Film Lists

31 Halloween Movies to Watch This October

Juxtapose the horrors of Fox News against the more enjoyable horrors of Stephen King movies.

This autumn, our world is grappling with a bevy of horrors—an ongoing pandemic, relentless unchecked racial injustice sanctified by our legal system, the gaping void of an open supreme court seat, and an election that could potentially unravel all of American democracy.

Of course, October also brings with it a far more pleasant kind of horror: The blissfully distracting, transportive, folky wonder that is Halloween season. This October, we'll all have to intersperse pre-election phone banks and protests with some spooky autumnal entertainment in order to avoid burnout and keep our spirits alive.

The good thing is, fall offers plenty of options in the realm of transportive art and culture. Namely, these dark autumn nights are perfect for playing through your favorite horror movies. From the kitschy to the gory to the downright spine-chilling, horror movies have a way of bringing many of us an odd kind of peace. Plus, a recent study discovered that people who love horror movies might actually be faring better during the pandemic.

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Culture News

Can Kim Kardashian Really Live Without Instagram and Facebook? Can You?

With social media giants like Facebook and Instagram woven into our daily lives, does a boycott have real weight?

Kim Kardashian has nearly 190 million followers on Instagram, where she's in the habit of posting at least once a day.

If her followers were a nation, they would be the 8th most populous on the planet. But the citizens of Kardashia (Kimeroon? The United Kimdom?) will not be receiving any diplomatic news or thirst traps from their dear leader on Wednesday.

As she announced on Instagram on Tuesday, she is taking part in the one-day boycott of Instagram and Facebook organized by Stop Hate for Profit and promoted by other celebrities, from Katy Perry to Leonardo DiCaprio.

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MUSIC

11 Famous People Inspired by Selena Quintanilla

The pioneering Tejano star died 25 years ago.

25 years ago, Mexican-American Tejano sensation Selena Quintanilla was murdered.

In her short 23 years, Selena shook the Latin music scene by storm throughout the late '80s and early '90s, playing an unprecedented role in driving the genre towards the mainstream in the United States. Some of her greatest influences included Donna Summer, Gloria Estefan, Paula Abdul, and the Jackson family, though her father encouraged her to pay homage to her roots by singing in Spanish and implementing Mexican cumbia and mariachi into her music.

With hits like "Dreaming of You," "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," and "Como la Flor"—as well as an unmistakable, but often replicated, sense of style—Selena was a phenomenon with a lasting legacy. Reactions to her tragic death by gunshot wound in 1995 were comparable to those following the deaths of John Lennon, Elvis Presley, and President John F. Kennedy. Two weeks after her death, George W. Bush—then governor of Selena's home state of Texas—declared her birthday, April 16, Selena Day in the state. In honor of her, we've rounded up 11 artists who've cited the Queen of Tejano as an influence in their own careers.

Selena Gomez

Hailing from the same state, it shouldn't be a surprise that the "Lose You to Love Me" singer looked up to her namesake. "I am named after her. She was a big deal to my family and growing up from the get-go, I knew who she was and who I was named after," Gomez told The View in 2012. "I got to visit her grave. I've actually met...some of her family, and it's such an honor to be named after someone so amazing."