While modern day humans are in a sense, more in control of nature than ever before, it wasn’t long ago when every noise in the night was something potentially deadly. While the world has changed, our fears haven’t, and new man-made environmental damage is bringing those fears back to the forefront. Earthquakes caused by fracking, floods caused by global warming, and epidemics caused by antibiotic resistant superbugs are a new reality – and we have only ourselves to blame. As the main reason why eco-horror films resonate so deeply with audiences, and the effects of global warming continue to worsen, viewers can see that reality and its consequences reflected in on screen.
The Walking Dead is back for season six, and there have already been some tragic casualties. The characters aren’t the only ones doing battle – there are also miniature wars raging throughout the web between the fans posting spoilers and the fans who are, well, less than appreciative. These debates just highlight the growing popularity of the show, which exploded onto the scene six years ago with over five million viewers per episode and opened the latest season with almost 20 million viewers. Vampires may have dominated popular culture in the past, but passionate fans are helping propel brain eaters past bloodsuckers. Series like The Walking Dead and iZombie are bringing a new humanity – and differing viewpoints – to these formerly human protagonists.
While a good sci-fi movie can be an incredible experience, this particular genre is often victim to hit-or-miss manuscripts and production. Often times, what stands between poor and awesome is how realistic the science in the film seems to be. There is just something that attracts us sci-fi fans to realistic circumstances – maybe it’s that chill we get in our spines when we know that something like that could actually happen. Here are five movies that withstand the test of time, thanks to their realistic storylines and portrayal of events.
The sun set on Sunday night and another emotionally-charged season of Game of Thrones came to a close. As in prior years, there was significant controversy surrounding several characters and their various dramatic subplots (as well as a few bloody deaths!), but this season still stood out as one of the best. We met the Sand Snakes of Dorne, Drogon returned, and the White Walkers really showed what they are capable of. Spoilers lie ahead so beware – stop before you read on, and catch all the earlier episodes on HBO Go or HBO Now, or on demand with Xfinity or FiOS. Once you’ve seen everything up until this point, read on!
The 80’s was a great time for horror movies, moving away from all of the “birth terror” films of the 70’s into various new sub-genres. While it’s easy to accept the influence of great films like The Thing and Halloween, there were plenty of movies that were “so bad they were good.” These movies were fun, silly, over the top, and so ridiculous that we couldn’t get enough of them. So to remember that golden era of B-movie horror that was the 80’s, here are the best “bad” horror movies of the decade.
By displaying a fierce determination to go against convention, Arya Stark has left viewers spellbound with several standout moments in the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on best-selling books by George R. R. Martin. A daughter of the Lord of Winterfell, she is stubbornly independent and headstrong – and rarely without Needle, the sword she so skillfully uses to display her impressive fighting skills. As the fifth season of GoT gets underway (check here for listings), here are five of the most awesome badass Arya Stark moments we’ve seen…so far: