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    Thousand Oaks revels in Indie Horror “CineMayhem” this March

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-13 16:38:04

    In conjunction with Dread Central’s Indie Horror Month, the first ever CineMayhem Festival gets underway this first weekend in March, celebrating all manner of uncompromising genre.

    Writer Heather Wixson, who you can find tirelessly toiling away at Dread, has founded CineMayhem as a way to celebrate the past, present and future of independent genre filmmaking. The fest will run March 2nd and 3rd at the Muvico Theaters in Thousand Oaks, California and is set to include insane-o anthology THE ABCs OF DEATH, Paul Davis’ much buzzed short film HIM INDOORS and the latest from HILLS RUN RED director Dave Parker. Here’s the rundown, via release:

    CineMayhem’s diverse line-up includes advance screenings of two highly anticipated genre projects including Magnet Releasing’s visceral horror anthology THE ABCs OF DEATH and Breaking Glass Pictures’ mind-bending drama K-11 directed by Jules Stewart (Crank: High Voltage, Mortal Kombat).


    CineMayhem is also thrilled to announce that it will be hosting the World Premieres of ROADSIDE directed by Eric England (Madison County) and the latest short film from Ryan Spindell (Kirksdale), THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM, as well as the West Coast Premieres of two other short films- Paul Davis’ (Beware the Moon: Remembering An American Werewolf in London) HIM INDOORS and SPLIT THE CHECK by Patrick Rea (Nailbiter).


    Other feature films currently selected for the CineMayhem Film Fest include BREATH OF HATE by Sean Cain (Silent Night, Zombie Night), COLDWATER by Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red) and THE SLEEPER by Justin Russell. CineMayhem will also be screening several other award-winning short films including FAMILIAR by Richard Powell, KILLER KART by James Feeney and FOXES by Lorcan Finnegan as well as a few retro indie horror screenings to be announced soon.

    For much more, you can “like’ and follow the fest’s updates at the official Facebook


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  • Fango gives away “COME AND GET ME” on DVD

    by: Bekah McKendry on: 2013-02-08 14:18:17

    Straight from the land down under, COME AND GET ME is
    arriving stateside February 12th and our friends over at Camp Motion
    Pictures have sent some copies for us to give away to some lucky FANGORIA fans.

    When four friends head to the city for a wild girls’ night
    out, an unexpected ride home turns into a night of murder and terror as they
    are stalked by three vicious serial killers through the dense Australian
    hinterlands.

    Want a copy? Send an email to rebekah@fangoria.com with “COME AND GET ME” in the subject line.

    Please include the following info:

    • Name

    • Mailing address

    • Email address

    • Phone number

    • Age

    Best of luck, and for more info on COME AND GET ME as well
    as other great titles, check out Camp Motion Pictures.

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  • Exclusive: Robert Rodriguez’s “CURANDERO” unleashed at last

    by: on: 2013-02-07 19:36:09

    Actually, there were two Rodriguezes behind the supernatural
    thriller, which is finally set to see a long-awaited U.S. release.

    Fango got the exclusive word that Lionsgate Home
    Entertainment and Miramax will release CURANDERO: DAWN OF THE DEMON on DVD
    (with Ultraviolet digital copy) and video-on-demand March 12. Written by Robert
    Rodriguez, who also served as an executive producer with Elizabeth Avellan, the
    film was directed by Eduardo Rodriguez (no relation, and currently set to helm
    Sony Pictures’ direct-to-video FRIGHT NIGHT 2) and stars EL MARIACHI’s Carlos
    Gallardo in the title role. He’s a Mexican faith healer who is called upon to
    purify a police station, and winds up in conflict with a ruthless killer named
    Casteneda (Gabriel Pingarron). Originally completed way back in 2005 and screened
    at Screamfest that year, the film was orphaned when Miramax founders Harvey and
    Bob Weinstein split from then-parent company Disney. The DVD will present CURANDERO in 16×9-enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen, with English and Spanish Dolby
    Digital 5.1 audio; no special features are announced. Retail price is $26.98.

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  • “V/H/S” director stages an “INTRUSION”

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-07 18:45:39

    David Bruckner, who previously shined co-directing THE SIGNAL and one of the best segments of V/H/S, to tell a tale of a woman pursued.

