Gory severed-heads wedding cake a cut above the rest

When you first see the severed-heads wedding cake Natalie Sideserf created for her wedding, it's difficult to know whether to scream or clap. The bride and groom wedding cake shows their heads in such gory, vivid detail it looks more like a scene from a horror film than the happiest day of their lives.

The wedding cake, created by Sideserf's baking company Sideserf Cake Studio, is made from confetti cake with cream cheese icing, with an outside layer of white modeling chocolate that Sideserf used to sculpt all the incredible details including the pair's facial features, hair, beard, and blood splatter. … Read more

Horror movie locations plotted out in Esri's interactive map

Want to find a real haunted house to explore on Halloween? Well, look no further -- mapping software company Esri has come out with an interactive map that explores where in the world horror movies supposedly took place.

For example, that massive mansion in "The Shining" where Jack Nicholson's character famously axed through a bathroom door and yelled "Here's Johnny?" That was in Estes Park, Colo.

What about the haunted home inhabited by evil spirits and paranormal activity in "Poltergeist?" That was in the fictional town of Cuesta Verde, Calif. And, not … Read more

Funhouse of Horror 2013: Top 5 free scary games to download

The time has come once again for the ghosts and goblins to roam the streets for sweets. But if trick-or-treating is no longer your thing and you'd rather stay in, Download.com has got you covered with some freebie games for creating your own scarefest -- without leaving the house. In 2012, our editors scoured our extensive catalog and collected the most unusual games they could find to scare you. This time around, we dug even deeper, saw things that nightmares are made of, and brought them back to share with you. These creepy finds are listed in no … Read more

Guillermo del Toro crafts horror-packed 'Simpsons' opening

"The Simpsons" annual Halloween episodes traditionally feature an opening sequence that deviates from the norm. For the 25th anniversary of the "Treehouse of Horror" specials, the credits have made a sort of return to the basic sequence of events, with a particularly brilliant touch: the leadership of master of horror Guillermo del Toro.

According to Entertainment Weekly, del Toro was offered a choice of providing a guest voice or a couch gag and instead opted to reimagine the entire credits sequence.

"I really wanted to land the connections between the [show's] set pieces and the titles and some of the most iconic horror movies and intersperse them with some of my stuff in there for pure joy," he said. … Read more

AAAAAGGGHH! Invasion of the killer alien mustaches

There have been several nights in my life when I've looked up at the night sky, seen gaggles of what people told me were birds and thought: "Wait, those are killer alien mustaches."

I am delighted, therefore, that the wise minds at Intel and Toshiba have come together to bring digital life to my fears.

For they are launching an interactive social film -- which is, I believe a film in which you can scare yourself as well as your social network -- called "The Power Inside."

The conceit of this oeuvre is, oh, you won't believe me. Let me quote Intel's own fair hands: "The film's plot follows an alien invasion by a race of extraterrestrial mustaches and unibrows who take over the upper lips and eyes of people around the world."… Read more

HorrorPhone 1.1 Review

Who doesn't like a good scare? That's the premise behind Horror Phone, a practical joke-generating app that can be used in a number of different situations, depending on just how much you want to terrify your friends or family. The app is very simple, using motion detection and a selection of scary and spooky sounds to alarm whomever touches the phone, but it works quite well and could theoretically be a strong component in your next Halloween scare playbook.

The concept is simple. Choose a sound -- either a scream, a wolf howling, or a very eerie "… Read more

Get four spooky PC games for $4.99 each

Given what's happening along the Eastern Seaboard today, it's hard for me to get too enthused about tech deals. Something tells me we should be saving our money for disaster relief. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this horrendous storm.

That said, maybe you could use a little distraction from all the awful news. If you can scrounge up five bucks, you can get a top-rated PC game that'll give you a whole different kind of scare.

It's the Steam Halloween Sale 2012. The download service has slashed prices on more than three dozen … Read more

Name your own price for horrific e-book bundle

As someone who loves to read, and someone who thinks most e-books are ridiculously overpriced, I'm liking this new trend of name-your-own-price e-book bundles.

To wit: StoryBundle is now offering the Halloween Horror Bundle, a collection of six horror-themed books with a price tag that's up to you.

Not sure you like horror? Try the bundle for a buck. Big fan of the genre? I'd say $1 per book is a steal. And if you're willing to pony up at least $1.25 $1.50 per book (i.e. a minimum of $9 total), you'll … Read more

Funhouse of Horror 2012: Top 10 free scary games on Download.com (part 1)

It's the Halloween season, and Download.com has you covered with a collection of the greatest free horror games in our extensive (and unusual) catalog. If you're a fan of free games and/or horror, you've come to the right place. The games are in no particular order. Start with any one you feel like, or do a Halloween Gauntlet and run through them all in one night, alone in a dark room, with your back to an open door.

10. Inside

The story behind this game is as enigmatic as the game itself. From the developer'… Read more

Teacher allegedly gives kids gruesome math problems

All the children I know seem to enjoy a good horror movie.

Not all, though, may enjoy that horror being transmitted to their math classes. For a teacher who allegedly downloaded some colorfully horrific math problems with which to fascinate her third-graders, has been fired.

WUSA9 TV offered a very spooky tale of a teacher at Trinidad Center City School in Washington, D.C. who allegedly presented this problem to his kiddies: "I took a nap in a bog one day and woke up screaming. 3,796 leeches, 2,910 fleas and 1,044 vampire bats were stuck to … Read more