'd be great. 

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Watch LiveSciFi... For Real EVP, Ouija Sessions, Hauntings, Streamed LIVE!

Real Ghost Stories, chilling tales of the Supernatural, REAL Paranormal Activity, Hauntings, and Horror discussed live tonight with Tim Wood from livescifi.t...
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This guy is actually pretty interesting; so the concept here is to investigate hauntings, play with Ouija boards, record EVP, --and subsequently play it back, and so on, but rather than investigate, record, and then play it on TV with lots of re-enactments, night visions, and crap, this is all streamed live. The idea is to keep track of the broadcasted shows, and if you manage to work the show into your schedule, you can watch this guy Tim, as he tries to catch the demons in his house. 


So yeah, the guy is a bit on the neurotic, asking-for-it side, but still, if you have a free evening to chat live with someone trying to catch demons with his ghost box (that totally sounds like a euphemism for ...um, nevermind). While I'm writing, he's actually playing the 'Our Father' prayer backwards to increase activity in his home. I'm actually sort of creeped out at the moment, and would kind of prefer that it wasn't playing in my house because you know... I don't want a demon infestation of my own. Eeee. Okay so, yeah, totally, way creepy. Anyway, if you wanna check it out, it's pretty cool, and if you watch it in the dark, I strongly advise wearing a diaper or something. If the next episode is as creepy and weird, I'll definitely bring it back to you. 

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'The Birth of Horror' Explores the Origin of Horror Literature

'The Birth of Horror' Explores the Origin of Horror Literature | Horror | Scoop.it

"For the beginning of my study, I wanted to go back to the roots – back when the horror genre began...."

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I like the beginning of this article, where the author, Melissa Baron, does clearly state that ghost stories, tales of the supernatural, superstitious and frightening folklore, have always existed. Some of the roots of stories we've read by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, and other classical collections of oral culture, were originally much darker, and full of deadly reckoning, revenge, and crimes like incest, cannibalism, and gruesome murder. These are the stories that we've made more passable to our children today. 


All of that aside, Baron examines the aspect of horror in literature, as a genre. She stipulates that horror was "late to the party" --I disagree. A great deal of literature was romantic at the time, and even that was considered wildly inappropriate. Women were not encouraged to read for recreation, and those that could read at all were part of the upper class, and a much smaller percentage. Men that could read were in a majority, but it was by no means a universal skill in the 18th century. Fiction of the day wasn't considered worthwhile, and it wasn't until much later that fiction writers were taken seriously, if they ever were. I think all the fiction genres arrived at the party together, and it ended up being a big empty room. The article is a great read though, so check it out, and tell us your opinion.


 

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Hidden Horror Gem on Netflix: 'The Den'

Hidden Horror Gem on Netflix: 'The Den' | Horror | Scoop.it

"With "Unfriended" coming out this weekend, we take a look at a film with a similar concept that didn't get a wide release. That movie is "The Den.""  

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This immediately caught my attention: guess why. Because, like most of us, I think we all sort of look through Netflix's horror category in a certain amount of pain, half the time, because their titles suck. And I've been ignoring recommendations to watch "The Den" for a while now. I look at it and think, "Errrrm.... maybe... not... nope, gonna watch more of My Name is Earl" --which I've been binge-watching, along with Archer and Bob's Burgers --which I have been informed, is supposedly like, the worst show ever. I think it's hilarious, so f*ck the haters.


So what makes The Den a worthwhile venture? It's sort of like Unfriended --a lot of the film takes place via video messenger. Check out the trailer, --it's basically a lot of people being killed on chat, and for some reason, the police just don't want to hear about it. I think I'll check it out, because there are so few details in the original source post, --they want us to go in with a sense of mystery. We-ell, I'm officially interested. Maybe I'll come back and let you guys know if it sucked or not. Anyone else willing to give this flick their "Seal of approval" --or am I wasting my time here? 

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Do You Like Dabbling in the Unknown? Check Out OuijaCon 2015!

