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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!
Update: This story was first published on January 21, 2014, during the last big snowstorm in NYC. In honor of Blizzmaggedon 2015, we've decided to revisit our favorite WTF posts on Weather.com and share some more of it's strange, scary, and entirely un-related-to-weather content. Give yourself a break from storm updates read
When we approach the middle of winter, we tend to fall into a style rut: The novelty of piling on layers has worn off, and the first three sweaters at the top of our stack become the only three sweaters we wear. But, #becausewinter isn't an excuse for our outfits to fall flat. So, instead of grabbing that solid read