This is the time of year when most people start reflecting on their accomplishments and failures--the Ghost Diaries reflects on horror movies. We look back on the year with nostalgic fondness, running a slow motion highlight reel of brutal murders, screaming faces, demonic possession, and pools of blood spreading across new laminate floorboards. 2013 is probably not going to be looked back upon as a watershed moment for horror cinema, but there were still plenty of gems.
The rise of the Corporatocracy uses all tools at its disposal, including Hollywood, which has long been a mouthpiece for both the military industrial complex as well as capitalism itself. How do drones and military robotics figure into this and why is Robocop the perfect example of a new breed of Hollywood propaganda?
George Romero casts aspersions on the most popular zombie franchise in television history. Is he justified?
Barring a mass extinction of the human race--which, of course, is completely plausible--our technological progress will likely continue to grow exponentially, making the chances of a technological Singularity quite good. However, the energy requirements of this will necessitate the construction of a Dyson sphere.
An account for some very disturbing depictions of viruses in recent movies and television...oh, and the plague
For anyone who's dreamed of going to Disney World and never leaving, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (2003) is the book for you. Cory Doctorow's increasingly relevant novel is a precious literary artifact, functioning as a potent science fiction missive, as a challenge to copyright laws, and as a prophecy of the coming age of reputation currency.
Scientists may have discovered a second type of dark matter that is diverse.
Recently released CIA documents show that Kennedy requested highly classified documents pertaining to UFOs 10 days before his assassination.
One of the freshest directors working in horror movies these days is Ti West. His movies are unique in that he cherishes suspense almost as much as a pay-off. It’s refreshing to see a filmmaker take pride in fear-making and not just the amount of blood that can feasibly be made to spill across the screen.
A new website allows you to look up whether previous tenants died in your home.
Watch the 1977 video of Philip K. Dick telling the world he genuinely believes we live in a computer program.
We find it fascinating how much freakier costumes were back in the day. Were people really that much more deranged back then? Was it a reflection of the times? Or maybe... the true horror lies in the fact that people used their imaginations to create their costumes rather than parading over to the nearest Party Shop and forking over money for a prepackaged costume.