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Guy Watching The Conjuring 2 Dies, Then Disappears

65-year-old man in India suffered chest pains

(Newser) - A man's death at a screening of The Conjuring 2—and the subsequent disappearance of his body—didn't go unnoticed in southern India last week, the Times of India reports. The 65-year-old was watching the film at a movie house in the town of Tiruvannamalai on Thursday night... More »

The Witch Is 'Incredibly Creepy' —and Great

Robert Eggers' debut feature 'sends chills up the spine'

(Newser) - Exiled to the outskirts of a creepy forest in 1630 New England, a God-fearing couple and their children fall into suspicion and paranoia when an infant son vanishes in The Witch. A teenage daughter is soon accused of witchcraft, but it's debut director Robert Eggers who casts the real... More »

Horror Movies Are Literally Bloodcurdling

Study shows fear causes release of blood-clotting protein

(Newser) - People have been using the term "bloodcurdling" to describe feelings of intense fear for centuries. Now, a new study has found that being scared can, indeed, cause your blood to thicken, NBC News reports. Dutch researchers found that a frightening situation—in this case, watching a horror movie—can... More »

Owners of The Conjuring Home Sue for Real-Life Horror

RI couple files against Warner Bros. for depicting their farmhouse in 'The Conjuring'

(Newser) - The owners of a Rhode Island farmhouse depicted in the 2013 horror film The Conjuring are suing Warner Bros., saying it's created a real-life nightmare for them. Norma Sutcliffe and her husband are suing the filmmaker and others—including people who've put up videos of her home on... More »

Welcome Back, M. Night Shyamalan

Critics find it's worth the 'Visit' to Nana's house

(Newser) - Two kids go on their first visit to Nana and Pop Pop's house to find out—and document via video cameras—what led to a family estrangement 15 years earlier in The Visit. They end up uncovering more than expected, including what goes bump in the night. Here's... More »

Film About Real-Life Horror Family Breaks Records

'The Clan' shows Puccios' 'normal' life with screaming kidnap victims in background

(Newser) - Arquimedes Puccio seemed to neighbors like a pious, conservative, and obsessively tidy man. Several times a day, he'd sweep the sidewalk in front of his home in an upper-class Buenos Aires neighborhood. But cleanliness wasn't his only aim: Puccio was making sure that the screams of kidnap victims... More »

Horror Legend Wes Craven Dies

Creator of 'Scream,' 'Nightmare on Elm Street' was 76

(Newser) - He brought horror to the lives of countless millions and he'll be sadly missed. Wes Craven, the 76-year-old filmmaker best known for creating the Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream movies, died of brain cancer yesterday, Variety reports. Craven—who started out as a humanities professor and made porn... More »

Fugitive Caught Thanks to Role in Horror Movie

Cops saw his photo in the newspaper

(Newser) - When it comes to promoting a movie, no press is bad press, right? Unless you happen to be a fugitive, in which case any press is bad press. Police in Olympia, Washington, arrested Jason Stange, 44, after recognizing him in photos that ran in the Olympian about the horror movie... More »

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Star Dies at 65

Marilyn Burns' character was first to escape 'Leatherface'

(Newser) - Marilyn Burns, who portrayed horror-film hero Sally Hardesty in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has died at the age of 65. "It is with sad news that I can officially confirm that actress Marilyn Burns passed away earlier today," her rep said in a statement, as per the Hollywood ... More »

7 Oscar Winners Who've Starred in Horror Flicks

Even Tom Hanks has done his time in a scary movie

(Newser) - Just because you've won one of Hollywood's most coveted awards doesn't mean you're too good to star in a cheesy horror movie. Vanity Fair rounds up 15 Oscar winners who've done just that. Click through the gallery for a sampling or check out the full... More »

15 Celebs Who Got Their Start in Horror Flicks

Some may surprise you

(Newser) - Gather up some vintage horror movies to watch this Halloween, and you may just be surprised by a familiar face. Wired rounds up 30 celebrities who got their start in horror movies. A sampling:
  • Jon Stewart: The Faculty, 1998
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, 1998
  • Renee Zellweger: Texas
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Evil Dead Out-Gores the Original

Remake takes itself more seriously: critics

(Newser) - Perhaps unsurprisingly, the remake of 1981's gore-fest Evil Dead is a love-it-or-hate-it affair. The new version has fewer laughs and even more blood and guts than its predecessor, critics say:
  • The new Evil Dead has "none of the first movie’s handmade charm or hilarity, intentional or otherwise,
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Worst Movie of 2012 Made $264

About 33 people went to see Christian Slater's 'Playback'

(Newser) - Remember when Christian Slater was hot? Neither does America. The onetime A-lister found a new basement in the box office this year with his presumably horrible horror flick, Playback. How bad are the stats? Playback played one theater for one week in March—and raked in a not-so-whopping $264. That'... More »

Possession Casts Spell With $21M Opening

Shia LaBeouf's 'Lawless' comes in second

(Newser) - Forgotten for much of the summer, horror fans flocked to Possession and gave it the second-best Labor Day opening ever at $21.3 million, says The Hollywood Reporter. The Prohibition-era shoot-em-up Lawless took second with $13 million. The anti-Obama doc 2016: Obama's America came in ninth ($7.3 million),... More »

Critics Murder The Raven

Edgar Allen Poe fanfic is a dreary exercise in serial killer tropes

(Newser) - As far as critics are concerned, The Raven ought to be tossed in a cellar, sealed in with brick, and left to be forgotten. The thriller, which imagines Poe hunting down a serial killer inspired by his work, currently has a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what critics are... More »

Cabin in the Woods Is Scary Good

Joss Whedon-produced horror-comedy defies convention

(Newser) - Critics are applauding Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods for its delectable mixture of horror and humor. From a familiar premise—five college students alone in the forest—come all kinds of surprises.
  • "A fiendishly clever brand of meta-level genius propels The Cabin in
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Paramedics Called to Gory Zombie Accident

12 zombies hurt on ' Resident Evil' Toronto set

(Newser) - Emergency workers called to the site of an accident on a film set in Toronto yesterday morning initially thought there had been a gruesome catastrophe, but soon realized that most of the people there were meant to be hideously mangled: It was the set of the next Resident Evil movie.... More »

Horror Icon Ingrid Pitt Dead

Actress survived Nazis to become 'first lady of horror'

(Newser) - One of the most seductive vampires in movie history has died. Ingrid Pitt, best-known for starring in Hammer horror films of the '70s like Countess Dracula and The Vampire Lovers, passed away in London at the age of 73. The Polish-born star spent years in a Nazi concentration camp as... More »

Wes Craven Picks Top 10 Horror Flicks

Selected by a man who knows what's scary

(Newser) - Need some suggestions for a scary movie to watch this weekend? None other than the horror master himself, Wes Craven, offers up his 10 favorites in the Daily Beast :
  1. Don't Look Now (1973): A "pretty moving work of art as well" as a horror film, this movie is a
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Ebert: Why I Won't Share My Top 10 Halloween Flicks

The film critic explains why movie lists are awful

(Newser) - Lots of critics have dutifully supplied their top-10 lists of horror movies in time for Halloween. Not so Roger Ebert, who instead used the time to compile an essay on why he hates the exercise, at this time of year or any other. "No list of films has the... More »

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