    INTRUSION, from a script by L.D. Goffigan, sees “a young woman’s life begin to unravel shortly after moving to San Francisco, when she realizes she’s being pursued by a disturbed stalker. As the assaults and creepy incidents escalate she realizes that she has become the target of something far more sinister and horrifying.”

    It’ll be exciting to see what Bruckner will do here. Hopefully, he puts San Francisco, a popular destination in cinema history (BULLITT and VERTIGO, of course), to good use. 

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  • Charles Band uncovers original Wizard Video VHS Packaging, To sell

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-07 18:11:33

    As his appearance in the SXSW documentary on the VHS
    phenomenon (REWIND THIS!) draws near, Full Moon Pictures’ Charles Band has gone
    clamshell crazy, unearthing a warehouse worth of original Wizard Video
    oversized VHS packaging for cult and obscure horror flicks. Beginning next
    week is a nine-month sale of said boxes for (and duped copies of) titles like
    DEMONIAC, HEADLESS EYES, ZOMBIE, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, TRAUMA and much, much
    more.

    As the announcement tells it, over a span of 3-4 years,
    Wizard Video published eighty titles in the large-format boxes. Thirty-five years after the packaging’s
    popularity died out, Band and his excavation team uncovered the original big
    VHS boxes of thirty-six of these rare titles in mint condition, between two hundred
    to four hundred copies per title.

    I’ve bolded boxes, because in case of any confusion, the
    next piece of the release reads “Each box will be hand-numbered on the spine
    and autographed by Charles Band and will include an authentically duplicated
    VHS copy
    .” Further, and once again, “Beginning February 12th and for every
    month thereafter four of these 36 Wizard Video big box VHS cassettes will go on
    sale. They will contain the original program newly duplicated on VHS in a
    black clam shell which will be in the original box. Each original box will be
    numbered based on quantities found (IE x180 original boxes were found of RETURN
    OF THE ZOMBIES so therefore the numbers will start at 01/180, then 02/180 and
    all the way thru 180/180) and each box will be signed by Charles Band.”

    Whether $50 for a vintage VHS case and a newly duped
    cassette is worth it is up to you, the collector. I suspect many will
    appreciate and cherish the history and décor of such, but it’s best to be as clear as
    possible here. You can see Band’s history of Wizard Video and his outlining of the plan below. 

    February 12 sees RETURN OF THE ZOMBIES, TRAUMA, OASIS OF THE
    ZOMBIES and DEMONIAC up for grabs. In the weeks and months to come after, you’ll
    find FEAR, A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD, BLOOD CASTLE, SPACE VAMPIRES and
    PARASITE all available. You can find the entire list of films and dates at
    Wizard Video Collection

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  • “CORALINE” and “PARANORMAN” producers open “THE BOXTROLLS”

    by: on: 2013-02-07 16:40:12

    The team behind the standout 3D stop-motion dark fantasy films
    PARANORMAN (currently in the running for a Best Animated Feature Oscar) and
    CORALINE have announced their latest production—which has some SHAUN OF THE
    DEAD talent involved. Read on for the details and the first piece of art.

    Fango got the news that Focus Features and LAIKA are
    reuniting on THE BOXTROLLS, a 3D stop-motion/CGI hybrid movie that recently
    began production, based on Alan Snow’s best-selling novel HERE BE MONSTERS and
    targeted for October 17, 2014 release. The story is set in Cheesebridge, a
    Victorian-era village preoccupied with wealth, class—and stinky cheeses. A
    local legend has it that creatures called the Boxtrolls dwell beneath the
    streets, rising from the sewers at night to stead children and cheeses, though
    in fact they are friendly beings who have raised a human boy, Eggs (voiced by
    Isaac Hempstead-Wright) since he was a baby. When the Boxtrolls are threatened
    by villainous pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), Eggs must
    team with rich girl Winnie (Elle Fanning) to make peace between the two worlds.

