The 10th Anniversary Edition of Thirteen Reasons Why was released

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Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California on September 30, 1975. He grew up with a family that encouraged him to pursue all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. He attended Cuesta Community College right after graduating from San Luis Obispo High School. It was here where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. After high school, he decided he wanted to become an elementary school teacher. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where he left his senior year in order to pursue his career as a serious writer. He married Joan Marie on September 7, 2002. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including working as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences influenced some aspect of his writing.

On December 27, 2016, the 10th Anniversary Edition of Thirteen Reasons Why was released. In this edition, the book’s original ending is included. The anniversary edition also includes a new introduction from Asher, an essay from Asher, pages from the notebook that Asher used while writing Thirteen Reasons Why, reader reactions and a reading guide

Thirteen Reasons Why is a 2007 young adult novel written by Jay Asher. The book was published by RazorBill, a young adult imprint of Penguin Books. The paperback edition hit #1 on the New York Times best-seller list in July 2011. The book is the basis of the television series 13 Reasons Why, released through Netflix on March 31, 2017.

Clay Jensen, a shy high school student, returns home from school one day to find that he has received a mysterious package in the mail. It contains seven double-sided cassette tapes used by Hannah Baker, a classmate who has recently committed suicide. Each tape details a reason that she killed herself. The tapes were sent to various other people before arriving at Clay’s door.The first person to receive the tapes was Justin. They kissed once after she developed a crush on him. However, Justin told his friends that they did more than just kiss, which earned Hannah the reputation of a slut at school. The second person to receive them was Alex. Alex violated their friendship when he published a “hot or not” list comparing the girls in their class. He awarded Hannah the title of Best Ass, which only escalated her reputation as a slut. He also awarded his ex-girlfriend Jessica the title of Worst Ass, in revenge for her not having sex with him. The third person was Jessica. After being compared to Hannah on the “hot or not” list, Jessica slapped Hannah and ended their friendship. The slap left a scar on Hannah’s cheek…..

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Main

  • Dylan Minnette as Clay Jensen
  • Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker
  • Christian Navarro as Tony Padilla
  • Alisha Boe as Jessica Davis
  • Brandon Flynn as Justin Foley
  • Justin Prentice as Bryce Walker
  • Miles Heizer as Alex Standall
  • Ross Butler as Zach Dempsey
  • Devin Druid as Tyler Down
  • Amy Hargreaves as Lainie Jensen
  • Derek Luke as Kevin Porter
  • Kate Walsh as Olivia Baker

Hannah BakerHannah Baker is a fictional character created by American author Jay Asher. She is the subject of his 2007 mystery novel Thirteen Reasons Why, and Netflix’ adaptation of the book, 13 Reasons Why. Hannah is introduced as a sophomore at the fictional Liberty High School, characterized by her struggle adjusting to life in an unsympathetic school environment. She is played by Katherine Langford on the television series.On the final tape Hannah recalls the day of her suicide. She decides to give life “one more try”, and visits Mr. Porter, the school counsellor, and asks for his help. She tells him about the rape, but when she refuses to disclose her rapist’s identity, he tells her that the only option is to “move on” with life. This conversation is related on Hannah’s final recorded tape. She then gives her uniform to Clay at the theatre before going to give the tapes to Tony. Hannah return home, fills her bathtub and uses the razors she stole from her father’s shop to slit her wrists. Hannah dies of blood loss and is found by her mother and father who attempt to save her by calling 911; but they are too late, Hannah is already dead.

 

Rape & Assault or Violence

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Rape and Incest National Network (RAINN) Crisis Hotline: 800-656-4673

In addition to its hotline, RAINN works with local rape crisis centers nationwide, providing resources, articles, programs, and events.

National Teen Dating Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or visit www.loveisrespect.org For teens who have been abused.

National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or visit www.rainn.org For anyone who has been raped or experienced sexual violence.

 

 

 

Suicide

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)

This is a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline that is free and available to anyone who is in emotional distress or crisis.

Hopeline: 800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

National Suicide Hotlines: 800-SUICIDE (784 2433)

Teen Hotline Covenant House NineLine: 800-999-9999

SOS Teen Hotline: 800-949-0057

Grief Recovery Helpline: 800-445-4808

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Good Mental Health Wellness and Self – help book

Here are eight self-help techniques or alternative therapies that can help you cope with depression, get a handle on your symptoms, and beat the disease altogether.

 

Some good coping skills include:

  • Meditation and Relaxation Techniques: Practicing deep breathing techniques, the relaxation response, or progressive muscle relaxation are ways to help reduce stress and induce relaxation.
  • Time to Yourself: It is important to set aside time everyday to allow yourself to relax and escape the stress of life. Give yourself a private, mini vacation from everything going on around you.
  • Physical Activity: Moving around and getting the heart rate up causes the body to release endorphins (the body’s feel good hormones). Exercising provides some stress relief.
  • Reading: Escape from reality completely by reading. Reading can help you to de-stress by taking your mind off everyday life.
  • Friendship: Having friends who are willing to listen and support one through good and bad times is essential.
  • Humor: Adding humor to a stressful situation can help to lighten the mood.
  • Hobbies: Having creative outlets such as listening to music, drawing or gardening are great ways to relax and relieve everyday stress.
  • Spirituality¬†Actively believing in a higher power or divine being can have many health benefits. In recent studies, it has been found that people who pray have better mental health than those who do not.
  • Pets: Taking care of a pet helps distract the mind from stressful thoughts. Studies Show that pets are a calming influence in people’s lives.
  • Sleeping¬†The human body needs a chance to rest and repair itself after a long and stressful day. Sleeping gives the body this chance so that it is ready to perform another day.
  • Nutrition¬†Eating foods that are good for you not only improve your physical health, but they play a major role in your mental health. When your body gets the proper nutrients, it is better able to function in every capacity.

There are also negative coping skills which can hinder progress in dealing more positively with stress. Actions that are harmful to both mental and physical health include:

  • Drugs
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Self-mutilation
  • Ignoring or storing hurt feelings
  • Sedatives
  • Stimulants
  • Excessive working
  • Avoiding problems
  • Denial

 

 

No matter what you’re going through ‚ÄĒ whether it’s a break-up, confidence issues, or just a general life rut ‚ÄĒ it’s important to feel like you’re not alone. These 13 self-help books cover a broad range of topics applicable to women’s lives, and offer sage advice on how to rise above it.

The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

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If fear has been the driving motivation in your life, Gabrielle Bernstein’s book can help put faith back into the big picture. Chock-full of spiritual insights, this book (which readers of any, or even no religious background can find applicable) is grounded in timeless wisdom, but aimed at the modern reader trying to get in deeper touch with their authentic self.

 

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

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This top-rated book, written by aNew York Times investigative journalist, explores how understanding and identifying our daily habits can greatly help us optimize how we want to spend our time, and also prevent us from continually falling for common marketing ploys. From case studies of how companies successfully rebrand themselves to insights from neuroscientists into how habits actually form in the brain, this book demonstrates that trying to make a lasting, positive change might be more doable than we think.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

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Marie Kondo’s best-selling text on tidying up your entire home addresses the emotional connection we have to the things that we own ‚ÄĒ and not just sentimental feelings, but those of guilt and sadness as well. Whether you’re trying to cull the mountains of clutter, or you’re a self-identifying neat freak, there is serious wisdom to be gleaned from the KonMari Method.

Lean In

Lean In

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Sheryl Sandberg’s highly motivating book (born from an incredible¬†TED talk¬†she gave in 2010) is a call for women everywhere to start advocating more strongly for themselves in the workplace. She shares personal stories of success and setbacks in her own career, sheds light on hard data surrounding the lack of women in leadership roles across the country, and offers sound, actionable advice that any working person can put into practice.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

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In a world of instant feedback, viral sensations, and social followings the size of entire countries, trying to start your own creative pursuits can seem like a fruitless, even foolish, endeavor. In her book Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert argues that there is no divine permission slip or entry interview into a creative life, but that we must summon the curiosity and the courage to pursue it, in whatever way makes sense. This joy-tinged text is encouraging, warm, and seriously inspiring.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

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An enduring favorite, this book is an invaluable resource to anyone who wants to identify the skills that can make them a more effective leader and communicator. In business and in life, the habits extolled in this text are applicable for boosting virtually anyone’s natural charisma.

How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly’s Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life

How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly's Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life

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Humans are complicated, self-sabotaging, and highly contradictory creatures, and Heather Havrilesky is an advice columnist who actually acknowledges and embraces that. This collection of letters (some new, some republished) from her “Ask Polly” column from¬†The Cut¬†range from grieving daughters to aimless college graduates to husbands on the verge of cheating, and in each one she lays down comforting, caustic, and occasionally rambling words of wisdom. Though the situations in each letter are vastly different, they are all have a way of being strangely universal at the same time.

