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Japanese Horror Films Keep Evolving

Katsuo Kokaji writes: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of “Ring,” perhaps the most famous work of J-horror — contemporary Japanese horror movies — thanks to the scene in which the ghost Sadako crawls out from a TV screen. [...]

Bates Motel recap: ‘Visiting Hours’

The battle for dominance over Norman Bates’ mind. Jodi Walker writes: So much of Bates Motel season 5 has been about the battle for dominance over Norman Bates’ mind. We saw hints of Mother throughout the first four seasons, from her first [...]

Bates Motel Recap: ‘The Body’

“He’s not a bad person; he’s not a criminal… he’s crazy.” Jodi Walker writes: Appropriately on National Sibling Day, Dylan continues his streak of plainly (and finally) stating facts about his brother Norman that we’ve all been [...]

Bates Motel Recap: ‘Inseparable’

Bates Motel Season 5 Episode 7 Jodi Walker writes: The promise of season 5 of Bates Motel, and the utter thrill of last week’s episode, came with the all-important knowledge that the series would finally be catching up with its source material. [...]

Bates Motel Recap: The Shower!

Season 5, Episode 6 Brian Tallerico writes: Few scenes in the history of film are as iconic as Norman Bates stabbing Janet Leigh to death in the shower. To audiences today, that famous scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho may seem somewhat standard, [...]

Bates Motel Recap: Meeting Marion

Dreams Die First Season 5 Episode 5 Brian Tallerico writes: Since the middle of last season, Bates Motel has been hurtling toward the direct action of the Alfred Hitchcock film that inspired it. This week, we arrive at a key point in that [...]

Bates Motel Premiere Recap: Dark Paradise

Season 5, Episode 1 Jodi Walker writes: When it comes to a force of nature like Norma Bates… you just knew she couldn’t stay dead for long. Though often controlling, needy, and ripping people out of cars, the Norma Bates of Bates Motel was [...]

First Issue of MAD Magazine, 1952

First Issue of “Mad Magazine”, 10/1952 Happy birthday, Harvey Kurtzman and Mad Magazine! In October 1952, the very first issue of a new comic called “Mad” was issued, written almost entirely by Kurtzman. It soon came under Senate [...]