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10 Female Movie Characters You Wouldn't Wanna Mess With - WhatCulture!

10 Female Movie Characters You Wouldn't Wanna Mess With - WhatCulture! | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
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Medical student Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) is well on her way to becoming a surgeon, but is struggling to pay her bills.

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I really enjoyed the variety of this list. Not all of the female characters were heroes or villains. I think this list represents a nice spectrum of depth for future female movie characters. They all have their emotional vulnerabilities and strengths just like real women. They can be eerily calm and intimidately strong. I also enjoyed the range outside of American made films. I was pleased to see Sidney Prescott ("Scream" franchise), Asami ("Audition"), and Annie Wilkes ("Misery"). I haven't seen all of the movies on this list, but a good majority and I agree with the choices. - SC

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With female filmgoers, horror is hot - The Globe and Mail

With female filmgoers, horror is hot - The Globe and Mail | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
With female filmgoers, horror is hot The Globe and Mail “For example, Jen and Sylvia Soska, twins from Vancouver, made American Mary, an ambitious film with a strong woman protagonist – a med student – that touches on topics, including a...

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This article brings into perspective that more and more females are interested and investing into the horror genre over the years. It also mentions that female characters in horror movies and television have evolved from the standard roles of the lonely babysitter or the helpless, dumb ending survivor. The roles still exist, but the choices have expanded more and more. I agree that I enjoy horror movies with depth and character development. Everything should have some sort of purpose, not mindless violence and sex. I think shows like "The Walking Dead" and "American Horror Story: The Coven" really help with the expansion of female characters in the horror genre. I really hope that movies follow that path. I'd rather not regress back to the standard 2-3 roles that have been repeated for decades. - SC

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'The Purge 2' Reups Director, Horror Anthology 'XX' Lines Up Jennifer Lynch, Karyn Kusama & The Soska Sisters

'The Purge 2' Reups Director, Horror Anthology 'XX' Lines Up Jennifer Lynch, Karyn Kusama & The Soska Sisters | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
'The Purge 2' Reups Director, Horror Anthology 'XX' Lines Up Jennifer Lynch ...
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"The Purge" and "The Conjuring" were two thrillers I was looking forward to this year and I was very pleased when I saw them in theaters. Both movies seemed to have received mixed reviews from places I frequently check, but "The Purge" has the most mix bag of reactions. I'm not exactly thrilled about either movie receiving a sequel as they both seemed fine as a stand alone film, but in this new era of turning box office hits into franchises it seems unavoidable. Nonetheless, I anticipate more details and a trailer to convince me to see either movie. I think "The Conjuring" spinoff will have the hardest time following its predecessor as it was directed by one of my favorite directors, James Wan. It's (scarily) heading in the direction of his "Saw" series where he steps away from the director's seat and lets someone else take over his vision. I'll be approaching the spinoff cautiously for sure. - SC

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All-Female Horror Anthology Called XX Coming in 2014 - moviepilot.com

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All-Female Horror Anthology Called XX Coming in 2014
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Directors as diverse as Jennifer Chambers Lynch, Mary Harron, Karyn Kusama, Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska, and Jovanka Vuckovic will each make films with female leads.

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I enjoyed "American Mary" and "American Psycho", so I'm very interested in what these directors are going to bring to this upcoming anthology. It's nice that female horror directors are slowly emerging more and more in the spotlight. I feel like females are underrepresented in the genre despite the growth of interest and open enjoyment from female viewers. I'm sure these women will bring something new to the table and I'm excited to see it in the future. - SC

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THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT AMERICAN MARY | MonsterZero ...

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT AMERICAN MARY | MonsterZero ... | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
Which brings me to the Soska Sisters' American Mary.

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I've actually seen this movie back in October and I had some conflicts of my own about the main character in "American Mary", Mary Mason, as the author of this article did. I never thought of her transformation or development as some sort of release. Honestly, I thought her development felt too sudden, but reading this added some more insight to the movie. Most likely I will re-watch it with this new tidbit of information in mind, but I'm not sure it will completely change my opinion on the movie's protagonist. Nonetheless, it is still a good movie and it's worth checking out. - SC

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[TV] "Bates Motel" Season 2 Teaser Opens For Business!

