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Feminism in the Hills of Wes Craven

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More and more I’m forgetting the past…

Webb Pierce’s lyrics open the remake to Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes, and upon watching the remakes that have littered the wasteland of the horror landscape over the past decade, few songs seem more befitting to a remake of one of Craven’s most feminist works.

It’s not that I entirely dislike Alexandre Aja’s 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes, it’s simply that I … 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 … Continue reading

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Horrors of Humanity: I Should Have Taken a Taxi

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Correct change, paper transfers, and strange smells emanating from gibbering women in wool coats reading dime store love novels too close to their coke bottle birth control glasses is part of the experience of public transportation. Riding the bus is a wondrous glimpse into the ephemeral majesty of a mobile microcosm representing the diversity of average humanity. That’s not always a good thing.

I must confess to my using public transportation in the past. Yeah! … Continue reading

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Top 10 Phrases said or Screamed while watching a Horror Film

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We’ve all done it, sometimes even in a theater. No, not THAT. I’m talking about saying or screaming different phrases while watching a horror movie. These phrases may be something as simple as whispering under your breath or yelling at the top of your lungs in a crowded movie theater. 

Most of these random outbursts are during a really horrible horror movie when there is nothing better to do then yell at the TV or … Continue reading

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The Horror Genre’s Inspiration On the Music Industry

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From the early nineteen seventies, horror movies have inspired different bands. In a way, Horror films have inspired a genre of music in itself, Heavy Metal. The one band that inspired and began the metal movement was inspired themselves, by the Horror genre. They are called Black Sabbath. The guitar player has taken his love for Horror one step further with recently making his own Horror franchise entitled ominously enough… Black Sabbath.

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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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Fangs

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Fangs have historically been the center piece of most fictional characters. Vampires, werewolves and monsters all have them. Different size fangs and fang positions have existed throughout literature/theatrical history.

Fangs create the image of wild beasts such as bears, lions and wolves that we as humans have been fearful of for centuries.

Any type of fang has been a warning sign that that animal is carnivorous with us potentially being its next … Continue reading

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Top 10 Zombie Films Worth Your Time

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I sit to begin this list with the background noise of Romero’s Day of the Dead playing, and it’s a great flick to have as motivation for putting together a list like the one I’m about to compile.

It’s not a part of this list, which is no slight; this list isn’t necessarily about the best, most common or most loved zombie flicks. If it was, Day of the Dead would probably be around #6 … Continue reading

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Tortured Over Being Misunderstood

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Saw has ultimately become the most popular of the so-called “torture p*rn” franchises in existence. This subgenre of the horror industry has become a hotly contested subject. Is torture p*rn right? Should we support it as fans? Perhaps a better question to ask is, “Does torture p*rn even really exist?”

In the Freshman Rhetoric and Composition course I teach, we call the release of Saw VI an exigence – meaning an “event” or “thing” worth responding … Continue reading

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Goth and Horror

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Modern day Goth has evolved from the 80’s punk ties being first coined by a band manager Anthony Wilson of ‘Joy Division’. He described the band as ‘Gothic compared to the pop mainstream’ the scene eventually started taking on a more ‘Gothic’ look, dressing in darken clothing, mimicking the tall shadow filled buildings of the Gothic Period.

Goth transformed from its musical sub-culture to a way of rebelling against the average daily … Continue reading

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Character Profiles: The Walking Dead: Shane Walsh

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In anticipation for Season 2 of The Walking Dead, each week I’ll be bringing you a special look at our beloved cast of characters. This week we will take a look at Shane Walsh. The man that everyone loves to hate, who has apparent anger issues and is Rick’s best friend.

Portraying Shane is Jon Bernthal. Shane is Rick’s best friend since high school and partner in … Continue reading

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The Brain Dead Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

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Disclaimer: Result of death during Zombie Apocalypse after reading this guide may still occur. Author has no liability for reader’s safety.

Hiking to the heights of Bear Brooke in the middle of the night, little Sammie and her boyfriend Joe are looking for a fun and interesting experience. Everything in this whole park is closed, not a human is in sight. But wait, Joe’s ears catch something low and baritone-like.

“What was that?” He stopped … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Horror Actresses and Filmmakers

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With the advent of the prosumer camcorder, more and more “filmmakers” are coming out of the woodwork in a similar fashion to the infamous GWC’s of the modeling industry. 

Basically a GWC is a “guy with a camera” or “guy with camera.” These are males with little to no equipment who hold nude modeling shoots usually for their “private collection.” Often, once they’ve gotten the model naked, they’ll either proposition the model or push the boundaries even … Continue reading

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Murder, Media, Macabre Collectibles and Killer Publicity

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What is America’s fascination with holding cold blooded killers’ status at a celebrity level? The higher the body count, the more fame is pasted to the infamous name. Many choose to write books on them, make movies about them and even make fan clubs or websites devoted in their honor (or in some cases, freedom, such as Charles Manson or Tex Watson). Is this dark fascination (and sometimes extreme obsession) with these criminals growing in … Continue reading

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Top 10 Horror-themed Thriller TV series of 2011

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Ok, horror fans, it’s that time again to round up this Fall‘s selections in the horror / fantastical arena. There are a few familiar returns with a few new faces as well. Of course, the ones that ARE returning are personal favs of mine, so no harm there. From this list of returning champions we have “True Blood”, “Supernatural”, “The Walking Dead”, and “Fringe”. We did lose a few from last year, which includes “V”, … Continue reading

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Horror, Religion, & Voodoo

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Horror historically always seems to hover around the aspect of religion, good defeating evil for that matter all early wars evolved around religion until the true discovery of using petroleum as a fuel, now we fight about religion and oil but I am almost crossing the line about politics!

The 1791 Slave Rebellion in Haiti is a classic example of good defeating evil sort of… People of the day held religion as their highest priority. … Continue reading

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