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  • Exclusive gory “NIGHT OF THE DEMONS” clip & screening reminder

    Originally posted on 2010-09-17 13:49:14 by FANGORIA Staff

    There are demons in da house, and FANGORIA has nabbed an exclusive clip from the upcoming Entertainment One remake of NIGHT OF THE DEMONS. Go below the jump to see what happens when bad boy Edward Furlong tries to clean up his act—and encounters a literal bloodbath!

    Now that we whet your appetite, let us remind you that FANGORIA will host a free screening of director Adam Gierasch’s NIGHT OF THE DEMONS redux at the Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street, off University Place) on Friday, October 15 at 11:30 p.m. Gierasch co-wrote the new film with longtime partner Jace Anderson, the two having previously collaborated on AUTOPSY, TOOLBOX MURDERS, MOTHER OF TEARS, MORTUARY and the upcoming FERTILE GROUND. You can see the gruesome trailer for NIGHT OF THE DEMONS below. The updated DEMONS, due out on DVD October 26 from Entertainment One, follows a bunch of young party animals who spend Halloween night in a haunted mansion, turning into demons and mutilating themselves and their friends. The film boasts a hot cast led by 13 GHOSTS’ Shannon Elizabeth as the new Angela (that infernal troublemaker), with stunners like LAID TO REST’s Bobbi Sue Luther, FREDDY VS. JASON’s Monica Keena, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING’s Diora Baird and THE HAZING’s Tiffany Shepis playing the wild girls who turn into wilder she-demons. TRAILER PARK OF TERROR’s Drac Studios provided the film’s eye-popping makeup FX and monsters. The original film’s Linnea Quigley has a cameo as well.

    The Fango NIGHT OF THE DEMONS screening will be a free show; to obtain tickets, send an email to fangoscreening@starloggroup.com. You must list “DEMONS” as your subject line. Offer is good for you and one guest. Plus tell us your full name and whether you want to be added to the FANGORIA newsletter list so we can inform you about future Fango screenings and events. Names will be checked at the door. Offer is first come, first served, and we will confirm your rsvp. Seating is not guaranteed, however. This advance preview is sponsored by Entertainment One.

    Gareth Jones of Dread Central called NIGHT OF THE DEMONS “a modern throwback to a simpler era of horror where boobs and blood were the main attraction,” while Steven West of The Horror Review said: “If you see only one movie this year featuring demonic anal sex…make it this one.” And Suspiriorum at Horrorview.com summed up NIGHT OF THE DEMONS as a “shamelessly trashy experience, but one which is solidly entertaining, and a rare remake which doesn’t shame the memory of its progenitor.”

    Check out FANGORIA #291 for exclusive NIGHT OF THE DEMONS photos and interviews. And watch this space for upcoming Fango screenings. See you at the show!

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  • Three “SHARKTOPUS” clips

    Originally posted on 2010-09-16 20:39:36 by Allan Dart

    In these clips for the Syfy movie premiering Saturday, September 25 at 9 p.m., you get the hybrid monstrosity attacking a bungee-jumping girl, a look at star Eric Roberts and a cameo by producer Roger Corman.

    Syfy posted these sneak peeks at SHARKTOPUS, which features Roberts as a research scientist who, along with his daughter (Sara Malakul Lane), develops a secret military weapon—a hybrid shark/octopus—that breaks free of its electrical controls and goes on a killing spree. What were they expecting? What would you expect from a movie called SHARKTOPUS?!



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  • Six “PRIEST” one-sheets

    Originally posted on 2010-09-16 20:33:45 by Allan Dart

    Director Scott Charles Stewart’s postapocalyptic SF-thriller based on Min-Woo Hyung’s graphic novel hits theaters May 13, 2011 in 3-D. Check out these character posters after the break.

    Jo Blo published the posters for the film, which takes place in an alternate world where humans and vampires have been at war for centuries. PRIEST stars LEGION’s Paul Bettany, Lily Collins, TWILIGHT’s Cam Gigandet, NIKITA’s Maggie Q, DOOM’s Karl Urban, TRUE BLOOD’s Stephen Moyer, WOLF’s Christopher Plummer and CHILD’S PLAY’s Brad Dourif.

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  • New “I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE” clip is so “Pretty”

    Originally posted on 2010-09-16 20:18:45 by

    The remake of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE is preparing to assault big screens in all its unrated glory October 8, and a new clip has just been released. It’s called “Pretty Little Thing” and can be seen after the jump.

    Directed by Steven R. Monroe, with the original film’s creator Meir Zarchi on board as executive producer, the 2010 SPIT stars Sarah Butler as Jennifer Hills, a writer who is repeatedly and violently assaulted by a group of rural lowlifes and survives to get equally brutal revenge. You can read exclusive interviews with Monroe and his cast in Fango #297, on sale now, and see the movie’s official website here.