[TV] "Bates Motel" Season 2 Teaser Opens For Business! | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
The motel will re-open for business in 2014. Reservations encouraged.
Check out the now official teaser trailer for Season 2 of “Bates Motel,” premiering on A&E March 2014.
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Anyone who would enjoy seeing how Norman Bates from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" became the man that he was would love this show. I know that I do. It is intriguing and shocking. You are never quite sure whether or not you should trust the guy. He starts out as a teenage boy in this show and the interaction he has with is mother truly shapes his character. It's one of my favorite shows. -MH

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FX Orders Guillermo del Toro's 'The Strain' to Series

FX Orders Guillermo del Toro's 'The Strain' to Series | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
The Strain is moving forward at FX. The cable network announced Tuesday that it has ordered a 13-episode freshman season of the vampire drama, which comes from Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse.
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With shows like The Vampire Diaries (and it's spin-off, The Originals), True Blood, Dracula, and Being Human, it seems like Vampires are gradually taking over TV. Del Toro will certainly bring an amount of expectation and excitement with him, but will The Strain proove fresh enough to become sucessful? As a personal fan, I sure hope so! -HB

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Why Cinema Audiences Are So Furious About The Devil Inside

Why Cinema Audiences Are So Furious About The Devil Inside | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it

Despite it winner at Friday’s box office with almost $17 million, and being on track to close out the weekend in the number one position, the found-footage horror film The Devil Inside is leaving audiences up in arms...

 

[Not the way to approach multi-platform storytelling.]


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An interesting look at how multi-platform storytelling can fail, this entry looks at the controversial film "The Devil Inside" which made millions in the box office, but left much of its audience upset or disappointed. *SPOILER ALERT*

Apparently the end of the film cuts off abruptly and asks audiences to then go to a webpage to find out more. There they are "treated" with fake newpaper articles, photos, and vidoe clips. None of them offer any resolution to the story.

 

I can understand why everyone would be upset, as this ending was outside the realm of what they were expecting, and required them to do additional work to see the "ending". For many people, this would require that they get in their car, drive home, and boot up the computer, which is a lot of work for today's society. Even then, it wasn't (in my opinion) worth the payoff since there is still no resolution, leaving audiences upset and irritated. -HB

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The Horror: 5 Scary TV Shows We Can't Get Enough Of

The Horror: 5 Scary TV Shows We Can't Get Enough Of | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
Horror’s on the rise in television these days, with numerous TV shows giving us a scary alternative to the funny or dramatic fare that TV usually offers.

Via Troy Mccomas (troy48)
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For anyone looking to get their horror tv fix, this artical presents five horror themed television shows you have to see. While informative and offering their opinions on why these are must see tv series, it would benefit the reader if they also provided where and when they could watch each show specifically. -HB

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5 Utterly Traumatizing French Horror Films To Watch On Halloween

5 Utterly Traumatizing French Horror Films To Watch On Halloween | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
There is NO ONE on Earth who makes movies that are as twisted and disturbing as the French, and just in time for Halloween, we pick five of the best.

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While it may be a little late for Halloween, who says you can't have a horror filled Holiday season? And enough of mainstream American remakes of foreign films. Here's a compilation of great French horror films that will make your skin crawl. -HB

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Zombie neuroscience: Inside the brains of the walking dead - NBCNews.com

Zombie neuroscience: Inside the brains of the walking dead - NBCNews.com | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
Zombie neuroscience: Inside the brains of the walking dead
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In a scene from the movie and comic book "Walking Dead," the protagonists smear themselves with the organs of dead zombies to prevent "live" zombies from smelling them.
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This article is an interesting look at the medical aspect of how a zombie functions by examining what the brain would look like. By examining certain zombie behaviors (shuffling walk, lack of coordinations, etc.) they hypothesize what part of the brain would be malfunctioning.

 

I don't think this article should be taken for more than what it is, a fun look at what a hypotherical zombie brain would look like. While they do discuss medical aspects, there is no attempt to bring in serious research. They make hypotheses, but there is no evidence or outside sources to back up their claims.

 

Taken lightly however it is a fun, stealthily educational, read.

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13 Horror Films Inspired By Disturbing Real-Life Events - Huffington Post

13 Horror Films Inspired By Disturbing Real-Life Events - Huffington Post | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
13 Horror Films Inspired By Disturbing Real-Life Events
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BOO! With Halloween upon us, HuffPost Weird News has assembled a list of 13 horror films that were inspired by disturbing real-life events.
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Well I certainly had no idea that so many horror films were based on real life events. Knowing that absolutely makes those films creepier than I used to think that they were. However, it does make sense that a horror film that has some basis of real life is the most terrifying because people can relate to it. If the concept of a horror film is completely ridiculous and everyone knows it could not ever happen then it isn't as scary. 

 

I did know that The Conjuring was based on a true story. When I saw the commericals for it I was terrified. That one is definitely not going to be in my Netflix instant queue. -MH

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THE SHINING (1979) analysis by Rob Ager

THE SHINING (1979) analysis by Rob Ager | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
Rob Ager's analysis of psychological themes in Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece The Shining
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Wow. This article was incredible. What incredible insight into an already amazing film. I love the idea that I can still be thinking harder about The Shining.


