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How to Survive a Slasher Film

If you’re at all interested in slasher films, I recommend checking out the mockumentary, “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.” It does an excellent job deconstructing slasher movie tropes and themes, while also being wholly entertaining (and funny).

Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D writes at Psychology Today:

Ever since John Carpenter’s horror classic film, Halloween first premiered in 1978, the slasher film has been a familiar staple for horror movie viewers. In the decades that followed, there have been an astonishing number of slasher films though they all tend to follow the same basic formula.

This includes scenes of graphic violence, usually featuring a (typically female) protagonist attempting to stay alive while a faceless evil stalked and killed all the other victims, often in bizarre and creative ways. Despite the gratuitous violence and  stereotypical cliches relating to sexism, slasher films have a strange popularity with movie audiences and have even made unlikely film stars out of relentless killers such as Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.

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[5am Film Series] The Brain Hack

What if all visions and hallucinations of “God” are simply a result of brain malfunctions? Is God merely a neurological construct?

In The Brain Hack, a computer science student enlists a student filmmaker to document his attempts to trigger religious hallucinations with hypno induced temporal epilepsy.

This is probably one of the best short films that I’ve showcased on here. It’s amazingly shot and packs a lot of plot and detail into 20 minutes while then topping off with a somewhat expected self-referential ending. Some of the tech dialogue became corny, but overall the film works and it’s definitely worth the 20 minutes to watch.

The Brain Hack – Short Film from Joe White on Vimeo.

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WINNER – Best Short – Best Music – Best Actor – The British Horror Film Festival
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[5am Film Series] Don’t Move

Probably NSFW.

A blind, deaf demon terrorizes a group of friends. 5 must die, 1 must live…who will it be?

From the YouTube description:

Set on one fateful night, six friends gather for their monthly ‘games night’… and accidentally unleash a demonic force that might tear them – and their friendships – to pieces.

‘Don’t Move’ is the 8th slice in Bloody Cuts’ anthology of short horror films, made by a team of UK film-makers on low budgets. Directed by Anthony Melton, written by David Scullion, produced by Ben Franklin and with cinematography by Jonny Franklin, it stars Rachel Bright and Jake Hendriks alongside Kate Braithwaite, Beth Cooper, Ian Whyte, Calvin Dean and Martin Skipper.

This production is presented by http://www.chillingtalesfordarknights…. Check out our website for more creepypastas, scary stories and independent horror films for those long, dark nights.

 

h/t Dreadit.

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Texas Chain Saw Massacre Fan Turning Iconic Gas Station Into Horror Hangout

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via Dread Central:

It’s always sad when a location from a classic movie falls into a state of disrepair, which is precisely what’s happened with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre‘s iconic gas station over the years. But one fan has taken it upon himself to restore the locale, and he’s got grand plans for it. Read on!

As reported by Dread friend Josh Millican over on The Blood-Shed, longtime Chain Saw fan Roy Rose purchased the dilapidated Texas gas station this past year, and with the help of a bona fide horror icon, he’s set to turn the property into the ultimate horror fan destination.

After purchasing the property, Roy reached out to Ari Lehman, known for being the first person to ever play Jason Voorhees, and together the two are working on making Roy’s lofty dream come true.

Having the unique honor of being the first Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th always brings me unexpected opportunities like this,” said Lehman.

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GIFs of Anthony Hopkins Trying on Different Hannibal Masks

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When I think of Hannibal Lecter, the first image that pops into my mind is what’s pictured above. In fact, it’s probably the most definitive image of The Silence of the Lambs, save for the key art. Or maybe you’re more partial to Buffalo Bill’s notorious dance with what’s probably the most famous man-tuck ever. Regardless, the flesh colored face mask was surprisingly not the initial choice.

Thanks to the Criterion Collection, rare footage of Hopkins trying on different masks is available. Below you’ll find some GIFs. After watching these, it’s easy to see why the filmmakers chose the above mask. None of the others as effectively highlight Hopkins’ psychotic eyes.

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The Psychology of a Horror Movie Fan

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via Pacific Standard Magazine:

Scientists have tried to figure out the appeal of axe murderers and creepy dolls, but it mostly remains a spooky mystery.

Earlier this year, the horror movie genre was pronounced dead. None of the six horror films released before September managed to break $20 million on opening weekend at the box office, and none ended up earning over $32 million total domestically. The ruling was dramatic and preemptive, of course—full of the same kind of foolishness that makes it possible to say things like “Nobody wants to see movies with women in them”—but still, horror filmmakers and fans alike were worried. It’s doubtful anyone truly believed the genre wouldn’t eventually bounce back, but peak scary movie season comes just once a year.

And then there was Annabelle, the spinoff from last year’s The Conjuring. Critics thought it might break 2014’s horror slump, but the film far exceeded those expectations: It earned $37 million on opening weekend, a higher draw than any horror movie in years, and one of the largest openings for a horror movie ever.

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Connecticut’s Museum of the Occult

If you’ve seen the Hollywood horror films, The Conjuring or Annabelle, then you’re probably aware of Ed and Lorraine Warren. But I’m willing to bet that some, if not most, are generally unfamiliar with their work and past. I’ve been fortunate enough to have met Lorraine Warren a few times (I actually went with her and some neighbors to see The Conjuring when it was released) because my boyfriend’s friend (we’ll call him Jake, for the sake of privacy) lives next door to Lorraine.

Yes, he lives next door to the Museum of the Occult.

(The above video shows a tour of the Museum. The quality is bad, but they tell an interesting story about the Annabelle doll.)

Their website is extremely outdated and hard to read with the black background and flashy graphics, so I’ll copy their bio for you here:

For over fifty years now, Ed and Lorraine Warren have been considered America’s preeminent experts on the subject of spirits and demonology.

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