Popular Culture

The 21 Best Keanu Reeves Movies

There are a handful of actors/actresses that hold a special place in our collective hearts. Whether they had one big blockbuster that brought everyone to the theater, or you consistently put out great movies, it can be difficult to gauge public interest. Keanu Reeves on the other hand, is beloved no matter what he does. Reeves has been acting on the big screen since the 80’s and has touched just about every genre there is. Here is our list of the 20 best Keanu Reeves movies.

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1.) The Matrix
  • Year: 1999

“Okay, it seems like a cop out to include more than one Matrix film on this list, but that’s exactly what we’re doing here. We’re copping out because each of the early Matrix films elicited an equally memorable reaction from the public that makes it worthwhile to include. To this day, we’re not sure if there’s anything that will top the reaction that everybody had in the theater when they saw Neo (Reeves) do that iconic bullet dodging backbend in slow motion for the very first time. That was incredibly high tech for the year 1999, and we don’t get theater moments like that very often anymore. In the future, there may be more Matrix remakes, but nobody will ever be able to top Reeves as Neo.” – Jael Rucker

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2.) The John Wick Franchise
  • Year: 2014-2023

“If you are looking for some of the best straight up action cinema has to offer, the John Wick series is a must watch. As the story goes, John Wick is a legendary retired assassin who’s wife had recently passed. The last gift she had left him was a puppy, who would meet an unfortunate end due to mobsters. John Wick would enact his revenge and then some, leaving a clear message: Do not fuck with John Wick. John Wick: Chapter 4 is slated to hit theaters in March of 2023.” – Justin Cohen

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3.) The Matrix Reloaded
  •  Year: 2003

“Fun Fact: Both The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions were filmed at the same time with filming for both beginning in 2001. Nowadays filming multiple sequels isn’t unheard of (I.E. Avatar), but back in the early 2000s it was considered a heavyweight approach. Reeves was just as calm, cool, collected, and badass in The Matrix Reloaded as what he was in the original movie, and despite many thinking the follow-up wasn’t on the level of the first film, the number’s said otherwise grossing $741.8 million worldwide, and becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time until Deadpool surpassed it in 2016. Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.” – Jael Rucker

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4.) Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Year: 1989

“There are a number of movies that had a deep impact on me as a child, but I’m not sure if any had as much an impact as Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The wildly hilarious and dumb-witted combo of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter make for some of the funniest dialogue exchanges in any movie. Beyond that, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure presents history in a fun and digestible form. I can genuinely say my love for history spawned after watching this movie.” – Justin Cohen

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5.) The Matrix Revolutions
  • Year: 2003

The Matrix Revolutions and Reeves’ third take on Neo holds a very special place in our hearts. While it might sound silly, there’s just something about the film that is very 2003. It represents a simpler time not just in our lives, but in the world of cinema. While not as commercially successful as The Matrix Reloaded from a box office standpoint, the film did receive positive reviews as Neo and the gang picked up right where they left off in the medical bay of the Hammer ship. Revolutions was another action-filled butt kicking movie, and was the first feature film to be released both in regular edition and IMAX at the same time.” – Jael Rucker

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6.) Point Break
  • Year: 1991

“Point Break is so jammed pack with storylines and themes there is literally something here for everyone. You have Keanu Reeves playing Johnny Utah, a former Ohio State quarterback turned federal agent, tasked with infiltrating a gang of surfers who have been robbing banks across Souther California. Seriously, this movie has everything. A Patrick Swayze antagonist, Lori Petty as Keanu Reeves love interest, and a cracked out Gary Busey delivering hilarious line after hilarious line. This is peak 90’s cinema.” – Justin Cohen

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7.) Toy Story 4
  • Year: 2019

“We didn’t have Keanu Reeves voicing a Toy Story character on our 2019 prediction board, but it was a welcoming sight to see. Reeves doesn’t do animation very often, but apparently there was something about Duke Caboom that tugged on his heart strings. In Toy Story 4, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the crew decide to go on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey takes an unexpected turn as Woody encounters a reunion with his friend Bo Peep. The fourth installment of the Toy Story series was wildly successful, commanding $1.073 billion at the box office, and earning two Academy Award nominations amongst other accolades.” – Jael Rucker

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8.) Speed
  • Year: 1994

“Imagine you’re on a bus. Now imagine that the bus is going 50 miles per hour. Finally, now imagine if that bus goes under 50 miles per hour it will explode. It might sound dumb, but that’s the premise of Speed and it sets-up for nearly two-hours of high-intensity situations. There is some insane action sequences, but I really remember this movie for how great the plot is built out. This movie will leave you constantly anxious but is well worth the payoff.” – Justin Cohen

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9.) Constantine
  • Year: 2005

“Do you guys remember how films in the mid-2000s had a bunch of different things going on at the same time that you had to keep up with? Constantine was one of those movies. Reeves starred as detective John Constantine whose main job was to oversee exorcisms and get rid of supernatural and bizarre creatures. In the meantime, Detective Constantine has to deal with his own life which has been filled with tons of hardship. In short, Detective Constantine hasn’t always been a good person, and because of that he feels that he has an automatic ticket to hell when he dies unless he drastically changes the course of his life. In the meantime, he also gets caught up in a supernatural plot involving demonic and angelic forces. See? There was a lot going on here, people.” – Jael Rucker

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10.) The Replacements
  • Year: 2000

“Without a doubt, The Replacements is the most underrated Keanu Reeves movie of all time. The Replacements is a very cheesy sports comedy about a rag-tag group of former athletes from all backgrounds signed to an NFL team to fill the places of players striking. Reeves delivers a wholesome performance as Shane Falco who helps lead his team to the playoffs. Jon Favreau also gives one of his funniest performances to date as a cop-turned NFL linebacker.” – Justin Cohen

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11.) Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Year: 1992

“Let’s take it back to 1992 when Reeves appeared in the film Bram Stoker’s Dracula alongside Gary Oldman, Wynona Ryder, and Anthony Hopkins. The then 27-year-old Reeves wasn’t a total newbie in the acting game, but he still had a ways to go on the ladder. In the film, Reeves portrayed a young lawyer by the name of Jonathan Harker who is sent to Dracula’s castle in the hopes of securing a land deal. However, thing’s take a turn for the worst when Count Dracula sees a photo of Harker’s fiance who happens to be a splitting image of his dead wife. As a result, Count locks up Harker, and sets sail on a journey to London to track her down. As for what happens next, well, you’ll have to watch the movie for that.” – Jael Rucker

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12.) My Own Private Idaho
  • Year: 1991

“Revisiting My Own Private Idaho today is a sad but poignant reminder how fragile life is. Keanu Reeves and one of his closest friends at the time, River Phoenix, stared in this Drama about two young men who travel across Portland, Oregon. The relationship between Reeves and Phoenix characters on screen was something not seen in big Hollywood at the time so it was quite refreshing. Sadly, River Phoenix would pass away of a drug overdose just a year after the film was released.” – Justin Cohen

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13.) Parenthood
  • Year: 1989

“Parenthood was a cool little 1980s film that focused on three siblings attempting to raise their children with different parenting styles, and was so successful that it eventually led to a spin-off television series being developed. While Reeves didn’t have a starring role in the film, he did make an impression as Tod Higgins, the boyfriend and eventual husband to Julie, a high school student who could care less about education. Not a bad credit to have on your film resume, especially as a rising 23-year-old actor in Hollywood.” – Jael Rucker

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14.) Man of Tai Chi
  • Year: 2013

“In Keanu Reeves directorial debut, he used the opportunity to show his true passion of martial arts. Man of Tai Chi is nothing new, but it is a great addition to the robust genre of Martial Arts movies. The movie may have only grossed $5.5 million at the box office, but this was a passion project for Reeves and his fans loved it. I would not be mad to see another martial arts movie directed and starring the great Keanu Reeves.” – Justin Cohen

