100 Best Horror Movies of All Time

We went down into the crypt, opened the coffin, and summoned the 100 best-reviewed horror films of all time. Behold its RTs Horror Countdown, a compendium of horror shows to keep your spine tingling!

#100

Adjusted Score: 85.012%

Critics Consensus: Visually splendid and narratively satisfying, Tale of Tales packs an off-kilter wallop for mature viewers in search of something different.

#99

Adjusted Score: 87.183%

Critics Consensus: The Conjuring 2 can’t help but lose a bit of its predecessor’s chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill.

#98

Adjusted Score: 87.201%

Critics Consensus: Grimmer and more terrifying than the 1950s take, John Carpenter’s The Thing is a tense sci-fi thriller rife with compelling tension and some remarkable make-up effects.

#97

Adjusted Score: 87.521%

Critics Consensus: The Others is a spooky thriller that reminds us that a movie doesn’t need expensive special effects to be creepy.

#96

Adjusted Score: 88.161%

Critics Consensus: Plunging viewers into the nightmarish hellscape of an apartment complex under siege, [Rec] proves that found footage can still be used as an effective delivery mechanism for sparse, economic horror.

#95

Adjusted Score: 88.277%

Critics Consensus: Though its underlying themes are familiar, House of the Devil effectively sheds the loud and gory cliches of contemporary horror to deliver a tense, slowly building throwback to the fright flicks of decades past.

#94

Adjusted Score: 88.657%

Critics Consensus: Using its low-budget effects and mockumentary method to great result, Paranormal Activity turns a simple haunted house story into 90 minutes of relentless suspense.

#93

Adjusted Score: 90.378%

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

#92

Adjusted Score: 90.431%

Critics Consensus: Deft direction and strong performances from its all-female cast guide The Descent, a riveting, claustrophobic horror film.

#91

Adjusted Score: 90.764%

Critics Consensus: The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective — and surprisingly clever — slow-building thriller.

#90

Adjusted Score: 92.399%

Critics Consensus: Ambitious and beautifully shot, Demon delivers a gripping — and sadly final — testament to the singular talent possessed by director/co-writer Marcin Wrona.

#89

Adjusted Score: 92.482%

Critics Consensus: George A. Romero’s contribution to vampire lore contains the expected gore and social satire — but it’s also surprisingly thoughtful, and boasts a whopper of a final act.

#88

Adjusted Score: 92.738%

Critics Consensus: Terrifying and funny in almost equal measure, John Landis’ horror-comedy crosses genres while introducing Rick Baker’s astounding make-up effects.

#87

Adjusted Score: 92.91%

Critics Consensus: Full of creepy campfire scares, mock-doc The Blair Witch Project keeps audiences in the dark about its titular villain — thus proving that imagination can be as scary as anything onscreen.

#86

Adjusted Score: 93.163%

Critics Consensus: Fright Night deftly combines thrills and humor in this ghostly tale about a man living next to a vampire.

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Vampires may have been REAL people suffering this blood disorder, experts reveal – The Sun

THE LEGEND of blood-sucking vampires could have been based on real people, experts have revealed.

The mythical baddies could actually be suffering from a rare blood disorder, a new study suggests.

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Folklore has portrayed vampires as undead beings who feast on the blood of innocent people.

They’re notoriously allergic to daylight, and can be repelled with garlic and a crucifix.

But, now a team of scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital believe there is another explanation.

They believe a rare genetic mutation could have caused some people to display traits of “vampires”, leading to the fictitious characters we know about today.

The condition erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP), is a blood disorder that affects kids, causing their skin to become very sensitive to light.

Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause agonising, disfiguring blisters.

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The condition affects the body’s ability to make heme, which helps make haemoglobin – part of our blood that helps carry oxygen.

And heme also helps make blood red, when it binds with iron.

People suffering EPP are “chronically anaemic”, Dr Barry Paw of the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center explained.

