Posts Tagged: ‘horror’

I love space horror, so of course I’m playing through “Dead Space 3.” As expected, it delivers quite an elaborate gaming experience. You wander the monster-haunted halls of derelict space ships. You shamble through blinding arctic wastes. You swim serenely through a sea of orbital debris. And while it’s easy to focus on the visual aspect of those experiences, the sounds of “Dead Space 3″ are equally amazing.

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As you’ll remember from the film “From Beyond” (watch it on Hulu here), Dr. Edward Pretorius pioneered use of the Resonator, a device that expands human perceptions of reality via wave manipulation of the pineal gland.

As the photo illustrates, things didn’t work out all that well. Pretorius lost his corporal form and crossed over into an alternate dimension of amorphous hedonism. Mistakes were made. Brains were eaten. Things got a bit sticky.

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It’s Halloween season, so in addition to trying out a new creepy read (“House of Leaves“), I’m also enjoying an old favorite: H.P Lovecraft’s “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.” It’s the tale of dreamer Randolph Carter’s epic journey across the world of dreams, full of ghouls, gugs, zoogs, night gaunts, unspeakable monster gods and of course house cats.

It’s one of my favorite Lovecraft tales, so I’ve read it a couple of times before — but like all great works of fiction, it speaks to you a little differently each time. So in 2012, I eased into the text with a head full of Stuff to Blow Your Mind science fodder.

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As the most anticipated sci-fi movie of 2012, “Prometheus” deserves our attention. So in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I suit up and venture into the film’s dark and Gigery heart. Consider us your prom (etheus) dates for the film.

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Why do we enjoy scary movies or a stroll through a haunted house? What’s going on inside the brain during a fighting moment and how is our response colored by our genes, evolution and culture? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and Itake a close look at what scares us and why we’re so addicted to terror.

Plus, we were running short on time so I didn’t go into exhaustive detail about all my favorite horror things. But seeing as we have plenty of space here, I thought I’d share a couple of quick lists. And by all means, share your favorites with us!

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What’s grosser than a black, twisted umbilical cord remnant dangling from an infant’s belly just before it falls off? Very little, but I think perhaps removing organs through the belly button beats it. One more time: removing internal organs through the belly button. Good God.

The BBC reports that a British surgeon with the absurdly cool name Paraskevas Paraskeva has gotten down what he calls keyhole (or single incision laparoscopic) surgery, the belly button being the keyhole. Dr. Paraskeva has gotten so good at his procedure that he can get n appendix out of you within 20 minutes; gall bladders take about an hour. You could drop some film off, have your gall bladder removed through your navel and pick up your photos on the way home, since the surgery is outpatient.

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