The 10 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time

By Daniel Evans

“Poor strangers, they have so much to be afraid of.”

– Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962)

People love to be scared. Even as they clammily grasp, white knuckled, at the sheets or the arm of whoever’s next to them, terrified at what horror’s are unfolding on the screen, be it menacing clowns, giant spiders, hockey masked murderers or something altogether darker, there is always a grim fascination with things that fray the nerve or loosen the bowel.

If audiences were sent running up the aisles by what is generally considered the first horror film many full moons ago, Georges Méliès’ Devil leaping, bat swirling Le Manoir du Diable (1896), then little did they know what was to come.

What we now would constitute as a good celluloid scare would probably send the sheltered folk in the early 1900’s caterwauling into a permanent catatonic state, and what they found terrifying would barely cause a whimper from even the most apprehensive viewer. But some films stay with you, lingering under the skin and crawling back into focus on the nights where sleep doesn’t descend, their sheer nightmarish visions imprinted on the memory for years.

The following is a list of the 10 scariest horror films ever, it is a list not purely based in gore and guts and loud noises punishing your senses, but one that remembers that silence is sometimes just as terrifying as a chainsaw.

10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, Tobe Hooper)

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If you were to chip away at the glossy veneer of life and eye suspiciously what lies underneath, then most likely you’d find something similar to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a feral, unexposed death trip through the most unnatural, disturbed areas of the human psyche.

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This week SAR readers photos selection

By SonyAlpha Admin

Bryain Goff on SonyAlphaForum This is my composite of the eclipse reaching totality. Each photo is about 10 minutes apart until it reaches totality. I love the detail of the sun’s corona. Seeing the picture after witnessing the eclipse is incredible. I feel so fortunate to have captured this magical moment. Gear used: Sony Alpha […]

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5 Things That Will Make Location Scouting a Little Easier

By V Renée

Scouting locations for your production can be a headache, but these five things will make it a whole lot easier.

Location scouting is something you do to prepare for a production, but it too needs quite a bit of preparation before you ever step foot on a potential spot. You have to assess everything, like the look of the location, its power resources, and noise pollution. You have to make sure the location makes sense to your story. You have to think about literally everything before making a final decision and it’s exhausting. However, Morgan Cooper of Cooper Films tries to make this process less of a guessing game by giving you five location scouting tips in the video below. Check it out:

If you’re a director and/or a cinematographer, Cooper’s five tips are perfect for you (assuming that you’ll be the one out there scouting):

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From:: No Film School

Sony RX0 – Is this the ultimate mini-cam (for now at least).

By alisterchapman

RX0 Sony RX0 - Is this the ultimate mini-cam (for now at least).

Sony have just released a rather exciting looking new type of mini-cam, the RX0.

I have not played with one yet, so I can only base my comments on the specs, but the specs are both impressive and exciting.

Most gopro type cameras use tiny sensors packed with pixels. This presents a problem as they tend not to be very light sensitive. However those small sensors when combined with an ultra wide angle lens eliminates the need to focus as the depth of field is vast. But for many applications that’s not what you always want. Sometimes you don’t want an ultra wide fisheye view of the world, sometimes you want to get in a bit closer. Sometimes you want a bit of selective focus. In addition it’s hard to be creative when you have no focus or depth of field control. Talking of control most mini-cams have very, very little in the way of manual control as they don’t have adjustable apertures and as a result rely entirely on variable gain and shutter speeds to control the exposure.

Enter the RX0. The RX0 shares a lot of features with the well regarded RX series of compact stills cameras. It has a 1.0″ type sensor, huge compared to most other minicams. It has 24mm f4 lens so it’s less wide and has a shallower DoF. It can shoot in 4K, it can even record using S-Log2 to capture a greater dynamic range so it may turn out to be a great mini-cam for HDR productions (although how big that dynamic range is is not clear at this time). I wish I had some of these for the HDR shoots I did at the beginning of the year.