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15.) The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Year: 2008

“Reeves embarked on another journey into the extraterrestrial world in 2008’s The Day the Earth Stood Still as Klaatu, an extraterrestrial visitor to this strange planet known as Earth. The film was a remake of the 1951 version (which itself was based on the 1940 short story Farewell to the Master), and Reeves received positive reviews for his take on Klaatu with critics calling the character charming as he tries to desperately change human behavior to save earth from environmental degradation.” – Jael Rucker

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16.) Rivers Edge
  • Year: 1986

“Rivers Edge is one of those movies that you sit and watch, thinking, ‘what would I do in this situation?’. The 100 minute drama chronicles how burnout Samson murdered his girlfriend and then bragged about it to his friends later. Matt, played by Keanu Reeves, goes through a mental and moral debate internally the entire movie on if he should go to the police or not. The film is actually based on a real story where a California high schooler had murdered his girlfriend and even after bragging about to his friends, it took days for the police to be notified. Talk about a bystander effect.” – Justin Cohen

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17.) Much Ado About Nothing
  • Year: 1993

“Labeled as a ‘Shakespearean Farce,’ Much Ado About Nothing was a rom-com based on the William Shakespeare play of the same name. In the film, Reeves took on the role of Don John, the illegitimate brother of Don Pedro who has an awful attitude. Don John doesn’t like to see anybody happy, and sets out to create a scheme to ruin Hero and Claudio’s relationship.The film earned $43 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful Shakespearean films.” – Jael Rucker

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18.) The Devil’s Advocate
  • Year: 1997

“Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino. That’s all you need to know about the Devil’s Advocate. While the movie itself isn’t anything special, seeing Reeves and Pacino on screen together for an entire movie is special. There are some great twists and Pacino delivers every line of dialogue with such sinister enthusiasm it really makes you think, is Al Pacino the Devil?” – Justin Cohen

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19.) Dangerous Liaisons
  • Year: 1988

Dangerous Liaisons is a romantic drama highlighting the petty jealousies and nonsensical dramas of life in France’s royal court in the 18th century. Reeves has starred as a music teacher named Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny, the romantic interest of Uma Thurman’s character Cecile. Together, the two face challenges within their prospective relationship and individual lives as the feud between Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) and Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich) ruins everyone’s lives. Dangerous Liaisons was based on the 1985 play Les liaisons dangereuses, and received seven Academy Award nominations.” – Jael Rucker

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20.) Always Be My Maybe
  • Year: 2019

“Now this is not a movie starring Keanu Reeves, I would even go as far to say this isn’t a Keanu Reeves movie. Always Be My Maybe is a Rom/Com starring Ali Wong and Randall Park as childhood sweethearts reconnect after not speaking for 15 years. We do get one cameo from Keanu Reeves who plays… himself in this movie. Watch the above embedded video for the best 30 seconds of Keanu Reeves screen time that exists.” – Justin Cohen

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21. John Wick: Chapter 4
  • Year: 2023

You might call it a cop out, but we’re calling it as we see it. Did you see John Wick: Chapter 4 this weekend? While we’re awaiting the final box office numbers, it’s estimated to have pulled in roughly $70 million. The plot was good, the scenery was gorgeous, Keanu Reeves was Keanu Reeves, and the ending sets us for a lot more John Wick in the future (slight spoiler here). We can’t wait for this edition to become available on streaming, in the meantime you can probably still catch it in theaters for about another month or so.

Popular Culture

Should I Be Laughing? The 25 Best Dark Comedies, Ranked

A dark comedy is a genre of comedy that explores serious and sometimes taboo subjects such as death, illness, violence, and social issues, often in a satirical or ironic way. Dark comedies give us the chance to laugh at what is normally looked at as serious or harmful situations. Love em’ or hate em’, dark comedies give us a much needed escape from a very serious life.

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People love dark comedies for more than just the humor aspect. One reason is that dark humor can be a way of coping with difficult or uncomfortable situations. By laughing at something that is traditionally seen as serious or taboo, people can temporarily relieve the tension or anxiety that comes with confronting these issues. Dark comedies can also be a way of subverting societal norms and challenging conventional thinking. Here is our picks for the 25 best dark comedies.

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25.) Her – 2013
  • Directed by: Spike Jonze
  • IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

Spike Jonze is a master of the dark comedy, and earned his first Oscar for the Sci-Fi nightmare that gives us a glimpse into what dating in the world of AI might look like. We also get Joaquin Phoenix playing the shy and introverted Theodore Twombly, and he more than delivers on that role. Also cut Teddy some slack, if my AI sounded like Scarlett Johansson I might catch feelings too.

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24.) Whiplash – 2014
  • Directed by: Damien Chazelle
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

Damien Chazelle truly burst onto the scene with his 2014 masterpiece Whiplash. Now, Whiplash isn’t a mainline dark comedy, but there are so many comedic undertones in this movie that are incredible to revisit. Every J.K. Simmons monologue will either leave you laughing hysterically or clutching the remote in fear.

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23.) This is the End – 2013
  • Directed by: Evan Goldberg / Seth Rogen
  • IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

When ‘This Is The End’ was first announced in 2012 fans went nuclear. The idea of some of the biggest comedy actors and writers getting together to play an embellished version of themselves in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles is everything. That premise delivered and then some with one of the funniest movie’s maybe ever made. Every time I revisit this movie it somehow gets funnier.

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22.) Adaptation – 2002
  • Directed by: Spike Jonze
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

I’m not even going to attempt to describe what this movie is about or what happens in it because it’s just that confusing. This movie put’s you right in the brain of Charlie Kaufman, one of the highest-touted writers in Hollywood. This movie has so many twist and turns and will leave you laughing hysterically the whole way through.

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21.) Jojo Rabbit – 2019
  • Directed by: Taika Waititi
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

Taika Waititi has had an incredible run as a director and actor since 2014 with classics like What We Do In The Shadows, Thor Ragnarok, Free Guy, and the critically acclaimed Jojo Rabbit. Waititi plays a charcuterie version of Adolf Hitler, living in the mind of a young boy who’s grappling with the struggles of World War II. This is movie is not only hilarious, but impactful and poignant.

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20.) Seven Psychopaths – 2012
  • Directed by: Martin McDonagh
  • IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

Martin McDonagh has distances himself not only as an incredible dark comedy director, but one of the best directors period. His 2012 dark comedy Seven Psychopaths gives us maybe his most high-profile cast, and it delivers. Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, and Christopher Walken, the film follows a group of criminals who steal dogs and return them for cash rewards. I highly recommend giving this movie a shot because it will leave you laughing hysterically.

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19.) X – 2022
  • Directed by: Ti West
  • IMDB Rating: 6.6/10

The 2022 cult-classic ‘X’ is Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Boogie Nights. X stands in the middle of the Ti West universe, with the prequel Pearl released in late 2022 and the final installment XXX set to hit theatre’s in 2023. This movie is dark, gory, and borderline gross at certain moments but a lot of this movie will leave you laughing and grateful you chose a different industry to pursue.

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18.) The Usual Suspects – 1995
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
  • IMDB Rating: 8.5/10

The Usual Suspects is not only hilarious, but also will leave you scratching your head throughout the movie trying to figure out the answer. Literally from the second this movie opens you will be sucked in, as this delivers with line after line of memorable dialogue.

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17.) Glass Onion: A Knives Out Myster – 2022
  • Directed by: Rian Johnson
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

Rian Johnson has made it clear he is a master of the who-dunnit film. His Knives Out universe is a smash-hit, with the sequel Glass Onion met with great fan and critical reception. Benoit Blanc played by Daniel Craig is the worlds best detective who is always two steps ahead of the bad-guy. Glass Onion definitely leans more into the comedy aspect but it’s still a great fleshed out plot with a number of twist and turns.