The Secret

The Secret

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The Secret may be a controversial read, but its compelling arguments for accountability make it a best-seller to this day. The book is all about utilizing the power within in order to make tremendous strides in life, arguing that we have to take ownership of the unhappiness in our lives, in order to turn things around.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

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If you can’t help but roll your eyes at the phrase “self-help,” Mark Manson’s best-selling, straight-talking book dispenses practical advice, sans any sugar-coating. His book makes the argument that putting a good spin on the pitfalls of life is belittling and ineffective. He advocates toughening up, understanding that failure¬†will happen to you, and getting intimately familiar with your shortcomings, so you can focus on what you truly want to excel at.

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project

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Author Gretchen Rubin noticed that she was letting life pass her by, and wasn’t paying attention to the things that really matter the most. She dedicated a year of her life to enhancing her quality of living and kept track of her adventures along the way ‚ÄĒ in hopes of inspiring readers to find more fulfillment in their own lives.

 

COSTUMES FOR HALLOWEEN 2017

Most popular costumes for children:
1. Action/superhero
2. Batman character
3. Princess
4. Animal (cat, dog, monkey)
5. Star Wars character
6. Spider-Man
7. Witch
8. Marvel Superhero (excluding Spider-Man)
9. Pirate
10. Disney Princess
Most popular costumes for adults: 
1. Witch
2. Batman character (Batman, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, etc.)
3. Animal (cat, dog, etc.)
4. Pirate
5. Marvel Superhero (Spider-Man, Captain America, etc.)
6. Vampire
7. Zombie
8. DC Superhero (excluding Batman and Wonder Woman)
9. Star Wars character
10. Slasher movie villain
11. Wonder Woman
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All aboard! Teach your friends something new this Halloween as everyone's favorite science teacher. Wig not included. 

The best voice of Batman

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Batman’s¬†secret identity¬†is¬†Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American¬†playboy,¬†philanthropist, and owner of¬†Wayne Enterprises. After witnessing the murder of his parents¬†Dr. Thomas Wayne¬†and¬†Martha Wayne¬†as a child, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Bruce Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a¬†bat-inspired¬†persona to fight crime.Batman operates in the fictional¬†Gotham City¬†with assistance from various supporting characters, including his butler¬†Alfred, police commissioner¬†Gordon, and vigilante allies such as¬†Robin. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any¬†superpowers; rather, he relies on his genius intellect, physical prowess, martial arts abilities, detective skills, science and technology, vast wealth, intimidation, and indomitable will.

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The Caped Crusader. There’s also something youthful in Romano’s voice, a tone that turns his Batman into a more nasal-sounding hero. Though his animation looks quite cool in The Batman, his voice makes him sound more vulnerable than your typical Caped Crusader

 

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Jason O’Mara has been leading the charge as Batman in the new animated movie continuity. Starting with Justice League: War, O’Mara introduced us to the soft sounds and quiet inner-monologue of Batman. Whether he’s walking beside an over-excited Hal Jordan or addressing the Justice League, O’Mara’s Batman is calm, cool, collected, and perhaps a bit monotonous.

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Ben McKenzie’s Batman is a tortured soul. His every word drips with pathos, evidence of an internal war that he’s looking to win on the streets of Gotham. McKenize’s vocal understanding of the character is on point for what’s needed in Year One, where the Dark Knight is a fledgling hero, one who learns the ropes of crimefighting on the go. Though we meet Batman early in his career, this iteration sounds distinctly weathered, like he’s been embroiled in battle for decades

 

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He’s in a state of recklessness and vengeance that actor Peter Weller perfectly captures. If Batman has ever hesitated in the line of duty or balked at the idea of unleashing the full range of his physical powers, those insecurities are gone in The Dark Knight Returns.

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Roger Craig Smith captured the essence of his predecessor in a way that impressed even the most loyal Kevin Conroy fans. As you’d expect, Smith sounds a bit younger, a little greener, and less grizzled than he’d become in the games leading up to Arkham Knight. While imbuing the masculine sound associated with Kevin Conroy, Smith gives his Batman a more youthful edge that hints at his inexperience, though not without adding quite a bit of growling along the way.

 

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Greenwood digs into the insecurities of the character and tests the strength of his moral resolve. This is a Batman with an easy out, a chance to kill the Joker and save his relationship with his old partner in one fell swoop. Things aren‚Äôt so simple, however, and though Batman admits that all he‚Äôs ‚Äúever wanted to do was¬†kill [the Joker],‚Ä̬†he knows that such an action would forever compromise his integrity. This was an excellent Batman performance, highlighted by Bruce Greenwood‚Äôs note-perfect voice.

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 According to The Flashpoint Paradox, Bruce and Thomas Wayne don’t have much in common. Whereas Batman #1 is fairly restrained, his father puts on the Batsuit and becomes a lean, mean, killing machine. He drinks from a flask. He shoots Professor Zoom through the dome. All of these intricacies are captured by Scottish-American actor Kevin McKidd, who brings his brogue to make Thomas Wayne the most badass Batman this side of Frank Miller.

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With Kevin Conroy’s Bruce Wayne in the passenger seat, Batman Beyond was forced to lead the Dark Knight in a new direction. As Terry McGinnis, Will Friedle’s take on the Caped Crusader is like punk-rock to Conroy’s smooth jazz. He’s full of wit and one-liners, and with his voice ratcheted up a few octaves, he makes the old Batman sound like the voice of God.

 

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‚ÄúI am vengeance! I am the night! I am Kevin Conroy!‚Ä̬†Since 1992,¬†the¬†voice of Batman has belonged to none other than Kevin Conroy. He starred in¬†Batman: The Animated Series¬†and brought the character to a whole new generation, helping evolve the formerly campy hero into a truly Dark Knight.Though he gives a warmer sound to his Batman, one that‚Äôs full of intelligence and strategy, Conroy has played Batman in all manner of stories, even the more thematically mature ones like¬†The Killing Joke.¬†He is the voice of the¬†Arkhamverse¬†and is currently on TV with¬†Justice League Action.¬†To many, Kevin Conroy¬†is¬†Batman, so don‚Äôt expect him to relinquish¬†his twenty-five-year claim to the throne anytime soon.

Leading the stellar direct-to-video movies like Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero and The Return of the Joker, Conroy then continued his streak with The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Static Shock, Justice League, and countless others.

File:Alfred Pennyworth (Alex Ross).jpgAlfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth¬†is a fictional character appearing in¬†American comic books¬†published by¬†DC Comics, most commonly in association with the¬†superhero¬†Batman.Pennyworth is depicted as Bruce Wayne’s loyal and tireless¬†butler,¬†legal guardian, best friend,¬†aide-de-camp, and¬†surrogate father figure¬†following the murders of¬†Thomas¬†and¬†Martha Wayne. As a British ex-Special Air Service¬†operative of honor and ethics with connections within the intelligence community, he has been called “Batman’s¬†batman”.He also provides¬†comic relief¬†with his sarcastic and cynical attitude which often adds humor to dialogue with Batman. A vital part of the Batman¬†mythos, Alfred was nominated for the Wizard Fan Award for Favorite Supporting Male Character in 1994.In non-comics media, the character has been portrayed by noted actors¬†William Austin, Eric Wilton,¬†Michael Gough,¬†Michael Caine, and¬†Jeremy Irons¬†on film and by¬†Alan Napier,¬†Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.,¬†Ian Abercrombie,¬†David McCallum, and¬†Sean Pertwee¬†on television.

 

The great quotes of: Alfred Pennyworth

The best actors who played Batman

Batman¬†is a fictional¬†superhero¬†appearing in¬†American comic books¬†published by¬†DC Comics. The character was created by artist¬†Bob Kane¬†and writer¬†Bill Finger,and first appeared in¬†Detective Comics¬†#27 (1939). Originally named the “Bat-Man”, the character is also referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the¬†Dark Knight, and the World’s Greatest Detective.

Batman’s¬†secret identity¬†is¬†Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American¬†playboy,¬†philanthropist, and owner of¬†Wayne Enterprises. After witnessing the murder of his parents¬†Dr. Thomas Wayne¬†and¬†Martha Wayne¬†as a child, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Bruce Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a¬†bat-inspired¬†persona to fight crime.

Batman operates in the fictional¬†Gotham City¬†with assistance from various supporting characters, including his butler¬†Alfred, police commissioner¬†Gordon, and vigilante allies such as¬†Robin. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any¬†superpowers; rather, he relies on his genius intellect, physical prowess, martial arts abilities, detective skills, science and technology, vast wealth, intimidation, and indomitable will. A large assortment of villains make up Batman’s¬†rogues gallery, including his¬†archenemy, the¬†Joker.

The character became popular soon after his introduction in 1939 and gained his own comic book title,¬†Batman, the following year. As the decades went on, differing interpretations of the character emerged. The late 1960s¬†Batman¬†television series used a¬†camp¬†aesthetic, which continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended. Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, culminating in 1986 with¬†The Dark Knight Returns¬†by¬†Frank Miller. The success of¬†Warner Bros.‘ live-action¬†Batman¬†feature films¬†have helped maintain the public’s interest in the character.