Even on a cloudy day, theres enough ultraviolet light to cause blistering and disfigurement of the exposed body parts, ears and nose

It means their iron levels are too low.

“It makes them feel very tired and look very pale with increased photosensitivity because they can’t come out in the daylight,” Dr Paw said.

“Even on a cloudy day, there’s enough ultraviolet light to cause blistering and disfigurement of the exposed body parts, ears and nose.”

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Patients with EPP can stay inside and receive blood transfusions to combat their anaemia.

But, in ancient times, drinking animal blood and emerging only at night may have been used to achieve the same effect, the researchers noted, adding further fuel to the legend of vampires.

Now, Dr Paw and his team have identified a specific genetic mutation that they believe triggers EPP.

He said the mutation could potentially be responsible for the folklore of vampires.

Heme is produced in the liver and bone marrow, thanks to a process called prophyrin synthesis.

Any genetic defect that affects that process can stop the body producing heme.

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Decreased levels of heme lead to a build up of a type of protoporphyrin calledprotoporphyrin IX, in the red blood cells, plasma and sometimes the liver.

When protoporphyrin IX is exposed to light, it produces chemicals that damage, burning surrounding cells.

And it’s this that causes people with EPP to experience swelling, burning and redness of the skin after exposure to sunlight.

The reaction can happen with a few rays of sunlight passing through a window.

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Dr Paw said: “This newly-discovered mutation really highlights the complex genetic network that underpins heme metabolism.

“Loss of function mutations in any number of genes that are part of this network can result in devastating disfiguring disorders.”

Dr Paw suggested that identifying the genetic mutations that cause porphyria could pave the way for future therapies that could correct the faulty genes responsible.

He added: “Although vampires aren’t real, there is a real need for innovative therapies to improve the lives of people with porphyrias.”

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Metro Science: How itching works, the real vampires, and sound smart with neuroscience – MetroNews Canada

The sensation of itch, more properly called pruritus, is phenomenally complicated.

But all itches have a few things in common: They occur in the skin and mucous membranes (such as inside the nose and mouth), not internal organs, and they cause the undeniable impulse to scratch.

An itch starts with a pruritogen, or irritant, usually on the skin. It may come from inside the body, like a histamine chemical released during an allergic reaction, or outside the body, like a pesky mosquito.

Pruritogens send a signal to primary sensory neurons nerve cells in the skin. These contain receptors, including nociceptors, which also sense pain.

When those receptors receive the itch signal, they release chemicals called neurotransmitters that convey the message across the nervous system through the spinal cord.

Finally, the signal arrives at the brain. That’s the organ that makes you consciously feel itchy and want to scratch.

One particular neurotransmitter, neuropeptide natriuretic polypeptide b, or Nppb, is released during itching, but not pain. The discovery of Nppbs role helped bust the old idea that itching is simply low-level pain.

We developed scratching reflex as a response to itch because its advantageous scratching can remove an insect or other source of irritation. But it also suppresses the sensation of itch. Emerging research shows scratching stimulates the release of different neurotransmitters in the spinal cord that block the itch-producing ones. Functional MRI studies also show that the parts of our brain associated with rewards and pleasure are activated when we scratch: That’s why it feels so good.

Science story: Twilight is real?

Who drinks blood and always avoids sunlight? Not just Edward Cullen. Its also, maybe once upon a time, people with Erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP). The authors of a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on EPPs genetic origin suggested, somewhat fancifully, that in ancient times people with the disorder may have coped by drinking blood and staying indoors until dark. Sufferers blister (but dont sparkle) in the sun and experience severe anemia.

Sound Smart: Mirror Neurons

DEFINITION: A mirror neuron is a brain cell that is activated both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by a different animal.

USE IT IN A SENTENCE: Ooof. That video of Deborah getting her leg amputated hit me right in the mirror neurons.

