Horror Movies Suck And Here's Why

Horror Movies Suck And Here's Why

Modern horror just isn't as good as it once was.
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Fear is an essential part of the human conscious and without it, we may not be alive today.

Our natural fear of certain things is merely an adaptation passed down through generations from times when our ancient ancestors were preyed upon by saber-toothed tigers and giant sloths. Despite the fact that we have evolved and adapted to be, as far as we know, the top of our food chain, this aspect of our humanity remains. However, with the lack of any real threat to our lives, many humans have come to find satisfaction in fear.

The rush of adrenaline and disenfranchisement of power that accompanies fright and terror are often nowadays attributed solely to the movie industry. From the beginning of the cinema experience, films depicting the grotesque, ghoulish and ghastly have attracted various crowds all seeking the thrill of experiencing something beyond themselves that would otherwise be impossible to grasp.

Films such as "Night of the Living Dead", "Nosferatu" and even "The Fly" helped to spark an odd love-hate relationship between the general public and the horror industry.

Although stories and tales of the strange and supernatural have existed for as long as time can tell, the adaptation of many of these tales to the big screen has added a more human, and thus more frightening, element. Before people could simply confine tales of bloodthirsty killers and crazed creatures to their imagination but now they are, in a sense, real.

For many years the horror movie industry achieved its goal in truly frightening the general public, however, in recent years they have failed to do so on a massive scale. Although there have been several gems here and there, most modern horror movies feed off of mass hysteria as opposed to true, instinctual, human fear.

From a commercial standpoint, feeding off hysteria is a great idea. By appealing to whatever is popular at the time movie producers and directors can make a quick buck and possibly even gain a cult following if their film is popular enough.

The recent "It" film based off of Stephen King's best-selling novel is one such case. The movie, other than its main characters and basic premise, bears no resemblance to the novel of the same name. Most importantly it feeds off of what was, at the time, nationwide hysteria over clowns.

Several months prior to the release of the movie, waves of creepy clown sightings swept the United States. Naturally, the reasons behind this enumeration of sightings unexplained, many people had reason to be concerned, worried and even scared in some instances. Although released after sightings had stopped, "It" successfully fed off of this hysteria and now is set for a sequel in the coming years.

Even though the movie was a success, "It" really achieved nothing other than a fat paycheck for its creators. Although it may be a good commercial practice, when it comes to the horror genre, fear should be something that almost paralyzes its viewer and the movie should use its story, cinematography, music and acting to convey a level of fear that is real, human, and incredibly basic.

One such movie that does so better than most is "Blair Witch Project." This film took the human aspects of fear to extreme levels and even spawned its own genre of films known as "found footage."

What makes "Blair Witch Project" so terrifying, however, is the fact that it keeps things from the viewer. The film is shot in a documentary format and, at the time it was released, was advertised as a real and factual film. The film creates fear and terror without using preexisting fears. Thus, as opposed to "It" and other similar movies of our time, "Blair Witch Project" created mass hysteria instead of feeding off of it.

This is what makes a horror movie good which many producers have forgotten or simply do not care to incorporate. Although there are producers and directors today that fully understand this concept, their movies never receive the recognition they deserve and instead are left to give the limelight to lesser films. Hopefully with time, the general public, as well as producers and directors, will learn to appreciate the value of quality and true fear over a quick buck and some cheap jump scares.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

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I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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