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Two Responses to Fear (A Sermon on Exodus 1:10-11, 17)

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Fear is something we wrestle with, as all of our ancestors have and all those coming behind us will. It comes with the human predicament. It may be on our job, with our children, or more generally in our daily rising and setting, but we all have fears.

American Horror Story: Coven -- Slavery As Torture Porn?

Zeba Blay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Zeba Blay

This is a show that is often as problematic as it is delightfully bizarre, and navigating the thin line between being critical of its faults and being entertained by its eccentricities is perhaps the most difficult part about being a fan.

Is TV Too Gory?

Posted 10.22.2013 | TV

Can TV handle any more gore? That was the question HuffPost Live posed today when they asked if gore-filled shows like "The Walking Dead," "America...

Screams to Stream: New Horror Web Series

Jill Di Donato | Posted 12.18.2013 | Entertainment
Jill Di Donato

It's the season for macabre. Horror has come a long way, baby. Whether in movie theaters, on TV, and now streaming from computers as webisodes, audiences just want to be scared.

Quoth the Re-Animator: Filmmaker Stuart Gordon on Nevermore

Michael Varrati | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Varrati

Stuart Gordon is, inarguably, one of the undisputed masters of the horror genre. With such landmark works as the cult classic Re-Animator under his belt, Gordon's filmic oeuvre has always sought to blend a touch of scholarly class with the genre's gory grand guignol.

5 Fast Facts from American Horror Story: Coven's 'Bitchcraft'

Tyler Moss | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Tyler Moss

So kicks off the Season of the Witch with Wednesday night's premier of American Horror Story: Coven, aptly christened 'Bitchcraft.' Within the first s...

You're Going To Want To Get To Know Taissa Farmiga ...

Posted 10.11.2013 | Celebrity

"American Horror Story" fans will have undoubtedly already encountered the magnetic stage presence of Taissa Farmiga. For those of you who haven't, no...

Tales From the Dark Side: Horror Flicks Rooted in Gothic Past

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Behind most of the plot twists and supernatural phenomena of the original Gothic fictions, one tends to find real, human desires and motivations at work: jealousy, lust, ego-mania, vengeance, greed. Today's world is arguably more vulnerable than ever to the ill effects of these emotions.

7 Books I'll Never Write Because I'm Lazy, Impatient, and Just Not a Very Good Writer

Jason Crombie | Posted 11.16.2013 | Comedy
Jason Crombie

Like anyone and everyone, I have ideas all the time for books I might write. Unfortunately I'm work-shy, undisciplined, and a terrible writer to boot. But, dang it, does that mean I can't dream?

The Heavens Rise: Inside My New Novel (AUDIO)

Christopher Rice | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christopher Rice

I do some readings from the book in a sultry, serious voice that's getting me some weird mail on Facebook (the background music is creepy and fun too), and my mother, Anne Rice, joins us to pretend that she's actually read the book.

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman: The First Decade

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.09.2013 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

A generation of children has now grown up with, and cherishes, this story of an intrepid, likeable little girl named Coraline Jones, at the end of her summer school holidays in East Sussex, not so long ago.

Faith-Based Horror: The Conjuring Is a Misogynistic Cauldron of Toil and Trouble

W. Scott Poole | Posted 09.28.2013 | Entertainment
W. Scott Poole

The Conjuring fails utterly to rise above its reactionary politics. The brothers Hayes wield their faith message like a truncheon.

Why Comic-Con Is Dangerous to Our Intellectual Health

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.22.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Comic-Con -- and all that it represents -- is yet another pointless distraction, a way to keep the masses occupied while all the other important stuff goes down.

The Joys of a Zombie Apocalypse

Carl Pettit | Posted 08.19.2013 | Entertainment
Carl Pettit

People are drawn to zombies for a variety of reasons. For some, it's just good, untidy fun. If your marksmanship is spot on, you'll be rewarded with a splash of satisfying gore.

Powerless to Protect

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 08.08.2013 | Crime
Robert D. Stolorow

Yesterday morning, shortly before noon, my wife Julia dropped off our daughter Emily at Santa Monica College to take her final exam in English. A few ...

Cinefantastique's Fantastic Valley Update: Star Wars VII Production Start Announced

Dan Persons | Posted 08.10.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

J.J. Abrams comes clean... Transformers 4 gets some new recruits... Apartment 1303 3D is available for occupancy...

Comedians Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel Join Rapture Films of The Summer (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 08.06.2013 | Comedy
Shira Lazar

With the horror comedy "Rapture-Palooza" hitting theaters and on demand this Friday, June 7, we spokewith the hilarious Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel, wh...

Cinefantastique's Here's What's Going On: Friday the 13th Back to Paramount

Dan Persons | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Warners loses a Jason and gains a Chris (Nolan)... Owen Wilson's a turkey; Woody Harrelson's a hawk... Essential Archer item becomes real... Direct from the lavish Cinefantastique Online studios, I bring you up to date on what's happening in genre film.

Cinefantastique's Here's What's Going On: Pics From Man of Steel

Dan Persons | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Get a look at Superman's new look... Star Trek producer Brannon Braga gets all witchy... Damon Lindelof gets Left Behind... The Wizard of Oz goes deep...

Much More Than a Zombie Film: Danger Word Brings Special Messages to Black Community

Olympia Duhart | Posted 08.04.2013 | Black Voices
Olympia Duhart

In "The Walking Dead," Warm Bodies and the upcoming World War Z, zombies are leaving deep footsteps in Hollywood. Now, black filmmakers are adding their own imprint to the zombie trek with the short film Danger Word.

Cinefantastique's Here's What's Going On: Doctor Who Regenerates

Dan Persons | Posted 08.04.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The BBC rescinds Matt Smith's medical license... The Marvel universe gets a companion... Chris Nolan tinkers with time... Brad Pitt courts his Muse...

Teen Actress Nicole Munoz Describes Her Werewolf Audition for Netflix's Hemlock Grove

Ilana Rapp | Posted 07.14.2013 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

It was such a treat to interview Nicole Munoz about her work as Christie McCawley on SyFy's Defiance and as Hermila in Netflix's edgy and dark series Hemlock Grove, executive produced by Eli Roth.

Deathly Innocence: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 07.01.2013 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Named for the license plate on Manx's murderously sentient Rolls Royce, NOS4A2 is Joe Hill's homage to traditional horror after two novels that did not adhere as clearly to genre conventions.

New Stanley Film Festival: Colorado Gets Creepy

Paul R. Byrne | Posted 06.30.2013 | Denver
Paul R. Byrne

On May 2nd, a new bastion will be established in the fight for fright: cloaked in white, brooding in the mountains, and full of everything that's not today's craven horror monstrosities: The Stanley Film Festival, your new Colorado home for independent horror cinema.

The Boston Marathon Bombing as a Collective Trauma

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 06.19.2013 | Crime
Robert D. Stolorow

A tragedy like this brings us face-to-face with our existential vulnerabilities -- vulnerabilities to harm, death, and loss -- and the existential vulnerability of all those we love and, perhaps worst of all, the limitedness or our ability to protect them.