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Sightings of ‘zombie’ dogs prompt warnings in Chicago – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Police in Chicago are warning the public after several sightings of what people have described as zombie dogs which are actually coyotes that are suffering from mange.

The Hanover Park Police Department said in a Facebook post that the agency has received numerous calls from concerned residents who say the animals appear to be stray canines that are malnourished or neglected.

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These are NOT lost pets, but are in fact coyotes, a department official wrote.

The animals are suffering from sarcoptic mange, a highly contagious disease that causes itching, severe skin irritation and loss of fur. It can also affects the animals eyesight, causing the normally nocturnal coyotes to be more active during the day, the department said.

The condition, which is caused by mite bites, can spread to other animals – wild and domestic alike – by direct contact. It is usually not fatal, however, and can be treated with medication. The disease does not make the animals more aggressive or otherwise affect its behavior, officials said.

It is also not contained to Illinois. Rebecca Dmytryk of Wildlife Emergency Services told the Chicago Tribune that she has tracked coyotes in central California who have the infection. She said it spreads easily because coyotes are social animals.

Southern California Animal Advocates also have reported getting calls about animals with mange including raccoons, skunk, opossums and even squirrels.

Officials warn that if someone spots a coyote with the disease, they should call authorities and not approach the animals or let their pets get near them.

Don’t try to handle a problem yourself, because you don’t know what the animal is going to do,” said wildlife expert Mark Romano to the Tribune. “You never know how a wild animal will interact with a human being. You can never predict it.”

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Langhorne Slim Releases "Zombie" off Forthcoming New Album Lost at Last Vol. 1 – Paste Magazine

Lets fall in love with our telephones off, folk-punker Langhorne Slim (aka Sean Scolnick) sings on Never Break, the title song of an EP that previews three songs off Slims forthcoming album Lost at Last Vol. 1, due out Nov. 10 via Dualtone.

Zombie, the latest and most upbeat song off the Never Break EP, follows suit, though the main vein of the song is unrequited love: She drank red wine in the pouring rain / She read me books about the human brain. The woman Slim depicts in this song isnt emotionally available beyond intellect and friendshiptrue to patriarchal form, Mr. Slim puts the mysterious mistress in the body of a monster. But he also puts himself in one. As Slim sings towards the end of the song, he wanted her heart in the same way a zombie wants the brain.

A larger theme looms for Lost at Last Vol. 1: Slim is desperate for real human connection. The songwriter sings the praises of a utopia in which we could live apart from the social rigidity of real jobs and retiring to golf courses, self-improvement and most of all, smartphones. Lost at Last Vol.1, he says, is an attempt to rebel against that form of living:

In my own way, I pray for a soul or spiritual revolution where we disconnect from the horrible manufactured noise around us, and we re-learn to connect and love ourselves, each other and the universe as a whole: to look within. Everyones searchin for something better around every corner, but its already right here. Were all born whole, through livin we fall apart.

Langhorne Slims newest collection gives a new-age meaning to the phrase not all who wander are lost by claiming that you should be lost or at least actively trying to be lost. Perhaps if one feels found, they have nothing left to find, he says.

Stream Zombie and a Slim performance from the Paste Cloud below, and the Never Break EP here. Further down below, check out the Lost at Last Vol. 1 tracklist and album art, along with Slims tour dates. The album is available for preorder here.

Lost at Last Vol. 1 Tracklist: 01. Life is Confusing02. Old Things03. House of My Soul (you light the rooms)04. Ocean City (for may, jack and brother jon)05. Private Property06. Money Road Shuffle07. Never Break08. Bluebird09. Alligator Girl10. Funny Feelin (for junior kimbrough and ted hawkins)11. Zombie12. Lost This Time13. Better Man

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Langhorne Slim Tour Dates:

September 16 Bristol, Va. @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival21 Jackson, Mo. @ w/ Avett Broters @ Thalia Mara Hall 22 St. Augustine, Fla. @ Sing Out Loud Festival24 Bristol, Tenn. @ Pilgrimage Festival26 New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom27 Washington D.C. @ Sixth & I28 Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer 30 Roseland, Va. @ Devils Backbone Hoopla

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YWCA prepares for 2nd annual zombie run – KFYR-TV

MINOT, N.D. – Do you think you can survive the second annual Minot Zombie Run or will you be eaten?

