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When a king brands us pirates, he doesn’t mean to make us adversaries. He doesn’t mean to make us c r i m i n a l s. He means to make us monsters.
For that’s the only way his God-fearing, taxpaying subjects can make sense of men who keep what is theirs and fear no one. When I say there’s a war coming, I don’t mean with the Scarborough. I don’t mean with King George or England.
Civilization is coming, and it means to exterminate us.

True Crime Would You Rather
  • 1. Would you rather have a personal conversation with Charles Manson or Arthur Shawcross?
  • 2. Would you rather have the Zodiac Killer's identity be discovered or Jack The Rippers?
  • 3. Would you rather have dinner with Jeffrey Dahmer (a vegetarian one, of course) or run around in a clown suit with John Wayne Gacy?
  • 4. Would you rather attend an AC/DC concert with Richard Ramirez or go arm cast shopping with Ted Bundy?
  • 5. Would you rather hang out with Dylan Klebold, sharing a Dr Pepper or watch a movie with Eric Harris while chewing on Slim Jim's?
  • 6. Would you rather clear up TJ Lane's skin or give Dylann Roof a new haircut?
  • 7. Would you rather play Dance Dance Revolution with Adam Lanza or play DOOM with Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold?
  • 8. Would you rather have a personal conversation with James Holmes or Kip Kinkel?
  • 9. Would you rather try to solve a cold case from 20 years ago or solve a brand new one (if you were an investigator or officer).
  • 10. Would you rather interview a survivor from a mass shooting or interview a person who survived a serial killer's attempt to murder them?
  • 11. Would you rather risk your own life to save others or have others risk their own life to save you?
  • 12. Would you rather be one of the "hot girls" that TJ Lane supposedly responds to or be the only (that we know of) person who has gotten a response from Dylann Roof since 2015?
  • 13. Would you rather watch a true crime documentary or read a book?
  • 14. Would you rather visit the Columbine Memorial or attend one of the annual Boston Marathons?
  • 15. Would you rather only be able to read about your favorite case and no others, or not be able to read about your favorite case but have access to all others in the history of the world?
Trump claims “no politician in history has been treated worse”

So I decided to dispute this claim for him in a list form. I even just stuck to presidents, though he left it open to “all politicians.” Here are some examples of criticism our former presidents received:

