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4 Things Artists Can Learn from Terence Fisher

If you do any kind of research into the best horror films ever made, you'll eventually hear about the works of Terence Fisher. Fisher directed a number of excellent horror films for a company called Hammer Studios in the 1950's and 1960's. Many of these films starred Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, usually as two …

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10 Tips for Surviving a Universal Monster Movie

With Halloween coming up next month, I decided to finish watching Universal Studios' best-known monster movies (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Invisible Man, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon). I've already mentioned one of these movies in a recent article, and plan to analyze another in an article I'll release at the end of October. For now, …

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How Different People See Evil in Stories

How do people decide whether violence is acceptable in a story? To make this broader matter, how do they decide whether sex scenes and other possibly disturbing material (I'll call this "difficult material" from now on) are acceptable in a given story? After all, some people have no problem enjoying stories that have difficult material, …

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