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  • NYC! Nitehawk’s hosts “DEATHDREAM” & “THE BLACK CAT”

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-06 16:15:14

    Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema, who Fango previously linked up
    with in November for their VHS Vault, is taking a look at horror and the
    personal trauma of war with 35mm screenings of Bob Clark’s anti-Vietnam
    DEATHDREAM and the Universal Karloff/Lugosi classic BLACK CAT.

    Nitehawk’s Caryn Coleman, who curated the series, titled ‘Shocking
    Representation,’ writes, “This two-part screening features films that
    cinematically reflect the historical and personal trauma of war: specifically,
    World War 1 in Edgar Ulmer’s The Black Cat (1934) and Vietnam in Bob Clark’s
    Deathdream (1972). Titled from Adam Lowenstein’s book SHOCKING REPRESENTATION:
    HISTORICAL TRAUMA, NATIONAL CINEMA AND THE MODERN HORROR FILM, these films are
    being shown in conjunction with the exhibition On the Desperate Edge of Now
    that looks at historical trauma and collective cultural memory in contemporary
    art and horror film.”

    Heavy indeed, but alleviated by the joy of seeing both films
    on celluloid; DEATHDREAM (aka DEAD OF NIGHT), about a deceased American soldier
    who returns home alive and not well, being a particularly special opportunity.

    You can catch THE BLACK CAT over brunch (Nitehawk offers a
    great menu, alcohol included!) on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday February 10
    at Noon. DEATHDREAM screens Tuesday, February 12 at 10 p.m. with an
    introduction from SHOCKING REPRESENTATION author Adam Lowenstein and free
    cocktails in the form of the Green Beast (courtesy of Pernod Absinthe).

    For more info, including advanced tickets, head over to Nitehawk.

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  • “EVIL DEAD” star goes to a strange, “DARK PLACE”

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-06 15:13:42

    Jane Levy, star of the upcoming EVIL DEAD remake and TV’s SUBURGATORY has joined a tale of gothic terror as a porcelain doll’s nanny. Amazing!

    IN A DARK PLACE, from director Bharat Nalluri, finds a young American woman (Levy) swept away to England where she’ll work as a governess on a large estate for, once again, a porcelain doll, THR reports. The family who hired her treats said doll like their own son, and once they’ve gone away for a spell, the governess begins to suspect it may, in fact, be alive. 

    DEAD SILENCE (which is really enjoyable!) seems to have put a damper on the dummy/doll come-to-life angle. A shame, as even just the concept is kind of endlessly eerie. “Bring it back,” I cry! Maybe IN A DARK PLACE will do so. 

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  • FX Artist Paul Jones joins Fango’s Falls Horror Fest

    by: Chris Alexander on: 2013-02-06 14:34:56

    FANGORIA is excited to announce that FX wizard Paul Jones (see FANGORIA #316) will be a guest (his first convention appearance, ever) at FANGORIA’s Falls Horror Fest this June 8th and 9th, 2013 on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

    Jones joins Tom Savini and many more to-be-announced over the next few weeks. The con is in collusion with the Niagara Falls Comic Con at the Scotiabank Convention Centre (6815 Stanley Ave, Niagra Falls, Canada). It will be two days of frightful fun, special shocking events and accessible (and affordable!) celebrity interaction!

    Fans of Paul Jones (the RESIDENT EVIL series, SILENT HILL 1&2, HELLRAISER 2&3, THE THING remake and many, many more) will be thrilled to know that Paul will not only be bringing many of his famous prosthetic props and puppets but will be hosting a free live seminar demonstrating his alarming work.

    So mark June 8th and 9th on your calendar and “Like” the official Falls Horror Fest Facebook and visit the official site!
    See you this summer at The Falls!

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  • “THE LOST TREE” teaser trailer debuts

    by: on: 2013-02-05 22:45:02

    What starts as a drama about a man grieving for his dead
    wife gives way to supernatural thrills in THE LOST TREE, for which a new teaser
    trailer has just hit the web. Check it out after the jump.

