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Freddy Krueger and More Horror Villains Are Linked to Psychiatric Disorders in University Course

Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers are just a few iconic horror movie villains that are getting the psychiatric treatment.

Students at Rutgers University are analyzing what makes these tormentors tick in a class called “31 Knights of Halloween” — all with the intent of finding out what each movie character is mentally afflicted with.

Anthony Tobia, a psychiatry professor who teaches the course, told Rutgers Today the point of the class “is to discuss the exaggerated and fictionalized portrayals in movies while being cautious not to stigmatize individuals with mental illness.”

The course — which was introduced to the university three years ago
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Hollywood’s Scariest Film Trailers: Eli Roth Looks Back In Horror For Halloween

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Hollywood’s Scariest Film Trailers: Eli Roth Looks Back In Horror For Halloween
Exclusive Not only can a scary horror film trailer lead to an opening weekend that leaves a film profitable by Monday, great trailers can achieve immortality of their own. Unforgettably jarring trailers for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Ring, Halloween, The Shining, The Blair Witch Project, Psycho and Paranormal Activity carved out their own place in the consciousness of moviegoers.

Halloween is upon us and this year the holiday has an old-school feel with two classic names (Halloween and Suspiria) scaring-up new business in theaters. What better time to revisit vintage horror film trailers? For grisly guidance, I turned to Eli Roth and asked him to share a list of his favorites, be they iconic or obscure. Roth directed the Hostel franchise, The Green Inferno and Cabin Fever; he’s also brained Nazis with a Louisville Slugger in Inglourious Basterds and taken his scare formula to PG audiences with The House With a Clock In Its Walls
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Movie Review – Possum (2018)

Possum. 2018.

Directed by Matthew Holness.

Starring Sean Harris and Alun Armstrong.

Synopsis:

After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced children’s puppeteer is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured his entire life.

Matthew Holness, the UK mastermind behind cult favorite Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, ushers us into a parallel reality of unsettling weirdness in Possum. Arachnid Mother Goose tales, Amber alerts, undefined candy jars – there’s nothing typical about this psychological horror meltdown. Smacks of Jim Hosking quirkiness (The Greasy Strangler/An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn) are butchered and separated as Holness opts to savor the trimmed meatiness of anthropomorphic nightmares. “Little Possum, black as sin.” A beckoning limerick that ushers forth this dreadful-as-fuck crossover between Roald Dahl and Mr. Rogers with existential artistry torn from Samara’s The Ring cassette.

Sean Harris stars as Philip, a disgraced children’s puppeteer who
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Ariana Grande Freaks Out Over and Over in a Haunted Escape Room With James Corden (Video)

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Ariana Grande Freaks Out Over and Over in a Haunted Escape Room With James Corden (Video)
Ariana Grande says she likes being scared — but probably not this much.

The singer and James Corden broke off a piece of their “Carpool Karaoke” trip to visit a haunted escape room, and “The Late Late Show” held the segment back for Halloween.

Grande spent pretty much the entire visit freaking out and cursing at people and props.

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“You’re a bitch!” she yelled at one worker who was dressed up as the girl from “The Ring.”

“F— these heads,” Grande said when she and the CBS host encountered some skeletons.

Turns out, she ended up with a pretty good reason for all that animosity. After Grande and Corden solved the puzzle, a zombie accidentally(?) tripped her up, causing a bit of a nasty spill.

Also Read: Ariana Grande, James Corden Perform New 'Titanic' Soundtrack: 13 Songs, 9 Sets,
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25 Horror Games Based on Scary Movies

Chris Freiberg Oct 31, 2018

These horror movies are so good that they even inspired their own video games!

While watching your favorite horror movies, you may have missed one of the gaming industry's favorite pastimes: adapting great scary films into games. From The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween to Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, all of these franchises have been adapted into video games at one or another.

Many of the early ones are cash grabs while some of the more recent adaptations are excellent. Some of these games, like an endless runner based on the Child's Play franchise, are just plain weird.