  • President George Washington: had to borrow money to attend his own inauguration; Jefferson repeatedly accused him of treason especially regarding the Jay Treaty
  • President John Adams: entire reputation scourged by a scathing 72-page letter written by Alexander Hamilton (a member of his own party) about how horrible he was
  • President Thomas Jefferson: election called the “greatest misfortune our nation has ever experienced” by Martha Washington; also historically despised by many of his colleagues
  • President James Madison: was frequently made fun of for being small/frail/weak (5'4", about 100 pounds, very sickly); the wife of a Virginia politician once labeled him “the most unsociable creature in existence"
  • President James Monroe: was nicknamed “The Last Cocked Hat” due to his outdated revolutionary-era fashion sense he still kept later in life; also…he acquired Florida
  • President John Quincy Adams: constantly plagued by calls of illegitimacy for his term because of the backroom deal he made with the House to be elected over Jackson
  • President Andrew Jackson: basically almost caused mutiny of Southern states over a tariff; was chastised for his nepotism and also nicknamed “King Andrew” for his selfish/monarch-like tendencies as president (also committed genocide but I’m not counting that in here because he was actually LAUDED for it)
  • President Martin Van Buren: nicknamed “Little Magician,” “Sly Fox,” and “Red Fox of Kinderhook” for his shitty political skills, small stature, and red hair; Charles Ogle called him “Martin Van Ruin” on the floor of the House of Representatives
  • President William Henry Harrison: gave an ill-advised address in the freezing cold rain & was literally president for 30 days 12 hours and 30 minutes before he died of pneumonia, after which the nation quickly forgot about him
  • President John Tyler: nicknamed “His Accidency” after inheriting the presidency from Harrison
  • President James K Polk: so obscure that one of his rivals coined the slogan “Who is James K. Polk?” during his campaign; highly criticized for his war with Mexico
  • President Zachary Taylor: though only president for 16 months, often remembered as one of the worst presidents in history; as a total outsider he completely demolished the Whig party after his victory
  • President Millard Fillmore: entire cabinet unanimously resigned after disagreeing with him over a free vs. slave state issue
  • President Franklin Pierce: was abhorrently despised for his hand in the Kansas-Nebraska Act and failed to be re-nominated for a second term
  • President James Buchanan: pre-civil war, became so hated during his presidency part of his cabinet resigned; said to Lincoln upon leaving, “If you are as happy entering the presidency as I am leaving it, then you are a very happy man.” Also has evidently been ranked among 3 worst presidents in every poll and survey conducted since 1948
  • President Abraham Lincoln: shot & killed
  • President Andrew Johnson: literally faced impeachment over his failure to work with Congress; during his trial he blamed his troubles on “a mendacious press” that continually criticized him
  • President Ulysses S Grant: no political experience entering office; was loyal to people close to him and as a result failed to remove ineffective people; presidency riddled with scandals and corruption, though none involved him directly it caused him to be remembered as guilty by association
  • President Rutherford B Hayes: official inauguration secretly held inside the White House for fear of the trouble his opponents might stir up
  • President James A Garfield: shot & killed
  • President Chester A Arthur: plagued by a negative reputation of cronyism garnered in his early political career
  • President Grover Cleveland: sexually abused a widow (which he threw into an asylum) and fathered an illegitimate child (which he threw into an orphanage); was criticized with chants such as “Ma, Ma, where’s my pa?”
  • President William McKinley: shot & killed; also had a poor reputation due to his relationship with Republican party leader Mark Hanna who was seen as manipulating McKinley
  • President Theodore Roosevelt: shot & lived; also seen as egotistical and somewhat of a bully, greatly expanding executive powers
  • President William Howard Taft: Ballinger-Pinchot controversy gained so much bad press it led to the split of the Republican party
  • President Woodrow Wilson: aside from massive criticism over his handling of WWI, also garnered criticism for an investigation launched during his presidency over claims of homosexual interactions between naval personal and civilians
  • President Warren G Harding: Teapot. Dome. Scandal.
  • President Calvin Coolidge: actually criticized for saying too LITTLE
  • President Herbert Hoover: severely criticized for his handling of the Great Depression; also ordered Army to break up protesting veterans & his harsh methods got him a lot of public dissent
  • President Franklin D Roosevelt: faced allegations from Republican leaders in Congress who said he left his dog in the Aleutian Islands after a family trip & sent a Navy destroyer to rescue said dog at the taxpayers expense
  • President Harry S Truman: involved in a scandal when an investigation into the IRS lead to the firing of 166 IRS employees; stained with allegations of corruption in the aftermath
  • President Dwight D Eisenhower: many in his administration under investigation as to how many of their “gifts” and personal purchases were allegedly funded by taxpayer money
  • President John F Kennedy: shot & killed; also had a lot of alleged affairs
  • President Lyndon B Johnson: Pentagon Papers indicated he systematically lied to the American people about American involvement and actions in the Southeast Asian region
  • President Richard Nixon: …do I really have to say anything about this one?
  • President Gerald Ford: pardoned Nixon & hated for it
  • President Jimmy Carter: shit ton of criticism for Iranian Hostage Crisis
  • President Ronald Reagan: shot & lived; Iran-Contra affair; AIDS crisis…yet somehow remembered as America’s sweetheart
  • President George HW Bush: secretary of treasury arrested and sentenced to prison for tax evasion and obstruction of justice
  • President Bill Clinton: almost impeached over Monica Lewinsky
  • President George Bush: a journalist literally threw shoes at him
  • President Barack Obama: birth certificate fiasco, “THANKS A LOT, OBAMA”

