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5 Must Read Articles – 18 February 2013

John CarpenterWelcome, once again, to Must Read Horror. You want great horror articles? This is the place to find the best the web has to offer. This week:

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10 Best Horror Scores In Cinematic History

From Jerry Goldsmith’s work on Poltergeist and its sequels, to Ennio Moriccone’s score for The Exorcist II: The Heretic, horror movies owe a lot of their success to the sounds slathered over them. Strip last year’s Sinister of Christopher Young’s amazing soundtrack, and you would be left with an entirely different film. In this article from What Culture, ten of the best scores are compiled and examined.

The Web Of Fear: A Brief History Of Spider Horror

Tippi Hedren once said, “Birds I’m fine with. Spiders are a completely different matter.” There are more arachnophobics per capita than there are spiders (sounds a bit far-fetched, but it might be true). This article over on Horrorpedia looks back over some of the greatest – and not so great – eight-legged creature-features ever committed to celluloid.

Sell-Out Or Not: John Carpenter

This article over on Arrow In The Head asks whether the legendary John Carpenter has lost interest in directing memorable horror movies and is now lured only by the sound of chinking coins. With 2010’s prosaic The Ward, his only movie as director for over a decade, it’s a very good question.

The Alien Franchise In Videogames: A Retrospective

We all love a Xenomorph. Not a day goes by when I don’t put my fist up my jumper and pretend a chestburster’s breaking free. The Alien franchise has a lot to answer for, and this article from Thunderbolt Games takes a look at the videogames released over the years, from 1982’s Pac-Man-esque Alien, right up to 2011’s DS release, Aliens: Infestation.

Violent Femmes: The Place Of Women In Horror

This article from Horrormovies.ca examines the role of women in horror movies, from damsels-in-distress to revenge-seeking protagonists.

ADAM MILLARD

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