Den of Geek is taking a look back at 25 games -- some direct adaptations while others are heavily inspired by horror movies -- that will make you scream just like you did in the movies!

Chucky: Slash & Dash

2013 | Slimstown Studios | iOS

Child’s Play
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Naomi Watts Set To Star in HBO's Game Of Thrones Prequel Series

HBO has cast Naomi Watts (The Ring) in one of the lead roles George R.R. Martin and Jane Goldman’s untitled Game of Thrones prequel series.

There aren’t a lot of details on Watts’ character, but according to Variety, she is playing “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”

The series is set thousands of years before the events of Thrones, “the project chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.” The network teased the plot with the following logline:

"Only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros' history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it's not the story we think we know."

As a fan of Game of Thrones I’m super excited about this prequel series. I love that they are diving deep into the
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Game of Thrones Prequel: Naomi Watts Lands Lead Role!

The Game of Thrones prequel has its first cast member!

According to Deadline, Naomi Watts has signed on to lead the cast of the prequel pilot which is in the works at HBO from writer Jane Goldman and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.

Little is known about who Watts will be playing aside from a "charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret."

Goldman is attached to the project as showrunner, and will executive produce alongside Martin. Simply put, the spinoff is in good hands.

Plot details were revealed earlier this year ahead of the pilot order.

Related: Game of Thrones Prequel Gets Pilot Order

According to the official logline, “the series chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour."

"And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the
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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Casts Naomi Watts in Lead Role

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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Casts Naomi Watts in Lead Role
Naomi Watts will star in the “Game of Thronesprequel pilot at HBO that hails from Jane Goldman, Variety has learned.

The exact details of Watts’ character are being kept under wraps, but it is known she is playing “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.”

It was recently announced that Watts had signed on to play Gretchen Carlson in the Roger Ailes limited series currently in the works at Showtime. She previously appeared in Showtime’s revival of “Twin Peaks,” and is known for her roles in films like “Mulholland Drive,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “St. Vincent,” “The Ring,” “King Kong, and “J. Edgar.” Watts also earned Academy Award nominations for her roles in “21 Grams” and “The Impossible.” She is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, and Hansen Jacobson.

Taking place thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” Goldman’s
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Scary films for Halloween: 20 greatest horror movie villains ever from ‘Psycho,’ ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘The Exorcist’ and more

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Scary films for Halloween: 20 greatest horror movie villains ever from ‘Psycho,’ ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘The Exorcist’ and more
Who are the 20 greatest horror movie villains of all time? Take a tour through our haunted photo gallery to find out what blood-curdling baddies made the cut… if you dare.

The most recent entry in our rankings is from the striking success of M. Night Shyamalan‘s 2017 film “Split.” Its anti-hero Kevin Wendell Crumb (James MacAvoy in a tour-de-force performance embodying a number of horror personae) has already become a bit of a horror icon.

We searched far and wide through every goblin, ghoul, and goth to come up with a comprehensive list, and while there were plenty of demented killers or demon-possessed tykes to consider, we couldn’t include everyone. So don’t take our heads off if your favorite didn’t make it. For our gallery, we’ve generally stayed away from horror legends who have gone soft via comedy parodies but instead focus intensely on those horror
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DreamWorks Animation to Develop ‘Mice and Mystics’ Movie (Exclusive)

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DreamWorks Animation is in final negotiations for the movie rights to Jerry Hawthorne’s board game “Mice and Mystics,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Alexandre Aja attached to direct and co-write the script with “Aquaman” scribe David Leslie Johnson. Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Jon Berg are producing.

“Mice and Mystics” is a role-playing game in which players are loyal to the king –- but to escape the clutches of the evil Vanestra, they have been turned into mice imprisoned in a seaside castle. They face countless adversaries such as rats, cockroaches, and spiders, and the castle’s house cat, Brodie.

