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Why a Zombie Outbreak Will Disappoint

Why a Zombie Outbreak Will Disappoint

There is just something exciting about the thought of a zombie outbreak. Maybe it’s getting back to basics and the opportunity to sweep away the stresses and responsibilities of the modern world. Maybe, as humans, we just like the sport of killing things. Either way, in this modern and zombie educated world, a zombie outbreak will probably disappoint and here’s why.

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Doctor Jekyll and Mister Semicolon: The Strange Case of Literary Classics

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Semicolon: The Strange Case of Literary Classics

When reading the classics one must be prepared for not only a different style and intent in writing, not just thoughts and views of different eras but also how that is reflected in the grammar of the time. That was the case and the reminder when I ventured into The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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Horror Movies Grow Up . . . Mostly

Horror Movies Grow Up . . . Mostly

Horror movies have risen from the grave and seen an incredible revitalization. Not only are there more horror films in production and more audiences watching, but the stories themselves are being treated with the care and respect deserved. In this resurgence of big-screen horror films and streaming originals, the once-scorned genre is producing some to the best stories of all the styles.

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Watershed Moments In Horror Films

Watershed Moments In Horror Films

Horror films run the spectrum from great to terrible in a way no other genre can. But when done correctly, these films have the ability to scare us in a new way and to change our collective view of what things we find frightening. Some times those are every day things, like a walk in the woods. At other times it is dangerous things and possibilities never before considered. And it is at those crossroads that we discover these watershed moments in horror.

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In a Horror Movie, You’re Not as Smart as You Think

In a Horror Movie, You’re Not as Smart as You Think

When potential danger appears, the brain sends signals to its threat expert, the amygdala. Survival, being kind of an important thing, requires both urgency (“Move now! Spider!”) and accuracy (“Wait, it’s not a spider, it is just a piece of lint”). Urgency moves along a short path and accuracy along the long path.

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