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The horrific details of how Daniel Bartlam murdered his mother with a claw hammer must have been music to the ears of the anti-video-games lobby. It seemed that the teenager's homicidal onslaught can be held up as proof – at last! – that the depiction of violence leads to acts of violence.

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Five years ago, Simon Oakes came up with an unlikely plan – to bring Hammer Films back from the dead.

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A revisionist take on the Santa Claus story which veers a long way from Arthur Christmas, this ghoulish Finnish oddity features some reindeer trappers who catch a strangely familiar feral old man with a long white beard.

The Horror of Love, By Lisa Hilton

At the heart of Lisa Hilton's new book is the relationship between English writer and teasing perpetrator of the U- and non-U debate of the Fifties, Nancy Mitford, and her long-term lover, the French Resistance fighter and later minister, Gaston Palewski. Like that relationship itself, from time to time this heartbeat is difficult to discern. Over three decades, Mitford occupied a singular but not the single place in Palewski's roving heart.

Final Destination 5 (15)

Starring: Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Arlen Escarperta

The 10 best horror films

There are few cinematic experiences as involving as a good scary movie as long as you watch with a friend - so here are 10 of the scariest...

The Violent Kind (18)

Starring: Joe Egender, Cory Knauf, Tiffany Shepis

Hobo With A Shotgun (18)

Starring: Rutger Hauer, Pasha Ebrahimi, Robb Wells

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