June 7, 2013 |
Set in a small rural town in Canada's Northwest Territories, where cold and decay are constant companions, "The Lesser Blessed" is a little indie gem that begins with a warm bath. Larry Sole (Joel Evans) is submerged, silent, an enigma with soulful eyes. The silence is deceptive. There is a fire raging underneath. It begins to surface in flashbacks as he lies there deathly still. All we know at the beginning is that there was a blaze and a fight with a man and that both left the teenager scarred.
June 6, 2013 |
Nine Inch Nails released a new single, "Came Back Haunted," late Wednesday evening, ending a hiatus that began after the influential industrial-rock group's Wave Goodbye Tour in 2009. The song, which you can hear below, is the first sampling from a studio album, "Hesitation Marks," to be released Sept. 3 by Columbia Records. Co-produced by frontman Trent Reznor along with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder, the disc will serve as Nine Inch Nails' follow-up to 2008's "The Slip. " Last month Reznor wrote on Tumblr that he'd been "less than honest about what I've really been up to lately" and revealed that he'd finished a Nine Inch Nails album, which he called "the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again.
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May 30, 2013 |
The husband of a woman who was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls said he is haunted by the "brutality" of the attack and hopes the murder charge sends a message to owners of vicious dogs. “There's no way I can get the brutality of this out of my head," said Ben Devitt, 65. "And the fact that there's animals out there roaming around with that kind of killer instinct, it's just kind of something I can't shake.” Devitt said he lives three blocks from Alex Johnson, 29, who was charged with murder in the May 9 attack that killed Pamela Devitt, his wife of 43 years.
May 25, 2013 |
Principal Steve Elwood enters the narrow passageway where nobody else at Lee Williams High School dares to go. He leans low to open a half-sized hallway door, leading the way into a musty windowless chamber the size of a small tomb. Light pours into the cramped space, illuminating the dust that rises from the gravel floor like at an exotic archaeological dig. Even though it's mid-May, there's an odd chill to the air. The room isn't used for anything, yet it was somehow included in the building plans for the new school.
May 24, 2013 |
Spectral girls and shadow fathers haunt the center and fringes of Veronica Gonzalez Peña's second novel, "The Sad Passions," but this isn't magical realism. These aren't spirits who visit in the middle of the night. These phantom girls and men are living, flesh-and-blood characters shaped by absence and loss, sickness and dead dreams. "The Sad Passions" knows that half-erased people are more devastating than any ghost. Peña's gorgeously dark chronicle revolves around a middle-class Mexican family that seems pretty ordinary, except for Claudia, a young woman who rages with unchecked manic depression.
May 20, 2013 |
A unique new haunted attraction opening this summer at a small United Kingdom theme park will combine a walk-through horror maze featuring live actors with a dark ride journey inside an abandoned mine shaft. The Hobs Pit maze and ride is set to open June 2 at Pleasurewood Hills theme park in Lowestoft, England, located about 100 miles northeast of London on the North Sea coast. Theme Parks: What may come to Wizarding World of Harry Potter 2.0 at Universal Orlando The 30-year-old amusement park has been promoting the new attraction with a clever viral marketing campaign that hints at the ride's paranormal back story.
April 21, 2013 |
BOSTON - The first victim the doctor approached was a slender young woman, her legs exposed and bloody where she fell after the explosions: at the edge of Boylston Street near a mangled stroller and toppled barricades. Dr. Natalie Stavas performed CPR with the help of a stranger until paramedics arrived and loaded the woman, still unresponsive, onto a backboard and headed for the hospital. Stavas, 32, had been near the finish of the Boston Marathon herself. She was covered in sweat and Gatorade, shivering, with numbness descending into her legs.
April 17, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad warned in a television interview Wednesday that the war against his government risked spreading to neighboring Jordan and predicted that rebel fighters, whom he described as Islamic extremists, would later take their violence to the West. Speaking on the pro-government Syrian channel Al Ikhbariya, Assad presented himself as a staunch patriot who was fending off meddling by the West. He appeared to be wooing Syrians wearied by the country's bloodshed, disillusioned by all sides and desperate for Syria's conflict to end. Assad charged that the United States and Europe were supporting his Islamist opponents.
April 12, 2013
Last Halloween season, if you passed by the corner of 2nd Street and Broadway, you might have wondered what all the quivering, shrieking people were doing streaming out of that darkened office building. The explanation was the first L.A. edition of the New York City-based extreme haunted house Blackout. For a few weeks in late fall, Angelenos willfully submitted to Blackout's deep dive into psycho-sexual torture scenarios and total sensory deprivation. L.A. horror fans must be a masochistic bunch - tickets were sold out, and Blackout had to add on a week of dates just to meet the demand for heebie-jeebies.
April 6, 2013 |
Mariel Hemingway, makeup-free and in sweats, is gorgeous. That bone structure, her cheetah-like build and flowing hair have been familiar for decades. What's disarming is her forthright approach to a rough family history and her determination to live the happy and healthy life that eluded so many of her relatives. She knows a lot, she says, about what it takes to live a happy life - no matter your cheekbones or pedigree. Perhaps it's because she's seen enough unhappiness to last many lifetimes: for starters, the suicides of her supermodel sister and her legendary grandfather, as well as five other relatives.