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CAME-TV Prophet and CAME-TV Spry gimbals now shipping

By Elliot Smith

CAME-TV have started shipping a pair of new gimbals that we first saw at NAB earlier this year. The CAME-TV Prophet is an upgrade to the company’s Argo gimbal for…

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8 Ways to Get Creative with Your Boring Tripod

By V Renée

Tripods may not be super exciting, but they can definitely help you capture shots that are.

Do you know the full potential of your tripod? If you’re not sure, here’s how you can tell if you do or not. Take a look at your tripod—do you see a jib, a handheld camera stabilizer, and a SnorriCam rig? If you don’t, don’t feel bad; envisioning the cinematic possibilities of such an unglamorous piece of gear can be a challenge, but over at Film Riot, Ryan Connolly and his team took up that challenge and came up with eight clever ways to utilize your tripod to make your cinematography more smoother and more creative.

You may have heard of a few of these ideas, especially the rubber band trick, but a lot of these are (hopefully) most likely new to a lot of you.

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From:: No Film School

Photographer transforms disabled kids into Justice League heroes for touching photo project

Last year, photographer Josh Rossi made headlines all over the world after he used his skills as a photographer and retoucher to turn his daughter into Wonder Woman. It was a fun passion project, but the viral outpouring of support it generated inspired him to do something more.

And so Josh and his wife Roxana teamed up with costume designer Julie Whiteley to find ‘the REAL Justice League’ and show them for the superhumans they are.

Roxana scoured the world to find six children with varying disabilities and diseases, who have shown incredible strength and resilience. The final Justice League lineup consisted of: 5-year-old Kayden Kinckle, 3-year-old Sofie Loftus, 9-year-old Teagan Pettit, 2-year-old Mataese Manuma, 7-year-old Zaiden Stolrow, and 5-year-old Simon Fullmer.

Each of the kids suffers from a disease, disability, or condition that makes them seem weak on the outside, and Rossi’s hope was that this photo project would showcase their inner strength. So they created costumes that cost up to $10,000 per child (donated to this good cause), photographed them, and then delivered poster prints to the family and taped the children’s reactions.

Here are some behind the scenes photos from the process, followed by all six reaction videos.

You can read each of the children’s individual stories on Rossi’s website. From rare cancers, to heart conditions, to a young double amputee, these kids really are incredible humans. And, of course, you can see all of the final images in the gallery below:

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From:: DPreview

The Lexar Brand Has Been Purchased by Chinese Company Longsys

By Canon Rumors Strength of Lexar Brand Combined with Longsys’ Consumer Storage Dedication Enables Continued Support to Existing Lexar Customers as well as Exciting New Growth Opportunities SHENZHEN, China and SAN JOSE, Calif (Aug. 31, 2017) – Longsys, a world leader in consumer flash storage, today announced that it has acquired the Lexar trademark and branding rights from Micron … → continue…

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The Lexar Brand Has Been Purchased by Chinese Company Longsys

By Canon Rumors Strength of Lexar Brand Combined with Longsys’ Consumer Storage Dedication Enables Continued Support to Existing Lexar Customers as well as Exciting New Growth Opportunities SHENZHEN, China and SAN JOSE, Calif (Aug. 31, 2017) – Longsys, a world leader in consumer flash storage, today announced that it has acquired the Lexar trademark and branding rights from Micron … → continue…

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Photo of the week: Hyena at Night

I was in Liuwa Plain, a remote National Park in the west of Zambia. One of the aims of my trip was to photograph hyenas using a variety of techniques including remote-control cameras and some prototype Camtraptions camera traps.

To show hyenas in their element, I wanted to photograph them at night. The stars in the African night sky are spectacular and I wanted to try to include them in my image.