An American cultural icon, Batman has been licensed and adapted into a¬†variety of media, from radio to television and film, and appears on various merchandise sold all over the world, such as toys and video games. The character has also intrigued psychiatrists, with many trying to understand the character’s psyche. In 2015,¬†FanSided¬†ranked Batman as number one on their list of “50 Greatest Super Heroes In Comic Book History”.Kevin Conroy,¬†Bruce Greenwood,¬†Peter Weller,¬†Anthony Ruivivar,¬†Jason O’Mara, and¬†Will Arnett, among others, have provided the character’s voice for animated adaptations. Batman has been depicted in both film and television by¬†Lewis Wilson,¬†Robert Lowery,¬†Adam West,¬†Michael Keaton,, and ¬†Christian Bale,¬†

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At the tender age of 23, Lewis Wilson starred in Batman’s first ever-screen adaptation, a 15-chapter action comedy serial. You can watch the entire three-and-a-half-hour series on YouTube for a glimpse of what popular entertainment looked like during World War II.

 

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The second Batman serial arrived in 1949, introducing Vicki Vale and Commissioner Gordon to the screen.

 

 

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For a long time after starring in the 1966 Batman TV series, Adam West‚Äôs career foundered due to typecasting. People seemed to think the show‚Äôs purposefully campy atmosphere was actually down to ‚Äúso bad it‚Äôs good‚ÄĚ humor, making it hard for West to be taken seriously as an actor.

 

 

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Tim Burton‚Äės 1989 movie took Batman into a new era, shedding the silliness of the earlier adaptations for a more gothic look at the Caped Crusader. Michael Keaton brought a relatable kind of charm to the role, while Burton‚ÄĒat this point nearing the creative height of his career‚ÄĒgave Gotham City a newly dark and disturbing atmosphere.Keaton remains some fans‚Äô favorite live action Batman, an actor who embodied a sympathetic version of Bruce Wayne instead of the action hero portrayed by later actors like Christian Bale.

 

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In the case of Batman, this means¬†Gotham, a show whose melodramatic plot twists and histrionic characterization could not be more at odds with¬†Zack Snyder‚Äės grim¬†Batman v Superman¬†universe.¬†David Mazouz stars as the tweenage Bruce Wayne, grieving for his parents but still finding time to become embroiled in Gotham‚Äôs supervillain war alongside a young Jim Gorden,¬†Catwoman, and other iconic DC characters.

 

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The Dark Knight trilogy marks the start of Hollywood‚Äôs quest for auteur-directed superhero movies, and remains one of the most successful examples to date.¬†Christian Bale¬†brought a new seriousness to the role, a gritty vision of Batman that‚ÄĒfor better or worse‚ÄĒinfluenced the next decade of superhero filmmaking.

 

 

 

The fourth season of the American television series¬†Gotham tonight @ 8:00pm

Jim Gordon is a rising detective in corrupt Gotham City, where his late father was a successful district attorney. Brave, honest and determined to prove himself, Jim hopes to return the city to the glamorous, purer version he remembers as a child. He and his partner, ¬†Detective Harvey Bullock, must navigate the dirty politics of Gotham’s justice system, even as they tackle a high-profile case, the murder of billionaires Thomas and ¬†his ¬†wife Martha Wayne. Gordon becomes a friend to their ¬†orphan son , Bruce Wayne.

 

The fourth season of the American television series Gotham, based on characters from DC Comics related to the Batman franchise, revolves around the characters of James Gordon and Bruce Wayne. The season is produced by Primrose Hill Productions, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Television, with Bruno Heller, Danny Cannon, John Stephens, and Ken Woodruff serving as executive producers. 

The season was ordered in May 2017, and production began the following month. Ben McKenzie stars as Gordon, alongside Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Morena Baccarin, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Jessica Lucas, Chris Chalk, Drew Powell, Alexander Siddig and Crystal Reed. The fourth season is set to begin airing on September 21, 2017, on Fox

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In the first season,¬†James Gordon, a new recruit in the¬†Gotham City Police Department¬†is paired with veteran¬†detective¬†Harvey Bullock¬†to solve the murders of¬†Thomas¬†and¬†Martha Wayne. Gordon meets the Waynes’ son¬†Bruce¬†who is now in the care of his butler¬†Alfred Pennyworth. In addition, he also encounters gang member¬†Oswald Cobblepot, forensics worker¬†Edward Nygma, street orphans¬†Selina Kyle¬†and¬†Pamela “Ivy” Pepper, assistant district attorney¬†Harvey Dent, and medical doctor¬†Leslie Thompkins. Gordon becomes involved with Gotham’s¬†crime families¬†including¬†gangster¬†Fish Mooney¬†and¬†crime lords¬†Carmine Falcone¬†and¬†Salvatore Maroni.

 

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In the second season, Gordon deals with a series of events that are being orchestrated by Theo Galavan and his sister Tabitha as part of a plan to take over Gotham as the new Mayor of Gotham City and exacting revenge against the Wayne Family. After Galavan is murdered in his run for mayor, the Gotham City Police Department deals with the actions of Victor Fries. The enigmatic Hugo Strange and his assistant Ethel Peabody conduct a series of bizarre experiments underneath Arkham Asylum in the underground Indian Hill facility that is secretly owned by Wayne Enterprises and overseen by the Court of Owls.

 

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In the third season taking place six months later, Gordon has become a bounty hunter as he works to track down Indian Hill experiments that escaped as well as a revived Fish Mooney. While planning to get Leslie Thompkins back, he also encounters Carmine Falcone’s son¬†Mario Calvi¬†as well as hypnotist¬†Jervis Tetch¬†who arrives to look for his sister Alice where she possesses poisonous blood that drives many crazy in various ways. Meanwhile, Ivy is aged up to an adult woman following an encounter with one of Fish Mooney’s Indian Hill followers and Jerome Valeska is revived to resume his previous vendetta against the city. Gordon has to deal with the Court of Owls working on behalf of¬†Ra’s al Ghul¬†and the¬†League of Shadows, Penguin and Ivy teaming up to form an army, and Edward Nygma embraces his new identity as “The Riddler”.

 

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Cast and characters

Main

  • Ben McKenzie¬†as¬†James Gordon
  • Donal Logue¬†as¬†Harvey Bullock
  • David Mazouz¬†as¬†Bruce Wayne
  • Morena Baccarin¬†as¬†Leslie “Lee” Thompkins
  • Sean Pertwee¬†as¬†Alfred Pennyworth
  • Robin Lord Taylor¬†as¬†Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin
  • Erin Richards¬†as¬†Barbara Kean
  • Camren Bicondova¬†as¬†Selina Kyle
  • Cory Michael Smith¬†as¬†Edward Nygma / The Riddler
  • Jessica Lucas¬†as¬†Tabitha Galavan
  • Chris Chalk¬†as¬†Lucius Fox
  • Drew Powell¬†as¬†Butch Gilzean / Cyrus Gold / Solomon Grundy
  • Alexander Siddig¬†as¬†Ra’s al Ghul
  • Crystal Reed¬†as¬†Sofia Falcone[

Recurring

  • Maggie Geha as¬†Ivy Pepper
  • Charlie Tahan¬†as¬†Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow
  • Michael Maize¬†as Grady
  • Anthony Carrigan¬†as¬†Victor Zsasz
  • John Doman¬†as¬†Carmine Falcone
  • Marina Benedict¬†as Cherry

Notable guests

  • Benjamin Stockham¬†as Alex Winthrop
  • Michael Cerveris¬†as¬†Lazlo Valentin / Professor Pyg
  • Cameron Monaghan¬†as Jerome Vale

Episodes

“Pax Penguina” ¬†September¬†21,¬†2017

“The Fear Reaper”September¬†28,¬†2017

“They Who Hide Behind Masks”October¬†5,¬†2017

“The Demon’s Head”October¬†12,¬†2017

 

The first half of the season will be inspired by the comic book story Batman: The Long Halloween, and the second half by Batman: Year One. The subtitle for the first half of the season is A Dark Knight.

His character, Alex Winthrop, will befriend Bruce during the teen’s search for a mysterious artifact. There’s no doubt that Bruce deserves a new buddy, but we’re operating under a “guilty until proven innocent” policy when it comes to Bruce’s new friends.

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Professor Pyg is a deranged schizophrenic who has developed an obsession with making people “perfect”, which he accomplishes by transforming them into Dollotrons, a process that bonds false “doll” faces to their own, presumably permanently. Professor Pyg uses cordless drills, hammers and ice picks along with the “doll” faces in the process of converting his victims into Dollotrons. It appears the operation he performs involves brain surgery or a form of lobotomization and possible gender realignment. Behind his mask he is a middle-aged Caucasian male. He wears a simple pig mask and is often depicted wearing a makeshift surgical outfit.Morrison describes the character as “one of the weirdest, most insane characters that’s ever been in Batman. We hear a lot about¬†Batman¬†facing crazy villains but we tried to make this guy seem genuinely disturbed and disconnected.” The character name is a shortened form of PygmalionValentin’s past is unknown. Allegedly, he was a chemist for¬†Spyral, who created a powerful thought-damping drug that mimics the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Trapped by their technology, he escaped the only way he could – a schizophrenic break, and a new persona named Professor Pyg[1]. Escaping, he formed the¬†Circus of the Strange. It is unknown what happened next, but apparently he was approached by¬†Doctor Hurt¬†and convinced to “share his vision” with Gotham City.

