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  • Patrick Scott, cases of “ZOOCHOSIS”


    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-04 18:05:42

    Whether viral videos play a part in the resurgence of the
    anthology, or not is debatable (but intensely likely), but the varied,
    all-encompassing subgenre is certainly tailored-fit for web series—a place
    where the alternative often thrives. Patrick Scott, creator of ZOOCHOSIS is
    dealing in such.

    Shining a light on a strange landscape, Scott is now
    expanding on his ZOOCHOSIS shorts with a Machinima-produced web series that
    finds a psychiatrist confronted with all manner of the horrific, sensual,
    monstrous and absurd. All can be found in “Case 1: Aliens,” in which a bride
    lays waste to her guest list after tentacled, squirming extraterrestrials find
    their way in. It’s a low budget affair, but in Lynchian form, truly highlights
    an off-kilter atmosphere. Slightly repulsive, with a psychologically
    questionable protagonist, “Aliens” is a stylish arrival for ZOOCHOSIS, with seemingly
    no rules on where it goes from here.

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    “[I have] always made my films a hybrid of genres,”
    Scott tells FANGORIA. “For a while, my work was influenced by neo-realism, as I
    really worked hard on directing and writing believable dialogue. In recent
    years though, my childhood leanings are really coming out and the films feel
    more like weird fiction. I’ve always been really bad about pushing my films and
    working on my career. I’d just finish one film and move onto the next without
    even putting the films out there. So ZOOCHOSIS just grew out of a need to find
    a home for all these short films that I was making and writing that I was
    producing. I’m a natural science junkie so when I had to come up with a name, I
    chose ZOOCHOSIS because it’s this great word that both encapsulates my view
    that human nature is animal nature, and that we’re all a bit messed up.”

    The term “zoochosis” relates to a psychological effect of
    being caged, a prospect Scott’s fictional bride, Kelsey is facing in marriage. “Case
    1 went through a lot of title changes, but it was always about a young woman
    who has been pushed over the edge in realizing that now that she’s married, she’s
    essentially a baby factory,” says the director. “That realization leads her in
    this very crucial moment to see her surroundings and people’s behavior very
    differently. If you look at my previous work, you’ll see that even though on
    the surface things are very sexy or slapstick-y, there’s always a deeper
    element there about the strain of how the individual conflicts with society.
    This series—as the episodes wind their way through sci-fi and comedy and horror
    and musicals—will explore that idea in different ways. Who am I? Who are you?
    Who are we? What are we doing to this long-suffering planet? It’s pretty big,
    not only production scale but also in thematic ambition.”

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    The themes present, of the naturally suffocating and strange
    in our world finds strong backing in the aforementioned unsettling air Scott
    creates visually. He explains, “I think you’ll find that the style shifts a lot
    throughout the series but the work—whether it leans more heavily toward horror
    or erotica or comedy—will always be very polished. And even if the work is
    outright comedy that uneasiness will always be there. I don’t try to disturb
    people, it just sort of happens because as a guy from this very picturesque
    tiny town in Northern Michigan, I’m always horrified by what I see in the world
    and on the streets every day. So the unease is always there. Plus, I think it’s
    important to remember that the word ‘disturbing’ doesn’t mean you’re making
    strange stuff up out of the blue, but means you’re stirring up stuff that’s
    already there. That’s Zoochosis.”

    You can find Cases 1 and 2, “Aliens” and “Love”
    respectively, below. For more on ZOOCHOSIS, follow its progress at the official
    YouTube channel, Machinima Prime.

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  • Exclusive: “HOME SWEET HOME” DVDetails and art

    by: on: 2013-02-04 17:34:25

    The home-invasion horror is set to enter your house via DVD
    this summer, and we’ve got the scoop on the final supplemental package and a
    look at the cover art.

    Screen Media Films releases HOME SWEET HOME, which we first
    reported on here, May 14. MUTANTS’ David Morlet wrote and directed the story of a couple (Meghan
    Heffern and Adam MacDonald) whose remote country home is invaded by a vicious
    masked attacker (Shaun Benson). The special features are:

    • Audio commentary by Morlet

    • Interviews with Morlet and the producers

    • Behind-the-scenes stills

    Keep your eyes out for more Fango HOME SWEET HOME coverage. 