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16.) Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – 2019
  • Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood answers the age old question: What if a lethal stunt man was at the scene of the Manson murders in 1969. Oh… you’ve never asked yourself that? Well, Quentin Tarantino has! Tarantino delivers another classic with Once Upon A Time and it is equally hilarious. Watching the dynamic between Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt’s character grow throughout the movie is pure cinema.

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15.) Full Metal Jacket – 1987
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

Stanley Kubrick tried his hand in almost every genre of film and exceeded beyond belief each time. His 1987 “Full Metal Jacket” is a harrowing and shocking retelling of what it was like for soldiers training and deploying for the Vietnam War. Without a doubt the most hilarious aspect of the movie is the verbal whipping that comes from their drill instructor, which was apparently all improvised.

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14.) Thank You For Smoking – 2005
  • Directed by: Jason Reitman
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

Thank You For Smoking is a 2005 dark comedy that in my opinion never got the credit it deserved. The movie follows Nick Naylor, (played by Aaron Eckhart) who is a spokesman for big tobacco and lobbies on behalf of cigarette companies. This film is a poignant look at how some of the deadliest industries in America have become so prominent and seem like staples that will never be replaced.

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13.) In Bruges – 2008
  • Directed by: Martin McDonagh
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

If there is one movie you have to watch after reading this list, it’s In Bruges. This 2008 dark comedy follows two hitmen who are posted in Bruges, Belgium as they await their next assignment. Little by little the stories of these characters begin to unravel and we get to see who they truly are. The last 20-30 minutes of this movie will leave you with you jaw on the ground. It is undoubtedly one of the best 20 minutes in all of cinema.

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12.) Sorry To Bother You – 2018
  • Directed by: Boots Riley
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

Sorry To Bother You is a 2018 satirical dark comedy that is so out of pocket I’m not sure where to begin. The film follows Cassius Green (played by LaKeith Stanfield) who rises the ranks of a telemarketer company only to find the top is filled with unethical and immoral decisions. Green must make the choice between materialism or doing the right thing.

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11.) BlacKkKlansman – 2018
  • Directed by: Spike Lee
  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 film directed by Spike Lee that chronicles the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first and presumably only African American to ever join the KKK. Stallworth was able to infiltrate the Klan by posing as a white man over the phone, before ultimately showing up to take a picture shaking the president of the KKK’s hand in person. There are so many great moments throughout this movie and it’s a poignant reminder of how far we’ve come and still have to come as a society.

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10.) Inglourious Basterds – 2009
  • Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
  • IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

This movie quite literally has everything you can ever want. It’s hilarious yet thrilling throughout, which is emphasized by it’s incredible cast. From Christoph Waltz to Melanie Laurent there is a number of star-studded performances that more than deliver. If you love Tarantino’s revisionist history and you somehow haven’t seen this movie… what are you doing?!?!

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9.) The Menu – 2022
  • Directed by: Mark Mylod
  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

Having Anna Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes as the co-leads in this dark comedy should be more than enough to convince you to check it out. The Menu follows a number of dinner guests on a private island for a night of eating at the top rated culinary experience in the world. The head chef and staff of the restaurant have other plans however, and what ensues is pure dark comedy gold.

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8.) Shaun of the Dead – 2004
  • Directed by: Edgar Wright
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

Shaun of the Dead gives us a hilarious parody of the horror classic Dawn of the Dead, which sees its protagonist combat a zombie outbreak by hunkering down in a mall. In the 2004 parody our main character decides to head to the pub instead of the mall during the zombie outbreak. Edgar Wright has distanced himself as one of the best comedy directors in the game and Shaun of the Dead is just one of many examples.

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7.) American Psycho – 2000
  • Directed by: Mary Harron
  • IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

American Psycho is the film adaptation of the 1991 novel written by Bret Ellis and follows Patrick Bateman who falls deeper and deeper into insanity as he attempts to reign in life as an investment banker. This film does an incredible job at satirizing consumerism and wealth inequality that still plagues the country today.

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6.) Barbarian – 2022
  • Directed by: Zach Cregger
  • IMDB Rating: 7.0/10

If there was any movie in 2022 that surprised me the most it was Barbarian. I challenge you not to look up anything about this movie or even watch a trailer before watching it, go in cold turkey. This film will leave you laughing and also gasping for air with the most outlandish and out of pocket twists you’ve ever seen.

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5.) Scream – 1996
  • Directed by: Wes Craven
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

Wes Craven changed horror forever with his 1996 cult-classic Scream. Where most horror movies attempted to make their picture as frightening as possible, Craven would dig into these genre troupes with almost meta-like commentary. The movie also claimed it was “starring Drew Barrymore” only to have her killed off in the first 10 minutes and then throw a cast of somewhat n0-names at the time in front of us. Wes Craven was truly a pioneer.

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4.) The Wolf of Wall Street – 2013
  • Directed by: Martin Scorcese
  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10

Oh boy, the cultural reset that Martin Scorceses 2013 classic Wolf of Wall Street had was indescribable. It was a smash-hit and even though the point of the movie seemed to fly over most peoples heads, the film still stands as a poignant reminder of how dangerous chasing money can be. There are so many hilarious breaks throughout this movie that you can’t help but laugh hysterically the whole way through.

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3.) Banshees Of Inisherin – 2022
  • Directed by: Martin McDonagh
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

The Banshees of Inisherin is a simple tale of an Irishman simply not wanting to be friends anymore with his longtime acquaintance. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson deliver gut-wrenchingly good performances that will leave you crying and laughing. I highly recommend checking this movie out before this years Oscars, as it’s nominated for a number of awards.

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2.) The Big Lebowski – 1998
  • Directed by: Coen Brothers
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

There are few characters in cinema history as cool as ‘The Dude’. Starring Jeff Bridges, The Big Lebowski follows an amateur bowler who is looped into a crazy kidnapping-ransom between a millionaire and his estranged wife. This has one of the best ensemble cast’s in movie history and delivers every time I rewatch.

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1.) Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – 1964
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • IMDB Rating: 8.4/10

Dr. Strangelove is the best dark comedy every crafted and there are a number of reasons. First, the realism of the stakes in this movie are harrowing. You’re dealing with the threat of total nuclear fallout all because of a simply misunderstanding, which was a very real possibility in the ’60s. Second, you have Peter Sellers playing three different characters with perfect timing and tone. Third, it’s directed by Stanley Kubrick for god’s sake. I mean if you aren’t already loading this movie up to watch it right now I don’t know what else to tell you.

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Popular Culture

The 15 Best Movie Sequels of All Time

Sequel. Some may rejoice at the word and others may cower in fear. More times than not, when a movie franchise attempts to extend it’s life by adding a new installment, we get a lackluster sequel that was clearly designed as a money grab. There is the rare occasion however when the sequel gets it right. When the characters and story become more built out, that’s when a sequel has done its job. Here are our picks for the 15 best movie sequels of all time.

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15. 22 Jump Street
  • Directed by: Phil Lord
  • Sequel to: 21 Jump Street

22 Jump Street is the perfect example of how a sequel can build upon the already existing franchise. In the first movie, Jenko (Channing Tatum) struggles as an undercover cop in high school while Schmidt (Jonah Hill) exceeded. In the sequel, the script is completely flipped which just adds to the excitement. Ice Cube also delivers some epic cameos throughout this movie solidifying it as a top tier sequel.