Lee founded Vertigo with Doug Davison in 2002. His credits include “The Ring,” “The Grudge,” “It,” the Lego movies, and “The Departed.” Berg joined Vertigo last year after serving as Warner Bros.’ co-president of production for a year and overseeing the studio’s DC films, along with DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns.
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The 100 Greatest Horror Movies of All-Time

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The 100 Greatest Horror Movies of All-Time
Why does it feel like horror movies are always undervalued? One thing’s for certain: In this age of geekery reigning supreme, critics and academics no longer dismiss the genre as disreputable with the kneejerk regularity some once did. But even now there’s talk of “elevated horror,” of artier explorations of dread and terror — Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” and Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” being two very recent examples — that are clearly distinguished from, well, non-elevated horror. The idea being that they engage your brain more than just showing brains being splattered against the wall.

How can films that fire your adrenal glands, send shivers down your spine, raise goosebumps, and quicken breath — that inspire such an intense physical reaction — also be cerebral experiences? We forget all the time that, as Anna Karina’s Pierrot Le Fou character Marianne Renoir says, “There can be ideas in feelings.”

What scares people
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Paramount Players Picks Up Horror Project 'Shhh' (Exclusive)

Paramount Players wants everyone to be very quiet.

The company has preemptively picked up a horror pitch titled Shhh from moviemakers Gustavo Cooper and Ben Powell. The duo will co-write the script, with Cooper attached to direct.

Matt Kaplan, whose Ace Entertainment has a first-look deal with Paramount Players, is on board to produce.

The Paramount studio division is being mum on details, but the project is whispered to be a high-concept horror thriller set in a high school and in the vein tonally of The Ring and the Denzel Washington supernatural thriller Fallen.

Kaplan has several movies wrapped, including the Mary J....
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‘Train Man’ U.S. Musical Adaptation In Works By ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Duo; Adam Shankman To Direct – Mipcom

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A musical adaptation of Fuji Television’s hit Japanese series Train Man is in the works for the U.S. by Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal and writer-executive producer Tucker Cawley, with Adam Shankman attached to direct and executive produce. The project, the first American remake by Fuji Television, hails from Vertigo Entertainment, Amuse Group Us and Global Road Television, which will serve as the studio and international distributor. It was announced today at Mipcom.

Train Man (known as Densha Otoko in Japan), inspired by the internationally renowned franchise of the same name, tells the profoundly relatable story of a shy, nerdy young man who, with encouragement from members of his online comic book chat group, attempts to overcome his reclusiveness and insecurity in order to start a relationship with a young woman.

Based on a true story, the tale of life altering love began in
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Mipcom: Adam Shankman Boards Remake of Japanese Hit Series

Mipcom: Adam Shankman Boards Remake of Japanese Hit Series
Adam Shankman has boarded Train Man, with the Rock of Ages director set to executive produce and direct the Japanese hit into a half-hour musical series.

The series will be penned by Everybody Loves Raymond's Phil Rosenthal and Tucker Cawley, who also will serve as showrunners.

It's the first American remake for a Fuji Television Network series, which broke records and became a cultural phenomenon in Japan when it aired in 2005.

The show will be produced under Shankman's Global Road deal, with Global Road, Vertigo Entertainment and Amuse Group USA also on board.

Roy Lee (The Departed, The Ring),...
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Busan Film Review: ‘Isabelle’

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Busan Film Review: ‘Isabelle’
When men talk fondly about “the girl next door,” they never mean someone like Isabelle, who turns that all-American fantasy into a real nightmare for the sweet middle-class couple who move next door to a Satanic family in Rob Heydon’s run-of-the-mill chiller. Named after the creepy neighbors’ godforsaken daughter, “Isabelle” is curiously old-fashioned and not at all original enough to distinguish itself in American release. In the context of its world premiere at South Korea’s Busan Film Festival, however, this by-the-numbers midnight movie could work well for export to countries that put stock in ghosts and possession — a context in which the American cast and setting might actually serve as novelties.

Matt (Adam Scott) is a successful lawyer and doting husband whose new job brings him and pregnant wife Larissa (Amanda Crew) to Sarasota Springs. They are the kind of perfect-looking couple routinely depicted in real estate advertisements,
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10 Horror Movies on Netflix to Make Your Halloween Extra Horrific

Can you feel the weather changing? Fall is just around the corner and you know what that means, right? It's time to devour a lot of Halloween movies, and with that comes the related lists, op-eds, and everything else you love to read. Sure, we could write about Thanksgiving, but let's be real here, Thanksgiving isn't nearly as much fun as Halloween.

