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Scream Test – Halloween Calling

October – the month of ghouls, goblins, zombies and demons – is upon us. Cable television is awash in the blood of teen slasher films. How did we get here? Sometimes remembering which of these scary films came first can be as hard as recalling the order of the Halloween candy we consumed before blacking out and then coming to in a remote cabin with blood on the walls, hearing the crunch of dry leaves outside and attempting to flee or scream, then realizing we’re bound and gagged… But we digress.

Test your terror quotient by clicking on the link below. Drag each of these 13 scary movies from the top two rows to the rows below and place them in the correct (ascending) order of their release:

‘Rush’ – Hollywood’s Need for Speed.

On the release of Ron Howard’s latest racing film ‘Rush’: Whether filmmakers ignited America’s love affair with the internal combustion engine or merely reflected the country’s passion for the open road and the fight not just to keep up with the Joneses but to zoom right past them, is a matter for discussion – perhaps when you’re stuck in highway traffic on Labor Day weekend. As your engine idles and the planet warms, no one will blame you for fantasizing about burning rubber and spinning into a four-wheel drift like Vin Diesel in the FAST & FURIOUS street racing franchise or tearing up a NASCAR track like Tom Cruise in DAYS OF THUNDER. Or is the roar and blur of Formula One more your speed?

Freaks (1932) – The Body Beautiful

The constructed concept of physical human beauty is the creation of a few and addiction of the rest. The tempting visible may turn out to be inherently contemptible or the grotesque may ravish one with innocence. Deformity, inherited or acquired, is antithetical of the endorsed notion of beauty. And as a literary or cinematic subject it has routinely been ignored save in horror or exploitation genres.

The Great Gatsby – Now and Then

“The Great Gatsby” has inspired four big screen translations – in 1926, 1949 and 1974 and now in 2013 by director Baz Luhrmann, as well as TV outings in 1955, 1958, 1999 and 2000, and even a 1926 Broadway play, not to mention a 2011 short called THE GREAT GATSBY IN FIVE MINUTES, which inexplicably has a running time twice that long.

David Mamet – I lost it at the Movies.

“A good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue.”
The iconoclastic David Mamet is an American author, playwright, screenwriter and film director. A Tony and Oscar award nominee, he won the Pulitzer Prize for “Glengarry Glen Ross.”

Amongst several others, his credits include The Verdict, The Untouchables, Wag the Dog, and Ronin as screenwriter and House of Games, Homicide and State and Main as Director.

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