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10 Scariest Opening Scenes in Horror Movies

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but in the case of horror movies you can get a good idea of how scary it’s going to be by the first few minutes. Here’s a guide to unforgettable horror openers.

“Lost,” like you’ve never seen it before. (photo)

“Lost,” like you’ve never seen it before.

Somewhere along the line, “Must-See TV” turned into “No, Really, You Must See Every Single Episode of This Series or You’ll Be Completely Left Behind.” Hit dramas like “24,” “Alias,” “The Wire,” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” to name just a few, were constructed with the notion that if your TiVo ate just one episode, […]

Satan’s Churches (photo)

Satan’s Churches

Those who say that “Antichrist” is without redeeming value don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. Because despite Lars von Trier’s images of child death, bodily torture and forest animals in various states of evisceration, not to mention dialogue that could cause temporary damage to the brain, “Antichrist” does have genuine healing power. A […]

The Family That Slays Together: Ten Domestic Slashers (photo)

The Family That Slays Together: Ten Domestic Slashers

If you feel like you’ve seen this week’s new slasher flick “The Stepfather” before, you probably have, even if you’re not a fan of the 1987 original starring “Lost”‘s Terry O’Quinn. That’s because the family-bands-together-to-fend-off-the-one-member-who-turns-on-the-rest trope is at the heart of dozens of horror movies. Need proof? Here’s a list of ten different types of […]

Wicked Stepfathers, Law Breaking Citizens and Wild Things (photo)

Wicked Stepfathers, Law Breaking Citizens and Wild Things

This week in theaters finds some late-to-the-party summertime silliness lining up alongside a couple of titles arriving three weeks early for Halloween. Elsewhere the arthouse scene provides a strong showing with Chilean maids, Filipino mothers and some good ol’ New York psychos. Download this in audio form (MP3: 15:25 minutes, 14.1 MB) Subscribe to the […]