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    When we last left Hannibal, Will Graham was arrested for the murder of Abigail Hobbs, a subtle and psychological frame job by Dr. Hannibal Lecter that developed over the course of the season. Season two gets underway February 28th at 10pm on NBC, with Will in prison and Hannibal essentially taking his place in the FBI. We've seen the first couple episodes - and trust me, they don't disappoint - but if you can't wait, check out these four new clips from the season premiere.

     


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    The Shining Overlook carpet

    The iconic carpet pattern in The Shining's Overlook Hotel has been the inspiration for many products over the years, including a winter hat and even a sports coat. I don't know about you, but as cool as those products are, I've still personally been hoping that someone will come along and make an actual replica of the carpet that can be used as a floor decoration for the home.

    At long last, my prayers have been answered!

    Japanese company Jet Link offers not only an Overlook-inspired door mat but also a handful of really unique Shining t-shirts, which are truly some of the coolest horror shirts that I've ever laid eyes on.

    You can check out the shirts below, which according to my calculations are selling for around $60, while the door mat is going for approximately $200. A bit on the pricey side, for sure, but I can't help but feel that all the products are worthy of selling for those prices!

    The Shining t-shirt

    The Shining shirt

    The Shining t-shirt


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    New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!

    Terminator: Enemy of My Enemy No. 1

    One year after the events of the original film, in a plot line unrelated to the characters therein, a new Terminator zaps into the past. He's a bulky dude, a T-800 to be sure, and he's after a scientist who's discoveries could destroy Skynet. But without Kyle Reese to send back to protect the scientist, what will she do when this hulking monstrosity comes for her?

    Bag it or board it up? Ever since the T-1000, we've expected bigger and better from the Terminator franchise. We want more advanced robots. We want bigger explosions. We want scarier villains. But, with this new run of comics, we're brought back to the gritty, ground-level terror the original film had. It's just a woman who knows too much, an assassin out to claim a price, and an unstoppable killing machine. It's perfect nostalgia, and does the franchise right.

    The Strain: The Fall No. 8

    While we wait for this comic to become a show on FX (soon, soon…) we're left with thrilling, macabre tales in pen and ink. This issue we're left with Manhattan fully under the control of "the Master," with long-tongued blood-suckers all about, and our heroes scattered and nearly hopeless. But a discovery in an ancient tome could lead to the destruction of the ancient evils that plague this bloody new world.

    Bag it or board it up? These are fun vampire comics that paint there vampires as bloodthirsty, unthinking ghouls. This issue was full of discovery and could be a turning point in the series. It's hard to say how the show will fare because this is a moody, genre-heavy comic. But it's a great read, so enjoy it now and say you liked it before the show (you're so cool)!

    The X-Files/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Conspiracy #1

    The X-Files and what? The group of investigators known as the Lone Gunman have a clue from the future that the world could be felled by an alien virus soon. So they're on the lookout for anything alien and unnatural. When someone posts a picture of Leonardo on a message board, they ride out to Northampton to find the shelled heroes. There they team up with the turtles to fight off a group of vampires hiding out in the small town.

    Bag it or board it up? This is a fun issue, but the plot seems too contrived. I know, I know, it's a story about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who meet up with hoax hunters and kill vampires, but come on! The vampire cult just happens to be in the same town as the turtles? It's a little silly. But, this is a fast-paced, goofy comic and if you like either of the franchises you'll get a chuckle out of this.

    B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth No. 116

    Oh, the problems the world faces in B.P.R.D. Shall we name them? First, the world's been torn apart by giant monsters that emerged from a crack in the earth. Second, society's fallen apart. Third, Manhattan is controlled by someone named The Black Flame, a nine foot tall dude that glows blue and black, burns all around him, and controls the Zinco corporation, leftover villains from the past, and generally acts as a god to New York. Not okay. Our heroes are trying to scrabble together power with resistance fighters, but it's not going well.

