Mystery

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An Interview With Nancy Means Wright


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“I guess liking mysteries goes back to Aristotle, who said we read or watch tragedy because the bad stuff happens to someone else and we feel relieved that we’re still alive, and the perpetrator takes the blame for what happened. It’s a catharsis.”

Bush Tea with Alexander McCall Smith


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“I believe that people are very interested in reading about the ordinary things of life. One can make a very simple situation seem interesting — often it is very simple matters that arouse most passions in people.”

Cover for Howie Askins film Evidence

Halloween Home Video #9: Howie Askins’ Evidence


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The most glib and reductive way to describe Evidence is as a hybrid of Chronicle, em>Chernobyl Diaries and The Cabin In The Woods. However, an eager minority are bound to consider that a stellar pedigree.

Movie poster for The Barrens starring Stephen Moyer

Halloween Home Video #7: Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Barrens


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Today’s Halloween Home Video – Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Barrens – a contemporary fable casting the ideal family getaway into hell.

The Tall Man promotional poster

Halloween Home Video #2: Pascal Laugier’s The Tall Man


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Halloween Home Video 2012, for your spooky holiday enjoyment! Today’s pick: Pascal Laugier’s moody thriller The Tall Man

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard team up for The Cabin In The Woods

Blu-Ray Review: The Cabin In The Woods


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© 2012 Lionsgate This super-secret brainchild of screenwriters Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon came shrouded as carefully as Super 8, surrounded by many a dark rumor but giving maddeningly little away. Goddard and Whedon began laying it out during their time working on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. Then, […]

Anna Paquin stars in True Blood Season 5 (2012)

True Blood Recap: Season 5 Raises The Stakes


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True Blood has tightened up considerably since the meandering adventures of Season 4, despite the fact that its protagonist is now a background character. Remember how the show used to be about vampires? That is happily the case once more.

Broken Harbor by Tana French

Book Review: Broken Harbor by Tana French


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Right out of the gate, French displayed a gift for rich psychological plots, complex characterizations, and evocative prose. With her fourth, Broken Harbor, she continues to mature as a writer and (one hopes) to delight and collect more readers across the English-speaking world.

Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) produced by Room 101

Trailer Watch: Paranormal Activity 4


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Paranormal Activity, now the reigning monarch of name-brand Halloween flicks (after the merciful retirement of Saw and in Rob Zombie’s ominous absence) is gearing us up for more.

Sherlock Recap: ‘The Reichenbach Fall’


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Now, this is the premise of the episode. What it asks us to accept in order for the story to get going. So it seems unreasonable to carp. But am I the only one who feels that if you can use a mobile phone to break into three of the most secure places in Britain in the first five minutes, then we should probably all pack up and go home?

Blu-Ray/DVD Review: The Wicker Tree


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The rites themselves have changed in practice if not in spirit, and the movie rekindles enough of its ancestor’s spirit that it’s hard to imagine a better result. What more were all the naysayers expecting?

I Say! Hammer Plans A Woman In Black Sequel?


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The Hammer Studio has announced a sequel, but what are we to expect in revisiting the tidily packaged horror of The Woman In Black?

Robin Hardy's The Wicker Tree

May Day! May Day! It’s Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Tree


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Early press for The Wicker Tree has not been overwhelmingly good, but one might say it has been encouragingly mixed. The original Wicker Man did not become known as “the Citizen Kane of horror films” overnight, or even during the horror boom of the 1970s. It vanished into relative obscurity for some time before its rediscovery, and look at that baby burn now!