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14. The Legend of Drunken Master
  • Directed by: Lau Kar-leung
  • Sequel to: Drunken Master

Are you ready for the greatest movie franchise you’ve never heard of? Drunken Master starring Jackie Chan follows a martial arts expert who can only perform his skills while blackout drunk. What ensues is a hilarious action packed martial arts movie. The second installment in the Drunken Master universe gives us a beautifully choreographed movie with the same high punching comedy as the original.

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13. Ocean’s Twelve
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Sequel to: Ocean’s Eleven

It should be no surprise that one of the Oceans movies made its way on this list, having one of the most stacked cast’s we’ve ever seen in a movie. You have George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Julia Roberts, Casey Afleck, Carl Reiner, and many many more all involved in a high stakes robbery in three different countries. The original Ocean’s Eleven in 1960 features the rat pack tandem of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. so it’s only right the remake would get a stacked cast as well.

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12. Toy Story 3
  • Directed by: Lee Unkrich
  • Sequel to: Toy Story 2

After a decade of waiting Pixar finally delivered in 2010 with third installment of the Toy Story franchise, Toy Story 3. This movie crushed expectations and then some. We had the incredibly sinister heel turn from Lotso the bear as well as maybe the most terrifying Pixar scene imaginable. I still remember seeing this movie as an 11 year old kid and being mortified by the Toy Story gang almost being eviscerated at the end of the movie.

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11. Dawn of the Dead
  • Directed by: George A. Romero 
  • Sequel to: Night of the Living Dead

I’m not sure if there is anything as camp as 70 horror movies and I am absolutely here for it. In 1968 George A. Romero gave us the chilling Night of the Living Dead which chronicles a zombie outbreak. Dawn of the Dead gives us the same premise, but in a mall. The result is 127 minutes filled with anxiety, fear, and non-stop zombie action.

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10. The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Directed by: Paul Greengrass
  • Sequel to: The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne franchise was so successful it had it’s own trilogy, a spin-off with Jeremy Renner, and one of the most popular memes of 2016. The third installment to Matt Damon’s feature as Jason Bourne give us his best performance yet. We follow Jason Bourne once again, but this time he finally uncovers his past. The action sequences are second to none in this movie and it has a top-tier plot which is why it find’s itself squarely in the top 10 of our list.

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9. Blade II
  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro 
  • Sequel to: Blade

The Blade franchise gives us the legendary Wesley Snipes running around as a vampire bounty hunter absolutely tearing through everything in his path. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Blade II builds on the original while giving the actual vampires more of a character-arc. You’ll finish watching this movie and the only thought you’ll have is “Wesley Snipes is the coolest person in human history.”

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8. Creed II
  • Directed by: Steven Caple Jr.
  • Sequel to: Creed

The Creed franchise may have given us a carbon-copy of the Rocky plot-lines, but they deliver with the same intensity and passion as the source material. Michael B. Jordan took the reins of the Rocky franchise and hasn’t looked back, slotted to direct the newest installment set to hit theaters in 2023.

If you want to review a ranking of all of the many sprawling movies in the Rocky franchise, check this out.

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7. Spider-Man 2
  • Directed by: Sam Raimi 
  • Sequel to: Spider-Man

If I’m being honest, I truly believe that the MCU Spider-Man movies have been more true to comics, but the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies from the early 2000’s are some of the best superhero movies to exist. The relationship the characters have to New York City while also involving a handful of villains and plot-lines makes for 127 minutes of pure superhero fun. Not to mention we get the legendary performance of Alfred Molina as Doc Ock.

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6. Aliens
  • Directed by: James Cameron 
  • Sequel to: Alien

James Cameron gave us the blueprint of how to take an original movie and expand it into a sequel. When Ridley Scott’s Alien hit the theaters in 1979, it was an instant hit. James Cameron was tasked with writing and directing the sequel and there is an old story that apparently he just added a $ to the end of the original title, getting Aliens. Cameron delivers and then some in this sequel, giving us a full-out war against the Aliens.

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5. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Directed by: Irvin Kershner
  • Sequel to: Star Wars: A New Hope

I love George Lucas as much as the next person, but it’s a little glaring that the best Star War’s movie wasn’t even directed by the franchises creator. The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the 1977 Star Wars that took the world by storm. Most notably, The Empire Strikes Back give us the incredibly iconic line from Darth Vader which may be the most quoted movie line of all-time.

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4. Back to the Future Part II
  • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Sequel to: Back to the Future

Robert Zemeckis has super powers to make beautiful and hilarious movies that keep us entertained for decades. From Forest Gump to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Zemeckis truly lets his mind wander free when making movies. His magnum opus is none other than the Back to the Future franchise. The second installment gives us the same great cast as the original, but in the future. What ensues is hoverboards, self-lacing Nikes, and a Cubs World Series prediction—which almost predicted the actual World Series.

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3. The Dark Knight
  • Directed by: Christopher Nolan 
  • Sequel to: Batman Begins

“What doesn’t kill me simply makes me… stranger.” is one of many iconic lines that Heath Ledger delivers as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s Batman sequel. I’m not sure if there is anything I can say about The Dark Knight that hasn’t already been said. I’m sorry to Robert Pattinson fan boys but… there will never be a batman like Christian Bale ever again.

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2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Directed by: James Cameron 
  • Sequel to: The Terminator

Not only did James Cameron build on his already successful Terminator franchise with his second installment in the franchise, but he completely turned the heel on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character. In the original, the Terminator is a villain sent from the future to kill who will become the leader of a resistance army. The sequel gives us the Terminator again, but as our hero. What ensues is 137 minutes of John Connor and the Terminator exchanging wholesome moments while kicking ass the whole.

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1. The Godfather Part II
  • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Sequel to: The Godfather

The Godfather Part II gives us the greatest sequel in the greatest franchise the silver screen has ever seen. What’s most incredible is how the script for this movie came to be. Mario Puzo was asked to adapt his book into a script, but had never written a script before. He took a modest stab at it, writing the Godfather part I and II, and would win two Oscars. Before writing the script for Part III, Puzo decided to buy a book about screenwriting to see if he could learn anything about the process. When he opened it up and read the first chapter he couldn’t help but laugh because he the book told him “Study Godfather”.

Popular Culture

Behind the Scenes With Sidetalk and Chippi Chippi

If you are familiar with Harlem’s culture or at the very least, if you remember Sheck Wes‘ debut album, Mudboy (and the song “Chippi Chippi”), then you must have heard of Chippi Chippi by now. His influence extends way beyond that, too. From making millions of people laugh around the world to modeling for some of the biggest brands, Chippi does it all while making everything look easy.

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Chippi is a true success story, embodying what it means to pursue the American Dream. Ever since he came to the United States from his home country of Senegal, Chippi has stuck to one guiding principle: being himself. As a result, the rest of the pieces of his atypical career have come together in the most graceful fashion.

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Last year, Chippi Chippi connected with Sidetalk in what would become one of their most famous videos to date. All of it took place in his home of Harlem, NY, and it’s utterly enjoyable to watch Chippi be himself in his natural element. The energy is contagious. From “let’s get some chicken” to “we take her to Mama’s,” there were so many quotable clips that would go on to be recited by countless Sidetalk fans for years to come. I met Chippi around the same time through our mutual friends at the Motherland store on 116th Street in Harlem, and was beginning to fully understand just how special he is – to Harlem, New York, Senegal, and beyond.

Chippi Chippi / Photo: Ian Aaron / Styling: Deavion Brown

In some of our earliest conversations, Chippi would explain just how far his brand has come along since his start. I got the chance to see exchanges between Chippi and Virgil Abloh, along with many other creatives around the world yearning to connect with him. With each conversation, I’d start to put the pieces together in fully grasping just how much influence he’s come to have.