    Written and directed by Brian A. Metcalf, THE LOST TREE
    (which we previously told you about here)
    focuses on Noah (Thomas Ian Nicholas), who has been plagued by guilt since the
    death of his wife Emma (Clare Kramer). Seeking peace of mind, he holes up in a
    remote, isolated house, but soon finds himself beset by strange occult phenomena.
    The cast also includes Michael Madsen, Lacey Chabert and Scott Grimes; more
    info can be found at the movie’s Facebook page

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  • L.A.! FANGORIA Presents “INHUMAN RESOURCES” Free Screening!

    by: FANGORIA Staff on: 2013-02-05 20:44:18

    We’re gearing up to unleash FANGORIA Presents, our latest lineup of films on DVD and On Demand, and horror fans in L.A. are getting an exclusive, free sneak peek at the first!

    Next Friday, Brainstorm Media presents a screening of the upcoming FANGORIA Films release, INHUMAN RESOURCES. The highly original Australian shocker from director Daniel Krige tells of “convicted ‘Headhunter’ serial killer and former corporate manager, Thomas Reddmann (Redd), demented from various experimental procedures he endured at the unorthodox mental asylum from which he has now escaped. Redd maintains his innocence and is determined to prove it. He creates Redd Incorporated, a twisted version of the modern office environment, filling it with six abducted people he holds directly responsible for his incarceration. His captive ‘human resources’ are literally chained to their desks and forced to perform the impossible job of finding the real killer. They must work in gruelling circumstances to prove the unprovable or face gruesome consequences.”

    Co-starring horror legend Tom Savini and featuring his return to Makeup FX Supervising(!), Twitch has called INHUMAN RESOURCES, “disgustingly gory and wickedly funny.” You can find out for yourself at the Jumpcut Cafe (13203 Ventura Blvd) in Studio City on Friday, February 15  at 7:30 p.m. The movie is absolutely free, we just ask you RSVP through the official Facebook event

    For much more, head to our official HQ of FANGORIA Presents!

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  • First news: “ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY” release

    by: on: 2013-02-05 16:21:25

    A Canadian medical/psychological thriller with Cronenbergian
    overtones, ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY now has a debut date to creep out U.S. audiences,
    Fango has exclusively learned.

    We got the scoop that IFC Films will premiere ERRORS April
    19 in limited theatrical release and on VOD under its IFC Midnight banner.
    Directed by THE DIVIDE co-scripter Eron Sheean from a screenplay he wrote with
    Shane Danielsen, the movie stars DIVIDE villain Michael Eklund as genetecist
    Geoffry Burton, who goes to work at a German facility and begins to suspect
    unorthodox activities are going on, particuarly where rival doctor Jarek Novak
    (PAINLESS’ Tómas Lemarquis) is concerned. See our review of ERRORS OF THE HUMAN
    BODY here and look for a feature story on the film in an upcoming issue of Fango.

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  • “TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH” #1 (Comic Review)

    by: Svetlana Fedotov on: 2013-02-05 16:10:14

    Imagine that you’re the ugliest kid on earth. I’m not
    talking about a huge forehead or a crooked nose—I mean, “God’s playing a trick
    on you,” ugly. Kids make up songs in your honor and the mere sight of your face
    sobers a seasoned alcoholic. Well, that’s Todd, in a nutshell; a kid so
    unbelievably hideous that even a serial killer had to pass on him. This new series
    from Image Comics is a hilarious black comedy about a kid with a bag on his
    head and the worst luck in the world. Combining an indie vibe with a big
    publisher debut, TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH is bound to be flying off the
    shelves in no time.

    Ken Kristensen’s comic opens with Todd, bag headed and
    everything, trying to make friends with the new girl who’s just moved in next
    door. While attempting a conversation with the lucky gal, he suddenly gets attacked
    by the neighborhood bully—a total dick of a kid named Mike—who immediately gets
    Todd in trouble with his awful mom. It is indeed a sad life for Todd; a bully,
    a crappy mother, and a face so ugly it must be hidden from society. How could
    it get worse? Well, he could get be targeted by a child murderer. For once
    there, luck was on his side and the guy refused to kill him because he “only
    kills beautiful children.” The serial killer runs off, but not before tossing
    Todd some dolls that he just happened to pull off an earlier victim. It’s at
    that moment that Todd’s life goes seriously downhill. Suddenly, everyone is on
    the lookout for the missing dolls and one tenacious detective is determined to
    track them back to the killer, even though he might catch the wrong guy.

    TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH is an amazing debut for
    Kristensen. Kristensen, who’s better known for as a film producer, and has made
    the leap over to the comics’ world with an innate ability to keep the dialogue
    fresh and witty, while not skimping on the bloody parts. M.K. Perker, also
    takes a bit of a side-step from his regular art work and plays around with a
    more cartoony, Sunday funnies style, that fits the series perfectly. Todd, The
    Ugliest Kid on Earth has the potential to be a great addition to any horror or
    crime fan’s pull, promising to deliver even more twists and turns in the form
    of Neo-Nazi’s, Oprah-obsessed axe murderers, and the saddest kid you ever seen.

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  • Q&A: “DEAD SPACE 3″ Executive Producer, Steve Papoutsis

    by: David Ian McKendry on: 2013-02-05 15:21:10

    The 28th century sci-fi horror blood-bath DEAD SPACE is back
    for its third installment, transporting gamers to the icy planet of Tau
    Volantis for all new adventures, characters, and a whole host of gory
    creatures. Fango spoke with executive producer Steve Papoutsis about the latest
    Necromorph jaunt.

    Isaac Clarke returns, joined by merciless soldier John
    Carver, to chase a risky plan that promises to finally stop the Necromorphs.
    Together Clarke and Carver must explore the frozen planet of Tau Volantis and
    track down the secret they hope will end the Necromorph plague forever, all
    while overcoming avalanches, treacherous ice-climbs, and the violent
    wilderness. Facing deadlier evolved enemies and brutal elements, the unlikely
    pair must work together to save mankind from the impending apocalypse.

    FANGORIA: In DEAD SPACE 3, will we be getting any closer to
    an origin story?

    STEVE PAPOUTSIS:  One
    of the big goals with DEAD SPACE 3 was to provide a lot of answers for players
    that had been really into the series. 
    We’ve done a lot of seeding of some mysterious elements, whether it’s
    Unitology, the Markers, or the Necromorphs. 
    We’ve planted seeds throughout the early version of the game and with
    DEAD SPACE 3, we really wanted to answer questions.  I’m not sure if I’d call it an origin story,
    but you’ll definitely get some answers to some elements you’ve encountered if
    you’ve been with the game from the beginning. 
    In addition to that, if you’re not familiar with DEAD SPACE and the
    universe of DEAD SPACE, we’ve made it real easy for people to get into game by
    including a ‘Previously On’ video.  So if
    you’re new to DEAD SPACE, you can get caught up.

    FANG:  You’ve
    introduced a new character, Sergeant Carter. Can you tell us a little about
    him?

    PAPOUTSIS:  Sergeant
    John Carver is an all new character, and he’s your co-op character.  He came from a new graphic novel we’re releasing
    called LIBERATION.  You’ll actually get
    to find out about Carver and his back-story through the course of the game. You’ll
    also get to find out something about him in that graphic novel.  His background, in a nutshell: he’s a career
    military man.  He’s also a family man but
    he’s always out on missions so that’s put a strain on his relationship.  Through the course of DEAD SPACE 3 he has to
    deal with the guilt of that.  He is a
    soldier so he’s more of a hardened kind of guy. You get to see him develop as a
    character.  When we created him it was
    important that he have strengths, weaknesses, and flaws, and in the course of
    the journey we see him evolve as a character.

    FANG:  What kind of
    new monsters will we be seeing in DEAD SPACE 3?

    PAPOUTSIS:  As big
    fans of horror movies and science fiction, one of the fun parts of designing
    the game is coming up with new enemies to play around with. One of our new enemies is called the Waster (pictured, right), is a multi-state enemy. You see it, it looks very humanoid
    but it has disturbing glowing eyes and as it shambles towards you, you have to
    take it down using the series’ signature method, which is strategic
    dismemberment.  Unlike other enemies, now
    when you decide to shoot off its arms or head for instance, it will sprout new tentacles
    and just start thrashing about trying to kill you.  Now, if you
    decide to shoot off its lower extremities it will sprout new legs and become a
    crawler that’s able to jump about and attack you.  So it’s almost like a puzzle when you’re
    fighting it. 