This film is profoundly scary and The Overlook Hotel had a way of making you feel disoriented, and now I understand why. The spatial impossibilities of the hotel are as endless as they are fascinating. 

I like how the author called attention to the fact that we never see how any of the characters get to The Gold Room. It makes us feel like we're lost whenever we're in that room because we don't know how we got there. Additionally, The Gold Room is bigger than whole hotel as displayed by exterior shots. That room could never exist. Really fascinating stuff.


What I liked the most was that it was all on purpose. Kubrick was really methodical that way. He wanted the audience to be uneasy and disoriented when watching this film, and he found this really subtle way to accomplish it.

 

I'm really glad that the author noticed all these things and compiled his findings in the analysis for me to absorb.

 

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Soska Sisters: Why Make Horror Movies? – Scared Stiff (#101)

Soska Sisters: Why Make Horror Movies? – Scared Stiff (#101) | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
Hello Horror fans! I’m Jennifer Blanc-Biehn - welcome to my new show, SCARED STIFF, on theStream.tv!

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I think this was an excellent question to ask and I would like to look into every horror/suspense director I admire to hear their response to it. Since I have seen one movie from the Soska Sisters, I'm interested in checking out more of their work since their reasoning for what they make match up for my own reason for watching horror movies. I like taking something away from a horror movie and learning something new. Depth is a good thing and sadly the horror genre has been saturated with mindless plots that it feels like the movie shouldn't exist. Shock value and scariness and all that is nice, but when it represents something in reality, it has a deeper impact. - SC

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If Famous Horror Movies Were Rated G

If Famous Horror Movies Were Rated G | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it

Everybody loves a good scare, But not everyone is old enough to see a good scary movie. But with a few story changes and a new rating that can all-too-easily and regrettably be changed…


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Fortunately, I've seen majority of the movies on this list, so it was easy to find this amusing. I think if you know the basic plot of each movie, you should be able to catch the joke of each G-rated change. I think a couple of them would actually be interesting to watch be transformed into something more family friendly. Whether it would be a good or not is a different question all together. - SC

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A brief history of fake blood - The Buffalo News

A brief history of fake blood  - The Buffalo News | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
When it comes to adaptations of “Carrie,” the blood literally comes in buckets.For the newest version, director Kimberly Peirce was determined to get the climactic drop of pig’s blood just right.

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This was interesting article for anyone who is interested in using blood in their movies. It odesn't necessarily have to be horror related as there is a quote from Taratino requesting "samurai blood" for his movie "Kill Bill Vol. 1". I have noticed from movie to movie that blood texture and color tend to vary, but I never thought of the recipes these crews might use. I guess I assumed that it was all the same. All I remember is the corn syrup quote from "Scream" when it referenced the classic "Carrie". - SC

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For fans of gore on the celluloid screen, check out this article on the history of fake blood.

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Movie Legends Revealed | When Did Vampire Fangs Make Their Film Debut?

Movie Legends Revealed | When Did Vampire Fangs Make Their Film Debut? | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
For Halloween, Brian Cronin breaks out the garlic and silver crucifix to go in search of the big-screen debut of the classic vampire fangs.

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As a horror fan (and casual admirer of vampires), I never thought about when fangs became synonomous with vampires. I always assumed that it was a staple trademark throughout history. It was definitely an interesting read and surprising that Turkey introduced the vampire fangs to cinema as opposed to America. - SC

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Paul Farrell's curator insight, November 3, 2013 5:40 PM

Another interesting article on how vampire fangs became a prominent feature in film.

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Tom Hiddleston is a vampire in the Only Lovers Left Alive trailer

Tom Hiddleston is a vampire in the Only Lovers Left Alive trailer | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
Jim Jarmusch's vampire love song Only Lovers Left Alive has a PERFECT cast. Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play a pair of vampire lovers/rock and rollers who take on their wild little vampire sister Mia Wasikowska.

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I've seen snippets of this trailer on Tumblr and this is my first time seeing the trailer. This movie combines two of my favorite things: rock and vampires with two amazing actors I've come to love over these past couples years, Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton. I'm looking forward to this unique take on vampires and romance between them. It seems like a new experience compared to the latest "Twilight" hype. - SC

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Oooh. This looks interesting.

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The Last Exorcism - BEST OF Chatroulette reactions

official website: http://thelastexorcism.com/
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Possibly one of the best viral marketing campaigns as of late, this method of advertising for The Last Exorcism seems perfect for reaching their target audience. Relying on shock factor, this form of advertising will certainly stick with those that happen upon it. But that also bring up one of its downfalls. Chatroulette would only be capable of reaching a small, niche market. To be effective, the film must still rely on traditional means of advertising. Even so, much kudos to the creator of this campaign. -HB

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Fangoria Bringing 'Silent Night, Deadly Night' Back to the Big Screen!

