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Best of Monsterfest: Week of Mar. 17

1. Horror novelist Scott Sigler examines originality in horror for his Monsterfest column, and wonders if Internet users slamming The Ruins novel ruins The Ruins movie.

2. Oscar-winner Paul Scofield, who gleefully burned all the witches in 1996’s The Crucible and haunted Hamlet in 1990’s Hamlet, passes away at 86.

3. Blogger Stacie Ponder wonders whether horror fans should be horrified at all the (mostly bad) remakes cropping up. (She decides to embrace them.)

4. Director Peter Berg is taking a swing at Arakis with a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. May the Spice flow with him.

5. Those holding their breath for Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s spoof Giant Monsters Attack Japan! may want to breathe; the South Park creators hint that it’s not coming any time soon.

Monsterfest Talk Forum: This week the forum was discussing our all-time scariest movies. Microwaved named several nail-biters, among them “ Log on to the Monsterfest Talk forum to join in any of these conversations, or to start a horror topic of your own!

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