12 Stories That Have Inspired People To Do Stupid Things In Real Life

After you've seen an awesome movie, played a great game, or just read an amazing book, sometimes you're inspired to ponder the secrets of the universe. And other times, you decide to do something really dangerous or stupid. Here are 12 science fiction and fantasy stories that have inspired the most mayhem. » 6/14/13 3:03pm 6/14/13 3:03pm

Reality Check: Violent Fantasies Don't Make People Violent

Today a shocked nation is mourning the tragedy of the Sandy Hook school shooting, and we're all asking how something so horrifying could happen. Already, FOX News is blaming videogames. It reminds me of when the media traced the Virginia Tech killer's actions back to an obsession with war movies. Or linked the… » 12/14/12 3:43pm 12/14/12 3:43pm

Brain Scans Reveal that Teen Bullies Get Pleasure from Your Pain

When a bully picks on you, you might get consoled by grown-ups who say things about how he's just jealous or trying to get your attention. But now a group of psychiatry researchers at the University of Chicago have revealed the true reason behind bullying: That bully beats you up because he enjoys it. Healthy kids'… » 11/07/08 7:40am 11/07/08 7:40am

War and Social Upheaval Cause Spikes in Zombie Movie Production

There's been a huge spike in the production of zombie movies lately, and many of them seem to be inspired by war. Everything from 28 Days Later to Zombie Strippers make explicit reference to wartime, as did seminal 1968 zombie flick Night of the Living Dead. Is there really a connection between zombie movies and… » 10/29/08 9:00am 10/29/08 9:00am

More Footage Of Wanted's Stupid, Beautiful Violence

The new Russian trailer for June's super-assassin movie Wanted shows off a level of brain-splattering poetic violence that wouldn't be allowed in an American trailer. Just look at how much it fetishizes the bullet — it's like the bullet-time from The Matrix, except this time the bullet itself is the star. This version… » 5/23/08 11:00am 5/23/08 11:00am

How to Build a Violent World in One Easy Step

That alcohol causes many deaths every year is a fact widely-accepted by scientists and the public. But now a new study conducted at the University of Toronto suggests that there is a direct relationship between amount of alcohol sold in a given region, and the amount of violence in that region — regardless of whether… » 5/13/08 3:30pm 5/13/08 3:30pm

Five Reasons to Watch Movies that Hurt You, Haunt You, and Make You…

Welcome back to Horrorhead, a column where we explore the intersection of horror and scifi. I wasn't born a horror movie fan, I made myself one through years of careful practice and studious watching. Everybody has an origin story, and mine begins with the pulsing, gooey strands of sludge that enveloped and destroyed… » 4/16/08 11:19am 4/16/08 11:19am