• "Rosemary's Baby" isn't bloody, but it's still scary

    A lot can be said about "Rosemary’s Baby," the first US film from director Roman Polanski. It caused a social uproar when it was released, has one of the best movie posters of all time and features no gore or blood. Creepy, subversive and technically flawless, "Rosemary’s Baby" is not only a classic of the horror genre, but is a masterpiece of film.

    The story follows Rosemary (Mia Farrow) as she moves into an apartment in New York City with her struggling-actor husband. She is “welcomed” by creepy elderly neighbors, and befriends a girl in the building. Said friend turns up dead, and things miraculously start looking up for Rosemary and her husband. They decide to work on a child together, and after a trippy dream sequence of Rosemary getting raped by a demon (with her elderly neighbors present), she becomes pregnant. I won’t say too much here, but for those of you that don’t know, *SPOILERS* it’s the devil’s baby *SPOILERS*. Things get weird, creepy and demonic, all assured by Polanski’s steady hand. This might sound like campy horror, but it’s just as serious and dramatic as any Academy Award winning film.

    Pop culture didn’t know what to do with itself upon the release of the film, and it instantly became both taboo and the talk-of-the-town. Even Farrow’s haircut as Rosemary caused uproar, because *gasp* it was short! "Rosemary’s Baby" remains important to the horror genre today. Things get even eerier and more real once you realize Polanski’s wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered a year after the film’s release. She was eight-and-a-half months pregnant at the time.

  • How to celebrate Halloween in the midst of midterms

    It’s Halloween night, you have a mound of homework and you just started on your third bag of Halloween candy. We’ve all been there. Whoever scheduled Halloween in the middle of midterms was seriously vindictive. If you don’t have time to leave your textbooks for a night of weirdly dressed debauchery, we compiled a list of stay-at-home Halloween activities. 

    1. The first thing you must do is watch Hocus Pocus. If you don’t own a copy of this movie  — which is a crime — go to the nearest Wal-Mart, Blockbuster or Best Buy and get it. Even in you have to keep the movie muted while you are doing homework, WATCH IT! Hocus Pocus is a Halloween staple. It just isn't Halloween if you aren’t watching the Sanderson sisters.

    2. Let’s face it, we are a little too old to go trick-or-treating, but there is something juvenile that we love when it comes to eating fun sized chocolate bars and candy corn. Go buy a few bags of candy and eat it periodically throughout the day. Better yet, make a dinner consisting of nothing but sugar  — isn’t that what you always wanted as a kid? While candy corn doesn’t give you your daily dose of vegetables, it’s festive, convenient and only available at this time of year.

    3. Nothing rings in Halloween and the fall season like the smell of pumpkin. Light up a pumpkin spice candle to get the scent of the holiday circulating around your house.

    4. Make time to take a bus down to Sixth Street and marvel at all of the super weird Halloween costumes you are bound to see. Even if you don’t have the time to dress up, live vicariously through those who do. Make a list of your favorite costumes and enjoy this one time chance where it is socially acceptable to people watch.

    5. Watch a scary movie! Any scary movie will do. 

    6. Scare your roommates. Anything along the lines of fake snakes, spiders and rats will do the trick. My personal favorite? Fill a latex glove with water and freeze it. Then place the frozen hand in their bed right before they go to sleep. It is sure to give some scares on their end and laughs on yours.

    7. It isn’t Halloween until you have seen some cute kids dressed up in Halloween costumes. Click here for cute and festive kids.

  • Kimye engagement

    Kim Kardashian rang in her 33rd birthday with a big announcement. She is engaged!

    Kim Kardashian is set to wed rapper Kanye West, and from the looks of it, West pulled out all the stops for his proposal.

    According to People Magazine, the 36-year-old rapper rented out San Francisco’s AT&T Park for the perfect setting. The stadium was filled with Kim Kardashian's closest loved ones including "momager" Kris Jenner, sisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian's friend Jonathan Cheban. Not to mention a live orchestra that played Lana Del Rey’s hit “Young and Beautiful,” Kim Kardashian’s favorite song.

    Once inside the stadium, in true Kanye West fashion, the message, “PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!” flashed across the jumbotron. Sealed with a kiss and a 15-carat engagement ring, Kim Kardashian immediately took to Instagram to document the momentous celebration captioned with a simple “YES!!!”

    Kim Kardashian’s sister Khloe Kardashian also took to social media, posting, “Tears of JOY!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!”

    West and Kim Kardashian began dating in 2012 after the reality star divorced Kris Humphries after only 72 days of marriage. 

    On June 15, 2013 West and Kim Kardashian welcomed their first child together, North West.

    This will be the first marriage for West and the third marriage for Kim Kardashian, who was first married to Damon Thomas in 2004.

    As the saying goes, the third time’s the charm and here is hoping for Kimye’s sake that this is true. 

  • Modern twist on childhood fairytales

    The remake epidemic swept through Hollywood and forgot its glass slipper.

    Hollywood recently announced its plans to remake classic childhood stories into modern day movies with new twists. The movies, which have cemented a place in children’s hearts, are being redone for an older audience while still appealing to the family demographic.

    Recently, old classics including “Beauty and the Beast”, “Cinderella” and “Into the Woods” have been slated for release in 2014.  In addition to these Disney fairy princesses, fur-loving, chain-smoking villain Cruella de Ville is getting her own live-action movie as well.

    If you ask me it looks like Hollywood cinema has recounted a love affair with these timeless classics and wants to reinvent them for multiple generations, and I for one could not be more excited.

    What began as an animated Disney movie infatuation when I was younger has transformed into a full-fledged Disney phenomenon. These movies, which were tailored to children, are now crossing over into live-action films. With new variations on each story they will be engaging for everyone.

    After movie successes with remakes including “Snow White and the Huntsman” and Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” Disney ironed out plans to film fellow classics “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

    “Beauty and the Beast,” which is being directed by “Pan’s Labyrinth” director Guillermo del Toro, will star British beauty Emma Watson as Belle. Other than the director and a few of the actors in the film, little else is known.

     “Cinderella,” scheduled for release in 2015, will have Lily James step into the iconic glass slippers as Cinderella. Helena Bonham Carter will play the role of her fairy godmother and Richard Madden will play Prince Charming.

    While both of these classics look to be entertaining, “Into the Woods” is sure to be fairytale box office gold.

    If you took all of your favorite childhood fairytale characters, introduced them to one another and created a new story you would have “Into the Woods.” With a novel concept, “Into the Woods” shows the story of a witch, played by Meryl Streep, who conspires to teach various characters of popular children's tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.

    While the premise seems to be big, the cast is even bigger. Cast with famous faces, “Into the Woods” stars Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Emily Blunt.

    Granted, there are numerous movies that have roots in classic childhood stories, these upcoming tales look to deviate from the original story line, offering audiences, young and old, a new take on the beloved classics.

  • Lunchtime links

    Here’s a collection of links from across the cultural spectrum to distract you during your lunch hour(s).

    Keeping up with your horror television shows? Here’s a rundown of the best ones.

    Prepare your tear ducts and vocal chords because Death Cab for Cutie is reissuing Transatlanticism for the album’s tenth anniversary on Oct. 29.

    This video of a cat standing on its hind legs is the funniest thing I’ve seen all day, and possibly ever.

     

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