    Bag it or board it up? This is a great issue of B.P.R.D. The action is tense, the fighting is brief but exciting, and the opening panels of this comic are shocking, terrifying, and sad. It's hard in comics to get the audience to care for the "little people." Too often our interests lie in the superheroes, not the people their building-crushing fights kill. But Mignola and gang can get us to care about anything, really, and when they turn their sights on the people in the middle of the conflict, it's heartbreaking and moving.


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    It seems as though creepy confections, sinister party favors, and the like are hurtling to an all time high in popularity; for example: Martha Stewart is providing step by step instructions on how to make a variety of disgusting looking but totally edible accouterments. With the extreme success of shows like The Walking Dead, it seems as though a lot of people who were once put off by the macabre are now embracing it. This probably leaves most diehard horror fans indifferent, but the potential plus side to more mainstream attention being paid to the morbid is that there are more ideas floating around sites like Pinterest for creepy hors d'oeuvre and such.

    So, if you dig creepy confections, evil entrées, or nasty nibblies, have a look at these outstanding examples below!

    Dexter Red Velvet Cupcake with Broken Glass

    These bloody cupcakes from New York’s Magnolia Bakery are a brilliant idea. Creating the translucent look of the glass by taking the caramel off the heat source before it browns is genius. These cupcakes are just as delicious as they are awesome.

    Ladies’ Fingers

    These ladyfingers are a literal interpretation of their namesake. As curious as the idea is, they look absolutely delicious. And since the recipe is by Martha Stewart, they are probably perfect in every way.

    Source: Martha Stewart

    Bloody Brain Cake

    This concept is realistic looking enough that I think I would probably be inclined to eat it with my eyes closed. Nonetheless, it a perfectly brilliant idea. And if you can get past the fact that you are eating a cake in the likeness of a bloody brain, then you will most likely enjoy this creative confection!

    Source: Instructables.com

    Meat Hand

    The mastermind behind this recipe put a lot of work in to coming up with the perfect process for making an edible severed hand and their hard work has paid off. The resulting entrée is something of bewonderment. I have never really been a meatloaf fan but I can safely say that wouldn’t stop me from giving this awesome creation a shot.  

    Source: Not Martha

    Zombie Pops with Cake Brain

    These cake pops are damn cute. Cake on a stick has become so popular that even giant coffee conglomerate Starbucks has taken to carrying it. But you wont find these kick-ass brain cake filled zombie pops at the world’s most notorious coffee dispensary. You can find the recipe below to make your own, though.

    Source: Cake Journal

    Eyeball Highball

    Whether you plan to host a macabre themed cocktail party or just want to stay home alone and drink to forget, here is a great recipe for you. The Eyeball Highball is somewhat out of the ordinary but provides a fun spin on the classic cocktail recipe. This is another Martha Stewart creation so don’t screw it up.

    Source: Martha Stewart

    PizzaNomicon

    If you like your pizza with a bit of evil about it, then The PizzaNomicon will be right up your alley! This masterful creation makes for a perfect meal to serve up alongside an Evil Dead marathon.

    Eyeball Jell-O Shots

    These Jell-O shots are perfect for the slightly morbid alcohol enthusiast in your life. While these shots are a touch more labor intensive than the standard Jell-O shot, the payoff is more than worth the time investment!

    Source: My Science Project

    Bloody Brownies

    These absolutely spectacular looking red velvet brownies are just as delicious as they are morbid. The red velvet/bloody spin on the standard brownie formula is approximately delicious.  

    Source: Cupcakes and Cashmere


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    Teen Wolf's newest supernatural teen is Kira, played by Arden Cho. As we are learning through the season, she is a kitsune, a supernatural fox creature that can absorb and store electricity. This has made her a target for Doug Jones' crazy killer character, and has made her accepted by the werewolves, hunters, and banshees that populate Beacon Hills.

    We got Arden in the studio to discuss being the new girl on campus, discovering her new powers, and the romance developing between Kira and Scott.

    Teen Wolf airs Monday nights at 10pm on MTV.

     

     

     


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    Once the home of a famous beer baron and his family, St. Louis, Missouri landmark Lemp Mansion is now a favorite destination for ghost hunters, and for good reason: in 1980, Life magazine named the house one of the “Ten Most Haunted Places in America.”
     