Note that this is an insanely brief overview of criticisms, but the point is IT’S PART OF THE DAMN JOB, DON. NOW GET THE FUCK OVER IT BECAUSE NO ONE IS ATTENDING YOUR PITY PARTY.

anonymous asked:

I have read your works! And I love 'The Stars Incline us, they don't bind us' so muuuuuch. If this is not too much to ask, can you make cherik fic rec? Thank you! Keep writing, awesome!

thank you very much, i’m glad you enjoyed my stuff! :3 

since this blog is exactly 5 years old today, what better occasion is there to do cherik fic rec post, as lurking around cherik fic rec tumblr posts waaay back in the day is actually what originally brought me to tumblr in the first place. the following list is in no particular order, and odds are i like multiple fics by the authors included but i was determined to limit myself to one from each (though in some cases, this was a veeeery close call, haha).

anyway, the actual title of this list is coincidentally the main criteria i used in the interest of not having it stretch on for miles, which is to say:

Cherik Fics Pan Has Reread An Embarrassing Amount Of Times Throughout Her XMFC Fandom Tenure:

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theguardian.com
From 'alibi' to 'mauve': what famous writers' most used words say about them
Zadie Smith’s ‘evil eye’, JK Rowling’s ‘dead of night’ … favourite phrases – and cliches – tell a fascinating story

For my book Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve, I created a computer program to sort through thousands of books by the most revered and popular authors to find out their “cinnamon words” – relatively rare words that a particular writer uses often. Obviously every author used function words such as “the” and “from” at a high rate, and basic adjectives like “big” or “fast”, but cinnamon words are the words that each author uses disproportionately compared with other writers.

Nabokov used the word “mauve” 44 times as often as one would expect, which makes perfect sense in hindsight. He had synesthesia or, as he called it, “coloured hearing”. When he thought of a specific letter and sound he would see colours at the same time. Unsurprisingly, he uses colours at four times the rate found in standard English writing.

Sometimes, if you look at an author’s cinnamon words, you can already hear their voice. Consider these three: civility, fancying, imprudence. If you guessed Austen, you are correct. These are the three words that, compared with the rest of written English, are mathematically the most used by Austen.

Given Nabokov’s emphasis on colour, it’s safe to assume he was aware of the words he favoured in his writing. However, it’s possible many authors are unaware of the words they are using at an abnormal rate. Sometimes the words are inescapably linked to the topics they write about, as in Christie’s case (inquest, alibi and frightful). At others, you get a sense of the author’s tone through their most uniquely used words. While Charles Dickens preferred hearted, pinch, rejoined, JRR Tolkien favoured elves, goblins and wizards, and Wharton has the polite nearness, daresay, compunction, John Updike’s three are rimmed, prick and fucked. It only takes three words (and just one four-letter word) to zero in on each writer’s style and set it apart.

Using the 2013 Dictionary of Cliches by Christine Ammer, I scanned through the same collection of books to find cliches that writers use most often. There was a clear frontrunner for the title of “most cliched writer”: James Patterson. The bestselling US author averages 160 cliches per 100,000 words, about twice as many as JK Rowling and Gillian Flynn.

Patterson writes the phrase “believe it or not” in more than half his books, but he’s not the only author to use at least some cliches. Austen loved to write “with all my heart”, Dan Brown uses “full circle”, Stephenie Meyer books are filled with “sighs of relief”, and Rowling has her “dead of night”. Even literary authors are fond of a cliche, with Zadie Smith falling back on “evil eye”, Donna Tartt on “too good to be true” and Salman Rushdie using “the last straw” in more than half his novels. Not all cliches are bad, but it’s clear some authors rely on them more than others. EL James is in the upper tier of cliche users, with one of her favourites being “words fail me”. [full article]

OH MY GOD. I found a new fact out about Charles II.