Next Saturday, from 4:30 to 8:30, there will be vendors, food trucks, organization booths and a free photo-booth. All participants must be registered by 5:30 on the day of the race.

The race is simple.

Zombies will be chasing the runners throughout Oak Park trying to steal the runner’s flags.

If you make it through the whole run with at least one flag left, you will have survived.

If you lose all your flags to the zombies, you’ve been infected.

“This is important of us because we want to raise money for the women and children’s homeless shelter and we wanted to do a fun event for the Minot community where everyone could enjoy themselves,” said YWCA Executive Director Lauren Moore.

All participants that register before September 14th will be entered to win a Zombie Survival Kit. The kit will increase your chances of surviving the race.

Prices are $30 for runners, $25 for runners under 12, $35 for runners day of race and $30 for zombies.

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The Walking Dead Robot Chicken Special Premiere Date and … – TV Guide

If you’ve ever wanted to see what The Walking Dead would look like as a stop motion comedy, here’s your chance.

Adult Swim’s long-running animated sketch show Robot Chicken has released a trailer and set an Oct. 8 premiere date for its Walking Dead crossover special called The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking. The half-hour special will feature the voices of a big chunk of AMC’s megahit zombie show’s current and former cast, including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, Sarah Wayne Callies and more. Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick will also lend his voice, and Breckin Meyer will also be among the cast.

The Walking Dead’s creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Scott Gimple will be working on the special behind the scenes, along with Robot Chicken’s executive producers Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner.

The Walking Dead Gets a Sense of Humor, Will Do Robot Chicken Special

Robot Chicken has done two trilogies of pop culture-skewering specials, one about Star Wars and one about DC Comics. So maybe this Walking Dead special will be the first of three.

The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking premieres Sunday, Oct. 8 at midnight on Adult Swim.

The Walking Dead Season 8 premieres Sunday, Oct. 22 at 9/8c on AMC.

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The Walking Dead Season 8: 6 Reasons To Be Excited (& 3 To Be Worried) – WhatCulture

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The Walking Dead’s eighth run is coming off the back of one of its worst seasons yet. Season 7 saw the show’s viewership drop from a ridiculously high 17m in the premiere to the 5-year-low finale ratings of just over 11m (which is still very good, but a big loss for such a record shattering show).

The series was maligned by critics, a lot of fans were unhappy, and on the whole it was a struggle to watch, whether that was because of its overly sadistic nature or (more pertinently) just the simple fact it was rather dull.

Season 8, though, has a chance to rectify that. A problem with 7 is that it was all setup for this year’s All Out War arc, and now that conflict is here. The Comic-Con trailer was a delight, the coming story is huge, and all the right noises are being made.

There are still causes for concern, largely due to knowing those past mistakes, and yet – maybe foolishly, but time will tell – there are a lot of reasons to get excited for The Walking Dead once again.

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How Fear The Walking Dead Will Complicate Madison’s Relationship With Nick And Alicia – Cinema Blend

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Fear the Walking Dead is currently in a storytelling renaissance, and one that resonates more than a lot of other TV dramas. Part of that is the “Ranchers vs. Nation” cultural narrative taking place, as well as everything involving the dam, but another part of it is the always evolving family dynamic between Madison, Nick and Alicia. And according to showrunner Dave Erickson, who spoke with CinemaBlend about the back half of Season 3, it’s only going to get more complicated going forward, thanks to Jeremiah Otto’s murder. Here’s what else Erickson told me.