 

Batman: The Long Halloween

Taking place during Batman’s early days of crime fighting,¬†The Long Halloween¬†tells the story of a mysterious killer named¬†Holiday, who murders people on holidays, one each month. Working with District Attorney¬†Harvey Dent¬†and Captain¬†James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month, while attempting to stop the crime war between two of Gotham’s most powerful families,¬†Maroni¬†and¬†Falcone. This novel also acted as a re-introduction to the¬†DC Universe¬†for one of Batman’s most elusive foes,¬†Calendar Man, who knows the true identity of the Holiday killer but refuses to share this with Batman. He instead riddles and gives Batman hints from his¬†Arkham Asylum¬†cell. The story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman’s enemy,¬†Two-Face.Enemies such as¬†Scarecrow, the¬†Joker,¬†Mad Hatter,¬†Poison Ivy¬†and the¬†Riddler, among others, also make appearance

In continuity terms,¬†The Long Halloween¬†continues the story of¬†Batman: Year One. It also revolves around the transition of¬†Batman’s¬†rogues gallery¬†from simple mob goons to full-fledged supervillains. It also tells the origin of¬†Two-Face, incorporating elements of the story in¬†Batman: Annual¬†#14.

Batman-Year One (cover).jpgThe story recounts the beginning of Bruce Wayne’s career as¬†Batman¬†and¬†Jim Gordon’s with the¬†Gotham City Police Department. Bruce Wayne returns home to¬†Gotham City¬†at the age of twenty-five from training abroad in martial arts, man-hunting, and science for the past 12 years, and James Gordon moves to Gotham City with his wife, Barbara, after a transfer from¬†Chicago. Both are swiftly acquainted with the corruption and violence of Gotham City, with Gordon witnessing his partner¬†Detective Arnold John Flass¬†assaulting an African-American teen for fun.After refusing a proposition from a teenage prostitute¬†Holly Robinson, Bruce is reluctantly drawn into a brawl with her violent pimp and is attacked by several prostitutes, including¬†dominatrix¬†Selina Kyle. Two police officers shoot and take him in their squad car, but a dazed and bleeding Bruce breaks his handcuffs and causes a crash, dragging the police to a safe distance before fleeing. He reaches¬†Wayne Manor¬†barely alive and sits before his father‚Äôs bust, requesting guidance in his war on crime. A bat crashes through a window and settles on the bust, giving him the inspiration to become a bat.Gordon soon works to rid corruption from the force, but, on orders from¬†Commissioner Gillian Loeb, several officers attack him, including Flass, who personally threatens Gordon‚Äôs pregnant wife. In revenge, the recovering Gordon tracks Flass down, beats him, and leaves him naked and handcuffed in the snow.As Gordon becomes a minor celebrity for several brave acts, Batman strikes for the first time, attacking a group of thieves. Batman soon works up the ladder, even attacking Flass while the latter was accepting a drug dealer‚Äôs bribe. After Batman interrupts a dinner party attended by many of Gotham‚Äôs corrupt politicians and crime bosses to announce his intention to bring them to justice, including¬†Carmine “The Roman” Falcone, Loeb orders Gordon to bring him in by any means necessary.As Gordon tries in vain to catch him, Batman attacks Falcone, stripping him naked and tying him up in his bed and dumping his car in the river, infuriating the mob boss. Assistant¬†District Attorney¬†Harvey Dent¬†becomes Batman‚Äôs first ally, while¬†Detective Sarah Essen¬†and Gordon witness Batman save an old woman from a runaway truck, after Essen suggested Bruce Wayne as a Batman suspect. Essen holds Batman at gunpoint while Gordon is momentarily dazed, but Batman disarms her and flees to an abandoned building.Claiming the building has been scheduled for demolition, Loeb orders a bomb to be dropped on it, forcing Batman into the fortified basement, where he abandons his belt as it catches fire. A¬†SWAT¬†team led by trigger-happy officer Branden is sent in and attempts to trap Batman in the basement. After tranquilizing Branden, Batman dodges bullets as Branden’s team opens fire on him, barely managing to survive after two bullet wounds. Enraged as the team‚Äôs carelessly fired bullets injure several people outside, Batman beats the team into submission and, after using a device to attract the bats of his cave to him, he flees amid the chaos. After witnessing him in action, Selina Kyle dons a costume of her own to begin a life of crime.Gordon has a brief affair with Essen, while Batman intimidates a mob drug dealer for information. The dealer comes to Gordon to testify against Flass, who is brought up on charges. Upset with Gordon’s exploits, Loeb blackmails Gordon against pressing charges with proof of his affair. After bringing Barbara with him to interview Bruce Wayne, investigating his connection to Batman, Gordon confesses the affair to her.Batman sneaks into Falcone‚Äôs manor, overhearing a plan against Gordon, but is interrupted when Selina Kyle, hoping to build a reputation after her robberies were pinned on Batman, attacks Falcone and his bodyguards, aided from afar by Batman. Identifying Falcone‚Äôs plan as the morning comes, the uncostumed Bruce leaves to help.While leaving home, Gordon spots a motorcyclist enter his garage. Suspicious, Gordon enters to see Johnny Vitti, Falcone‚Äôs nephew, and his thugs holding his family hostage. Gordon decisively shoots the thugs and chases Vitti, who has fled with the baby. The mysterious motorcyclist, now revealed to the reader as Bruce Wayne, rushes out to chase Vitti. Gordon blows out Vitti’s car tire on a bridge and the two fight hand-to-hand, with Gordon losing his glasses, before Vitti and James Gordon, Jr. fall over the side. Bruce leaps over the railing and saves the baby. Gordon realizes that he is standing before an unmasked Batman, but says that he is “practically blind without [his] glasses,” and lets Bruce go.In the final scenes of the comic, Flass turns on Loeb, supplying Dent with evidence and testimony, and Loeb resigns. Gordon is promoted to captain and stands on the rooftop waiting to meet Batman to discuss somebody called¬†the Joker, who is plotting to poison the reservoir.

 

List of Gotham characters season 4

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Tabitha Galavan¬†is the secondary antagonist in the¬†Rise of the Villains¬†Arc, a supporting anti-heroine in the¬†Wrath of the Villains¬†arc of the second season of¬†Gotham,¬†and a supporting anti-villainess in the 3rd season. She is portrayed by Jessica Lucas, who also portrays¬†Olivia¬†in the¬†Evil Deadremake.She is the sister of¬†Theo Galavan¬†and starts off as his enforcer, killing those who endanger or interfere with his plans. However, near the end of the first half of the second season, Tabitha grows more and more dispirited about how Theo treats his family, which ultimately leads to her leaving Theo behind to save her niece Silver from being killed by him.After Theo’s death, she allies herself and falls in love with¬†Butch Gilzean, who is now the new ruler of the Gotham Underworld after Oswald’s empire crumbled. After Edward Nygma mistakenly assumes that Butch is responsible for his girlfriend’s murder, Nygma captures both Butch and Tabitha. Although Oswald Cobblepot is eventually revealed as the true killer, Tabitha loses her hand in Nygma’s interrogation

 

Victor Zsasz¬†¬†Image result for Victor ZsaszA sadistic¬†serial killer¬†who carves a¬†tally mark¬†onto himself for each of his victims, Zsasz is one of the¬†superhero¬†Batman’s recurring adversaries, and belongs to the collective of enemies that make up his¬†rogues gallery

Zsasz himself, it is learned that Victor Zsasz was the head of his own international company and had amassed a large personal fortune in addition to his family’s wealth. At the age of 25 his parents died in a boating accident, sending him into a deep depression. He turned to gambling, losing money in competitions around the world. One night, he ended up in a¬†Gotham City¬†casino known as the Iceberg Lounge, where he gambled everything he owned and ended up losing it all to the¬†Penguin; afterwards he saw that his life was empty, driven by desire, and there was no point to his existence. While he was attempting to commit suicide by jumping from Gotham Bridge, a homeless man tried to assault him with a knife after he refused to give him money. Instinctively grabbing the knife, Zsasz saw in the man’s eyes that all life is meaningless and that nothing nor anyone matters. He then proceeded to stab the man to death as a “gift” for saving his life. From then on, he dedicated himself to “liberating” others from their pointless existence (Zsasz often refers to victims as “zombies”). He usually preys on young women, but has no qualms over whom he murders. He slits his victims’ throats and leaves them in lifelike poses, adding a tally mark to himself each time. He has been diagnosed as insane and is regularly incarcerated in¬†Arkham Asylum¬†courtesy of Batman, breaking out on occasion to carry on killing.

