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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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  • 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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