Charles was really….hmmm…not super ostentatious in dress?? He was fashionable but he often chose muted colours or blacks for his clothing. But he absolutely LOVED his Order of the Garter robes and outfit. He loved it so much that, not only did he often wear it in his portraits, but he would often wear it out for one of his strolls in Windsor Great Park or when he went to feed the ducks in St. James’ Park.

Hamilton Characters as things said by me and my friends part 3
  • <p> <b>Alexander Hamilton:</b> this is the most depressing water I've ever drunk<p/><b>John Laurens:</b> what if lick was pronounced thicc<p/><b>Lafayette:</b> fench. ,.. wAIT NO I MEANT FRENCH<p/><b>Hercules Mulligan:</b> wait when did I become the mum friend?<p/><b>Eliza Schuyler:</b> *hits rocks together* kiss and make fire<p/><b>Angelica Schuyler:</b> fIGHT THE SYSTEM BITCHES<p/><b>Peggy Schuyler:</b> *after being called to the office* this is the end bros, goodbye<p/><b>Aaron Burr:</b> we are obviously the cool kids. We talk about politics at lunch<p/><b>Thomas Jefferson:</b> okay but what if America was France<p/><b>James Madison:</b> fear me I'll give you a cold *sneezes*<p/><b>George Washington:</b> *singing very off key* kILl MeeeEEEEeeeEEEEEeeeeeeeee<p/><b>King George:</b> jealousy is a disease bitch *poses* ...... one that I have stay away if you don't want to catch it<p/><b>Charles Lee:</b> I'm here I'm not queer................... *softly* jk<p/><b>Maria Reynolds:</b> time to end a relationship using the power of my voice only<p/><b>James Reynolds:</b> *screeches* SCAMS<p/><b>Samuel Seabury:</b> British people have a knack for complaining about the weather whatever it is<p/></p>

Modern AU Headcannons

James wears eyeliner
Peggy has braces
Samuel has braces
Theo is a god
Sam likes to draw to get rid of stress. Another thing he does, for the same reason, is putting all his books in alphabetical order
James speaks Hebrew when he’s super angry
Theodosia Sr is a strong believer in horoscopes and plam reading
Thomas goes Sherlock crazy with his violin sometimes
Lafayette is nonbinary
Ace Burr is cuddly as fuck and needs a lot of hugs sometimes
Thomas is the biggest David Garret fangirl
Samuel has a lisp
Charles listens to Punk music
James and Thomas met by Thomas wearing an Iron Man shirt and James wearing a Spider-Man shirt and they got into a fight over who is better and that’s how they became friends.
Peggy wears Bee Movie pajamas
Peggy has a subscription to Netflix only so she can watch the Bee Movie.
Burr loves bacon
James has feminine lips
Samuel loves it when he gets kissed all over his face, it makes him feel super warm and fuzzy inside. And when he’s cuddling he tends to nuzzle and purr a LOT
George is a terrible cook
James has a lot of stuffed animals because he can’t stand something not sleeping next to him. He favorite one is a sheep named Jane.
LAF KNOWS EVERYTHING
Theo is Asexual and Biromantic
Laf is aroace.
Theo only wears short and dresses. She doesn’t own any pants
Theo also really loves rain
Sam secretly listens to Bo Burnham
James listens to emo bands and drags Thomas to concerts and Thomas will never admit he likes them

Dating Charles Xavier Includes...

(A/N: Set after X-Men: Apocalypse)

-He is finally comfortable enough around you to be in a Wheelchair. Although he thought you deserved better, he finally see’s himself as more worthy of your hand.

-His sass begins to build up again. He is constantly backfiring, and you bloody love it.

-The nicknames grow, too. He just wants you to feel loved, and appreciated, and would stop at nothing to make you feel that way. 

-Your by his side, as the school begins to build up. The students begin to question though, you helping the younger ones, who see you as a mother figure.

-The one night when all the Students are working, so you both have a movie night, with him endlessly cuddling you.

-When Raven comes back, you’re too happy to see her. and she to see you. Even though Charles is a little cautious.