Jonathan CraneWhen Jonathan Crane was a child, his father conducted many experiments, trying to comprehend the emotion of fear. Unable to use proper test subjects, Dr. Crane used Jonathan as his guinea pig.As part of the experiments, Jonathan was locked inside a little dark room while his father examined the test’s effects on his son. One day however, during one of the experiments, Dr. Crane experienced a heart attack and died, leaving young Jonathan still trapped in the pitch black test chamber. Dr. Crane’s employers at the University became concerned about his prolonged absence, and eventually, police were called to investigate. When they arrived at the Crane’s household, the cops spotted the test chamber and were horrified to find Jonathan alone down inside, having survived days of starving and being completely terrified.¬†As a result of this event, he was traumatized most of his childhood until, eventually, Jonathan decided that if he could control fear, he would never have to live in it again. He soon developed an obsession with his goal and became a psychologist with a concentration in phobias. Not waiting long to put his degree to use, Crane began using patients as test subjects to develop a project that he would later call “Fear Toxin”. The gas, when inhaled, would cause his victims to hallucinate about their worst fears.Crane, adopting the alias “the Scarecrow“, soon became a threat to Gotham City, as he took criminal measures to perfect his fear gas.

Butch Gilzean (born Cyrus Gold) .

Cyrus Gold (Solomon Grundy), is a Zombie supervillain who has clashed with many heroes over the years, including Green Lantern, Superman, Batman, the Justice Society of America, and the Justice League of America. Solomon Grundy frequently dies and resurrects in new incarnations, each of varying levels of strength and intelligence. Although primarily evil, some of his incarnations have shown the capacity for heroism.

Origins

Cyrus Gold was born some time around the early to middle 19th Century. Although accounts of his origins differ, the tale is fairly consistent that he was a Gotham City gentleman of ill repute who came to his death in Slaughter Swamp, and resurrected some years later as a horrible creature. Stories of his origins include:

  • The most common origin of Solomon Grundy is that in the late 19th century, a wealthy merchant named Cyrus Gold was murdered and his body disposed of in Slaughter Swamp. He was supernaturally reanimated fifty years later, where parts of his body were actually composed of swamp material.
  • Another origin tells that in the year 1895, he was killed in Slaughter Swamp by the pimp of a prostitute. The pimp was trying to blackmail Gold by claiming that he was the father of the prostitute’s unborn child. Gold refused to yield to the blackmail, and thus was bludgeoned over the head and buried in the Swamp where no one would think to look for him. Over the span of fifty years, Gold‚Äôs body interacted with the detritus and vegetation of the swamp, resulting in his resurrection.
  • The next tale comes from the¬†Parliament of Trees, a high council of Plant Elementals, who tried to turn him into the newest Plant Elemental. However, the process was missing one vital piece, as a Plant Elemental cannot be fully created unless it died in flames first. Since Grundy’s death did not involve fire at all, the process was not complete, and he became a sort of half-functional Plant Elemental.
  • Another possibility is given by a mysterious group called the¬†Seven Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp. They recount the death of a miserly pedophile,¬†Cyrus Gold, at the hands of an enraged mob. However, they also mention that Gold could just as easily have been the innocent victim of a misunderstanding, as Slaughter Swamp is a point in space where time means nothing.¬†The same Unknown Man who tells the tale, punishes another of his group, the Eighth Man:¬†Zor, by dressing him in Cyrus Gold’s clothing and leaving him for the mob to find, implying that Zor (an extremely vain character, notable for attempting several times to overthrow the Universe and for having defeated¬†the Spectre) would later become the first¬†Solomon Grundy.

 

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Sofia Gigante Falcone was the daughter of infamous¬†Gotham City¬†crime lord¬†Carmine Falcone. Sofia greatly inherited her father’s manipulation abilities, and married Rocco Gigante merely as part of a much larger scheme. Sofia is the mother of two children. When the killer known as Holiday began murdering members of Gotham’s most powerful crime lords on holidays, the Falcones became one of Holiday’s major targets. Some of Holiday’s most notable victims include Sofia’s brother¬†Alberto¬†on New Year’s Eve and Carmine’s nephew¬†Johnny Viti¬†who threatened to testify against Carmine, on Halloween.Sofia later visited Johnny’s mother,¬†Carla¬†who planned on killing Holiday with the .22 pistol that she had found on New Year’s Eve when Alberto was killed. Sofia informed Carla that her father planned on hitting one of his rival’s safe houses. However, by the time Sofia had arrived, all the men inside had already been slaughtered in an attack by Holiday. Around this time, all of Gotham’s major mob bosses were putting all of their efforts into finding and eventually eliminating the Holiday killer.Despite being a¬†wheelchair¬†user and wearing a¬†neck brace¬†(even disclosing to Batman she can’t use the bathroom without assistance) from the events at the end of¬†The Long Halloween, she somehow regained her strength. She only used the wheelchair as a ruse. When she almost kills Two-Face with the noose, she quotes her father Carmine: “You’re never stronger than when your enemies think you’re weak.” Then telling Two-Face, “Nobody looked beyond the woman in the wheelchair!” Batman got there in time to rescue Two-Face and confront Hangman once and for all. Two-Face then kills the Hangman.

  The victims

The many victims of the Hangman Killer were all law enforcement agency related, some straight, others corrupt, and they were important in leading to Harvey Dent earning his position of District Attorney, in some way or another. They are as follows:

  • Chief Clancy O’Hara– O’Hara was the chief of the GCPD, one of the few incorruptible police. While still a sergeant years ago, he and then-officer Stan Merkel were noted for capturing then-teenage Mario Falcone, who was prosecuted by then-Assistant District Attorney Harvey Dent. He was the first victim of Hangman, found hanging from the Westward bridge with a rope around his neck. (Hangman Solution: Initially believed to be “None of you are safe”, but later deduced by¬†Dick Grayson¬†to be “Nine¬†of you are safe”, referring to the Falcone family.)
  • CommissionerGillian B. Loeb¬†– Loeb was the Police Commissioner before being fired and replaced during the events of¬†Year One. He was a friend to both Falcone and¬†Sal Maroni, which made him so corruptible that no one prior to¬†Batman: Year One¬†would try to take him down. Found hanging in his own residence with the typical clue sheet being a personal sheet of paper marked “From the desk of Harvey Dent, D.A,” which leads to Gordon believing for most of the story that Dent/Two-Face is the Hangman. (Hangman Solution: Two can play this game.)
  • Detective Flass– Once Jim Gordon’s former police partner in¬†Batman: Year One, Arnold Flass was one of the more corrupt officers on the force, only to get caught in criminal activity, fired and prosecuted for affiliating with the mob. Before his trial, he struck a¬†plea bargain¬†with prosecutor Harvey Dent to testify against Loeb for a lighter sentence. He was found dead outside, while on his cigarette break, of a¬†strip club¬†called “The Cheetah Room,” where he was working as a¬†bouncer¬†to make ends meet. Judging from scratches and bruises on his hands, it appeared that he attempted to put up a fight in his final moments. (Hangman Solution: Knows if you’ve been bad or good.)
  • Lieutenant Branden– A former head of the Special Weapons Unit of the GCPD, Branden was fired from the force for suspicions of being affiliated with corrupt Comm. Loeb, although according to Gordon, he was a¬†zealot. Branden was hanged in a meat locker on¬†New Year’s Day. (Hangman Solution: And justice for all.)
  • Sergeant Frank Pratt– Pratt worked for the SPW Unit up until his death and during Branden’s tenure was his second-in-command. After attempting to kill Batman (who had come to him as part of his investigation into the Hangman killings) as retaliation for being punched through a wall during¬†Batman: Year One, he was killed on¬†Valentine’s Day. (Hangman Solution: Guilty as sin.)
  • Watch Commander Stan Merkel– A patrolman of downtown Gotham, Merkel was involved in a number of drug busts and hostage situations. Back when he was an officer, he was instrumental in bringing Mario Falcone to trial. Merkel was found dead on¬† Patrick’s Day, hanging on the former property of the house that originally belonged to Harvey and¬†Gilda, making him the sixth victim. (He appears in the first issues of¬†Batman Confidential, as well as throughout¬†Batman: Year One¬†and¬†Batman: Night Cries) (Hangman Solution: A jury of your peers.)
  • Commissioner Jim Gordon– Being one of the two survivors of Hangman, Gordon was nearly hanged to death while investigating the sudden activation of the Bat-Signal while he was in his office, but was cut down by Two-Face, speculated by Batman to have been the result of Dent wanting to prove that he wasn’t the Hang Man.
  • Detective Henry Gustavson– Gustavson was the bodyguard of Gordon following the attempt on Gordon. He was murdered on¬†Mother’s Day¬†and found by Gordon hanging over his car in the GCPD underground parking lot. (Hangman Solution: Murder in the first degree.)
  • Detective Mark O’Connor– A gifted marksman, O’Connor spent many years teaching use of firearms to cadets. One of the members of Gordon’s Special Police Task Force, he was found dead hanging by a rope in the shower of his apartment on¬†Father’s Day. According to Batman, had he only been carrying his gun with him at all times, the Hangman would never have gotten him. (Hangman Solution: Order in the court.)
  • Captain David King– Another of Gordon’s “Untouchables,” he was a trusted ally and investigator. While heading into the sewers to try to capture Two-Face, he ventured off alone from the group and was found hanging by a pipe, the date being the¬†Fourth of July. (Hangman Solution: Justice is blind.)
  • Detective Laureen Wilcox– A newcomer to the GCPD, Wilcox seemed to be a diligent and articulate police officer with a dedication to upholding the law. She was important in the planning of and capture of Two-Face and bringing him to face trial. However, she was an informant to the Falcone family on payroll, leaking information to the acting head of the mob. During the trial, on¬†Labor Day, she headed up to the courthouse via elevator, only to be hanged by the Hangman. Her walkie-talkie left a brief recording of her final moments that led Gordon to learning the true identity of the killer. (Hangman Solution: An eye for an eye.)
  • Batman– While not technically a victim of the Hangman, he does get noosed. While looking for clues, He finds a hangman note, with a drawn hang man, the phrase, “Y_U L_SE” and the letters “B,” “A,” “T,” “M,” and “N” discarded. He is then hoisted out of the building and onto the roof. It turns out to be a booby trap in case Batman followed the trail back to Sofia. Batman survives however thanks to the neck brace he wore under his cowl which¬†Alfred
  • Alberto Falcone– Formerly the killer known as¬†Holiday,¬†Alberto Falcone¬†was the final victim killed by the Hangman, although he was not killed by a noose. Placed under¬†house arrest, he was wounded and easily captured, then taken to the Falcone crypt, where he was suffocated with a pillow to death.
  • Harvey Dent/Two-Face– The Hangman’s main target was former D.A Harvey Dent/Two-Face, who was captured and nearly hanged in the sewers during a deliberate arson attack by Sofia on Gotham’s sewers. Batman got there in time to rescue him and confront Hangman once and for all, making him the second survivor. Two-Face then kills the Hangman.