    We also have our Feeder (below), which is a very skinny, almost
    mummified looking Necromorph, which is the result of humans being forced to
    survive by eating flesh.  Another new
    enemy is a giant snow beast that you’ll encounter throughout the game It’s very
    similar to a crustacean in a way where it has a hard exoskeleton and giant
    claws to smack you around with.  Also, we
    really like the tentacles, so when you get too close it’s maw will open up, and
    this giant tentacle will come out and rip the player to pieces.

    FANG: What were some of your favorite horror movies that
    helped inspire you during the making of DEADS SPACE 3?

    PAPOUTSIS:  I think
    with the DEADS SPACE franchise there’s just so many movies, books, and comics
    that have been influential for us.  When
    you have a group as large as the DEAD SPACE team, you get a lot of different opinions
    on the things they like.  Some movies
    that we clearly all enjoy were John Carpenter’s THE THING and even the recent
    remake.  People will immediately see the
    snow and that will remind them of those movies, which is cool because we love
    those movies.  Other influences have come
    from straight up science fiction like SOLARIS or EVENT HORIZON to horror movies
    like HELLRAISER.  There are just so many
    great science fiction and horror movies out there that we all enjoy.  One other thing that I have to make sure that
    I mention is HP Lovecraft, he’s always been a big influence on the team.

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  • Win some sweet home Horror Décor

    by: FANGORIA Staff on: 2013-02-05 12:39:55

    How does the true horror fanatic decorate a room? With movie
    posters and figurines of course, but then what? You can find plenty of comic
    book or cartoon character bed sets and decorations but the horror fan is always
    stuck with black.

    Not anymore! The goal at Horror Décor is to give you,
    the gore fiend, a new option. The ever-growing line of hand made items
    including pillows, candles, lampshades, bedding, clocks, and other decorative
    items will guarantee you one-of-a-kind high quality affordable products to
    display with pride.

    What can you win:

    • 1 Nightmare Pillow

    • 1 Slasher Classic Pillow

    • 1 Shaun Pillow

    • 1 Rough Night Collection Bloody Handprint Pillow

    • 2 Rough Night Collection Blood Splattered Pillowcases

    • 1 Axe Candle

    • 1 Small Bloody Eyeball Candle

    To enter, email fangoria.prizes@yahoo.com with the subject, “Horror Décor.”

    And for more, check out Horror Décor at its official site and Facebook.

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  • Official Trailer, poster: “THE LORDS OF SALEM”

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-05 00:23:05

    Rob Zombie’s occult-laden latest is fast approaching and its official trailer suggests something of a departure. 

    There’s a perception of the average Rob Zombie movie, that it wallows in a white trash hell and that it’s gratuitously gritty and confrontational throughout. LORDS OF SALEM, however, since its TIFF premiere and mesmerizing first trailer has an air and buzz of change. The film looked lush, evil and beautifully orchestrated, garnering comparisons to the more European side of 70s terror. Despite Anchor Bay’s new, official trailer, which aims for a bit more of a generic DTV thriller vibe, it thankfully still looks as such. 

    THE LORDS OF SALEM stars Sheri Moon Zombie as Heidi, a radio station DJ living in Salem, Massachusetts, who receives a strange wooden box containing a record, a “gift from the Lords.” Heidi listens, and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of the town’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the “Lords of Salem” returning for revenge on modern-day Salem?

    We’ll find out if the film delivers on weird, pagan pleasures April 19, 2013. You can catch both trailers, as well as the latest one-sheet, below. Apple premiered.