    The voice cast also includes Toni Collette, Jared Harris,
    Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan and SHAUN OF THE DEAD’s Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
    OPEN SEASON’s Anthony Stacchi and CORALINE & PARANORMAN story artist Graham
    Annable are directing, with David Ichioka and LAIKA president/CEO Travis Knight
    producing. “THE BOXTROLLS is a visually dazzling mash-up of gripping detective
    story, absurdist comedy and steampunk adventure with a surprisingly wholesome
    heart,” Knight says. “It’s Dickens by way of Monty Python. Tony and Graham have
    crafted a strange and beautiful world replete with fantastical creatures,
    good-for-nothing reprobates, madcap antics and rip-roaring feats of derring-do.
    But at its core, like all LAIKA films, THE BOXTROLLS is a moving and human
    story with timelessness and powerful emotional resonance. We’re thrilled to
    partner with Focus Features and Universal to bring this remarkable story to
    family audiences around the world.”

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  • Actress Christa Campbell talks “SPIDERS 3D”

    by: Bekah McKendry on: 2013-02-07 16:00:44

    Last week, FANGORIA hosted a Los Angeles screening of
    SPIDERS 3D (opening in theaters this Friday), and we caught up with star
    Christa Campbell, who gave us the scoop on filming with giant arachnids.

    Campbell plays Rachel, a health department worker who teams
    with her estranged husband, MTA official Jason (Patrick Muldoon) to stop a giant
    spider invasion of New York, in the Tibor Takacs-directed film. It’s the latest
    in a string of genre roles for the actress, also including the 2001 MANIACS
    movies, DRIVE ANGRY and the remakes of DAY OF THE DEAD and THE WICKER MAN. She
    was also an executive producer on this year’s TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D.

    FANGORIA: How did you become involved with SPIDERS?

    CHRISTA CAMPBELL: Tibor and I have worked together on a few
    other films [among them MANSQUITO and KRAKEN: TENTACLES OF THE DEEP], and when
    SPIDERS was being talked about, he asked me if I would play Rachel. I read the
    script and loved it, so I was immediately in.

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    FANG: Do you have a fear of spiders in real life?

    CAMPBELL: Yes, yes, yes! I said to myself when I first came
    on SPIDERS, “OK, you’re doing a spider movie—get over it already.” But then,
    thankfully, I learned that the spiders were going to be CG, so I was
    immediately relieved.

    FANG: Can you tell us a little about where the SPIDERS was
    filmed?

    CAMPBELL: It was shot in Bulgaria at Nu Boyana Film Studios,
    which is like three times the size of Paramount, just to give you an idea. We
    used the New York set there, which was like four city blocks inside a massive
    studio. It was a fantastic location.

    FANG: What was it like shooting in 3D?

    CAMPBELL: You know, people always ask if it’s different to
    work with 3D, and I really think that for the actors, there isn’t much of a
    difference. Maybe for the DP there is, but for the actors, it’s pretty much all
    the same. The biggest challenge was doing my own stunts, but I loved every
    minute of it.

    FANG: What was it like dealing with the
    nonexistent digital creatures?

    CAMPBELL: It’s actually pretty easy; they tell you where
    your eyeline is and how big the spider is and all that, so it’s just like
    playing when you’re a kid. But now, you’re just delivering off-camera lines to
    something that isn’t actually there, which can be interesting.

    FANG: You’ve worked with Tibor Takacs on a number of
    projects now. Can you discuss why you work so well together?

    CAMPBELL: Tibor and I have a great shorthand; he knows how
    to shoot me, and knows he can ask me to jump off a building, crash a car or
    dive into below-zero waters, and I will always do it. I love to push myself and
    to be pushed, and working with Tibor on SPIDERS was great as always.

    FANG: What are you upcoming projects? 

    CAMPBELL: I have STRAIGHT A’s coming out in March, which I
    executive-produced and stars Ryan Phillippe, Luke Wilson and Anna Paquin; I
    have a role in it as well. And I’m in THE ICEMAN, which is coming out in May and
    stars Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans and James Franco.

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  • South By Shorts: Stop Motion Teddy Bear Massacre & more

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-07 15:49:21

    “Not enough people watch short films!” is cried often and
    loud. They’re an invaluable part of the festival experience, but many are also
    directly accessible, which can make them an invaluable part of your day at
    home. Presented here is the SXSW Midnight Shorts lineup, some with trailers,
    and many in full!

