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    American Horror Story: Hotel teases bad times in a creepy hotel

    Ever since The Walking Dead hit the small screen and became a worldwide hit, the horror genre has invaded the TV landscape – sometimes for the best (Hannibal) and other times, not so good (Bates Motel). Of the bunch, American Horror Story leads the pack in terms of delivering the bloodiest and most disgusting visuals, […] More

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    Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

      25 Best Horror Films of 2014  We here at Sound On Sight believe horror transcends explicit gore, jump scares or supernatural content, which is why you’ll soon notice our list ranges from independent art films to psychological thrillers to parodies, satire and more. Surprisingly, vampires lead the pack this year, along with found footage flicks, […] More

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    Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

      Awesome Mix Tape Volume 5: Best Soundtracks & Scores of 2014 Back in August, I released a mix tape consisting of the best tracks, from the best movie soundtracks and best scores of the first half of 2014. This here, is the entire mix consisting of the best songs heard in movies all year long… click […] More

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    Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

    Boardwalk Empire, Ep. 5.08: “Eldorado” leaves only the dust and ash of regret That it seemed obvious for the series’ finale to send Nucky out was a bit of a given, considering the telegraphed nature of the flashback conceit which had been building for the entirety of this season. There were glimpses of hope, and […] More

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    American Horror Story, Ep. 4.04, “Edward Mordrake (Part Two)” takes a nasty turn

    American Horror Story: Freak Show has been making campy nods towards a variety of horror cliches throughout the season’s first three episodes, and “Edward Mordrake (Part Two)” points towards a new subset of the genre—torture porn. Even the most gruesome moments of the previous episodes carry a comic, winking touch to them that keeps them light (without allowing for a few chills). However, in “(Part Two),” the humor is replaced by a noticeably sadistic streak that’s neither as fun nor as scary as the previous tone. More

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    Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

    The Hype Cycle: Contenders Arrive in Theaters Excuse the absence in this column for the last few weeks. I’ve been covering the Chicago International Film Festival, catching up with a few of the Foreign Language Oscar contenders while there. Now however, many of these movies are finally making their ways into theaters, providing an extra […] More

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    American Horror Story, Ep. 4.03, “Edward Mordrake (Part One)” movingly explores character emotions

    Despite having a premise that would appear to push the high camp of this season even further, “Edward Mordrake (Part 1)” features some of the most touching and genuinely emotional moments seen in the season thus far. Though the elements of camp are certainly still present, “Mordrake” sees the season moving into more emotionally resonant territory.
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    Witchcraft Wednesdays: Tracing the Evolution of Witchcraft in Film

    It may be more true in horror than in any other genre that certain subgenres ebb and flow in popularity over time. Vampires were hot in the mid-’90s when you had Interview with the Vampire, From Dusk Till Dawn, Blade and the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then, vampires sat out of popular discourse for the next ten years or so, until the double whammy of Twilight and True Blood hitting in 2008, causing a tidal wave of vampiric fiction from the arty (Only Lovers Left Alive, Byzantium) to the schlocky (Dracula Untold, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) that hasn’t slowed down since. More

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    Sound On Sight Podcast, Episode 395: ‘Frank’ and ‘We Are The Best’

    This week on Sound On Sight, Simon and Ricky discuss Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, a film with a striking performance from Michael Fassbender, who has to generate emotion without using the actor’s most visible asset: his face. But first we review We Are The Best, directed by Lukas Moodysson and adapted from a semi-autobiographical, Daniel Clowes-style […] More

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    American Horror Story, Ep. 4.02: “Massacres and Matinees” proves the fun of camp

    Despite the somewhat stately pace of the season premiere “Monsters Among Us,” the sheer inanity of the action happening onscreen created an off-the-wall vibe. Whether it was the special talents afforded by Jimmy’s syndactyly, Ethel’s beard and bizarre accent, or Elsa singing a song that wasn’t released until 20 years after the show’s setting, Murphy and Falchuk made it clear that, in true “freak show” fashion, spectacle would be given precedent over logic. In this week’s episode, “Massacres and Matinees,” the bonkers factor is raised a notch, as is the fun. More

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