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  • Women in Horror: Soska Sisters talk Isabelle inspiration of “AMERICAN MARY”

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-04 23:01:43

    With its U.S. release on the horizon in 2013, American
    audiences will finally get a load of AMERICAN MARY. A great progression from
    the so-called Twisted Twins’ first feature, Jen and Sylvia Soska’s study of an
    underground surgeon has the potential to be something special. While wholly
    enjoyable for genre fans of all makes and sizes, AMERICAN MARY seems poised to
    be a defining picture for adolescents and young adults teetering on the edges
    of darker, weirder, stranger interests. It’s an exciting prospect made more so
    by its star, Katharine Isabelle, who just so happens to have headlined a film
    of that exact nature in 2000: the wonderful werewolf picture GINGER SNAPS.

    As I suspect some will be affected by MARY, so were the
    Soskas by GINGER. At the 2012 edition of Austin’s Fantastic Fest, Fango sat
    down with the Canadian filmmakers and their star for a lengthy talk. Excerpted
    below, for Women in Horror month, is a brief bit about the circle of inspiration
    that lie in AMERICAN MARY’S production and what happened as
    fans-turned-filmmakers met Isabelle.

    SYLVIA SOSKA: I’m a huge fan of Katharine Isabelle. This is
    like a fan thing. I had made my expectations of her so high. Jen and I, one of
    things we were ridiculed and called we the Fitzgerald sisters. I hadn’t seen
    GINGER SNAPS at the time. So, we rented the movie and we watched it and
    thought, actually I don’t mind being called this. It’s actually really cool.

    JEN SOSKA: We fought over who would be who.

    SYLVIA: And then I met her on set. I was an extra and she
    was there for JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS. I really loved watching Kataharine. So,
    I’d watch her career and I never saw that Ginger, that I wanted her to do.

    JEN: That mature role. She did such a stellar job as Ginger,
    it was such a defining role and that’s what people wanted to see her do again
    and again.

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    SYLVIA: Also, she’s not hard to look at, so there’s a lot of
    things where they would focus on that, but not what else she could bring from
    her acting talent. So, when we were writing this script and this role of Mary,
    we wrote it for her in particular. The thing is I loved Mary so much by the time
    the script was done— we put so much personal stuff into that—I didn’t know if I
    was going to like her. This is a lot of assumption: “She talked to you for a
    few minutes on a set and was nice and you love GINGER SNAPS.” I don’t get along
    with anybody, especially not women. A lot of the time, it’s just difficult and
    I’m socially awkward. So, I was in the bathroom trying not to throw up when she
    came in and I thought I put so much pressure and I didn’t know if I was going
    to like her and I thought we were going to hate each other. Jen forced me to
    sit next to her.

    JEN: She wanted to sit at the other end of the table, as far
    from her as possible.

    SYLVIA: She came in and I had really high expectations and
    she blew them out of the water, completely. She was so professional, so down to
    earth and she wasn’t just listening to everything I said. She had her own
    interesting thoughts and levels that she brought to the character. The fact
    that I could watch somebody that I admired, that I was a fan of, doing a script
    and a character that is my favorite thing that I’ve ever written. It was just
    one of the best experiences, ever.

    KATHARINE ISABELLE: She was very, very generous with Mary,
    because that character was—especially for someone as weird as Sylvia is—it must
    be difficult for someone to take everything that you would ever love and admire
    and create this character, and then give it to someone you don’t know, along
    with the title role in the movie your parents mortgaged their house for. To
    give it to you and not be a weird, possessive cunt about it, was fucking so
    generous. Generous isn’t even the word. It was an astonishing act of humanity
    to give that to me and actually let me do with Mary what I wanted to do. 

    Keep an eye on Fango for much more on AMERICAN MARY as it nears release. 

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  • Your “ABCs OF DEATH”: Jorge Michel Grau and his “I”

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-04 19:10:33

     “…you’re bringing our
    #deathparty down,” producer Tim League good naturedly jabbed at WE ARE WHAT WE
    ARE director Jorge Michel Grau as THE ABCs OF DEATH hit VOD on January 31. A
    mass viewing party on Twitter unfurled to celebrate the anthology in all its
    unapologetic, brash, bloody glory. Spearheaded by producers League and Ant
    Timpson, a boozy good time was had by a host of the 26 directors who
    contributed, fans and filmmakers alike as they imbibed, commented and were
    generally awed by the insanity on display. League wasn’t far off, though. While
    the sheer variety of filmmakers involved always meant a spectrum of content,
    Grau’s is an undeniable, sober standout in a film looking to headbang its life
    away.

