A Stranded Man Stumbles Across a Freaky Haunted Mansion in Surreal Animated Short Macabre

We’ve been fans of filmmaker Jerónimo Rocha since we first saw his unsettling scifi horror short, Dédalo. His latest, Macabre, is quite a bit different in some ways (the biggest: it’s animated instead of live-action), but it’s also the tale of a lone survivor caught in an utterly terrifying situation.

Aborting a Launch of NASA’S Orion Capsule Sounds Absolutely Horrifying

NASA is currently developing a space capsule, called Orion, that will eventually carry a crew of four astronauts to Low Earth Orbit and beyond. Should something go catastrophically wrong during launch, an abort system will work to save the lives of the astronauts—but whoa, would they ever be in for a hell of a ride.

A Hela Figure to Rule Your Desk, and More of the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of all the awesome new toys rapidly sucking the money out of our wallets this week. We’ve got a Thor: Ragnarok figure worthy of Cate Blanchett’s glory, an extravagant as hell Frozen sleigh, a tricked-out Batmobile, and a very fancy phaser. Take a look!

All the Reasons Why The Exorcist's Second Season Is Even Scarier Than the First

We’ve reached the midpoint of The Exorcist’s second season—episode five airs tonight—which means the story is well underway but there are still plenty of mysteries left to reveal. Last season was excellently spooky, but this season has been even scarier in the best sort of way. Here are three big reasons why.

Report: Marvel and Fox Are Still Considering the Acquisition Deal That Would Bring Characters Back to the MCU

Hours after news broke earlier this week that Marvel and Fox had been in talks for weeks about Marvel potentially buying back the rights to a number of properties, including the X-Men and Fantastic Four, follow-up stories stated that the deal had stopped. According to a new report, though, the deal’s not dead yet.

What Star Wars History May Tell Us About Rian Johnson's New Trilogy 

Yesterday, the news dropped that Rian Johnson’s time in the Star Wars universe would not end with The Last Jedi. Instead, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Johnson would be working on a brand new trilogy of movies, separate from the main Saga films, that would “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy…

5 Things Stranger Things Would Be Missing Without Eight and 'The Lost Sister'

I stormed through the second season of Stranger Things during a nine-hour flight back from a social media-free vacation, so I wasn’t around to see how people were reacting to the latest visit to the Upside Down. When I reached the seventh episode, “The Lost Sister,” I remember thinking it was all right. Not the finest…