 

Ra’s al Ghul¬†is the founder of the¬†League of Assassins, an organization of deadly warriors that he used to achieve his goal of ridding the world of evil. Ra’s eventually became affiliated with an organization called the¬†Untitled. Ra’s al Ghul built his city, Eth’Alth’Eban, over the Untitled’s Well of Sins, which was the first form of a¬†Lazarus Pit. Through the Well, Ra’s managed to create his own Pit, allowing him to live for hundreds of years

Powers

  • Lazarus Enhancement: Ra’s Al Ghul has lived for several centuries thanks to his use of Lazarus Pits which he has used countless times replenishing his aged, injured, or even dead body. As a side effect to numerous exposures to the pits, his strength, speed, stamina, agility, and durability may have been enhanced.
    • Longevity: Ra’s has acquired an extended lifespan through the use of the Lazarus Pit. His unrestricted access to the Pit has rendered him nearly immortal.
  • Magic: Ra’s stated that he has used magic to erase memories from Batman’s mind, possibly several times.

Abilities

  • Deception: Ra’s is greatly skilled in the art of deception.
  • Firearms: Although not his preferred weapon of choice, Ra’s has displayed the ability to handle himself well with firearms.
  • Genius Level Intellect: Due to his greatly extended lifespan, Ra’s has acquired vast knowledge over his years, granting him him the intellect of a genius.
  • Leadership: Ra’s is a highly capable leader, as he has successfully led the League of Assassins for centuries.
  • Martial Arts: Ra’s near-immortal life has allowed him to learn numerous fighting styles over the years making him rival even Batman in combat.
  • Occultism: Ra’s possesses knowledge and understanding of magic and concepts of mystical nature.
  • Swordsmanship: Ra’s is a master swordsman, honing his skills over centuries of training and combat. This has allowed him to defeat the physically superior¬†Deathstroke¬†in a sword duel.
  • Tactical Analysis: Ra’s is a brilliant tactician, honing his tactical skills throughout the multiple centuries of his extended lifespan.
  • Throwing: Ra’s is a deadly marksman and can hurl projectile weapons such as knives, with precision.
  • Weaponry: Throughout his years, Ra’s has displayed his mastery of weapons in combat, favoring a sword, although he has undoubtedly mastered many other forms of weaponry.

Post-RevivalJerome Valeska¬†is one of the main antagonists in the TV series,¬†Gothamalongside¬†Ra’s al Ghul. He acts as a possible origin for the Batman supervillain¬†The Joker, sharing similarities, appearance and behavior to the character. Jerome worked at the carnival with the¬†Flying Graysons¬†before having revealed to have committed matricide due to his mother being a “nagging drunken whore”. Jerome serves as a minor antagonist in Season 1, and later becomes one of the major antagonists in¬†Rise of the Villains¬†arc. After his resurrection in Season 3, Jerome became the final antagonist of the¬†Mad City¬†arc (which occurred after the death of¬†Mario Calvi), becoming one of the major antagonists.After having been busted out of Arkham Asylum, Jerome was offered the chance to wreak havoc in Gotham in the Season 2 opening story arc¬†Rise of the Villains. As the leader of the Maniax, Jerome terrorized the whole city of Gotham. Although he was betrayed and killed by his boss¬†Theo Galavan(who wanted to be seen as a hero to the city), Jerome left a legacy leading some citizens to follow his example, causing a fanatical cult to plot his resurrection. A year following his death, Jerome was finally resurrected back to life by¬†Dwight Pollard, a loyal follower of his. Jerome went back to pursuing his vendetta of killing Bruce Wayne shortly after causing a citywide blackout, corrupting Gotham City. His attempt to execute Bruce was thwarted by Bruce himself and the GCPD, who sent him back to Arkham Asylum for his crimes.

 

Occupation

Leader of the Maniax (formerly)
Carnival worker (formerly)
Terrorist
Serial killer
Cult leader

Powers/Skills

Insanity and Psychopathy
Bloodlust
Great Criminal Intelligence
Persuasion and Manipulation
Weapon Usage
Creating Explosives
Great Charisma and Acting Skills
Psychopathy Detection
Great Tolerance/Masochistic Love of Physical Pain

Hobby

Killing people in very violent and twisted ways
Gloating about his evil actions
Scheming criminal plans
Wreaking as much havoc across Gotham City as he can
Laughing and enjoying his insanity

Goals

Murder his mother for being a “nagging drunken whore” (succeeded)
Leave a mark on Gotham by terrorizing the city (succeeded)
Kill Bruce Wayne (failed)
Escape from Arkham Asylum again (Current)

Type of Villain

Psychopathic Criminal Mastermind

 

 

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Best Halloween Movies Ever Part 1

THE CONJURING 2 (2016)  

 The Conjuring 2 can’t help but lose a bit of its predecessor’s chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill.

Synopsis: Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up In the Air,” TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (the “Insidious” films),…

Starring:Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor (II) , Madison Wolfe

Directed By:James Wan

THE CONJURING (2013)The Conjuring

 Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares.

Synopsis: Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. “The Conjuring” tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson,Vera Farmiga)

Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor

Directed By: James Wan

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This cult classic, about four “weirdo” teenage girls (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, and Robin Tunney) who cast spells on their peers, gets bonus points for perfectly encapsulating the prep-school-outcast aesthetic Catholic school girls would adopt for years to come.

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This film adaptation of the 1979 musical stars Johnny Depp as a London barber who takes his razor to the necks of his clients as revenge against a judge (Alan Rickman) who wrongfully convicted him. Helena Bonham Carter plays Mrs. Lovett, the cook who turns the barber’s victims into meat pies.

 

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Craven took his proven gift for shattering depictions of sadism and added a healthy dose of world-building. The Hills Have Eyes explores our innate fear of the outsider and the fallout (both figuratively and literally) of a society that turns a blind eye to the monsters it created, while continuing Craven’s meditations on the corrosive costs of violent action.

Final Destination

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Final Destination, in its original incarnation, is an effective horror thriller with just enough self-aware humor. The story follows a group of teens (and one horribly ill-fated teacher) after they escape the fiery deaths that awaited them on flight 180. Thanks to the premonitions of the young, awkward Alex Browning (Devin Sawa), the band of teens exit the flight just before it explodes. And everyone who stepped off the plane with him, whether against their will or not, become the targets of death ‚Äď an unembodied, relentless force that is constantly setting the wheels in motion for Rube Goldberg-esque death machinations.

Child’s PlayIn a stroke of twisted genius, the story follows a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray who is fatally shot by a homicide detective in Chicago. While that would be an okay start for a slasher film, the fact that his soul is transferred into a child’s doll really sets the foundation for the entire franchise. What follows is a tense, at times terrifying thriller in which the newly purchased doll comes to life and starts committing murder and mayhem while ordering around his new owner, Andy.Image result for Child’s Play

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American Psycho is one of the greatest pieces of social satire in modern American history; a skewering takedown of preening Wall Street excess and self-indulgent vanity that lambasts the hollow wholesomeness of the 1980s with a derisive glare. Tongue ever in cheek, American Psycho centers on Christian Bale‚Äės Patrick Bateman, a wealthy and successful (but not the mostwealthy and successful) New York banking executive who presents a flawless facade by day and unleashes his homicidal side at night. Tormented by his own greed and insatiable desire for impossible-to-get reservations, the perfect business card, and the highest high-rise.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre revels in the reality that death does not have sympathy, it does not care who you are ‚ÄĒ strapping and strong, young and beautiful, good-natured, kind, weak, meek, abled or disabled ‚ÄĒ death comes for us all.