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  • Pedro Almodóvar chiller gets U.S. distribution

    Originally posted on 2010-09-16 19:42:20 by

    There’s been a flurry of buying activity in the horror world taking place around the Toronto Film Festival this week, and now an international genre piece that’s still currently shooting has been picked up for North American release: LA PIEL QUE HABITO (THE SKIN I LIVE IN) by top Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar (pictured).

    Deadline first reported that Sony Pictures Classics acquired those distribution rights—marking the 10th time the company has handled an Almodóvar film. LA PIEL, which we previously reported on here, is a Gothic psychological chiller starring Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeon who avenges his daughter’s rape in horrific fashion, and also stars FRAGILE’s Elena Anaya and THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE’s Marisa Paredes. It’s loosely based on Thierry Jonquet’s novel MYGALE and is currently shooting in Spain.

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  • Pedro Almodóvar chiller gets U.S. distribution

    Originally posted on 2010-09-16 19:41:16 by

    There’s been a flurry of buying activity in the horror world taking place around the Toronto Film Festival this week, and now an international genre piece that’s still currently shooting has been picked up for North American release: LA PIEL QUE HABITO (THE SKIN I LIVE IN) by top Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar (pictured).

    Deadline first reported that Sony Pictures Classics acquired those distribution rights—marking the 10th time the company has handled an Almodóvar film. LA PIEL, which we previously reported on here, is a Gothic psychological chiller starring Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeon who avenges his daughter’s rape in horrific fashion, and also stars FRAGILE’s Elena Anaya and THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE’s Marisa Paredes. It’s loosely based on Thierry Jonquet’s novel MYGALE and is currently shooting in Spain.

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  • Exclusive bloody “MIRRORS 2″ clip & screening reminder!

    Originally posted on 2010-09-16 17:12:12 by FANGORIA Staff

    There’s an angry ghost on the loose, and FANGORIA has nabbed an exclusive clip from the upcoming Fox release MIRRORS 2. Go below the jump to see what happens when you can’t stomach your own reflected image!

    Now that we whet your appetite, let us remind you that Fango will be hosting a free screening of MIRRORS 2 at the Cinema Village (22 East 12th Street, off University Place) on Monday, October 4 at 7 p.m. The new film, due out on DVD and Blu-ray October 19 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, follows the troubled Max (TERMINATOR 3’s Nick Stahl), who is recovering from a traumatic accident and takes a job as a nighttime security guard. Similar to the unfortunate Kiefer Sutherland in the previous film directed by Alexandre Aja, Max begins to see visions in the store’s mirror of a young woman who had been murdered there. Embarking on a gruesome rampage, the mysterious ghost stalks the men and women responsible for her horrific death one by one, exacting bloody revenge.

    Directed by Spanish filmmaker Victor Garcia (RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL and the short EL CICLO) and written by Matt Venne (MASTERS OF HORROR, FEAR ITSELF, WHITE NOISE 2), MIRRORS 2 also stars HOUSE’s William Katt, SAW II’s Emmanuelle Vaugier and Christy Carlson Romano. You can see the trailer in our previous item here

    The Fango MIRRORS 2 screening will be a free show; to obtain tickets, send an e-mail to fangoscreening@starloggroup.com. You must list “MIRRORS” as your subject line. Offer is good for you and one guest. Plus tell us your full name and whether you want to be added to the FANGORIA newsletter list so we can inform you about future Fango screenings and events. Names will be checked at the door. Offer is first come, first served, and we will confirm your RSVP. Seating is not guaranteed, however. This advance preview is sponsored by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. 

    So mark your calendar for the October 4 screening of MIRRORS 2! And watch this space for an upcoming preview of the film and news of more Fango events. See you at the show!

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  • FANGORIA Brings Horror to Cell Phones/iPads

    Originally posted on 2010-09-16 16:45:55 by Bekah McKendry

    This Halloween FANGORIA magazine will be releasing a brand new app that allows users to read back issues of FANGORIA, the original GOREZONE and FANGORIA Comics, all from their cell phone, ipad, or Droid. FANGORIA has teamed up with iVerse Media, who work with many leading comic and cult media, to make sure this app is ready for release late next month. The app will debut with a free download of a past issue of FANGORIA, as well as several free comics.

