Thriller-thon: Top 10 Horror Films

31 10 2009

When it comes to feeding your craving for frights and thrills, blood and gore, there are always the classic horror films like Rosemary’s Baby, Suspiria and Halloween that are guaranteed to get your heart pumping.  But there have been dozens of movies made in the past decade that have revived the genre and are sure to become classics in their own rights.

Here’s AreYouBeing’s Top-10 Horror Films – Watch them again or for the first time

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This film is like Fatal Attraction on acid.  When two young college girls go away to the country for a few days of studying, what should be a stress-free weekend quickly turns into a night of horror as they fight against a truck driver hell-bent on spilling as much blood as possible.  Will their friendship survive, or are they both doomed.  Your pulse will be pumping until the very last second.

51NPJ7WYSTL._SL500_AA240_The Descent
Rock climbing is scary enough, but throw a couple dozen vampire-like creatures and a dark, unexplored cave system into the mix and you have the setting for one hell of a scary movie.  A group of girlfriends enter the caves together, but it quickly becomes clear that not everyone will see daylight again.

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Imagine you’re taken away from everyone you love and held captive for 15 years only to be released one day without any knowledge of whom your capturer is or why they held you against your will for so long.  And once back in the real world, you only have five days to learn the truth or suffer the consequences.  That’s the premise behind Oldboy.  Directed by Chan-wook Park, one of the most talented Asian directors, Oldboy is part of the “Vengeance Trilogy,” which also includes “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” and “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.”

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There’s an old saying, “You can never go home again,” which couldn’t be more true when discussing this film.  What starts as just another backpacking trip across Europe soon turns into a nightmare vacation.  When three friends take a detour to a hostel for what is promised to be a sex-packed side trip, they soon discover that they’ve been brought here under ulterior motives.  Director Eli Roth gets right to the heart of gore with creative and beutiful shot murder scenes.

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What started as a short film made by friends has spawned one of the most successful horror franchises in recent memory, not to mention one of the most creative and clever killers, Jigsaw.  Chained to a bathtub, Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes) is put to the test as he must make a series of choices, all of which could determine whether he lives or dies.

511KHM89SFL._SL500_AA240_28 Days Later
If Night of the Living Dead is the holy grail of zombie films, 28 Days Later is the blood that runneth over.  The film put life, literally, back in the zombie genre.  When a man-made [rage] virus takes out England in just under a month, the survivors, including Jim (Cillian Murphy), a young bike messenger who is unconscious in a hospital room during the outbreak, come together in hopes of making it to a safe zone.  The haunting soundtrack and raw, MTV-style cinematography helped catapult this film to instant cult status.

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An unsuspecting reporter and her cameraman tag along with a local fire department on what should be a routine call to a neighborhood apartment building.  They soon discover, along with all the tenants, that no place is safe, especially not your home.  As they try to survive being sealed inside the building with the “infected,” they uncover the truth behind what’s happening, documenting everything on camera.  If you don’t like reading subtitles, checkout the American remake, Quarantine; they’re almost identical, shot for shot.

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When a young stockbroker (Sam Rockwell) and his wife (Vera Farmiga) have their second child, the first born, 9-year-old Joshua (Jacob Kogan) doesn’t take it so well.  Armed with a frightening intelligence and macabre mind masked by an innocent face, Joshua uses his powers of manipulation to unravel the lives of everyone around him.  The film is capped off with Joshua singing a haunting cover of Dave Matthew’s The Fly.

516kKeB0BdL._SL500_AA240_The Orphanage
The bond between a mother and child can transcend all boundaries.  In this ghost story, a middle-aged woman (Belén Rueda) brings her family back to her childhood home where they will live and run an orphanage for disabled children.  But when her son begins playing with an imaginary friend, weird things start happening all over the house, leading to a game of hide and seek that crosses physical dimensions and could leave another child without his parents.

51JaYS-8UoL._SL500_AA240_Trick ‘r Treat
This film has been in limbo for years, as the film studio kept pushing back the launch date.  Finally, they made a decision to release it on DVD, just in time for the Halloween season.  Starring Anna Paquin (True Blood), the film features four interwoven stories that somehow connect to an infamous school bus murder that took place decades earlier.  If you love films like Creepshow, add this to your Netflix queue today.

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Is Facebook Haunted?

31 10 2009

When you’re young you think you’ll live forever.  Earlier this year, I learned that isn’t true.  One of my best friends died due to complications with his liver.  He was 39.

I’ve talked little about his passing since it happened.  I think it’s partly because he was so young and that we were so close, but also because I’ve never lost a friend before.  But now I think he may want me to open up.

ghosts2Earlier today, while on Facebook, I noticed his picture in the upper right-hand corner in the “Suggestions” area with a note to “reconnect” with an old friend – his profile is still active.  While this isn’t out of the ordinary – Facebook recently updated their platform with more features including one that reminds you to stay connected with those you’ve fallen out of touch with – I thought it was odd that this particular suggestion would pop up on Halloween of all days.

I brushed it off as coincidence until my page refreshed, and once again, my friend’s picture was on my screen.  This time, Facebook was telling me to, and I paraphrase, “Help make your friends time on Facebook more fun by sending him a message.”  Now I’m getting a little freaked out.  I click off of this suggestion.