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Emily Perkins (Brigitte) and Katharine Isabelle (Ginger) as the bonded but warring sisters dealing with two different sides of Ginger‚Äôs transformation, each deeply devoted to the sister they swore they‚Äôd never abandon, but equally torn apart by Ginger‚Äôs newfound affliction and desire to ‚Äútear everything to fucking pieces.

 

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Ichabod Crane tale that dips its toe into witchcraft, legend, and even early American politics‚ÄĒalbeit all with a slight wink

 

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Clive Barker‚Äôs name has become synonymous with the horror genre, just as his first feature-length film Hellraiser has become a symbol for leather-wearing, sadomasochistic, pain-worshippers. Both descriptors are fitting, though there‚Äôs so much more to Barker‚Äôs original 1987 film than mere fetishism. There‚Äôs a deep mythology here, a rather original one that started with Barker‚Äôs novella ‚ÄúThe Hellbound Heart‚ÄĚ and was carried on in numerous sequel films, comic books, novels, video games, and more.

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This one is somewhat legendary in Halloween lore given its troubled production and unfinished nature. Extensive reshoots removed an entire third act sequence in which Dr. Loomis received the ‚ÄúCurse of Thorn‚ÄĚ from Michael Myers, and the final film is filled with nonsensical stretches as a result of extensive editing. Perhaps the producers and director Joe Chappelle should‚Äôve known better than to try and explain away Michael‚Äôs seemingly supernatural powers, but they went all in with this cult subplot that was so bad that subsequent films pretend it never existed in the first place. Nevertheless, the film remains pretty watchable thanks to a strange debut performance from Paul Rudd and a family drama subplot involving Marianne Hagan‚Äôs character that‚Äôs actually quite compelling.

 

Halloween: The Return of Michael Myers

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Halloween III, producers staged a big return for everyone‚Äôs masked psychopath for the first Halloween film without John Carpenter or co-writer/producer Debra Hill‚Äôs involvement. The result is a sign of things to come: cheapened sequels that lean far too heavily on Donald Pleasance and threaten to ruin the mystery behind the Michael Myers myth.

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Instead of taking the story to its natural next step‚ÄĒan evil Jamie‚ÄĒMichael‚Äôs niece is now simply a mute, troubled young girl plagued by visions of her uncle stalking and killing people. This is dumb. And the choice to make Jamie a mute, throwing herself into silent fits of terror, is an odd one that comes off more comedic than troubling/scary. It‚Äôs a boring film to boot, as Michael just moseys along while Jamie watches through her minds eye, then drags her adorable little hospital buddy/translator along to watch her uncle kill people.

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An author (Rebecca Hall) intent on debunking ghost stories is hired by a boarding school teacher (Dominic West) to probe reports of a ghost following the death of a student. Harry Potter‘s Imelda Staunton and Game of Thrones‘s Isaac Hempstead-Wright also star.

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If horror movies aren’t for you, get in the holiday spirit with The Nightmare Before Christmas, a Tim Burton stop-motion classic that explores what happens after the adorably creepy denizens of Halloween Town stumble upon Christmas.

THE EXORCIST (1973) 

The Exorcist rides its supernatural theme to magical effect, with remarkable special effects and an eerie atmosphere, resulting in one of the scariest films of all time.

Synopsis: Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the…[More]

Starring: Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

Directed By: William Friedkin

DON’T BREATHE (2016) 

Don’t Breathe smartly twists its sturdy premise to offer a satisfyingly tense, chilling addition to the home invasion genre that’s all the more effective for its simplicity.

Synopsis: A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the…

Starring:Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang

Directed By:Fede Alvarez

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In the small town of Gatlin, Nebraska, a devilish creature known as “He Who Walks Beyond the Rows” convinces the local children to massacre the adults in return for a bountiful harvest. Three years later, a young couple traveling through the area gets caught up in the bloodshed. Surprise: the film is based on a short story by Stephen King.

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Annie thinks she’s found a nice guy in her new boyfriend, but after they have sex he reveals that he’s being stalked with an unnamed evil‚ÄĒwhich will now hunt her down until she can pass “it” onto the next person she sleeps with. The moody, retro-inspired horror film is a modern classic with an unsettling, unimaginable monster that our heroine must outsmart.

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Six adventurous women go into the dark depths of a unmapped cave in North Carolina, hoping for a fun trek through the darkness. But their mountain vacation is disrupted when they discover that they aren’t the only ones in the cave, which also happens to be full of flesh-eating humanoid monsters who hunt them women down.

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 David Cronenberg combines his trademark affinity for gore and horror with strongly developed characters, making The Fly a surprisingly affecting tragedy.

Synopsis: Considered fairly gruesome in its day, the original 1958 The Fly looks like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood compared to this 1986.

Starring:Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel

Directed By:David Cronenberg

MISERY(1990)

Elevated by standout performances from James Caan and Kathy Bates, this taut and frightening film is one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date.

Synopsis: Adapted from a Stephen King novel, Rob Reiner’s Misery cast James Caan as a writer at a career crossroads. The…

Starring:Kathy Bates, James Caan, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

Directed By:Rob Reiner

CARRIE (1976) 

 Carrie is a horrifying look at supernatural powers, high school cruelty, and teen angst — and it brings us one of the most memorable and disturbing prom scenes in history.

Synopsis: This classic horror movie based on Stephen King’s first novel stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy, diffident teenager… 

Starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, John Travolta, Amy Irving

Directed By: Brian DePalma

HALLOWEEN(1978)

Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films.

Synopsis: A young boy kills his sister on Halloween of 1963, and is sent to a mental hospital. 15 years later…

Starring:Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles

Directed By:John Carpenter

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In Jennifer Kent’s gothic Australian thriller, a young widow is burdened with her troubled six-year-old son. But it only gets worse for the beleaguered mother when the titular character of her son’s picture book‚ÄĒthe tall, top hat-wearing spook named the Babadook‚ÄĒbegins to creep beyond the pages of his book and wreaks havoc on the mother and son.

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A group of teens is stalked‚ÄĒand slowly picked off, one by one‚ÄĒby a masked and hooded killer who just happens to have an obsession with horror movies. Sure, it’s partially a postmodern satire of ’80s slasher movies with a crew of ’90s heartthrobs, but at its core Scream is still one of the scariest movies ever made thanks to the direction from horror master Wes Craven.

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS(1978)

Employing gritty camerawork and evocative sound effects, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a powerful remake that expands upon themes and ideas only lightly explored in the original.

Synopsis: In this elaborate remake of the 1956 horror classic, health inspector Donald Sutherland is dispatched to investigate the curious behavior…

Starring:Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright

Directed By:Philip Kaufman

GET OUT(2017)

Critics Consensus: Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.

Synopsis: Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend…

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford

Directed By:Jordan Peele

ALIEN (1979) 

A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole.

Synopsis: “In space, no one can hear you scream.” A close encounter of the third kind becomes a Jaws-style nightmare when… [

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton

Directed By: Ridley Scott

ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968) 

 A frightening tale of Satanism and pregnancy that is even more disturbing than it sounds thanks to convincing and committed performances by Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon.

Synopsis: In Roman Polanski’s first American film, adapted from Ira Levin’s horror bestseller, a young wife comes to believe that her.

Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Maurice Evans

Directed By: Roman Polanski

THE WAILING (GOKSUNG)(2016)

The Wailing delivers an atmospheric, cleverly constructed mystery whose supernatural thrills more than justify its imposing length.

Synopsis: The arrival of a mysterious stranger in a quiet rural village causes suspicion amongst the villagers- but as they begin…

Starring:Kwak Do-won, Jung-min HWANG, Jun Kunimura, Chun Woo-hee

Directed By:Hong-jin Na

JAWS (1975) 

 Compelling, well-crafted storytelling and a judicious sense of terror ensure Steven Spielberg’s Jaws has remained a benchmark in the art of delivering modern blockbuster thrills.

Synopsis: Based on Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster..

Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Directed By: Steven Spielberg

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)

 George A. Romero’s debut set the template for the zombie film, and features tight editing, realistic gore, and a sly political undercurrent.

Synopsis: A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse….[More]

Starring:Judith O’Dea, Russell Streiner, Duane Jones, Keith Wayne

Directed By:George A. Romero

ALIENS (1986) 
While Alien was a marvel of slow-building, atmospheric tension, Aliens packs a much more visceral punch, and features a typically strong performance from Sigourney Weaver.

Synopsis: Big-budget special effects, swiftly paced action, and a distinct feminist subtext from writer/director James Cameron turned what should have been…

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser

Directed By:James Cameron

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008) 

Let the Right One In reinvigorates the seemingly tired vampire genre by effectively mixing scares with intelligent storytelling.

Synopsis: A 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young girl whose appearance in town suspiciously coincides with a horrifying series of murders..

Starring:K√•re Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Directed By:Tomas Alfredson

EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN (1987) 

Evil Dead 2’s increased special effects and slapstick-gore makes it as good — if not better — than the original.

