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More Horror Films You Didn’t Realize Were Based on True Stories

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Earlier this week it was reported that a New Jersey family abandoned their new $1.3 million home after receiving a series of threatening and terrifying letters from someone calling themselves “the Watcher.” In one letter, the unknown creep writes: “[The house] has been the subject of my family for decades. I have be [sic] put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming. My grandfather watched in the 1920s and my father watched it in the 1960s. It is now my time.” The strange case has all the makings of a horror movie. Previously, we wrote about horror films that you probably didn’t know were based on true stories. And today we bring you ten more movies inspired by real-life terror. Good luck sleeping tonight.
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An Orson Welles-Worthy Science Fiction Film Marathon

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This year marks the centenary of Orson Welles’ birth, and celebrations are in full swing at New York’s Film Forum through February 3. The influential filmmaker enraptured audiences with his first feature at only 25 years old, 1941’s Citizen Kane — but the movie mogul also achieved tremendous success in theater, television, and radio. In one of his most famous broadcasts, 1938’s The War of the Worlds, Welles simulated an alien invasion on Earth, creating widespread panic, securing his fame one of the finest storytellers of the 20th century. In celebration of Welles’ 100th year, we’re looking to his dramatist roots and have compiled a science fiction movie marathon worthy of his War of the Worlds days. Add these movies to your Netflix and VOD queues.
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Artist Credit: Newt Clements

Wickedly Inventive Happy Meal Tie-Ins for Cult Movies

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The movie tie-in McDonald’s Happy Meal is one of our most venerable cultural barometers, a big “get” for family movies hoping to market directly to their most vocal consumers. Starting with Star Trek: The Motion Picture back in 1979 (the same year the Happy Meal rolled out), Disney hits, superhero smashes, and other family favorites have used the cardboard panels of the Happy Meal and the toy inside to hawk their cinematic wares. But what if Happy Meals were used to market slightly more adult fare? This is the question asked by Pinterest artist Newt Clements, who’s made an extensive collection of imaginary Happy Meals that we really, really wish existed.
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James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’ Recreated in LEGO

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Maybe you’re someone who thinks that James Cameron’s big-budget, action-adventure Aliens is superior to the nuanced, claustrophobic, and downright terrifying predecessor directed by Ridley Scott. If you are, fine; I’ll try not to fight you about it. Instead, I’ll share these amazing recreations of scenes from Aliens featuring LEGO figures. Put together by Missing Brick, this series (spotted via Faith is Torment) captures the excitement and color palate of Cameron’s film pretty perfectly. 
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13 of the Weirdest Holiday Movies Ever Made

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No, it’s not a dark dream induced by the strange drugs your weird neighbors fed you. The Rosemary’s Baby TV adaptation is really happening. The four-hour miniseries based on Ira Levin’s 1967 horror novel and Roman Polanski’s 1968 film will begin production in January. The story will be set in Paris, probably sometime around the holidays, like the feature film. Satan has a wicked sense of humor, no? In the spirit of bizarre holiday stories, we dug up 13 of the strangest seasonal movies — most of which you can watch online right… Read More