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    Photo: Matt Hucke
     
    The house was built in 1868 and bought in 1876 by William Lemp Sr., who had taken over the family's brewing business after his father's death in 1862. It was later expanded to the luxurious estate seen today. The building also contains many secret passageways, some of which linked the house (which also served as Lemp's business office) with the nearby brewery.
     
    When William Lemp Sr.'s son Frederick died of a heart attack at age 28, the family's legacy of misfortune began. Further tragedies took their toll on William Sr., who took his own life in 1904, just three years after his son's death. More tragedies followed, including the death of William's mother from cancer and the apparent suicide of Elsa Lemp Wright in 1920 under mysterious circumstances. The arrival of Prohibition led to the brewery's closing, after which William Jr. also committed suicide. The tragedy didn't stop there: William's son Charles, an eccentric recluse given to extreme depression, shot himself in 1949... and left cryptic instructions that his body be buried in a secret location. To this day, no one knows why.
     
    It's no surprise that a home with such a grim legacy would become the focal point for alleged supernatural activity, and it wasn't long before the mansion developed a reputation for being not just haunted, but extremely haunted. It was turned into a boarding house, but business was disrupted by tenants' complaints of strange nocturnal noises. It was bought in 1975 and converted into a restaurant and inn, which is still in business today... but even during the renovation, strange phenomena plagued the workers, scaring some of them away for good.
     
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    Photo: Carin Les/Angels & Ghosts
     
    Yes, you can still reserve your very own room here, but bear in mind that strange happenings are still being reported by the staff, including objects flying across rooms, unexplained sounds and ghostly apparitions – including, some say, the spectral figure of William Jr.'s estranged wife, known as the “Lavender Lady” (not to be confused with the character in Phantasm), believed by some to be depicted in the photographs above and below.
     
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    A new house may have joined Lemp Mansion on the “Most Haunted” list: this suburban home in Indiana is reportedly infested with hundreds of evil spirits!

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    Eli Roth

    This week has proven to be a pretty exciting one for fans of the so-called 'Splat Pack,' which began when Rob Zombie announced that he's tossing his hockey movie on the back-burner in favor of a horror movie, described as being in the same vein as The Devil's Rejects. As if that wasn't awesome enough, we've just gotten word that Eli Roth is already hard at work on another horror film of his own, to follow up this year's release of The Green Inferno.

    The Wrap reports that Roth will be directing a horror flick called Knock Knock, which he co-wrote with Aftershock collaborators Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo. Budgeted at under $10 million, and set to start production this April, the film will center around two young girls who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man, where they proceed to seduce him and wreak havoc on his perfect life.

    In the meantime, The Green Inferno is scheduled to see the light of day on September 5th.

    While we wait for both films, here's a picture of Eli Roth sharing a drink with a snake, which should hold you over!

    Eli Roth


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    Not satisfied with the anything-goes urban battlefield that fans of the Grand Theft Auto game franchise love so much, one intrepid modder decided to launch a vehicular apocalypse that looks like something out of Stephen King's machines-run-amok tale Trucks (or its rather cheesy screen adaptations).
     
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    Yes, this cat hacked into Grand Theft Auto V and turned the streets of San Andreas into “Carmageddon” – a metal massacre in which the player must try to dodge an onslaught of murderous vehicles that would give even Michael Bay nightmares, flinging themselves at the player with murder on their minds. Some (but not all) of the cars do have drivers, so the city's human population may also have fallen victim to some kind of vehicular rage virus.
     
    The result was posted to a YouTube channel dedicated to GTA5 videos, and here's what it looks like... it ain't pretty.
     

     

    Al this game needs now is a squad of these horrifying bone vehicles patrolling the streets...


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    Cthulhu lamp

    One of the most iconic creatures in the history of fictional monsters is no doubt the octopus-like Cthulhu, which was of course the creation of the late H.P. Lovecraft. Fans have for years been using Cthulhu as the basis for all sorts of fun and whacky creations, from perfumes to chess sets, USB plugs to horrifying holiday dinners. Cthulhu is everywhere, it seems, and now he's found himself up on a wall!

