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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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  • Firth to go to “SLEEP” with Kidman in new thriller

    by: on: 2013-02-06 19:32:55

    The acclaimed psychological-thriller novel BEFORE I GO TO
    SLEEP is headed for the big screen with a couple of big names attached.

    Variety reports
    that Colin Firth has joined Nicole Kidman (soon to be seen in Park Chan-wook’s
    STOKER) in BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, along with Mark Strong and Anne-Marie Duff.
    Rowan Joffe, who co-wrote 28 WEEKS LATER, scripted and will direct this story,
    which mines tension from the premise played for laughs in Adam Sandler’s 50
    FIRST DATES: a woman (Kidman) wakes up every day with no previous memories of
    her own identity, and keeps a journal in an attempt to understand her life.
    Then she discovers evidence that she can’t trust her husband (Firth), and
    frightening truths start coming to light. Scott Free and Millennium Films are
    backing BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, with Liza Marshall producing and Ben Davis on
    board as cinematographer; filming is set to begin at Twickenham Studios and at
    other London-area locales late this month.

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  • Worship “THE MONK” this March; new poster, trailer

    by: on: 2013-02-06 18:15:31

    The new film version of Matthew G. Lewis’ controversial,
    groundbreaking 1796 Gothic novel arrives next month, and the poster and trailer
    have hit the web.

    ATO Pictures will release THE MONK in select theaters and
    for on-demand viewing and download starting Friday, March 8. The
    French-language film was directed by WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY…’s Dominik Moll
    and stars Vincent Cassel (from BLACK SWAN, BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF and many
    others) as Brother Ambrosio, a devout man of the cloth in a 16th-century Madrid
    monestary who believes himself immune from temptation, until the arrival of a
    mysterious apprentice leads him down a path of sin and corruption. The movie
    also stars Déborah François, Joséphine Japy, Sergi Lopez, Catherine Mouchet,
    Jordi Dauder and Geraldine Chaplin; Moll and Anne Louise-Trividic adapted
    Lewis’ book, which has been filmed twice before by directors Adonis Kyruo and Francisco
    Lara Polop.

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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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