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50 Visually Stunning Horror Movies for Twisted Aesthetes

Lumbering weirdos in hockey masks and pizza-faced serial killers have their place in the world of horror, but body-count movies can quickly wear out their welcome if you aren’t a slasher-film lover. Sometimes the greatest menace is something we can really get lost in, visually — like the atmospheric halls of a haunted house and the unexplained dangers lurking in the dark. In celebration of those films that lure us closer with their breathtaking set designs, rich palettes, and captivating images, here is a visual chronicle of horror cinema’s most stunning… Read More

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Why the Bill Cosby Rape Allegations Won’t Go Away This Time

Sexual assault allegations against publicly beloved sitcom star and comedian Bill Cosby have come up many times in the past decade, only to disappear again and fade from cultural consciousness. But now they may be here to stay. … Read More

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“Jian Ghomeshi Is My Friend, Jian Ghomeshi Beats Women”: Owen Pallett’s Refreshing Response to the CBC Host’s Firing

Canadian indie-rock musician Owen Pallett did something very, very rare today. In the wake of Jian Ghomeshi’s firing after a high-profile series of allegations from women claiming he assaulted them, Pallett acknowledged his friendship with the radio host.

But he also acknowledged the seeming veracity of the accusations against his friend. How often do you get that kind of nuance when celebrities are accused of domestic or sexual violence, that refusal to insist, “he’s not that kind of guy”? … Read More

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These Are the Halloween Costumes That Make You an Asshole

Look, there are loads of funny topical ideas out there for Halloween costumes. If you’re after ideas, we humbly suggest that you start here, or just skip the deliberations entirely and go as the Not All Men Kool-Aid guy (which, frankly, I am horrified at myself for omitting from our original roundup). The point is, there are a whole lot of things you can dress up as without being an asshole about it. Sadly, this has never stopped anyone from, y’know, being an asshole — last year it was dickheads dressing as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. This year, it’ll be the taxonomy of assclowns you’ll meet in the following pages. Don’t be these people. Just… don’t. … Read More

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The 35 Best Books by Cinema’s Greatest Auteurs

It’s an old standby that if a person is truly a master at one thing, he’s probably not great at much else. But when it comes to cinema, the auteur’s role is to be good at everything — sound, writing, camerawork, etc. — while also maintaining an overarching vision. So it isn’t surprising that there are so many great books written by cinema’s most famous (and infamous)… Read More

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50 of the Scariest Short Stories of All Time

It’s that time of year again, when the pumpkins come out, the fake cobwebs are hung and we feel that dormant urge to be chilled, thrilled and spooked to our bones. Get out your flashlights, because a scary story awaits — actually, make that fifty of them. Now, there’s more to scary stories than goblins, ghouls, blood and your general horror — here there be monsters of many kinds, existential and literal, extraordinary and everyday. And remember: like beauty, fear is in the bloody eye of the beholder. So whether you yearn for classic horror or literary fiction guaranteed to make your skin crawl, read on. If you dare! … Read More

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20 Mind-Bending Movies Guaranteed to Make You Feel Stupid

In 1991, following his brilliant The Thin Blue Line, director Errol Morris attempted something even harder than getting an innocent man off Death Row: making Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time into an accessible, audience-friendly, major motion picture. The resulting film is, at long last, available on DVD and Blu-ray via Criterion. It’s awfully good — though its in-depth discussions of quantum mechanics and black holes and the Big Bang are bound to make those of us who nodded off in science class feel a bit out of our element. Then again, some movies, with their convoluted storylines or surrealistic imagery or intellectual subject matter, have the unintended side effect of merely spotlighting our intellectual shortcomings. Here are a few others that made us feel just a little… Read More

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10 Movie Sex Scenes That Will Scar You for Life

There are many factors involved in crafting a great cinematic sex scene. When the lovin’ becomes an expression of who the characters are and doesn’t rely on predictable titillation, the sex is great. However, a well-written scene doesn’t always portray tenderness and passion. Sometimes the best sex scenes are the ones that make us wince. Other times, filmmakers get it all wrong and, well, at least they give us something to talk about. Here are ten we wish we could… Read More

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The 50 Scariest Books of All Time

The air is getting crisper, the nights are getting longer, and All Hallow’s Eve draws near. You know what that means: it’s time to curl up with a book guaranteed to give you the shivers — or at least make you check the locks twice. Here, for your horrifying pleasure, are 50 of the scariest books ever written in the English language, whether horror, nonfiction, or speculative futures you never want to… Read More

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13 Last-Minute DIY Couples Costumes

Coming up with a clever Halloween costume for yourself is hard enough, but when you throw another person into the mix, it can feel like an impossible task. If you’ve spent the past few weeks swapping ideas with your significant other, and you’re still no closer to landing on something that you both agree on, perhaps we can help. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best two-person costumes that we’ve seen floating around the Internet. Some of them look more complicated than others to assemble, but they’re all sure to turn some heads at a Halloween party. Check them out, and if you’ve got a photo of a great costume that you’d like to share, drop us an email here. … Read More

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