    Cthulhu lamp

    As we spotted over on Nerd Approved, this incredible wall lamp was handcrafted by Canadian artist Karl Dupere-Richer, and you might be surprised by the materials he used to bring the sea monster to life. The Cthulhu lamp is comprised entirely of found objects, and chair feet, bike tires, PVC pipes, cans and even a flower pot were all on the ingredients list. Now that's creative. R'lyeh, R'lyeh creative!

    Unfortunately, the lamp is not currently for sale. The artist says he's not yet "sufficiently detached" enough from it to consider letting it go. Can ya blame him?!


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    Godzilla 2014

    For geeks like ourselves, 2014 is the year of Godzilla, who once again stomps his way into American cinemas on May 16th. Though it's only three months away, we still haven't gotten an up close and personal look at the rebooted beast, and you'd better believe that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are going to have a whole lot of fun teasing us, in the months and weeks leading up to the release.

    Last week we got an idea of the scale of the modern day Godzilla in the form of a new poster (above), and this week kicks off with yet another tease, this time of the auditory variety.

    A short video aptly titled 'ROAR' has just made its way onto YouTube, which gives us a small taste at the earth-shattering sounds that the world's most iconic Kaiju will be unleashing, when he makes his long-awaited return to theaters. Turn up your volume and click the play button below to listen, and give the awesome teaser trailer another watch, while you're at it!


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    This one is kind of a gut punch: actor/writer/director Harold Ramis is dead at age 69.

    Probably best known for his role in Ghostbusters, Ramis had a long career in comedy as a writer, director, producer, and actor, including classics like Animal House, Caddyshack, Back to School, and Groundhog Day. But to me, he will always be Dr. Egon Spengler, the "nerdy" Ghostbuster. I watched the Ghostbusters movies - and the animated series - obsessively in my youth. Maybe because I am nerd, but I always felt a kinship with Egon.

    Ramis died on Monday of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a condition he battled for several years. He is survived by his wife, three children, and two grandchildren.

    No word on what this means for the long-rumored Ghostbusters III, but I can't imagine it could slow the process any more.

    "Do, ray, Egon!"


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    Halloween

    It's often said that movie poster art is dead, but as last year's book Alternative Movie Posters showed us, that statement quite frankly couldn't be further from the truth. While it is true that movie studios are for the most part no longer interested in plastering incredible pieces of art on the theatrical posters and home video boxes of their releases, there are nevertheless countless independent artists who are keeping the art of poster art alive and well, and Trevor Dunt is one of those artists.

    The Exorcist

    The Delaware-based artist actually had two pieces of poster art featured in Alternative Movie Posters, and his speciality is digitally created artwork that evokes the spirit and feeling of vintage graphic design. Oftentimes weathered and aged, Dunt's posters for films like The Exorcist, Alien and Halloween look like pieces of art you'd find up in the attic of an old home, and he's also given the retro style treatment to more modern day flicks such as House of the Devil and Planet Terror.

    Check out a handful of the retro-inspired designs below and see more, as well as purchase prints, over on Trevor Dunt's website!

    Halloween 2

    Zombie Fulci

    Cannibal Holocaust

    House of the Devil

    Planet Terror


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    In this exclusive clip from Repentance, Forest Whitaker shows Anthony Mackie why he should never reject the kind offer of a drink. Repentance, directed by Philippe Caland, opens in theaters February 28th.

    Official synopsis: Years after a drunken car crash that almost took his life, Thomas Carter (Anthony Mackie) has reinvented himself as a therapist/spiritual advisor who advocates a synthesis of world religions and positivity. He's parlayed this vocation into a successful book release that one day draws the attention of Angel Sanchez (Forest Whitaker), a profoundly troubled man fixated on the "untimely" death of his mother. When Carter takes on Sanchez as a personal client in an effort to raise funds for his indebted brother Ben (Mike Epps), things quickly take a turn for the worse. Angel needs much more than a simple life coach.


