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5 movie alien tropes that defy basic biological principles

Mar 22nd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 7 min read

The problem with aliens in movies is that most of us (in fact, I’d daresay all of us) have never seen an alien before. Since nobody has seen an alien before, scriptwriters have to tap into their imaginations when writing movies about aliens. And since scriptwriters are generally not trained in biology, it means that movie aliens all tend to follow the same tropes – tropes that…

A helpless victim in "Eloise". Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Why supernatural horror films are scarier than psychological horror films

Feb 23rd, 2017 Horror Marcus Goh 9 min read

A vengeful spirit or an axe murderer – which is more scary? Although some might say that the 30% increase in water prices might be the scariest of all (and they’re right), most people would consider a vengeful spirit a scarier opponent to face. That’s because you can’t call 999 if you encounter a vengeful spirit – those police cardboard standees aren’t going to stop a…

A Cure for Wellness. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 ways that Singaporeans practice “wellness”

Feb 14th, 2017 Horror, Teens, Thriller Marcus Goh 7 min read

Singaporeans are a pretty health-conscious bunch, despite our predilection for putting soya sauce inside virtually every dish that we have (all that sodium!). However, our thirst for wellness goes far beyond just eating and… eating. Beyond folksy remedies, wellness permeates every aspect of a Singaporean’s life. From our wall colours to our mobile phone stickers, there’s a secret health reason for everything we do. Don’t believe…

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 everyday things that turn Singaporeans into zombies

Feb 2nd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 7 min read

It’s hard to fathom how a zombie virus could possibly spread in Singapore – look at how we dealt with SARS and Zika. Our country wipes out and contains any and all infections with the manic efficiency of a housewife before Chinese New Year. Even the World Health Organisation and the United Nations called Singapore a role model for handling Zika cases. Yet you can…

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5 of the best films about multiple personality disorders

Jan 17th, 2017 Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller Marcus Goh 6 min read

Quick lesson – multiple personality disorders are not the same as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder where patients exhibit abnormal social behavior and fail to understand what is real and what is not. You can hear voices when you’re schizophrenic. Multiple personality disorders (MPD) are exactly what you think it is – different personalities within the same person. MPD movies resonate with us simply because each…

The Bye Bye Man. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 ways to prevent ghostly possession in Singapore

Jan 13th, 2017 Horror Marcus Goh 8 min read

For a tiny red dot, we’ve certainly got more than our fair share of supernatural sightings. Everyone has seen or knows someone who’s seen a ghost. And with several different cultures on the same island, we’ve got to contend with ghastly apparitions that require different rituals for exorcism. The worst kind of ghosts are those that pretend to be humans. I’m not talking about zombies…

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5 types of were-creatures that you would only find in Singapore

Dec 2nd, 2016 Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Teens Marcus Goh 9 min read

Underworld: Blood Wars sees the Vampires battling the Werewolves Lycans once again. Werewolves are called Lycans in the Underworld series, as Lycan is a truncation of lycanthrope. If you’re anything like me, you probably spent the first or second movie trying to figure out what “Lycan” was, and only found out what it meant when you got home and Googled it. But werewolves have existed for…

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5 things that are always lingering in the subconscious of Singaporeans

Dec 1st, 2016 Horror Marcus Goh 9 min read

Nothing defines a country’s citizens better than the similarities you’ll find in their subconscious. What would you find if you peeked into the subconscious of the average Singaporean? Would it be full of mental notes about where the best roti prata and fish balls can be found, or would we find a running tab on our Central Provident Fund balance amounts and calories eaten? We…

Ouija: Origin of Evil. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 things you might have done as a kid to tempt death

Nov 3rd, 2016 Horror Marcus Goh 7 min read

Remember the days of our youth, when we would innocently stick pens into electrical power sockets to see if they fit, only to have our mum dash in, screaming and flailing as she snatched the pen away and dragged us off by the ear? That was my childhood, at least. But as it turns out, that was one of the least dangerous things I did as…

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5 disappointments that would break the heart of any Singaporean

Oct 11th, 2016 Horror Marcus Goh 6 min read

Being Singaporean is tough. We’re so beset by first world problems that it’s inevitable that we get disappointed almost every day. In a country that has free wi-fi everywhere (as long as you’re willing to search), hipster cafes on every other street, and more mobile phones than people, it’s so easy to be let down when something doesn’t work exactly the way it should. So…