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You’re Living Your Worst Nightmare, and It’s All Your Fault

FrozenBad things happen to good people in horror movies all the time, but good people also put themselves in bad situations all the time, too. There really is nothing more frustrating than seeing a helpless victim running up the stairs when he or she should be dashing out the front door, but we’re not even talking about poor split-second decision making here. These people had the time to put a great deal of thought into making their life-changing, or better yet, deadly decisions.

WARNING: This list contains plot spoilers.

Frozen – Leap of Faith

As a self-proclaimed big baby in bitter weather, I certainly understand the need to try to spare yourself five full days stranded on a ski lift in icy temperatures, but not even the most painful bout of Raynaud’s syndrome would entice me to take my chances jumping off a lift like Kevin Zegers’ Dan in Frozen. In fact, Dan made such a poor decision, writer-director Adam Green opted to punish him twice, once with a wicked fall and then again with the wrath of the hungry locals.

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The Most Overused Movie-Based Costumes Ever (and the Ones We’d Like to See More Of)

Costume_MainHalloween comes with the opportunity to ditch your typical attire and get creative. Why blow it? Here, 10 overused looks to avoid and 10 getups we want to see you in this year.

Ghostface

Even as someone who’s proud to dub Scream a favorite film of all-time, the Ghostface costumes just have to stop. The getup was an eerie, novel new look when the film first hit, but now it doesn’t matter if you go for the classic Scream model, the silly Scary Movie edition, or even the one showered in blood. It’s all been done before. Many, many times before.

Michael Myers

Michael Myers has been around since John Carpenter’s Halloween arrived back in 1978, so the costume craze was and is inevitable, but the bigger problem with this look is that it’s become so commercial. A hulking, unkempt, and deftly defined Michael in the film is horrifying, but slap on a bright blue jumpsuit and a pristine white mask and you’ll look more like a cartoon character than a ruthless killer.

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Jobs That Are Way Cooler in the Movies

No, every little kid in the country isn’t going to tell their parents that they want to grow up to be a bike messenger because of Premium Rush, but we’d like to bet there will be a spike in applications. Joseph Gordon-Levitt may look pretty cool zipping around Manhattan on that bike, but, odds are, should bike messaging be in your future, it’ll involve an exhausting amount of pedaling, one too many cabs cutting you off and not a single package with the power to turn you into a hero on the run. Now that we’ve nixed bike messaging as a dream job, how about a few others that the big screen is known to make look cooler than they actually are?

Teacher

You bust into a classroom packed with disgruntled students with zero motivation, but tons of potential and manage to make such an impact that they insist you keep teaching them, and it’s all set to the tune of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Sorry, aspiring educators, but it only goes down like this inDangerous Minds. Schooling may be the key to our future and teaching an endlessly important job, but without singing nuns, fake subs turning their classes into a rock bands or student government advisors trying to fix elections, a day at school is just jumping from class to class, reading from textbooks and plowing through lesson plans.

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Movie Characters We Wish Were Real

We’ve all gone to the movies at some point and walked away wishing a particular character was real. What if someone like Batman were there to fight crime, or what if all our toys magically came to life and went on adventures while we slept at night?

Ruby Sparks (in limited release this weekend) stars Paul Dano as Calvin, a struggling writer whose big breakthrough arrives when one of his characters (played by Zoe Kazan) comes to life. In an effort to have some fun with that plot, we took a look at some big-screen characters capable of making the real world a better place, or at the very least a little bit cooler.

Tony Stark (Iron Man)

Who wouldn’t want to live in a world where superheroes really do exist? Spider-Man and Superman would be great, but do they come with a multibillion-dollar corporation like Stark Industries? In addition to getting a guy capable of zipping around the world at a moment’s notice, annihilating enemies with the palms of his hands and exhibiting incredible strength, should Iron Man become the real deal, in comes a technology company with seemingly endless resources that is responsible for developing weapon and defense products of superhuman quality.

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Interview: Tim Griffin

On Super 8 …

We certainly have our fair share of viral marketing for Super 8, but how about hearing about the film from someone who was actually on the set? Actor Tim Griffin worked with J.J. Abrams on Cloverfield, so he’s well versed in “the legendary secrecy.” However, even if Griffin were a poor secret keeper, he wouldn’t even have any information to divulge as he only got to see his pages of the script.

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On The Collection …

The man behind some of the sickest and most twisted death traps on the big screen is at it again. In the midst of writing the final four Saw films, Marcus Dunstan brought us another terrifying tale brimming with sinister snares, 2009’s The Collector. The Collector may not have reached Jigsaw status, but folks out there, maybe not the critics, did find potential in this sadistic killer and now, he’s back for more in the sequel titled The Collection.

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On Prime Suspect …

Tim Griffin is everywhere. You’ve likely seen him in films like Leatherheads and Cloverfield as well as on TV shows including Grey’s Anatomy and 24. Not only is Griffin adding to his resume with films like Super 8, The Collection, A Better Life and more, but with a new TV show as well, an American remake of the British series, Prime Suspect.

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Review: Saw 3D

After five films that never achieved the same effect as the original, expectations were at rock bottom for the seventh installment of the Sawfranchise, Saw 3D. All director Kevin Greutert and his team had to do was manage to at least keep it on par with the rest. Sadly, not only did Greutert fail miserably, but he had to take all of the other six films down with him.

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT

This installment’s centerpiece is a Jigsaw survivor named Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery). Ever since his “rehabilitation,” he’s been busy peddling some book around trying to bank on his trauma. The problem is, Bobby’s a complete fraud. Clearly Jigsaw is not going to let him get away with this and nabs Bobby, his wife and his entourage, finally bringing some truth to his lies. Bobby is forced to go through a series of traps all of which put one of his team member’s lives at risk culminating with the ultimate, his wife’s.

Meanwhile, Detective Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) and Jill (Betsy Russell) are still going at it. At the end of Saw VI, Jill left Hoffman in a reverse bear trap, but Hoffman managed to escape, mangling his face in the process. Now, Jill is under police protection, specifically the protection of Detective Gibson (Chad Donella). While Gibson attempts to keep an eye on Jill and stop the latest game before the players perish, Hoffman lurks in shadows, preparing to pounce.

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Cinematical Seven: Saw Traps You’d Least Want To Be Caught In

It’s that time of year again; another Halloween, another ‘Saw’ movie. For the seventh straight year, Lionsgate will deliver another film covering Jigsaw’s exploits in attempt to test his victims’ wills to live. Of course the series isn’t only about the torturing of characters who likely won’t make it through the film, there’s also the long running story of Jigsaw himself, John Kramer, his battle with cancer and attempt to keep his venture alive even after he’s passed on.

However, as significant as that portion of the franchise is, it’s the dynamic and eerily inventive traps that will stick with us for years to come. There’s the iconic bathroom trap from the first film, Addison’s wrist trap from the second film, the pig vat from the third film and so many more. As cringe worthy as almost all of these nightmares may be, there are seven that are particularly memorable. Whether it be for the physical pain they involve, the twisted conception or the horrendous mental bearing the situation inflicts, these seven are the last seven you’d ever want to find yourself in.

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