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    The chair creaks as you settle onto it. The candlelight flickers. All around you the ravenous faces of your so-called friends twist in delight as you slowly open the box laid out on the table. Welcome to Dangerous Games! Each week, we'll feature a horror/thriller/monster tabletop game you should be playing. Don't be scared… roll the dice… what's the worst that could happen? 
     
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    Nightfall (AEG, 2011)
     
    You can't remember the last time you saw the sun. The moon rules over all now, casting its milky glow on the meek and downtrodden. But there are new leaders in town now. No sooner had the sun shrunk from the earth then creatures from nightmares began to take hold. Vampires, Werewolves, and Ghouls all struggle for power in the sunless world now, will you be able to recruit them to survive?
     
    Nightfall is a card drafting game for two to five players. Set in a dark, dystopian horror-future, players will draft cards and try to create chains of effect while dealing damage to their opponents. Unlike many deck building or card drafting games, this is a slugfest. And the least harmed player at the end of the game wins.
     
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    Gameplay Mechanics
     
    Each player starts the game by drafting a set of cards that will be their personal cards to start with. The goal of the game is to play creatures, attack with those creatures, and deal damage to your opponents. You can block creatures that attack you, and in a lot of ways the combat plays like the ever-popular Magic: The Gathering.
     
    The mechanic that really makes this game intriguing is the idea of "Chaining" effects. Each card has a featured color (that's the largest of three circles in the upper left-hand corner) and two smaller neighbor colors. When you play another card of the same color or matching color, you can chain it and get additional bonuses. This can lead to devastating combos, fun card play interactions, and lots of variability.
     
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    Replay Value
     
    This game is easy to learn and full of complex variables. So once you get the basics down you'll be chaining effects, leveling the playing field, and feeling awesome. There could have been a bit more variety in the initial set, which would add to the replay value even more. But for what you get here it's really awesome and you'll probably still play it over and over, regardless of the variety. And with new expansions coming out every year, there's a lot to dig into.
     
    Overall Impressions
     
    Wow, this is a fun game. This is the type of game that won't blow you away while it sits on the shelf. And it may sit on the shelf of your local game store for a while before anyone picks it up. But you should get this game, for sure. Not sold yet? Try out the iOS app version of the game for three bucks.

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    While most of the haunted colleges we've reported on recently have histories dating back to the 19th century (like the University of Georgia at Athens, a strong contender for America's most haunted college), the campus of California State University Channel Islands – which opened just 12 years ago – may be the youngest American school with a dark and paranormal legacy.
     
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    Built on the grounds of a former mental hospital (which shut its doors in 1997 for financial reasons), CSU Channel Islands may be recognizable to horror fans as one of the filming locations for the The Ring– but that's not nearly as spooky as the school's own haunted history.
     
    The school has already made Listverse's Top 10 Most Haunted US Colleges, and paranormal tourism site Creepy Los Angeles posted a first-hand account from a CSU student who claims to have heard the sounds of a crying woman in one of the abandoned halls, doors slamming and locking/unlocking by themselves, scratching on walls, and other unsettling activities in several of the dorms.
     
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    Photo: Joe Viring
     
    One of the most chilling stories recounted on the site involves the former hospital's still-standing labs and offices, which the author explored a few years ago. Among the creepiest discoveries were the words “No one can help me” etched into the lab walls, and a single word scrawled in the shower room: “DIE.” In the same location, the student claims a door moved on its own and struck her in the face.
     
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    That scene from The Ring we mentioned earlier? It's that famous shot of the well, on a hill overlooking the campus. Visitors to the site have reported an uneasy feeling while standing on that hill... “like someone is lurking around the corner.”
     
    Want to tour more creepy campuses? How about El Paso High School, said to harbor the ghost of a suicidal student...

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    Cinema is often paradoxical: it's full of situations where opposites attract, or things are so wrong they're right, and we often see good characters go bad. As patrons of the cinema, we are frequently attracted to these paradoxes, and this is especially the case with movie characters so hideously deformed or badly misshapen that they circle back around to being adorable.
     
    We don’t know quite what to do with these anomalies... do we hug them, or run away screaming? With that in mind, let's count down seven of our favorite creatures in cinema (and one runner-up) that are so ugly they're cute. When you wrap up with this one, be sure to check out horror loving kids and the parents who encourage it.
     