-He comes to you, after Raven tells him of her need for both of you. You just hold him close, and remind him everything will be fine, in the end. You’ll have each other.

-When he’s kidnapped - Oh god, he fears for your life, he can tell something is going to happen, and he begs to god, you are safe. You have to be safe, for him.

-After you find him, he’s broken. He think’s his hair gone, and the fact he wasn’t there for you, means he was not good enough for you, and your the one who has to prove him wrong.

-He still wakes up at night, fearing of the past, and what is to come, and what happened to Angel, but your there to hold him, and remind him your there.

-Charles gets so much more romantic, yet so much more devious, as if everyday was the last, and he wanted to make sure you had done everything.

-You and Erik, before he goes, share so many stories of what has happened, mainly about his wife and child. Charles dosen’t miss the look in your eye when you’re talking about a family.

-And to be honest, now this is over, he want’s a Family with you. Somebody he can protect, until his last breath. He want’s you, and only you. He loves you way too much. 

ellelan  asked:

“I lost a bet to you and the circumstances were supposed to be a joke but I took them seriously” sex - silverflint

@ellelan I MADE IT FLUFF.


“You’re not serious,” Jack muttered, staring incredulous at John across the table. All eyes were on him as John shrugged.

“I meant it,” he grinned.

“You lost a bet…a joke, I might add, and now you’re going to proposition James Flint?” Jack demanded and John chuckled, shrugging again. 

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Finding Nemo: Part 1 of the “Funny Graves” Series

Last spring I was *a bit* obsessed with the ‘funny graves’ shown in TFP and discovered several interesting links and parallels. Unfortunately, I have a son with a serious illness and I wasn’t able to write it all up until now. Anyway, things are going a bit smoother now, so I’m going to start posting a series of metas I wrote last May relating to Nemo and the dates on the ‘funny graves’. 

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Part 1-Finding Nemo

I discovered that there are two classic pieces of literature that have used the name ‘Nemo’ in a similar context that was shown in TFP.

1) The first one is Charles Dickens’s Bleak House. In this story, just like in TFP,  there is a mysterious tombstone engraved with the name Nemo. I won’t bother to summarize the entire story here, but I’ll just give you a quick character description for “Nemo” that was provided on line.


Nemo (Latin for “nobody”) is the alias of Captain James Hawdon, a former officer in the British Army who died of an opium overdose. He was Lady Dedlock’s secret lover, and the father of Esther Summerson.


My take on Bleak House: So, yes, I realize that the only similarity is basically the Nemo tombstone, right? I suppose I could extrapolate a bunch of meaning to the following  descriptions; “former British Officer” and “opium overdose” and “secret love” and then draw parallels with John and Sherlock. It would be so easy to fabricate a theory just based on this. It’s tempting,  but I don’t think it’s useful at this point because there are many more little facts–or clues–related to Nemo below. I just wanted to show that the “idea” of Nemo was not an original concept and had been used before. 


2) The second book that features a character named 'Nemo’ is Two Thousand  Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.

In Two Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (henceforth known as TTLUtS) Nemo is also an alias for “Nobody”. In this particular story, Nemo is called Captain Nemo because he is, in fact, the captain of a submarine ship he built himself. Here Nemo is described as a genius with a thirst for vengeance. Again, I won’t retell the story, but just provide a character sketch for Nemo that I combined from different articles I read online.


Captain Nemo was a man way ahead of his time in both technology and philosophy. He was a pirate and scientific genius who roamed the depths of the sea in his submarine. Nemo tried to project a stern, controlled confidence, but he was driven by a thirst for vengeance. “Nemo” is Latin for “no one”, and also (as νέμω) Greek for “I give what is due.”

My analysis: There are even more similarities between this classic tale and TFP. Here Nemo is described as pirate, genius and philosopher. All character descriptions that have been used in Sherlock. Also, there is a reference to a secret submarine just like in TPoSH.

