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The fear, the candy, the costumes…

So there goes Halloween 2015. Was it fun for you? What did you get up to this year? I saw groups of ghouls, dead brides, drunken corpses, confused zombies and ruined witches among many others trailing the streets. I watched some vintage werewolf action on screen and continued reading a tale of witches and ganglords.

But what does it all mean today? Is there really anything to be afraid of these days? It is all make-up and costume, candy and party fun for many. We here in the UK and now right on track with the American way of getting all dark and spooky, lapping up the consumerism and frivolity. An excuse for a wild party night, a time to play pranks, scare and play tricks.

I am never sure which films to settle down with. Should I go for a legendary old black and white classic such as Frankenstein, Caligari or Nosferatu? Or go with a Romero zombie attack, a Cronenberg body horror or 80’s splatter bloody nightmare?

There are many real things to scare us in this day and age- terrorism, corporate exploitation, modern-day slavery, cyber attacks, bio-viral epidemics and more. So many things in the real world-guns, drugs, cancers-do we then look to horror films, terror tales for an equal but slightly more safe escapist form of fear thills and chills?

I hope you all had a good, safe night of whatever kind of creeping Halloween entertaiment you were looking for.

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About JAMES E PARSONS

Author of science fiction novels Orbital Kin and Minerva Century-also horror, literary fiction, many short stories and screenplays. Always reading, writing, watching films, playing guitar/bass, and am a husband with a coffee addiction. New horror novel due for 2017. This is my blog, offshoot from my website. It will be where I post current thoughts, opinions, views, reviews, or discussions about contemporary film, movies, books, video games, television series mostly in the horror, science fiction, fantasy and their sub-genre offshoots. The entertainment not in the mainstream (for the most part) and proud of it. Also follow me on twitter- @ParsonsFiction, and facebook - James E Parsons

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