I think that the trauma of [Jeremiah Otto’s] murder is gonna stay with [Nick] for a while, and he’ll continue to be haunted by it, and that’s gonna steer him through the back half. And it’s really gonna force him to finally question his mother’s choices, and the person that his mother is. Can he really truck with that? And I think Alicia, to the same degree, we come to realize she’s not a fool. She knows full well that her brother and mother were responsible for the death of Otto, and she also knows that it’s a lie they have to maintain, because if Jake were to discover the truth, if the ranchers or the militia were to discover the truth, this very tenuous peace would go away. So you’ve got a family who are really entered into the conspiracy, anchored by the killing of Jeremiah Otto, and they all have choices to make moving forward. I think it’s the first time, finally, you’re gonna see Alicia and Nick define who they are in the apocalypse. Sadly, I think that definition is gonna come in opposition to their mom.

Even though we’ve already seen several forms of strife come up within the Clark family, that was usually because someone was being immaturely indignant for one reason or another. But now, in the face of Jeremiah Otto’s murder-turned-beheading-disguised-as-a-suicide, the ties that bind are being strained by some legitimately troublesome elements, and while Nick and Alicia have done what they needed to do in order to maintain survival, neither one of them really reached the precipice or normal adulthood before the apocalypse hit. So they’ve largely just followed in Madison’s footsteps, since she’s been able to keep their heads above water.

But there’s blood in that water, and Madison is partly keeping afloat by standing atop the bodies of others, which just isn’t naturally in Nick or Alicia’s nature. (At least at this point in their lives, since the future certainly won’t be making anyone’s existence any easier.) In Season 3, Madison really came into her own as the kind of leader that can easily be compared to The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes, and it’sd likely more of an inner struggle for her to make the consequential choices she makes. After all, she was a high school guidance counselor, while Rick was a cop, which is the kind of job that requires split-second decisions made for the greater good.

But being able to keep the peace through such means as plotting someone’s death just can’t sit right with people who aren’t bred that way. Nick and Alicia didn’t have to shoot and kill their father for beating Madison — at least, we assume — so they may not be able to stay on board with their mother’s “do whatever is necessary” streak throughout the course of Season 3. It’s not like everything is truly peaceful yet with anybody else, and I’m not sure that true peace can ever happen with someone like Troy around to cause unpredictable trouble.

Speaking of Troy, Dave Erickson shared with me a bit more about where Nick stands in this situation.

I think that, despite the fact that he was able to stand by his mother rand take that burden from her, he’s not a killer; it’s not something that has ever really been in his DNA, despite the fact that it’s definitely in Madison’s. And he’s gonna suffer for it, and I think part of that guilt is gonna drive him towards a deepening of his relationship with Troy. And I think that’s guilt to a certain degree, but I also think he is still an addict. If you watch the progression of Nick starting in Season 1, he got off heroin, but then quickly started goring himself and going out and hanging out with the dead. There’s something in Troy, there’s a shared darkness, there’s a shared quality of self-destruction which we articulate a bit more explicitly later that he’s drawn to. I don’t think he necessarily understands it, and maybe doesn’t have to.

Nick and Alicia have been giving Madison a lot of mental leeway following Travis’ death, but Alicia is clearly on board with Jake Otto’s form of peacekeeping, and Nick’s habitual nature means he might well find another cause to adhere himself to in the near future. A cause that puts him at odds with Madison’s morally ambiguous choices. And if and when the Ottos and ranchers do discover the details behind Jeremiah’s death, then Madison will be at odds with more than just her kids.

Sadly, Dave Erickson will be exiting the show following Fear the Walking Dead Season 3, but at least he’s going out with a bang. After the midseason finale’s return of Ofelia, we’re hoping to see a big reuniting with her father, not to mention just seeing more of Daniel in general. And there’s still more of Strand’s misguided decision-making to see as well.

While some heads have already rolled, Fear the Walking Dead will return to AMC for the rest of Season 3 on Sunday, September 10, at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see everything else that’s hitting the small screen soon, check out our fall TV schedule.

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