All posts tagged: horror

‘We have normalised horror’ says agency official, after Israeli strike on school | Gaza

‘We have normalised horror’ says agency official, after Israeli strike on school | Gaza

[ad_1] Mass casualty incidents caused by the Israeli military offensive in southern Gaza are becoming normalised in the west and leading to a sense of fatalism inside Gaza itself, according to Sam Rose, the director of planning for the Palestinian relief agency Unrwa. He was speaking after an Unrwa school at Nuseirat was bombed by Israeli forces leaving at least 33 dead, including 12 women and children. “When everyone is living in cramped, overcrowded conditions, we always said it would be inevitable that there would be incidents such as the one that happened overnight in the school in Nuseirat.” Rose, who had just returned to London after five weeks in Gaza, said: “There were about 6,000 people sheltering in that school. There are rules of war that we call on all sides of the conflict to adhere to: to protect the inviolability of our installations. There are also principles of distinction, and of proportionality. “People will have been sheltering in the courtyard of the school in the most desperate of conditions and there will have …

‘I said many prayers’: D-day veteran on horror and heroism in Normandy | D-day

‘I said many prayers’: D-day veteran on horror and heroism in Normandy | D-day

[ad_1] Still just a teenager, combat medic Jake Ruser clung to the netting, knowing that one slip could be fatal as he came down from a ship to a landing craft bound for Normandy. “They had these big cargo nets draped over the side of the ship,” he recalls with a clarity that defies the decades. “I had to climb down these nets and had my equipment with me, which made it harder. “As the wave would pass under, the big ship would rise up and the little boat would drop down. So you had to time it between those few seconds to get from that big ship cargo net into the boat without falling. If you slipped, you went between the two and got crushed.” Ruser made it to the Utah beach a week after D-day, codenamed Operation Overlord, the biggest amphibious invasion in the history of warfare. On 6 June 1944 the Allies used more than 5,000 ships and landing craft to land more than 150,000 troops on five beaches in Normandy, leading …

‘A small respite in the face of horror’: Sudanese artists fleeing war find a safe haven | Global development

‘A small respite in the face of horror’: Sudanese artists fleeing war find a safe haven | Global development

[ad_1] Among the paintings that Nusreldin Eldouma left behind when he fled Sudan is a watercolour portrait showing a Sufi sage, a popular figure from Sudanese folklore. Painted last year – just before Sudan was dragged into war after a power struggle between two factions of the country’s military – it shows the 17th-century sheikh Farah wad Taktook, an icon of peace, says Eldouma. Now he only has photographs to show, the canvases that are his life’s work left behind in the ruins of the city of Khartoum. “I like this painting because the character pursues simplicity and inner peace that appears in the features of his smiling face,” says Eldouma, one of four Sudanese artists now in exile in Uganda who recently completed a three-month residency at 32° East, an arts centre in the capital, Kampala. The centre, which gave the artists accommodation, an allowance and materials, organises Kampala’s long-running public art festival, KLA ART, in August. The sheikh’s peaceful demeanour is, says Eldouma, 55, in contrast to the current state of affairs in …

End majority jury verdicts to prevent more justice ‘horror’, says Malkinson | UK criminal justice

End majority jury verdicts to prevent more justice ‘horror’, says Malkinson | UK criminal justice

[ad_1] Andrew Malkinson says he could have been spared “20 years of darkness and despair” if the jury system had not been changed to allow majority verdicts. Malkinson was exonerated of rape last summer, two decades after a jury wrongly convicted him by a majority of 10 to 2. In an interview to coincide with the launch of research on the role of majority verdicts on miscarriages of justice, he said that reintroducing jury unanimity was one of several reforms he wanted to campaign for as a result of his experience. The law was changed in 1967 to allow convictions when a jury is unable to reach a unanimous decision. The practice was overturned in the US for serious cases in 2020 because of the risk of miscarriages of justice. Malkinson said if the law had remained the same “then none of this horror that has befallen me would have taken place”. He said research from the legal charity Appeal showed that the legislation needed urgent review. “People shouldn’t be sent to prison for life …

Crow Country review – breathtaking survival horror game that harks back to Silent Hill | Games

Crow Country review – breathtaking survival horror game that harks back to Silent Hill | Games

[ad_1] It is fascinating to be playing games made by developers who have been raised on 3D games – and Crow Country’s affectionate referencing of Silent Hill is a prime example of this. A survival horror game about the dark secrets lurking within and beneath an abandoned theme park, it is also a gorgeous homage to landmark games of the past. The look of the game is breathtaking: the thick, grainy patina over the screen gives the impression of playing on a CRT monitor in somebody’s dimly lit bedroom in 1997. The chunky polygonal figure of the protagonist, the mysterious Mara Forest, serves a stark contrast against the set and landscape, which give the impression of the lush pre-rendered backgrounds of Final Fantasy VII. However, these environments are not static in the way of their predecessors, but fully and delightfully interactive – this is a game made with real attention to detail, and clear passion for the particular period of game design. It is a sublime treat to look at, and to listen to, the …