It seemed kinda fun to kick off my first list for everybody's spookiest holiday by focusing my sights on Netflix. That streaming platform has changed the game in so many ways and seems to be, at all times, a nice haven for interesting, unique, and really bad horror movies. What better way to make Halloween night that much more personal than to settle in with the the streaming service that just keeps giving.

The 10 films on this aforementioned list are a nice hodge-podge of new classics, well worn campy tales,
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13 Films forms international partnership for unreleased Lantern titles

The Current War and Polaroid will get international distribution through the deal.

Sales and finance company 13 Films has formed a partnership with Lantern Entertainment to give international distribution to unreleased films from the Weinstein Co library acquired by Lantern

The agreement kicks off with The Current War, with Benedict Cumberbatch, and high-school horror thriller Polaroid

Lantern completed its $289m buy of the Weinstein Co in July, taking possession of a library of 270 films, including The Current War and Bryan Cranston drama The Upside. Stx Entertainment recently partnered with Lantern to release The Upside globally. 

The Current War stars Cumberbatch
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Watch: Deadly Dance Horror Short 'The Rizzle' Directed by Josh Tanner

"Try The Rizzle if you dare..." Hulu has launched a fun new competition called the Huluween Film Fest, featuring 8 horror shorts made by up-and-coming filmmakers. One of those shorts is this one - The Rizzle, made by Australian filmmaker Josh Tanner. The film is about a young woman who loves the roaring 20s. One night while watching videos on YouTube, she comes across a video for the dance routine called "The Rizzle" that she's never seen before. Starring Holly Rooth and Steven Bishop. Now that we're in October again, we're featuring new horror short films to get everyone, and keep everyone, in the horror movie mood throughout this month. This short is fun - I like the twist on The Ring concept and the chilling vibe. Enjoy. Thanks to Josh for the tip on this. Description from YouTube: "Elena loves the roaring 1920s. A fondness she'll soon regret." The Rizzle
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Golden Scene at 20: Diverse Past, Bright Future

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Golden Scene at 20: Diverse Past, Bright Future
Golden Scene, one of Asia’s most enduring independent film distributors, is known for its year-round billboards attached to bus shelters around Hong Kong, and also for the spot-on taste of founder Winnie Tsang.

Tsang started the company 20 years ago by snatching opportunity from adversity. Having risen from secretary to board member at the legendary Golden Harvest production to exhibition group, Tsang jumped in when the studio made a strategic decision to exit distribution.

She set up shop nearby in the Tsim Sha Tsui district and took with her a small staff. They handled distribution on behalf of Golden Harvest’s various labels and its sub-distribution relationship with Uip.

While benefitting from a steady supply of studio business, Tsang relished the freedom to make her own choices. “I could do anything, go anywhere, visit more festivals,” says Tsang. “I had less need to be commercial and instead could pick films
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Naomi Watts to Play Gretchen Carlson in Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series

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Naomi Watts to Play Gretchen Carlson in Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series
Naomi Watts has been cast as Gretchen Carlson in the upcoming Showtime limited series about former Fox News head Roger Ailes.

Watts joins previously announced cast member Russell Crowe, who will play Ailes. Carlson rose to prominence over a decade ago at Fox News, first as a co-anchor at “Fox and Friends” before going on to anchor her own show, “The Real Story.” She then became the first of multiple women to file a sexual harassment suit against Ailes after leaving Fox News.

The casting keeps Watts in business with Showtime, with the actress having recently appeared in the premium cabler’s revival of “Twin Peaks.” Watts is also known for her roles in films like “Mulholland Drive,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “St. Vincent,” “The Ring,” “King Kong, and “J. Edgar.” Watts also earned Academy Award nominations for her role in “21 Grams” and “The Impossible.
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