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Once the voice of the more civilised wing of the party, the think-tank is now firmly in the Let’s Get Nasty Again tendency

A clever person's guide to Christmas: Survive 25 December with our Yuletide timetable

Do you dread the turkey? Despair of the TV schedules? Michael Bywater has the ...solution

Ingrid Pitt: Actress and writer who escaped from East Germany and became 'England's first lady of horror'

Statuesque, tawny-haired Ingrid Pitt will be remembered as the buxom actress with exotic looks and an intriguing accent who brought an overt sexuality to Hammer horror, as the star of the studio's first film to concentrate on female protagonists, The Vampire Lovers (1970). She also starred in Countess Dracula (1971), based on a real-life case, in which she played the title character, who drained girls of their blood to retain her youth. After that, her cult following labelled her "England's first lady of horror".

Album: My Chemical Romance, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys (Reprise)

Who knew nihilist emo-punk could be so theatrical? My Chemical Romance revealed their penchant for the grand conceit with 2006's The Black Parade, a concept album about cancer that featured a queasy onstage mix of Busby Berkeley and pyrotechnics.

Still haunted by the ghosts of the past

The return of Hammer sees the house of horror leave the Home Counties behind. Geoffrey Macnab welcomes new blood

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Readers review this week's big film

Sarah Churchwell: I'd expect better of you, Emma

It is unfortunate that women are embracing these derogatory and sexist labels

Due Date, Todd Phillips, 96 mins (15)<br/>Let Me In, Matt Reeves, 116 mins (15)

Listen buddy, what do you mean this road movie is just an old re-tread?

Guillermo del Toro: The master of the labyrinth escapes from Middle Earth

His fantastical films explore many horrors, but none quite so terrible as his lengthy Hobbit nightmare, he tells James Mottram.

Shetlands make list of world's best tourism regions

A group of British islands noted for wildlife and remoteness have been included in a list of the 10 best regions in the world for tourism by travel guide Lonely Planet.

'This Life' actor stars in American zombie blockbuster

Hot on the heels of Hugh Laurie, Andrew Lincoln puts on accent to star in the next TV hit in the US

Bite: A Vampire Handbook, By Kevin Jackson

The author lists a series of alleged vampire epidemics – Istria (1672), Hungary (1725-32), Silesia (1755), Wallachia (1756) – that took place in the right place (Mitteleuropa) but the wrong time (the Age of Enlightenment).

Unholy Awakening, By Michael Gregorio

Prussian bloodsucker has real bite

Vampires Suck (12A)

But they don't suck as much as lame-brain parodists Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, already responsible for the likes of Scary Movie and Meet the Spartans.

Roy Ward Baker: Director who worked on thrillers, drama, horror and science-fiction but is best known for 'A Night to Remember'

The film and television director Roy Ward Baker directed A Night to Remember, still considered the finest film to deal with the maiden voyage of the Titanic. He also made such notable films as The October Man, The One That Got Away and Quatermass and the Pit. He directed Marilyn Monroe in her first starring dramatic role, in Don't Bother to Knock; Dirk Bogarde and John Mills in the cult western The Singer Not the Song; and Bette Davis as a monstrous one-eyed family despot in The Anniversary.

Tom Sutcliffe: Tales of mystery and imagination

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness