TV’s 10 Best Halloween Episodes

    It’s finally October, and the season of falling leaves, carved pumpkins and ghoulish decor is upon us. While we plan the big night by buying candy and making important costume choices, there’s no better way of getting pumped for Halloween than by laughing along with some of our favorite comedy TV in celebrating the occasion.   Here are 10 of Comedy TV’s Best Halloween Episodes:      Community – “Epidemiology”   Greendale’s most lovable misfits find themselves in the middle of a zombie epidemic during the school’s Halloween dance, and it’s up to them to save their fellow classmates from….

The Art of Giving Kids ‘Goosebumps’

    Ever since I was a kid, I would stalk the library shelves, my eyes scanning for a book in the Goosebumps series I hadn’t yet read. When I found it, I’d crack open its cover, my eyes falling too fast onto the first sentence. Easy, now. Time to get back to class. You’ll have plenty of time to devour this one later.     R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps, its many spin-offs, and over 300 books (183 being of the series), said that the books were initially aimed at girls, but after receiving as much fan mail from boys, the….

Shadows in The White House: The Ghost of Abe Lincoln

  So far, The White House has housed 43 presidents beginning with John Adams in 1801. Along with dignitaries from around the world, the House has hosted its share of notable individuals. However, throughout the years, there have always been those who refuse to leave.    Of all White House sightings, none is more plentiful or detailed than that of former President Abraham Lincoln. Assassinated in 1865, Lincoln passed away at the age of 56. His untimely death has placed him somewhere between two worlds. Lincoln was not a very religious man, though he was well versed in the Christian bible. Many speculate….

What’s the Story with American Horror Story?

  An anthological horror series and breakthrough in its own right, FX’s American Horror Story (AHS) has carried fans grimly through haunted edifices, serial killers, voodoo and witchcraft, monsters, and too many forms of torture to count. You would think they were out of material of the macabre by now – but you’d be wrong.   From the very beginning, show creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk promised viewers a complete horror story self-contained in each season equipped with a new setting, plot and characters (played mainly by a recurring cast).   The first to send chills up our spines took place in Murder House (2011),….

Poetry in Film: A Closer Look at The Changeling’s Camerawork

  “A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” — Orson Welles   In 1980, a Canadian film titled The Changeling was released starring Oscar winner George C. Scott and directed by Peter Medak. It joins ‘The Shining’ as it, too, was released that same year, jump starting the thriller and fantasy-horrors that would later come to characterize the decade.   Films like The Changeling and The Shining sit in a strange timezone for the horror genre, right between the romanticized drama of (arguably) horror’s golden era and the squeamish oriented scares yet to come.   Medak carried on….