Articles tagged fairy tales, fantasy, science fiction, horror, graphic novels, neil gaiman, gregory maguire

Getting ‘Spacey-Wacey’ Has Never Been Scarier—or More Fun: ‘Doctor Who: Series 6, Part 1’

Looking for a cool way to spend a few hours while waiting for the Doctor to return this August? Borrow a TARDIS, see where and why Demons Run, and meet the Doctor’s wife.

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Afflicting the Comfortable: An Interview with Terry Moore

The comic industry's great humanist talks about the end of Echo, his new series, Rachel Rising, and ponders ideas such as, "What if you mate the China syndrome with a collider?"

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They Won’t Stay Dead: The Changing Guises of Horror Film and Censorship

The controversy surrounding A Serbian Film is symptomatic of an ominous development in the horror genre's combative relationship with the censors.

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Selling Sex: The Media, Fantasy, and How I Fell in Love with Britney Spears

It all started when I was in Walgreens buying deodorant and I saw her looking me right in the eye with a glossy glow from the cover of an October 2010 issue of US Weekly.

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14 Apr 2011 // 12:30 PM

HBO goes medieval with ‘Game of Thrones’

Winter is coming. And for once, it’s not just TV weather-people who are breathless with excitement. The motto of the House of Stark, whose

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It required big thinking to re-create George R.R. Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’ for HBO

PASADENA, Calif. — Gargantuan dire wolves, frozen tundras, corrupt royals, brutal deflowerings, gullets slit wide open — oh, and don’t forget the debauched dwarf. The chilling

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Always Look on the Grimm Side of Life

Murder, masochism, Satanism and nihilism: Parents, you might want to rethink substituting your kids' Twilight paperbacks for the classics.

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The Death of Utopia: ‘Firefly’ and the Return to Human Realism in TV Sci-Fi

Joss Whedon's science fiction western Firefly was revolutionary in several ways, not least its embrace of a degree of realism regarding human motivation, in contrast to the utopianism of earlier TV sci-fi such as Star Trek.

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Botticelli, Sandwiches Outside and Dreams of Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’

Boxed in by bandage-colored cubicle walls in downtown Manhattan, my thoughts drift to sweet days in Florence and Rome, and to lines in Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’.

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‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ at 34: Still Thrilling After All These Years

What makes Close Encounters of the Third Kind stand out to this day is that it isn’t the usual UFO tale of “us vs them”, like Spielberg’s later remake of War of the Worlds; rather, it's very much a story about Earthlings.

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Hatchet II: Interview with Adam Green, Kane Hodder and Tom Holland

Horror film is the purest genre, as it taps into our emotions directly, without the pretense of art. "It never takes me long to get into character. It's a good thing that I have the type of job where your criminal record has no bearing on your success." -- Kane Hodder on playing Victor Crowley [Hatchet I & II]

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Ray Bradbury Wrote Me Back

My affinity for Ray Bradbury's work is rooted in his "accidental novels", as well as in the collections that plunder what is seemingly a limitless vault of manuscripts.

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His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Seduction and Magic”/ “Dark Revelation”

Save for “Magic and Ecstasy”, “Seduction and Magic” is perhaps the most Goblin-esque of the thirteen tracks on Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to Exorcist II: The Heretic. The piece's second inclusion, “Dark Revelation”, could remain at home on the next Burial album.

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‘Super Sad True Love Story’, Or, The Unbearable Lightness of Being Lenny Abramov

This story depicts a world that is completely absurd and out of control, which brings a lot of dark humor into it. Yet its truly scary -- you have to wonder if this is the slippery slope the real world is headed down.

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CIFF 2010: ‘Bitter Feast’ (Joe Maggio, 2010)

Bitter Feast warns potential viewers what they may encounter right in the title. Yes, it's a horror movie about food culture. Unfortunately, it's not much of a feast, but it will leave something of a bitter taste.

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His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Magic and Ecstasy”

Somewhere on the downbeat in Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to 'The Heretic's' "Magic and Ecstasy" are the ghost notes that the film's teenage Regan must find alarming, like a Trashmen record played at the wrong speed.

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His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Regan’s Theme” (Floating Sound and Finale)

Ennio Morricone's score to the 1977 film 'The Exorcist II: The Heretic' is anything but predictable. The man responsible for that bravado-ridden whistle we all know from 'The Good, the Bad & the Ugly' does something on this soundtrack that might be truly hellish if not for its roots in exotica.

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3 Sep 2010 // 10:00 AM

More Body Horror: On Takashi Miike

If you know Takashi Miike at all, then you’re probably a good enough horror fan already. If you don’t know him then, as

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In ‘Dog Blood’, One is Meant to Love—Or At Least Relate To—Thy Hater

Imagine a George A. Romero zombie flick told from the point-of-view of the zombies. It wouldn’t work, because we would have to empathize with the antagonists, which would make them seem a little less terrifying.

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‘Stargate Universe: SGU 1.5’: Look Again, and Much More Is Revealed

Delving into complex issues of faith, redemption, humanity and power within a space opera setting, Stargate Universe demands close attention from the viewer.

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