    The Fango app will let users browse though a list of titles/issues and purchase editions for immediate reading. All of the magazines and comics will be specifically-formatted for the iPhone and iPad screen (Droid coming in December), allowing users to enjoy FANGORIA without zooming or scrolling; the only necessary action will be flicking, which will move from one panel/page to the next. The user interface will be very similar to holding the print copy. Once downloaded, a selected issue will open up with that issue’s cover. A flick of the finger will bring up a table of contents allowing the user to select where in the magazine they’d like to go. In terms of appearance, the app will have a true FANGORIA feel to it so that a reader of the print version will feel right at home looking at the digital edition. Also within the app will be links that can take the user to the FANGORIA website and online store. The FANGORIA Twitter feed can also be linked into the app, giving the user up to the minute horror news updates.

    iVerse Media LLC is a digital media company focused on providing simple digital content delivery solutions to the world of print media. Located in Waco, TX, iVerse powers the popular Comics+ comic book reader app, as well as standalone apps for properties such as Archie, Transformers and G.I. Joe. “We are extremely excited about our new partnership with FANGORIA,” says Iverse Media CEO Michael Murphey. “FANGORIA has extremely loyal fans around the world, and we look forward to providing them a great digital reading experience.”

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  • “PARADISE” is “LOST” in 3D

    Originally posted on 2010-09-16 16:21:39 by Samuel Zimmerman

    Move over John Milton’s literary elegance, this shit is getting 3D-ified! PARADISE LOST is being adapted for film, hit the jump to find out who’s directing!

    Variety reports that the underrated Alex Proyas (the magnificent DARK CITY) has signed on to direct the film based on Milton’s 17th Century epic poem about the war in heaven between archangels Michael and Lucifer. Apparently, it “will be crafted as an action vehicle that will include aerial warfare, possibly shot in 3D”. Legendary Pictures is backing.

    Keep an eye on Fango for more on this as it develops. 

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  • Tony Timpone’s Elegies: Fall Frights, Part One

    Originally posted on 2010-09-16 16:16:07 by Tony Timpone

    I recently caught the new PIRANHA 3D at a local theater (with only three other people in the audience!), and what impressed me the most, besides PIRANHA’s nude lesbian underwater ballet scene, was the plethora of trailers for upcoming horror movies debuting this fall: RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE, CASE 39, MY SOUL TO TAKE, LET ME IN, etc. In the lobby, the long walls of the multiplex were filled with one-sheet posters for more fright flicks: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, SAW 3D, BURIED… From now through the end of October, prepare to be scared. Besides over a dozen major theatrical feature movies rolling out, ’tis the season for: horror film festivals from coast to coast; classic repertory revivals (happy 50th, PSYCHO); endless monster movie marathons on cable; terror TV series returning (SUPERNATURAL, DEXTER, FRINGE) and beginning (THE WALKING DEAD. Nuff said); and DVD debuts (the FANGORIA FrightFest hits everywhere September 28) will join the competition for our Halloween attention. As I’ve said before, can you think of any better time to be a horror fan? But will this embarrassment of riches, specifically movie-wise, cancel each other out? Is there a big enough horror audience out there to support, for example, HATCHET II, CASE 39 and LET ME IN all opening on the same day?! Will the box office be so divided that no one emerges as true financial victor and all the rival pictures cancel each other out? This fall could really be a Halloween bloodbath in more ways than one.

    Certainly last weekend’s RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE got things off to a strong start, with the 3-D sequel taking in a franchise record north of $26 million (the hiked ticket prices helped). I enjoyed the fourth film more than the last two; it’s popcorn-munching, action-packed fun, albeit instantly forgettable. This Friday Drew & John Erick Dowdle’s DEVIL hopes to knock RESIDENT EVIL from it perch. The movie comes from the mind of, ahem, writer/producer M. Night Shyamalan, who envisions DEVIL as the first in a series of low-cost genre fare he dubs the Night Chronicles. Hard to believe how far the director has fallen from the Oscar-nominated heights of THE SIXTH SENSE to the unwatchable lows of THE LAST AIRBENDER and THE HAPPENING. But after checking out DEVIL’s trailer, I’m willing to give the movie—about five people trapped in an elevator, with one of them being Satan—a shot. It could play out like a paranoid, suspenseful TWILIGHT ZONE-esque spinetingler if the Dowdles (of QUARANTINE) steer this one right and the film overcomes its unfortunate Shyamalan stigma. Check out our interview with DEVIL star Bokeem Woodbine right here.

    Lionsgate scored at the summer box office with THE EXPENDABLES and THE LAST EXORCISM (the latter sunk PIRANHA at theater turnstiles), and this fall the indie company digs up BURIED. The thriller, about a man (Ryan Reynolds) entombed alive with only 90 minutes of oxygen, has won rave reviews at festivals and is expected to be a major sleeper. Directed by Spaniard Rodrigo Cortés, BURIED will be exhumed September 24 in limited release, before going wider on October 8. IRREVERSIBLE director Gaspar Noé’s ENTER THE VOID, about a man’s hallucinogenic afterlife experience, also opens on Sept. 24 in a few key cities (and VOD) from IFC Films. Expect the same kind of controversy and critical split that greeted the French provocateur’s previous efforts. And if you’ve never seen THE EXORCIST on the big screen, check it out on September 30 (one night only; see here for theaters) for a special theatrical showing to jumpstart interest in the looming Blu-ray launch the following week. THE EXORCIST has lost none of its infernal punch.