Do You Like Dabbling in the Unknown? Check Out OuijaCon 2015! | Horror | Scoop.it

"Come celebrate the history and legends of the Ouija board with some of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject."

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Tickets are still on sale for the event, which takes place April 23rd through the 25th; basically, most of this coming weekend. Ouija boards are a lot of fun, it's a great way to weed out your most neurotic friends at an early age. As for the comment about "dabbling" goes, everyone seems to say that about the use of Ouija boards in films, don't they? "You're dabbling, be warned! Bwahaha!" Dude. This isn't exactly a circle of salt and a bunch of teenagers sacrificing a lamb. It's a board game you can buy at Walmart.


I would go to a convention or conference, I should say, if only to hear all the uber weird stories everyone is going to tell. I initially followed a link here from exactly that sort of blog post; a guy was talking about how his mom believed in lots of supernatural ghost-y stuff and so they played Ouija with a demon, and our blogger was possessed as a result, for part of his childhood. My mom never let us have a Ouija board in the house, she used to tell crazy stories too, but we chalked that up to her being a meth addict and let that part slide. I recommend checking it out, whether you're a believer or not, a lot of cool stuff is going to be there. 

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'Unfriended' Turns Out Awesome, According to Critics

'Unfriended' Turns Out Awesome, According to Critics | Horror | Scoop.it
A horror movie that plays out entirely on a laptop screen has movie critics clicking "Like."
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So, the entire movie is made on Skype, and shown on the screen of a MacBook (which to me, is part of the horror since everything produced by Steve Jobs makes me silently and profoundly fear for mankind). That's not a criticism, though a Windows computer is more likely. The rules? Instant death for pulling up new windows or screens. Instant death for logging out of Skype, which is also terrifying-- Skype... where people are, and want to talk to you... all day. Dun dun dun!


This film was produced by Timur Bekmambetov; you know the guy who directed the Russian awesomeness that were Night Watch, and Day Watch, and then the not-so-great Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. So what do you get when you combine a bunch of asshole teenagers, and the ghost of a girl who was cyber-bullied to death? More dead teenagers, apparently. I really don't get cyberbullying guys. In my day, if you talked shit about people, you wanted to make sure that you had the testicular fortitude to withstand the potential physical consequences. Now kids are killing themselves because people are "saying things" about them. Jesus. What in the hell is the world coming to? Next it's going to be random acts of suicide because someone gave so and so a dirty look.


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What Scared the Hell Out of Me and Finally Came To Netflix?! 'The Babadook'

What Scared the Hell Out of Me and Finally Came To Netflix?! 'The Babadook' | Horror | Scoop.it
Last year's most frightening flick just landed on Netflix streaming.
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I was so excited to see that this was on here, I got everyone together in the living room, and our odd little family of my youngest brother in law, beautiful Cuban roommate, and we all got our snacks and drinks and cigarettes (and we opened a window because when three people are smoking in one room, at the same time, you need a gas mask without air circulation), and we turned it on. I was thrilled to rehash the movie, and see if I was as scared the second time. I made it about forty minutes in before I fell asleep, and woke up again near the end. During one of the scariest parts... dude.


The movie didn't bore me though, it was actually all the sugar in my snack of choice (Snickers ice cream, lol) sent me into a brief sugar high, and went it dropped again, I might as well have been drunk, or hit with a taser. I was out. If you haven't seen The Babadook yet, make time. I waited for this movie to come out FOREVER, and I have yet to be disappointed by it, --only by myself for falling asleep. Tonight, we're headed out to the local drive-in with snacks (crunchy, spicy snacks that won't put me to sleep), to watch a triple feature, starting with It Follows. I'll be back to review it for you on Monday, and give you my overall opinion of the movie. But for now, watch this one, but keep in mind, you have to sort of deal with one of the world's most annoying children... ever, for the entire movie. I think one of the elements of horror in this film is that you could grow up and through accident of fate, end up with a child like this. This movie makes me want to never have sex... ever. Let us know what you thought in the comments below!

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