And then, just as I’m about to shutdown my computer, I get a third message telling me to send a “Poke” to my friend.  Spooky, right?!

What do you think; is Facebook Haunted?  Do you believe in ghosts?  If so, do you think ghosts can use the internet to communicate?

Photo Source: alienufoparanormal.aliencasebook.com





True Blo-job

31 10 2009

Missing your Halloween Spirit this year?  Let Fleshlight, producers of the world’s number one sex toy for men, help get you in the mood with their new  Count Cockula and Succu Dry Fleshlights (different versions available for gay and straight men).

This “sex in a can” toy packages a soft silicone-like sleeve that mimics flesh for a more realistic experience.  And to help heighten your hunt for the big “O” the inside of the flexible sleeve is lined with stake-like nubs for a more intense sensation.

As the website states, you can “polish up your stake and drive it into this soft, vampire mouth for an orgasm that will wake the living dead.”  I don’t think I could put it any better even if I tried.

What do you think?  Have you or would you use this toy?  Share your experience with our readers.

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Count Cockula by Fleshlight

NOTE: No product exchanged hands for this editorial review.  It just so happens that the company made a unique product that has been getting a lot of buzz.  Happy Halloween!

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Product Review: Do You Like It Smooth or Rough? Top 3 Face Scrubs

26 10 2009

Some guys like it rough, but if you truly want to be a “smooth operator” during your next visit to the bar, there are some small steps you should take with your grooming routine first. That’s right, you morning ritual shouldn’t stop at cleansing and shaving. A great scrub can help even out your complexion, smooth away rough patches of skin, and when used before shaving, help soften and raise whickers for a super close, knick-free shave. To help guide you, I’ve road tested several scrubs, and these are my top three picks.

  • Every Man Jack Pre-Shave Face Scrub, available in Fragrance Free and Signature Mint, are blended together with coconut-derived surfactants that remove dirt and oil; marine extracts and Vitamin E to soothe and moisturize; and scrubbing beads to remove dry and dead skin. Like the other products from this award-winning line, these scrubs are dye free, oil free, sulfate free and paraben free. We love: The refreshing, minty fragrance and gentle scrubbing beads.
    Retail Price: $6 each (5 oz.), www.walgreens.com 
  • Resurf.a.stic Face Scrub by blinc is the world’s first one-step at-home microdermabrasion innovation. Featuring diamond-shaped crystals that are evenly dispersed in a unique stick design for no mess or waste, this product effectively minimizes the appearance of dark spots and sun-damaged skin. The added cactus and orchid provides natural healing and moisturizing benefits to soothe your newly resurfaced skin. We love: The convenience of a solid stick; less waste on your hands and at the bottom of your shower.
    Retail Price: $40.00 (2 oz.), www.blincinc.com
  • Kyoku Exfoliating Facial Scrub, a new import from Japan, is a luxurious facial scrub that employs volcanic ash, Japanese rice bran and Adzuki bean to help deep clean pores, eliminate blackheads, free ingrown hairs, prevent blemishes and remove excess oil. Oh, and it exfoliates for a smoother, more even complexion. We love: The intense cooling sensation that makes the skin feel super clean.
    Retail Price: $29.00 (3.4 oz.), www.KyokuforMen.com

Tips: Most scrubs should only be used 2-3 times a week. If you shave every few days, use one in the shower just before you apply your shave gel or cream. Make sure to follow-up with a quality moisturizer like the new Heavyweight Champion Extreme Hydration Compound from JOCK SOAP.

  • JOCK SOAP Heavyweight Champion™ attracts moisture with the use of hyaluronic acid and binds it to the skin with vitamin E, squalane and other strong barrier ingredients including marine minerals, wheat and soy protein, and cucumber. Together with the powerful benefits of rare apple stem cells, which reduce the signs of aging, Heavyweight Champion is Jock Soap’s most intense moisturizing cream that can be used during the day or after the lights go out for an all-night moisture treatment. We love: The way this moisturizer dries to a matte finish without leaving the skin feeling oily. Retail Price: $49.00 (2 oz.), www.GetJock.com
From left to right: Every Man Jack, kyoku for men, blinc resurf.a.stic and Jock Soap
From left to right: Every Man Jack, Kyoku for Men, blinc resurf.a.stic and Jock Soap

NOTE: Samples were provided by each company mentioned above in exchange for possible editorial coverage.





Have Your Been Dreaming of this Man?

16 10 2009

Dreams are a mysterious occurrence. They are like a mental viewing glass into our innermost secrets, thoughts and aspirations. As a child, I can recall dreaming of a house in the middle of the woods, which as a young man, I stumbled upon in real life in a town that I’d never visited or even come near previously. So what do you make of people, places and objects that appear out of nowhere in our dreams and nightmares?

Today I came across a website (www.thisman.org) that features an eerie image of a man with thick, furrowed brows and thinning hair. By all accounts, he would appear to be the type of guy you might find living next door or sitting across from you on the train, and yet to date, more than 2000 people from across the world claim that he continuously appears to them in their dreams. This might not sound strange until you consider that none of these people have ever met or seen him anywhere else beyond the confines of their minds. Sounds like a storyline from the mind of JJ Abrams, right?

What do you think? Are all of these people lying about their shared experience or are their minds connected to something the rest of us can’t pick up on?

Image Source: www.thisman.org