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UPDATED: The 100 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s

One of the questions we asked multiple subjects in our Horrortown interview series (which you can read here) is, “How would you respond to those people who say there are no good horror movies right now?” This question was inspired by our shared belief that “right now” is an exceptional moment to be a horror fan. More quality horror films are premiering at festivals, being made available On Demand, and opening in limited and wide-release than ever before. The 2000s have seen some of the best working filmmakers experimenting with the form, altering and enforcing the storytelling genre, opening...

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12 Directors Who Should Come Back to Horror

Horror has a notoriously welcoming community. It’s known for being the starting space for many independent filmmakers, giving them the freedom to explore the industry and have a great time doing it. Some of the most widely recognized voices in film today started there, and we think a few of them should get back into the game and amp up the scares. Check out our list below for 12 directors who once made a horror film (or a handful) and who should almost definitely make more. Adrian Lyne – Jacob’s Ladder Few directors capture the grit and grime of big...

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Horror Comics You Should be Reading for #hAElloween 2017

There’s nothing quite like good horror comics. The dark marriage of words and art that give shape to nightmares, planting seeds for future ones. The chill in your bones as the work’s intention takes on clarity, and the revelations that leave a pit in your stomach. The feel of the pages, sweat-slicked by fingers that can’t turn to the next one quick enough. Many of the earliest comic books were horror centric, and it is a medium that invites ghastly tales that shift with our cultural fears and reach our hands more quickly than any other storytelling medium. We’ve...

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#hAElloween Giveaway IV: Bringing Back the Dead

It’s October, our favorite time of year, which means we’re ready to dive headfirst into our hAElloween season and celebrate by giving you prizes. Most franchises don’t see a fourth installment, but we’re not like most franchises. You can not outrun us. You can not hide from us. You can not kill us. We will find you, and we will prize you. This spooky season is a bit more special than most, as over the last few years, we have lost some of the most royal and prolific figures in horror history. So we’ve decided this year, at least...

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Ranking Stephen King’s Film Adaptations

After a month spent in celebration of the most prolific and celebrated horror author and his contributions to literature and cinema, how much more could we have to say? We’ve gone from hope to despair, teenage dreams to child abuse, nostalgia  to power, books that should be adapted and the problems with adapting them. But in truth, we’ve barely scratched the surface. There are a LOT of Stephen King films. And in our month long celebration of his 70th birthday, we thought it only fitting that we recap the full filmography. So today, we’re ranking all of the full...

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Colin Trevorrow Is Out of the Episode IX Director’s Chair; Here’s Who We’d Like to See Take Over

Earlier today, it was reported that Colin Trevorrow would no longer be directing Star Wars: Episode IX. As is the case with just about any Star Wars development, the announcement has set the internet abuzz. At least for a few news cycles, we can expect plenty to come out in the next few days in terms of speculation and rumors regarding the franchise, the studio, and everyone involved. We here at AE, however, want to put on our optimistic blinders and keep things hopeful. In spite of his most recent critical and commercial flop The Book of Henry, Trevorrow...

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AE’S 2017 Fall Movie Preview

While Summer movie season didn’t exactly make waves at the box office, except for a few noteworthy exceptions, Fall looks to deliver on our lofty expectations and put butts in seats. From horror movies, blockbusters, and awards season contenders, this year’s Fall movie season is shaping up to be one of the best. After the year we’ve had so far, we could all use a little more movie magic in our lives.  We’ve put together a preview of the films we’re most looking forward to, and made a few bold predictions while we were at it. Crack open the...

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R.I.P. Sam Shepard (1943 – 2017)

Audiences Everywhere is saddened by the passing of Pulitzer-winning playwright, screenwriter, poet, and actor Sam Shepard at his home in Kentucky. The stage and screen would not be what it is today without him, and we suspect it will forever feel this loss. In the meantime, we’re comforted by his lifetime’s impressive output of creative work, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Buried Child, and unforgettable roles in The Right Stuff, Days of Heaven, The Notebook, Mud, and for all of his contributions in screenwriting. AE most recently looked at Paris, Texas once again. As with anything Shepard touched, it...

