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October 2014

The 10 Best Games/Traps in the ‘Saw’ Franchise

James Wan and Leigh Whannell didn't start off the Saw series with a focus on the gory "games", but these 10 examples of Jigsaw's various traps explain the franchise's enduring fear factors.


‘The Death Kiss’ Does More Than Give Bela Lugosi a Break

The Death Kiss brings the Dracula gang (Bela Lugosi, David Manners, and Edward Van Sloan) back together.


‘Ouija’ Only Works in a Single Digit IQ World

As long as it avoids anything closely resembling the real world, Ouija works. Not as horror, but as a cautionary example as to why "gotchas" don't necessarily equal scares.


‘Force Majeure’ Is Gender-Biased Junk

That's some view... of modern marriage.


How to Age From 17 to 14 in Five Years: ‘The Secret Heart’ and ‘Too Young to Kiss’

These two films by Robert Z. Leonard are showcases for June Allyson, who uses her youthful visage to her strategic advantage.


To Appreciate ‘Johnny Yuma’ You Have to Embrace the Overzealous Campiness and Violence

This will intrigue those who value the creative freedom of the genre, alienate those with conservative views of the genre, and confuse anyone expecting the typical Hollywood affair.


The Problem With Current Sci-Fi Films and What We Should Learn From Watching ‘Moon’

With the recent surge in popularity of sci-fi/action hybrid films in mind, it's clear that sci-fi needs to get back to its roots.


The 10 Weirdest Horror Movies of All Time

Not all scary movies are horrifying. Sometimes, they're downright deranged. Watch these and you'll never look at your furniture, your appliances, your parents or anything the same way again.


In ‘Nymph()maniac - The Director’s Cut’, More Actually Is More

Even with all its XXX gimmickry, Nymph()maniac remains grounded in character. From someone like Von Trier, we'd expect nothing less, and we even get a lot more.


‘Fury’ Offers an Authentic Look at Life During Wartime

It's the brutality of Saving Private Ryan without the jingoistic flag-waving, the one-two punch of Clint Eastwood's Greatest Generation epics sans the strident moralizing.


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