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    Bad Milo
     
    Sometimes one’s inner turmoil manifests itself as a living thing. And sometimes that living thing has murderous intent and lives in its host’s intestines until it can escape through his butt. But who says a physical manifestation of one’s inner turmoil can’t also be damn cute? Milo is hideous and full of ill will, but somehow he manages to be simultaneously adorable.
     
    Slimer
     
    Slimer from Ghostbusters
     
    Though Slimer is a made entirely of ectoplasm, is an extremely messy eater, has an insatiable appetite, and may come on a little strong at first, he has a tendency to grow on you. This Class Five Full Roaming Vapor is even sort of cute after you get over some of his less flattering attributes. Over time, this wraith has become somewhat of a mascot for the Ghostbusters brand and graced all sorts of merchandising; perhaps because of this, Slimer’s image has been altered to be slightly less hideous. RIP Ghostbusters Harold Ramis.
     
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    The Martians from Mars Attacks!
     
    Based on a gory trading card series that originated in 1962, the Martians from Tim Burton's 1996 film are absolutely ugly and totally ridiculous looking, but somehow their hideous exterior lends itself to making the little creatures almost huggable. The giant brains that aid in their unmatched appetite for destruction somehow work to make these alien beings seem even more precious.
     
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    The Cockroaches from Joe’s Apartment
     
    Joe’s Apartment is the kind of film that falls under the "so bad it’s good" classification, and the idea of singing cockroaches gets a little tired by the end of the 80-minute runtime... but it’s still a nice novelty. While cockroaches aren’t normally used in the same sentence as the word "cute," Joe’s insect friends do most certainly wind up winning us over in record time. They talk, they sing... what’s not to love? 
     
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    The Zombie Baby from Dead Alive
     
    This memorable tyke from Peter Jackson's gore epic is slightly repulsive, but it’s almost humanly impossible not to find a baby cute on some level. So while we weren’t entirely devastated to see this bouncing baby boy end up in the blender, we were slightly conflicted about rooting for his demise... he's still a baby, after all, and thus cute in his own disgusting, hideously misshapen way. 
     
    Paul
     
    Paul
     
    Brilliantly voiced by Seth Rogen, Paul is certainly not cute in the conventional sense. In fact, he’s barely cute in any sense, upon first glance. But his laid-back personality, affinity for birds, and ability to heal make him lovable. The fact that Paul’s companions (played brilliantly by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright) are bumbling but lovable science fiction enthusiasts makes it all the easier to love this displaced alien. 
     
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    The Chestburster in Spaceballs
     
    This scene in Spaceballs is one of the film's greatest moments: it takes one of the most horrifying and frightening scenes from the classic Alien and makes it utterly hilarious. With the little creep donning a top hat and cane to sing a Vaudeville ditty, it’s impossible not to appreciate his charm. Though the chestburster itself is completely hideous in appearance, it's impossible not to find it somewhat cute on account of its showbiz talents.
     
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    Honorable Mention: The Killer Rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail
     
    It’s technically not ugly... in fact, the killer rabbit is actually pretty normal-looking at first, but it turns out to be just as vicious as it is cute... which quickly becomes apparent when it starts biting, clawing, and decapitating its way through a legion of knights.

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    Of all the reportedly haunted college campuses we've covered on these pages lately, Ohio University's Athens campus may have the largest number of haunted buildings per acre... and that's saying a lot, considering the amount of paranormal buzz that's surrounded schools like the University of Georgia (also, by coincidence, in a city named Athens), or California State University Channel Islands.
     
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    The spooky rep surrounding OU Athens goes all the way back to the dawn of the 19th century, when the school was established; some even claim it was buried on the site of a Native American burial ground (like the Overlook Hotel in The Shining), but this is unconfirmed. Still, the supernatural stories have grown over the generations to follow – enough to make the school a favorite destination for ghost hunters from around the world. It seems just about every building on the campus has its own terrifying tale to tell, and quite a few have several. 
     