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Remembering Ken Russell on his 90th Birthday

“You can’t film creative genius, because it’s going on inside the person,” Ben Kingsley once said in description of of Ken Russell’s “massive contribution to the language of cinema… The way he linked the vulnerability of the flesh to the creation of great works of art.” Compliments like this one came all too late in assignment toward the works of Russell, who passed away November of 2011. It turns out, it’s sometimes similarly hard to discuss and place creative genius with filmmakers. Only in the current decade are we beginning to understand Russell’s once hotly debated filmography and his...

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The Best Movies of the First Half of 2017

We’re six months into 2017, a year chock full of bad news and insufferable cultural breakdowns, but we’re still watching movies. Arguably, it could be said that we need good movies now more than ever. Luckily, so far, we’ve had them. It’s a bit too early to start making Oscar predictions, but we’ve certainly had our fair share of shining prestige flicks and high quality summer blockbusters. As a well-deserved celebration of our favorite sub-culture, we’re taking a break today to breathe and recollect on what has been, against all odds, a rather standout year for film. So join...

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Mother’s Day Movie Reflections

Originally Published on May 8, 2015. Republished for Mother’s Day with an added segment. For Mother’s Day, some of our writers spoke about the relationship with their mothers and movies. Suspending Disbelief We watched Gone Girl together and, thirty minutes in, she shouted her frustration that the police were inexplicably waiting to arrest Nick Dunne. She just couldn’t believe it.  She’s always been like this. And I’ve always envied it. I don’t think I know anyone else who so readily surrenders disbelief and allows herself to fall victim to every narrative trick. Any viewer remotely familiar with thrillers or...

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Gets a Trailer

Today, 20th Century Fox dropped the first trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Sequel to the 2015 fan favorite Kingsman: The Secret Service, the new follow up sees Director Matthew Vaughn return with a stacked deck. Taron Egerton and Colin Firth (somehow) will be returning to their former roles, while Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, and… Elton John (?) are all newcomers to the cast list. We’ll have more as it comes, but for now, you can catch the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle below and let us know what you think. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is set...

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New Video Shows the Development of The Blossoming Talent of Kristen Stewart

Mr. Nerdista is one of our favorite up-and-coming cinema video cinema essay is. He’s also a champion of film analysis in the written form, having contributed to our site recently about one of his favorite releases in The Criterion Collection. Kristen Stewart is a favorite actress of basically our entire crew now. Having labored under the unfair reputation built within the cultural animus against the Twilight series, Stewart has made it impossible to deny her still-young talent. That’s why it’s doubly exciting for us that Mr. Nerdista has employed his keen eye and technical skills into a Stewart-positive analysis...

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Home Movies: What Film Reminds You of Home?

Last week I came across Amanda Arnold’s recent Lit Hub piece, “Why Literature and Pop Culture Still Can’t Get the Midwest Right.” As a born-Midwesterner, I instantly and intuitively understood what she meant by her title. Her ideas stayed with me, and the more I thought about it, the easier it was to think of pop culture—movies, TV, books—that missed the mark and managed to make unfamiliar terrain out of my everyday experience. Turns out there are too many of those to count (and what fun is that anyway?). So, instead, what about the films that got home right? I had...

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Stay Calm: 500 Movies That Soothe Real World Anxiety

It’s been a tough two weeks. We here at AE sort of lean on each other like family and, needless to say, we have had to do a bit more leaning than usual as of late. Anxiety is, for us and many others, at an all-time high. Recently, we started discussing what movies we watch in moments of great stress to help comfort ourselves. Out of curiosity, I opened that line of discussion to our Twitter audience. The response was pretty overwhelming. When compiling everyone’s answer into a list, it seems, with a few lax interpretations and maybe some...

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