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Watch Arcade Fire's short horror film 'Festi'

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It’s the end of the day. Most of you have probably already slipped into your best sexy Olaf costumes by now, but for those of you near a computer, here’s a special treat: a short horror film from Arcade Fire called Festi.

The 20-minute short follows Win Butler on his 27th birthday, centering on the “27 Club Curse.” What should be a fun, celebratory day takes an eerie turn. The band’s standout orchestral violins, for instance, are much more reminiscent of Psycho than Funeral. READ FULL STORY

Become a time-hopping assassin in new 'Assassin's Creed Unity' trailer

Every Assassin’s Creed title has sent players to a different time period, but usually each iteration stayed put in a single historical era. Never has an assassin jumped from one period to another, though that looks to be changing in Assassin’s Creed Unity.

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Sunset Overdrive: More is more in colorful shooter

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Sunset Overdrive is all about sensory overload. Everything is amped up to 11, and the characters, environments, weapons and plot of the game are all deliriously, gleefully over the top. The evil corporation Fizzco has rushed its latest energy drink, OverCharge Delirium XT, to market. Unfortunately, it has an unfortunate side effect: It turns consumers into rampaging mutants. You’re working as a janitor at the beverage’s launch party when the fizz hits the fan, and it’s up to you to clean up the mess. Fortunately, your cleaning tools of choice are an assortment of increasingly ridiculous guns. READ FULL STORY

Retailers start Black Friday shopping madness earlier than ever

Twenty-four hours not enough time to shop for great sales on Black Friday? No problem—in the past, some retailers have opened on Thanksgiving night to squeeze in a few more hours of holiday shopping. But this year, retailers have started the sales even earlier.

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Why the most frightening video games aren't horror games

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The last mainstream horror series to really take off in the video game world was a game called Dead Space. Dead Space was kind of like Alien but with cults and a virus that turned people to monsters and also you were maybe crazy? I’m not sure.

I never finished the first Dead Space game for the same reason I’ve not finished most horror games that aren’t Resident Evil 4—you can stop playing.

Unlike horror movies, where you’re watching horrible things happen to other people, horror games are very much about terrible things happening to a digital extension of yourself, and you can react to them the way you would in real life: with a resounding “nope” and a refusal to walk through the creepy door.

But horror works best when it’s unexpected, when it’s given room to creep in and slowly unsettle you, never explicitly pursuing you—just giving you enough room to scare yourself. Which is why the most frightening video games really aren’t horror games at all.

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Watch voice actor Troy Baker discuss what it's like playing Batman and the Joker

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Meet the man behind the voice—or, that is, voices—of some of the biggest characters in video games and animation: Troy Baker.

Speaking to EW at New York Comic Con, Baker discussed his unique opportunity to play both the Joker, which he did in Batman: Arkham Origins, and the Caped Crusader himself, his latest role in the upcoming Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, which is out on Nov. 11. Baker described his reverence for those who inhabited the roles before him and how he works to bring his own spin to such famous characters. But when he’s not inhabiting superheroes or their arch nemeses, Baker also lends his voice and motion-capture acting to a number of other memorable games.

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Jack Kirby now receiving credit in Marvel Comics

While the terms of last month’s settlement between Marvel and the estate of Jack Kirby—the legendary artist who created much of the Marvel Universe with writer Stan Lee—were never made public, it seems that its effects are starting to kick in. A number of Marvel comics available this week now credit the King of Comics in their masthead.

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This week's best Sound Bites: Taylor Swift, Zach Galifianakis, Conan O'Brien, and more

Every week in Sound Bites, EW checks out the most memorable lines of the week. This week features a zinger by Madeleine Albright directed at Conan O’Brien, Taylor Swift referring to herself as a “nightmare,” and an awkward Jennifer Aniston reference in Zach Galifianakis’ latest episode of Between Two Ferns with Brad Pitt. These are the best quotes of this week gathered from TV, film, music, Twitter, and more.

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Norman Reedus is spending Halloween on a pile of zombies

Whatever your plans may be for Halloween, there’s a good chance The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus has you beat. Though, to be fair, he’s got the help of the AMC hit’s props department to make for an appropriately creepy day.

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PopWatch Confessional: What's the scariest thing you saw as a kid (that wasn't supposed to scare you)?

Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, demons—they’ve been frightening kids for centuries, and with good reason. But children’s brains are strange, malleable places that can perceive even the most unassuming figures—a cute, helpful Jedi Grand Master, a cuddly elephantine creature, a precocious baby dinosaur—as sinister agents of terror. Which brings us to today’s Halloween-inspired PopWatch Confessional: What’s the unintentionally scary thing that frightened you most when you were a kid? (Bonus: Reading through is a great way to stealthily learn how old we all are.)

Ashley Fetters, online news editor: I was about eight when I saw the original Star Wars trilogy for the first time. Not long afterward, I woke up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night, convinced there was an evil, glowing Yoda lurking in my room. Yoda—arguably the nicest character in the entire franchise, and he’s the one I had nightmares about. I try not to read too much into that. READ FULL STORY

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