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Sundance is gonna scare the sh*t outta you this week

Article: Sundance is gonna scare the sh*t outta you this week

Halloween is just around the corner, and if you don’t have your costume ready yet let us inspire you with a line up of seriously scary movies. Seriously. I mean it. Like if you really wanted to dress up as some of the characters in these movies you could probably just pour of bucket of fake blood over your head and call it a night. Or, if you’re like me and prefer to leave the gore onscreen, there’s no better way to drown out the sound of your doorbell ringing and scare away the trick-or-treaters on the other side by tuning into Sundance Channel and turning the volume wayyyy up.

Don’t know what to watch first? Allow me to break it down quick and dirty:

POSSESSION OF DAVID O’REILLY: Scary-as-hell supernatural demons in a ”shockumentary” that will haunt your dreams.

COFFIN ROCK: Go ahead, sleep with your stalker, psychopathic neighbor. What’s the worse that could happen?…

Scary hot boys and just plain scary – what's playing this week on Sundance

Article: Scary hot boys and just plain scary – what's playing this week on Sundance

We’ve got another great week of films on Sundance Channel, but before I let you in on the highlights I have to put in a word about tonight’s episode of “My So Called Life.” Let me preface this by saying I came to the show late in life, as in, I was already an adult by the time I met Angela, Rayanne, Rickie and Jordan Catalano, and so I was able to judge Jordan’s brain dead gaze as just that – brain dead  – and wasn’t swayed by how my teenage hormones might have reacted to the oh-so-pretty face and soft brown waves concealing a mind completely devoid of thought – and, apparently, the ability to read. Which bring us to tonight’s episode, “Why Jordan Can’t Read.” It’s maybe one the strangest high school issues to tackle (more popular topics being the ongoing teenage battle against acne and dating). Is illiteracy really an issue that late in the game? Moreover, it’s not clear at the end of the show whether or not anyone is going to help the kid out and teach him his ABC’s. I mean, what’s Angela going to do when Jordan takes her on a date to a fancy restaurant – read him all the items on the menu? Oh wait, that’s right. They don’t go on dates; They just make out all over school. Sigh, remember when…

Brace yourself for fright night: What's playing this week on Sundance Channel

Article: Brace yourself for fright night: What's playing this week on Sundance Channel

If you don’t have your Halloween costume ready yet, tune into Sundance Channel this week for inspiration a la Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch, with back-to-back screenings of EYES WIDE SHUT and ERASERHEAD. If it’s less creep you seek in your ghoulish pursuits, the animated, family-friendly THE LADY AND THE REAPER or star-studded murder mystery THE DEAD GIRL are sure to…

10 things you didn't know about Stanley Kubrick

Article: 10 things you didn't know about Stanley Kubrick

1. You’ve been saying his last name wrong: It’s pronounced Cue-brick, not Koo-brick.

2. He wanted to be a drummer: Specifically a jazz drummer, until his dad bought him a Graflex camera for his 13th birthday and there was no looking back…

Does Lynch match up to Kubrick's creep powers?

Article: Does Lynch match up to Kubrick's creep powers?

We’ve got a great line up on Sundance Channel this month, but one film that we’re really excited to be showing is EYES WIDE SHUT – so excited, in fact, that we’re airing it three times (which, if you’re like me, means you’ll be watching it three times, too). But thinking about EYES WIDE SHUT – Kubrick’s final, posthumously released film – got me thinking about what other movies can possibly compare to Kubrick’s surreal vision of bottled up fantasies that drive the men that obsess over them to the fringes of society’s underground? The story is based on Arthur Snitzler’s 1926 novella, Traumnovelle or “Dream Story,” about a doctor who goes on a two-day psychological bender of mind-alteration that culminates in a masquerade ball, which, like Kubrick’s film, involves that old fashioned combination of masked men and orgies…

Childhood fears: Tom Cruise and Brussels sprouts

Article: Childhood fears: Tom Cruise and Brussels sprouts

Okay, real talk, just for a minute. Tom Cruise is fucking scary. I’m not talking TOP GUN, homo-erotic, shirtless, volleyball-playing Tom Cruise – I’m talking couch-jumping on Oprah, Scientology, did-he-just-really-say-that, oh-shit-he-really-did-just-fucking-say-that, Tom Cruise. Or, to be more concise and perhaps politically correct, EYES WIDE SHUT Tom Cruise…

Creep-fest, kink and Kubrick: what to watch this week on Sundance Channel

Article: Creep-fest, kink and Kubrick: what to watch this week on Sundance Channel

As the weather gets chilly, so does our schedule of October films, packed with plenty of spine-tingling flicks to get you in the mood for Halloween. This weekend we’ve got back-to-back gruesome gore with…