Make Tech Easier: 5 Sites to Stream Free Scary Movies for Halloween. “What’s your favorite scary movie? If you’re in the mood to spice up your Halloween with some delightfully spooky movies, you’re in luck. While movies on the big screen like ‘It’ and the upcoming ‘Jigsaw’ will be scaring cinema-goers, you’ll be happy to know you don’t have to stray from the couch to get in the Halloween spirit.”
USC Viterbi School of Engineering: Is it A Horror Film or a Rom-Com? AI Can Predict Based Solely on Music.
USC Viterbi School of Engineering: Is it A Horror Film or a Rom-Com? AI Can Predict Based Solely on Music.. “[Professor Shrikanth] Narayanan and team’s study was the first to apply deep learning models to the music used in a film to see if a computer could predict the genre of a film based on the soundtrack alone. They found that these models were able to accurately classify a film’s genre using machine learning, supporting the notion that musical features can be powerful indicators in how we perceive different films.”
Mashable: 25 Stephen King short films are being shown at this virtual festival. Some have never been released.
Mashable: 25 Stephen King short films are being shown at this virtual festival. Some have never been released.. “The Stephen King Rules Dollar Baby Film Festival, a virtual event which will stream a number of short film adaptations based on the author’s work (including some which haven’t previously been released), is set to run from April 23 to 25 — and the best part is, the whole thing is free to join. 25 adaptations will be shown in total, each based on King short stories like Popsy, The Woman in the Room, and The Last Rung on the Ladder.”
Bungalower: New website brings Horror Nights houses online. “A new website by a former theme park designer and blogger has just been launched to bring the screams of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights online….Virtual Frights is the first effort by Pseudonym and it shares video walk-throughs of five years of Halloween Horror Nights haunted houses using easy-to-navigate videos sourced from local vloggers and media sites.”
BoingBoing: Get 35 free audio books from Tor’s new horror imprint. “Renowned sci-fi and fantasy publisher Tor just launched a new book imprint called Nightfire, focusing on new horror fiction. And to celebrate, they’re giving away 35 free short horror stories as audiobooks. The list includes stories by Alyssa Wong, Chuck Wendig, China Miéville, Carmen Maria Machado, and more.”
AllHorror.com – New Horror Movie Database by Horror Fans, for Horror Fans (PR Newswire PRESS RELEASE)
PR Newswire: AllHorror.com – New Horror Movie Database by Horror Fans, for Horror Fans (PRESS RELEASE). “A horror movie might have 8 stars, but what does that mean? How many people who rated the movie share your exact same taste? AllHorror solves this problem by organizing nearly 7,000 horror movies into 20 separate horror genres (none of which are the common but unhelpful “Horror” or “Thriller”). Some of these horror genres include Supernatural, Slasher, Gore, Classics and Creature Features. In addition to genres, AllHorror further organizes all movies into over 100 horror sub genres including 5 varieties of Haunted House movies, Urban Legends, Mutants, Mind Benders, Wilderness, Road Trips, Medical, Sci-Fi, Religion, Dangerous Exploration and even Internet Horror.”
Quartz: MIT researchers trained AI to write horror stories based on 140,000 Reddit posts. “Sometimes the scariest place to be is your own mind. Or Reddit at night. Shelley is an AI program that generates the beginnings of horror stories, and it’s trained by original horror fiction posted to Reddit. Designed by researchers from MIT Media Lab, Shelley launched on Twitter on Oct. 21.”
University of Iowa: Fanzines of science fiction, fantasy and horror available to read and transcribe
University of Iowa: Fanzines of science fiction, fantasy and horror available to read and transcribe. “What would you do with thousands of fragile leaflets, known as fanzines, that chronicle the history of science fiction? Such fanzines hold rich information too valuable to sit untouched, yet the materials cannot be handled without risking destruction. At the University of Iowa Libraries, a digitization project is underway to save a large, notable zine collection.”
Do you love horror movies? Here ya go: a database of jump scares. “Where’s The Jump? does exactly what it says on the tin: consisting of a fairly cohesive catalogue of major horror movies and all the jump scares hiding within, including a listing of each individual moment and the time in the movie in which it occurs. Then, there’s an additional star rating to let people know the exact intensity and frequency of said jump scares.”