Travis Kelce follows girlfriend Taylor Swift into entertainment to take up role in new horror series Grotesquerie | Ents & Arts News

Travis Kelce follows girlfriend Taylor Swift into entertainment to take up role in new horror series Grotesquerie | Ents & Arts News

[ad_1] Travis Kelce is used to drama on the pitch – now he’s set to experience it on the small screen. Following girlfriend Taylor Swift into the world of entertainment, the NFL star is to take on his first major acting role in a new series by renowned producer Ryan Murphy, the creative powerhouse behind hit shows including Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, and Pose. Kelce will appear alongside Niecy Nash-Betts, Courtney B Vance and British star Lesley Manville in horror drama Grotesquerie, being made by Disney’s FX and due to be released in the US in the autumn. Image: Pic: AP/John Locher “Guys, guess who I am working with on Grotesquerie…” Nash-Betts has announced in a video shared on Instagram. Kelce then appears in the frame, responding: “Jumping into new territory… with Niecy.” He has also shared the clip with his 6.4 million followers on Instagram. “This is what happens when winners link up!!?” Nash-Betts captioned the video. “@killatrav Welcome to Grostequerie!” Murphy has become known for casting high profile stars who are not …

Frock horror! In these dark times, let us be grateful for the ludicrous spectacle of the Met Gala | Marina Hyde

Frock horror! In these dark times, let us be grateful for the ludicrous spectacle of the Met Gala | Marina Hyde

[ad_1] Tuesday is officially the morning after the Met Gala of the night before, when we civilians get to press our noses up against the glass of our phone screens and pass unsparing judgment on dresses whose trains alone cost more than HS2. If you haven’t sat in mismatched pyjamas huffing toast while remarking what an unacceptable misstep Lana Del Rey’s mosquito net was, and how Chanel seems to be going tits up, then you have simply failed to capitalise on the digital banquet spread out for you. These are dark times, and nothing but … gratitude, I think? … should be shown for film director Taika Waititi’s decision to come dressed as a brown pleather three-piece suite, while his wife, Rita Ora, presented as the ribbon curtain tacked over their back door to keep the flies off it. Despite – and indeed because of – its best efforts not to be, the Met Gala often feels like a spectacle staged for the tricoteuses camping out round the bottom of the guillotine. This is an …

More Real Than Life | Gabriel Winslow-Yost

More Real Than Life | Gabriel Winslow-Yost

[ad_1] What kind of place is the Internet? A few years ago, an essay called “The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet,” by Yancey Strickler, one of the founders of Kickstarter, started getting passed around online. In it, he observed that as the publicly accessible Internet gets more hostile, besieged by “the ads, the tracking, the trolling, the hype, and other predatory behaviors,” people are retreating to safer regions: “newsletters and podcasts…Slack channels, private Instagrams, invite-only message boards, text groups, Snapchat, WeChat, and on and on.” There, in the shadows, under “psychological and reputational cover,” we are safe again to “be ourselves.”1⁠ Strickler’s account seems more accurate by the month. But his central metaphor is slippery: the “dark forest” is at first the public Internet, which gets quieter as users go into hiding. Within a few paragraphs, however, those hiding places become “dark forests” as well, as if users are fleeing from forest to forest, or finding new ones hidden, fractal-like, in the depths of the first. He also has an oddly sunny view of …

‘I Saw the TV Glow’ review: Queer horror has a new arthouse masterpiece

‘I Saw the TV Glow’ review: Queer horror has a new arthouse masterpiece

[ad_1] The mysterious allure of stumbling upon some unknown oddity on late-night cable is recreated (and repurposed, to devastating effect) in Jane Schoenbrun’s wildly abstract, masterfully accomplished I Saw the TV Glow. The A24 production is a remarkable follow-up and spiritual companion to Schoenbrun’s Sundance emo-horror breakout We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, a hazy, low-budget indie from 2022 told through late-night vlogs and video chats. The latter was their narrative feature debut, and it captured an online obsession with urban myth that the writer/director used as a vessel for a tale of physical discomfort and social unbelonging. It created, through its subtext and aesthetic approach, a mood comprising the constant, oppressive white noise of gender dysphoria. I Saw the TV Glow picks up that baton and charges headfirst through the screen. It captures the creeping nostalgia of ’90s children’s and young adult television, as seen through the eyes of two deeply isolated teenagers on arduous, dreamlike journeys of self-discovery. Along the way, the worlds of memory and fiction blur beyond recognition, as the …