Again, I could easily interpret more meaning and parallels but I just want to stick to the facts for now because there’s more.  

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anonymous asked:

all these trans hcs are making my fucking trans dude heart sing but im also crying can i get uhh trans whizzer hcs please

of course, and this will be my last ask of the night :))

-You’ve never met anyone more confident than my man, Whizzer Brown. He does all the stage makeup for the school musicals, and this ignorant little freshman asshole was like “You only know how to do makeup because you’re a girl.”

-Whizzer, as he was helping her with her eyeliner, said “Listen, baby bitch, boys can do makeup too. I bet twenty bucks you watch James Charles. He’s not one of those boys. Me, however… I’m fucking talented.”

-”Just because I’m looking super fucking cute doesn’t make me any less of a boy.” And so when Cordelia makes him flower crowns, you bet that boy wears flower crowns. 

-Same freshman asshole before told him that only girls know how to dress so well. He looked her right in the face and said “I dress well because I’m gay and I pay attention. Maybe it’s time for you to pay attention. Name’s Whizzer. I’m a boy. Nice to meet you. Suck my dick.”

-”Marv, how’s it feel to be dating the most attractive man in school? That’s me, Marv. I’m the most attractive. You’re like number five.”

-Whizzer is so confident in himself because he has to be to get people to take him seriously. So he plays the part well. I love my boy Whizzer.

Evil Christians Kill Again!

Evil Christians Kill Again! That is the headline that the left and atheists would want you to believe about Devin Patrick Kelley. But as we are becoming more aware of the killer at Sutherland Springs’ background the more it is a fanciful farce. We know now that he was an atheist and only spent one night volunteering at a VBS program. Motivation unknown.

But more than that, atheists and the left always want to paint Christians as the ones to fear, but we know as time goes by that theory get thinner and thinner as well.

Here’s a good list of the top ten shooters in the US and religion listed from least to most deaths:

  1. 2016 - San Bernadino, CA - 14 Dead - Syed Rizwan - Muslim
  2. 1986 - Edmund, OK - 15 Dead - Patrick Sherrill - Unafilliated
  3. 1966 - Austin, TX - 18 Dead - Charles Whitman - Non-Practicing Catholic
  4. 1984 - San Ysidro, CA - 22 Dead - James Huberty - Pagan
  5. 1991 - Killeen, TX - 24 Dead - George Hennard - Irreligious
  6. 2017 - Sutherland Springs, TX - 26 Dead - Devin Kelley - Atheist
  7. 2012 - Newtown, CN - 28 Dead - Adam Lanza - Irreligious
  8. 2007 - Blackburg, VA - 33 Dead - Seung Hui Cho - Anti-Christian
  9. 2016 - Orlando, FL - 49 Dead - Omar Mateen - Muslim
  10. 2017 - Las Vegas, NV - 58 - Stepen Paddock - Unaffiliated 

From this list you can see that none of these killers would have what a practicing Christian would consider to be a relationship with Jesus Christ. None. Whitman was an alter-boy and was married in a Catholic church, but after that the trail runs cold. Besides he was found to have a brain tumor that may have been the cause regardless of faith. Huberty was an odd fellow. He would get angry and to settle him down his wife would read tarot cards regarding his future. Apparently his belief was real and important.    

The one group missing in the top ten is someone devoted Jesus Christ and His church. No wonder. Christianity preaches peace and love not hatred that will drive people to killing sprees. There is imperfection in the faith because we are imperfect people, but love is the hallmark of the Christian.  

HAPPY HALLOWE’EN 2017: THE TOP TEN

Your deadicated hosts have made it to their first All Hallows’ Evening, and we’re aware that everyone is looking for spooky movies to entertain themselves and their live-at-home ghosts. Luckily, we’ve been spending the last thirty-three weeks crunching the numbers and we have a top ten of the best horror movies we’ve covered so far (1896-1932)! Now, we do have a new episode out on All Saints’ Day (that’s November 1st), but until then, here’s a write up of the current top ten – what their deal is, pros and cons, and where to find them! Hope it helps your evening’s entertainment!