    In his “I,” Grau opens on a man ready and willing to kill.
    One hand, gloved, holds a syringe while the other is bare, revealing a wedding
    band. The band’s match belongs to the woman tied up in the tub. As she narrates
    her horror of the situation—how she just never saw this coming, and how she
    refuses to believe she was the problem here—the director clues us in. The
    wedding bands aren’t the only matches in the vicinity; slippers and bath robes
    are strewn about. The woman is tied haphazardly, with tape, neck ties and her
    own undergarments.  The murder in
    progress is just one in a breakout of femicide that runs through Mexico. It’s a
    short to stiffen you in your seat, and FANGORIA spoke to Grau about including
    it in such a collection.

    FANGORIA:  When ABCs
    OF DEATH was offered, were there any guidelines, or were you given total free
    reign?

    JORGE MICHEL GRAU: When I was invited, the only condition
    was that the short film will last five minutes, it had to be done with the $5,000
    they offered and that it should be a story about the letter assigned. There was
    no subject line or anything. It was a very free exercise. Although, I must
    confess that, at the time of post, I had to remove a statement playing on
    the line of the pamphlet. But always with complete freedom of
    action and decision. To work like that, as a team, is something that strengthens
    the project.

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    FANG: Even though a
    good amount of directors chose to handle darker, or less outlandish material,
    yours stands out as really having a conscience. What drove you to tackle this
    subject of femicide in this film?

    GRAU: It’s actually a little line of work I have. Since WE
    ARE WHAT WE ARE, or 72, the line of social consciousness or social critique
    edges are present. And not as an exercise to raise awareness but to raise a
    look at what is happening in my country. In “I .. for ingrown” I
    decided to turn their gaze to the “femicide;” this unfortunate and outrageous
    impunity for the systematic killing of women in my country. I thought the word
    “ingrown” built a metaphor for what grows within us, that eats the
    skin. I find these types of exercises are perfect for developing or experimenting
    or discovering. A walk through hell never hurts anyone and helps you see things
    differently. Hopefully people who see “I .. for ingrown” will witness
    that the horror is not within the screen, the horror is around us.

    FANG: WE ARE WHAT WE ARE also tackled socially conscious
    material. You’re clearly well versed in horror, but what was your first taste
    of political or social film?

    GRAU: One of my favorite movies and perhaps the first thing
    I saw with a clear political banner was Sidney Lumet’s DOG DAY AFTERNOON. The
    cinema of the 70s left much of an impression on me as we watched a lot of
    movies at home. As such, all the great films of the 70s had a major political
    burden, a social look. From there is my love for writing with that vein or atmosphere.
    I just think that when your turn to see your environment, it’s impossible not
    to see what happens, you do not need a political ideal or position. Simply look,
    untethered.

    FANG: Did you run through any other ideas for your segment?

    GRAU: No, almost from the beginning I pointed to that topic.
    I developed the story through the selection of words related to “I”
    and all are displayed, for example: injection, itchy. The idea was to generate
    many ideas or metaphors or references within the short film to show the
    frivolousness or ridiculousness of the murder.

    FANG: What’s next for you?

    GRAU: I am now seeking funds for my new project, KEEP QUIET, which
    deals with the exploration of schizophrenia in an adolescent who believes his
    father is a werewolf.

    FANG: WE ARE WHAT WE ARE had universality in its exploration
    of the predicaments of the impoverished. Are you excited to see that adapted to
    the U.S. in its remake?

    GRAU: I’m fascinated with the idea of the remake. It’s a
    compliment to me. It is the first film in the history of Mexican cinema to have
    a remake. Besides having the opportunity to transcend your ideas and exceed
    borders,  the remake allows international
    audiences to turn to see the film industry in my country.

    THE ABCs OF DEATH is out now on VOD and iTunes. It hits limited theatrical release March 8. 

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