    On October 1, three—count ’em, three—major fear films assault theaters. Of course, most of us are a little reluctant to embrace LET ME IN, the English language remake of the Swedish masterpiece LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, one of the best genre films ever. I thought the original Tomas Alfredson directed movie, based on the John Ajvide Lindqvist novel, would be untouchable. But now we have an English version, written and directed by CLOVERFIELD’s Matt Reeves, brought to us by Overture Films (who gave us the superior redux of THE CRAZIES) and a reborn Hammer Films. The plot follows that of its predecessor very closely, about a lonely boy who falls for a vampire girl. The casting of LET ME IN couldn’t be better: THE ROAD’s Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloë Grace Moretz of KICK-ASS, the latter one of my favorite movies of the year, as the lovesick kids, plus Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins and busy character actor Elias Koteas (CRASH, SKINWALKERS, THE PROPHECY, THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, SHUTTER ISLAND—the guy’s in everything!) also turn up in key roles. 

    Despite high expectations, both Fango managing editor Michael Gingold (see his review here) and contributing editor Sam Zimmerman give thumb’s up to the remake, largely due to the skillful work of Reeves and his fidelity to the brilliant source material. You can count me in for LET ME IN.

    The big news about HATCHET II, also opening on October 1, is that it will be going out unrated and uncut—and in more theaters than any non-MPAA-approved film in decades. No token playdates here. Bugged by the spotty releases of his first HATCHET and FROZEN, writer/director (and indefatigable self-promoter) Adam Green has a huge grassroots campaign going to get butts into seats in his bid to make slasher Victor Crowley (fearsome Kane Hodder) a name worthy of the ranks of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers. If gorehounds want to see more ’80s-style splatter on the big screen, they should run to their local AMC (see list here) next month. Though I felt it unfairly overshadowed the superior (and more subversive) BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON, I liked the original HATCHET, so I’ll be watching the next round of dismemberments in all their uncensored gory glory. Kudos to distribs Dark Sky and Vitagraph, as well as the AMC chain, for taking the chance. 

    If there’s any box office left during the October 1st weekend, the long delayed (shot in 2006!) CASE 39 will finally make its debut from Paramount Vantage. The movie stars Renée Zellweger as a social worker caring for a young girl (creepy Jodelle Ferland of SILENT HILL and ECLIPSE) who exhibits supernatural powers (shades of BLESS THE CHILD? Hope not!). Though backed by a snazzy marketing campaign and now able to brag about having THE HANGOVER’s Bradley Cooper in it cast, it will still be an uphill battle for a movie that, just months ago, seemed destined to go direct to DVD. I’ve dug the work of CASE 39 director Christian Alvart (ANTIBODIES and last fall’s flop PANDORUM, the latter lensed after CASE 39!) before, so perhaps this isn’t the lemon some have feared. Moreover, international response to CASE 39 has been encouraging, which prompted the studio to take the film off the shelf. But why send it out, like an unwanted stepchild, into a crowded fall marketplace? 

    Another eight genre movies will open in the weeks after the October 1 trifecta. I’ll talk about them next time. 

    TO BE CONTINUED

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  • “CORN” fields a cast

    Originally posted on 2010-09-16 15:59:55 by Allan Dart

    In another move to legally retain the rights to a popular horror franchise, Dimension is pushing forward with a CHILDREN OF THE CORN sequel. Yesterday, it was announced that HOSTEL’s Barbara Nedeljakova was on board the rushed-into-production project, and today more casting news has hit the web.

    Moviehole says that THE HILLS HAVE EYES’ Billy Drago, Kelen Coleman and Tim Rock will be in writer/director Joel Soisson’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN: THE DWELLER. Soisson produced 2001’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN: REVELATION and last directed PULSE 3 for Dimension. In THE DWELLER, Coleman and Rock play a couple who fall under the thrall of Drago and Nedejakova’s characters—and their “Corn” kid. Production is now underway in Louisiana.

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  • “CORN” fields a cast

    Originally posted on 2010-09-16 15:59:01 by Allan Dart

    In another move to legally retain the rights to a popular horror franchise, Dimension is pushing forward with a CHILDREN OF THE CORN sequel. Yesterday, it was announced that HOSTEL’s Barbara Nedeljakova was on board the rushed-into-production project, and today more casting news has hit the web.

    Moviehole says that THE HILLS HAVE EYES’ Billy Drago, Kelen Coleman and Tim Rock will be in writer/director Joel Soisson’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN: THE DWELLER. Soisson produced 2001’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN: REVELATION and last directed PULSE 3 for Dimension. In THE DWELLER, Coleman and Rock play a couple who fall under the thrall of Drago and Nedejakova’s characters—and their “Corn” kid. Production is now underway in Louisiana.

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