#10 - Der Student von Prag (1926)

This remake of the world’s first feature-length horror film improves on its predecessor in almost every way. From inventive and chilling horror effects, to a brilliantly haunting performance by Conrad Veidt in the dual role of Balduin and his doppelgänger. This period chiller from Henrik Galeen is a superb example of late-era silent German Expressionist cinema.
It’s in the public domain, and you can find it for free on The Scream Scene Playlist on YouTube, with English subtitles. 1h 30min.

#9 - Vampyr (1932)

Carl Th. Dreyer’s Vampyr is a throwback, a sound film with more than just a foot in the door of the silent era. But it’s haunting visuals, nightmarish narrative, and spiritual power make it a viewing experience you’ll never forget. It’s a vampire movie for the experimental art film lover in your life.
A restoration from Criterion Collection is currently available for rent for $4.99 on iTunes. 1h 13min.

#8 - The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Paul Leni imported German Expressionism to the United States with this visually stunning “old dark house” horror-comedy for Universal Studios. Fans of the movie adaptation of Clue, or anyone familiar with the “spend a night in a haunted house to get the inheritance” trope, will get a kick out of seeing the progenitor of the entire style.
You can find the best version of this one on YouTube by visiting The Scream Scene Playlist. 1h 24min.

#7 - The Phantom of the Opera (1925/1929)

Nearly a century and dozens of versions later, the original Lon Chaney rendition of Gaston Leroux’s bizarre novel remains the best. Despite a troubled production history to say the least, with no less than five versions (of which only two still exist), Phantom of the Opera remains a superbly entertaining example of horror movie as big budget spectacle.
Our preferred restoration of the 1929 edit is available on YouTube on The Scream Scene Playlist. 1h 35min.

#6 - Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)

Sometimes you don’t always have the legal right to make the art you want to. These days you can get a copyright strike from YouTube, but in the 1920s it can lead to a court order to have all of your work destroyed. That we can even see F.W. Murnau’s unlicensed adaptation of Dracula at all is fortuitous, and is surely one of the reasons this film is so prized. But more than that, there is Max Schreck’s unforgettable appearance as Count Orlok, and the myriad haunting images that grace the screen in this grandfather of all vampire movies.
Subscribers to Shudder and Fandor can stream the film, and the newest restoration from Kino is available for rent for $4.99 on YouTube, Google Play, and iTunes. 1h 35min.

#5 - Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)

Roger Ebert once called Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr Caligari the first horror movie, and he was nearly right. It is certainly the first to embrace the tone and aesthetic of horror wholeheartedly, while also transplanting the then popular German Expressionist art movement to cinema, defining a visual style for all time. Nearly everything Tim Burton ever did owes a significant debt to this classic tale of madness, starring Conrad Veidt.
Currently streaming for subscribers of Fandor, as well as available for rent $4.99 on Google Play and YouTube. 1h 17min.

#4 - Dracula (1931)

While the first true horror film to be made in the United States may seem a bit sedate to viewers used to later renditions of its story, Tod Browning’s classic adaptation still manages to chill with its atmospheric visuals courtesy of cinematographer Karl Freund and set designer Charles Hall. But it’s strongest asset is its cast, with unforgettably evocative performances from Bela Lugosi, Dwight Frye, and Edward van Sloan. If you get the version with music by Phillip Glass, it only enhances the magnetic pull this film can have over you if you let it.
Rental options at $3.99 are the iTunes, Cineplex, PlayStation, and Microsoft video stores. 1h 25min.

#3 - Frankenstein (1931)

The second of Universal Studios’ one-two punch of 1931, James Whale’s classic film manages to outdo Dracula primarily in pathos and theme. While the earlier film was content to merely thrill its audience, the tragedy of Colin Clive’s Dr Frankenstein and his creation confronts viewers with the way society treats its outsiders and outcasts and asks them to question their biases. Boris Karloff’s iconic performance as the Monster echoes through the ages.
Available for rent at $2.99 on iTunes and $3.99 on the PlayStation and Microsoft video stores. 1h 11min.