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    Once a safe house for the Underground Railroad, Alpha Omicron Pi sorority is believed to be haunted by a murdered slave named Nicodemus; in Jefferson Hall, a spectral schoolteacher has been sighted multiple times floating through the rooms, silencing noisemakers like the librarian in Ghostbusters. Washington Hall (pictured at top) is believed to be haunted by an entire basketball team, said to have been killed in a bus accident (there's no official confirmation of the deceased ballers' identities, but it's a movie-worthy idea); after a student fell to her death from the fourth floor of Crawford Hall, residents have reported seeing a shadowy female figure who occasionally speaks to them; the Convocation Center, which houses the school's sports arena, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a resident advisor murdered by her ex-boyfriend; and Lin Hall (pictured above, formerly known as "The Ridges") was once the site of a state mental hospital, now considered a hotbed of paranormal activity... and even a popular Halloween hangout.
     
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    Along with Lin, arguably the most haunted building on campus is Wilson Hall (above), the focus of multiple investigations over the years (including an episode of the TV series Scariest Places on Earth). The eeriest aspect of the building is connected to an urban legend about a group of Athens cemeteries supposedly arranged in the shape of a pentagram; Wilson has been identified as the focal point of that figure. Again, only speculation, but a pretty creepy story.
     
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    Photo: David DeWitt
     
    Visit Forgotten Ohio and Ohio Haunted Places for many more Athens ghost tales and urban legends.

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    After a series of freak storms blasted thousands of tons of sand from the beaches of Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales, locals were shocked to discover a bizarre and surreal landscape of ancient, skeletal trees dating back roughly four thousand years.
     
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    Photo: Keith Morris/LNP
     
    According to The Guardian, the forest of pine, oak and birch trees once extended for many miles across the swampland, between what are now the towns of Borth and Ynyslas. Climate change and rising seas are believed to have submerged the forest thosands of years ago, gradually burying it in moss and sediment. 
     
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    Photo: Keith Morris/LNP
     
    Local legends about a lost kingdom called Cantre'r Gwaelod may have grown out of stories passed down about the buried forest; recently exposed human footprints and man-made structures in the area dating between 3000 and 4000 years old suggest those legends may be partially based on fact.
     
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    Photo: Keith Morris/LNP
     
    Speaking of creepy lost cities... check out this kingdom of stone giants slumbering beneath the waters of the Mediterranean!

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    Is a werewolf stalking the Brazilian town of São Gonçalo de Campos? Local authorities may (unofficially) think so – especially after the release of this security camera footage, which suggests the dark outline of a man-sized beast walking on all fours in someone's backyard.
     
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    According to the blog Skeptophilia, the creature was first sighted by a man calling himself “Pingo,” who claimed to have barely escaped with his life when the creature ran after him. He was ridiculed by his neighbors at first... until they began to report monster sightings of their own. Soon the word “werewolf” was being whispered around the neighborhood, and local officials even issued a 9 PM curfew in the town in response to the increase in sightings.
     
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    Some have speculated after viewing this clip that the “monster” is merely a man in a suit. But until more conclusive results can be produced, the case remains open. Take a look for yourself:
     
     
    Want to invite a real werewolf into your home, but without the risk to life and limb? This spooky pet might be the next best thing...

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    Godzilla 2014

    I'm typically not into big budget blockbusters, but holy shit am I excited about Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures' Godzilla, which is fast approaching. Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters), the film is primed and ready to wash the bad taste of 1998'slackluster effort out of all of our mouths, and at long last give us the Godzilla flick that we deserve, and that we've been patiently waiting for.

    A few months after the excitement began with a teaser trailer, and a mere 24 hours after we heard his roar, the full official trailer for Godzilla 2014 has arrived, and it's home to a whole lot of brand new footage that wasn't previously seen in the teaser. Though it still doesn't provide a full look at the titular beast, I can nevertheless promise you it's the most awesome thing you'll see all week.

    If you weren't yet head over heels excited about the movie, prepare for that to change.

    Check out the epic trailer below, and look for Godzilla in theaters on May 16th!

    Oh come on, once wasn't enough. Click play and watch it again. Go ahead. You deserve it.


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