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Fast forward to this year, Chippi was asked to join the Sidetalk team in creating yet another video, this time in Times Square. Chippi asked me to join him to lend a hand in putting everything together. The ensuing mayhem was inferred, yet somehow, it still exceeded expectations.

When we got to Times Square, we connected with Jack Byrne and Trent Simonian, the two founders of Sidetalk, who had their camera and trademark microphone ready, the two essential ingredients of their world-renowned content. Chippi somehow managed to find a snake wrapped around his neck within the first five minutes of shooting, and we were just getting started. From there, he’d go on to interrupt a Jay Sean concert that was happening in Times Square, and soon after, connected with Wavey, yet another icon in the large cast of Sidetalk characters (known for his signature growl).

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Chippi would later come across a group of guys standing by a statue, who reveled in the energy that he brought to the table. Before long, he’d be getting kissed on the cheek by a middle-aged woman and teaching her how to get sturdy. All the while, Jack and Trent are making sure every moment is captured, and that the energy of what’s being shot is up to par with what they’ve become known for through Sidetalk. Lo and behold, it was.

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Once the shoot was done, Chippi invited me around the corner to smoke with his friends from Senegal. We talked about the success of the shoot and how we couldn’t wait to see the footage. He introduced me to each and every one of his friends, some of whom still only spoke his native language of Wolof. It was yet another moment that captured just how special Chippi Chippi is; he bridges the gap between cultures with ease, and is so eager to share his energy with the world, one person at a time.

After seeing a Sidetalk shoot from behind the scenes, it made me even more of a fan. This duo loves New York more than most, and they’ve become arguably the best at showing it. Thank you to Chippi and the Sidetalk team for letting me be a part of the process of putting this video together. Here’s a look at some of the behind the scenes footage from the day:

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Popular Culture

The 12 Most Underrated Marvel Characters

The Marvel Universe is one of the most robust and expansive comic-book universes to exist. First founded in 1939, Marvel Comics has over 70,000 characters throughout its history and multiverses, with somewhere around 8,000 staple lead characters. With such an overwhelming roster of caped crusaders to keep track of, there’s bound to be a bunch of lesser-known characters that are considered underrated Marvel characters.


From the MCU all the way to the first live-action Marvel movie with Captain America in 1944, we’ve seen some heroes significantly more than others on the big screen. Even when some of our favorite characters make it to the movies, they don’t always get the character arc they deserve. Here is our list of the most underrated Marvel characters we think deserve their roses.

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1.) She-Hulk

Although She-Hulk may have gotten her own show in the MCU, Jennifer Walters remains one of the most under-appreciated characters. Vastly popular among fans, She-Hulk first appeared in The Savage She-Hulk #1 released in 1980. She-Hulk is known for constantly breaking the fourth wall and poking holes at the many superhero tropes.

Universal Television was banking off the major success of their Incredible Hulk and Bionic Woman T.V. series. Marvel became nervous that Universal Television might introduce a female version of the Hulk to their show, so they created their own version first so they’d own the rights. This explains the signature fourth-wall break that She-Hulk has become well-known for.

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2.) Brother Voodoo

Brother Voodoo is not an unknown marvel character, but most casual fans know nothing about him or his origin. Brother Voodoo first appeared in Strange Tales #169, released in 1973.

After becoming a psychologist in the United States, Jericho Drumm returns to his homeland of Haiti. He finds his brother, a male priest of voodoo, is dying from a spirit he possessed. Before he dies, Jericho vows to his brother that he will visit his mentor Loa Damballa, where he will eventually become Brother Voodoo.

In comics, Brother Voodoo will eventually become the sorcery supreme after Dr.Strange’s death and is renamed Doctor Voodoo. The first rumor of Brother Voodoo joining the MCU came in Dr.Strange when it was revealed one of the people Kaecilius kills was Daniel Drumm. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever also teased some of the heroes claiming Haiti as their temporary home, the same location we know Brother Voodoo is from.

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3.) Silver Surfer

One of the most well-known Marvel characters in my mind remains one of the most underrated, the Silver Surfer. First appearing in Fantastic Four #48, released in 1966, Silver Surfer has remained one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel universe.

Norrin Konn was born on the planet Zenn-la, home to a long-lived technologically advanced humanoid race. When Galactus broke through the planet’s defense systems, he came with the intention to consume the planet. Konn comes to the rescue and offers to be Galactus’s personal herald and seek out planets for him to consume. Galactus agrees and turns him into the Silver Surfer.

Although this may seem like the Silver Surfer is a villain, he is actually one of the noblest characters in the Marvel Universe. He tried to only lead Galactus to planets that are void of sentient life, but after it became increasingly hard to find them, he would plot a way to end Galactus’s reign forever.

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4.) Adam Warlock

Adam Warlock may be underrated now, but with Will Poulter set to play the character in the upcoming third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, that may change soon. He first appeared in Fantastic Four #66-67, released in 1967.

Adam Warlock was created by researchers on earth known as the Enclave, whose goal was to create the perfect human being. He is most known for his role with the Infinity Gauntlet and for stopping Thanos. He was able to yield the Infinity Gauntlet before ultimately splitting up the gems so that no one person had control of all that power. It should be interesting to see what role he will exactly play in the MCU.

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5.) Monica Rambeau’s Captain Marvel

Monica Rambeau may have had her formal introduction into the MCU, but that rendition of the character does do justice to its comic-book counterpart. Monica Rambeau first appeared in The Amazing Spider-man Annual #16, released in 1982, and is introduced as the second Captain Marvel.

While trying to stop an extra-dimensional weapon, Rambeau is exposed to the special energy and thus became capable of turning her body into energy. Although her name was given to her by the media, it turned out that there was a Kree hero named Mar-Vell, who was the first Captain Marvel.

Rambeau then goes to the Avengers for help in mastering her newfound powers. After being taken under the wing of Captain America and the Wasp, Rambeau graduates as an Avengers member before ultimately becoming their leader. It’s very possible we one day see Monica Rambeau commanding the Avengers of the MCU.

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6.) Cosmo the SpaceDog

The adorable dog in a spacesuit we see in Guardians of the Galaxy may look like a device to add humor to the movie, but that is actually Cosmo the SpaceDog. Cosmo first appeared in Nova vol. 4 #8, released in 2008.

Cosmo was a space dog used by the soviets during the 1960s and was launched into Earth’s orbit. He would become lost in space before ending up in Knowhere. While the Guardians use Knowhere as their base for a short period Cosmo tags along for a number of adventures. We aren’t sure how much screen time Cosmos may get in the future but one thing remains, everyone loves a talking space dog.

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7.) Taskmaster

Taskmaster is another character who has been fully introduced to the MCU but wasn’t given the character arc they deserved. First appearing in The Avengers #195, released in 1980, Taskmaster is one of the most deadly hand-to-hand fighters in the Marvel universe.

We may now know the full backstory of Taskmaster, but we do know what he’s capable of. Taskmaster has what can be described as photographic reflexes. He can mimic and copy the exact physical movements of anyone he sees. This makes him one of the toughest foes in the Marvel universe because he is the equivalent of fighting yourself in hand-to-hand combat. Taskmaster’s amazing ability suite and endearing combative personality earn him all the love in the world on this collection of the most underrated Marvel characters.

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8.) Squirrel Girl

If you’ve never heard of the unbeatable Squirrel Girl then you’re in for a treat. Squirrel Girl First appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes vol.2 #8, released in 1991, and was created because Marvel wanted to branch off into lighter stories than the normally dramatic tales.

Doreen Allene Green, better known as Squirrel Girl, first discovered she could communicate with squirrels at the age of 10. It’s later revealed that she possesses squirrel-like abilities. She actually remains an incredibly tough hero defeating the likes of M.O.D.O.K., Thanos, and even taking down the Avengers at one point.

