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The Middle Ages are over...for the most part. But there's one aspect of our culture that remains strictly steeped in the mores and customs of those dark days: the horror genre. Modern Western horror movies are strikingly similar to old-timey conduct books and morality tales, meaning that they're incredibly predictable and formulaic — and, also, awesome.
While nowadays we use 'em to get our kicks, the tropes and structure of most horror movies play into the deep-down remnants of some very antiquated (not to mention Catholic) beliefs about innocence and vice. But, it's seeing the many different ways those basic components can be interpreted that makes horror such a fun and repeatable niche! From the irony of Scream 4 to the classics like Psycho, the sheer predictability of scary flicks is a regular barrel o'
Now, combine all that goodness with everyone's favorite childhood pastime: Choose your own adventure! We've taken that staple of family vacations and brought it into the 21st century with a fully equipped slideshow to answer the ultimate question: Do you have what it takes to survive a horror movie? And, like any good adventure, you don't have to play by the rules...if you make the wrong call and end up dead in the opening credits, there's always the "back" button. Good luck!
If there's one thing that can be said for 1990, it's that a lot of great movies came out that year. Indie darlings like Whit Stillman and Hal Hartley were just getting started. Icons like Martin Scorsese, the Coen brothers, David Lynch, and Spike Lee were putting out fresh and exciting work. A then relative unknown by the read
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Imagine if your yearly Thanksgiving gathering included the usual cast of characters — plus Bono. read