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The Ten Percent – Beasts, Beauty, and Wonder

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“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

Happy 2017 and welcome to another installment of “The Ten Percent,” a regular column – well, last year it was more of a semi-regular column, but we’re resolved to change that, now that one gigantic project is wrapping up. Ahem. Let’s start again . . .

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31 Days of Horror 2015: The Hallow

The Hallow's blend of biological and fantastic horror gets under your skin

The Hallow’s blend of biological and fantastic horror gets under your skin

Fairies are creepy. Maybe not fairies, but certainly faeries. The fantastic creatures of celtic lore have a decided dark side, and you’re wise to give them a wide berth. In his video introduction to the screening of The Hallow (2015) at Toronto After Dark, director Corin Hardy advised the audience to keep their iron tools and flashlights handy, to ward off the malign faerie folk. We giggled nervously, having left our wrought iron at home. What a mistake. “If you trespass on them, they will trespass on you,” the movie’s introduction says, and boy did we get trespassed on, by an eerie, unsettling creature feature as relentless as the demons in the woods.

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31 Days of Horror: Through the Woods – Emily Carroll

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Through the Woods
Emily Carroll
McElderry Books

As a child, I remember being terrified when I first heard the story of Bluebeard (“Be bold, be bold…” still runs a shiver down my spine). It may have been the first time I ever heard a truly scary fairy tale—something that toed the line between a fairy story and gruesome horror. Not much later, I was introduced to the original Grimms’ Fairy Tales, which, as lovers of fairy tales and myths we all discover, are absolutely nothing like the sanitized versions we know from Disney and the children’s section of most bookstores. Some prefer the gruesome ones; some prefer the nicer ones; some prefer a balance. Fairy tales, like most fictions, are totally subjective, but I definitely fell for the darker, bloodier stuff. “What do you mean, they cut her toes off to fit in that slipper?” More after the jump.

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Is There Magic In Snow White and the Huntsman?

Is it possible to applaud and cringe at the same time? Can one movie really be so divided? Well, Snow White and the Huntsman proves that you can have a wonderful awful movie. It’s been a while since I’ve been excited about seeing a “dark gritty reboot” of a fairy tale, so even though all indications were that this movie was going to be great, I went in with subdued expectations. How good could Kirsten Stewart really be? This retelling of Snow White delivered in all the areas I expected it to, including excelling with some of the best production design I’ve seen in a long time.

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Snow White and The Huntsman Is The Fairest Of Them All – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report, Weekend Of June 1st, 2012

Mirror mirror on the wall, which new release in theatres conquered them all?

No real surprise really, as Snow White and the Huntsman made it’s presence felt this weekend. Meanwhile, Men In Black 3 managed a decent hold and Marvel’s The Avengers made it into the history books again. Here’s how the weekend went down:

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Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, What Will Be Snow White And The Huntsman’s Haul – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions, Weekend of June 1st, 2012

This weekend sees the release of the second of two Snow White themed films to hit theatres this year. The first, the comedy Mirrror, Mirror came and went a few month backs. Will the darker and dramatic Snow White and the Huntsman have better luck? Here’s our prediction:

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