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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself? Give me a break. What about being afraid of murder? Indefinite detention? Stand-up comedy? On this episode, we explore some of the many things that make us afraid.

Bitch Media’s Halloween-themed Popaganda episode “Fear” explores a number of topics related to fear:

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Ah, the days when you couldn’t just Google your dates.

brb gotta change my mooncup [Image: Edith from Crimson Peak with her hands, face, and dress bloodied] Via io9

Aspiring writer, Mary-Shelley fan, and adorable nerd Edith Cushing meets uh, vampire Loki British baronet Sir Thomas Sharpe and his creepy sister, and sparks fly, so she returns to Britain with him to the Murder Estate.

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Director David It_Follows_(poster)Robert Mitchell’s It Follows (2014) has different take on Scream‘s “The Rules,” specifically the one about teens who have sex getting murdered in slasher films.

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No zombies. No vampires. No werewolves. No familiar solutions. No safe havens…. THE SLEEP OF REASON produces MONSTERS. Let us give you something to be afraid of.

[Image: panels from the comics Sleep of Dreams] Source

[Image: panels from the comics Sleep of Dreams] Source

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[Image: movie poster for The Blue Hour, with Tam sitting next to a mostly empty swimming pool]

Have you heard about people being hidden by spirits? They will hide people they want to take. You will never find someone they hide until that person dies.

I got to see The Blue Hour (Onthakan) (2015), a Thai horror film directed by Anucha Boonyawatana, as part of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) 2015. Teenage Tam is bullied at home and at school for being gay. He meets Phum on (basically) Tindr, and the boys meet for a tryst at an abandoned swimming pool. After Phum tells him the pool is haunted by spirits, Tam’s life and sense of reality begin to unravel.
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One of the things I love the most about urban life is being able to see an event advertised and just decide to go. The SIFF had a midnight showing of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), which I watched during my post-Scream teenage attempt to watch classic horror films, but I hadn’t seen it since then. So, how does a movie that helped write “The Rules” look on its 30th birthday?

"Mom, I took Freddy's hat from my dream and also your foundation is orange." [Image from A Nightmare on Elm Street: Nancy shows her mother Freddy's hat]

“Mom, I took Freddy’s hat from my dream and also your foundation is orange.” [Image from A Nightmare on Elm Street: Nancy shows her mother Freddy’s hat]

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MV5BMzk0ODc1NDMxOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTAzMzgwOA@@._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_I first encountered this film because–can’t make this stuff up–someone on tumblr posted a fancasting of Femlock (Sherlock Holmes as a woman) with Rebecca Hall as Sherlock and Carey Mulligan as Jane Watson. The image of Hall was from The Awakening (2011), and I was not disappointed.

The year is 1921. Florence Cathcart (Hall) is a skeptic “ghost hunter” and author who crashes spiritualist gatherings to expose the charlatans robbing grieving Londoners of their money. Robert Mallory (Dominic West), a teacher from a private boarding school, contacts her regarding a haunting at his school — not to find out who the ghostly little boy in the class photos is, but to investigate the recent death of a pupil who claimed to have seen the ghost shortly before his death.

“You, being all, uh, mysterious with your… cheekbones, and turning your coat collar up so you look cool.” Source
[Image of Florence Cathcart, being mysterious with her cheekbones, and Mallory, in front of the school.]

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