    A stunningly gory stop-motion rampage by a maniacal Teddy
    Bear, the dangers of dancing, perils of babysitting, body horror and a whole
    lot of head explosions compose what should be a rousing journey for you and SXSW audiences. Those with asterisks (*) are full length. Enjoy!

    • The Apocalypse*

    Director: Andrew Zuchero

    Four uninspired friends try to come up with a terrific idea
    of how to spend their Saturday afternoon. The Apocalypse.

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    • BOY FRIENDS

    Director: Hugo Vargas-Zesati

    A man disturbed by a dream awakens to realize his
    unconscious has called his self-awareness into question. When confronting
    himself, misfortune brings the temporal world into perspective.

    • Cats

    Director: Michael Reich

    A master groomer explains the sensual methods of dog
    grooming to his young and beautiful apprentice. Her mind begins to wander into
    a profane dream that melds the grossness of dog bathing with voyeuristic and
    domineering sexuality.

    • Child Eater (USA/Iceland)

    Director: Erlingur Thoroddsen

    A simple night of babysitting takes a horrifying turn when
    Helen realizes the boogeyman really is in little Lucas’ closet.

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    • Dance Till You Drop*

    Directors: Eric M. Levy, Juan Cardarelli

    She thought the house was safe, but under the right
    circumstances, anything can be dangerous. Even a dance montage.

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    • Follow

    Director: Owen Egerton

    Follow is a dark thriller centered on a young couple’s
    dangerous bedroom games.

    • Hell No

    Director: Joe Nicolosi

    Hell No is a new type of terror, a reality-based horror film
    that pits real smart people in terrifying horror situations…

    • Play House

    Director: Brandon LaGanke

    Harold’s crumbling family is bound only by his unconditional
    love for them.

    • Root

    Director: Caleb Johnson

    A young woman has an affair that leaves a hideous mark. Her
    attempts to remove it only make it worse.

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    • Two Fingers – ‘Vengeance Rhythm’ (UK)*

    Director: Chris Ullens

    This is the story of a very angry teddy bear.

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    • Under the Lion Crotch (Hong Kong)*

    Director: Wong Ping

    Daily life living in Hong Kong.

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  • Jeffrey Combs talks “WOULD YOU RATHER”

    by: Vivienne Vaughn on: 2013-02-07 15:23:53

    Cult-movie maven Jeffrey Combs enters genre territory once
    more in David Guy Levy’s psychological horror-thriller, WOULD YOU RATHER.
    Opening in select theaters and available on-demand tomorrow from IFC films, and
    screening for free in New York tonight (see details here),
    the film casts Combs as Shepard Lambrick, a calculating, sadistic aristocrat
    who puts a sinister, unique spin on the eponymous popular party game.

    Fango got some exclusive words with Combs about WOULD YOU
    RATHER, which co-stars PROM NIGHT’s Brittany Snow, C.H.U.D.’s John Heard and
    SMASH CUT’s Sasha Grey.

    FANGORIA: How did you come to be a part of WOULD YOU RATHER?

    JEFFREY COMBS: WOULD YOU RATHER came out of the woodwork in
    a way, although through a fortuitous route. One of my oldest and best friends
    I’ve known since high school, his son’s best friend happened to be one of the
    associate producers for [the movie] as it was getting put together. They were
    looking for someone to play Shepard Lambrick, and he
    brought up my name. I had a meeting with the director, David Guy Levy, and we
    were off to the races.

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    FANG: What were your initial thoughts when you read the
    script?

    COMBS: I thought it was really finely crafted: Taut,
    motivated, nothing that didn’t progress one point to another. I really don’t
    like unjustified jumps in plot, and found it this be an intense and linear
    narrative with many interesting characters. And little did I know that it would
    be cast so well! I’m not speaking for myself, but the rest of the cast is just
    terrific. Everybody manifests their character to the fullest and brought their
    A game to the film. It was a labor of love for all of us.

    FANG: How was it working with your co-stars? The film has a
    very diverse cast.

    COMBS: Since the ’70s, I’ve admired [Heard’s] work and think
    he’s one of our best, so I was thrilled to be in a movie with him. I didn’t
    know anyone else, but I quickly grew to appreciate everybody’s abilities. When
    you cast a movie, it’s like putting together a band, and there were no weak
    players here. My favorite part [of shooting] was the camaraderie and joy of
    working with these great actors. And David did a great job directing us; he
    couldn’t have been better.

