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The ABCs of the Horror Kind

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THE ABC’S OF THE HORROR KIND Remember learning the alphabet in elementary school and having to assign words like ‘apple’ and ‘banana?’ Those were the days, but honestly I think there’s a better way to learn the ABC’s. How about the horror alphabet? It’s a much more fun and entertaining way to get educated. Take a gander and begin the learning process. A is for alien. Who can forget Sigourney Weaver’s ‘Ripley’ versus the big, … Continue reading

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Spring Break: Horror Style

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Ah, it’s that time again. The heat of the sun beating down on your skin, the sound of laughter at every turn, water hitting the sand, blood curdling screams of young adults ringing through the air as they are chased down by psychotic killers, sharks, and crazed infections. Oh, spring break, thank goodness you have finally decided to grace us with your presence. This time of year allots for some good horror entertainment. It doesn’t … Continue reading

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The Race to Become the New Vampire – A Twilight Era

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It’s no secret vampires are the trendiest accessory this year. Vampires immerse everything from television to movies to books. They’ve been present in our culture for sometime but got a rocket-propelled boost from the popular teen series, “Twilight.” Vampires can’t be uttered as of late without mentioning the series. However, after the vampire decides to go on hiatus, who’s next in line to take the horror throne? Some fans make the argument that werewolves will be … Continue reading

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My Dolly Dearest

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Growing up as a girl means a lot of things: pigtails, dress-up, tea parties, and… dolls. The latter seems harmless right? Playing with a mini-size baby or an 11.5 inch fashionista model is a rite of passage for a lot of young girls. As dolls inhabit their own houses and convertibles, no one and I mean no one, ever thinks for a second these plastic, smiling characters would commit some rather heinous and murderous crimes. … Continue reading

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The Devil Won Tonight

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(Warning: This article contains spoilers for certain horror movies.) I recently rented Ti West’s ode to classic horror, “The House of the Devil.”After watching it I began to wonder: why does evil almost always win in occult themed movies? I mean seriously, what is up with the Devil being the victor? “House…” follows a young college student in search of a job. Naturally, she comes across a ‘babysitter needed’ flyer and ultimately accepts the job … Continue reading

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Inspired by Actual Events – A Horror Incentive

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Based on actual events.’ ‘Inspired by actual events.’ Both phrases are often used to market movies, especially horror movies. Nothing drives fans in flocks to a movie theater faster than watching “real life” horror flash before their eyes. The mere idea of something frightening actually happening to some poor bloke makes audiences scream with excitement and gets their adrenaline running. But what are these ‘actual events?’ We go into a movie thinking that whatever is … Continue reading

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Possession, Movies and True Stories

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Possession is surely a topic up for plenty of discussion in today’s society as it has been in the past. There are those who believe it exists and those who think it is nonsense. Some religions recognize it as a real phenomenon while science views it as undiagnosed health problems. Despite this, the movie world has not shied away from the subject and has created a few frighteningly disturbed movies that feature some rather scary … Continue reading

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How Do You Take Your Zombies? Fast or slow?

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Scenario 1: You are walking in cemetery one dark, dreary night (not sure why, but this seems to happen a lot in scenarios like this). You are alone and the only sound you can hear are your footsteps making crackling sounds on the dead leaves. Suddenly, you notice movement from the graves . Then, hands, arms, and finally bodies begin to ascend slowly from the graves. “Zombies!” you say, all slowly limping toward you. You … Continue reading

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Did You Hear the One About?

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A young couple decides to head to a secluded area for a little make-out session. As the date begins, the music is interrupted by a news report stating a mental patient with a hook for a hand has escaped from an institution. The couple pays no attention. Initially, the date starts out fun and a bit steamy. As the couple continues their date, the girl hears scratches on the car door. She tells her boyfriend … Continue reading

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CSI TV Series – The Horror Connection

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Television hosts countless crime shows on almost every channel. Most involve some crime committed by a person who is trying to obtain or hide something. A simple formula that yields revenue for the networks in ways other shows can only dream. The “CSI” franchise and “Criminal Minds” are at the forefront and lure viewers for their head honchos. It seems though they are trying to tap into a new market: the horror genre. No one … Continue reading

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Having some Horror with your Dinner?

