Monthly Archive:: October 2015

How Labeling Some Costumes as “Gender Bending” Erases Trans Identities

I love gender-bending cosplays. I love seeing female Spider-Man costumes, male versions of Tomb Raider’s Lara Craft or one of the gems from Steven Universe, and any number of other creative reversals—and I think it’s necessary for people to take claim and gender-bend characters, especially since the world of comic and cartoon characters is dominated by men. Similarly, I also think it’s important for people to lay claim to race-bending characters when the industry is dominated by mostly white folks....

Throwback Thursday: The Orphanage Brings All the Right Scares

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. I started the month of October looking at a horror/suspense film by Guillermo del Toro, so it seems somehow fitting that the last film this month should be a horror/suspense film produced by him, too. Today it’s 2007’s The Orphanage (El orfanato). Laura is the young mother of an adopted child, Simón, who brings...

A Shivering Young Adult Novel for Teenage and Grown-Up Horror Fans Alike

I may be a 21-year-old college senior, but my age will never deter me away from young-adult fiction. It’s a genre I grew up with, and I can always identify with a teenage protagonist, even if I’m not a teenager anymore. Since Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year, I wanted to prepare for the horror season by reading a spine-tingling book that would thrill and scare me, and that led me to Asylum by Madeleine Roux. Not until after reading this...

Psychological Horror: 4 Films That Will Get into Your Head

We’ve covered the creepy, quirky, and scary. Now it’s time for my favorite: psychological horror. The films listed below don’t rely on squick and jump scares to grab your attention. They keep you up at night and creep up behind you. They prey on you long after the credits roll. 1. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, Guillermo del Toro, R) Pan’s Labyrinth is more of a dark fantasy than a horror film proper. But it’s undeniably eerie and atmospheric with a stunning...

This Week in Geek (10/26/15–11/01/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 26th through Sunday, November 1st. The Monday Night Comedy Halloween Show from HELL! What: Theater & Comedy When: Monday, October 26th at 8:00 p.m. Where: Club Underground The Monday Night Comedy Show is a booked showcase for local comedians on Monday nights at Club Underground. Tonight they invite you to “do a practice run of your...

Get Ready for Halloween with This Easy Pumpkin Diorama

I was at the dollar store the other day when I came across some carveable Styrofoam pumpkins. I didn’t give them much thought until I found the little science figurines in the next aisle. Next thing I knew, I had two pumpkins, some figurines, and a package of moss in my basket. Add some spray paint and googly eyes from Target and I was ready for a diorama! What You’ll Need At least one carveable pumpkin (you can get...

Throwback Thursday: Werewolves Lead the Pack in Dog Soldiers

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. Continuing to focus on some lesser-known horror films for the month of October, I want to talk Scottish werewolves. Directed by first-time director Neil Marshall, Dog Soldiers (2002) features a squad of British Army soldiers dropped into the Scottish Highlands to conduct strategic war games. What they don’t know is that they’ll end up going...

The Future Is Today! 10 Ways You Can Celebrate Back to the Future Day

Fakeouts have been cropping up on Facebook for years, but now it’s actually here: October 21, 2015, the day Marty, Jennifer, and Doc Brown traveled to in Robert Zemeckis’s Back to the Future Part II. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the original film, which came out on July 3, 1985. I was 11 when Back to the Future hit the big screen, and I remember falling in love with it. I especially remember devouring everything I...

Hunters: Enter the Darkness Is a Gothic Fantasy Board Game Created by Twin Cities Talent

I was introduced to the realm of tabletop gaming relatively recently, and I fell in love. Of the board games I’ve played, Eldritch Horror from Fantasy Flight Games, perhaps the best-known board game company based in Minnesota, is my all-time favorite due to its cooperative gameplay and Gothic elements. I was intrigued to learn another Minnesota company, Kid Loves Tiger Games, is currently promoting a new Gothic-influenced tabletop game on Kickstarter titled Hunters: Enter the Darkness. It has artistic...

6 Films to Scare Your Pants Off . . . and You’ll Love Every Minute of It

It’s Ansley again with more films to get you ready for Halloween! Last time, I shared some of my favorite horror films that were creepy and atmospheric or just really bizarre and great to watch with friends. The following are the ones to watch in complete darkness—alone—with a high-quality set of headphones. You’re welcome. 1. The Thing (1982, John Carpenter, R) The Thing is, in my opinion, the ideal horror film. It’s a perfect storm of elements spiraling together to...
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