Fangoria Bringing 'Silent Night, Deadly Night' Back to the Big Screen! | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
27 years later, Silent Night, Deadly Night returns to the big screen, embarking on one more theatrical run courtesy of the fine folks over at Fangoria.
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The holiday season normally calls up ideas of snowball fights, and stockings, and Santa Claus, but let's not forget those horror classics that have made their debut just in time for the holidays. This year, the original "Silent Night, Deadly Night" is returning to theaters. It's interesting that themes of carnage and mayhem have managed to work their way into what should be a season of joy and happiness. -HB

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The Genius of American Horror Story

The Genius of American Horror Story | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got a show like Lost, which seemed to never end, until it did, and we found out it was all the dog’s dream. That show more than anything else on TV made me cynical, angry, and a little sweaty.
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I agree (almost) completely with this author in that every good story must have a beginning, middle, and end. The problem with many television series these days is that they drag on seemingly forever, which leaves little room for suspicion in major events. The main characters must survive so there can be a season 17! I agreee with the author's sentiment that because American Horror Story does completely new storylines each season, it builds tension and suspicion because characters could be killed off at any moment. Genius! -HB

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Taking Horror Interactive: Neal Edelstein on Haunting Melissa | Filmmaker Magazine

Taking Horror Interactive: Neal Edelstein on Haunting Melissa | Filmmaker Magazine | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it

'As the producer of films like The Ring and Mulholland Drive, Neal Edelstein is no stranger to horror films and thrillers. And with his new project, Haunting Melissa, he’s moved beyond traditional pictures with his first immersive production for iPad and iPhone. Available for free in the App Store, Haunting Melissa centers around the search for a girl who vanished from the farmhouse where her mother had earlier gone insane, but this story is told in a succession of videos released to the viewer in seemingly random bursts. The temporal extension – and unexpected timing – of the narrative through these push notifications brings the story into viewers’ lives over time, while the intimate viewing method of holding the screen and listening through headphones brings it into close physical proximity. Taking these characteristics of the viewing experience into account was one of the prime creative directives of producing Haunting Melissa, as Edelstein explains....'


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Very interesting idea of how to capture the attention of an app-happy society. Horror film, like all film genres, must adapt to today's increasingly technological world. I think this idea is smart, and will have a long lifespan as viewers cannot access all materials immediately. It will be interesting to see the results. -HB

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Kevin Smith Teases Man-Walrus Tusk Hybrid

Kevin Smith Teases Man-Walrus Tusk Hybrid | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
Kevin Smith has taken to Twitter to tease his horror film Tusk with a preview image in the form of an anatomy chart featuring both man and walrus.
Smith accompanied the pic with, "Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?

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Any "As Told by Ginger" fans immediately think at least the little seal girl will finally have a friend?

Anyways, I will be interested to see if this film fits more into the genre of "Human Centipede", or if there will be more substance than that. The production, which wraps Friday after a very short few weeks of filming, is looking to be completed in time for Sundance. -HB

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Hannibal Lecter voted scariest horror film character of all time - Mirror.co.uk

Hannibal Lecter voted scariest horror film character of all time - Mirror.co.uk | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
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Hannibal Lecter voted scariest horror film character of all time
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Anthony Hopkins' cannibal killer from 1991 movie The Silence Of The Lambs topped a poll of 1,000 British film fans.
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Well this is something that I certainly can't argue with. Hannibal Lecter totally freaks me out. I think that this is true for most people for a couple reasons: 1) Hannibal Lecter is not a supernatural creature. Him being human makes him more frightening because he is a possibility. 2) No one likes to think about eating another person. The fact that he not only eats people but uses their skin for other means is terrifying in itself. -MH

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Has Horror On TV Become Too Much? (VIDEO) - Huffington Post

Has Horror On TV Become Too Much? (VIDEO) - Huffington Post | Horror Film and Television | Scoop.it
Has Horror On TV Become Too Much? (VIDEO) Huffington Post HuffPost's Maureen Ryan, said she worries about the ever-moving goalpost for what is an acceptable level of gore and horror on TV while horror author Stephen Graham Jones argued that horror...
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I could not disagree with this video more. I do not believe that horror on television has become too much. I think that it is fun and exciting and thrilling. Now, personally, if I were a parent to young children, there is no way that I would let my children watch these shows. However, The Walking Dead, Hannibal, and American Horror Story are some of my favorite shows right now. People should embrace the horror rather than diss it. -MH

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