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Going out to dinner is an event millions of people partake in on a daily basis. Families and friends catch up on old times over burgers and fries. Luckily for horror fanatics, there are places for them to hang out with relatives and enjoy some “monster” scenery. There are medieval restaurants with knights and maidens roaming around as you enjoy your bread and ale. There are café’s that feature jungle animals watching you devour your … Continue reading

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Paranoia Activity – Horror in the Mind

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Horror movies have been a big part of my life. I was told that my first horror movie was Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser” though I can’t really remember much about that time seeing as I was about four years old. Time has passed and I am now a horror movie junkie. I have watched and forced my sisters to watch, some of the scariest stuff to the most idiotic. If it’s horror, it’s in my DVD … Continue reading

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Weapon of Choice – mechanisms of death

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Weapons are integral parts of any horror story. The killers need them to implement their crazy plans of murder and mayhem. Depending on the situation and type of characters involved, weapons and carnage will vary. Blades are one of the most common kinds of weapons. Knives, machetes, swords and other sharp tools can cause some serious damage; just ask Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger. Myers’ usually wielded a simple, large kitchen knife. He strayed from … Continue reading

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Paranormal REAL-ity

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There are no shortages of reality television shows centering on ghost hunting and paranormal exploration. A&E is home to “Paranormal State.” Syfy touts “Ghost Hunters,” and “Ghost Hunters International.” But how “real” are these reality shows? Ghostly evidence on television can be suspect to fraud.  I want nothing more than to believe a medium when they state that they are talking to some spirit. I want to believe a ghost investigator when they say they … Continue reading

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Going Gaga for Horror

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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta aka Lady Gaga steam rolled the music scene in 2008 and gave us pop hits like “Just Dance” and “Pokerface.” During these initial introductions to Gaga, no one was really ready for the chaos and notoriety the “Haus of Gaga” was about to bring on. Lady Gaga not only popped out dance hits but also some rather strange and horror inspired outfits to go along with the outlandish performances. Of course, … Continue reading

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Spawns of Satan

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Children are supposed to be joyous miracles of life. They are cute, funny, and usually the best company to keep. No one associates kids with evil or the devil. They are pure and the epitome of all that is good in the world. Too bad the horror industry didn’t get that memo. Writers have no problem transforming an angelic child into an evil being with no regard for goodness and morality. The children of darkness … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Marilyn Manson?

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Who can forget the infectious and spine-chilling remake of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by the quiet and conservative (kidding) man who goes by the name Marilyn Manson? It was back in 1995, when mainstream radio introduced us to the man who paraded in white makeup and creepy outfits. Who can forget the devil worshipping accusations that sprinted forward by parents and religious groups. Manson entered the music scene with a bang and made … Continue reading

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REMAKES: they’s remaking what?

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What’s up with all the remakes? That’s what horror movie audiences are asking. Over the past few years, we’ve seen remakes for “Friday the 13th,” “My Bloody Valentine,” and Rob Zombie’s “new take” on “Halloween” and “Halloween II.” Those are only a few of the movies that have gone through the remake machine. But why? Are fans asking for them? Did John Doe write a letter to Screen Gems asking to see a “When a … Continue reading

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Horror Back as Fall TV Schedule Begins

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As we watch the school buses begin to crowd streets and feel the air begin to chill, we realize that our sweet summer has come and gone. Fall has arrived and with it, the return of the television season. This year brings forth many fan favorites such as “Supernatural” and “Vampire Diaries.” But, it also brings some rookies such as the much anticipated “The Walking Dead.” Horror fans have been patiently waiting to see the … Continue reading

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Masking What’s Underneath

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Masks are often used during Halloween as part of costumes. We use the opportunity to transform ourselves into something or someone else. Sometimes we like to mask ourselves as a famous actor or person. Other times, we like to delve into our dark side and become some kind of monster. Masks have also been used during rituals, ceremonies, and celebrations throughout time. Mardi Gras anyone? Regardless of how or when they are used, it all … Continue reading

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TV Show ‘LOST’ finds it’s way to a finale

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The End. The ever so typical phrase was the simple yet effective title to the series finale of ABC’s “Lost.” Creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse didn’t need a fancy title or a name of song. They knew the episode would speak for itself. And boy did it ever. A little over 13 million fans tuned into the show that has seemed to captivate many over the past six years (me included). Viewers waited patiently … Continue reading

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