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9.) Nova

The Nova Corps in the MCU may seem like a rag-tag group of dim-witted police offers, but they are quite the opposite in the comics. Nova first appeared in The Man Called Nova #1, released in 1976.

As the last great Nova Corps member from Xandar is dying, he is tasked with selecting a replacement. At random he chose high school student Richard Rider, who would become Nova. He has powers such as superhuman strength, flight, and control the powerful suite of abilities tied to the Nova force.

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10.) Magik

Magik is undoubtedly one of the most complex and powerful heroes ever seen in the Marvel universe. She first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1, released in 1975.

Illyana Rasputin, better known as Magik, was a mutant born in Siberia, Russia. She is the sister to notable mutants Mikhail and Colossus. At a young age, she is brought into Limbo by the ancient evil sorcerer Belasco. She is raised there and develops several magical abilities. As her character continues to grow, she must battle the demons of her youth in Limbo while trying to be the hero she wants to be. Magik and her massive “Soulsword” also make her worthy of making this list of the most underrated Marvel characters.

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11.) Moon Knight

The Disney+ series Moon Knight was a great success and a wonderful addition to the MCU, but there is still so much about the character that went unseen. Moon Knight first appeared in Werewolf by Night #32, released in 1975.

Although Moon Knight may not have super-human abilities 99% of the time, he is still an absolute badass. A Chicago native, Marc Spector, draws the attention of Khonshu, the moon god. He creates a psychic connection with Spector, turning him into Moon Knight. What ensues is a number of personalities that Moon Knight has to struggle with containing as he strays further and further away from who Marc Spector once was.

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12.) Ant-Man

It’s hard to claim Ant-Man as underrated when he is slated to have a third solo installment to the MCU, but I’m gonna try to make a case for him here the best I can! Ant-Man first appeared in Tales to Astonish #27, released in 1962.

Hank Pym may be the original Ant-Man, but we are going to focus on Scott Lang’s version of the hero. The former robber turned superhero, Scott Lang comes into possession of the Ant-Man suit after stealing it. He would fight alongside the Fantastic Four as well as the Avengers, becoming an integral part of the team. With how many of our favorite OG heroes have gotten the boot in the MCU I pray that we don’t see Scott Lang’s Ant-Man go anywhere anytime soon.


Avengers Assemble: NBA Players as Marvel Characters

Although our world isn’t filled with the superheroes that occupy the Marvel universe, we have a different class of superhuman’s: the NBA. The NBA has some of the greatest athletes in the world who all carry themselves with a unique flare and style, the same way our heroes do the MCU.


The NBA and Marvel have partnered up on a number of occasions to promote new movies, and even broadcast a game that had special graphics. The league will be producing branded merchandise in accordance with the new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever movie set to hit theaters this weekend. As we anticipate the newest addition to the MCU, we take a look at NBA players and their Marvel equivalent.

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Captain America: Steph Curry

What makes Captain America so great is his resiliency. He’s constantly leading the charge into battle and no matter who the foe in-front of him his, he doesn’t flinch. Steph Curry embodies Cap because of his leadership and determination. After years of ankle injuries, he never gave up. When Klay Thompson was hurt and the Warriors went through a two year rebuilding phase, Steph kept fighting like they were contenders.

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Bucky Barnes: Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson truly is the Bucky Barnes to Steph Curry’s Captain America. Whenever Curry needed a helping hand, Thompson was there to rain down three’s and keep them in contention. The brotherhood and friendship that the splash brothers have created is a beautiful one.

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Iron Man: Luka Doncic

Like Iron Man, Luka Doncic uses his untapped I.Q. to maneuver the battle field of the court to make his opponents look like pawns. Both Iron Man and Doncic have a bottomless bag in their arsenal of weapons. Luka must also go through the same lesson that Iron Man learned, you can’t win without playing as a team.

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Thor: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Like Thor the god of thunder, Giannis soars through every opponent to rip down dunks like it’s nothing. It is truly an understatement to say that Giannis looks like a demigod on the court. Thor also started off as a quiet stoic character in the MCU and has evolved to a hilarious figure, the same evolution we’ve seen from the Greek Freak.

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Hulk: Zion Williamson

If you are looking for a hulking figure that can physically dominant anyone while also jumping to incredible heights, look no further than Zion Williamson. Not only does Zion do the things that Hulk does, he even kind of looks like him with the newly added muscle this offseason.

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Thanos: LeBron James

Dread it, run from it, LeBron still arrives. The mad titan Thanos had one goal, collect all the infinity stones to eliminate half the universe. While LeBron may not be chasing rings to wipe out half the population, it’s evident that he is on a quest to pass the legacy of Michael Jordan. There have been stretches of James career where it legitimately looked like <a href=”http://<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”” title=”YouTube video player” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen>Thanos and Hulks first encounter.

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Loki: James Harden

Like the god of mischief, James Harden is exceptionally crafty with the ball, creating all types of action on offense. We’ve seen Loki go from trying to destroy the Avengers to virtually joining them, the same way James Harden has abandoned other teams for what seemed like greener pastures. I think the greatest similarity between these two is that i’m really not sure if I consider them a hero or a villain.

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Spiderman: Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell has been given the nickname ‘spida’ because of speedy ability to rise up and dunk on any defender. His ability to maneuver traffic and even hit shots from deep are the exact qualities of Spiderman. Mitchell also protrudes a sense of youthful giddiness the same way Peter Parker does.

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Black Panther: Ja Morant

Ja Morant has been a high-flying superstar since the second he stepped foot onto an NBA court. Like how Black Panther stands for Wakanda, Morant has been taken under the wing by the people of Memphis and sees it as his duty to bring a championship their way.

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Doctor Strange: Nikola Jokic

The way that Nikola Jokic is able to dominant an NBA court is truly magical. Whether it’s needling passes through impossible windows, or hitting the most unconventional fall-away jumper, Jokic can do it. These are both characters you don’t want to cross, because they will come back with a vengeance.

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Ultron: Kawhi Leonard

Like the machine Tony Stark created as a bodyguard for the world, Kawhi Leonard is cold, calculated, and robotic on the court. There are no mistakes, there are no second guesses, he knows what his next move is and he is going to take it. Not only did Ultron betray his creator Tony Stark, but Leonard ended up freezing out the Spurs and Greg Popovich, forcing a trade out of San Antonio.

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Black Widow: Kevin Durant

Black Widow is a character who has had a lot taken from her. From youth she was put into a world-class group of assassins and taken from her family. After teaming up with the Avengers, she would lose that to. Although it was Durant’s decision to leave the Warriors, it’s not far off to say he has had quite a bad string of teammates recently. Despite the outside noise surrounding him, Durant always goes out and gets the job done, the same way Natasha Romanoff did.

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Groot: Joel Embiid

Lengthy: check. Hilarious and immature: check. Kind of hard to understand: check. Groot and Joel Embiid have more things in common than maybe anyone on this list. Both come in extremely clutch for their squad when they need it most, and almost always deliver it with comedic undertones.

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Hawkeye: Damian Lillard

There is nothing like watching Damian Lillard rain down threes from thirty+ feet out. Like Hawkeye, both him and Lillard are scarily accurate with their shot, and have an intense sense of loyalty to those they consider family. Although Dame never tried to sacrifice himself instead of C.J. McCollum at last years trade deadline how Hawkeye did with Black Widow on Vormir, he still remains one of the best teammates anyone could ask for.

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Korg: Steven Adams

Korg is simply just Steven Adams in a costume, there is no other way around it.