For this shot, I used my remote-control “BeetleCam” to position my camera on the ground, looking up at the hyena with the sky behind. This is a single exposure. I lit the hyena with two off-camera flashes at the start of the exposure and used a relatively long shutter speed to expose the stars. It didn’t matter if the hyena moved after the initial flash because there was no moonlight to cause ghosting.

You can see more images from my African wildlife at night series in my blog post: Photographing Wildlife at Night in Liuwa Plain.

The photo was captured with a Canon 5D Mark III and 15-35mm F2.8 II at 16mm, 16s, F4.5, and ISO 5000, using Nikon SB-28 flashes and Camtraptions wireless flash triggers.


Will Burrard-Lucas is a wildlife photographer from the UK and founder of Camtraptions. You can view more of his work on his website or by following him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Gallery: photographing parkour with the Sony a9

Photo by Carey Rose

Seattle’s Freeway Park is a labyrinth of concrete and greenery that spans the width of the I-5 interstate highway in the heart of downtown. In addition to being an aesthetically interesting pedestrian path from the Washington State Convention Center to Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood, it turns out that the park is incredibly well-suited to parkour.

So when Sony offered DPReview a chance to photograph some of these athletes in our own backyard using their a9 full-frame mirrorless camera, we jumped at the opportunity. Since we’ve already completed our full review and have covered almost every aspect of the camera in some detail, it should come as no surprise that we didn’t really have any epiphanies regarding the a9, but we did come away with some images we liked.

Photo by Dan Bracaglia

Within the in-depth pages of our full review (and we won’t be offended if you haven’t read it front-to-back), we go through the a9’s autofocus system in some detail: we found what works great, what still needs some work, and our preferred setups for different shooting scenarios.

See how the Sony a9’s autofocus fares with frisbee and cycling

So in taking what we learned from our extensive testing, we set our cameras to continuous autofocus and principally used two autofocus area modes – Lock-On AF: Flexible Spot, and Wide.

On the Sony a9, ‘Wide’ AF area mode basically leaves it up to the camera to determine your subject and begin tracking with its 693 AF points. Out of every mode, it is by far the fastest to acquire a subject and begin tracking, though there is a caveat; the camera doesn’t always pick the subject → continue…

From:: DPreview

Hi Guys

By D Well, here we are. It’s been a while since I’ve turned up a bottle and joined you. A lot has happened over the last few (or many) months. As always the demands of family and work have taken priority over the writing. I now have a six year old boy destroying the house and a twenty-one year old daughter spending the tuition. As you can imagine, the time for inspiration and writing about the glories of the craft of camera movement have been supplanted (I had to look that one up) by just grinding out a paycheck. Never fear, I am still with you. I’ve been on the Marvel train for a while. In between, I’ve done a couple of less than admirable shows just for the paycheck (patio furniture, bedroom suite) and have done a couple of posts just as placeholders to let you know that I’m still here. I know that useful technical info has been at a minimum. Honestly, guys, I’m drained. I do have a lot of ideas for posts that I will get around to when my son makes Eagle Scout, but till then we are selling popcorn to pay for the overnight on the aircraft carrier (Den 7). In the meantime, here are some things: Precision track is heavy as shit. I’ve used Filmair on, like, 20 movies. It’s fine. Save yourself the trouble. Also, I tried the Hybrid 4. I really dislike it. I’m still a Hustler 4 guy. Also, you don’t “need” a Peewee 4. The Super Peewee 3 is just fine. Also, I still hate seat offsets. Get a Banjo seat. Flat stock sux. Arri geared head levels have never been accurate and never will be. And, I’ve decided to leave the dance floor cart loaded and strapped off, because life → continue…

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Sony Tidbits…

By SonyAlpha Admin

48 Hours with the Sony a9 Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es. Test A9+Fe100-400 for pro tennis at US Open (Dpreview) Active Vertical Stabilization Mechanism for Lightweight Handheld Cameras (Disney Research). Interview mit G Master Ingenieuren (Sony Blog). Gitzo Centennial Observed with Two Extremely Limited […]

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