    Brittany is such a terrific actress with incredible
    validity, honesty and heart. She is the heart and soul of this movie, whereas I
    have no heart or soul! She is the absolute flip side of [Lambrick]. You have to
    have somebody you really, really care about in a movie, and she personified
    that so perfectly. Anytime you watch a movie like this, you ask, “What would I
    do in this situation?” And I think everybody can relate to her quiet hysteria
    as she realizes what a bad situation she’s in.

    FANG: How would you describe Lambrick, and what are your
    thoughts on him?

    COMBS: He is a sadistic son of a bitch, but he doesn’t see
    himself that way. The power he wields is something that he has inherited—he
    doesn’t know any better. He is just one in a long line of Lambricks who have
    passed this along. He’s doing it to his son, his father did it to him and his
    grandfather did it to his father, and so on and so on. It’s a pervasive
    sickness. The Lambricks lack any empathy for other people; they’ve been so
    privileged for so long that they just don’t know any better. They’ve been
    taught this from the cradle. It’s just the way it is. This is amusing to them. They
    don’t see people as people; they are just our playthings, our toys. It’s
    sociopathic. These people don’t care. They have everything, and they’re so
    bored and empty inside that it takes this much for them to feel anything.

    There’s a strange sort of ethic about it, too. Lambrick says
    at the end, “We keep our word. We follow through; you win, therefore we
    fulfilled our contract.” In his mind, it’s a business thing. They have
    integrity and follow through. It’s a clever examination of the dichotomy we’ve
    been dealing with in our own society. It’s an exaggerated parable of the 99
    percent vs. the .001 percent.

    FANG: What were your thoughts after you first saw the film?

    COMBS: It was even more than I expected. This movie is shot
    in such a way that it’s almost voyeuristic, and it plays for the eye really
    well. It has a real pedigree to it. It has class, despite its really disturbing
    theme; it’s shot beautifully.

    FANG: Was the role of Lambrick something you felt challenged
    by?

    COMBS: Oh, definitely. The hardest part was to resist the
    temptation to find a justification for his actions, because I think it’s far
    more chilling and disturbing that there is none, and I believe that was the
    intent of the script: You’ll never know. And when you think of true evil in the
    world, either from an individual or an institution, you never know. You’re
    powerless to ever understand why it is they do what they do, and that makes the
    film even more powerful. It’s pretty delicious theatricality. If, at the end,
    the audience is really disturbed by my character, then I did my job.

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  • Win signed posters for “THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2”

    by: Bekah McKendry on: 2013-02-06 22:06:01

    The folks over at Lionsgate just sent over some sweet
    posters for their current release THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF
    GEORGIA. The 39 x 25” one-sheets are signed by stars Chad Michael Murray, Katee
    Sackhoff and Emily Alyn Lind, and would complete any horror fan’s home decor!

    Synopsis: “A young family is tormented by the horrors of the
    past in THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF GEORGIA, a chilling new film
    based on a true story from Lionsgate and Gold Circle Films. Building on the
    terror of A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, this horrifying tale traces a young
    family’s nightmarish descent into a centuries-old Southern hell. When Andy
    Wyrick [Murray] moves his wife Lisa [Abigail Spencer] and daughter Heidi [Lind]
    to an historic home in Georgia, they quickly discover they are not the house’s
    only inhabitants. Joined by Lisa’s free-spirited sister, Joyce [Sackhoff],
    the family soon comes face to face with a bone-chilling mystery born of a
    deranged desire…a haunting secret rising from underground and threatening to
    bring down anyone in its path.”

    Want to win one of these posters? Send an email to
    rebekah@fangoria.com and be sure to put “HAUNTING poster” in the subject line.
    Please include the following info:

    Your name
    Your age
    Mailing address
    E-mail address
    Phone number

    Best of luck, and be sure to check out THE HAUNTING IN
    CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF GEORGIA, now in theaters and available for on-line
    viewing at Amazon.com. See our review and interview with director Tom Elkins

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