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What Makes a Halloween Film?

What is the true essence of a Halloween film? What makes a film so intrinsically linked to this time of year? Whilst Halloween is a season to bask in the joy of fear, the tingling anticipation that arises in the moments just as you know you are about to be scared, the most notable Halloween […]

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Lifestyle

How Hallowe’en Took Flight in 2022

October. The name evokes images of footpaths dusted with rust-coloured leaves, snuggling up in a warm sweater, sipping on hot chocolate in a buzzing café, and a host of other niceties that typify Autumn. Edinburgh provides the perfect backdrop for an aesthetic Autumnal vibe. Orange and brown hues coat Princes Street Gardens and a low […]

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Culture Film Reviews

Review: Halloween Ends

When thinking about a reboot of an old franchise, the most important question to ask is “why?” What was the point in digging up the corpse of an old film, book, or any other media piece and reanimating it? On one level you can always answer that question with “profit”. In Hollywood, a film is […]

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Cult Column: Halloween, Simplicity at its Finest

Centuries ago, Albrecht Dürer remarked “Simplicity is the greatest adornment of art”. Is such a quote applicable to a film where Michael Myers traverses a leafy suburb murdering sexually active teenagers? Well, yes. It is. And forty years after the original Halloween’s release, it’s not hard to understand why.  As literally everyone knows, John Carpenter’s […]

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Halloween Outfit Inspo

It’s that time of year again, that October weekend when you’re encouraged to let loose, dress up, and put on your dancing shoes. Halloween. That marmite of a holiday that divides the nation; some of us love it, but for others it’s just not meant to be. Whether it’s for you or not, this guide […]

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Culture Literature News

Stephen King’s IT: the page to screen legacy

Forgive me for choosing a very easy author to write on for the Halloween season, but there is a reason why Stephen King is so frequently discussed and widely read. It cannot be overrated, the author is a master of horror. King has churned out several books considered modern classics and his influence on cinema, […]

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Lifestyle

How to Stay Safe During Spooky Season, From a Nightclub Bartender

Leaves are falling, days are shorter, and the sweet smell of PSLs waft through the library. This can can only mean one thing: spooky season is upon us! It’s always an exciting time of year (especially for all of you freshers out there), but navigating the Edinburgh party scene safely can be difficult for the […]

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The Horror Hypothesis: Why We Love Scary Stories

When I was 13, my friends and I would gather around a bench at lunchtime to tell each other horror stories.  And, I’ll be frank, I often didn’t know any, so I kept fairly quiet during these storytelling sessions. However, I had one friend who seemed to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of scary tales: an impressively […]