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13 Most Disgusting Horror Movie Moments

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Horror flicks rely on a number of weapons to freak us out – shock, suspense, and the good old-fashioned grossout. In this feature, we’ll share 13 of the most disgusting scenes ever.

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13. Dead Alive

Before Peter Jackson became the go-to guy for hobbits, he made blood-soaked grossouts like Dead Alive, which features an epic zombie lawnmower bloodbath.


12. Zombie

The Lucio Fulci sleaze classic Zombie has one of the most disturbing eye injuries ever filmed, when a woman gets a huge wooden splinter rammed into her socket.


11. Saw II

The Saw series boasts a number of awful moments, but for our money the worst comes in Saw II when Amanda falls into a pit full of hypodermic needles.


9. The Fly

David Croenenberg took a forgettable 50s horror flick and turned it into a body horror masterpiece that’s still nauseating today.


8. Misery

The hobbling scene in this Stephen King adaptation doesn’t have tons of blood and gore, so it’s amazing that it’s stomach-churning anyways.


7. Halloween 3

Even without Michael Myers the Halloween series can pack a punch of disgustingness, as in this scene where a little kid’s head explodes into a mass of bugs and snakes.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Universal Pictures

Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Universal Pictures

Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Universal Picutres

Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Universal Pictures

Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

10 Most Badass Scenes in the Scream Series

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The Scream series never quite reclaimed the high-water mark established by its first entry, but that doesn’t mean its four-film run isn’t full of memorable horror moments. Whether funny, shocking, or just plain gross, here are ten Scream scenes that should keep this series in good standing forever.

10. The Scream 4 Openings

If you found Scream‘s meta commentary novel in the first three films, this opening should be your favorite thing ever.


9. Sydney Just Won’t Die

Like its opening, Scream 4‘s big conclusion also goes that extra mile to break form. In this case, we get an unexpected extra climax that ups the film’s body count just for good measure, and grants Sydney one last killer line.


8. The Scream 3 Cameos

Easily the most relaxed and fun Scream entry, Scream 3 lambasts Hollywood by going directly to the source, which allows many opportunities for awesome cameos like this one from a caustic Carrie Fisher.


7. The Rules of a Trilogy

While Randy never made it to the third Scream entry, he did briefly appear in a videotaped message educating Sydney and audiences on the raised stakes found in trilogy endings.


6. Sequels Suck

Randy and his film studies class explore the inferiority of sequels in the middle of a sequel that risks being inferior to the original. Classic meta Scream action.

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8 Reasons We Wish Sigourney Weaver Was Our Mother

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Sigourney Weaver is the perfect blend of beauty, brawn, and brains. She’s often hailed as “The Queen of Science Fiction,” and for good reason; Sigourney Weaver is the archetype for the female heroine in Hollywood. But we just want to call her “mom.” Here’s 8 reasons why:

8. She Makes a Funny Vampire

Sigourney makes us like vampires again, even if the whole trend started to suck. (See what we did there?)


7. She Does an Amazing Cover of “Back in the USSR”

It wouldn’t be horrible to inherit her vocal skills, because then could go on one of those talent reality shows and win.


6. She Makes Being Possessed Look Good

How many women do you know can pull off looking like an ’80s video vixen while possessed by a demon god from another world? Exactly.


5. She Has No Problem Making Fun of Herself

Self deprecation is a highly underrated quality. It just makes her that much cooler.

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