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From Space Snakes to Vats of Acid, These Are The 9 Best ‘Rick and Morty’ Episodes, Ever

Once in a generation, a show or movie will come along that will define and shape those years. In the ’80s and early ’90s, we had The Simpsons, in the late 90’s we had Beavis and Butthead, the 2000s gave us South Park, and the 2010s to today have been dominated by Rick and Morty. From the hilariously twisted minds of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty quickly became one of the most popular shows in the world, building a cult following that matches the likes of any fanbase. It’s impossible to whittle a show with as many good episodes as Rick and Morty to a list of just ten, but we gave it our best effort. Here’s to 100 years of Rick and Morty

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9.) Season 1 Episode 3: Anatomy Park
IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

“Anatomy Park” was a simpler time when Rick was really focused on building passion projects. This episode revolves around the amusement park that Rick and his team are building inside a homeless man. His ‘Magnum Opus,’ Pirates of the Pancreas, is a must-see attraction. This episode also gives us the legendary guest voice appearance from John Oliver as Dr.Bloom. 

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8.) Season 1 Episode 4: M. Night Shaym-Aliens
IMDB Rating: 8.7/10

What if you were in a simulation, inside a simulation, that was actually inside a simulation? Sounds complicated, but it makes for some entertaining sci-fi adventuring. Not only does this episode have a solid A plot, but the B plot is just as strong. Jerry is accidentally sent into the simulation with Rick but has no idea. This gave us classics like human music, “hungry for apples?”, and overall really began the downfall of Jerry Smith.

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7.) Season 2 Episode 4: Total Rickall
IMDB Rating: 9.5/10

In this parody of the 90s Paul Verhoeven classic Total Recall, Rick is tasked with figuring out who in the house are parasites and who is a part of the family. Many weird and hilarious characters make cameos throughout this episode, and it happens to be the first time we meet Mr. Poopy Butthole. The post-credit scene for this episode is not only hilarious but darkly sad and real.

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6.) Season 2 Episode 2: Mortynight Run
IMDB Rating: 8.8/10

Every great cartoon must be able to produce hit songs. I didn’t make up the rule, it’s just facts. 

In “Mortynight Run,” the brilliant Jemaine Clement plays a singing and talking fart that can essentially poop gold and read minds. Krombopulos Michael, an intergalactic assassin, is hunting him down, but Morty decides to save the fart in Morty fashion. Rick and Morty must avoid the galactic federation and return the fart to its home as it sings through the galaxy. There are so many good moments and one-liners throughout this episode and a hilariously catchy song which is good enough for 6th on our list.

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5.) Season 4 Episode 8: The Vat of Acid Episode
IMDB Rating: 9.4/10

Something that the show Rick and Morty does exceptionally well is build-out character arcs. You can see a clear pattern of evolution (sometimes devolution) of characters from season 1 on, and “The Vat of Acid Episode” is one of its truest signs.

After Morty thinks Rick’s fake vat of acid is a stupid escape plan, Rick goes into an ultimate petty mode to prove to his grandson he is right. We get one of the greatest punchlines to end a Rick and Morty episode ever. This episode also was awarded an Emmy for “Outstanding Animated Program.”

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4.) Season 3 Episode 7: The Ricklantis Mixup
IMDB Rating: 9.8/10

“The Ricklantis Mixup” is not only a fan favorite but is also critically acclaimed, receiving a near-perfect 10 on IMDB. What’s incredible about this episode is that our Rick and Morty are only on-screen for the first minute. In this episode, we are formally introduced to evil Morty with one of the most epic soundtracks we’ve ever seen come out of the show. So many canon storylines emerged from this episode, and it still stands the test of time on a rewatch.

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3.) Season 2 Episode 8: Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

The duo of interdimensional cable episodes in Rick and Morty display the true creative chaos that goes on inside the brain of Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. These episodes run in clip-show format, quickly bouncing from short to short with a storyline in the background. We get great shorts, such as “The Personal Space Show,” “how did I get here?”, “The Adventures of Stealy,” How a Plumbus is made,” and more.

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2.) Season 4 Episode 5: Rattlestar Ricklactica
IMDB Rating: 8.8/10

If only Morty stayed in the car, then we wouldn’t have gotten the masterpiece that is “Rattlestar Ricklactica.” A parody of Terminator 2, “Rattlestar Ricklactica” begins with Morty getting bitten by a snake in space. How are there snakes in space? There is literally everything in space!

After Morty listens to snake jazz and becomes depressed over the fact that he killed a snake astronaut from a planet of snakes (If you don’t like snakes, maybe stay away from this one), he flies back and returns a snake he bought from a pet shop. A time-traveling war is set in motion, and Rick must once again save the day. Just stay in the car next time, Morty.

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1.) Season 3 Episode 1: The Rickshank Rickdemption
IMDB Rating: 9.6/10

It was a special era in the Rick and Morty timeline when season 3 debuted. The show was finally starting to take off and become nationally recognized. Season two left us on a cliffhanger with Rick turning himself into the galactic federation in exchange for his family’s safety, and on April 1, 2017, “The Rickshank Redemption” would premiere. This episode is jammed with iconic moments from Shoneys, SEAL Team Ricks, and even a monologue from Rick that influenced McDonald’s to bring back Szechuan sauce.

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Solange’s Latest Reinvention: Ballet Composer

When a Knowles sister goes quiet, they’re working on something big.

Solange Knowles has always been a creative. From the red microbraids she sported as a teenager in the early 2000s, to the Motown-inspired sound she embodied on her second studio album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams (2008), to her DJ’ing career, the insane production and visuals of her third and fourth albums A Seat at the Table (2016) and When I Get Home (2019), as well as her many different fashion, makeup, and hair looks.

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Solange has been a trendsetter that has marched to the beat of her own drum for the entire time she’s been in the public eye, and while learned to expect the unexpected from her, her latest career endeavor as a ballet composer was something that nobody saw coming.

And yet we should have. Knowles has been no stranger to the performance arts scene having worked in many different international museums and exhibits such as the Venice Art Biennale and Elbphilharmonie, and she has also been a musician her whole life. In 2018, she received Harvard University’s “Artist of the Year,” along with the Global Trailblazer Award for Creative and Artistic Excellence from NYU.

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Seeing as though ballet is a mixture of art, music, and dance, this makes Solange the perfect candidate for being not only the third woman to compose a score for the New York City ballet, but the second African-American woman to do so as well.

That’s right, the girl that used to annoy her older sister from playing the drums too long (don’t ask how I know that piece of information) is now the second African-American woman to compose a score for the New York City Ballet. The announcement was first made this past August, with Solange making her debut on September 28th composing the work for dancer/choreographer Gianna Reisen, which was also a part of  New York City Ballet’s Fall Fashion Gala with costumes by Alejandro Gómez Palomo.

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The reviews for Solange’s composition were and continue to be stellar, with the crowd showing its appreciation with flowers, cheers, and ovations.

While we never know what’s next in the ever-evolving world of Solange Knowles, we do know that it will be brilliant. 

Additional dates for the performance will be on October 11th and 16th, and May 2, 11, 13, 17, and 18.

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And like always, mom and sis will be cheering her on.


CoolKicks Collectible Trading Platform Earns NFL Superstar Support

Sneakers hold an important status in society. They are a signal of what is relevant in culture, and a reflection of what the masses are truly motivated by. Because of the hype and fascination around sneakers and its culture, numerous high-end resale and consignment shops have popped up across the globe. CoolKicks, a sneaker and clothing store, with it’s premier location Melrose in Los Angeles, California, has established itself as one of the top-tier destinations for any sneaker head. A large reason for that is how CoolKicks continues to push the boundaries of what it means to be a sneaker store. 

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What is CoolKicks?

CoolKicks is a sneaker and clothing brand, with a flagship store in Los Angeles, California. The store was founded in 2016 by Adeel Shams after he finished his masters program at Virginia Commonwealth University. CoolKicks is closing in on 700,000 followers on Instagram, and currently boasts over 1.4 million subscribers on YouTube. 

