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November 2014

The 10 Best Non-Horror Horror Films for a Halloween Hangover

There are only 364 days left until next Halloween, so get prepared to face the real horrors of the world with these ten titles.

‘Raffles’ Is an Education on How to Become a Proper Gentleman Thief

These two versions of the minor classic character Raffles are two peas -- or pearls -- in a pod.

Alexandre Aja Puts Daniel Radcliffe on the ‘Horns’ of a Dilemma

For a genre that rarely deviates from the cyclical and the tried and true (torture porn this time around, '70s throwback terror another), Horns is a welcome bit of weirdness.

October 2014

Ten Years Later, the Original ‘Saw’ Still Satisfies

The first Saw is really a whodunit. The next six are all about the "why".

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.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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