Synopsis: This sequel is better, funnier, scarier and superior to the first indie gore-fest. Never before has there been such an…

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Directed By: Sam Raimi

THE WITCH (2016) 

 As thought-provoking as it is visually compelling, The Witch delivers a deeply unsettling exercise in slow-building horror that suggests great things for debuting writer-director Robert Eggers.

Synopsis: In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively… [More]

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw

Directed By: Robert Eggers

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2012) 

 The Cabin in the Woods is an astonishing meta-feat, capable of being funny, strange, and scary — frequently all at the same time.

Synopsis: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story,… 

Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz

Directed By: Drew Goddard

THE EVIL DEAD (1981) 

 This classic low budget horror film combines just the right amount of gore and black humor, giving The Evil Dead an equal amount of thrills and laughs.

Synopsis: This auspicious feature debut from Sam Raimi — shot on 16mm in the woods of Tennesse for around $350,000 –… [More]

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, Hal Delrich

Directed By: Sam Raimi

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10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (2016)

Synopsis: A young woman wakes up after a terrible accident to find that she’s locked in a cellar with a doomsday…

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr., Bradley Cooper

Directed By: Dan Trachtenberg

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

Director Jonathan Demme’s smart, taut thriller teeters on the edge between psychological study and all-out horror, and benefits greatly from stellar performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

Synopsis: In this multiple Oscar-winning thriller, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI’s training academy whose… [More]

Starring: Jodie FosterAnthony HopkinsScott GlennTed Levine

Directed By: Jonathan Demme

DRAG ME TO HELL (2009) 

Critics Consensus: Sam Raimi returns to top form with Drag Me to Hell, a frightening, hilarious, delightfully campy thrill ride.

Synopsis: Evil Dead director Sam Raimi takes the helm for this “spook-a-blast” shocker about an ambitious L.A. loan officer who incurs…

Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, David Paymer, Reggie Lee

Directed By: Sam Raimi

NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

 Wes Craven’s intelligent premise, combined with the horrifying visual appearance of Freddy Krueger, still causes nightmares to this day.

Synopsis: A group of teenagers are terrorized by “Freddy Krueger”, an evil being from another world who gets to his victims…

Starring: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakely

Directed By:  The late  Wes Craven

SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004) 

Shaun of the Dead cleverly balances scares and witty satire, making for a bloody good zombie movie with loads of wit.

Synopsis: It’s often said that the true character of a man is only revealed in times of dire crisis, and for…

Starring: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Lucy Davis

Directed By: Edgar Wright

ZOMBIELAND (2009) 

Wickedly funny and featuring plenty of gore, Zombieland is proof that the zombie subgenre is far from dead.

Synopsis: A cowardly shut-in named Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is forced to join up with a seasoned zombie slayer named Tallahassee (Woody…

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

Directed By: Ruben Fleischer

IT (2017) 

Well-acted and fiendishly frightening with an emotionally affecting story at its core, It amplifies the horror in Stephen King’s classic story without losing touch with its heart.

Synopsis: New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andy Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel…

Starring: Bill Skarsg√•rd, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis

Directed By: Andy Muschietti

POLTERGEIST (1982) Poltergeist

 Smartly filmed, tightly scripted, and — most importantly — consistently frightening, Poltergeist is a modern horror classic.

Synopsis: With Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hopper, Steven Spielberg had his first great success as a producer. Released around the same… [More]

Starring: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight, Dominique Dunne

Directed By: Tobe Hooper

FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) 

 Fright Night deftly combines thrills and humor in this ghostly tale about a man living next to a vampire.

Synopsis: Classic Vampire film about a teenager who learns that his next door neighbor is a vampire, and no one will…

Starring: Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse

Directed By: Tom Holland

THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (2009)

 Though its underlying themes are familiar, House of the Devil effectively sheds the loud and gory cliches of contemporary horror to deliver a tense, slowly building throwback to the fright flicks of decades past.

Synopsis: Sam is a pretty college sophomore, so desperate to earn some cash for a deposit on an apartment that she… [

Starring:Jocelin Donahue, Greta Gerwig, Mary Woronov, Tom Noonan

Directed By:Ti West

THE OMEN (1976) 

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Synopsis: The young son of an American diplomat and his wife, living in London, turns out to be marked with the…

Starring:Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw

THE INVITATION (2016) The Invitation

 The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective — and surprisingly clever — slow-building thriller.

Synopsis: In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus)..

Starring:Michiel Huisman, Logan Marshall-Green, John Carroll Lynch, Tammy Blanchard

Directed By:Karyn Kusama

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981) 

Terrifying and funny in almost equal measure, John Landis’ horror-comedy crosses genres while introducing Rick Baker’s astounding make-up effects.

Synopsis: While wandering the English moors on vacation, college yanks David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) happen upon a quaint…

Starring: David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter, John Woodvine

Directed By: John Landis

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999) The Blair Witch Project

Full of creepy campfire scares, mock-doc The Blair Witch Project keeps audiences in the dark about its titular villain — thus proving that imagination can be as scary as anything onscreen.

Synopsis: Combining Hi-8 video with black-and-white 16 mm film, this film presents a raw look at what can happen when college… [More]

Starring:Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffith

Directed By:Eduardo S√°nchez, Daniel Myrick

10 Short Stories That Will Scare

1. ‚ÄúThe Grownup‚ÄĚ by Gillian Flynn

¬†In ‚ÄúThe Grownup,‚ÄĚ the narrator appears to be dealing with two unreliable narrators, and her life may depend on figuring out who is lying. A haunted house and a demon child have never been so creepy, and so baffling, as the ones encountered by the protagonist, a former sex worker and current fraudulent psychic who finds herself caught up in some unsettling family drama.

2.‚ÄúRoyal Jelly‚ÄĚ by Roald Dahl

In ‚ÄúRoyal Jelly,‚ÄĚ a truly creative tale, a beekeeper begins to feed his infant daughter royal jelly ‚Äē the food bees feed their future queens ‚Äē in a desperate attempt to get her to gain weight. Eventually, impressed by the results, he tries royal jelly himself. By the time things get weird, it‚Äôs a little too late.

 

3. ‚ÄúThe Monkey‚Äôs Paw‚ÄĚ by W. W. Jacobs

Jacobs‚Äô original version from 1902 has a special frisson to it. A poor couple, the Whites, live with their grown son, Herbert, who works at a factory. When they come into possession of a magical monkey‚Äôs paw, capable of granting three wishes, they don‚Äôt hesitate to start wishing ‚Äē though maybe they should have.

 

4. ‚ÄúPhilomel Cottage‚ÄĚ by Agatha Christie

 A quick-witted heroine makes for a modern feel in a story full of old-fashioned telephones, shorthand typists, and 1930s courtship habits. Meanwhile, Christie cleverly works in literary allusion and subtle foreshadowing to inject the story with an eerie sense of foreboding, even at its cheeriest moments.

 

5. ‚ÄúThe Veldt‚ÄĚ by Ray Bradbury

No surprise here ‚Äē ‚ÄúThe Veldt‚ÄĚ is a classic horror story from a master of sci-fi spookiness. It‚Äôs the ‚Äúcall is coming from inside the house‚ÄĚ of literature.

6. ‚ÄúA Collapse of Horses‚ÄĚ by Brian Evenson

The world of ‚ÄúA Collapse of Horses‚ÄĚ resists clear summarizing. The narrator, who‚Äôs confined to bed recuperating from an accident, begins to apparently suffer from delusions about his house and family. Sometimes, he informs us, he has three children; at other times, there are four.

7. ‚ÄúThe Doll‚ÄĚ by Daphne du Maurier

 It’s the ultimate nightmare of every boyfriend who feels inadequate around dildos and vibrators: A story about a beautiful young woman and her leering male sex robot. And this was long before Real Dolls.

8The Rocking-Horse Winner‚ÄĚ by D.H. Lawrence

The sheer absurdity of this story, about a little boy with impecunious parents who becomes obsessed with riding his rocking-horse and with gambling on horses, doesn’t detract from its creepiness. Perhaps most unsettling is the question it implicitly poses: Do we value money more than we value the ones we love?

9‚ÄúChildren of the Corn‚ÄĚ by Stephen King

King gets all the buzz for his horror chops, and this story will convince you he deserves it. Forget the movie adaptation; go back to the original for a creepy narrative about a bickering couple driving through endless miles of Nebraskan cornfields that builds so slowly and somehow so inevitably that the back of your neck will be prickling uncomfortably from the get-go. Then, um, maybe don’t take a drive in the country any time soon.

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‚ÄúGestella‚ÄĚ by Susan Palwick

Werewolves often stand in for wild, savage male power in fantasy fiction, but in Palwick‚Äôs quietly horrifying story, the werewolf narrator, Gestella, is a woman made all the more vulnerable to the threats of modern life by her condition. She‚Äôs brought to America by her 35-year-old lover, Jonathan, who loves her wild beauty at 14 and who takes her on long walks during her wolf days each month. But, like a dog, she‚Äôs aging fast ‚Äē each year she‚Äôs seven years older than the last, and as she ages rapidly she sees his waning love for her happen all at once. Heartbreak, as it turns out, is the least of her problems.