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  • Exclusive: Jeffrey Combs and Stuart Gordon plotting “NEVERMORE” movie

    by: Vivienne Vaughn on: 2013-02-04 17:01:54

    Fango got the scoop that the creators of NEVERMORE: AN
    EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE, the highly acclaimed one-man stage show about the
    tortured master of horror literature, is on track for the screen.

    Actor Jeffrey Combs revealed to us that a film adaptation of
    the play, directed and written by frequent movie collaborators Stuart Gordon
    and Dennis Paoli respectively, is currently in the works. “We’re waiting to get
    a screenplay version finished, which should be pretty soon,” Combs tells Fango.
    “Then we’re going to attempt a Kickstarter campaign for it to try to begin
    filming.”

    The play, for which Combs won raves for portraying Poe, had
    a tremendously successful, extended run at Hollywood’s Steve Allen Theater in
    2009, then played special engagements in several other cities. However, despite
    all the praise and popularity NEVERMORE has garnered, future productions seem
    unlikely. “Not at this point,” Combs says. “All it takes is for me to grow a
    mustache. and I can do it. It’s a little bit frustrating; I obviously don’t
    live in New York and what I’ve come to find out is, in order to get plays like
    this booked, you have to have a booking agent, and all of them are in New York.
    Any attempt I’ve made to get them interested in my show, and pointing out the
    success that it’s had and the following it’s got, has fallen on deaf ears.
    Unfortunately, New York is a bit myopic; if it isn’t in New York, then it
    really doesn’t have a lot of validity. That’s sort of the nature of the beast;
    I can’t get upset about it, it’s just the case.” We’ll keep you posted on
    further developments. Combs’ new horror feature WOULD YOU RATHER opens in
    limited theatrical release and on VOD from IFC Films this Friday, February 8;
    stay tuned for a feature interview with Combs on that film, and find out about
    a free NYC screening on Thursday, Feb. 7 here

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  • The Devil lifts us up; New “LAST EXORCISM PART II” Poster

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-04 15:47:04

    Backbends are passé. Nell and Abalam have moved on to religious iconography. 

    Directed by SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS’ Ed Gass-Donnelly, THE LAST EXORCISM PART II continues the plight of poor Nell Sweetzer. Following the black mass birth at the end of the first film, (as per official synopsis) she is found terrified and alone in rural Louisiana. Back in the relative safety of New Orleans, Nell realizes that she can’t remember entire portions of the previous months only that she is the last surviving member of her family. Just as Nell begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her is back with other, unimaginably horrific plans that mean her last exorcism was just the beginning.

    You can find the latest one-sheet, a vast improvement over the first, below (dig those hand prints on her arms). For more on THE LAST EXORCISM PART II, pick up Fango #321 (on sale this month) for an exclusive talk with star Ashley Bell, and keep an eye on Fangoria.com for words with Donnelly and producer Eli Roth. 

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    Director Tom Elkins: Awakening the “GHOSTS OF GEORGIA”

    by: on: 2013-01-31 22:09:29

    THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF GEORGIA may have no
    connection to the original other than the basic subject matter, but there was
    continuity behind the scenes. Tom Elkins, who edited the first film, made his
    directorial debut on the sequel, which he discusses with Fango in this
    exclusive interview.

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    Free FANGORIA screening: Jeffrey Combs shocker “WOULD YOU RATHER” in NYC

    by: FANGORIA Staff on: 2013-01-31 17:55:46

    FANGORIA will host a free screening of the new Jeffrey Combs
    horror-thriller WOULD YOU RATHER on Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. at New
    York City’s IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at 3rd
    Street; 212-924-7771). Directed by David Guy Levy, WOULD YOU RATHER also stars
    THE VICIOUS KIND’s Brittany Snow, C.H.U.D.’s John Heard and SMASH CUT’s Sasha
    Grey in the tale of an aristocratic madman and the victims he forces to play a
    deadly game. See below for more details and pics.

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