#2 - Körkarlen (1921)

The Phantom Carriage is perhaps the… least “fun” entry here in the top ten. Victor Sjöström’s haunting exploration of the horrors of alcoholism, domestic abuse, poverty, and tuberculosis is a critique of Christian naivete while simultaneously an encouragement of spiritual moral values. All wrapped up in a story of New Year’s Eve and the spectre of Death!
This public domain film can be found on The Scream Scene Playlist on YouTube for free. 1h 47min.

#1 - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

Early on in the first Hollywood horror craze, Paramount Pictures managed to outdo their main competitor with this masterpiece from director Rouben Mamoulian. With a use of sound, visuals, effects, script, and performance far beyond what most films were doing at the time, this adaptation reigns supreme among other versions of the same story. Fredric March utterly inhabits the dual title role, but it’s Miriam Hopkins’ performance that will stick with you in this superb examination of domestic abuse, alcoholism, and the beast that dwells within us.
Currently for rent on YouTube and the Playstation video store for $4.99. 1h 35min.

Hope you find something in our top ten that tingles your spine, and until next year – Happy Hallowe’en!


anonymous asked:

Charles James Fox Vs William Pitt the younger, who would win?

The Answer would Depend upon the Arena of their Competition*; Fox put himself at Tactical Disadvantage while he was Abroad, but his Hastened Effort in taking up the Cause of Himself and His Highness should surely demonstrate an Adeptness and Tenacity worthy of High Office. Fox drew very Near to Success, had His Majesty only Suffered a more Permanent Frailty (Blessing tho’ it is he found Reprieve!) we may have seen the Cunning Fox in his Coveted Post.

*In a Duel, both would fare Poorly, Pitt’s Health having never been Good and Fox suffering in Equal Measure. One must concede, however, Pistols would serve as a Great Equalizer. Were our Parliament were determined in this Fashion, it is the Belief of the Editor that the People would show Greater Interest in Elections.

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On this day in music history: September 24, 1983 - “In A Special Way”, the third album by DeBarge is released. Produced by El DeBarge, it is recorded at Kendun Recorders in Burbank, CA and Westlake Audio in West Hollywood, CA from Late 1982 - Mid 1983. Buoyed by the success of their sophomore release “All This Love”, the family vocal group from Grand Rapids, MI are granted more creative freedom in the studio. Only twenty one years old at start of recording, lead singer El DeBarge oversees the sessions as the sole producer and bandleader, with brothers James and Mark and sister Bunny all writing songs that are included on the completed album. Aided by a group of seasoned studio veterans including Greg Phillinganes (keyboards), Harvey Mason, Ricky Lawson, Leon “Ndugu” Chancler (drums) “Ready” Freddie Washington, James Jamerson, Jr., Nathan East (bass), Charles Fearing, Paul Jackson, Jr., Carlos Rios (guitars), and Paulinho DaCosta (percussion), the sessions are highly productive. Motown label mate Stevie Wonder (harmonica) also makes a guest appearance on the title track. The finished album is an artistic triumph and is widely regarded as the group’s best. It spins off two singles including “Time Will Reveal” (#1 R&B, #18 Pop)  and “Love Me In A Special Way” (#11 R&B, #45 Pop). The album receives further belated attention more than a decade after its release when the album tracks “Stay With Me” and “A Dream” are widely sampled and interpolated by numerous Hip Hop and R&B artists during the 90’s including The Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, and Ashanti. Originally released on CD in the early 90’s, it is remastered and reissued as part of the compilation package “Time Will Reveal: The Complete Motown Albums” in 2011. “In A Special Way” peaks at number four on the Billboard R&B album chart, also peaking at number thirty six on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.