Pushing content on social media has been an integral part of CoolKicks’ rise to prominence in the sneaker scene. By engineering content with influencers in similar fashion to complex’s sneaker shopping shoe, CoolKicks becomes more than just a sneaker store, but a live studio where you can see where your favorite celebrities picked up their newest pairs of shoes. They even offer guests on their videos to take three shots on a hoop set up in the store, with $2,000 in store credit if the contestant can make two out of three shots. It’s innovative things like this that help make CoolKicks an even livelier storefront.

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MynaSwap is the newest endeavor from the CoolKicks team, and is one that could reshape the future of collectibles. Users on the platform can send assets they own like shoes, watches, or other collectibles, and CoolKicks will keep the items vaulted in a temperature controlled safe. A digital asset will then be made and sent to the user, who is still able to sell the asset with the digital collectible if they choose to do so. 

The startup for MynaSwap has raised $6 million in capital, and have just peaked the attention of some high profile investors. Numerous NFL superstars such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Kyler Murray. CoolKicks is clearly at the forefront of how blockchain technology can be utilized, and we can’t wait to see how MynaSwap comes to fruition.

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Spooky Season is Here: The 11 Best Haunted Houses in the US

We are now in the month of October. The month of Halloween. Ghouls and Goblins are in the air, decorations are everywhere, and for the first time in months, the grocery stores now actually have a variety of candy in stock. The word fright is used more than anytime of the year, and to add to the mystery, this article is currently being written at night in the abyss of darkness. Scary huh? With Halloween at the end of the month, you might be considering visiting a haunted house. If so, we’ve got you covered. Below is a list of the best haunted houses in the US. Let Spooky Szn commence!

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1. Headless Horseman
Ulster Park, New York

We’ll start with the place considered to be the scariest haunted house in America. Ladies and gentlemen, the Headless Horseman. Located in Ulster Park, New York, the Headless Horseman is apparently the place where “horror lives.” Shadows that may or may not be your own follow you along with other surprises, and you are not allowed to stop, run, or hide. The theme of the house is a cemetery too, so then there’s that scary element as well.

Other attractions in the Headless Horseman include: The Lunar Motel where you’ll have to deal with more shadows and unpleasant children looking for revenge, The Nightshade Greenhouse where the most grotesque things happen, Gluttons Dinner and Slaughterhouse which the name itself pretty much tells you everything you need to know, and plenty more.

There’s also tons of local attractions and eateries in the area as well to check out.

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2. Creepy Hollow Haunted House

Up next is the Creepy Hollow Haunted House in Houston,Texas. First of all, it should be of note that some people actually consider Creepy Hollow to be the scariest haunted house in America, which means it’s pretty darn scary.

There’s three haunted attractions which are: the 288 Scare Factory which is “ground zero” of the Zombie Apocalypse, the Dark Woods where you are essentially fighting off a caretaker with burned flesh, and Pitch Black, where most people don’t make it through. If you’re in Houston and up for the challenge, maybe you can be one of the few that do (Vincent Price “Thriller” laugh).

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3. Netherwood Haunted House
Stone Mountain, Georgia

Now we’re going to take it to the abyss of Stone Mountain, Georgia, an almost maniacal haunted house that features live actors, monsters, and special effects. As far as attractions go, there’s something called The Undying Horror, the life that brings you death, and The Parasitic, which is a plant-based life form that has gone bonkers. Netherwood Haunted House also has a Monster Museum, and a couple of escape rooms to check out as well. 

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4. Bates Motel Haunted House
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

Most of you are already familiar with Bates Motel, so it should come as no surprise that there is an actual Bates Motel Haunted House. Located Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, the Bates Haunted House also has a strong case for being the best in the USA. Let’s take a look at what they have to offer shall we? For starters, there’s going to be some major updates for 2022.

At the moment their official website isn’t revealing a ton of information on those new updates (probably because they want some element of it to be a surprise), but we do know that the haunted house has previously featured the Haunted Hayride, a 25-minute horror ride through Arasapha Farm, a show called Revenge of the Scarecrows, and plenty more. Let us know if you visit this Halloween season to see the new updates.

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5. Factory of Terror
Canton, Ohio

Now let’s take it all the way to Canton, Ohio where the Factory of Terror is located. Deemed as Ohio’s best haunted house, the Factory of Terror has also been working hard over the summer to add new updates to their attractions. The final attraction in the house has gotten a complete makeover, and is now known as the “Abyss.”

And since it’s brand new, we’ll have to tap in with you guys later on to see how much it’s changed. The Factory of Terror is also offering three new bars this year, which is a genius idea because something tell us you’ll probably need a couple of drinks after being scared to death.

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6. Eloise Asylum
Westland, Michigan

Have mercy. This is a state-of-the-art haunted house in Westland, Michigan modeled like an asylum with out of this world production and horror to match. You can choose to be a part of a Paranormal investigation where you investigate the odd activities going on in the asylum.

You could also opt to participate in the Escape Room Asylum where you have to find out who exactly is in the haunted house with you, or you could take a Haunted Tour if you wish. There’s no details listed under the Haunted Tour section of the Eloise Asylum website. Make of that what you will.

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7. Knott’s Scary Farm
Buena Park, California

For eleven out of twelve months of the year, Knott’s Berry Farm is a nice, friendly, and peaceful place in Buena Park, California, but legend has it that in October, Knott’s Berry turns scary. While we tend to think of Haunted Houses has being outside, Knott’s bring the terror and horror to the outdoors where you are greeted with haunted mazes and grotesque creatures at every twist and turn.

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8. 13th Gate
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Now let’s head down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where you can find 13th Gate Haunted House, where you have to make your way through thirteen horrifying realms little by little, drop by drop. And you have to do it in 60 minutes or else…we seriously don’t know what happens once time expires.

What we do know, however, is that you have to play the role of an independent archaeologist (think Lara Croft and Indiana Jones), and crack codes, solve puzzles, and uncover mysteries in order to escape. Sounds scary to us.

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9. The Darkness
St. Louis, Missouri

A haunted house, but make it 3D. Located right in the heart of St. Louis, Missouri, The Darkness has been scaring the living daylights out of people for almost thirty years, and has their 2022 festivities listed as their “scariest so far.” There’s a total of twelve attractions, which include the Lemp Haunted House which is designed to make you SCREAM, the 5 Minute Coffin Escape which we have to assume involves some sort of activity with a coffin, and the Creepyworld Haunted House which is just…creepy.

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10. Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary
Philadelphia, Pennyslvania

If you thought the Eloise Asylum was crazy, then you’ll probably find Terror Behind the Walls even crazier. This is actually a haunted prison (yes a real prison). Located in Philadelphia, you can make your way through the various different haunted houses which include the Delirium, a 3D trippy haunted experience through a sketchy neon jungle, and the Machine Shop, which is filled with evil.

There’s even an option to add a VIP experience in, which grants you admission to the Speakeasy at Al Capone’s cell. This has been described by visitors as an experience, and it definitely seems to be just that.

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11. SLC Fear Factory
Salt Lake City, Utah

Voted as being one of the spookiest haunted houses on the planet, the Salt Lake City Fear Factory is full of fear, with six buildings and two underground passageways (both look equally terrifying). There’s also an opportunity to get on the Zombie bus, which personally escorts you to the house adding to the fun, plus a hundred plus live actors that are part of the plan to scare you. On top of that, the SLC Factory has been featured on television and in movies. 


These are just a handful of haunted houses obviously, but if we had to take a guess, we would think that there’s probably at least one haunted house in every state. Hopefully we have convinced you to take a ride on the wild side this Halloween season.