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EVIL: The Amorphous Obsession

If recently asked whether you’ve seen evil, many would unfortunately be able to reply with a “yes”, to some degree. However the question might actually be far less serious and more entertainment-related than you might think. For if the popularity of the new dramatic series, “Evil”, is any indication, the appetite for insidiously dark, even evil entertainment (pun intended), is …

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The Grease-Painted Corpse of Americana: Revisiting Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects

In a 2012 interview with The News & Observer, Alice Cooper says, “Rob Zombie and I are basically best friends, because he totally gets that horror and comedy are in bed together.” Certainly, the uneasy connection between humour and revulsion informs Rob Zombie’s first two films, House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and its sequel The Devil’s Rejects (2005). However, rather …

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From Gross to Gorgeous: The Evolution of the Vampire in Popular Culture

Let’s be clear about something. Vampires are supposed to be terrifying. If you go back to Medieval portrayals of the vampire in folklore, depictions typically vary only from horrific to horrendous. They were the stuff of nightmares, not just in their ghoulish appearance but in their very concept; immortal beings that morph into bats and fly in through your bedroom …

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