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The Series’ 5 Best Scares : worldleaks

worldleaks Best ScaresAfter taking this past October off, “Paranormal Activity” is back with “The Marked Ones,” a spin-off of sorts that doesn’t get an official number but builds on the scary tradition and back story of the first four entries.

Before you check up on Toby the Demon’s latest shenanigans, we’re counting down the found-footage scares that left us crying and laughing at the same time. These are the moments that surprised us, played with our expectations and, most significantly, scared the hell out of us.

5. The Knife Looms Overhead

A lot of what makes “Paranormal Activity” work is a stripped-down understanding of suspense. Take, as a perfect example, the vanishing knife in the fourth movie. Toby pulls a large chef’s knife to the kitchen ceiling, and it doesn’t come down. The fact that the knife is somewhere and ready to fall at any moment is embedded in the audience’s brain because of how simple the threat is. Every scene that takes place in the kitchen between when the knife vanishes and when it falls is laced with an extra coating of dread.

4. Toby Shows His Strength

This was the scare where the first film, which now seems shockingly inhibited, showed its hand and demonstrated just how powerful this demon is. Until that point, all Toby had done to bother Katie was terrorize from afar, so it was time for the paranormal presence and the series to up the ante. For the audience at that point in the genre, we hadn’t seen anything like that in found footage.

3. The Kitchen Falls

This call-back in the third movie to the kitchen scare in the second flick partially trust on the fan-cam, which we’ll discuss later in the list — and the knife scare in “Paranormal Activity 4” is a paired version of it as well — but there’s something special about this version in particular. One of the biggest strengths of “Paranormal Activity 3” was how creative the filmmakers got with simple camera tricks. The fan-cam gives the trick of unbroken movement and a single take, but there’s actually a big edit here, large enough for an entire kitchen to disappear. When it all comes crashing down, it’s a great example of how the third movie embraced excess for its scares and livened up the series.

2. Freaky Footprints

At its best, “Paranormal Activity” uses the simplicity of something being just a little off in a home to come upon a nerve with the audience. In the first flick, the footprints that Toby left in baby powder had a low-fi charm that initially warmed audiences to the series, and it was also the first step toward establishing a mythology, which has little-by-little grown more complex as the films progress. This isn’t just a haunted house movie: This is about a big, bad demon, and we learned this in a clear, terrifying way.

1. An Old-Fashioned Ghost And A Fan

Does it make sense that Toby would be wearing a sheet? No. Or that he’d be as short as the girls? Nope. Or that he’d hide just as the sitter turns around? Of course not. But it doesn’t matter: This scare in “Paranormal Activity 3” simply shows a great realizing of what makes horror movies so fun. With the introduction of the fan-cam — the best riff on the series’ format to date — the filmmakers changed up how they handled the traditional setup and payoff. The fan-cam has a built-in waiting period to see what’s happening on the other side of the room. Letting the audience know exactly how long they’d have to wait made the suspense all the more nerve-wracking.


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Top 10 Famous Christmas Quotes



Here is the list of the most famous christmas quotes from famous poets as well as writers.

Quote : 1

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Calvin Coolidge

Quote : 2

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

Norman Vincent Peale

Quote : 3

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!

Charles Dickens

Quote : 4

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.

Dale Evans

Quote : 5

Christmas… is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.

Freya Stark

Quote : 6

It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.

Caroline Kennedy

Quote : 7

Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.

Edna Ferber

Quote : 8

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.

Garrison Keillor

Quote : 9

I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness.

Carrie Fisher

Quote : 10

That’s the true spirit of Christmas; people being helped by people other than me.

Jerry Seinfeld


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Feast your eyes on the new requirements for Cooking merit badge

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Cooking-EagleThe sound of the kitchen timer can only mean one thing: The new Cooking merit badge requirements are done.

For the new Cooking merit badge, which became Eagle-required on Jan. 1, 2014, Scouts will prepare meals using the MyPlate food guide, understand and explain food allergies, and learn about cooking food indoors.

This is important: there are two big, separate changes to Cooking merit badge as you know it. The first is that Cooking merit badge became Eagle-required beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The second is the new requirements, found below, which become mandatory for Scouts who begin the merit badge on or after Jan. 1, 2015.

The new Cooking pamphlets will be in Scout Shops by the end of January 2014. From now until Dec. 31, 2014, a Scout may use the old or new requirements — his choice. All Scouts beginning Cooking merit badge on or after Jan. 1, 2015, must use the new…

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PETA Reprimands Teen Hunter After She’s Attacked by a Bear

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A Pennsylvania teen was attacked by a bear while hunting, causing injuries so severe that she almost lost her ear. Following the attack, PETA wrote her a letter, saying, “This seems to be a good opportunity to put yourself in the place of the individuals you and the rest of your hunting party were trying to kill. As terrifying as it must have been to be attacked by a bear, please consider the frightening and painful experiences that hunters set out to impose upon animals.”

Lisa Lange, Senior Vice President of PETA, stood by the letter on Tuesday’s The Real Story. “If there was ever a time when this girl might actually sympathize with the animals that she and her family go out and kill, we think that it’s now when she’s actually suffered a terrorizing attack of her own,” Lange said.

Gretchen Carlson replied, “When a teenage girl is…

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Tory Council Sends Out ‘disgusting, threatening and insulting’ Christmas Card

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LBHF_Christmas-cardA flagship Tory council has caused outrage after sending out a Christmas card which appears to stereotype social housing tenants as feckless drinkers who will not pay their rent.

The card (pictured), sent by Hammersmith and Fulham Council, warns tenants not to over indulge at Christmas ending with a stark warning to ‘Pay Your Rent’.

Speaking to BBC London, local resident Tina Buckley said a card had even been sent out to her 81 year old mother who has been a tenant for 60 years and never been behind with her rent.  Slamming the council’s campaign Ms Buckley said the cards were a: “disgusting, threatening and insulting piece of literature masquerading as a Christmas greeting”.

This is not the first time that Hammersmith and Fulham have shown utter contempt for people living in social housing.  This is the council that wants to force some tenants to work unpaid or face…

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