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Signs Your Significant Other May Be a Killer, According to the Movies

Time and time again we find big-screen heroes and heroines getting a little too cozy with the enemy. Had they just taken a moment to examine the situation, charisma and good looks aside, perhaps they would have noticed all the red flags signaling that they’re walking right into a relationship trap. In this week’s House at the End of the Street Ryan (Max Thieriot) is a guy Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) knows has a troubled past, but is still drawn to. But is he a killer? Here, we bring the big screen’s most glaring sadistic significant other warning signs.

They Know Where You Are 24/7 (Sorority Row)

I’ve got to admit, I love me some Julian Morris, but there’s nothing sweet about Andy and Cassidy constantly knowing each other’s locations via a GPS pinning phone application in Sorority Row. The technology is quite useful when it comes to tracking down a lost cell phone and checking out local whether, but things get creepy when people know where you are at all times (minus all of you proud Four Square Mayors). Worst of all, this is a prime slasher deception tool here. Want your victim to think he or she is alone in the house? Take a cue from Julian and put your phone on a Greyhound.

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8 Great…Weapons the Movies Taught Us to Always Keep Handy

Who doesn’t wonder what they’d do if an unwanted visitor came to their door in the night? With the remake of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs about to hit theaters, you can’t help but consider a potential plan of defense or attack, if it came down to it.

When I was younger, a neighbor of mine woke up to a strange site: a bloody man stumbling towards her kitchen door. He comes in uninvited and, with kids in the house, she does what any mother would do — defend her family. Her weapon of choice? A Maglite.

What would you have done in that situation? If keeping a gun rack in the house isn’t your thing, here are a few items movies have taught us to use that should get the job done if you ever need to thwart a home invasion.

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Defending Bad Movies: ‘Sorority Row’

It isn’t easy for a horror remake to get any respect. The filmmakers are merely reusing material, hiring inexpensive unknown stars and collecting their money with seemingly no concern for quality. There’s certainly a massive selection of remakes that never should have been, like ‘Black Christmas,’ ‘One Missed Call,’ ‘House of Wax,’ ‘Halloween II,’ ‘Prom Night’ and more, but there’s also a selection that really aren’t all that bad. The new ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ certainly can’t compare to the originals, but at least both films featured some decent performances and delivered some disturbing death scenes. In fact, there are even some remakes out there that trump their predecessors. Breck Eisner recently gave George A. Romero’s ‘The Crazies’ a much-needed update and the result is wildly entertaining.

But Eisner’s ‘The Crazies’ is one of few horror reboots that received approval from moviegoers and critics alike. It’s generally expected for this type of film to earn a 30% or below on Rotten Tomatoes, have an impressive opening weekend and then nosedive from there. Unfortunately for Summit Entertainment, ‘Sorority Row’ didn’t fair too well with critics or with moviegoers. The film only managed to earn a 22% on the Tomatometer and couldn’t even crack $12 million at the domestic box office during its eight-week run. When you’ve got absolute garbage like ‘Prom Night’ that was downright despised by critics pulling in over $20 million in week one, it’s baffling that something that’s actually a fun film couldn’t manage to attract more horror fans.

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Review: Sorority Row

SororityRowPosterPaint by numbers horror is tiresome, but horror movies should work within the genre. When they color too far outside the lines fans get lost. Sorority Row has all of the necessary elements to make it a typical slasher flick but at the same time tries to put a fresh coat of primer on the genre in an effort to find a happy medium between those two alternatives. While the film never quite reaches that middle ground, it sure provides a damn good time while trying to find it.

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