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MIT conjures up AI that collaborates with humans to create horror stories


Coinciding with Halloween, MIT researchers have created Shelley, the world's first AI designed to collaborate with humans on horror stories.

What 2020's nightmare of a year means for horror


Or, at least, it will be. As we wrap up this nightmarish trip around the sun (think Event Horizon, but with easier, more direct access to the bowels of hell), it's tempting to reflect on everything we've missed. This year, horror fans had to withstand not only tons of major movie delays -- Halloween Kills, A Quiet Place Part II, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, Candyman, the latest Conjuring, and a bunch of other titles got kicked to 2021 -- but also to contend with a socially distanced Halloween season. That meant no haunted houses, no dark theaters, and no post-panic camaraderie to go with them. Of course, that wasn't even close to any of the worst stuff that happened this year.

B-movie horror, herbs and secret inspirations in 'Resident Evil VII'


Resident Evil VII: Biohazard was one of the big surprises of E3 2016, and we were fortunate to chat with producer Masachika Kawata -- a veteran of Resident Evil games going back to 1999 -- at Capcom's booth during the show. Since this is a translated interview, we're providing a direct transcript of what was said, to minimize the potential for intended meanings to be lost in translation. SEE ALSO: 'Resident Evil VII' is scary in first person and scarier in VR Q: It looks like this is more of a return to the traditional survival horror that Resident Evil started with, and I was hoping you could speak to that. It was our intention to create survival horror games all along, but with this iteration you are correct in that one of the main goals was to emphasize the horror aspect. In other words, to [evolve] or take the core element of the game to the next level.

Blood, Guts, and Feminism: Six Righteous Horror Films to Stream this Halloween

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It's almost Halloween, which means it's time to gut a pumpkin, hang up some cobwebs, and sit back and relax with a good blood-gushin' horror flick. As we continue to endure what sometimes seems a real life horror film, Halloween is the perfect time to remind us that as tough, bloody, and hopeless as it may get, there's hope in a woman with determination, and maybe an internal demon. With the patriarchy bearing down at every corner, you may need to escape into a world where a scrappy female lead is empowered to maim and take down monsters and men. Here are six feminist horror films from the last decade you can stream this Halloween season. In the fourth film from French director Julia Ducournau, a strict vegetarian begins to crave human flesh while studying to become a veterinarian.

AI can write surprisingly scary and creative horror stories


Writing and creativity may be traditionally thought of as the domain of humans, but AIs are making strides in this area. We've previously covered how the UK Press Association is handing off writing duties in newsrooms to robots, thanks to Google, and even how a robot wrote for Engadget. Now, there's an AI named Shelley (after Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein) who can write pretty incredible horror stories. She relies on responses from other Twitter users to keep the story going. Users can reply with up to three threaded tweets and end their additions to the story with #yourturn.