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Month: September 2017

A Brief History Of Horror Movies

Horror movies has been around for almost as long as movies have been made. Before looking at the horror movie it may be best to look into horror in literature. Knowing this can help our understanding of horror films and where they come from. Horror in literature left a legacy that helped to propel this genre into films. If there had not been such a legacy of literary works then we may not have the same movies we do now. The term horror was first coined in 1764 in a book by Horace Walpole’s called The Castle of Otranto which was full of the supernatural. In the following centuries literary giants like Edgar Allan Poe championed this genre with great works like The Raven. Some of the great horror movies of today are based on old horror stories like Frankenstein and Dracula which were both written in the 1800’s. At the beginning of horror movie history these movies were often ones that had the supernatural in there. In the late 1890’s short silent films was where these movies start. The Frenchman Georges Melies is thought to be the creator of the first horror film with his 1896 short silent Le Manior du diable. Around this time the Japanese also tried their hand at this genre with Bake Jizo and Shinin no Sosei. The first full horror film was an...

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The Modern Vampires’ Message to Adolescent Girls

Monsters can be found in books, audio, television and, of course, in the movies and they are almost always repulsive. No one finds themselves attracted to a mummy, ghoul, werewolf, zombie, the Frankenstein monster, etc. The primary exception to this rule is the vampire. While incarnations of it can be positively scary to look at, the trend as of late has been to make them exceedingly beautiful. That in itself is not such a bad thing, but the other attributes granted these supernatural beings lead to storylines with alarmingly poor messages for young people – adolescent girls in particular. Usually the “top” or “main” vampire will be male and he will more often than not execute control and aggression towards women. Now more than ever these attacks will have a sexual component. The audience for said stories will be inundated with mental or visual images of powerful males taking advantage of female victims in semi-sexual ways. Yes, there can be male victims as well, but they tend to fight violently against the attacker and there is no sexual component as they are conquered. Here is an example: Bram Stokers Dracula This article deals with how vampires are portrayed in modern times, and therefore, I am referring to the 1992 movie about Dracula instead of the original book from the late 1800’s. Dracula finds his wife from centuries earlier (Mina)...

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Top Must See Attractions in Toronto

As the largest city in Canada, Toronto sees millions of visitors a year. If you only have a limited time to visit Toronto, it’s important to know where to go and what to see, in order to make the most of your time here. Toronto is a vast city, but the best places to see are mostly confined to the southern part of the city. Staying somewhere downtown or close to downtown, on the subway line, will make getting to all the different attractions much easier. Scarborough Bluffs Anyone who isn’t native to Toronto likely hasn’t heard of the Scarborough Bluffs. It is an escarpment that rises as high as 90 meters and stretches 15 kms long, along the eastern portion of the waterfront. You can take a walk along Bluffers Park, where you can take in the view of the Bluffs above and visit the beach which is surrounded by the Bluffs above on one side and a beautiful natural landscape on the other side. I’ve seen people swim here before, but I would not recommend swimming anywhere along the Toronto waterfront, as the sewer system runs into the lake (unless you want to grow a third arm). It is also worth visiting the top of the Bluffs, where you can take in the view of the lake below. There are trails all over the Bluffs that you...

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